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Selectel Wireless $75 Yearly Plan and $10 Pay As You Go Flex Plan Now Available

Selectel Wireless, a new Verizon MVNO that launched in May has added two much anticipated new plans to their lineup.

$75 Yearly Plan includes 2000 voice minutes and 1500 texts and is good for 365 days. No data is included with this plan. There is no rollover, if you renew before expiration your available balance is reset to 2000 minutes and 1500 texts.

$10 Flex Card provides pay as you go service at a price of 5¢/voice minute, 5¢/SMS and 5¢/MB od data. The Flex Card can be added to any Selectel plan to cover overages and do enable data on the yearly plan. The Flex Card can also be used by it self as a stand-alone pay as you go plan. Currently the Flex Card balance never expires and their is no minimum usage requirement.

Update: effective 8/16/2013, the Flex Card can only be used as an add-on to a monthly or yearly plan and can no longer be used as a stand alone product.

The new plans are not listed on the Selectel website yet. But I confirmed their availability by calling Selectel CS at 877-218-5744. My call was answered immediately and the Selectel representative seemed to be knowledgeable about the company's services, answering my questions without hesitation.

The Selectel website is quite basic. There is no online activation and no call records either. At this time, the only way to activate a phone with Selectel is by calling the 877 number or by visiting a Selectel dealer (partial list). Once you have a Selectel account, it is possible to renew a plan or purchase airtime online using a credit or debit card.

Selectel looks like an MVNO to watch. Their monthly plans and the new yearly and flex plans offer some of the best values of any prepaid operator on the Verizon network. A big plus for Selectel is that unlike the leading Verzion MVNOs, PagePlus and StraightTalk, off network roaming is included at no extra charge on Selectel. Provided they can maintain their low pricing and scale up to meet demand, I believe Selectel can become a major player in the prepaid MVNO business.

Selectel sells a selection of phones and is currently offering free basic phone to new customers.

BYOP is available. Selectel can activate all clean ESN Verizon phones with the exception of Verizon prepaid phones. As with all Verizon MVNOs, all LTE phones and Sprint, US Cellular and other non-Verizon CDMA devices will require flashing to work. Selectel charges a $15 activation fee for phones from Selectel. Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP) activation is $30. Some Selectel dealers are currently offering low cost or free activation including Freedom Wireless (free),  Genius Wireless ($4.99) and Bat Mobile Wireless ($6.99).

Here's a table listing all Selectel's plans:

Plan Duration Voice Messaging Data
$10 Flex Card 1 Never Expires 5¢/min 5¢/ea 5¢/MB
$15 Value Plan 30 Days 300 Minutes 300 Texts 15 MB
$30 Talk & Text 30 Days 1300 Minutes 3000 Texts 300 MB
$40  Unlimited Plan 30 Days Unlimited Unlimited 200 MB
$50 Data User Plan 30 Days Unlimited Unlimited 2GB
$75 Yearly Plan 365 Days 2000 Minutes 1500 Texts None 1
1 The $10 Flex Card can be used to add additional data, minutes or texts to any plan at the rate of 5¢ per minute, message or MB of data.  The Flex Card balance never expires.

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  1. The best part its on Verizon network....the worst part, its on a CDMA network, which means they tell you what phone to use, unlike a GSM network.

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    1. They tell you what phone you can use even if you BYOD, and you have no control over that, unlike GSM.

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  2. Dennis: you have a typo. Shouldn't the reset be 2000 minutes as opposed to 200 minutes?

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  3. Dennis, do you know of anyone using Selectel that is either satisfied or dissatisfied?

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    1. I don't know anyone personally who is using Selectel. There are some users in this HowardForums thread. They seem happy with the service so far.

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    2. just purchased one month to try service. it is excellent used it all over NJ. will be switching next month 4 lines..

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  4. Dennis, you might want to post a quick warning article about Talk For Good. They seem to have imploded and there is an interesting discussion on HoFo. Talk For Good's customer service line goes to fast busy

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  5. I have been using selectel for over 2 months now, great service and no problems plus no outages when the plan renew time comes.

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  6. Is it true there is no off network roam charges with Selectel? I have heard both ways and would like some clarification .. I live in Wisconsin and off network roaming is a problem here for prepaib Verizon customers..Dennis??

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    1. it does get you off network roaming with no charges. im right by the thumb in mi and can talk there without anything more then my monthly plan. pageplus you pay extra in the same spot

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    2. Selectel says that no-extra charge off-network roaming is included. Several users have confirmed being able to roam and not being charged.

