Sunday, January 29, 2012

Master Dealer List

This post is an addendum to my other posts regarding how to start your own cell phone store.

How to Start a Cell Phone Store

How to Start a Cell Phone Store - Part 2

How to Start a Cell Phone Store - Part 3

How to Start a Cell Phone Store - Part 4

Hi everone,

I am submitting my Master Dealer List since I have been getting a lot of inquires for it. However, I'm not sure if this is a good thing or bad thing to do. It does help people starting out their business, but possibly hurt others already in the business. I'm hoping to help out people by making this info available, but if I get too many nasty comments, I may take down this post.

Anyway, enjoy it while you can. Here's the Master Dealer list and other suppliers that you can use in the cell phone business.

Good luck!

Little Disclosure

I wanted to put a little disclosure saying that this list was current in the beginning part of 2008. I am sure that with this tough economic climate, some of the suppliers listed below has gone under. Hope you can check for yourselves to see which ones are still around.

Cell Phone Maste Dealer and Supplier List

Master Dealers

MGM Wireless www.mgmmobile.com 800-506-6788

Pinnacle Wireless www.pinwireless.com

Platinum Wireless www.pltm.com 877-889-8000

AA Wireless www.aawireless.com 800-788-8801

Mobile Line www.mobileline.com 877-978-1001

American Wireless www.americanwireless.com 800-726-2333

Ameritel www.atiglobal.com 718-826-1111

Wireless Warehouse www.2wwi.com 1-877-255-2994

One Touch Direct www.onetouchdirect.com 813-262-6878

ProStar www.prostarwireless.com 510-477-8060

K&B Wireless www.knbwireless.com 215-362-1005

Brightpoint www.brightpoint.com 800-952-2355

My Dream Wireless www.mydreamwireless.com 866-466-5488

Moorehead Communications www.mooreheadcomm.com

Global Wireless Data www.wireless-data.com 877-289-2373

Celluphone www.celluphone.com 800-367-8822

CNCG www.cncg.com 888-436-6352

QDI Wireless www.qdiwireless.com 800-877-3002

North Atlantic, Inc www.naiccomm.com 800-442-2388

Perfect Connection www.perfectconnection.com 877-682-2533

HyperLink Inc. www.hyperlinkusa.com 877-237-4040

Xentris www.vzwdealers.com 800-XEN-ACES

Telephony Partners www.telephonypartners.com 866-878-7552

Metro PCS www.metropcs.com 914-593-8500

Carriers

Virgin Mobile USA www.virginmobileusa.com/about/contact

HELIO www.helio.com 888-88-HELIO

Disney Mobile www.thewondersofwireless.com 866-528-2286

KDDI Mobile www.kddimobile.com 877-533-4117

Industry Publications (Free Subscriptions)

