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.
Karma, an MVNO that rewards customers with additional data when they share their hotspot connection with others, is launching its first LTE hotspot, called Karma Go, on Sprint's tri-band LTE network. The company previously only offered service on Sprint's WiMAX network.
Virgin Mobile Central and Eastern Europe (VMCEE), a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), has secured funding of up to €10 million ($12.9 million) to fuel its expansion in Poland, Turkey, and other parts of the region.
LAS VEGAS--MVNO Truphone said it will begin selling the new Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus starting Sept. 26. The MVNO began selling the iPhone 5s in May after it became an Apple authorized partner.