Dish Network appears to be taking its unconventional approach to building a wireless network all the way to the blockchain. Executives hosting an analyst event in Las Vegas today hinted at a few hints about their vision of this country’s fourth wireless provider, and it could be a future where you can pay for a new iPhone in Bitcoin.
Stephen Stokols, CEO of Dish-owned Boost Mobile, showed off branding for a new postpaid wireless plan coming this fall called “Boost Infinite,” and, well, here’s what he said:
Imagine if there was a wireless provider that embraced digital acceleration, the web 3.0 trends, to reshape the entire wireless experience. Or imagine if you could convert your unused data into a real digital currency.
Digital currency doesn’t necessarily imply crypto, but Stokols continues: “Imagine you could use decentralized finance to get the latest iconic devices. Imagine if there was a wireless provider that actually refunds you.
First of all, what? Second, “taking advantage of decentralized financing” reads a lot like “paying something with cryptocurrency”, and we have to assume that iPhones fall under the category of “the latest iconic devices”. If you want to get all that clear, this slide from the presentation literally does that.
Maybe in addition to paying for your next phone with crypto, can you exchange your unused minutes for NFTs anytime? Doge for your data? Monkeys for apps?? The possibilities baffle the mind. Dish is already in the NFT game with Project Genesis, the pilot program for the expansion of the 5G network – early testers on the network are rewarded with NFTs, among other things.
Stokols appeared to point out that Dish plans to acquire the three major wireless carriers under this “Boost Infinite” branding, saying the company plans to “bring boost from the prepaid market to the mass market”. At present, the network exists in its very early state under the Project Genesis brand, and Dish president John Swieringa says the program will expand to early launch markets “in the coming weeks.” And it has to — the company’s FCC deadline to cover 20% of the population is just weeks away.