i-wireless is an United Statesmobile virtual network operator that uses the SprintCDMA, EVDO, WiMAX and LTE networks to provide nationwide wireless coverage. Domestic roaming (except 9-1-1 calls), and accessing service abroad from a subscriber's cell phone is not currently available. The company was originally based next to Kroger headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, but has now relocated directly across the Ohio River to Newport, Kentucky. Since 2009, i-wireless has several rate plans for calling and text messaging. Rate plans can be viewed at the i-wireless website, www.iwirelesshome.com. The business was trialed in 130 Kroger stores in 2006, before being rolled out by mid-2008 to over 2,200 branches of The Kroger Co., including banner stores such as Dillons, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, and Fry's Food and Drug. The stores also sell airtime refill cards and some accessories. Although the company has an exclusive contract with Kroger, it is (or was) considering working with other retailers in parts of the country where the chain does not operate.
i-wireless acts similar to other prepaid carriers, offering no contracts or credit checks to purchase their phones. Voice mail is provided for free to all accounts. Unlike most other carriers, incoming text messages are also free.
i-wireless also sells 3G mobile broadband using a USB adapter manufactured by Sierra Wireless.