      At this point we don't really know how widespread roaming is. Even on postpaid there are areas where roaming isn't available. Why not call Selectel and ask about the zip codes you are interested in. Or spend $10 to test it out yourself.

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  7. It says nothing about MMS on the site..As long as there is data available does that mean MMS can be sent? Thanks for the help..

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  8. It's Verizon, their own customers rarely roam onto Sprint, USC.

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  9. I've been on Net 10 BYOP CDMA and have been getting roaming. I have reception in Wisconsin that I did not have with Page Plus without paying extra for it. I don't know why Straight Talks coverage would be any different. Dennis, are you sure Straight Talk does not provide that as well?

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  10. Selectel has roaming. Straight Talk CDMA doesn't claim to. Notice the big white no coverage area in the middle of northern Wisconsin on the Straight Talk CDMA-V coverage map on this page.

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    1. When you click on the page, then pick "iPhone" you see a blue coverage map that does not have the same big hole in the middle of Wisconsin. Just poor cartography?

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    2. I see what you mean. Both maps can't be right. Except for Wisconsin the two maps are almost identical. Have you been able to test NET10 or Straight Talk coverage in white area on the first green map?

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    3. Net10 map does not have that hole in Wisconsin either: http://www.net10wireless.com/#/advantages/coverage
      Either way, I'm getting coverage with Net10 I did not have with Page plus.

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  11. Thanks for your answers on the roaming Dennis.etc. You have a great site here.I. check in at least 2 or 3 times a day for the latest just bacause of the good info..I am on NextG now in Wisconsin. I am super satisfied with their service,however the roaming here is a huge issue with all the minutes i burn up.So on my next month I am switching to Selectel.Will let you know how it works for me.To be honest I have always been a huge GSM fan for years,but its just so hard to beat Verizon's signal..

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  12. btw their site does allow the 75 plan to be purchased after you have a number. you have to click on plan renewal and put in a valid number

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  13. Dennis my NextG service goes into roam in that white area in Wisconsin that shows on the Straight Talk map..

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    1. That makes sense as it is a roaming area for Verizon and NextG is a Verizon MVNO.

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  14. I was with page plus for 6 years and loved it but in my area there is a lot of roaming areas. I switched to selectel around a month ago and it has been the best thing ever. Now when i go into roaming àreas ''Us cellular and Carolina west wireless towers'' i now can talk just like using Verizon. Thank you Selectel Wireless!! Also i went through genius wireless as a dealer and they have free activation! !

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  15. I know the owners of Genius-Wireless and Bat Mobile Wireless. Both are well-respected dealers that I wouldn't hesitate to do business with.

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  16. In the chart, you could add. 05 as data on the $75 plan

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  17. @Anonymous-from-5:40 AM. The $75 plan includes 2000min/1500texts/0MB, as shown. If you want data you buy $10 Flex Cards and your data usage is charged from there.
    Furthermore, if you get down to 0 talk minutes and still have [say] 400 text messages left (or the other way around) you have a choice: Buy and use Flex Cards for voice [overage] until you use up your texts, or buy a new $75 plan and "lose" the 400 texts. It all looks like a fine deal to me. On the $75 plan mins and texts (if you were able to use all 2000 + 1500) costs $0.02 a piece!!! (if my math is correct)

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  18. ROBSH, just pointing it out as it is shown in the flex card as 5¢. The 75 plan is better than the standard $10, $15, and pageplus $12,$80,standard pins. Very good deal

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  19. This will put pressure on page plus to lower its paygo data rate from 99 cents/mb. H20, Airvoice, PTel, and Lyca all have much cheaper Paygo data than pageplus.

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  20. I am currently using Virgin Mobile with their $35/1500 but their customer service sucks big time.

    I am in the process moving to Selectel but I'd like some suggestions for the type of phone. I need a phone for voice mostly and I'm not a heavy user 500-600 mins tops. I do check for emals once in a while if I'm
    not able to find a WIFI spot in order to use my Ipod Touch.

    I don't want to get the cheapest Select phone but I don't think that need to get a Smart phone. Or should I get one of them. They told me to get LG Enlighten any suggestions

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    1. It's very difficult to get MMS and data (for email) working with non-smartphones on Verizon MVNOs like Selectel.

