Ting Mobile Acquired by DISH; Tucows Enables Mobile Competition Globally

Dish Network has acquired the assets of MVNO Ting Mobile, including its customer relationships, from Tucows, for an undisclosed amount. Under the deal, most Ting Mobile customers across the US will become Dish customers from August. The customers will be able to access the new T-Mobile US network, continue using their own phones and keep their rates and customer experience, Dish said.  Tucows remains the owner of the Ting Mobile tech stack.

The deal follows Dish’s recent entry on the mobile market through the acquisition of Sprint’s prepaid brand Boost Mobile. Started eight years ago, Ting also focuses on the prepaid market, targeting cost-conscious mobile users. Ting said it expects the deal to help Dish “disrupt the retail wireless market and become a major competitor in the US mobile industry.”

Here’s what the news means for Ting Mobile customers:

·         No data migration, service interruption or billing changes

·         The same great customer service with the same Ting Mobile team managing the service/running the business

·         A renewed ability for Ting Mobile to innovate on price, staying true to its roots

John Swieringa, Group President, Retail Wireless and DISH COO:

“Today, we welcome Ting Mobile customers to DISH. Ting Mobile is a great brand that stands for better value in wireless, and we are eager to begin delivering our award-winning customer service to Ting subscribers. Our agreement with Tucows will accelerate our digital and operational capabilities in wireless. Elliot and his team have a strong track record as entrepreneurs and innovators, and we are excited to partner with them on our wireless venture.”

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Tucows has separately launched Mobile Services Enabler (MSE) services, with Dish as its first customer. Tucows will going forward focus on growing its MSE business, delivering a wide range of functions such as billing, activation, provisioning, and funnel marketing to mobile providers.  Tucows has more than 24 million domain names under management on its platform through a global reseller network of over 36,000 web hosts and ISPs.

References:

https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2020/08/03/2071636/0/en/DISH-selects-Tucows-as-technology-partner-acquires-Ting-Mobile-assets.html

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