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ACG Announces Affiliate Membership at RWA Event

Las Vegas, NV – The Associated Carrier Group (ACG) announced a new Affiliate Membership program during the Rural Wireless Summit, hosted by the Rural Wireless Association (RWA), inLas Vegas, Nevada. ACG affiliate members will enjoy benefits including accessory, infrastructure and service discounts. This will help lay the groundwork for affiliate members to upgrade to full membership including handset discounts once VOLTE only devicesbecome available.

ACG President and Executive Director Russ Lipinski unveiled the new program during his presentation at the Rural Wireless Summit. “We look forward to welcoming RWA members and otherrural carriers to ACG and continuing to strengthen our consortium through this new affiliate program,” stated Lipinski. “The trends are showing robust growth in the accessories market will continue, and we hope that we can help additional wireless carriersfind success in this area,” he added.

“RWA is pleased to work with like-minded organizations like ACG that are committed to promoting rural wireless opportunities,” explained RWA’s CEO Tanya Sullivan. “Mr. Lipinski sharedexcellent insights with our attendees during his presentation and we were very pleased that he chose RWA to announce this new initiative.”

About ACGACG was formed to benefit both its members and the consumer by facilitating efficient production and marketing of devices as well as increased competition. The consortiumenables its members to work with manufacturers, suppliers and other vendors to acquire more timely access to relevant CDMA devices.  ACG presently has thirty-three Member Carriers based in various markets throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.   Moreinformation is available at www.associatedcarriergroup.com.

About RWA– Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, RWA – the Rural Wireless Association is a trade association representing rural wireless carriers who each serve fewer than 100,000 subscribers. RWA’s members have joined together to speed delivery of new, efficient and innovative telecommunications technologies to remote and underserved communities.For more information visit www.ruralwireless.org.

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Budget Prepay, LLC, Joins The Associated Carrier Group

The Associated Carrier Group, LLC, (ACG) announced today that Budget Prepay, LLC, a Louisiana company, has joined the group of independent tier two and three carriers and increased overall membership to 36 member carriers.  ACG, formed in January 2005, is an alliance of North American CDMA carriers that collaborates efforts to provide timely and competitive value to consumers in member markets while creating efficiencies of scale for device manufacturers and vendors.

“ACG aggregates carrier demand to insure timely availability of innovative wireless devices that consumers demand.” said ACG President Russ Lipinski.  “Our organization provides Member Carriers with a means to work collaboratively with equipment manufacturers and vendors in an effort to bring the latest technologies, competitive value, and greater choice to consumers. In today’s ever changing device ecosystem prudent planning has elevated to become mission critical in CDMA and LTE.  We are pleased to welcome Budget Prepay as the newest member of ACG.”

 “Partnering with ACG is a collaboration that makes sense for our business and our customers,” said Danny Hyde, Chief Executive Officer for Budget Prepay. “As a member of ACG, we hope to expand our industry resources and continue to stay at the forefront of emerging wireless trends and technology.”

Carriers interested in joining ACG or seeking further information visit  www.associatedcarriergroup.com. 


About Budget Prepay

Budget PrePay® is a Louisiana based corporation providing prepaid communication services to individuals and families nationwide since 1996. The early success of home phone services allowed Budget PrePay® to grow into one of the nation’s most diverse mobile prepaid service companies.  As a leader in the prepaid telecom industry, Budget PrePay strives to meet and exceed the ever changing needs and expectations of customers.

About ACG
ACG was formed to benefit both its members and the consumer by facilitating efficient production and marketing of devices as well as increased competition. The consortium enables its members to work with manufacturers, suppliers and other vendors to acquire more timely access to relevant CDMA devices.  ACG presently has twenty-seven Member Carriers based in various markets throughout the United States.   More information is available at http://www.associatedcarriergroup.com.

Element Mobile Joins The Associated Carrier Group

The Associated Carrier Group, LLC, (ACG) announced today that Wisconsin RSA #7 dba Element Mobile, a Wisconsin partnership, has joined the group of independent tier two and three carriers and increased overall membership to 39 member carriers.  ACG, formed in January 2005, is an alliance of North American CDMA carriers that collaborates efforts to provide timely and competitive value to consumers in member markets while creating efficiencies of scale for device manufacturers and vendors.

