MCI Wireless - Still In Business

By: Martin Smith

In the summer of 2004 the former telecommunication giant MCIWorld Com emerged from a 21 month process that ended with thelargest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history. The restructuredcompany is now called MCI. It has a very strong focus onresidential and long distance services. Less attention if paidto its formerly popular cellular phone business.

Before the bankruptcy MCI purchased their cellular products andservices from Verizon and AT&T and sold them to consumersthrough a few MCI retailers and independent dealers. At the timeMCI cell phone plans were very similar to those being offered byAT&T and Verizon. Even the names of MCI's plans were onlyslightly different. Users of MCI cell phone plans often hadproblems with being charged for roaming or long distance, whenthey were not roaming or were dialing from a local area. Therewere also customer service and other billing problems.

Maybe this is why MCI seems to be moving away from cell phoneservices and placing its emphasis on residential and longdistance plans. However there are rumors of a merger with astrong cellular provider such as Sprint.

At this time you can't find information about cellular serviceson MCI's website. About all you can find on the internet aboutMCI's Wireless business is negative feedback on its priorcellular services or information about its wireless computerservices. MCI teamed up with Skytel to offer services such astwo way messaging, wireless email, and one way paging (both textand numeric).

If you are looking into MCI as a potential provider of your cellphone service, you may have a bit of a wait. However you may bewell advised to look into MCI's long distance plans for yourhome or business needs.

MCI is making a strong comeback fueled by its internationalcalling cards that allow you to call anywhere from 30 countries.They also have a plan that allows you to call from any U.S.military base to any other base for less then 6 cents a minute.This new stronger MCI may soon reenter the world of cellularphones.

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