Wireless Dealer Magazine www.wirelessdealermagazine.com 800-862-2609

Wireless Week www.wirelessweek.com 717-399-1900

The Prepaid Press www.prepaid-press.com 866-203-2334

Phones Plus www.phoneplusmag.com 480-990-1101

Miscellaneous Equipment

Microvision www.microvision.com 1-877-797-7226

iGrip www.igrip.net 1-877-854-4747

Wilson Electronics www.wilsonelectronics.com/20 866-294-2738

Discrete Wireless www.discretewireless.com/dealers 800-358-6178

ROV www.microvision.com 877-979-7226

Advance Tec Industries www.advancetec.com 800-881-8211

Sage Quest www.sage-quest.com 888-837-7243

Inter Buy Cellular www.interbuyusa.com 305-513-3848

Life Photo www.lifephoto.com

Turbo Charge www.turbocellcharge.com 888-668-0797

CallPod www.callpod.com 800-951-CPOD

Walls + Forms www.wallsforms.com 972-745-0800

Accessories

MOBO Original Accessories www.mobousa.com 800-601-3209

Mobile Glove www.mobileglove.com 800-658-9151

Wireless Complete www.wirelesscomplete.com 305-623-2000

SLK Global www.slkglobal.com 718-706-6800

AIMO www.aimowireless.com 877-687-6688

Turtle Wireless www.turtlewireless.com 214-347-8025

E-Trend Corporation www.etrendcorp.com 626-579-9068

WAU www.waunlimited.com 800-586-5675

Amistar www.gsmusa.com 305-681-2345

Hypercel www.hypercel.com 1-800-30-HYPER

Phoenix Wireless www.phoenixwireless.com 800-880-5610

ARIES www.ariesmfg.com 800-959-2743

TESSCO www.tessco.com 800-305-9772

OMEGA www.omega-electronics.ca 800-668-7881

GNJ Supply www.gnjsupply.com 305-651-1801

Skin It www.skinit.com

XS Gems www.xsgems.com 213-351-7655

RM Trading www.rmtradingstore.com 310-828-4809

Cellcom Wireless Distributors www.cellcomdist.com 718-859-2220

ORCA www.orca2.com 800-992-5526

CellKeeper www.cellkeeper.com 800-616-1608

First Choice Wireless www.wirelessfirstchoice.com 386-668-8943

National Cellular www.natcellular.com 888-871-8450

Malcom Distributors www.malcomwireless.com 718-803-8100

Xentris www.xentrisllc.com 800-XEN-ACES

Perfect Connection www.perfectconnection.com 877-682-2533

Off Wire www.offwire.com 888-OFFWIRE

Malsha Products Digital 2000 www.malsha.com

CMH www.barefoot-usa.com 305-593-7455

JCM Sales www.jcmsales.com 888-526-1222

Technocel www.technocel.com 800-843-5600

QDI Wireless www.qdiwireless.com

Naztech www.naztech.com

Dream Wireless www.dreamwireless.com 1-888-872-8988

C5 www.c5.com 800-535-8284

CellStar www.cellstar.com 800-530-4664

Executive Products Inc. www.executiveproductsinc.com 866-833-1444

Let's Crystal It www.letscrystalit.com 877-866-3485

Notizit www.notizit.com IBC Accessories www.ibcaccessories.net 305-513-3848

Cellular Jewelry www.cellularjewelry.com 800-699-9291

Bello www.hellobello.com 800-515-3837

Import Com www.importcom.com 888-351-7283

Wireless Xcessories Group www.wirexgroup.com 800-233-0013

Image Accessories www.livewiredist.com 877-633-5500

Pro Mobile Gear www.promobilegear.com 866-466-5488

Winner Wireless www.winnerwireless.com 888-239-5864 AG 800-871-3133

National Cellular www.natcellular.com 888-871-8450 Scosche 800-363-4490

Libratel www.libratel.com 866-35-LIBRA

Digi Harmony www.digiharmony.com 800-922-1602

Moss www.mossus.com 818-886-5400

Mobileistic www.mobileistic.com 877-456-MOBILEISTIC CCM www.ccminternational.com800-928-7696

