Confirmed: Verizon service shuts down for MVNO Rok Mobile, customers urged to port to another carrier
MVNO Rok Mobile confirmed that it is no longer using Verizon’s network and said that its current customers on Verizon’s network will need to port their service to a different operator.
“Rok Mobile has decided not to move forward with utilizing Verizon Wireless service on our platform,” Rok said in a statement to FierceWireless. “Unfortunately, this has caused an inconvenience for our customers and since July 30th we have been in the process of notifying them to port to a different carrier. Customers who are impacted may contact our customer support by email at email@example.com to discuss their account status. We will continue to support our other wireless carriers and those customers that are on that service.”
The statement appears to confirm earlier reports from wireless dealers, news outlets and associations that Rok lost its MVNO agreement with Verizon. Verizon representatives did not immediately respond to questions on the topic.
Rok Mobile is one of the many minor prepaid MVNO players that has worked to make a dent in an industry largely dominated by major network operators like Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. As an MVNO, Rok essentially piggybacks on the wireless networks of Verizon and others, handling billing and customer service through its own branded operations. As noted by Prepaid Phone News in May, Rok sold services on “three of the top four wireless networks” in the United States.
But Rok’s apparent loss of Verizon’s network is a relatively surprising development in the space, since the situation essentially leaves Rok customers on Verizon’s network stranded without service.
by Mike Dano