Assurance Wireless Dips Toe into California with SF Launch
Updated: clarified language with respect to Assurance's marketing and availability.
Assurance Wireless today announced that its service is now available to Californians for the first time, but it is only being marketed in the San Francisco metropolitan area. According to Assurance, it is using San Francisco as a test market to get the service up and running, mainly because the process for qualifying citizens for the program in California is dramatically different than what it is in other states. Though Assurance's marketing efforts will be limited to the San Francisco metropolitan area, the company said it will process applications submitted from residents in other parts of the state. Assurance Wireless provides a free cell phone and 250 monthly voice minutes to low-income families. Assurance also offers low-cost plans. For $5 per month, Assurance customers can double their monthly minutes to 500, and for $20, increase voice minutes to 1000 and add in 1000 text messages. Customers will still have access to their 250 free minutes even if they can't pay for the extra minutes. Assurance also offers pay-by-use voice minutes, text/email messages and international calling. California marks the 39th state in which Assurance now operates. Assurance is run by Virgin Mobile USA and Sprint.
RingPlus To Offer Free Phone Service
RingPlus today announced a new mobile phone service plan that is ad-supported, but completely free to the customer. The ads take the form of ringback tones, which RingPlus customers hear on outbound voice calls, after dialing but before the other party picks up.
Inexpensive ZTE Prestige 2 Hits Boost and Virgin Mobile
Sprint's prepaid brands Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile today launched the ZTE Prestige 2, an entry-level Android handset. The Prestige 2 has a 5-inch FWVGA display and it is powered by a 1.1 GHz quad-core processor with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage.
Virgin Mobile USA Relaunches As An iPhone-Only Carrier
Virgin Mobile USA, which is owned and operated by Sprint, transformed itself today into new provider much more closely aligned with the Virgin brand. Significantly, Virgin Mobile USA is now an iPhone-only carrier, meaning Apple's iPhones are the only phones Virgin will sell moving forward.
Boost Mobile Adds Miami-to-Cuba Calling Plan
Boost Mobile today introduced a new calling plan that lets people in Miami call relatives and friends in Cuba. Cuba didn't have cell phones until 2008, and U.S.
Madstar Mobile Latest Sprint MVNO Looking to Disrupt
Madstar Mobile today announced itself as "the newest national wireless carrier." The MVNO resells access to Sprint's 3G/4G networks and claims to offer the benefits of postpaid and prepaid services at the same time. It bills for service on a postpaid basis, but it doesn't require credit checks, deposits, or contracts.