eWireless USA www.ewirelessusa.com 888-494-7243

Cellet www.cellet.com KROO www.kroousa.com 909-598-0738

Microcell Communications www.microaccessory.com 800-980-4886

Delton Accessories www.natcellusa.com 888-871-8450

Hands Free Devices

Bluetrek www.bluetrek.com See Website for Distributors

CARDO Systems www.cardosystems.com

Super Cell N/A 718-338-5459

Blue Ant

JABRA

Remanufactured & Refurbished Phones

DigiCell www.digicellintl.com 800-474-1316

Quality One Wireless www.q1w.net

Wireless One www.wirelessoneco.com 866-947-3571

World Star Wireless www.worldstarwireless.com 323-930-1777

Cellular Fantasy www.cfrepaircenter.com 800-213-6002

All Pro Distribuint www.aalprodist.com 866-909-2666

Pace Butler Corporation www.pacebutler.com 800-248-5360

Milan Wireless Wholesale www.milanwirelesswholesale.com 248-355-3331

Dummy Phones

Ebay www.ebay.com Check Listings

Dummy Phones www.dummyphones.com 718-782-0393

Software

Retail IQ www.iqmetrix.com 866-476-3874

Mobile Action usa.mobileaction.com See Website for Distributors

MMS www.cellular.mmspos.com 877-517-2020

Tele Tracker www.teletracker.com 877-277-6810

Switchboard switchboard.arkideas.com 877-548-7409

Wireless Standard www.wirelessstandard.com 800-497-8733

Music Giants www.musicgiants.com 775-832-5692

Cell Sell www.cellsell.com

Shows & Events

CTIA www.ctia.org

CEA www.ce.org/winningatWireless

Wireless Power Selling www.wirelesspowerselling.com

Intele-Card www.intelecardexpo.com 800-883-8353

Channel Partners Conference & Expo www.channelpartersconference.com

Mobile Web Expo www.mobilewebexpo.com 727-399-2812

Corporate Dynamics, Inc. www.corpdyn.com 630-778-9991

Cell Phone Store Layout

Wireless Store Branding www.wirelessstorebranding.com 866-880-1234

Palmer Promotional Products www.pppkiosk.com 800-444-1912

Trio Display www.triodisplay.com 800-454-4844

Displays 2 Go www.displays2go.com 800-572-2194

Store Supply Warehouse www.storesupply.com 800-823-8887

M. Fried Store Fixtures www.mfried.com 877-630-1600

Victory Corpos www.victorycorps.com 800-328-6120

Trade Organization

Wireless Business Owners Consortium www.wiboc.org 630-778-9991

American Mobile Telecommunications Association www.amtausa.org

Association of Wireless Professionals www.aowp.org

Calling Card

Network Enhanced Technologies www.my011.com 800-818-5555

Calling Cards.com www.callingcards.com

Rapifon www.rapifon.com 800-430-8691

STX Communications N/A 718-220-0598

Touch-n-Buy 888-750-2340

IDT Retail www.idt.net 800-373-8438

Ta Facil www.tafacil.com 800-216-9565

Send Global www.sendglobal.com 866-733-8810

Got Prepaid www.gotprepaid.com 866-650-3278

Import and Unlocked Phones

PCS Wireless www.pcsww.com 718-786-9300

Amistar (Hong Kong) Ltd. www.gsmhongkong.com 852-2367-5111

Titanium Wireless www.titaniumwireleess.com 310-538-5300

Matrix Marketing www.matrixmarketingonline.com 888-636-4765

SND Cellular www.sndcellular.com 323-957-2607

First Telecom USA www.firsttelecom.us 305-542-6668

NexAira 800-705-0140 CTI Miami www.cti-miami.com

Modern Wireless www.modernwirelessusa.com 800-474-9724

National Electronics www.nationalelectronicsusa.com 800-835-7186

We Sell Cellular www.wesellcell.com 516-334-6400

Portix www.portix.com 309-834-0322

Kithan Limited www.mobilesources/kithan 852-2542-2283

Pacific Cellupage, Inc. www.pacificcel.com 323-297-1111

Gadiscell, Inc. 718-788-4936

SNS Communications www.snscomm.net 718-786-8998

Maimai Cell www.miami-cell.com 305-592-3607

Edge Tech www.thepcedge.com 866-439-3343

Antenna Booster

zBoost leads.wi-ex.com 800-239-5475

Spot Wave www.spotwave.com

Prepaid Phones

Prime Mobile www.primemobileinc.com 678-638-1102

Picante Movil www.mipicante.com 888-867-2764

Data Storm www.datastorsolutions.net 866-283-8090

Presto 914-761-3573

Liberty Wireless www.libertywireless.com 786-594-3934

Maxx Mobile www.maxxmobile.com 310-318-4621

Americas Local www.americaslocal.com 888-LOCAL-15

