Prexar snags Amp'd assets

Unheralded wireless provider Prexar Mobile announced it signed a definitive agreement to acquire the strategic assets of ill-fated MVNO Amp'd Mobile, promising uninterrupted service for Amp'd customers who transition to the Prexar service. Financial details were not disclosed and it's unclear what assets Prexar acquired beyond access to Amp'd subscribers.

According to Prexar Mobile, Amp'd subscribers who move to the Prexar network can for the most part continue using their existing mobile handsets, and have their choice from a suite of calling and text messaging plan options. Amp'd subscribers must visit the Prexar Mobile website to initiate the transition process or obtain additional information.

Prexar is only offering subscribers postpaid rate plans, however the company says that it plans to offer prepaid plans and is working to get prepaid capability. For now, Amp'd subs can move to Prexar on a month-by-month basis. The only requirement is that they pay the first month in advance.

Prexar Mobile is managed by CLEC USA Telephone, which launched local and long-distance voice services in 1999. USA Telephone CEO Bill Fogg told FierceWireless in an interview this morning that the company has been developing its wireless brand since last September and decided that the Amp'd opportunity was too good to pass up. "We are working jointly with Amp'd on marketing updates. The primary assets for Amp'd was its customers," Fogg says.

Fogg says that Prexar has about 16,000 cellular phone customers and about 8,000 RIM Blackberry users. He said that the company has been experimenting with bundled packages and resells service on a variety of wireless carrier networks. 

For more on the Prexar/Amp'd deal:
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