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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…

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…

Back in the days when I worked for a carrier (#MetroOne), we regularly sent out techs (and sometimes non-techs) to “drive test” our coverage area. Literally people in cars, with like 5 cell-phone antennas on the top – looking for holes in the coverage and seeing where our competition had better coverage than we did. Apparently, that Read more…

Blue Wireless, a regional carrier serving customers in New York and Pennsylvania has shut down and has sold its spectrum to Verizon. Blue informed their customers in April, saying they would be gone in 90 days (in July.) Blue did not transfer its customers to Verizon or anyone else, but Wave 7 has posted a picture of Read more…

Visible, the “is it or isn’t it” owned by Verizon MVNO has posted a series of billboards in Colorado with a large “mistake.”  Instead of offering free messages, they state they’re offering free massages! And, to “make good”, the MVNO will be at Union Station in Denver on Sept 21, with massage chairs and masseuses, ready to Read more…

**Updated on 1/6/21 here** Verizon has changed some of the dates for it’s CDMA network retirement. Starting January 1, 2020, Verizon will no longer allow any CDMA (3G and 4G Non-HD Voice) ‘Like-for-Like’ device changes. Additional changes include but are not limited to: Starting January 1, 2020: No Longer Allowed: Transfer of Service, moving from one account Read more…

**Updated 7/12/19 12:01PM** Ting has a new information page up. You can see it here. **Updated 7/11/19 – 7:41 AM** – Ting has posted a transcript which includes clarifying statements from their CEO. You can read it here. —————- So, yesterday, a story was published on how Ting, which bought FreedomPop’s CDMA business, left Sprint and was Read more…

In portions of eastern Montana, already-spotty cellphone coverage has gotten even harder to find. AT&T began killing off mobile coverage for residents in the area this month. Aaron Heath, an auto parts salesman based in Wolf Point, said the news that his cellphone was getting cut off came as a shock. He got home after work last Read more…

Who will buy Boost Mobile? Glad you asked. In fact, I’ve been asked this many times.  So many times in fact, that I’ve decided to write a (rare) opinion post about it. Yesterday, the FCC basically approved the Sprint / T-Mobile merger. Presuming the DoJ does the same (and there’s no guarantee there), and the merger goes Read more…

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