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.
Google has toyed with the idea of offering mobile service for years. They’ve been rumorred in the past to be in talks with Dish, among others, to provide low-cost (or free) cellular service. The latest news has the search-centric company offering those in Fiber neighborhoods service on the back of Verizon’s network.
Ting announced support for the Nexus 5 several months back. Basically, that meant users could buy a Nexus 5 from Google and use it with any of the Ting plans. But there was also a bit more to the story, a bit about how the carrier may start selling the handset direct at some point in the future.
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 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.
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.
Scratch Wireless has entered the market as another MVNO style carrier going after the high-pricing often associated with mobile service. In this case they are using Android smartphones and taking advantage of available WiFi hotspots. Aside from the typical mobile costs, which they claim to be "too expensive" we are also seeing a promise of removing the complexity.
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.
Ultra Mobile is an MVNO carrier that uses the T-Mobile network. At present they have several calling plans available, however as of today they will be launching yet another. This new plan will debut with the lowest price of all the Ultra Mobile plans. The plan will be $19 per month and is being touted as "entry point plan for casual mobile users."
We are still expecting Samsung to announce the Galaxy S4 later this evening, however it looks like at least one US carrier has gotten a bit of a head start. That carrier is Ting, an MVNO, and they have said that the Galaxy S4 is inbound. Well, actually they have said that they will be "able to offer the follow up to the Samsung Galaxy S3 which we’ll call the Samsung Galaxy S4."