Sprint MVNO TextNow launched international calling options to more than 150 countries around the world and also unveiled a program to let customers earn bill credits by watching video advertisements or choosing special offers from advertisers and marketing partners-- all from the company's app.
Liberty Media Chairman John Malone said he thinks cable operators, including those in the U.S. market, will inevitably add a cellular wireless component to their bundle of service offerings, calling the addition something of "enormous" importance. He said the easiest way to jump into wireless will be through MVNO deals and cautioned against buying spectrum and building out networks too soon.
Tucows CEO Elliot Noss said that the company's Ting Mobile MVNO added fewer net new customers in the third quarter than it did a year ago but that the period represented Ting's best ever in terms of gross additions. Ting's service runs on Sprint's network and also has supported GSM service since March, likely via T-Mobile US' network. As a unit of a publicly traded company, Ting is one of the few MVNOs that breaks out its subscriber and financial metrics.
Defense Mobile, an MVNO aimed at U.S. veterans, military service members and their families, has launched what it is terming, "Your Carrier, Your Call," a special promotion in advance of Veterans Day next week designed to attract new members and aid three participating charities that support military causes.
Sprint MVNO FreedomPop plans to launch a smartphone next year designed for its Wi-Fi-first service in a partnership with Intel. The phone will use Intel's SoFIA chipset platform and be launched on the network of FreedomPop's second U.S. carrier partner, which it plans to unveil in 2016.
After three years of offering free Wi-Fi calling and free texting over Sprint's cellular network, Sprint MVNO Scratch Wireless confirmed to FierceWireless it will begin charging for those services starting Nov. 16.
Top executives from Comcast and Charter Communications said this week their companies are considering participating in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum. However, Time Warner Cable will not take part in the bidding. But TWC did hint that it could be open to launching a wireless service if its competitors do.
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.