RadioShack might be making a move from the place you go to buy batteries and maybe sign up with a major wireless carrier for a phone plan, to the place where it is the actual wireless carrier. Leaked documents circulating the document seem to indicate that the company is teaming up with Cricket Wireless to become a no-contract mobile virtual network operator.
An MVNO, as it’s known in the biz, is when a wireless services provider doesn’t actually own the spectrum on which its network runs, which is where Cricket Wireless come in.
Engadget posted screen grabs of two documents discussing which phones would be RadioShack Mobile-ready, as well as a page that describes exactly what RadioShack Mobile is. A phone number in the “getting started” section goes to Cricket’s customer service line.
“RadioShack No Contract Wireless lets you choose what’s important to you. Low monthly rates keep you connected and let you talk, text and browse anytime you want. You’ll have a choice of plans that feature nationwide coverage with no contracts to make it easy for you to stay connected wherever you go any way you decide.”
There’s mention of a plan for $25, and options to pay as you go with various forms of payment. Engadget asked RadioShack about this whole thing, and the company simply said it can’t comment on rumors or speculation. Oh, the suspense.