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Cricket, Radio Shack Forming New MVNO
Employee Screen Shots Reference 'Radio Shack Mobile'
by Karl Bode 06:35PM Monday Aug 13 2012
As the U.S. market continues to be flooded by new MVNOs, rumors have surfaced this week suggesting that Radio Shack and Cricket are joining forces to form a new MVNO of their own. Radio Shack appears to be tired of their long history of swapping one in-store carrier partner for another, and now leaked employee screenshots suggest the looming creation of "Radio Shack Mobile." Rumblings suggest the service will mirror existing Cricket pricing via a no-contract HTC One. Cricket owner Leap wireless has been bleeding customers rather badly, and is rumored to be shopping itself around for a sale.

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Maybe undeserved; but Radio Shack name not a plus

While it may be undeserved, the Radio Shack name doesn't carry much weight anymore with electronics consumers. Switching from Cricket(Leap Wireless) to Radio Shack may not do much to save the business.
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Re: Maybe undeserved; but Radio Shack name not a plus

They still have a ton of retail storefronts, and sell a ton of cell phones. I wouldn't buy there, but people do...
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not a big deal.. and a waste of money

what value does cricket or radio shack bring to the table?
$50 prepaid plans mirror what tmobile, metro pcs, net10, sprint (boost), straight talk and others already offer.

and if the name's the thing, maybe a walmart tmobile plan would sound nicer than a radio shack plan. most people under age 25 don't even know what RS's original stores looked like and who their primary customers were..

cricket should have been chriping out some better deals on service instead of copying Walmart's MVNO plan from a soiled newspaper in a litter box.

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Re: not a big deal.. and a waste of money

said by tmc8080:

most people under age 25 don't even know what RS's original stores looked like and who their primary customers were..

That's obviously Radio Shack's plan. Otherwise they would either be out of business or still focusing on their primary customers, instead of selling so many cell phones that it makes sense for them to do a deal like this.

The customers that Radio Shack wants are exactly the people under 25 that don't know what an original Radio Shack was.

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The More, The Merrier

Competition drives down high prices and keeps low prices low. I like this because more MVNOs mean low prices for more people. They need to allow users to bring unlocked phones to their service.

Many people aren't aware of MVNOs and some liken them to ghetto phones. "I can afford postpaid, why should I use prepaid" is a common comment. Maybe this new MVNO will educate more people that they needn't spend over $60 per month for good cell phone service.
In fact, $25 monthly sounds nice.

From PC World

"RadioShack No Contract Wireless lets you choose what's important to you," one of the document shots reads. "Low monthly rates keep you connected and let you talk, text and browse anytime you want. You'll have a choice of plans that feature nationwide coverage with no contracts to make it easy for you to stay connected wherever you go any way you decide."

Rates aren't revealed in the screenshots, but there is a reference to a $25 plan.


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Re: The More, The Merrier

said by Lone Wolf:

Competition drives down high prices and keeps low prices low. I like this because more MVNOs mean low prices for more people. They need to allow users to bring unlocked phones to their service.

Many people aren't aware of MVNOs and some liken them to ghetto phones. "I can afford postpaid, why should I use prepaid" is a common comment. Maybe this new MVNO will educate more people that they needn't spend over $60 per month for good cell phone service.
In fact, $25 monthly sounds nice.

From PC World

"..Good cell phone service..."?? While the call quality may be nice, a download speed of only 1.5Mb/s is to slow now. Even just browsing the internet can take advantage of the faster speeds I get with Verizon LTE. At work when a coworker downloads a large app on Sprint as I do Verizon, mine is done in a few seconds while his takes a few minutes. I'm getting 20x to 30X the speeds he is. Even just listening to music now on my cell from my Amazon cloud drive, It wouldn't work well with a slow 1.5Mb/s. I need the faster LTE speeds and each song is downloaded superfast so I don't have to wait for it to start playing like I would with slow 3G speeds.

Since MP3 music doesn't count against your storage limit on the Amazon cloud drives I've uploaded a good portion of my music collection to it. I just have to convert the rest to MP3 so I can upload it. Otherwise there won't be enough space if I kept it in the WMA format I've used for so long.

And with the LTE speeds I don't need to store the songs locally. Well I didn't have that option anyway since there is not enough storage on the cell phones to hold my music collection. The Amazon cloud drives solves my issues and allows me to have access to all my music from my cell phone. As long as I have a 4G or Wi-Fi connection. W

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Re: The More, The Merrier

With competition comes better service along with better prices. All MVNOs will eventually have 4G or LTE.

There are a few that offer 4G now as can be seen here: »www.howardforums.com/showthread.···tions%29

Maybe MVNOs aren't for everyone but they work for me. My Android devices are 3G and I can use multiple devices by switching my SIM card between my unlocked GSM phone and unlocked GSM tablet. Very handy. And $50 to $60 monthly savings over the big boys means a lot for some people these days.
Might mean more than speed!