      Android smartphones work out of the box for MMS and data. The LG Enlighten is an Android phone. It's an OK choice if you want a phone with a slide out keyboard but the screen is small and low resolution. Better choices include:
      Motorola Droid 2, Droid X or Droid X2
      HTC Droid Incredible or Incredible 2
      Samsung Fascinate
      All are touchscreen only except the Droid 2 with has a slide out keyboard

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  21. What about a Palm Pixi? Handy phone - easy to use.

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    1. Yes, Palm Pixis and Palm Pre 2s are both good choices for Selectel and inexpensive, $40 and $70 respectively brand new.

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    2. In case you decide to purchase a Palm Pixi Plus, here is the Palm Pixi Plus user guide for use on Verizon:

      http://www.hpwebos.com/us/support/handbooks/pixi/p120eww/Palm_Pixi_Plus_UG_VZN_EN.pdf

      Hurry up and get that PDF document copied on to your computer fast. My hunch is that HP will play a disapperaing act soon with any Palm product support and realted information.

      HELLS_BELLS

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    3. I forgot to add the link for the HP Palm Pre 2 user guide for use on Verizon:

      http://www.hpwebos.com/us/support/handbooks/pre/pre2/Palm_Pre2_UG_VZW_en.pdf

      HELLS_BELLS

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  22. Check out Selectel's new website:

    http://selectelmobile.com/

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    1. Yes, that is a dealer in northern California. The dealer operates two websites, www.pageplusca.com and the www.selectelmobile.com website as noted by the other poster.

      In addition, two Facebook accounts:

      Page Plus: https://www.facebook.com/PagePlusCell

      Selectel: https://www.facebook.com/SelectelMobile

      It appears this Selectel Wireless dealer is offering free activation with auto pay, but the dealer offers no details on the referring page: http://selectelmobile.com/activationautopay/

      If it were me, I would contact the dealer at (650) 489-6693 for more information in regard to free activation for Selectel Wireless.

      However, the same dealer is offering free activation without the requirement of auto pay from its Page Plus site:

      https://pageplusca.com/activation/

      Granted, even though both Page Plus and Selectel are Verizon MVNO's, it could be that this dealer has different/more expensive fees for activation from Selectel than what Page Plus charges, and the dealer hopes to make up for the Selectel free activation and associated charge by selling you the consumer the recurring pre paid cards with auto pay, and earn commission from those sales to offset Selectel's activation fee, but that's just a guess on my part.

      The dealer is charging $9.95 to port over a phone number, unless it's an iPhone, then the charge to port is $15.00. Is there an additional charge that Verizon MVNO dealers get hit with when they activate an iPhone?

      I did notice that the dealer charges "rush" fees to activate the device for use on Page Plus within either 15 minutes, 30 minutes or one hour, but it appears that is an option except for the iPhone.

      HELLS_BELLS

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  23. Since another poster brought up the website of what is a Selectel and Page Plus dealer in northern California, I see that Selectel, Inc., parent company of Selectel Wireless has registered the Selectel name to do business in California as a Nevada corporation.

    Just guessing here, maybe Selectel plans on entering the CLEC market for the wireline side, or opening their own retail stores? Selectel could even offer the CPUC-approved Lifeline Wireless service. Selectel has one retail store in Florida, why not a few in sunny, but very over-regulated and cumbersome to do business in California?...lol

    From the California Secretary of State:


    Entity Name:

    SELECTEL, INC.

    Entity Number:

    C3587224

    Date Filed:

    07/19/2013

    Status:

    ACTIVE

    Jurisdiction:

    NEVADA

    Entity Address:

    1825 N BELL ST

    Entity City, State, Zip:

    FREMONT NE 68025

    Agent for Service of Process:

    INCORP SERVICES, INC.

    Agent Address:

    5716 CORSA AVE STE 110

    Agent City, State, Zip:

    WESTLAKE VILLAGE CA 91362-7354



    HELLS_BELLS

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  24. Trying out Selectel but afraid of another TalkforGood. Can anyone shed light on Selectel's strength/weaknesses? They could just shut down that department. So far so good for the week. But thinking of committing $75 for the year.

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  25. If this is any indication, Selectel is planning to open one new location in the coming months located in Beatrice, Nebraska:

    http://beatricedailysun.com/news/local/three-new-businesses-coming-to-beatrice/article_4c1317b4-1670-5710-a6c0-4d0f627dec9d.html

    What is not known from the article if the location will be a corporate owned and operated site, or a dealer location. My hunch is that it will be corporate owned and operated.