“ACG is very pleased to welcome Element Mobile as one of its newest members.” said ACG President Brian Caraway.“ We look forward to the incremental volume that they will immediately bring to our efforts to aggregate the purchases of our member carriers.”

“As an emerging carrier with a state of the art network, we understand that compelling devices are demanded by end-users.” remarked Element Mobile Product Development Manager Al Aymar. “Partnering with ACG benefits Element Mobile with dedicated OEM support and affords our customers the latest mobile technologies.”

Carriers interested in joining ACG or seeking further information visit www.associatedcarriergroup.com

About Element Mobile:

Element Mobile has set out to become a new kind of mobile provider. One that’s locally managed yet nationally connected. Our size allows us to be agile. Our network allows us to be robust. We bring experience, common sense and hardworking values to deliver exceptional, personalized, 3G mobile coverage to Wisconsin. No matter where your day takes you, we’re here to keep you connected to the things that matter most.

Element Mobile: Wireless for the way we live. Visit www.ElementMobile.com for more information.

About ACG

ACG was formed to benefit both its members and the consumer by facilitating efficient production and marketing of devices as well as increased competition. The consortium enables its members to work with manufacturers, suppliers and other vendors to acquire more timely access to relevant CDMA devices. ACG presently has twenty-seven Member Carriers based in various markets throughout the United States. More information is available at www.associatedcarriergroup.com.

SI Wireless Joins The Associated Carrier Group

The Associated Carrier Group, LLC, (ACG) announced today that SI Wireless, an Illinois company, has joined the group of independent tier two and three carriers and increased overall membership to 38 member carriers.  ACG, formed in January 2005, is an alliance of North American CDMA carriers that collaborates efforts to provide timely and competitive value to consumers in member markets while creating efficiencies of scale for device manufacturers and vendors.

“SI Wireless is well positioned for – and committed to—rapid and substantial growth” said ACG President Brian Caraway. “We are pleased to Welcome SI Wireless as our newest member, and look forward to supporting their efforts to bring high-quality wireless services to underserved rural markets.”

“Joining ACG was an important strategic initiative for us” said Matthew Owens, Vice President of Marketing and Customer Experience for SI Wireless. “ACG enables a Tier III carrier like SI Wireless to move to the forefront of wireless device technology. Our industry is rapidly evolving, creating a staffing/training challenge for a company of our current scale. ACG has a winning combination of momentum, experience, and member/vendor support to bridge this gap.”

Carriers interested in joining ACG or seeking further information visit www.associatedcarriergroup.com

About SI Wireless

SI Wireless was established in 2009 to provide, the latest voice and data services to technologically underserved areas of America. As a member of the Sprint® Rural Alliance, SI Wireless will provide these communities cutting-edge wireless data and voice technology at home and across the U.S. For more information, we welcome you to visit http://www.siwirelessco.com

About ACG

ACG was formed to benefit both its members and the consumer by facilitating efficient production and marketing of devices as well as increased competition. The consortium enables its members to work with manufacturers, suppliers and other vendors to acquire more timely access to relevant CDMA devices. ACG presently has twenty-seven Member Carriers based in various markets throughout the United States. More information is available at http://www.associatedcarriergroup.com

Open Mobile Joins The Associated Carrier Group

ACG / October 18th, 2010

The Associated Carrier Group, LLC, (ACG) announced today that Open Mobile, a Puerto Rican company, has joined the group of independent tier two and three carriers and increased overall membership to 37 member carriers.  ACG, formed in January 2005, is an alliance of North American CDMA carriers that collaborates efforts to provide timely and competitive value to consumers in member markets while creating efficiencies of scale for device manufacturers and vendors.

“Open Mobile will contribute significantly to ACG’s volume aggregation efforts.” said ACG President Brian Caraway. “We are pleased to welcome this progressive and growing company as the newest member of ACG.”

