Consumer Cellular Leads MVNO And Prepaid Wireless Providers In Jan 2020 TV Ad Spending

Boost & Metro Launch New TV Ad Campaigns, Consumer Cellular Breaks Into Top 100 In National TV Ad Spending

Joe Paonessa – Feb 11, 2020
Consumer Cellular led all MVNOs and prepaid providers in national TV advertising this past January by placing in the top 100 in national TV ad spending.  No other wireless provider placed in the top 100.  Jeff Moore of Wave7 Research told BestMVNO he was unable to recall another time when

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A Small Number Of Walmart Locations Like This Asheville North Carolina Area Store Are Testing The Sale Of goTRG Certififed Refurbished Apple Products

Walmart Launches In-Store Pilot Program To Sell Refurbished iPhones, iPads, & Other Apple Devices

Joe Paonessa – Jan 13, 2020
Walmart is currently running a new pilot program believed to be in about 30 of its brick and mortar stores.  Stores participating in the program are selling goTRG certified refurbished Apple products. On its website, goTRG states that it has been refurbishing electronics for over 10 years in partnership with

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Sprint Affordable Choice Program At Walmart, Photo Via Wave7 Research

Sprint Expands Into A Majority Of Walmarts, Offers Affordable Choice Program To Help Those With Poor Credit

Gilbert Lopez – Dec 19, 2019
Wave7 Research recently reported to its subscribers that Sprint is now available at a majority of Walmart locations based on sources and checks. Prior to the expansion, Wave7 Research had noted that Sprint was available in an estimated 40% of all Walmart locations, or approximately 1,400 of it’s 3,568 US

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BestMVNO Is Expanding

BestMVNO Is Expanding!

Joe Paonessa – Dec 15, 2019
Hello all. It’s been a long journey for me with BestMVNO.  I started BestMVNO back in 2013 with a focus on educating people about MVNOS so that they could potentially save money on their phone bills.  Since that time a whole lot in the industry has changed, and MVNO brands

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Consumer Cellular Exits Best Buy

Consumer Cellular Exits Best Buy While Growing At A 50k Subcriber Per Month Pace

Joe Paonessa – Sep 10, 2019
Consumer Cellular has exited from Best Buy.  The move comes just one year after Consumer Cellular first appeared in Best Buy stores.  Industry analyst Wave7 Research observed the withdrawal over the last month and noted the change in a report the firm recently sent to its subscribers. In February of

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Mint Mobile Offering Free Year Of Service With iPhone Purchase

Mint Mobile Is Offering A Free Year Of Service With The Purchase Of An iPhone XR, XS Or XS Max

Joe Paonessa – Jul 22, 2019
Mint Mobile has recently launched several offers.  Customers who order a new iPhone XR, XS or XS Max can choose to pair it with either a free year of service, free airpods with 3 months of free service or $50 off the devices sold unlocked with 3 free months of

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STS Media Agrees To Sell FreedomPop To Red Pocket Mobile

FreedomPop Has Been Acquired By Red Pocket Mobile

Joe Paonessa – Jun 7, 2019
The company that runs FreedomPop, STS Media, announced today that it has agreed to sell the FreedomPop brand to Red Pocket Mobile.  Terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but a Reuters source familiar with the deal says the transaction value is in the “high eight figures.”  STS Media

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Consumer Cellular Is Taking Over Sprint Displays At Target

Sprint Exits Target, Consumer Cellular To Benefit With A Larger In-Store Presence

Joe Paonessa – Mar 26, 2019
Sprint is leaving Target’s retail space.  Consumer Cellular will take over its displays giving the brand a more pronounced presence in the store.  This change was first noted by Wave7 Research. According to Wave7 Research, multiple sources in several states have confirmed the move.  BestMVNO confirmed the change locally with

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DataPass Has Closed Down

DataPass Has Quietly Shut Down

Joe Paonessa – Mar 22, 2019
DataPass was a multi-carrier partner MVNO.  The company offered service plans on the T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon networks.  The MVNO burst onto the scene in early 2018 by offering an unlimited LTE data plan on the Sprint network for just $39/month.  At launch, it was the cheapest unlimited data plan

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Telrite Holdings INC Agrees To Buy Locus Telecommunications

H2O Wireless Bought Out By Pure TalkUSA’s Parent Company Telrite

Joe Paonessa – Jan 22, 2019
Telrite Holdings, Inc. announced today an agreement to purchase Locus Telecommunications pending regulatory approval.  Telrite Holdings, Inc. is the company that owns Pure TalkUSA.  Locus Telecommunications is the owner of the MVNO brands H2O Wireless and EasyGo.  All brands are powered by the AT&T network. If the acquisition gets approved,

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BestMVNO 2018 Award Winners

BestMVNO Awards: Best Of 2018, Year In Review

Joe Paonessa – Jan 2, 2019
With the start of a new year, it’s time to look back on what happened to the MVNO and wireless world in 2018. This is the 4th annual end of the year MVNO and wireless provider awards article. (Disclaimer: Some links may be affiliate links, although rest assured affiliate

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Expo Mobile Hands Off Customer Service To Selectel Wireless

Expo Mobile Migrating Customers To Selectel Wireless?

Joe Paonessa – Dec 19, 2018
I was recently contacted by a person whose husband is a subscriber to Expo Mobile.  She said her husband started receiving text messages from the company asking him to call Selectel Wireless.  Upon calling Selectel Wireless, they were informed that Selectel Wireless would be taking over customer service for Expo

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NTP Releases Study Of Health Effects Of Exposure To Cellular Radiation In Rodents

Consumer Advocate Group Calls For Moratorium On Roll Out Of 5G Due To Concern It May Cause Cancer

Joe Paonessa – Nov 1, 2018
The US Brain Tumor Association, sent out a press release today in regards to a recently completed study by the the US National Toxicology Program  (NTP).  The study found evidence that exposure to certain types of cellular radiation increased the risk of some types of cancer in male rats. The

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Those Living In Bay Or Gulf Counties In Florida Will Get 3 Months Of Free Wireless Service

Verizon Wireless Offering 3 Months Of Free Service To Some Customers Impacted By Hurricane Michael

Joe Paonessa – Oct 17, 2018
Verizon Wireless customers residing in Bay and Gulf counties Florida will automatically be credited with 3 months of mobile phone service for each line they have.  The free service is being offered to help those impacted by Hurricane Michael.  Both Verizon Wireless consumer and business accounts will receive the credits.

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T-Mobile Begins To Test Out 36 Month Equipment Installment Plans

T-Mobile Testing Out 36 Month Phone Payment Plans

Joe Paonessa – Oct 14, 2018
According to one study, the average smartphone owner holds onto their phone for 32 months before upgrading.  The same study says that over 20% of mobile phone owners hold onto their phone for over 3 years.  There may be several reasons for the long time between upgrades.   One is that

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