Three will offer virtual mobile numbers to new MVNOs after extending its partnership with x-Mobility.
x-Mobility works as a mobile virtual network aggregator (MVNA) and enables MVNOs to launch a mobile service on the Three network, without having to directly go through the operator.
The business has now expanded its capabilities to offer new MVNOs 4G, VoLTE and over the top (OTT) services, such as a virtual mobile number.
The MVNA claims that introducing OTT services will allow MVNOs to use different business models, which in turn can offer new opportunities to subscribers. These services, which will include WiFi calling, will only be accessed via an application, with the MVNOs deciding how this app can be used.
Shanks Kulam, Chief Mobile Officer at x-Mobility said: ‘x-Mobility is now adding virtual numbers to its traditional telephony offering. This means that MVNOs can now consider multiple new business models, all enabled by our service. These new MVNO business models will open up new possibilities for subscribers about how they use their phone and their number.’
The virtual mobile number services will enable users to make and receive calls from a connected device, with their mobile number attached to the SIM card used in the device. x-Mobility explained that MVNOs can utiltise this feature to allow consumers to call and text abroad at UK rates.
The MVNA is currently the UK partner of Freedom Pop, which launched its free mobile service last week and will use the OTT application in conjunction with its SIM offerings.