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Selectel has announced end-of-life for CDMA handsets. This, of course, comes as no surprise as Verizon announced it months ago (see NWIDA story here.) CDMA DECOMMISSION INFORMATION Beginning May 1st, 2019: Only HD Voice Capable Devices and 4G LTE data only certified devices may be activated on our network Only HD Voice Capable Devices and 4G LTE Read more…

According to an article at Fierce Wireless (link below), and thanks to research from Wave7, Best Buy has removed its carrier-branded stores-within-stores, displays and desks at some locations.  Jeff Moore, principal analyst at Wave7, said the changes started in mid-March. “What we currently do not know is what percent of Best Buy stores have had the change,” Moore Read more…

As of this morning, you can get your daily wireless news right from your Alexa device. NWIDA has added a custom skill to have the Alexa smart devices read the latest news posts – right to your Flash Briefing! To add our content simply: Open your Alexa app Go to Settings Go to Flash Briefing Search for Read more…

I was in New York City yesterday (please don’t ask me about the commute home) and I “popped in” to the Visible Wireless pop-up store, located in SoHo (435 Broadway.) Visible is owned by Verizon (either completely or as a spin-off, or partially – all the executives previously worked for Big Red) and they’ve set up this Read more…

Can we save you $6000 a year? NWIDA is working hard and adding new member benefits all the time. Recently, we’ve added the following ways to put more money into your pockets: • 20% savings on AT&T Prepaid SIMs AND a $50 Bonus credit from EMIDA – it’s time to start making REAL money on refills! • Read more…

According to a report on Yahoo Finance (link below), Sprint says its customers are “fleeing.” Sprint offers a poor network experience that is sending customers fleeing at an increasing rate, the carrier told the FCC on Sept. 21,  according to a filing posted Wednesday on the agency’s website. The company’s revenue is dropping, it can’t do much more cost Read more…

Dow Draper’s presentation to the FCC on September 21 is now available to the public (link below.) While parts are redacted, there are some interesting sections still there – including the trashing of Sprint by it’s top employees, including a slide called Network Shortcomings Limit Our Ability to Attract and Retain Subscribers and the one below called Sprint Faces Substantial Read more…

Visible by Verizon, according to a recent report (link below) is now available to anyone – no invite code needed. The Verizon owned MVNO, was only available by invite code at launch, and could only be used by iPhone owners. Visible has said that as of last week an invite code is no longer needed. However still Read more…

So here is what we have heard to date. Yes, the new name is Metro by T-Mobile. There are updates to the $50 and $60 rate plan. The $50 unlimited plan will have a five GB hotspot and Google one storage. The $60 unlimited plan will also include Amazon prime as well as 15 gig of mobile Read more…

Take a look at the chart below (you can click on it to enlarge it.) This is from an FCC Filing and it certainly appears that the new T-Mobile (if the merger goes through) will COMBINE Boost, Metro and Virgin into one brand. Which brand do YOU sell? How close is the other store to you? NWIDA Read more…

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