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With Sonopia, Anyone Can Start Their Own Mobile Service

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Apr 2, 2007, 3:21 PM   by (staff)

A Menlo Park, Calif.-based start-up company officially launched its services today, which allow anyone to be their own mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). Sonopia's basic pitch is that, if you no longer wish to do business with the tier 1 and tier 2 mobile operators and want to create a wireless service that caters to your needs or your customers' needs, it will do all the behind-the-scenes work. Sonopia acts as a mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE). It has bought a bank of minutes from Verizon Wireless, and will let you build your own mobile plans, offer your own mobile services, and use the phones that you want. Individuals and organizations are able to create their own networks quickly and begin signing up members. The services are also tied to Sonopia's web site, which offers users a rich online experience to manage their profiles, contacts and more.

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Apr 5, 2007, 8:58 PM

I don't get it

Someone explain please!

Apr 5, 2007, 4:18 PM

Does anyone...

...see a real market for this?

Apr 4, 2007, 3:18 PM

I'm going to start a Mobile Carrier called "the new cingular"

All in lower case letters.
they already did that, it's called at&t
im going to call mine singular
I'm going to call mine "singulair", then when the pharmaceutical company comes after me, I'll say "No, you're confused, this is Singyoolahr, you want those guys that keep changing their name to AT&T & back". 😉
Wireless Buddy

Apr 2, 2007, 6:18 PM

So you can make your own plans, eh?...

My plan is going to be...

5,000 minutes

nights @ 5 pm

Unlimited data for my PDA

Unlimited text and picture messaging

all for

$5 per month!!!!
I'm gonna give away free Treo 700p's!!! 😁
well if u guys were to do that how are u guys gonna get money back if u think about it it doesnt doesnt make any sense to make that little money
ur company mite go broke cuz ur giving anyone
free fones or 5 dollar plans
(unless everybody in...
Wireless Buddy said:
My plan is going to be...
5,000 minutes
nights @ 5 pm
Unlimited data for my PDA
Unlimited text and picture messaging
all for
$5 per month!!!!

Can I have a business discount??

Apr 3, 2007, 11:09 PM

The New MySpace of Wireless

The way it looks like is You setup a profile, company and logo and offer a phone and a plan. the start up plan looks the same 39.95/ 450min and a $49.99 RAZR v3m, then as you add friends to you friends list under your company who sign up for your mobile your company grows. I guess you cannot get exclusive phones like Helio, virgin, etc does.

Apr 3, 2007, 5:26 PM

Not for Individuals

My guess is that this is aimed more at small business than individuals. One person isn't going to gain a whole lot by jumping through two companies hoops, but if you have 20 or more employees with phones; custom making a plan might do some good.
Wireless Buddy

Apr 2, 2007, 4:18 PM

Sweet! Wireless Buddy Phone Service!

I may try this. Gonna see if there is so catch or crazy conditions.

How sweet would Wireless Buddy Phone Service be?? 😈 😎
Does anybody know if it costs anything to set one up?
see ya T Mo!!!! I want my own stuff!!!

Apr 2, 2007, 7:38 PM


There isnt a whole lot of info yet but this is the weirdest thing ive ever heard. Bottom line your still going through a company, i think its going to turn out to be a gimmick and people are gonna regret it. just watch

Apr 2, 2007, 3:45 PM


interesting. wonder if it'll be GSM or CDMA? and what kinda manufacturer would want to toss their phones at people with indiscriminate/inconsistent tastes?

I'm not going to make a prediction; American consumers are WAY too fickle.
CDMA. Verizon was mentioned in the brief.
Well Verizon is CDMA and they are borrowing stuff from them. I would say CDMA.
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