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. It is owned by Kroger. 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 free to all accounts. However, playing voice mail and recording greetings from an i-wireless phone will incur charges, unless accessed remotely. Unlike most other carriers, incoming text messages are also free. Pre-paid minutes will be rolled over indefinitely if more funds are added the day before the expiration date. Kroger-owned stores that have a shopper's rewards card offer bonus minutes and discounts of monthly plans for every $100 in purchases.
i-wireless also sells 3G mobile broadband using a USB adapter manufactured by Sierra Wireless. Accounts and funds are separate from cell phone minutes.