“At Open Mobile we are very pleased with our association with ACG.  This is only the start of a business relationship, which will represent more variety at a better price for the benefit of the Puerto Rican consumer”, said Open Mobile President & COO,  Frank Bell.

Carriers interested in joining ACG or seeking further information visit www.associatedcarriergroup.com.

About Open Mobile

Open Mobile is a wireless company where the consumer will find a variety of mobile phones and at the same time enjoy a purchasing process both fast and simple. In Open Mobile the customer will find the most attractive unlimited “Open Plans” from $35 to $55, without contracts, without credit verification or penalties. Only unlimited plans. This year Open Mobile offers Puerto Rico the latest EVDO Rev A technology with the new product Access 3G Mobile Internet. Open Mobile, established on June 12, 2007, owns 19 stores, 4 kiosks, a strong distribution chain of dealers and 196 points of sales. Open Mobile operates throughout the island for the benefit of the Puerto Rican consumer, thereby opening a new era in the telecommunications market in Puerto Rico. For more information visit our web page www.openmobilepr.com

About ACG

ACG was formed to benefit both its members and the consumer by facilitating efficient production and marketing of devices as well as increased competition. The consortium enables its members to work with manufacturers, suppliers and other vendors to acquire more timely access to relevant CDMA devices. ACG presently has twenty-seven Member Carriers based in various markets throughout the United States. More information is available at www.associatedcarriergroup.com.

Alltel Joins The Associated Carrier Group

The Associated Carrier Group, LLC, (ACG) announced today that Alltel Wireless, (NASDAQ: ATNI), has joined the group of independent tier two and three carriers and increased overall membership to 35 member carriers.  ACG, formed in January 2005, is an alliance of North American CDMA carriers that collaborates efforts to provide timely and competitive value to consumers in member markets while creating efficiencies of scale for device manufacturers and vendors.

“ACG aggregates carrier demand to insure timely availability of innovative wireless devices that consumers demand.” said ACG President Brian Caraway.  “Our organization provides Member Carriers with a means to work collaboratively with equipment manufacturers and vendors in an effort to bring the latest technologies, competitive value, and greater choice to consumers.   We are pleased to welcome Alltel as the newest member of ACG.”

“Our phones and devices are the primary medium by which our customers interact with our brand.  Being able to offer the latest, best technology is key to being competitive in the scale-driven wireless industry and we are excited to join with the ACG to offer Alltel customers great technology at competitive prices.” said Alltel Vice President of Wireless Products Scott Moody.

Carriers interested in joining ACG or seeking further information visit  www.associatedcarriergroup.com

About Alltel Wireless

Alltel is the longest running wireless brand in America and is operated by Allied Wireless Communications Corporation (AWCC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlantic Tele-Network.  For further information please visit www.alltel.com.

About ACGACG was formed to benefit both its members and the consumer by facilitating efficient production and marketing of devices as well as increased competition. The consortium enables its members to work with manufacturers, suppliers and other vendors to acquire more timely access to relevant CDMA devices.  ACG presently has twenty-seven Member Carriers based in various markets throughout the United States.   More information is available at http://www.associatedcarriergroup.com.

Revol Wireless Joins ACG!

The Associated Carrier Group, LLC, (ACG) announced today that Revol Wireless, regional wireless carrier headquartered in Ohio, has joined the group of independent tier two and three carriers and increased overall membership to 35 member carriers.  ACG, formed in January 2005, is an alliance of North American CDMA carriers that collaborates efforts to provide timely and competitive value to consumers in member markets while creating efficiencies of scale for device manufacturers and vendors.

“ACG aggregates carrier demand to insure timely availability of innovative wireless devices that consumers demand.” said ACG President Brian Caraway.  “Our organization provides Member Carriers with a means to work collaboratively with equipment manufacturers and vendors in an effort to bring the latest technologies, competitive value, and greater choice to consumers.   We are pleased to welcome
Revol Wireless as the newest member of ACG.”

