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much information appears to be available regarding the full launch of
this new prepaid brand, Visible. It's currently in "Early
mode, and we know that it's founded by ex-Verizon executives,
and will operate independently. This makes sense, as Verizon
always been very hesitant to compete in prepaid. This allows
to essentially experiment at arm's length. If it succeeds, it
purchase the entire company; if it fails, it can end its funding with
no impact to its brand. Note that initially its $40 monthly
will be available only on iPhones, which will likely expand to Android
as soon as possible. It will be interesting to see how this
love this strategy! With concerns over the T-Mobile Sprint
negatively impacting competition, FreedomPop, a Sprint MVNO, is
leveraging (or perhaps bullying!) Sprint into allowing it to offer a
$15 unlimited offering to prove that competition is alive and well.
However, it would be under a new brand,
Unreal Mobile. I truly despise when companies start new
micro-segment markets, as it usually creates more complexity and
confusion for customers.
In this case, I suspect it allows them
to experiment with this low pricing, and when it fails, and it
eventually will(!), it won't impact its core brand. There's
way this $15 pricing is sustainable, and I suspect its agreement with
Sprint has a time limit, after which pricing will be increased, or
FreedomPop would have to take a loss when its MVNO pricing increases.
that I really like FreedomPop overall, and have even been
using their hotspot service for well over two years as a
paying customer. No
doubt this is just a trial; an experiment that they're seeking to
leverage for short-term gains. All the power to them,
don't be fooled, Unreal Mobile customers will be asked to migrate to a
sustainable FreedomPop plan at some point in the not too distant future
note that anytime a company's core strategy is to compete on price,
they've got a loser right out of the gate. It's simply too
competitors to price them out of the market. In fact, Mint
already has a "That's Not Right" campaign highlighting its own $15
plan. While not unlimited, adding additional data if needed
is a great Buy One Get One smartphone offer if you need two phones!
There are some restrictions, however, they're not at all
unreasonable. For example, you can't mix and match between
brands, the second phone must be of equal or lesser value, you must use
their interest free equipment installment plan, and you get your money
back via prepaid card rebate or bill credits. Having just
purchased a $900 phone for my wife, I can appreciate the value of an
offer like this, so get it before it expires if you're interested in
T-Mobile as your provider!
not all about getting the highest end phone on the market.
a new smartphone with the latest version of Android that can be had for
$95 on Verizon. If, for some reason, you really want to be on
Verizon prepaid, this is a good option for a lower end phone.
course, what the article doesn't mention is that other phones will
likely get the latest Android update, or you can update it yourself.
Anyway, check out the specs; it's no flagship, but will
get the job done.
is a low cost smartphone provider in Japan that Cricket has brought on
to sell white-labeled phones (i.e. under the Cricket brand).
Prior to carrying flagship Apple and Samsung phones, Cricket
partnered with Chinese providers Huawei and ZTE to offer affordable
options for customers. It's good to see Cricket proactively
finding options to feed its low cost lineup as Chinese providers
continue to struggle with offering their products in the
is absolutely hilarious! For those readers who have been in
prepaid industry from the early days, you'll get a good laugh over this
ridiculous press release. At first I wasn't going to include
here, however, I figured it would be amusing as comic relief!
Sure, the merger between Sprint and T-Mobile has concerns
regarding diminished competition; however, does Adderton really care
about customers? Apparently he's still bitter over selling
Mobile to Nextel for far too little money, and he actually sued them
following the brand's
tremendous growth. Of course he lost.
He was never able to
duplicate that success, and lost hundreds of millions of dollars of
investor money on his next failed venture, Amp'd Mobile. Why
would put together a dedicated website for educate customers is mind
There's plenty of social media platforms to articulate his
opinions. Anyway, he did a brilliant job getting the momentum
going with Boost Mobile when it was a startup, and that is truly
impressive. Notwithstanding, the arrogance that bleeds from
site he erected made me literally laugh out loud.
an interview on this topic, Adderton suggests that a merged
Sprint should be required to divest its prepaid operations into a
separate MVNO to avoid a monopoly. Of course, he proposes
would take control of said MVNO. He ends the interview
stating that he
hopes they'll reach out to him to work out a deal. So there
self-serving objective! There isn't anyone in this country
worldwide) who knows anything about Adderton's past that would put him
in control of a multi billion dollar company, even if he could come up
with the cash to purchase such a spin off. Perhaps including
topic here gives it too
much attention; oh well ;-).
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