Sunday, August 26, 2007

Another Company Called iWireless...

I was just surfing around HowardForums and found out that another company has taken up the name iWireless. Looks to be a company that is affiliated with Kroeger's...that's where they sell their phones on the street...

Anyhow, they actually offer decent plans and a good selection of phones. While I still can't figure out how they're able to get away with calling themselves iWireless and even using the old iWireless logo (CinBell has had an iWireless brand for awhile now) they're pretty neat...

Based at www.iwirelesshome.com, they offer two plans: 25 cent weekday minutes and 10 cent nights and weekends starting at 7 or $5 a month for 10 cent minutes all the time. In other words, if you're going to use 34 or more weekday minutes per month the $5 plan is better. Both neither plan is all that bad...considering everyone else's offerings...

Text messaging, like the good old days, is 10 cents to send per message and free to receive. Always a good thing.

The phone selection is pretty broad. Phones and prices are below...but note that you have to add at least $20 of airtime to the phones to start service. One good thing: airtime expiration is 90 days...

Sanyo Katana - $120 (cheap)
LG 225 - $100 (expensive)
LG 150 - $70 (expensive but possibly worth it)
Sanyo 2400 - $65 (expensive but probably worth it)
LG 125 - $40 (decently priced)
Nokia 2125i - $20 (decently priced)
UTStarCom 7025 - $20 (decently priced)

The phone selection has some rather unique phones in it (Sanyo 2400, Nokia 2125i, LG 150) and is not too expensive, and the rate plans (which operate on Sprint's network a la Virgin Mobile and STi) are decent. So if you jsut wanted to talk and text and didn't do a ton of both (thus not justifying a monthly plan from Virgin Mobile) this carrier is better than the big VM...especially since the phones aren't Kyocera junk!

But I'm definately keeping my eye on this carrier...

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

That Sanyo katana is a nice phone from what i seen... the five dollars a month simillar to the virgin mobile seven a month plus ten cetts a minute.... better selection of phones...Thanks i will look into this... John

valerie said...

It's still Cincinnati Bell, it's actually where I buy my iwireless cincinnati bell cards from. :)

K said...

So we are left to wonder this....
Cin Bell is a GSM carrier.THey have had the iWireless prepaid for years.They have sold the GSM phones at Kroger,United Dairy Farmers,and their own stores.That is the www.iontheweb.com site. Now Kroger sells iWireless in their stores,but with the new LG phones they sell I am figuring they are NOT GSM. They are Sprint PCS based phones(CDMA) and will not work on the AT&T network to roam,nor the Cin Bell system in SW Ohio/N.Ky. The cards and PINs may interchange and provide minutes,but unless Cin Bell is going to CDMA (Which I doubt)the phones do NOT interchange.Therefore, If you desire an iWireless GSM phone,you'll prolly have to go to UDF or a CinBell store. If you want a Sprint based phone,then go to Kroger.Me?? I'll keep my unlocked Moto PEBL and CinBell Sim and use my iWireless minutes via AT&T when I roam for free.Someone at Kroger and/or Cincinnati Bell needs to tell people that there IS a difference.