Voyager Mobile: An MVNO created by a 22 year old who hates his phone bill

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John Mardini is just 22 years old, yet today he’s going to launch an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) called Voyager Mobile. What will set his service apart from the competition? He’s going to charge just $19 per month for unlimited talking and texting or $39 per month for unlimited talking, texting, and data. Why is he doing this? According to an interview done by AllThingsD, John said: “It was just one of those things. I pay so much for my cell phone. I was thinking there has to be a better way to make it cheaper for everyone.”

Is John some sort of amazing businessman who sees something that no one else does? No. John’s just one of the many people who has signed a deal with Sprint to resell their service. John will even resell their devices. His “start-up” was funded by his friends and family, and he has already said that he plans to outsource everything he can to keep costs down. In other words, Sprint built the network, Samsung built the phones, someone in India will handle the tech support, someone else will handle the payment transactions, and all John has to do is throw up a website with a fancy logo and sit on hit butt while he collects cash.

If you’re wondering why MVNOs exist, then realize that operators have multiple streams of income. They make money off subsidies, they make money from selling you accessories, they make money by bundling applications, so they can afford to sell their service at a wholesale rate to someone else who will essentially be nothing more than a reseller.

We wish operators behaved more like their reseller counterparts and simply sold access to their network for such amazingly low rates. For them to do that however, they need to close their stores, stop spending millions on TV ads, and fire a hell of a lot of people.

  • Conchchowder

     “During its Tuesday, May 15 launch, Voyager Mobile experienced a
    malicious network attack to its primary website: voyagermobile.com. Due
    to the network outage, Voyager Mobile is postponing its launch to a time
    and date in the very near future.

    Our goal of low cost wireless service for all will not be undermined and
    we strive to continue the voyage for a better wireless world.

    For further information, please email us at voyager.mobile@voyagertelecom.com.”

  • Conchchowder

     “During its Tuesday, May 15 launch, Voyager Mobile experienced a
    malicious network attack to its primary website: voyagermobile.com. Due
    to the network outage, Voyager Mobile is postponing its launch to a time
    and date in the very near future.

    Our goal of low cost wireless service for all will not be undermined and
    we strive to continue the voyage for a better wireless world.

    For further information, please email us at voyager.mobile@voyagertelecom.com.”

  • JB

    Sprint’s network is underutilized so it makes sense to lease it out to MVNOs.  I’d just make sure you’re in a primary coverage area or the lack of Verizon roaming (where Sprint phones go to roam) will hurt.

  • anonymous

    Kudos; it’s about time.  Don’t know why the FCC isn’t involved in the huge rip off to consumers who need/use wireless phone service.

  • JimmySticks1212

    A LOT harder than it seems Skippy. Many MVNO with a lot more cash and distribution, failed. Not a good sing the website goes down Day 1. Over before it started – I guess you get what you pay for with Voyager….

  • http://www.gsmbooster.co.uk/ signal booster

    If you are tired from your carrier and expensive phone bills, so you should try these unlimited wireless plans like John. When you feel that you are not satisfied with your cell phone carrier. So you have to change your the cell carrier or cellular network operator.

  • WordsLikeJared

    “…someone in India will handle the tech support…”

    I just got off the phone with someone who spoke perfect English and identified himself as “John” when I asked for his name. He said he lived in TN even. He was one of the best customer service people I’ve talked to in a long time. Just throwing that out there.

    I don’t know if this will help anyone else – but after all the taxes and fees and whatnot $39 became almost $48 where I live (Florida). So keep that in mind (still an awesome deal I think!).

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