For years now, RadioShack has been selling other company’s mobile service plans. Apparently, RadioShack had enough of that and is ready to launch as wireless carrier itself. How does that sound to you?
Engadget published on Sunday a series of internal RadioShack documents that suggested the company has plans to launch as a wireless carrier. Two screen shots on the Engadget website suggest the company’s plans to become a wireless carrier are serious.
One of the screen shots of the internal documents Engadget leaked online reads: “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”.
The selling pitch for RadioShack’s mobile service plans sounds really good, doesn’t it? Wait, there’s more to it. “You’ll have a choice of plans that feature nationwide coverage with no contracts to make it easy for you to stay connected whenever you go any way you decide” reads the rest of the screen shot.
Apparently the first handsets that would be included in RadioShack’s wireless carrier plans are HTC One V, Huawei Mercury and Pillar from Alcatel. One of the screen shots presents the offer in place for HTC One at RadioShack. “Powered by 4.0 Android (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system, the One V offers more without the added cost of an annual contract” reads the deal description.
Although the leaked documents don’t pinpoint exact rate plan, one of them makes reference to a $25 plan. “Your monthly service begins automatically when you activate your account and have enough funds in your account to cover the cost of your plan” a document published on the Engadget site reads. “If your rate plan is $25, then that’s all you need in your account to start your first month of service”.
Engadget believes RadioShack’s mobile service plans will be similar to those at Cricket, which has rates ranging from $25 to $55 per month. Cricket Wireless is the 7th largest wireless telecommunications network in the United States, offering users across the United States 3G services through Sprint’s network.
Cricket Wireless is owned by Leap Wireless, a company introduced iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S on June 22. It made Cricket Wireless the first pre-paid carrier in the United States that brought the two handsets.