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Selectel Wireless Migrating to Prepaid Platform Next Month

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Yesterday, a source shared information that Selectel Wireless had made an important move. According to MrGW, the MVNO will be migrating from Verizon's Postpaid platform to Prepaid under the same network.

By switching to prepaid, Selectel is said to be able to have more competitive offers on its products. Unfortunately, this also means that free roaming will no longer be included. In its place, a small allowance for roaming could be implemented. Normally, the rate for additional roaming is 25 cents a minute.

The information divulged by the source was shared on HowardForums. Selectel originally informed its dealers about this change so we should expect to see more details released soon. The migration process is said to be anticipated to occur within the next 30 to 45 days.

Source: HowardForums

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  1. Why choose selectel anymore anyways?

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  2. So now only Boom offers roaming for free. I wonder what selectel offers will be like...

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    1. I only see Roaming on Boom if you choose their "Post-Paid" Plans?

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    2. Boom's "V" (Verizon network) prepaid plans,include voice, text and data roaming. This has been confirmed to me by user reports and Boom's CEO

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    3. "Boom's "V" (Verizon network) prepaid plans,include voice, text and data roaming. This has been confirmed to me by user reports and Boom's CEO"

      Where does it show this on the website?

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    4. Booms faq page shows that roaming is included

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  3. Too bad, wonder how much rates will drop or allocations increase and what types/cost of roaming will be.

    Hope Boom doesn't follow

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  4. Boom Mobile already offers Verizon postpaid coverage with plans starting at $20. Why does Selectel need to reduce coverage in order to drop prices?

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    1. Because Boom will probably implode if they do not follow suit in the near future.

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  5. Even if in the future boom also discontinues free roaming, I would still be with them. America Movil never!

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    1. If Boom goes the way of Selectel (& every other VZ MVNO) then its just a price race to the bottom.

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    2. Boom's CEO has posted on Howard Forums that Boom will continue free roaming and will not follow in the path of Selectel.

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    3. selectel is a USA company with USA owners and USA based customer support

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    4. According to this...

      www.prepaidphonenews.com/2014/02/prepaid-operator-profile-selectel.html?m=1

      ...Selectel CS is in the Phillipines. I'd rather have this than American-based union members.

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    5. that link is from 2014... every time I have called I have spoken with someone from the US. Maybe their chat support is outsourced, no idea.

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  6. This is understandable as the rates charged back for roaming have to be high and probably really cuts into Selectel's profitability.

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    1. And Selected didn't even offer data roaming like Boom does, Selectel only roamed for voice & messaging.

      Hope Boom can hold on to current service, it is a real selling point for some educated consumers / businesses.

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    2. ^ roaming with selectel was verified by a selectel dealer to have voice/text/data roaming on 4G LTE phones. If you were using a 3G phone, then it was only voice and txt roaming

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    3. Not in my experience.

      That dealer has no clue & must be parroting misinformation or purposely misleading.

      I can verify from personal experiences that over many lines/accts. I admin. Selctel had NO data service in roaming locations where Boom did. This was with a few different 4g LTE phones. When we were first investigating Boom service we experimented with restricting LTE / CDMA (3g) and Selectel(the then active service on a few lines) never had data functioning, Boom did.

      No sale on that dealer's spiel.

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    4. You can't restrict a 4G LTE phone to 3G only. Or if you did, then no wonder if didn't work.

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    5. Absolutely can and did, CDMA only network restrict, woks fine, actually I have forced CDMA only on a few occasions to get better speed than a highly congested LTE connection.

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  7. I hope Boom's getting Volte is not delayed or suspended based on all these other MVNO's decreasing their offerings.

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    1. When is Boom! Supposed to get VoLTE ?

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    2. Who knows when boom will get VoLTE?

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    3. I don't know but I got an email and text from boom saying they are making upgrades to the system for better delivery experience and need everyone to set up the mailbox and passwords once again. When I chatted with customer service they said they didn't know much about the current upgrades only they will enhance user experience and only affect Boom Red or "V" network meaning Verizon.