Radko Azteca www.aztecamobile.com 888-799-6060

Lucky Wireless www.luckywireless.com 888-96-LUCKY

MX Mobile www.maximoimpact.com 866-557-8989

G Cellular www.gcellular.com 866-638-7673

Red Pocket Mobile www.redpocketmobile.com 888-993-3888

Focus Mobile www.focusmobile123.com

Sky Net www.skynetmvno.com 623-334-9152

Franchise Opportunity

Wireless Toyz www.wirelesstoyz.com 866-237-2624

Wireless Zone www.wirelesszone.com 866-WZ4-3577

MVNO

telSpace www.telspace.com 877-560-7322

Sales Leads

Info USA www.infousa.com 402-593-4520

Prepaid Carriers

Courtesy of Prepaid Reviews.com, here is an updated list of prepaid carriers as of July 2010.

Cricket: http://www.mycricket.com/support

kajeet: http://www.kajeet.com/4u/index.html

Metro PCS: http://www.metropcs.com

Net 10: http://www.net10.com/

Omni Prepaid: http://www.omniprepaid.com/

Tracfone: http://www.tracfone.com/

Thanks courtesy of Prepaid Reviews.



Helpful Comments

These are comments that I received while the page was being published on HubPages. I received a total of 164 comments on my Hub, and found some to be very helpful, so I wanted to republish them here as well. I do hope that you find some of the comments below helpful.

Keep in mind, I do not endorse any of the comments or links below, so there maybe some that are not good, already out of business, or just might not work out for you. Please use it with your own risk.



Melissa 5 months ago

We are a manufacturer of mobile phone manufacturer in Shenzhen, China.

We can provide varieties of mobile phone, such as WIFI, TV and JAVA mobile phones, TV mobile phones, watch mobile phones, smart phones, 3G modem phones, old man's mobile phones and related products with competitive price.

Glad to know you are in the market

of mobile phone, We are a manufacturer of mobile phone manufacturer in Shenzhen, China.

We can provide varieties of mobile phone, such as WIFI, TV and JAVA

mobile phones, TV mobile phones, watch mobile phones, smart phones?

3G modem phones, old man's mobile phones and related products with competitive price?

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we can do a lot of business in this trade.

Any questions, welcome here,please contact me right now.

Melissa Huang|Marketing Manager

Mob:+86 13417510109

Tel:+86 755 28471364

Web:www.yxtel-mobile.com

Shenzhen Yuanxin technology Co.,Ltd

Add:Floor 1, Bldg1, Lauch Technology Park,

North Wu He Avenue Bantian, Long Gang district ,

Shenzhen .Guangdong. China.

We try to find a way to cooperate wity your esteem company in electronical field?Any questions, welcome here.

Wish our products will be helpful for your business.

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Safir 5 months ago

Here is my info contact me and we will add you to our distribution list. We are worldwide master distributors.

REGARDS,

SAFIR

21-21 41st AVENUE, SUITE #5C

LONG ISLAND CITY, NY 11101

USA

OFFICE: 001-718-786-8998

MOBILE: 001-917-386-3132

FAX: 001-718-554-3839

BB PIN: 21BCF9ED

WWW.SNSCOMM.NET

EMAIL: SAFIR@SNSCOMM.NET

MSN: SNSCOMMUNICATIONS@HOTMAIL.COM

AOL: UNLOCKWITHSNS@AOL.COM

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Jawad Shuaib 5 months ago

This is an excellent list and will be very helpful for us when dealing with cellular devices. I also wanted to mention our wholesale cell phone accessories business: Budget Electronicshttp://budgetelectronics.ca

We are actively looking to help kick off new cell phone businesses :)

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NoVA Prepaid 5 months ago

Great list for people who are interested in joining the wireless gold rush!

We are a Master Dealer of Red Pocket Mobile which uses ATT network and has the lowest perpaid rate plans in U.S.

If you want to become a dealer, visit our site, it costs you nothing to become a dealer. Also you have no inventory risk and costs as we are SIM-only business.

