[FoRK] What do you get for $500/mo cell service?
Rohit Khare <
rohit at commerce.net
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Thu Mar 23 20:15:02 PST 2006
... apparently, new handsets. Bah! How about *real* protection from
dropped calls: imagine a quad-band phone with multi-line, multi-
carrier service that, whenever a call was dropped, placed the other
party on hold, dialed back with whatever carrier had the best
coverage, and reconnected? Or did "app-layer" roaming by conference-
calling you over two different mobile providers. RAEP -- Redundant
Arrays of Expensive Phones :)
> Willing To Pay $500 For 'Velvet Glove' Monthly Cell Phone Service?
> Talk To Voce.
> Voce's celebrity-priced cell service includes unlimited calling and
> a new phone every four months.
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> By Elena Malykhina
> Nov 14, 2005 12:00 PM
> There's a new mobile-virtual network operator in town called Voce,
> and it's among a growing number of companies offering branded cell
> phones and services licensed from telecommunications carriers. Most
> of these operators, also known as MVNOs, target a specific
> demographic. Voce is going for the elite, billing its services as
> upscale, with $1,500 sign-up fee and frequent handset upgrades.
> Created by Faith Inc., a Japanese content provider that made its
> footprint in the U.S. wireless market through its polyphonic
> ringtones, Voce says it will provide "first class" personalized
> wireless services in addition to basic services.
> Voce's services, to become available this year, include unlimited
> calling, data downloads, "velvet glove" customer service, the
> latest technologies, and a new cell phone every four months,
> according to the company. Voce will operate on Cingular's wireless
> network, according to Visage Mobile, a partner that's helping Voce
> launch its services. Subscribers will initially sign up for $1,500
> and then pay a flat rate of $500 each month.
> Virgin Mobile USA LLC, a subsidiary of Virgin Group, and
> convenience-store chain 7-Eleven Inc. were among the first MVNOs to
> launch services in the U.S. Both companies license spectrum from
> Sprint and resell cell-phone services to consumers, which helps
> create customer loyalty and generate additional revenue.
> Voce expects to first launch services in New York and Los Angeles
> this year and expand to the top ten metropolitan markets in the
> U.S. by the end of 2006.
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