Dish Network seems to be taking its unconventional approach to building a wireless network up to the blockchain. The executives hosting an analyst event in Las Vegas today have given some hints about their vision for the country’s fourth-largest wireless carrier, and it could imply a future where you can pay for a new iPhone in bitcoin.
Stephen Stokols, CEO of Dish-owned Boost Mobile, teased the branding of a new postpaid wireless plan coming this fall called “Boost Infinite,” and, well, here’s what he had to say:
Imagine if there was a wireless carrier that embraced digital acceleration, Web 3.0 trends, to reshape the entire wireless experience. Or imagine if you could turn your idle data into true digital currency.
Digital currency doesn’t necessarily imply crypto, but Stokols continues, “Imagine if you could leverage decentralized finance to get the latest iconic devices. Imagine if there was a mobile carrier that actually reimbursed you.
First, what? Second, “leveraging decentralized finance” reads a lot like “paying something with cryptocurrency,” and we have to assume that iPhones fall into the category of “latest iconic devices.” If you need all of that, this presentation slide literally does that.
Maybe in addition to paying for your next phone with crypto, you will be able to exchange your unused minutes at any time for NFT? Doge for your data? Monkeys for apps? The possibilities blow your mind. Dish is already in the NFT game with Project Genesis, the pilot program for building its 5G network – early network testers are being rewarded with NFTs, among other things.
Stokols appeared to hint that Dish intended to take on the big three wireless carriers under this “Boost Infinite” brand, saying the company intended to “take Boost from the prepaid market to the mass market” . For now at least, the network exists in its early stages under the Project Genesis brand, and Dish President John Swieringa said the program will expand to its initial launch markets “in the coming weeks.” And it has to — the company’s FCC deadline for covering 20% of the population is just weeks away.