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Jitterbug Hops Over to Verizon Wireless

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Aug 27, 2009, 8:05 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper
updated Aug 27, 2009, 11:18 AM

Today Jitterbug and Verizon Wireless announced that Jitterbug's phones and services will now be available on the Verizon Wireless network. Jitterbug - run by Great Call - uses Samsung handsets and offers simple phones with large and easy-to-use controls for those who don't require advance features. Previously it had a series of roaming agreements with a number of different CDMA providers. Now, Verizon Wireless will be the main wireless network provider for Jitterbug's services. Jitterbug and Verizon will offer more minutes in the Jitterbug plans, and will also have less expensive night and weekend options. Current Jitterbug users are already being transitioned to Verizon Wireless' network in areas where Verizon has coverage. Jitterbug services are available from Jitterbug directly, as well as retailers Sears, Radio Shack, CVS and ShopKo.

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Aug 27, 2009, 9:30 AM

In short what does this mean?

Being a retailer of Jitterbug - Did VZW buy Jitterbug, or is it a quazi merger in some territories ???? Just don't understand ???
Perhaps it's like the old Sprint/Virgin Mobile deal. Could we get some clarification here? 😕

Aug 27, 2009, 9:38 AM


I thought Jitterbug was already using Verizon. Is this considered an extended roaming agreement? Were they using multiple networks before? Is this a joint partnership or is it an aquistion? If it is either of the last two, wouldn't an FCC approval be needed?
So, Jitterbug has always had multiple roaming agreements with several CDMA providers to get a national footprint, including both Sprint and Verizon. What this announcement meants is that Jitterbug will primarily use just Verizon's network from now on ...

Aug 27, 2009, 10:01 AM

Verb usage

Ideally, wouldn't be "Jumps & Jives" over to Verizon? I mean, they'd be more contemporary with the Jitterbug, as opposed to the relatively more recent "hop".

😁 😉
Eric M. Zeman

Aug 27, 2009, 9:52 AM

WOrking On A Clarification

All - The Jitterbug people are based on the west coast and aren't answering their phones yet. Working to get more details from them and will update shortly.
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