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No. No they’re not.  A rumor is floating around with the message (see below) that LG will be exiting the smartphone business on January 26. However, AndroidPolice reached out to LG’s global communicator for consumer tech, Ken Hong, to hear if there was anything to the supposed leak. His response was swift and specific: Completely false and without Read more…

If you’re a repair shop looking to hire, or if you’re a technician looking for work, we have great news for you! CellBotics, a NWIDA VP, now has a job board available! They know there is a huge need for technicians in the industry. Because CellBotics is a repair training center, they receive website visits from experienced Read more…

We’re hearing that Metro by T-Mobile stores may soon be allowed to sell unlocked phones, obtained from (almost?) any source. The information comes from a Metro dealer, who has been a reliable source in the past.  Dealers would be allowed to purchase unlocked phones and activate them on Metro. We don’t have an exact start date for Read more…

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…

Recently, 5 states introduced or continued their work on Right to Repair bills. If you live or work in Florida  Delaware Oklahoma South Carolina or  Vermont We urge you to contact your state legislators and voice your support for these bills.  NWIDA works closely with Repair.org in order to ensure fair legislation for our members and the 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…

AT&T and Cricket (see below) have announced the shutdown schedule of their 3G network: Starting January 19, 2021 activations of non HD (non-VoLTE) devices will be blocked. Devices currently on-line will work until February 2022 Customers using non-HD devices will be “encouraged” to upgrade. On January 12, they will begin to receive text messages Includes Cricket BYOD Read more…

MobileWorld Live reported (link below) that T-Mobile has agreed to buy assets from former Sprint affiliate Brookings Municipal Utilities (BMU), in a bid to strengthen its coverage and distribution in parts of two states. The acquisition includes BMU’s network assets, retail stores and spectrum, which currently serve approximately 14,000 customers in South Dakota and Iowa. T-Mobile said Read more…

According to a report on the T-Mo Report (link below) Metro by T-Mobile services could soon be sold at T-Mobile branded stores. This would “fall in line” with our previous reports of T-Mobile lowering revenue opportunities and closing Metro stores. The report says that a “recent email sent to employees seems to suggest that their “Metro by Read more…

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