Sprint MVNO Scratch Wireless is offering unlimited cellular voice and data for 24 hours on Sprint's network for $4 when customers are out of range of Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi-first Scratch said it wants to give its customers more flexibility and control to choose the services they want, when they want them, without having to pay for more than what they use.
TalkTalk has signed a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) agreement with Telefónica as part of an overall strategy that will see the UK fixed operator expand its "quad-play" offering that combines fixed broadband and TV services with mobile plans and, ultimately, build a small cell network to support its mobile play.
Sprint MVNO FreedomPop is launching free international calling as part of its service, even to customers who do not have FreedomPop as their primary carrier. The company's salvo is aimed not just at traditional wireless carriers but also VoIP providers like Skype and Vonage that have made international calling their hallmarks. FreedomPop also announced new plans for its expansion into Europe.
Phone Family is to start selling mobile services under its own brand after signing a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) agreement with Three Sweden, as the Stockholm-based mobile phone and broadband services retailer seeks alternative revenue streams following the loss of key network operator partners this year.
EE is on the verge of agreeing a deal to buy Life Mobile, the mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) business of the now defunct UK mobile phone retailer Phones 4U.
The People's Operator (TPO), a UK-based MVNO that lets customers donate 10 percent of their bill to a charity of their choice, plans to launch in the U.S. in 2015. That could potentially increase competition for similar U.S.-based MVNOs, such as Giv Mobile and Credo Mobile, which focus on charitable giving and progressive causes.
Verizon Wireless MVNO Page Plus Cellular, which is owned by TracFone Wireless, has started to offer LTE service, making it the first Verizon MVNO to do so.
Sprint MVNO FreedomPop is launching its own branded tablets and soon a smartphone for under $100, hoping that the low-cost devices will help drive subscriber growth. The company is still going to support devices from branded OEMs like Samsung Electronics, but is working with contract manufacturers on its own devices, which could help build up its brand.
GSM Nation, which launched in 2010 to sell unlocked GSM phones in the United States and elsewhere, is now moving into the MVNO game. The company recently launched its US Mobile offering in a beta testing mode, and it plans to commercially launch the MVNO sometime in the next six to eight weeks.
A T-Mobile US representative said that there is a "long list" of independent wireless dealers that have shown interest in signing up for the carrier's new Simply Prepaid retail store package. "To date, stores that have opted into the new initiative are seeing a significant increase in T-Mobile sales as compared to similarly located stores not in the program," a T-Mobile representative said in response to questions from FierceWireless.