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Should Your MVNO Use A Consultant?

Posted on June 17, 2022

Most small business owners think they know everything, I know I did.  Okay, without this being a history lesson, I have been in the wireless mobility, communications, telecom, cellular or call it whatever you want industry for thirty-one (31+) years.  When some people criticize younger people for walking around with their faces glued to their phones, I jokingly say, “yeah, I’m partly to blame!” But being a small, or for that matter, mid-size or large business owner means being an … Continue reading “Should Your MVNO Use A Consultant?”

What Are These Fees On My Phone Bill And Why Do They Keep Going Up?

Posted on June 3, 2022

Although still struggling with gas pricing, food costs skyrocketing, rents going up and everything else tied into our current inflation issues as well as the pundits talking about a possible recession, most people thought they had figured out their monthly telecom costs. With unlimited talk, text, and data, phone bills stayed fairly consistent unless you were hitting “411” on a regular basis or making a lot of international calls that weren’t included in your plan.  But the Big Three are … Continue reading “What Are These Fees On My Phone Bill And Why Do They Keep Going Up?”

It’s All About the Phones, Or Is It? What Are the Reasons For Purchasing A Specific Model?

Posted on May 24, 2022

If you’re reading this on your mobile phone, please stop and ask yourself, “why did I buy this particular model?”  Is it an Apple, Samsung, Motorola, Google, TCL, OnePlus, or a lesser-known brand that most of the non-exclusive dealers sell?  Is it new?  Refurbished?  Did you get device protection, or insurance, when you acquired it?  Did it come “kitted” with a charging cord and cube or just the handset?  What about white-labeled products and influencers attaching their name to a … Continue reading “It’s All About the Phones, Or Is It? What Are the Reasons For Purchasing A Specific Model?”

While MVNOs Were Sleeping, Cable Companies Added 8.5m Wireless Subs

Posted on May 10, 2022

For most of us in the wireless business, it is common knowledge that “the first handheld cellular phone call was made on April 3, 1973, by Motorola engineer Martin Cooper from Sixth Avenue in New York while walking between 53rd and 54th streets. Cooper hoisted the 2 1/2-pound prototype to his ear and called a rival, Joel Engel of Bell Laboratories at AT&T, to declare that his Motorola team had devised a functional portable phone.” What is surprising to many … Continue reading “While MVNOs Were Sleeping, Cable Companies Added 8.5m Wireless Subs”

The Value Of Free, Is It Really Free Phones, And Free Service?

Posted on April 22, 2022

What value can you assign to “Free?”  This debate has been going on for years and has now found its way into the wireless connectivity world.  The old adage that “if something seems too good to be true, it probably is” has steered most intelligent people away from getting something from nothing.  Even if you are the recipient of a potential windfall of millions of dollars from an African Prince, you still must provide your personal information and a $500-$750 … Continue reading “The Value Of Free, Is It Really Free Phones, And Free Service?”

Should MVNOs Attend Trade Shows?

Posted on April 22, 2022

It’s that time of year again.  Looking at the calendar, it’s almost Trade Show season.  Trade Shows come along at this time every year like taxes and the Academy Awards (but without any slapping).  Sorry…….. too soon? Everyone in our business has most likely been to a trade show for our wireless industry.  I know that I’ve spent many years working a booth at CES, the old CTIA, and many other industry-specific shows, standing on quarter-inch-thick carpeting over concrete, waiting … Continue reading “Should MVNOs Attend Trade Shows?”

The New MVNO Model

Posted on March 24, 2022March 24, 2022

A lot of us like to harken back to the good old days when life was simpler, things were clearly defined and it was easy to figure out who did what and where to go for your everyday needs.  The corner drug store was for prescriptions and maybe a chocolate malt.  Three channels gave us all of the entertainment that we needed, and yes, we actually did play outside until the streetlights came on! But the world went from black … Continue reading “The New MVNO Model”

The Future of MVNOs

Posted on March 4, 2022March 24, 2022

This past January I wrote of all the predictions about what was going to be in store for MVNOs in 2022 and beyond. So far we have seen incredible continued growth from both Charter (Spectrum Mobile), and Comcast (Xfinity Mobile) with over 7.2 million wireless subscribers. And then there’s Altice trying to sign with T-Mobile and Earthlink joining the MVNO space through Ultra. Now, cable operator WOW with 845,000 broadband subscribers announced their intentions into the MVNO game through Reach Mobile and Mediacom (1.5 million subs). … Continue reading “The Future of MVNOs”

How Secure is Secure on Your Mobile Device?

Posted on February 18, 2022March 24, 2022

This week’s subject is security for mobile devices.  Not a day goes by when you don’t read of another hack on a major corporation by bad actors who now have access to your most private information.  Last week it was reported that six thousand (6,000) TracFone customers were ported over to Metro by T-Mobile without their knowledge or permission, losing their phone number in the process. TracFone issued the following statement on January 27th: We were recently made aware of bad actors gaining … Continue reading “How Secure is Secure on Your Mobile Device?”

What Makes You the BEST MVNO?

Posted on February 2, 2022

I always enjoy the end of the year when too many publications start listing their “Best” or “Top” categories of the year.  Best Movies, Best Television Shows, Best Books, Best Plays, Best Recipes, Best Getaways and so on and so on.  We are not exempt from these evaluations in our little corner of the Wireless Mobility world.  I’m not talking about who has the Best or Fastest network or who covers more of the population, etc.  Each of the top-tier … Continue reading “What Makes You the BEST MVNO?”