MVNO Voyager Mobile launches unlimited $19 and $39 plans
After a brief delay, MVNO Voyager Mobile unveiled its service, becoming the latest in a string of MVNOs catering to niches of the wireless market that are looking for a cheap service that is different from traditional wireless offerings.
Voyager offers a range of phones, including the Samsung Galaxy S II with WiMAX capability for $549.
Voyager, the brainchild of John Mardini, a 22-year-old entrepreneur and New York University student, runs on Sprint Nextel's (NYSE:S) CDMA EV-DO network and Clearwire's (NASDAQ:CLWR) mobile WiMAX network. Voyager offers no-contract plans starting at $19 per month (plus tax) for unlimited voice and texting and $39 per month (plus tax) for unlimited voice, texting and data.
Like many no-contract MVNOs, Voyager customers must pay the full, unsubsidized cost for handsets. The MVNO offers everything from a Samsung M370 flip phone for $119 to an LG Optimus S for $219 all the way up to the Samsung Galaxy S II with WiMAX capability for $549.
Interestingly, Voyager also plans to offer a rewards program that gives customers points based on how many voice minutes they use per month. However, according to Voyager's website, that feature is not yet available. The firm also promises to launch USB modems, mobile hotspots and tablets, as well as a wireless management portal.
Voyager's launch was delayed last week because of a "malicious network attack" on the company's site.
Voyager joins the likes of Ting and Republic Wireless, which also use Sprint's network, as well as FreeedomPop, which is making use of Clearwire's network, as MVNOs trying to break the mold of traditional wireless carriers.
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