Lightyear Partners with Sprint for New MVNO
A company called Lightyear today announced the launch of a new MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) that will offer pre-paid and post-paid cellular phone services using Sprint's network. Lightyear, which has an existing customer base of about 60,000 users, already offers wireline communications. It hopes to expand its reach by offering bundled wireless and wireline services across its footprint in Kentucky. It didn't provide details on its initial batch of phones, nor when the service will go live.
Samsung Reveals Price Points for Gear Sport Watch and Icon X Headphones
Samsung today said its Gear Sport smartwatch and Icon X 2018 headphones will be available for pre-order starting October 13, with general retail availability to follow October 27. The Gear Sport, a fitness-focused smartwatch that runs Samsung's Tizen platform, costs $299.99.
Comcast Details Mobile Phone Service as Xfinity Mobile
Comcast today revealed details of its forthcoming Xfinity Mobile phone service. The company will use Verizon's 4G LTE network for the service, using an existing MVNO agreement.
ROK Mobile Expands Coverage and Retail Presence
ROK Mobile, a music-focused MVNO, today said it has significantly expanded coverage by partnering with "the nation's largest 4G LTE network." ROK Mobile didn't name its new partner, but said customers can now enjoy cellular network access in more places. The carrier has already partnered with Sprint and T-Mobile, so the new partner is either AT&T or Verizon Wireless.
Republic Wireless MVNO to Add GSM-Based Service
Republic Wireless, an MVNO that operates on Sprint's network, says it has signed a deal with a GSM-based carrier and will expand service with a GSM smartphone later this year. Republic's SVP of sales Lon France told Fierce Wireless the device will be a high-end Motorola handset, though he didn't name the exact model nor the new carrier partner (likely T-Mobile).
How many MVNO's does Sprint need?
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