As the newest member of ACG, Revol Wireless will benefit instantaneously from ACG’s combined volume pricing model and in depth technical expertise. “The combination of volume incentives and the ability to work directly with phone and equipment manufacturers/vendors will be very valuable to us,” said Michael Beehn, Vice President of Marketing for Revol Wireless. “We see ACG as a means to increase efficiencies, including streamlining our technical requirements with OEM’s. These efficiencies in the end will help us to provide our customers with the latest phones potentially months earlier than before,” said Beehn. Carriers interested in joining ACG or seeking further information visit  www.associatedcarriergroup.com. 


About Revol Wireless :

Revol Wireless, a locally owned and operated regional wireless carrier headquartered in Independence, Ohio, that is dedicated to exceeding its customers’ expectations by earning their business every day with reliable service and unmatched value. Revol Wireless is an innovative wireless service based on a very simple idea: unlimited calling to any number for one flat monthly rate with no contract. With a rapidly growing subscriber base and its own high-quality, all-digital wireless network, Revol Wireless currently offers unlimited service in over 4,500 cities across the U.S. Revol Wireless continues to expand its reach and has 400-plus retail locations and more than 400 employees. For more information, visit www.revol.com.

About ACG
ACG was formed to benefit both its members and the consumer by facilitating efficient production and marketing of devices as well as increased competition. The consortium enables its members to work with manufacturers, suppliers and other vendors to acquire more timely access to relevant CDMA devices.  ACG presently has twenty-seven Member Carriers based in various markets throughout the United States.   More information is available at http://www.associatedcarriergroup.com.

Copper Valley Wireless Joins Associated Carrier Group!

Copper Valley Wireless Joins Associated Carrier Group

ACG / July 28, 2009

The Associated Carrier Group, LLC, (ACG) announced today that  Copper Valley Wireless, an Alaskan company, has joined the group of independent tier two and three carriers and increased overall membership to 32 member carriers.  ACG, formed in January 2005, is an alliance of North American CDMA carriers that collaborates efforts to provide timely and competitive value to consumers in member markets while creating efficiencies of scale for device manufacturers and vendors.

“ACG aggregates carrier demand to insure timely availability of innovative wireless devices that consumers demand.” said ACG President Brian Caraway.  “Our organization provides Member Carriers with a means to work collaboratively with equipment manufacturers and vendors in an effort to bring the latest technologies, competitive value, and greater choice to consumers.   We are pleased to welcome Copper Valley Wireless as the newest member of ACG.”

According to Dave Dengel, CEO of Copper Valley Wireless, Copper Valley Wireless is excited to become a member of the Associated Carrier Group.  Dengel says, “As a small rural cellular provider we have limited resources.  Being a member of ACG is like having additional staff.  Our membership in ACG will help Copper Valley stay on the cutting edge of cellular devices.

Carriers interested in joining ACG or seeking further information visit  www.associatedcarriergroup.com. 

About Copper Valley Wireless

Copper Valley Wireless is a wholly owned subsidiary of Copper Valley Telephone Cooperative.  Copper Valley Wireless’ local network covers about 15,000 square miles in south-central Alaska.  Copper Valley provides cellular service in the Wrangell St. Elias National Park and out into Prince William Sound.  Copper Valley’s subscribers can roam throughout Alaska as well as the lower 49 states and Canada. 

About ACG
ACG was formed to benefit both its members and the consumer by facilitating efficient production and marketing of devices as well as increased competition. The consortium enables its members to work with manufacturers, suppliers and other vendors to acquire more timely access to relevant CDMA devices.  ACG presently has thirty-two Member Carriers based in various markets throughout the United States.   More information is available at www.associatedcarriergroup.com.

ACS Joins ACG!

Alaska Communications Systems Joins Associated Carrier Group

ACG / July 09, 2009

The Associated Carrier Group, LLC, (ACG) announced today that Alaska Communications Systems, an Alaska-based company, has joined the group of independent tier two and three carriers and increased overall membership to 30 member carriers.  ACG, formed in January 2005, is an alliance of North American CDMA carriers that collaborates efforts to provide timely and competitive value to consumers in member markets while creating efficiencies of scale for device manufacturers and vendors.

