Apple could be launching its own MVNO in the U.S. and Europe

Apple could be launching its own MVNO in the U.S. and Europe
According to a report published on Monday, Apple is in talks to provide talk, text and data to iPhone and iPad users through an MVNO that it would start up in the U.S. and Europe. Instead of paying your current carrier for service each month, you would pay Apple. A special SIM card inside your iOS device would allow your phone to switch to the participating carrier providing the best signal at any given moment.

This happens to be the same thing that Google is doing with its Project Fi MVNO. Project Fi uses a special SIM card inside the Nexus 6 to help the handset choose between the T-Mobile and Sprint network, depending on which one has the stronger signal at the moment. The Apple iPad Air 2 and the Apple iPad mini 3 both use the Apple SIM card which allows users to switch carriers quickly and easily on models purchased through Apple. It is possible that some version of the Apple SIM will be used for the MVNO.

People knowledgeable with Apple's plans say that the tech titan has been privately testing out this service for some time in the U.S., and is also talking with European carriers about offering the MVNO there. Today's report also mentions that Apple is testing iCloud Voicemail, a service that would use Siri to transcribe voicemail messages. This is actually a big clue revealing Apple's intentions to start an MVNO. Currently, voicemail is stored with your carrier. If the MVNO does become reality and you subscribe to it, you won't be paying your carrier anymore so it would make sense for Apple to take control of your voicemail.

Google charges Project Fi subscribers $20 per month for unlimited talk and text with a flat rate of $10 for each GB of data. Refunds are made for data paid for, but not used during the month. So far, there is no speculation on how much Apple might charge for an MVNO of its own.

source: BusinessInsider

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80 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

iWireless

6. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Apple should patent the idea of copying Google.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! +1

10. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

If it were for folks like you, there would just be one car manufacturer in the world.

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

They're too dense to see that.

17. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

What irony coming from you? You have been trolling us for the past 3 years about how Samsung and Android copy Apple's design and idea. Now out of the blue, its alright to copy as long as its Apple doing the copying.

18. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Mxy is too much a dumb troll to see that though.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Mxy isn't dumb at all, he simply doesn't back down from you guys.

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

If you've noticed darkk, none of us back down to Mxy, either. He's trolled a great many Android/Motorola/Samsung articles, as well BlackBerry ones, which is why he is so disliked here.

39. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Pot calling the kettle black

40. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nobody is more disliked here than you. #Facts

44. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Nobody is more biased here than you. #Facts

46. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Except you and the rest of you're trolling ilk. #Facts

52. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Except you and your biased opinions. #Facts

54. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

As if your opinions don't always favor Apple. You're not fooling anyone. #Facts

59. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Maybe you should remove your head out of your rear end since I have called Apple out several times recently over iOS 8. Honestly, it's you idiots who constantly think I am strictly an Apple user when I've said it before I have used many devices. #Ignorance

64. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Maybe you should remove your head from Tim Cooks rear since I've called BlackBerry out on poor marketing and Chen wanting app neutrality. You're the !Diot if you think I am strictly a BlackBerry user when I've mentioned numerous times that I use numerous devices that are different from BlackBerry's, including iDevices. #Youremoreignorantthanmost

29. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I refuse to back down to the clowns lol.

33. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

You're the only clown here.

34. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Then you must have fun challenging yourself in the mirror.

38. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Don't you have a blackberry article to patrol?

41. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Don't you have one to troll? Oh, that's right, you just did that on the latest one about an hour ago.

43. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You cry troll for every little negative blackberry comment.

47. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

And you just cry every time someone says something negative about your precious Apple.

53. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Should I link you to the comments I made about Apple needing to step their game up or are you ready to admit defeat?

55. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Should I link my comments about not agreeing with Chen about "app neutrality"? Or shall I link my comments about my saying BlackBerry has to step their marketing game up? Are are YOU ready to admit defeat?

60. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Are you bringing more strawman in?

65. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

So mine is a strawman but you do the exact same thing and think it isn't? Such hypocrisy.

70. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You have no room to call me a hypocrite

73. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Of course I do, considering that I just proved you are one. Hypocrite.

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