Please visit our website at http://www.NoVAPrepaid.com and contact us if you are interested.

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I do wholesale in cellphone & cellphone accessories.

My website is megahousings.com and register .They will ask for registration code

and the code is 6786.

I buy good quantity of t-mobile & att phones.If you have any supplier pls let me know.

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Eli 6 months ago

Hello, this is exciting to find. Thank you for such great list. we buy brand new blackberry in bulk. Looking for Brand new blackberry only. If you are an wholesaler and want to move your inventory, we buy hundreds of phones a month to sell outside of plans. Need torch, 9700s, and anticipated pricing for the new 9900 coming out in september. We buy 200 - 500 phones at a time. unlocked/locked is fine. email me: bbsupplier2008@gmail.com

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Sam Zhang 6 months ago

Very precise explanation!I like it.

Thanks for your sharing.

i say many friends were looking for a list of master dealer here, and we are the professional brand mobile phones wholesaler, from China. Mainly sell unlocked blackberry phones many years. if you have any inquiry, just email to us:

carrite05@carrite.com

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shiny 7 months ago

We are master dealers and vendors for cell phone accessories and we have customers throughout USA and Canada. Please do send me an email and we will work out the best prices for you at a good quality. My email address is shiny@saharawls.com

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Wholesale Wireless Manager 9 months ago

AT&T Master Agent based in Seattle, WA

http://cartoys.com/wholesalewireless

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luckytime4 9 months ago

Hello! Check out AccessoryGeeks.com if you are looking for a great cell phone accessories wholesaler. Best in the business!

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sales@367net.com 9 months ago

Hi We offer the cellphone parts and accessories with all carrier, my email is : sales@367net.com , and telephone number is :8513553883067 I am Lisa :) Thanks all

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sales@367net.com 9 months ago

thanks for your information, they are useful for us !

Our company supply all brand cellphone parts , if you are interested in any parts , please don't hesitate to contact us !

Have a nice day!

We are looking for your reply !

Best Regards,

Lisa

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SLC development Co.,Ltd

Xiabian village,Changan town,

Dongguan City,Guandong Province

523877, China

Tel: +86-769-85395956

Fax: +86-769-85385440

Cell:+86-13553883067

E-mail sales@367net.com

MSN: sales@367net.com

Web: www.367net.com

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John Tanner 10 months ago

You obviously did your homework, great post you listed a ton of information that would take many hours to find on your own, thank you! There is one other accessory that you can list that is very competitive in the industry, check out

http://www.zagg.com/skins/cell-phone-skins/iphone-

and see if its right for you.

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Ian Smith 11 months ago

The mobile landscape is changing faster than most industry experts can keep pace. In general as of Feb 2011 the trend is still for Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO's) to start working with independent dealers. However, gone are the days of brick and mortar shops or costly start up fees for things like license agreements or large supplies of inventory. These days just about anyone with a credit card and 200$ can start selling some type of phone service. The question these days isn't HOW to sell phone service but what TYPE of phone service makes sense to sell. A great starting place to look is at http://www.mvnolist.com/ which has MVNO's selling everything from pre-paid to contract phones. The vendors listed range from bottom dollar service to high end android phones with data plans. They market to international markets, to kids, and to people conscientious about the earth. This list is by no means complete. A quick search of the web for MVNO's produces a plethora or vendors such ashttp://www.bargaincellular.net,http://www.bigcellphonecash.com/1023.html,

