Monday, April 16, 2018

Pace Cellular Becomes Kaptel Wireless & Disappears

Last year we reported on one of the best-kept wireless secrets about cellular carries that shut down their own network and start offering one of the Top 4 network products as their own.  While we prefer wireless companies that keep their own network going, this is a better choice than just turning out the lights and going away.  These carriers who re-sell products of the larger networks often provide a more local and  personal customer service than the major networks can from a far-away call center.  This often means the wireless user get a better network but still does business with a local company.


Most recently we discovered that Pace Cellular of Louisiana changed their name to Kaptel Wireless, similar to their parent telecom, Kaplan Telephone Company.  We lost Pace as an independent network operator before the name change but Pace was a marginal carrier and now Kaplan customers will have access to a much better wireless product, with a local face.  Pace has not reported what has become of their own wireless spectrum but I'm sure it's buried in the FCC records if someone wants to look.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Unlimited Data for a Buck!

We've been giving credit to Sprint for coming up with some wild promotions which are actually a good deal on a good performing network.  Another wild plan from the same corporate headquarters is Virgin Mobile's $1 for 6 months Unlimited promotion.  You can buy one of their iPhones...because that's all they sell...or you can bring your own compatible phone and get the same plan.  At the end of the 6 months you switch to their $50 Unlimited plan...it's the only plan the have...which is a good enough deal for a single line.


While Virgin needs to do something to get noticed after sleeping for the last few years, this is a nice wake up call, especially if you think you really need an Unlimited plan.  I found out certain members of my family were looking for a way to resurrect their old iPhone and this just may be the ticket.  We also gotta tell you we get a commission on Virgin Mobile purchases made from this page, however, we did not get paid for this article.  Got it?

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Oh No, Sprint & T-Mobile Talk Again!

The T-Mobile and Sprint zombie that was hoped to be dead is once again alive!  You've probably heard this already and Mike Dano at Fierce Wireless offers a good explanation of why this is happening, and why now.  We agree that Sprint needs to be rescued, just not by T-Mobile.  The spectre of only 3 major carriers in the US is horrifying.  Yes, the new demands of spectrum and rising competition make the wireless world more complicated, but no matter how much we are told, "Bigger is Better," we still have no reason to believe it.


Just look at our neighbor to the north.  Canadian wireless users has cried for years about high prices. Their national government tried to expand the spectrum available, only to have what few new carriers appeared, be gobbled up by their Big 3.  Don't drink the Kool-Aid!  Make some noise.  The few visitors to this and similar sites may be the only ones who know the devil lurking just behind the "Bigger is Better" smoke screen.  All we need is a white knight with deep pockets, or an overwhelming amount of common sense at the federal government level.  We've been surprised before.  Is the man behind the curtain about to speak?