Carriers use MVNOs to resell bandwidth that they can't sell on their own (like Sprint), or bandwidth that exceeds what they need to serve their core customer base. 700Mhz LTE doesn't fit either criteria, and won't for a long, long time. That's why Sprint is selling WiMax bandwidth to Clear Wireless in many markets; since adopting LTE going forward, they have no use for the WiMax.
Carriers also use MVNOs to resell bandwidth that they don't even have for their own customers (like Sprint).
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Originally Posted by sc4fpse
I can't imagine that they will hold out very long. The LTEiRA partner subscribers are getting access to the Verizon 4G LTE network, and Verizon isn't seeing any of that money at all. They may have saved some cash by having their network partners roll out large chunks of their network, but they aren't seeing those subscriber dollars. I think they would much rather see some additional revenue from their LTE network in the form of MVNO subscribers/payments than have a bunch of freeloaders* "roam" on their network across the country.
*not really, but you get the point.
No. The LTEiRA customers are a core part of Verizon's business model, a really, really cheap way to get many, many more thousands of square miles rolled out and on the map. Also, LTEiRA customers don't compete with Verizon's postpaid, but MVNOs do, and that's why Verizon won't be giving reasonably priced access to LTE to MVNOs anytime soon. I sure they would, for the right price, but that price wouldn't make the service make any sense.