“ACG aggregates carrier demand to ensure timely availability of innovative wireless devices that consumers demand,” said ACG President Brian Caraway.  “Our organization provides Member Carriers with a means to work collaboratively with equipment manufacturers and vendors in an effort to bring the latest technologies, competitive value and greater choice to consumers.   We are pleased to welcome Alaska Communications Systems as the newest member of ACG.”

“As Alaska‘s leading integrated communications provider it’s vital that we bring best in class, innovative wireless devices to our market in a timely manner.  We look forward to working with the Associated Carrier Group,” said Melissa Fouts, ACS AVP, wireless product line management.

Carriers interested in joining ACG or seeking further information visit  www.associatedcarriergroup.com. 

About Alaska Communications Systems
Headquartered in Anchorage, ACS is Alaska’s leading provider of broadband and other wireline and wireless solutions to Enterprise and mass market customers. The ACS wireline operations include the state’s most advanced data networks and the only diverse undersea fiber optic system connecting Alaska to the contiguous United States. The ACS wireless operations include a statewide 3G CDMA network, reaching across Alaska from the North Slope to Ketchikan, with coverage extended via best-in-class CDMA carriers in the Lower 49 and Canada. By investing in the fastest-growing market segments and attracting the highest-quality customers, ACS seeks to drive top and bottom-line growth, while continually improving customer experience and cost structure through process improvement. More information can be found on the company’s website at www.alsk.com.

About ACG
ACG was formed to benefit both its members and the consumer by facilitating efficient production and marketing of devices as well as increased competition. The consortium enables its members to work with manufacturers, suppliers and other vendors to acquire more timely access to relevant CDMA devices.  ACG presently has twenty-seven Member Carriers based in various markets throughout the United States.   More information is available at www.associatedcarriergroup.com.

Contact:

ACS Corporate Communications:

Heather Cavanaugh, Director, Corporate Communications

(907) 564-7722                                                                   
heather.cavanaugh@acsalaska.com

James Valley Wireless Joins ACG!

James Valley Wireless Joins Associated Carrier Group

ACG / June 24, 2009

The Associated Carrier Group, LLC, (ACG) announced today that James Valley Wireless, a South Dakota company, has joined the group of independent tier two and three carriers and increased overall membership to 29 member carriers.  ACG, formed in January 2005, is an alliance of North American CDMA carriers that collaborates efforts to provide timely and competitive value to consumers in member markets while creating efficiencies of scale for device manufacturers and vendors.

“Our continuous growth helps ACG aggregate carrier demand to insure timely availability of innovative wireless devices that consumers demand.” said ACG President Brian Caraway.  “Our organization provides Member Carriers with a means to work collaboratively with equipment manufacturers and vendors in an effort to bring the latest technologies, competitive value, and greater choice to consumers.   We are pleased to welcome James Valley Wireless as the newest member of ACG.”

“James Valley Wireless is looking forward to the many benefits of being a member of ACG.” stated JVW Chief Executive Officer James Groft. “Being able to procure and market the wireless devices that our consumers demand will greatly enhance our position in the competitive wireless industry.”  

Carriers interested in joining ACG or seeking further information visit  www.associatedcarriergroup.com. 

About James Valley Wireless:
James Valley Wireless is a wholly-owned subsidiary of James Valley Telecommunications, providing high-speed Internet, cell phone, cable TV and phone services to 16 communities in northeast South Dakota. JVT believes in providing its customers simple choices in bundled services, offering those bundles at a fair price that is guaranteed, and backing up their products with the type of quality customer service that each customer deserves. Visit www.jamesvalley.com for more information.

About ACG
ACG was formed to benefit both its members and the consumer by facilitating efficient production and marketing of devices as well as increased competition. The consortium enables its members to work with manufacturers, suppliers and other vendors to acquire more timely access to relevant CDMA devices.  ACG presently has twenty-seven Member Carriers based in various markets throughout the United States.   More information is available at www.associatedcarriergroup.com.