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CellNUVO Promises (Again) to Launch Service on GSM Operator Soon

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Back in October 2015, CellNUVO promised that they would be launching service on an unnamed GSM operator "soon". But ever since then, the Sprint MVNO has not given an update on this promise. That is, until today.

If you've been waiting for CellNUVO to make good on its GSM promise, you're in for some good news. Earlier today, the MVNO announced that they are in the works of upgrading their platform for their subscribers to enjoy. Along with the platform improvement, users will be able to get a better overall network experience and gain more choices with higher quality service.

CellNUVO also announced that an iPhone app would be released as part of the platform update. That will make it possible to use iPhones on CellNUVO, which is currently limited to Android phones.

The MVNO is giving its subscribers access not only to the best GSM network in the U.S. but also the top CDMA networks. Although they have not revealed a lot of details about this good news, the MVNO has shared that its subscribers may experience minor service interruptions. Despite this, the MVNO is working hard at minimizing these interruptions.

CellNUVO is a freemium operator that lets customers earn credits, called Silver, by watching ads and taking surveys. Silver can be used to pay for calls, text and data use.

As they prepare for the transition, current subscribers of the MVNO will continue to earn Silver. The MNVO assured its customers that the Silver balance will not be lost and will be updated once the new server has been connected.

During the transition, the entire CellNUVO website has been replaced by a single page announcing that GSM service and iPhone support are coming soon. With the functional parts of the CellNUVO site down, it's not currently possible to activate new lines of service on CellNUVO.


Source: CellNUVO

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  1. I'm a CellNUVO customer and have been pleased, overall. They've had a few bumps in the road but the overall trajectory has been positive.

    Adding a GSM option is going to make a lot of people happy and I may have to put a second phone on with them.

    MVNOs come and go, but this one has some good potential.

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    1. ...until it folds. Junk MVNOs. Their instability and games are a nuisance.

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    2. Then don't participate if you think it's a nuisance!

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    3. GSM is the future. CDMA is a sinking ship.

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    4. @Anon0703: They can save you a lot of money when combined with Google Voice. I rode RP to its death, and now CellNUVO is giving me free data hotspot so I could go with MintSIM's cheapest plan (about $15.50/mo after taxes) and still be sure I'd have plenty of data when needed. The backup coverage of differing networks is another bonus. You're losing money by turning your nose up at certain options just because they're not from a well-established company (yet).

      @Anon0959 Since LTE specs are based on GSM I guess you're technically right, but GSM itself is not the future (although it will almost certainly outlast CDMA).

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  2. They experienced rapid growth early this year which has enabled them to make many of the changes they have hoped. CN subscribers have seen many positive changes already. The latest version of the app being the best one yet.

    This is all great news. I for one am looking forward to GSM service!

    They also mention in the notice that the iphone app is also being rolled out.

    There are also exciting developments coming soon such as being able to buy phones for silver. Also they are soon to launch a lifeline program called swipir.

    reddit.com/r/cellnuvo

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  3. This post needs a full rewrite so it contains less than 20 percent press release.

    I am more interested in why this news is all you get on their website (see the "source" link) other than an email address. That seems more likely a warning sign if you can't sign up there right now.

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    1. Makes sense to temporary shut down sign ups while they transition to the new system.

      Nothing to worry about and existing account continue to work in the meantime as mentioned.

      They are a small company.

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    2. @anon1126: Not fully working as I was using a different device to earn credit for a family member's phone who wouldn't do it for themselves, but that seems to have been "temporarily" deactivated. Now the phone itself acts like I'm able to earn credits on it, but when I try to force an update of the silver count through settings it tells me the hash is invalid so I don't think it's going to get credit for those ads. I'll just wait for a bit to see how long it takes them to come back up - I built up plenty of credit on it because I'm paranoid about having enough for unforseen events (like this unannounced downtime).

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  4. they can easily copy google project fi, with both sprint and t-mobile coverage. they really do not need to offer both at&t and verizon. that would be both costly and redundant.

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    1. If copying Project Fi's technology was easy other carriers would already have done it. I doubt that CellNuvo has the resources to develop a complex software and hardware platform like Fi.

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  5. CellNuvo good free service since we don't have RP anymore. Don't care about GSM phones since Sprint coverage good in my area.

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  6. website has been replaced by a singe page Typo - should be single.

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  7. Gsm mvno launches these days are a lot harder then cdna. Tmobile has a very high end number that most mvnos fail to reach despite cheaper rates overall and Att has the highest rates of all 4 kmajor national carriers. Plus Att is no longer allowing new independent mvnos. Anything new on Att will probably be thru an aggregator, an mvne or a sub mvno. Rok mobile had their shaky original Att branch implode in a mere two weeks and they are crawling out of a deep hole overall trying to shake a bad rep for failure but we will see if Cell nuvo makes it or not. Never believe mvno promises in this day and age till you actually not only see it happen but see it last...

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  8. It won't last especially since most of it's subscribers are former ring minus.

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    1. Naysay all you like - we former R+ customers are gonna continue saving money no matter who the service provider is. With Google Voice it doesn't matter.

      Besides, where CN gets customers from is irrelevant - they're getting paid by advertisers and the customers are doing most of the work of earning it for them. As far as business models go, this seems on much more solid ground than Ring+ ever was. I doubt they're going anywhere any time soon.

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    2. It's a pretty crappy company. I signed up, and saw on the main page that you'd be able to buy a SIM off the site during completion of sign up. It never did offer me it. I needed a SIM. It took weeks of emails, even getting a response from the CEO that they had no idea how to sell me the sim they were offering on the site. I gave up: they were a bunch of slackjawed idiots, to be honest.

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    3. Sounds like most of their membership fits that description as well.

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  9. Can anyone please help me port out of CellNuvo?

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    1. To port out of any carrier you need your account number and PIN. It you don't know then and they aren't displayed in your CellNOVO app you need to contact CellMuvo to get them. I believe CellNUVO support is by email only. Try support@cellnuvo.com If you don't get any response within 24 hours try tom@cellnuvo.com which is supposed to be the CEO's email or DM them on Twitter (@CellNuvo) or Facebook Messenger (CellNuvoBeFree).


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    2. Port directly to Google Voice ($20 one time fee) and never have to worry about porting out again. Just tell GV up to 6 numbers to forward calls to, install the GV app and tell it to make all outgoing calls look like they're coming from your GV # and you're set.

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    3. I found my account number but what is the pin supposed to be?

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  10. If it's native T-mobile coverage, then this is a big ol' bacon double nothing burger with cheese.

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  11. Since the afternoon of Friday, December 18th, the CellNUVO network has been having problems. They are upgrading to allow iphones as well as to add a GSM network. Unfortunately that means that Sprint voice/text/data are down for some (or possibly all) customers while they are working on this. I have other cellphones so that's not a big deal for me, but for some people their CellNUVO phone may be their only line. Hopefully they will restore service in a few hours.

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  12. I have not had service since Friday morning. I have contacted them about it and they responded within 2 hours. Now that I am asking them to release my device to port out I get no response.

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  13. I think it's time to bail out. Tello and Freedompop are good options. the only problem is you'll have to get another number since porting the number is not an option right now.

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