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Verizon today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire certain assets of Bluegrass Cellular, a rural wireless operator serving central Kentucky. Bluegrass Cellular provides wireless service to 210,000 customers in 34 counties in rural service areas 3, 4 and 5 in central Kentucky. “We launched the first wireless company in central Kentucky 29 years ago,” Read more…

From the Verizon Press Release:   Verizon announced today that it has entered into an agreement with America Movil to acquire Tracfone, the leading pre-paid and value mobile provider in the U.S. The acquisition expands Verizon’s portfolio into the value segment, bringing enhanced access to its industry-leading wireless network and comprehensive suite of mobility products and services Read more…

Shentel (Shenandoah Telecommunications Company) is a Sprint affiliate and operates wireless and wireline networks in rural Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.  However, you may have heard, Sprint doesn’t exist anymore – it’s been purchased by T-Mobile. What Shentel would do for wireless has been up for discussion since the merger, and it’s been long rumored that Read more…

DISH Network today announced that it has chosen Tucows as a technology partner for its retail wireless business – and has part of the deal has acquired Ting Mobile assets, including customer relationships, from Tucows. Effective August 1, 2020, most Ting Mobile customers across the U.S. became customers of DISH. These customers will continue to use their Read more…

Huh? Is it possible? Can you really get SPRINT service after August 2nd? To quote Bugs Bunny… “Could be….” There are reports that Best Buy may be granted permission to keep selling Sprint under the Sprint brand after August 2nd. Existing Sprint customers will reportedly continue to be allowed to add new lines and upgrades in Best Buy stores after Read more…

Well – glad you asked. In addition to the new logo we told you about yesterday (see left), the “new” Boost (owned by Dish) announced the following changes starting today: • All the stores will be getting new collateral with the new logo (makes sense) • New rate plans: • $35.00 per month with 10GB of data Read more…

Dish has (finally!!!) taken control of Boost and started its journey to become the 4th largest wireless carrier in the US. “Today, we are proud to welcome hundreds of employees, thousands of independent retailers, and millions of customers to the DISH family,” said Erik Carlson, president and CEO, DISH. “This marks an important milestone in DISH’s evolution as Read more…

According to an article on TMoNews (link below) T-Mobile sent a letter to the CPUC asking it to relax three of the conditions tied to its merger approval, including the requirement that T-Mo provide 5G speeds of at least 300Mbps to 93 percent of California’s population by the end of 2024. T-Mobile wants that pushed back to 2026. T-Mobile Read more…

According to an article on Prepaid Phone News (link below) – Dish may be looking for some help to build it’s network, and they may be talking to Apple (??!!) The article says: Now, it looks like Dish needs to look for a willing partner with enough resources to help it establish a standalone 5G network. There Read more…

Bloomberg is reporting (link below) that Dish will close on Boost by July 1, Dish reported this in a regulatory filing, without providing terms. Dish is expected to pay about $1.4 billion for Boost. The acquisition, which includes seven years of access to T-Mobile’s network, was coordinated by DoJ antitrust chief Makan Delrahim in order to help Read more…

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