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    4. I also chatted with boom customer service. They don't know exactly what upgrades are being done. They said it may take 5 days to fully "migrate". I'm not sure what that means... Maybe someone else with more info can chime in

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    5. After the upgrade Boom made to their system for accounts on the V network, a lot of iPhone users lost their access to visual voicemail. Spoke to customer service and they are having to start tickets to get issues resolved. They are very busy at this point. I hope the upgrade to whatever it was it's worth the hassle of losing access to features like visual VM.

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  8. Boom will follow.

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    1. How do you know? Are you part of the company? CEO maybe or group of investors? What makes you say that?

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    2. Boom CEO (who posts as Jeff H) has stated unambiguously on HowardForums that they will not be dropping roaming.

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    3. Rick... Had he said anything about when VoLTE will be available on Boom? They mentioned end of January and then sometime in first quarter... Has he said anything else?

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    4. We should always believe the word of company CEOs? They could change their mind tomorrow lol.

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  9. Because Boom runs on the same platform/contract that Selectel does. The same one Puppy does. The same one quite a few Verizon MVNOs do. They are all being forced to the "new" prepaid 4g platform, which is not new st all as tracfone had had it since day one, but other early 4g adopters like Selectel and Puppy were forced to stay I then postpaid platform.

    Boom will follow because Big Red is forcing it.

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    1. Then I guess I'm going to have to be done with Big Red. This race to the bottom is great for people who use MVNOs to save a nickel, which I concede is the majority of MVNO users. But it's not great for people like me who use MVNOs because we're control freaks, want freedom and are unwilling to sign contracts with the spawn of Satan behemoth carriers, and who are willing to pay a little more for good service (like roaming, and I absolutely DO get data roaming on Selectel in at least one spot where I didn't have service with Page Plus). Go Phone or Consumer Cellular are calling my name. Better hardware selection with GSM anyway.

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    2. Puppy has never been on the postpaid platform. They offer roaming but you have to have it turned on and put some cash on your account in addition to the monthly plan.

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    3. This is false. I can tell you for sure that Big Red isn't forcing this move. It is their business decision to make this move.

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    4. I agree with Jeff H. Big red is not forcing anyone to do anything. Selectel wants to be more competitive so they decided to explore options on how to offer better cost savings plans to their customers while maintaining their profit margins.
      I'm glad Boom! has decided to maintain their current offerings and even improve them. That separates then from the competition and makes them make a name for themselves.

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    5. AnonymousJanuary 29, 2017 at 9:43 PM
      Because Boom runs on the same platform/contract that Selectel does. The same one Puppy does. The same one quite a few Verizon MVNOs do. They are all being forced to the "new" prepaid 4g platform, which is not new st all as tracfone had had it since day one, but other early 4g adopters like Selectel and Puppy were forced to stay I then postpaid platform. This is totally untrue. Boom, Boss, Puppy, Best Cellular and Proven Wireless all use the same MVNE platform (Unified Signal owned by Paris Holt). Selectel has a total separate deal directly with Verizon (not using an MVNE). Selectel is not being "forced", it is a business decision in order to allow for other products/services and change from the roaming which is extremely costly to the MVNO if left to pick up the tab. Selectel and Puppy weren't "forced" to stay on the platform either. Again, Selectel is direct and was all part of their contract, and Puppy uses/used the MVNE (which is a whole separate side of the industry).

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    6. Darrell - This is a false statement: Boom, Boss, Puppy, Best Cellular and Proven Wireless all use the same MVNE platform (Unified Signal owned by Paris Holt).

      UNSI is a customer of boom! Mobile and we operate our own billing system and platform.

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  10. Wrong. Puppy is on the postpaid platform. That's why those overages can occur on Puppy because there is no prepaid mechanism in place to stop them. Trust me.

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    1. I have no idea what postpaid "platform" means. Verizon Postpaid has no cost roaming, Puppy doesn't. That's what matters to customers.

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    2. What Puppy uses is a postpaid "billing" platform. Big difference in what Selectel uses/used. The post paid billing platform (when it comes to roaming) means that roaming charges can't be calculated until the invoices are generated and sent to the MVNO. So a customer can use as much as they want untethered...and if the MVNO has nothing in place to recoup at least some of those charges, they have to eat all of them.

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  11. Since people while trying to answer questions manage to just confuse us more ...stop talking about platform here's and platform that. All I care about is prices and features.

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