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Google confirms Android Pay framework, MVNO network

Google announcements at major tech events are always worth noting, and at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, they made some major announcements that may not have been the "sexiest" but will definitely have a major impact on not just users but OEMs and their future partners as well. Google's Sundar Pichai confirmed several things, including the setting up of an Android Pay framework as well as the possibility of their own MVNO network.

Nexus 5 arrives with Odin Mobile

Odin Mobile, for those unfamiliar, is an MVNO carrier focusing on persons who are blind and visually impaired. Perhaps more important for current Odin Mobile customers is this latest handset release. The carrier is now offering the Nexus 5.

FreedomPop unveils new ‘industry destroying’ pricing from $5 per month

FreedomPop has announced a new mobile plan today. This one will be offering unlimited voice and text and according to details provided, this one is "aimed at destroying the current industry pricing model." To that point, this new FreedomPop plan starts at $4.58 per month. While there is no annual contract needed, that $4.58 per month price will vary depending on the length of your initial commitment.

Scratch Wireless WiFi-first wireless service opens

Scratch Wireless first arrived several months earlier when they announced plans to fight the other, "too expensive" cellular service options. They are an MVNO style carrier and will be going on the premise of using WiFi first. Well, while the service first launched as an invite-only offering, they have since shifted and are now open for any and all that wish to check it out.

Nexus 5 support detailed by prepaid carrier Ting

Those looking to grab a Nexus 5 with a prepaid carrier can now look towards Ting. Ting is an MVNO style carrier known for their low-priced plans. In this case you pick what you need for minutes, messages and data individually with options for each ranging from XS to XXL. As for the Nexus 5 though, for now that would need to be purchased direct from the Google Play Store.

ItsOn tipped to launch as Verizon MVNO with focus on plan flexibility

It looks like those in the US will soon have another wireless carrier to pick from. This latest will be introduced by ItsOn Inc, though the name of the service has yet to be announced. Charles Giancarlo from ItsOn has said the service (and the name) will be announced later this month and it will bring a focus on flexibility. The service will be a pay-as-you-go offering and while that does mean paying full price for your device, it also means you will not be tied into any long term carrier commitment.
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