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As the Verizon acquisition of Tracfone has been completed, there are now a new series of FAQ on the Tracfone website, specifically referring to any changes upcoming for Tracfone customers.  Verizon confirms here that Tracfone will be migrated to the Verizon network: Tracfone customers will be able to keep their current device. If a customer’s Tracfone plan Read more…

As we mentioned yesterday, the CPUC has approved the Verizon/Tracfone merger, and today word comes down that FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel circulated an order among the commissioners to approve the deal.  Sources told Reuters the deal could be approved by the four-member FCC as soon as later on Friday.  The deal was approved by the Justice Department Read more…

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved the $6.25 billion Verizon acquisition of Tracfone. The CPUC statement said it received commitments from Verizon to enhance service quality and benefits for impacted customers, including those participating in a “phone service subsidy” program (Lifeline.) Verizon / Tracfone must: Participate in California Lifeline for 20 years after the deal Read more…

T-Mobile said it will delay its planned shutdown of Sprint’s 3G network by three months to ensure its “partners” have time to help customers with the transition. The new date is now March 31st, 2022.Of course, this may or may not stop them from decommissioning individual cell sites, which they have done since the merger completion. In Read more…

DISH Network’s Boost Mobile today announced its plan to acquire Los Angeles-based Gen Mobile. The release states the acquisition enables Boost Mobile to distribute to a larger segment of the low-income population while continuing its mass market expansion. Boost will procure the Gen Mobile brand, customer base, existing distribution network, technology and its seasoned wireless team. “Gen Mobile has an Read more…

The DoJ has issued a letter to attorney’s from Dish and T-Mobile (see below) regarding the planned CDMA shutdown by T-Mobile and it’s impact on Boost Mobile customers. In the letter, the Acting Assistant Attorney General – Richard Powers – states: After careful consideration of the Parties’ submissions and arguments, the Division is left with grave concerns Read more…

The FCC has filed a Public Notice (see below) requesting an additional 90 days to review the potential Verizon / Tracfone merger. The FCC has not yet issued an order acting on this application for international section 214 authority because it raises issues of extraordinary complexity and thus an additional 90 day period for review is needed. Read more…

According to Fierce Wireless (link below), the Attorneys General from 16 states and Washington, DC have sent a letter to the FCC urging the agency to request additional information from Verizon about its planned TracFone* acquisition. TracFone is one of the largest providers of Lifeline, while Verizon curently only offers its services to Lifeline customers in parts Read more…

As we previously announced, Tello Mobile will be transitioning current and new to T-Mobile’s network as part of the merger. We now have more information on the transition. The transition will be begin during the week of November 23rd for new customers. Existing customers will not be migrated to the GSM network until early 2021. Tello said they Read more…

Sure seems like it. T-Mobile has made massive changes in the compensation structure to Metro by T-Mobile dealers. Despite vocal opposition, directly to senior management, no real changes have been made. Now, word on the street is certain dealers are being told to prepare to close. Permanently. Through various sources, we’re hearing it could be up to Read more…

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