LAS VEGAS--T-Mobile US MVNO Solavei plans to launch a loyalty card program that will allow customers to obtain 2-15 percent discounts from participating retailers as well as additional savings through the company's tiered membership structure. Solavei plans to launch the offering sometime in September.
América Móvil's U.S. MVNO, TracFone Wireless, acquired Start Wireless' Page Plus Cellular, an MVNO that counts around 1.4 million customers in the United States. The action is TracFone's second major acquisition after its purchase of T-Mobile US MVNO Simple Mobile and its 1 million customers almost exactly a year ago.
The FCC said it requires additional testing of MVNO FreedomPop's iPhone Sleeve, which the company said could "take another couple months and tens of thousands of dollars." As a result, the company is now offering anyone who pre-ordered the company's iPhone Sleeve before February 2012 a FreedomPop Photon mobile hotspot with 2 GB of free data. The company said that "if/when" the iPhone Sleeve does ship, customers will also be eligible to receive a free Sleeve as well.
Virgin Group owner Richard Branson is planning to extend the Virgin Mobile brand to the Middle East, and has already submitted a bid for an MVNO licence in Saudi Arabia.
A new Sprint Nextel MVNO, Zact, is taking aim at the Tier 1 carriers--including T-Mobile US' new "uncarrier" strategy--by giving customers granular control over their plans, including the ability to change them on the fly.
NetZero 4G experienced 28 percent growth in mobile broadband accounts during the first quarter of 2013, reaching 41,000 subscriptions.
BT has opened the bidding for a new mobile partner in a move that could see the UK's former telecoms monopoly back together with its former mobile unit, O2 UK, according to a report in the Financial Times .
T-Mobile USA MVNO Ultra Mobile tomorrow will take the wraps off its new $19 per month service plan with hopes that the new, low price will entice new subscribers to the company's service.
Mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE) Ready Wireless announced the availability of real-time smartphone data metering for its MVNO partners through Telespree Communications.
Clearwire MVNO FreedomPop announced today that its long-delayed iPhone Sleeve may soon be released commercially. The company said the FCC has completed testing the gadget and that "a decision by the FCC is expected by the end of April."