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Re: The More, The Merrier

Agreed.

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said by aaronwt:

said by Lone Wolf:

Competition drives down high prices and keeps low prices low. I like this because more MVNOs mean low prices for more people. They need to allow users to bring unlocked phones to their service.

Many people aren't aware of MVNOs and some liken them to ghetto phones. "I can afford postpaid, why should I use prepaid" is a common comment. Maybe this new MVNO will educate more people that they needn't spend over $60 per month for good cell phone service.
In fact, $25 monthly sounds nice.

From PC World

"..Good cell phone service..."?? While the call quality may be nice, a download speed of only 1.5Mb/s is to slow now. Even just browsing the internet can take advantage of the faster speeds I get with Verizon LTE. At work when a coworker downloads a large app on Sprint as I do Verizon, mine is done in a few seconds while his takes a few minutes. I'm getting 20x to 30X the speeds he is. Even just listening to music now on my cell from my Amazon cloud drive, It wouldn't work well with a slow 1.5Mb/s. I need the faster LTE speeds and each song is downloaded superfast so I don't have to wait for it to start playing like I would with slow 3G speeds.

Since MP3 music doesn't count against your storage limit on the Amazon cloud drives I've uploaded a good portion of my music collection to it. I just have to convert the rest to MP3 so I can upload it. Otherwise there won't be enough space if I kept it in the WMA format I've used for so long.

And with the LTE speeds I don't need to store the songs locally. Well I didn't have that option anyway since there is not enough storage on the cell phones to hold my music collection. The Amazon cloud drives solves my issues and allows me to have access to all my music from my cell phone. As long as I have a 4G or Wi-Fi connection. W

It all depends on how you use the service. For you, what you currently has works however for me, a current Cricket customer, what I use currently works. I work from home so for me, coverage isn't an issue at all and either is speed as I use wifi mostly anyhow. If anything, I would pay a LOT more using Verizon or any others like AT&T for what I currently have, almost 2x a month. I use my phone a lot for business and have effectively pulled the plug on home phone service & went with Cricket also for that. So for me, it has cut my bills down drastically with not having to go with a $99/mo unlimited plan and ditching home phone service.
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aaronwt,

Do you need to be jacked in 24/7? Not enough just having the net at home or at work? Need in car entertainment? Need a fix at the gym? Or in the park? Even while eating? If you are on the net even when socializing out in public, You need LTE.

If that's not a reason for bragging about LTE, another reason people pay more money for Verizon because of their better network voice and data. If I traveled for work, I would choose Verizon as my office mobile phone 3G or LTE either would be fine.

Sprint network? Lucky to even get voice coverage the in the areas we do business in.

Unless it's a business expense, I am not paying to be connected to the net 24/7. Even then, I would turn off my phone outside of business hours.
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Agree, but people stick with what they know

I always think of the internet first, but there are some types who need to go to a mall before they'll drop a couple hundred dollars. The only thing I've gotten from Radio Shack in the last 8 years was a battery for alarm system.
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I stick with at&t because of price also :)

I get 23% work discount on my voice plan, $5 discount from bundling with u-verse internet, I still have 200 sms for $5 and don't need more, old $25 2GB plan with $31 for 450 min after discount With taxes, its about $65 per month for cell phone servie with at&t. Not bad. I still have iphone 4 but I get better speeds on 3G than I used to get half year ago. Must be many people on smartphones migrating to LTE and refarming 2G to 3G that boost 3G. And recently att has expanded to more rural areas HSPA+ while T-Mobile or their affilate carriers still use 2G there.

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Radio shack doesn't do me wrong

If I ever need hard to find parts or want to wire something with digital chips, radioshack can't be beat. They may not sell them in the stores, but nothing says I can't look online for something.

In the past few years I bought a cordless butane powered soldering iron from them, some telco jellybeans (a bit different than the common red ones, a power supply, and some other stuff.

I wouldn't say I am a regular consumer, but I do shop around, and don't necessarily throw them to the curb. Just recently I got tasked by someone to find an older cassette recorder some microphones for recording meetings.

At first I asked... "you can get the USB models online for much cheaper than what you are asking here for. Why are you wanting to do this?

"Lossless audio, and the USB ones we have been getting die out after a year of use. Frankly we are just frustrated and tired. Someone proved it that the tape can hold up."

I was like "Ok, should be easy enough. I will probably have to do some Radio Shack shopping and such. It probably will be a little expensive I am assuming."

"I know, but we didn't believe it till it was proven to 3 of the 5 judges recently. I lost this technology war with them."

"Oh.. Ok, fair enough."
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