    My sources tell me that Selectel has surpassed Verizon's required minimum of 5000 active lines to operate as an MVNO. Could Verizon increase the number of required active lines, or change other program requirements that would impact Selectel from continuing to operate as a Verizon MVNO?...absolutely

    To me, Selectel is operating just below the radar so not to get in Verizon's way, and offer a compelling service that can be resold at a profit, and focus on small to mid-size cities that Verizon themselves chooses not to compete in, even though Verizon service is available.

    Similar to the Dish Network strategy, Dish is big in the rural areas, not so big in the larger metropolitan areas. This is not to say that Selectel cannot operate in larger markets, they can, but why spend the resources on big markets?

    Selectel's biggest strength? Verizon's network, including roaming, and reasonable pricing without a bunch of silly restrictions, fees or surcharges (yet).

    Selectel is an American-owned business that has local roots in eastern Nebraska (even though customer service calls are answered in the Philippines). Unlike American Movil, a Mexican-owned company which owns Straight Talk, Telcel, Net 10, TracFone among other companies and once approved, Page Plus.

    My preference is to do business with an American-owned company if service, call quality and value are equal or better.

    Selectel's biggest weakness? Lack of 4G LTE (in all fairness, no Verizon MVNO has 4G LTE), and the Selectel website is terrible. Others have pointed this out, and probably a junior high student could easily add some flash content to improve the site.

    HELLS_BELLS

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    1. If you really want to do business with American companies, you are looking in the wrong place. Pick an American-owned MVNO on AT&T or Sprint, not Verizon or Tmobile.

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    2. OOPS! I forgot - it is down to just AT&T.

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  26. Technically, Verizon Wireless (Cellco Partnership) is an American-owned company.

    Even though Verizon Wireless is a 50/50 joint venture between subsidiaries of Verizon Communications (Bell Atlantic and GTE) and subsidiaries of Vodafone Group plc, Verizon Communications owns 55% of the equity of the Verizon Wireless joint venture.

    For all practical prurposes, Verizon Communications has day-to-day operational and financial control of Verizon Wireless. The Verizon Wireless Board of Directors is comprised of seven members, four appointed by Verizon Communications, and three appointed by Vodafone Group plc.

    Most of the senior leadership team of Verizon Wireless team is led by those whom at some point were with other divisions of Verizon Communications, such as Verizon Telecom, Bell Atlantic, NYNEX and GTE. Vodafone Group plc is represented at Verizon Wireless through Mr. Andy MacLeod, who is Chief Technology Officer.

    Bottom line: Selectel Wireless is an American-owned MVNO operating on an American-owned cellular network, Verizon Wireless.

    HELLS_BELLS

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    1. The Brit company Vodaphone owns 45% of Verizon Wireless.
      Vzw is 55% American-owned, vs. American-owned AT&T.

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  27. We are splittig hairs here. Owner equity that is 50.1% or more determines effective ownership and control. In this case, Verizon Wireless is an American-owned company. If you review the large institutional shareholders that hold AT&T stock, you will find that a large percentage (but not over 50%) is held by those outside the United States, otherwise known as non-American.

    If the United States Department of Defense states that Verizon Wireless is an American-owned company, who is right? I'll stick with the 50.1% or more of the equity which has prevailed for decades in determining ownership.

    Verizon Wireless is and continues to be an American-owned comnpany.

    Let's not forget what this thread is about, Selectel Wireless, which is also an American-owned company.

    HELLS_BELLS

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    1. "If you really want to do business with American companies, you are looking in the wrong place." You can rationalize your purchase decisions any way you want, but we both agree that a foreign-owned company owns 45% of the equity in the Vzw Joint Venture.

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  28. Vodafone Group plc may hold 45% of the equity of Verizon Wireless but this does not give them final authority or approval in the day-to-day operation and governance of the joint venture.

    While day-to-day operational, financial and final decision making authority for Verizon Wirless continues to be made (and has since the joint venture began in 2000) by Verizon Communications, an American-owned company.

    It does not matter if Vodafone Group plc were to own 49.9% of the equity, Verizon Wireless would continue to be an American-owned company. If Vodafone Group plc were to purchase Verizon Communications equity stake beyond 50.1%, Verizon Wireless would cease to be an American-owned company, and would come under review by the various federal regulatory agencies and the Department of Defense for purchases from a non-American owned company.

    Go back and re-read the regulatory filings from 1999 when the joint venture was first proposed and later approved with restrictions by the United States government. If the United States government says Verizon Wireless is an American-owned company, then it is.

