Nova Labs is launching a nationwide $20 monthly mobile plan using blockchain and T-Mobile’s network following its successful pilot in Miami.
According to Bloomberg, the service, which is distinct for blending blockchain technology with telecommunications, offers an unlimited text, talk, and data plan. In August, the company unveiled a pilot program in Miami, priced at just $5, under its Helium Mobile brand, signaling its entry into the telecom sector. The Miami program’s success set the stage for this broader rollout.
Helium Mobile’s unique network relies on users setting up wireless hotspots in their homes, available in outdoor and indoor models priced at $499 and $249, respectively. The service seamlessly transitions to T-Mobile’s network in areas without a Helium hotspot. Notably, Helium hotspot owners receive compensation through MOBILE crypto tokens based on usage. For example, users could accumulate around 50 cents per gigabyte, offering an innovative way to earn from streaming activities like watching movies.
In the previous year, Nova Labs achieved a notable milestone by securing $200 million in funding, leading to a valuation of $1.2 billion. The funding round was spearheaded by prestigious investors such as Tiger Global Management and Andreessen Horowitz.
However, the company faced some challenges for potentially lying that its wireless network services were used by Salesforce Inc. and electric scooter firm Lime.