We’re delighted to confirm that Simwood Mobile Developer Packs will be shipping tomorrow.
This has been a long time coming and we’re really excited to get them into your hands. We still have a fair bit to do before launch-proper but the time is right to get them into developers hands and let your awesome creations be born.
We’ve been blown away by the response so far. We’ll save the statistics for launch-proper but suffice to say we’ll be shipping more than double the Developer Packs we expected to and that figure compares extremely favourably with the number of MVNOs other MVNEs have collectively created in the last decade or so. Of course it remains to be seen how many go on to become full MVNOs but indications are good. You might also like some of the press coverage we’ve had so far.
As we mentioned before, some of the use cases are really exciting and innovative. We know some customers are literally on standby with teams of developers to integrate and build their MVNO. Others are waiting to prototype innovative solutions in pursuit of external funding. We’re flattered how seriously you’re taking this and how many of you get what we’re trying to do and sense the opportunity there is for you in mobile.
Traditional MVNEs will seek to charge £80-100k out the door to build a service with a fraction of the capability we’re offering, and that is before a monthly commitment of several thousand per month. We’ve spent many times this amount building Simwood Mobile and made massive financial commitments going forwards, despite charging you just £100 to get started. Making it available at the uniquely low entry levels we’re offering is conscious as we want to enable lots of developers to open up the market and innovate without cost constraints. We believe we’ll then benefit with volume from successful services as our proposition is unique in technical terms. Of course, those who’d prefer better pricing are very welcome to make an early volume commitment as we’re very receptive to mitigating some of the large costs we’ve taken on. Some of you already have, but give us a call in the next few days as we won’t be offering that after that.
Finally, as Ofcom continues to withhold resources we need to ensure we make adequate reservations for early adopters to launch scalable services. As such, this is a last call for Developer Packs at the current price as they will be increasing to £250 on Monday May 11th and may be subject to delay after that. If you haven’t yet ordered one, and are looking to build a mobile service on Simwood Mobile then we suggest you order one ASAP – click on the ‘Mobile’ link on our portal. If you do not have an account, you can open one here.
Thanks again to all who have committed so far and we can’t wait to welcome you to your own mobile network!