As expected, Google today announced its new Nexus 6P (built by Huawei) and the Nexus 5X (built by LG). Notably, the company said the phones would be available through its Project Fi MVNO.
Sprint MVNO FreedomPop is offering iPhone 6s and 6s Plus customers who activate their phones on the company's service 5 GB of additional free data to burn through, as well as a plan that offers unlimited voice, texting and 1 GB of data for $18 per month, with the first month free. Meanwhile, FreedomPop plans to offer its own customers the option to finance iPhone purchases.
LAS VEGAS--MVNO ROK Mobile said it will offer all-you-can-eat video to customers in the first quarter of 2016. The company is teaming with OTT content management firm SeaChange to offer unlimited video service, including movies, TV series and curated content that is geared toward its key demographic group—multicultural millennials.
América Móvil extended to many of its prepaid wireless customers its cross-border plan that lets Mexican subscribers use voice, SMS and data service in the United States as if they were in Mexico. The new offer comes after a series of escalating moves by T-Mobile US, AT&T Mobility and Sprint to offer cross-border services without roaming costs.
Sprint MVNO TextNow is expanding its distribution by partnering with Fry's Electronics and accepting payments for its service at more than 10,000 locations nationwide. Meanwhile, TextNow, a no-contract service from Waterloo, Ont.-based startup Enflick, is also deemphasizing the Touch Mobile prepaid brand, which it launched in September 2014.
Tucows CEO Elliott Noss said that his company's Ting Mobile MVNO has worked through most of the problems it had in terms of customer service as a result of changes Sprint made to its rules for devices that customers want to take to MVNOs. Meanwhile, Noss said that since Ting started supporting GSM service in March, likely via T-Mobile US' network, a "solid" chunk of carrier's business is now GSM-based.
Charter Communications CEO Tom Rutledge said the cable company is looking to launch some kind of mobile wireless product and is willing to explore working with T-Mobile US or any other wireless carrier.
Apple denied a media report that it plans to launch an MVNO service, throwing cold water on speculation that the iPhone maker could someday directly challenge its carrier partners.
Apple is privately testing an MVNO service in the U.S. but is also in talks with European carriers on an MVNO as well, according to a Business Insider report. The report, citing unnamed sources, said that although Apple will purchase wholesale wireless capacity from carriers as other MVNOs do, Apple's SIM card, which it uses in new iPad models, will switch between carriers to offer customers the best service.
Comcast and Verizon Communications are discussing whether and how they should renegotiate a contract dating from 2011 that lets Comcast operate as an MVNO of Verizon Wireless, according to a Wall Street Journal article. The wireless industry has shifted significantly since the deal was struck, and Comcast is exploring how much flexibility it would have to sell shared data plans.