http://nocreditcheckwireless.org ,http://www.pompeywireless.webs.com/ all of which have a basic entry fee and allow you to sell phones and plans on a prepaid basis to your customers. Some work with unlocked phones, some provide you the phone list they offer,some are a hybrid of both models. Recently the trend has started to move into network marketing and refer-a-friend. An example of the lower tiered technology services with the referal method ishttps://www.libertyfreedomnetwork.com/products_wow This site and most of the above sites are still only selling phone or limited 3g plans. For an example of a vendor introducing multi-carrier high end 4g service please visit. http://itsmith.vodaplex.com. (Disclaimer, this is the vendor I chose after lots of research indicating the next big wave of phones revolve around the 4g model, plus they offer opportunities in tv and internet which these days it seems all three technologies are converging to). If anyone has any questions, I'm happy to answer them. I've done plenty of research and as thanks to the community who has taught me, I offer assistance back. Feel free to contact me at ittsmith1@gmail.com. Good luck in your endeavors, the barriers to entry in this exciting field have been virtually eliminated allowing a stronger level of competition benefiting both the consumers and the motivated entrepreneur.

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Greg @ Tuff-Tec 11 months ago

I started a Cell Phone distribution business last year for TOUGH PHONES. This list is incredible, what a reference to help brand my phones. I have two generations now, The Hammer and The Ricochet. Look for my video on youtube "Hammer Phone" and any suggestions would be awesome. Thanks again, greg@thehammerphone.com

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Robert Brandolino 13 months ago

Best of luck to all of you starting up new businesses. If you wish to carry our new headset (no-snag, no-tangle, retractable, wired & Bluetooth) or our new Recording cable (record your cell phone call and save voicemail messages to your computer) or our Headset Splitter (connect two headsets to any device - cell phone, iPod, laptop, etc.) please conatct me at: info@simultalk.com or (949) 235-0561.

All the best,

Robert

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Doug 13 months ago

I am a Master Agent for Red Pocket mobile, We are looking for Dealers in Texas,Arrizona and Miami Fl.

If you own a shop or are thinking about a opening a Cell Phone shop and would like to offer Red Pocket Mobile then drop me a email.

Texascell@gmail.com

Red Pocket is MVOA of ATT Been Around since 2006. But 2011 is the year it Floods the market.

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jacky Chou 14 months ago

Hi ! I am jacky from OUNUO Technology in China .An OEM and ODM factory producing earphone /headset/iphone and ipad accessories ( case /screen protector) .Pls view our Web www.ounuo.com . www.iounuo.en.alibaba.com . and E-mail jacky@ounuo.com We are looking forward to do business with you . of course we will supply goods at a resonable price and superior quality for you . Thanks !

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Cellular Supplier Directory 17 months ago

I also found the Celly Source wireless supplier directory to be a big help in finding different cell phone companies to help run a cellular business. Great info, here's the link if anyone needs it!http://cellysource.net

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John 20 months ago

Another importer, dealer and supplier of unlocked cell phones is www.Portable-Fun.com who is located in Connecticut. They are also a t-mobile dealer. Give them a call, maybe they can get you a good price on bulk orders.

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Donald 20 months ago

Fusedealers.com is a top T-Mobile master dealer

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Scott 21 months ago

As the name says

BEYOND CELLULAR VISION - Started with FLASHING PHONES and went INTO developing Applications. Now we are one of the biggest cellphone CUSTOM ROM makers & security Anti Virus developers.

If anybody is looking to get a Custom ROM for a network we can do it for you.

What to put a Verizon phone to MetroPCS - we built one Click executable OS files that makes the Verizon Phone to a fully functional MetroPCS phone with all functionalities & 3rd party apps working!

Company Based in Dallas, TX.

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just_ME 22 months ago

Planetcellinc.com

they are really nice and friendly. helped me get started and walked me through the process.

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Jane 23 months ago

Downtown Cellular in LA has been a great source for my business.. www.downtowncellular.com

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Mike 24 months ago

Wow, great information for anyone that is opening or even has a cell phone store! Here's another tip, get your store(s) listed on CellySource.com, it's a nationwide cell phone store directory. Even if it brings you one more activation over the year it's worth it! Good luck everyone.

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John Lee 2 years ago

Anyone who is in the business and needs phones unlocked we are one of the largest servers in the world and can offer unmatched pricing for unlock codes.

www.unlockcodesource.com

unlockcodesource@gmail.com

1-800-490-8010

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Darvis 2 years ago

go to www.pompeywireless.webs.com and signup with Pompey Wireless they can setup up in minutes and they give dealers 35% from there customers bill.

