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When Verizon announced the expected merger with Tracfone, it was presumed that Verizon would not continue to run the 8 or so brands that Tracfone owns. Well, the consolidation has begun. According to the telcel home page, Telcel customers will “soon be part of the Simple Mobile family”  Telcel America was established in 2012 and carved a niche for Read more…

We’re working on news from US Cellular. Word is they’re looking to make a “big splash” in Prepaid this year. We’ve heard from a reliable source that their Dealer program is positioned to expand and could offer the best dealer value proposition in the business. We are working to get more details.  Stay tuned for more on this story.  Read more…

Mike Dano write in LightReading (link below) that Verizon has once again, moved it’s 3G shutdown date. Verizon spokesperson Kevin King said “our 3G network is operational and we don’t have a plan to shut it down at this time. We’ll work with customers to move them to newer technology.” King clarified that Verizon is working to shutter Read more…

Android Police (link below) has posted a list of devices that will stop working on the T-Mobile network next month, as the “new monolith” continues its network upgrades. The article lists over a dozen devices that will not work past January 29, 2021. Affected customers will be notified by SMS beginning on December 28, 2020 Most of Read more…

Once again, due to COVID-19 concerns, Apple is closing some stores. Apple was in the process of reopening their doors around the world, but a recent rise in Covid-19 cases has forced Apple to close several locations. They’ve closed nearly 100 of its stores during the holiday season, which leaves 401 Apple Stores open out of the Read more…

While the vast majority (over 95%) of all Cricket stores are independently owned, parent AT&T has shut the 100 or so corporate owned Cricket stores.  First reported by Wave 7 research, this could easily be part of the cost-cutting moves AT&T has been making over the last few months.  These closures do not impact any independently owned Read more…

Two entrepreneurs who have been collecting fallen retail brands during the coronavirus pandemic are taking over the reins of RadioShack, acquiring the nearly century-old gadget seller’s name and online business. Retail Ecommerce Ventures (REV) bought the rights to the RadioShack brand in the U.S., Canada, India, Australia, Europe and China, along with related websites, for an undisclosed Read more…

Dish Network had promised it would have its 5G network up by the end of 2020, but now? “We are not commenting on that,” Marc Rouanne, executive VP and chief network officer at DISH. “We are on our way to meet our requirements” imposed by the Federal Communications Commission and the company will share more details “when Read more…

While we’ve heard rumors on the street previously, we couldn’t really confirm it. But today it’s official! Consumer Cellular has been sold to a private equity firm for $2.3 Billion, GTCR, the Chicago-based private equity firm, revealed that it will be buying a majority stake in the MVNO. It is expected to close before the year ends. 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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