    Your statements or myths to the contrary will not defer from the fact that Verizon Wirless is and continues to be an American-owned company.

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    1. I think you may be confusing Joint Ventures with traditional corporate ownership. The former are, by definition, jointly owned. A controlling interest in a Joint Venture does not determine ownership, but control of board decisions, typically through the number of voting members.
      Joint venture companies can be registered as American companies, but that does not make them American-owned.
      If you want to support Vodaphone with your dollars, fine. I just don't agree that you are supporting an American-owned company when you buy from this Joint Venture.

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  29. From your statements, it appears you have a continued misunderstanding of corporate ownership, equity holdings, and percentage of ownership that meets the test if a company is American-owned or not.

    As stated earlier, this joint venture is controlled by Verizon Communications. Seven board members, four of whom sit on the board as appointed by Verizon Communcations. Verizon Communications also holds the majority of the equity ownership at 55 percent. 50.1 percent or more determines ownership. This joint venture is 55 percent owned by Verizon Communications, and therefore Verizon Wireless is an American-owned company.

    This operating and equity structure has been in place since the the Verizon Wirless joint venture began business on day one in 2000, and continued with the same ownership structure a few months later when the assests of GTE's wirleless business were incorporated into the already operating joint venture.

    Your perception and reality as to the formation of joint ventures, equity holdings, board structure and associated governance and how it is applied in this case to owndership of this joint venture is incorrect.

    Since Verizon Communications already has four board members in place, this gives Verizon Communications de-facto control of day-to-day operations and decision making of the joint venture, in addition to Verizon Communications control of the ownership equity.

    Verizon Wireless continues as an American-owned company and has since the joint venture began in 2000. The operating structure and the split of equity holdings were approved by Justice, F.C.C., and as it pertains to the purchase of wireless services by the Department of Defense.

    Using your baseline of American-owned companies, AT&T would be a foreign-owned company since 42% of the stock is held by large institutional investors located outside the United States. Does this make AT&T a foreign-owned company, no.

    Until the United States Department of Justice and the F.C.C. rule otherwise that this joint venture would no longer be considered an American-owned company, then your reasoning is incorrect.

    Unless you have some sort of "smoking gun" that the transaction was not strcutured as approved in 2000, then I would urge you to present those facts, and have the regulatory agencies re-open the proceeding. This would give the Justice Department the opportunity to rule that this joint venture was a "fraud" as put into place in 2000, order the joint venture immediately dissolved and assets sold.

    Verzion Wireless and AT&T Mobility, both American-owned companies.

    Moving forward with American-owned and operated Selectel Wireless, any updates on the PAYGO product and the establishment of expiration dates?

    HELLS_BELLS

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  30. Joint Ventures really are different than regular corporations. The J.V. 'partners' never give up ownership. Ownership and control are two separate things. Here is how Verizon Wireless describes itself:

    "Founded in 2000 as a joint venture of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ:VZ) and Vodafone (NASDAQ, LSE: VOD), Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J.

    Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ:VZ), which holds 55% ownership of Verizon Wireless, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers.

    Vodafone (NASDAQ, LSE: VOD) is the largest mobile telecommunications provider in the western hemisphere and holds 45% ownership of Verizon Wireless. Vodafone operates in more than 30 countries and partners with networks in over 50 more."

    http://aboutus.verizonwireless.com/company/story/

    Why should readers care? What should people expect when they support an "American-owned company?" Should they expect that 45% of profits go overseas to a British company? Like the $3.6 Billion paid on Last December, and the $3.2 Billion paid in June that will not be helping the US economy grow? Or should they expect that a large share of the J.V. asset value will go to a foreign company when the J.V. ends? Why is Verizon Communications willing to offer $100B (or more) for Vodephone's 45% ownership stake? They want to keep those huge profits to invest here in America.

    If you want to help an American-owned wireless company, help AT&T.

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  31. Selectel wireless will be coming out with 4glte around next few months and also will be coming out with mobile hotspot as well

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  32. Unfortunately for me, AT&T is decommissioning the tower by me, T-Mobile is non existent, and Sprint has poor coverage where I work and by where my wife works, which leaves Verizon. So all your arguments about American owned vs foreign owned are moot in my case.

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  33. Freedom Wireless has changed to a new site and the new link is http://www.freedomwirelessbc.com/store/index.php?route=product/product&path=69&product_id=52

    Free Activations with Plan Purchase as well!

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