MVNO Kajeet may get Apple iPhone
Kid-focused no-contract MVNO Kajeet may at some point get access to Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone as it continues to move into the smartphone market, the company's CEO said.
In an interview with FierceWireless, Kajeet CEO Daniel Neal did not confirm that the privately held company will get access to the iPhone or even when it might happen, but he strongly hinted that now that its MVNO partner Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) has the iPhone, Kajeet might soon get the iconic device as well. "You could predict additional developments in the types of devices available to Kajeet," he said. He also said Kajeet might offer tablets soon, though he declined to proved details.
The addition of the iPhone would give Kajeet six smartphones in its lineup. Earlier this month, the company launched its first smartphone running Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android platform and has five in its lineup. They include the Kyocera Milano for $250, Samsung Replenish for $260, LG Optimus S for $300, the Samsung Conquer for $400 and HTC Evo Shift for $440.
Neal acknowledged that the prices might seem high, paticularly for a phone aimed at 10-year-olds and tweens, but he said the prices are cheaper than a videogame console. He also said the company's rate plans deliver value--they include a $50-per-month unlimited voice, texting and GPS location plan as well as a $25-per-month plan with 300 voice minutes and unlimited texting and GPS location. The plans do not require a contract or early termination fee.
Additionally, all of the Android phones come with Kajeet's Smart Blocker, which allows parents to block access to websites that reference adult content, profanity, illegal activities, online chat, games and/or social networking among other categories. Like all Kajeet phones, parents can set time-of-day restrictions for use as well as lists of who is allowed to call the phone among other features.
Neal said that Kajeet has survived where other MVNOs have failed by focusing on its core demographic. "We have maintained our focus," he said. "We have worked hard to serve what kids want and what parents need." The Kajeet chief declined to discuss how many customers the company has, but he said that Kajeet's churn is "substantially below" other prepaid service providers.
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