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According to Fierce Wireless (article link below) Boost started selling prepaid internet service from Cox Communications in two markets this month as it evaluates the potential for a broader distribution agreement in the cable operator’s service area. “Beginning this month, Boost Mobile will trial Straight Up Internet from Cox Communications in select Boost Mobile stores within the Read more…

The National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau has told T-Mobile to stop claiming they are the “most reliable” 5G network.  The claims are based on a report from German research firm umlaut which analyzed multiple carriers’ 5G coverage, subscribers’ ability to connect to 5G networks, and download speed. AT&T challenged this language with the BBB, and Read more…

Viasat has announced their purchase of Inmarsat in a $7.3 billion deal. In a joint statement, the companies stated the deal will help gain enhanced scale and scope to deliver affordable and secure connectivity around the world. The new company is set to deliver: “advanced new services” in mobile and fixed segments, “driving greater customer choice in Read more…

Peter Adderton, Founder of Boost Mobile, has announced his new MVNO MobileX, will launch in 2022 on the Verizon network. Mobile X, will use a proprietary, AI-driven platform called XO.1 and is based on a customer-centric philosophy – that customers should only pay for what they use and need. A unique feature of the XO.1 platform will Read more…

According to LightReading (link below) Verizon appears to have acquired the 4G network and spectrum of Missouri’s Chariton Valley Communications Corporation (CVCC).  “The proposed transaction includes the assignment of the identified [spectrum] licenses and the LTE operating network, including LTE network assets and facilities…  The… transaction will expand Verizon Wireless’s coverage and service into markets that Verizon Read more…

Boost Mobile has announced it’s own phone – called the Celero5G – and when customers purchase it (for $279) it will include a year of free service. Boost has been losing subscribers every quarter since Dish took over, not to mention all the (legal) issues between Dish and former parent T-Mobile. And then there’s the 3G network Read more…

Effective October 1, T-Mobile is forcing Metro stores to have a minimum of 2 employees at all times. This will significantly increase costs at smaller stores, while larger stores will most likely see little to no impact.  This could be seen as a way to close down the smaller stores, as their labor costs will increase significantly, Read more…

T-Mobile has announced a major deal with Walmart to carry both T-Mobile and Metro brands, dealing a large blow to it’s indirect channel. They will launch in 2,300 stores across the U.S., as well as Walmart.com. Per the Press Release: Starting Oct. 18, anyone will be able to shop Metro by T-Mobile displays in select Walmart stores Read more…

3 Boost Master Agents have been terminated, effective September 1.  Actify, Cellustar and Hyperlink have all had their agreements either terminated or not renewed and will no longer provide dealer services.  Dealers using these Master Agents will need to find new Masters – and many (if not all) have been re-assigned to a new dealer-service provider.   Read more…

This past week, we filed the official comment below with the FCC, regarding the Verizon / Tracfone merger. As the only trade and advocacy group for the independent wireless dealer and repair shops, it’s critical that NWIDA makes public our concerns regarding the tens of thousands of dealers that sell Tracfone products.   — NWIDA members, contact Read more…

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