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|Type||Private (Limited liability partnership between T-Mobile USA, Inc. and Iowa Network Services Inc.)|
|Predecessor(s)||Iowa Wireless Services L.P.|
|Headquarters||Urbandale, Iowa, U.S.|
|Number of locations||250|
|Products||BlackBerry Bold 9700
Sierra Wireless Compas 885 USB Modem
|Services||Individual Talk + Text + Web
MEGAtalk Pay In Advance
Mobile Connect Unlimited
|Parent||T-Mobile US, Inc. and
Iowa Network Services Inc.
Iowa Wireless Services LLC, doing business as i wireless, is a mobile network operator founded in 1997. Headquartered in Urbandale, Iowa, i wireless is a partnership between T-Mobile US, Inc. and Iowa Network Services Inc. i wireless owns licenses to operate GSM cellular networks in the PCS-1900 and AWS-1700 radio frequency bands covering Iowa, southwestern Wisconsin and northwestern Illinois. i wireless has over 250 full-service company stores and authorized dealers across Iowa, western Illinois, and eastern Nebraska.
i wireless was founded in 1997 as Iowa Wireless Services L.P., a joint venture between Western Wireless Corp. and Iowa Network Services Inc., a consortium of 127 Iowa independent telecommunications companies. The joint venture was formed to expand PCS throughout Iowa, marketing services under the VoiceStream Wireless brand name.
i wireless operates GSM cellular networks in the PCS-1900 and AWS-1700/2100 radio frequency bands primarily in Iowa, but also owns licenses covering the Quad Cities area of western Illinois, southwestern Wisconsin and North Sioux City, South Dakota. In certain rural areas i wireless is the only GSM provider, providing roaming services for AT&T, T-Mobile USA, and other GSM carriers.
i wireless added coverage in and immediately surrounding Sioux City, Iowa, in June 2006, and has plans to add approximately 100 new cell sites mainly in western Iowa throughout 2007, and plans to add 120 new towers throughout the Iowa, Illinois, South Dakota, and the Wisconsin areas. In some rural areas they are the only GSM provider, and also provide roaming services for AT&T, T-Mobile USA, and other smaller GSM carriers. i wireless has been criticized for their relatively small coverage area compared to larger carriers, as well as long distance charges for calls outside of their coverage area on local plans.
i wireless continued to expand their high-speed voice and data coverage in 2010 adding almost 100 new towers across Iowa and western Illinois. Area cell towers that have been added during 2010 include: Sioux City, Southeastern Iowa, Southwestern Iowa, Mason City, Garner, Waterloo/Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Burlington, Quad Cities, Dubuque, Iowa City, and Fort Dodge.
i wireless and T-Mobile USA announced on October 1, 2012 that i wireless has acquired the rights to sell and operate service in the Des Moines market. In the past, T-Mobile had operated the metro area network as part of its nationwide network. This change will give i wireless a true statewide network, and is expected to close Q1 of 2013.
i wireless offers MEGAtalk unlimited Nationwide Talk, Text, and Web plans that require no contracts, credit checks, or deposits from $40 a month. The four MEGAtalk Pay In Advance unlimited Nationwide plan options include: Talk + Text, Talk + Text + Web, and two unlimited Talk + Text + Web plans for BlackBerry and 3G smartphones. Customers choosing a MEGAtalk BlackBerry or 3G smartphone plan will have access to 3G coverage in Waterloo/Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Quad Cities, Des Moines, and Ames, Iowa, and over 130 cities nationwide.
i wireless also offers many plans that have free long distance and nationwide calling, unlimited texting, and unlimited data. i wireless also has exclusive nights and weekends that start every night at 5:00pm, and have roaming agreements with virtually every GSM provider in the United States, including T-Mobile USA.
During 2013, they promised to deliver large network improvements to 4G (HSPA+) and have a lot more of Iowa covered.
In Q1 of 2013, they started a large 4G rollout which includes: Forest City, Lake Mills, Thompson, Clear Lake, Ventura, and more. By the end of 2013, they should have almost all of the coverage area utilizing 4G.
i wireless offers a complete selection of the latest 3G capable handsets from Motorola, HTC, RIM, Alcatel and Samsung equipped with three of the most popular operating systems - BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Mobile - to take full advantage of the wide array of available applications. In addition to faster speeds, customers can experience the ability to multi-task – text, email, or surf the web while talking on their 4G phone.
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