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Seems to be new player in town! (MORE COMPETITION!)

Discussion in 'Western US Wireless Forum' started by PCSuser, Feb 3, 2008.

  1. PCSuser

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    This is absolutely awesome! There seems to be a new regional cell phone provider out West!

    As most of us know SureWest was bought up by Verizon lately, and AT&T picked up Dobson Cellular, and AT&T is getting EDGE Wireless too - so with the seemingly shrinking landscape of regional carriers out west. (The more notable ones now are Chinook, AirPeak, and Union Telecom)

    Yet, when we think all hope is lost. A new LARGE regional carrier comes to town! There name.... WestWireless, their location... western CO, southwestern UT, northeastern UT, western WY, southern ID, and eastern OR.

    Here is the website: All West Wireless - from the looks of it they have good coverage within cities/towns. And they have nice plans (somewhat like Metro/Cricket/ClearTalk... but not totally!)

    The questions are. Is this an MVNO? Is so who do they run off of? If not, what technology do they use? Did they build the network from scratch? If not who'd they aquire?

    I am sure some of your people, especially BillRadio, has some additional information about this company.

    Anyone roam on them, or even have service with them?

    Let us compile all the information we can on this new baby here!

    -PCSuser
     
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  2. PCSuser

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    To me... they look as though they have either aquired/merged/have an agreement with South Central Communications (from the looks of their service area in southwestern Utah); or maybe its just SCC and they have built out their network...

    What do you all think?
     
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  3. strunke

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    Looks like they run their small network so they are not an mvno. Probably pcs mostly. But i like their national coverage map....it just has the US in all red. they don't even bother to show coverage. Haha, nice....
     
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  4. RJB

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    Funny you should come here and ask this. Two days ago I went over to HOFO and asked the same thing pretty much. HowardForums: Your Mobile Phone Community & Resource - All West Wireless

    But these guys are not new bye any means. Actually Andy told me about them a week ago he came upon them some how. Anyways from what I can see it that they run off their own PCS network. Then nation wide they use Verizon to roam off of. When I get in one of these areas I am going to scan the area and see if I can find any info such as an SID.

    As far as competition I really see Cricket and Metro starting to get into the game more so here out west. They both got some nice spectrum in the AWS auction.
     
  5. BillRadio

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    Ah yes. About a year ago I was tracking down a small Colorado PCS company (NNTC) who has no web site, so I called them and asked for a coverage map which they sent me by fax. Oddly, it had as its "Local" service area, several other very small PCS areas around UT, ID and WY, all owned by other carriers. There was some kind of cooperation among these small carriers, one of which I never heard of.

    It appears as though AllWest is the "face" of this cooperative that includes NNTC, Farmers, Snake River, SCC, UBET, and maybe another. All the other carriers are still offering service on their own, and AllWest has no spectrum. So this may be some entrepeneur trying to get a piece of wireless action by being an additonal portal through which these carriers can get some business, and he should get a commission. Or it's a cooperative of these cooperatives.

    I can't think of anyone else doing this unless you consider those like TracFone as "carriers" who represent whatever networks they contract with. Most MVNO's contract with a single carrier, this outfit could be considered an MVNO of all these mutliple carriers. The one thing they have in common is that they are all co-op phone companies.

    So, yes, I had heard of this cooperative, but I didn't know it had a name. It will bear watching, and in this age of consolidation, may become the operator for all these smaller co-ops so they don't have to sell out to the biggies.
     
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  6. Telekom

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    It runs on a CDMA network from the handsets that they offer.
     
  7. BillRadio

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    All West is leasing spectrum from UBET wireless, and the co-op that set up the Local roaming agreements among the small carriers is part of the Rural Independent Network Alliance who helps these small co-ops get quantity prices on equipment and helps write up agreements among carriers.

    All West needs to include Salt Lake City as part of their unlimited calling area to get people excited.
     
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