Sprint MVNO Republic Wireless will add a GSM-based service to already existing CDMA service, said to Fierce Wireless Lon France, Republic’s SVP of sales and marketing, at CES 2016. Even though the name of the new Republic’s GSM partner remained unknown, it’s speculated that the most likely it’s T-Mobile, given that T-Mobile is more open to MVNOs than AT&T. The carrier also announced the launch of a new high-end Motorola handset that will be GSM based but failed to say which Motorola phone is in question. New Motorola GSM phone can be expected to launch in March or April. Read more
Multi-carrier MVNO ROK Mobile that operates on T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon networks has announced on their website that service provided by T-Mobile and Sprint will no longer be available. ROK Mobile plans to cease service on these two networks on December 18, 2015. Affected customers are already getting messages with this information explaining them what their options are. Read more
T-Mobile MVNO Ultra Mobile made some changes to its international offerings recently. In addition to increasing rates for calling Bangladesh, Ultra Mobile adds unlimited calling to San Marino landline numbers. Read more
Verizon Wireless has the largest and most reliable network of all major carriers in the U.S. Verizon uses CDMA technology, which means that a phone swapping is not as easy as with GSM-based phones if customers are not happy with service or the phone itself. Verizon’s service is primarily focused on postpaid customers but in recent months they made quite a few changes to its prepaid offerings which made them more appealing to existing and potential customers. Biggest change is that Verizon has allowed access to LTE to its prepaid customers on July 17, 2014 and after that, it has started allowing it to its MVNOs. MVNOs, however, offer throttled LTE speeds, up to 5 Mbps.
Scratch Wireless Introduces New Voice And Data Passes, No More Free Unlimited Cellular Texting And Wi-Fi Calling
Sprint MVNO Scratch Wireless will no longer offer free Wi-Fi calling and free cellular texting. The carrier has informed its customers via email that new model of pricing for their service will apply starting November 16, 2015. In a direct email that one of the Scratch customers have received and posted on Howard Forums, Scratch Wireless introduces new voice passes with minutes on cellular and Wi-Fi network included and data passes that are bundled with text messaging. Read more
Ting offering $5 Starbucks gift card to AT&T customers who check their phone’s IMEI number with Ting
Sprint and T-Mobile MVNO Ting is running a promotion in which it encourages AT&T customers to check if their phone is compatible with Ting by offering a $5 Starbucks gift card. The promotion lasts from midnight ET on October 20 to 11:59pm ET on October 22, 2015. Read more
H2O Wireless increased high speed data on $60 unlimited plan from 3GB to 4GB, added Mexico mobile calling to $30 and $35 plans
AT&T MVNO H2O Wireless has made some changes to its monthly service plans. First, H2O Wireless increased high speed data on the $60 unlimited plan from 3GB to 4GB and discontinued the $65 unlimited plan that was including unlimited talk, messaging and data with first 3.5 GB at high speeds plus international features. Also, the carrier has added Mexico mobile to mobile calling to $30 and $35 unlimited plans. Read more
Pure TalkUSA switch promotion gives $100 in Shop Your Way points, Simple, AddVantage and unlimited plans change
Pure TalkUSA, a provider of prepaid mobile phone service that operates on AT&T 4G network, currently runs promotion for customers who switch to their service. Pure TalkUSA switch promotion gives $100 in Shop Your Way points to those who switch from their current provider plus a 5% back in points each month while they stay with Pure TalkUSA. This promotion is valid until December 31, 2015. Read more
Red Pocket Mobile that operates on Verizon, Sprint and AT&T networks today officially launched LTE on Verizon-based service. Verizon LTE data are not included in already existing Verizon –based CDMA plans; they are still available but for 3G Verizon-compatible devices. Instead, the carrier has added four completely new Red Pocket Verizon LTE plans. All LTE plans include hard capped LTE data and not unlimited and throttled when high speed data allotments are reached as with higher priced 3G plans.
Updated: added more data to Verizon-based $64.99 and $52.99 4G LTE plans and to $49.99 and $39.99 3G plans.
In a surprising move few months ago, Expo Mobile expanded its offering through all four major US mobile carriers, CDMA and GSM, keeping its reputation of being one of the fastest growing mobile service providers in the U.S. Now, Expo Mobile again made a few changes to its plans and offerings by adding Expo Mobile special online plans for CDMA Sprint and GSM T-Mobile service on its website. Also, the carrier has dropped AT&T GSM plans and BYOP option for AT&T locked and unlocked phones. Read more