How to Start a Cell Phone Store

Understanding the Business Model of the Cell Phone Industry

I personally like to talk about the business model right at the beginning of the page so you know how, and how much money you will make in the cell phone business. By doing so, you should understand what you're getting yourself into, and what to expect in this business. After reading the business model section, you can also decide for yourself if entering the cellular phone industry is the right decision for you or not. So here it is!

The cellular phone business works in a few ways. You make money by making the following sales to your customers:

  1. New 1 or 2 Year Contract Activation (Post Paid Activation)

  2. Feature Add (Add-On) or Contract Extension (Upgrade)

  3. Prepaid Activation & Prepaid Card Sales

  4. Accessory & Hardware Sales

Here is a list that summarizes how much money you can expect to make per activation as a cellular phone dealer for each sale that you make.

  • Post Paid Phone Activation (1 Year) - Single Line $75-150 per line

  • Post Paid Phone Activation (1 Year) - Family Plan $150-$300 per family

  • Post Paid Phone Activation (2 Year) - Single Line $75-250 per line

  • Post Paid Phone Activation (2 Year) - Family Plan $150-450 per family

  • Post Paid Upgrades (2 Year) $30-$100 per line

  • Feature Add $2-$100 per Feature Added

  • Prepaid PhoneHardware Sales $10-20 per phone

  • Prepaid Card Commission 7%-20% of Sale Amount ($20 Card is most popular)

  • Accessory Sales $5-$50 per Accessory Sold

As a word of advice, each dealers set their margins they way they like it. Many of the cell phone carrier owned direct stores have their prices set to hit the high end of the figures above. In contrast, some of the very price oriented independent dealers set their prices with the margin on the lower end of the figures above. You will need to decide where you want to set your margins, and how service vs. price will help you set up your pricing at your business.

There's Money to Be Made in Cell Phones!

The Commissions

New Post Paid Activations (Contract Activations)

Post paid activations are the same thing as contract activations. It is what many of us are used to when we think about activating and getting a cell phone. It will require you to sign a 1 year or a 2 year contract upfront. You are locked in to a given carrier during this time, and if you cancel before your contract is up, you will be hit with an early termination charge that ranges from $175-$250 per line.

In this type of activation, you can expect anywhere from $75-$250 per activation. This pertains only to "new" activations or "port" activations. A port activation is an activation where you switch carrier the customer's carrier from one to another. By switching carriers, it is considered a new activation. New activations are the core of your business, and this is where you will make your money. New activations are what you will need to strive for in this business.

The carrier owned stores that you see out in your neighborhood typically target about $200-$250 in profit per activation they sell. Many of the authorized dealers like ourselves usually are much more price competitive, and we typically target anywhere between $75 -$150 in profit per activation.

Normally, a small dealer will do about 15-50 activations per month, while the busy stores can easily get 50 or more activations each month. The level of profit does depend on four factors that will be discussed in further detail a bit later. But for your reference, the four factors that change the commission amount are:

  1. Price plan you contract the customer at
  2. Price of phone that you sell to your customer
  3. Contract period (1 or 2 Years)
  4. Any features added to the contract

In addition, each carrier will set a different commission amount for a new activation. This will be a critical factor in determining your profit as well. And in many cases, the commission amounts are tiered, meaning that a certain number of activation, for example 15 activations or more will yield you a higher commission amount.

It is also worth noting again that the commission amounts listed above is only for new contract activation or port activation. If you merely extend a customer's contract, your commission will be much less, as talked about in the next section. Lastly, in this business you will need volume to succeed. So be ready make many sales, at least 15-50 new activation sales, each month to succeed as a wireless dealer.

Below is an example of a commission matrix that the Master Dealer will provide you with. These are the actual figures at the time of writing in the year 2008, and you can expect to make this much doing business with a given carrier. Please understand that all carriers do not provide commissions at the same levels, so be sure to shop around and compare commission structures between carriers.

As you can see above there is a pretty large commission difference between 1 year and 2 year contract plans. In addition, Family Plans have great commissions, but keep in mind that only the first two lines get the commission. Any lines added from that point on, you get paid on the "Added Lines" portion. This master dealer does require a minimum number of activation and it ranges from 15-20 activations per month. Without that number, you will not get paid the Spiff portion. It is easy to see that dealers scramble to hit at least the minimum required at the end of the month to obtain the Spiff.

Upgrades (Contract Extensions)

Upgrades or contract extensions are another way of making some money in the cellular phone business. Upgrade happens when a customer has a given carrier, and they want to extend their contracts for another 2 years in exchange for a new phone on the same carrier.

Upgrades are usually 2 year contract extensions with the same carrier, and a customer often times becomes eligible for an upgrade 2 months prior to the contract end date. Please take caution that carriers will not pay you a commission for a one year upgrade to their dealers. And for that reason, you are unable to offer one year contract extension deals to your customers.

