MobileSphere Launches Industry’s First International Long Distance Solution for MVNOs and Wireless Carriers

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MobileSphere’s market-proven CarrierILD™ solution developed and implemented with leading MVNOs.

Consumers are increasingly utilizing mobile phones as their primary connection, foregoing land lines in greater numbers

MobileSphere, a leading provider of global wireless communications solutions, today announced the widespread availability of CarrierILD™, the company’s innovative international long distance (ILD) solution for mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) and wireless carriers. Utilizing MobileSphere’s patent-pending softswitch technology and global Tier 1 network, U.S. and international MVNOs and wireless carriers can now offer fully integrated international calling services to their subscribers.

“MVNOs and wireless carriers are grappling with how to provision international calling capabilities at competitive rates,” said Gavin Macomber, executive vice president of marketing for MobileSphere. “CarrierILD™ addresses the two significant issues facing wireless carriers today - price and fraud control. We are pleased to announce the availability of our carrier-class solution, the industry’s first plug-and-play ILD offer for MVNOs and wireless carriers.”

Leveraging its experience in providing wireless international calling solutions to service providers, large enterprises, universities, international partners and consumers since 2001, MobileSphere has worked intimately with several leading MVNOs to develop and implement CarrierILD™. A comprehensive service offering specifically tailored to meet the needs of MVNO and wireless carrier customers, MobileSphere’s CarrierILD™ solution includes the following:

  •     Discounted international termination to 220+ countries
  •     Turnkey, market-proven provisioning, billing and reporting platform
  •     Real-time anti-fraud control and usage monitoring
  •     Fully-integrated web and retail-based enrollment and replenishment options
  •     Flexible rate and billing alternatives
  •     Seamless dialing (direct-dial solutions available)

“Consumers are increasingly utilizing mobile phones as their primary connection, foregoing land lines in greater numbers,” says Jack Gold, President of J.Gold Associates, an independent wireless analyst firm. “Many consumers are turning to MVNOs as their mobile choice for the particular features and/or functionality they offer. Since consumers want full featured capabilities, international long distance is a pre-requisite for an increasing number of mobile customers, as the world shrinks and costs for international long distance decline. Services such as MobileSphere’s will become a key competitive differentiator for MVNOs and wireless carriers seeking upscale customers and increased revenues.”

Since MVNOs are mobile operators that do not own their own spectrum or network infrastructure, they purchase airtime from traditional wireless carriers, such as Sprint Nextel, Cingular and Verizon Wireless, for resale to their own customers. However, mobile virtual network operators are largely restricted or discouraged from reselling international calling services provided by traditional wireless carriers, primarily due to fraud and bad debt concerns. MobileSphere’s solution addresses these concerns, while increasing subscriber loyalty and revenue.

Pricing and Availability

For MVNOs and wireless carriers seeking to provide low-cost international calling as a key differentiator in the marketplace, MobileSphere’s CarrierILD™ solution is unmatched, with international rates averaging 50 to 70 percent below rates charged by major wireless carriers. For example, mobile-originated calls to Mexico can run as high as $1.49 per minute. In contrast, MobileSphere’s rate plans enable its customers to offer rates as low as $0.05 per minute to Mexico and many other frequently called countries. While some major wireless carriers offer discounted international pricing plans to frequent callers, these plans are often saddled with monthly fees and other restrictions, such as long waiting periods or deposit requirements.

MobileSphere’s CarrierILD™ solution has been successfully deployed by a number of MVNOs and wireless carriers and is now available for widespread adoption. Typical provisioning time is one to two weeks. Those interested in learning more about MobileSphere’s services can contact the company directly at sales@mobile-sphere.com or by calling +1-888-337-0317 x 102. MobileSphere will also be available to discuss its solution at next week’s 2005 MVNO Summit, December 6-7 in Miami, Fla.

About MobileSphere

With headquarters in Boston and offices in Los Angeles and Paris, MobileSphere has been a leading provider of global wireless communications solutions since 2001. Utilizing its patent-pending softswitch technology, coupled with its global Tier 1 network, MobileSphere provides its customers with innovative, highly-competitive, market-proven solutions. Serving customers worldwide with its CarrierILD™ solution, the company uniquely focuses on the international long distance needs of mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), wireless carriers, medium-to-large enterprises, universities and consumers. MobileSphere is a member of the Rural Cellular Association (RCA) and the Association for Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education (ACUTA). For more information, please visit http://www.mobile-sphere.com.

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