Amp'd Mobile Soft-Launches
Dec 16, 2005, 8:27 AM by (staff)
New MVNO on the block Amp'd Mobile today began accepting orders for its phones and service on its web site. The company is initially offering just one phone - the black Kyocera Jet - although it also plans to offer a white version called the Angel, and a Motorola phone dubbed the Hollywood, based on the E815. Monthly plans range from $30 for 250 voice minutes to $100 for 2000 minutes. All plans include unlimited weekends and nights starting at 9PM. In a unique twist, all plans include "no overage on mobile-to-mobile", meaning calls to other Amp'd users deduct from minutes, but become unlimited once all minutes are used. Push-To-Talk, data, and messaging all cost extra. A special $200/month plan includes unlimited everything, plus a free phone. Amp'd uses Verizon's CDMA EV-DO network to offer streaming and downloadable content for the youth and young adult markets. The company received a cash infusion of $50 million from MTV earlier this week.
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I think they are gonna make it
I was talkin to the customer service lady and she was sayin that the mobile 2 mobile will be changing once the customer base gets up a lil bit to the m2m that we know of. They picked the model they are using now because it didn't really make sense to offer it because there are gonna be few customers in the beginning but I was assured that it will going to the proper model once they have a decent customer base. She was also saying that they are in negotiations with VZW to offer them as part of their m2m.
Hum.. no disrespect to the doomsayers, but..
So some peeps are interested, I guess.
Also consider that the competition in pre-pay ain't all that good. Virgin's the standout success there, an' only 'cus of marketing an' simplicity, really.. their rates are sure not all that. So measurin' Amp'd fo' a coffin on the first day of launch is pretty premature.
Site's very clean, very hip. The Jet phone seems very cool, tho' I do not trust Kyocera in general an' obviously they need to have a lot mo' phone choices available soon. The RAZR would seem to be a ...
Hum.. no disrepect to all the doomsayers, but Amp'd seems to be attractin' a lot of attention. I've tried several times to get into their site, can't even 'cus apparently the traffic's too heavy.
So some peeps
$29.99 for 250 isn't bad at all.
Now, now... let's not get all hung up on the extras. Comparing to the competition over at Verizon, they don't even offer a sub $30 plan that I can see in the current brochures which is a sweet spot for some folks, at
The m2m part will lose a large % of customers.
That is a terrible way to bring in the customers by using your mobile to mobile minutes UNTIL you run out of your anytime minutes!
Especially when the number of people you can currently call for free...
And I was anticipating amp'd, why?
HOW DARE THEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'll bet it doesnt make it a year.