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Titanium Wireless, Inc 2 years ago

Distributors of Brand New Mobiles Phones; BlackBerry, Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, LG, & Samsung.

http://www.titaniumwireless.com/

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Tom Komar 2 years ago

http://fnin.com/ is also a great list broker. the company offers quality consumer/business/investor lead databases all in specific categories and its really affordable too, so they are worth taking a look at.

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arusmi 2 years ago

NexGen Communications http://www.mynexgenonline.com is really a "home for all cellular needs".

Try them, their price and service is simply the best.

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how2start Hub Author 2 years ago

Ennis,

I've never personally dealt with Metro PCS, so this is just my take on things. I can be completely wrong.

From what I know, Metro PCS is a prepaid-like dealer. There are no contracts on what you get.

Unfortunately, from my experience selling prepaid phones, the profit margin on them are extremely thin. You usually make money on the hardware (phone) sales, and small fraction on the monthly charges.

If you're buying a Metro PCS store from someone else, there is a possibility that they we're making the money they wanted, and that's why they are selling the business.

Prepaid dealerships need to make money solely through volume, so you need to look at your potential customer base, and see if you have enough of them to make any kind of real money.

Metro PCS probably targets immigrants as well as low-income sector since they don't require a contract, and that means no credit checks. If the store is in a growing community of new immigrants coming in, that might be a case where there is an opportunity. Other than that, the marketing costs needed to acquire volume would be extremely difficult with so many other national carriers spending a ton on money on marketing.

Of course, I may be totally wrong, and Metro may offer great commission per activation. If that's the case, just look for your potential customer base to see if you have enough to pay your bills and make some money off of the operation.

Good luck with it all!

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Jay from SnH Wireless 2 years ago

SnH Wireless offers the highest quality of cellular phones on the market today. Since 1998, we have provided superior service to our customers and have assisted them in achieving their goals. Our years of experience and commitment to excellence have earned us the reputation that we haveOur Values:Leadership: At SnH Wireless, you receive the kind of quality and service you expect from a leader. Our company is always evolving as the needs or our customers change and as new opportunities are created in the market. You can rest assured that, working with SnH Wireless, you will enjoy the latest services, technology and developments in the industryTeamwork: We make it our responsibility to know you and your business. We work closely with you to ensure that the solutions we provide are tailored to meet your unique needs and challenges. We are committed to your success.Customer Relations: At SnH Wireless, our highest priority is satisfied customers. You are important to us and you can expect us to go the extra mile for your business. Superior customer service is the hallmark of SnH Wireless. We are proud to serve you and work hard to earn your business.SnH Wirelss: All our customer service and sales representatives are well trained and ready to serve you, and answer any questions. SnH Wireless is an authorized Motorola dealer. Our direct relationships with the major manufacturers and wireless carriers around the world means that when dealing with us you can be assured that you are receiving the highest quality products at incredibly low prices.We are the fastest growing GSM distributor in the industry, distributing fine mobile handsets world wide. Our enormous warehouse is located in New York, literally minutes away from seaports. Our convenient location is an advantage, making it easy to import and export merchandise.

Why use SnH Wireless :Every storeowner has the potential to become tomorrows success story. SnH Wireless wants to give the agent every possible chance to rise to the top.Call us today @ 718 715 4973 to get started, or email sales@snhwireless.com

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Mike 2 years ago

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aShraf 3 years ago

One of the best site for information on how to start a cell phone business. You left out one of the better master dealer for t-mobile. which is www.2wwi.com, they are located in atlanta, ga.

