If there's one thing Sprint
's good at, it's leasing their network space to others. Virgin Mobile, Common Centers and tons of MVNOs that have come and gone select Sprint for their services, and it looks like American needs one more option. Elevate is the newest company to sign an agreement with Sprint Nextel, whereby Elevate will sell mobile voice and data services to consumers and businesses using the Nationwide Sprint Network.
Elevate's MVNO agreement, which was executed at the end of December, will enable the Company to provide mobile network connectivity and the latest Android and Windows-based devices to over 274 million consumers on both a prepaid and postpaid service basis.
"We're excited to offer our customers exclusive Elevate rate plans, reliable coverage and innovative products through our new relationship with Sprint," says Wright Thurston, Elevate CEO. "This contract makes it possible for us to bundle Elevate branded mobile voice and data connectivity with our other digital services in such a way as to offer additional savings off our already competitive Stack service plans." As a digital services integrator, Elevate is able to provide comprehensive service 'Stacks,' or product packages that are customized based on a consumer's particular needs. Unlike other popular bundled offerings, the component services in an Elevate Stack aren't exclusive to any single delivery network or partner provider. In other words, Elevate customers can save even more on their home automation, digital television, wireless broadband Internet, and digital telephone services by signing up for Elevate mobile.
In addition to rounding out the Company's digital services offering, the Sprint contract also provides a key benefit to current Elevate home automation subscribers. Through Elevate's mobile application, Smart Home customers can access their security and monitoring systems, they can view recorded and live video feeds; arm and disarm door and window sensors; lock, unlock and open access points like windows, doors and garage doors; and view intruder or status alerts.
Think this is one MVNO that'll stick around? History says no, but if they can manage to offer a slick selection of Android and WP7 devices at low rates, anything's possible.