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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…

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…

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