@Nizam. Roughly speaking, You would not need that much to start a retail cell-phone store. This is a minimum investment business. I'll give you few examples:

Lease: $3000. $1500/month (1 month security, 1 month rent)

Display showcases: $ 500-1000 (usually need 2-3)

Business license : $200-300

Phones: $2000-4000 (I'd get 7-10 different phones, and 3 qty each)

Accessories: $500-800 (don't go crazy over accessories, keep it limited)

When you sign a lease, negotiate, they must give you atleast 2 months free of rent. For a 3 year lease, they should give you atleast 2 months free rent. For a 5+ yr lease, they should give you 5 months free rent. You won't get your commision till after 2 months, so hold on to your cash to pay for replenishments.

And you need some cash for displays and slatwalls etc. Which is not that costly.

If you have $10,000 or around there, than you are good to go.

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how2start Hub Author 3 years ago

toketaz,

Thanks for your comments and compliments.

Let me try to answer your questions as to the multi-carrier approach.

First of all, there are (or used to be) master dealers that do have multiple carriers that they handle. However, with all the recent mergers of big carriers, I would think that there are very few master dealers that do offer multiple carriers in terms of post-paid contracts today. Brightpoint maybe one, and I think they offered Sprint, Verizon, and Virgin Mobile, last time I checked.

Second, with regards to the multi-carrier approach is a good investment or not. From my personal experience, we always had at least two major carriers that we offered to our customers. Primary and secondary carriers in our view. And we probably switched our primary carrier around at least once a year. The reason why we kept having to switch was that the carriers have the power to cut your commission dramatically in a month's notice. I remember at one time a carrier was offering $250 in commission, and next month down to $125 or so. It was a big hit, and a lot of the dealers offering the carrier's service went under. We fortunately always had two carriers, so we would switch over to the other to stay alive. It is sort of an insurance plan to have multiple carriers for your business.

Thrid, after talking about the points above, some carriers like TM actually rely heavily on their indirect dealers to bring them business. So they will treat you well, pay you well, and hopefully value the relationship enough to not cut you off like the other carriers. It maybe a requirement to sign an exclusive agreement to get paid the higher commission, and it will up to you to sign it or not. Other carriers have enough store on their own that they don't value the small volume that indirect dealers bring in, and will be pretty fast to cut you off.

In terms of multiple carriers, it works best if you have enough volume each month to offer it to your customers. If your store isn't booming, like many of the cell phone stores out there, it is probably best if you concentrate on selling one carrier. That way, you do earn a higher commission, and probably get a lot of collaterals to build your business on.

From my personal ideals, it would be awesome to be able to open an independent store with T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon, and act like an insurance agent to your customers to shop out the best service for them. However, since the carriers have all the power in this industry, and they hate it when you switch a customer when their contracts are up, this ideal will not come true in the near future.

The only way you can do an independent store with multiple carriers is to build some bargaining power yourself. That means sell like crazy and establish enough volume to a point where a carrier sees value in you. And this will likely mean selling in the high hundreds and even into the thousands each month.

And lastly, the commission matrix is something you need to ask your master dealer for since it changes around once a month.

Good luck to you and your new business!

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how2start Hub Author 3 years ago

Nizam,

Thanks for your comment.

If you're interested, check out my other Hubs on How to Start a Cell Phone Store.

To start the business, you're looking at inventory costs ($100~500 a phone), retail location rent/deposit, and other normal start up costs like stationary, employee, accountant, professional costs, etc...

I would recommend you write a business plan to see how much the whole business will take to start you up. If you already have a retail location, it may only cost you the money it takes for inventory, which can be as low as $1,000. If you don't have a location, then you will need to account for everything, plan meticulously, and have enough financing to keep you alive for at least 3-6 months. If you don't do this, you will likely fail as I have seen many people fail in this business due to the lack of planning in this competitive market.

Remember, the cell phone business does have a negative cash flow model, where you need to spend first to buy your inventory, and commission will come back to you in 1-2 months. You better plan to have enough cash and credit to not let this cash flow model affect your business.

The cell phone business is now relatively mature and saturated, so planning and working with a niche market is key to your success.

Good luck!






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