Last month, Republic Wireless revealed that they would temporarily shut down its website to pave way for their rebranding. Along with this decision, they also stopped accepting new customers. A few weeks ago, a quick look into its new plans and logo also leaked ahead of their official launch. And now, we’re finally getting a look into the new plans that the MVNO has released.
It looks like more and more MVNOs are shifting their gears toward the senior demographic. Just yesterday, a website leak showed that Republic Wireless is rebranding itself to cater to this particular market. It is following the footsteps of one of its rivals, Consumer Cellular. And today, we’re learning that Republic Wireless is not the only one.
The Dish Network-owned brand has not disclosed full details about the deal but it shared that this will allow Boost to distribute to a larger segment of the low income population as it continues to expand in the market.
This makes a lot of sense, especially since the T-Mobile MVNO has wireless plans that start at $10/month. Gen Mobile is also known for offering discounts to customers who wish to pay for service in advance.
Today’s hottest news comes as a total surprise, especially for those in the smartphone market. Dish Network has just signed a new agreement with AT&T.
The two parties signed a network services agreement (NSA) for Dish to use AT&T as its MVNO partner. The agreement includes a $5 billion bill that Dish will pay over the next 10 years in order to use AT&T’s 4G and 5G networks. The agreement is in place while Dish builds its own 5G network.
Earlier today, Dish Network announced its plans to acquire a T-Mobile Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO), Republic Wireless.
The acquisition will include the brand, its assets, and around 200,000 customers. Once the acquisition is complete, Republic customers will not need to take any action since there will not be any immediate changes to their plan or entire experience.
Dish COO John Swieringa says that:
“Republic has created a loyal following and established a brand known for innovation, customer service and value. We plan to build upon that strong foundation.
Republic Wireless has formally unveiledRelay, which is basically a screenless smart walkie talkie that both very young kids and their parents can use to keep in touch with each other. The mobile virtual network operator (read our 2017 review of the company) has specifically designed the device for children who will soon become first time smartphone owners in the next few years.
Today’s smart speakers are usually primarily designed for amplifying music and allowing users to manage their home controls, and not so much about taking care of phone calls. Mobile virtual network operator Republic Wireless, however, is building a smart speaker that is focused on phone calls.
Enter the Anywhere HQ -- an LTE ready smart speaker that people can use mainly to make phone calls, and for good measure, also provide verbal instructions to. Similar to how Google’s Home and Amazon’s Echo works, Republic Wireless’ Anywhere HQ can be activated by using a specific command phrase.
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