The profit margin on an upgrade is usually much less than a new activation. You can expect to make somewhere between $30-$100 per upgrade activation.

Upgrades are usually a pretty difficult sale for us authorized dealers, and we are always better off offering our customers to port their numbers to another carrier instead. Should the customer insist on an upgrade, you must understand and acknowledge that the commission amount will not be as high as a contract activation. You will then need to choose between making a low profit margin or to increase your profit by up selling to your customer. Many authorized dealers upgrade their customers by adding in internet, text message, or BlackBerry features to compensate for the lower profit margin.

Upgrades will not be a big money maker in your business, but you must provide your customers with great deals and great service doing upgrades to earn your word-of-mouth referrals.

Post Paid and Upgrade Business Process

The business process involved in selling a post paid phone and upgrades are a bit unique to this industry, so we would like to cover its details here. The transaction involves numerous parties and you must understand this for cash flow reasons as well as to do business as a wireless dealer effectively.

Basically, there are 3 processes involved in the cellular phone business to activate a phone.

Step 1: You must first purchase your inventory from your master dealer or an unlocked phone supplier. Inventory will usually run anywhere from $75 for a low end phone to over $500 for a high end Smart Phone. In some cases, you may need to buy SIM cards if you offer GSM phones, but usually, that will be included with the phones you purchase from your master dealer. For the unlocked phones, you will need to purchase SIM card only from your master dealer for about $15 a card.

Step 2: You will then sell to a customer for a new activation or an upgrade. The price of the phone will be subsidized by you because you will receive commission on that activation from your carrier. For example, say you bought a phone for $130 wholesale. For a one year activation on a $39.99 plan, you will get $245 in commission. That means you can subsidize the phone to make the sale. If you sold it for free, this will be your end calculation.

Example 1

  • Sale Price to the Customer $0 (FREE)
  • Commission by Carrier $245.00
  • less Inventory Cost $130.00
  • Profit Margin $115.00 per line

Example 2

If you sold it for $30 because there is a $30 rebate for the customer, this will be your profit margin:

  • Sale Price to the Customer $30.00
  • Commission by Carrier $245.00
  • less Inventory Cost $130.00
  • Profit Margin $145.00 per line

In the second example, the total price for the customer will be "Free after rebate." Just in case, this is why:

  • Amount Paid by Customer $30.00
  • Rebate Received $30.00
  • Final Price $0.00 FREE AFTER REBATE!

Step 3: Collect your commission from your carrier or your master dealer (master dealers will be explained very soon). Usually, the carrier or the master dealer will ask you to submit a batch sheet that includes information on all of the activations you did for the month. Depending on the master dealer, they may pay you promptly in 2 weeks, or they may be very slow, paying you 60 days later.

Feature Add (Add-Ons)

Feature adds occur when you assist a customer add on a feature package like a text message package, BlackBerry package, or an Internet package onto their existing phone plans. It can also be used as an up sell mechanism during your new or upgrade activations as well. All carriers will give you commission for assisting your customers to add a feature package onto their existing plans. Commissions for add-ons usually range between $5-100 depending on the feature you add for your customers.

It is worth noting that each carrier does have priorities when they decide on how much commission to pay you for a feature you add for your customer. For example, one carrier may pay you $10 to add a $5 text message package, while another carrier may give you $30. Sometimes a carrier may come up with a new promotional feature plan that they want to really sell to the public, and may give you a big commission to accomplish their objectives. We've seen situations where a carrier would pay $100 commission on a $10 feature.

Adding features, if you do it right, can very well supplement your profit margins. You can look for somewhere between $5-$100 in additional commissions just by helping the customers figure out what deals are best for them.

Here is an example of what would happen to your profits when you effectively sell features to your customers:

Example 3

  • Sale Price to the Customer $30.00
  • Commission by Carrier $245.00
  • less Inventory Cost $130.00
  • Profit Margin before Feature Add $145.00

  • Feature Add: Text Message $10.00
  • Feature Add: Internet Package $100.00
  • Total Profit Margin $255.00 per Line

One last point to make with regards to feature adds is that a carrier will not pay a commission for any insurance packages added to the customer in case of lost or stolen phones. Many customers feel the insurance packages as an up sell, but it is actually out of courtesy for the dealers to offer it to you.

Prepaid Activations and Recharge

For many reasons, prepaid phones are becoming very popular in the cellular phone business. Prepaid phones are popular to these markets:

  • A person that does not want to commit to a contract
  • A person that does not have good credit
  • A person who just immigrated to this country
  • A person that use their phone for emergency or very minimal purposes

Prepaid phone sales are not exactly a huge money maker in this business, but you will need to offer it to your customers.

Prepaid phone sales involve two dimensions:

  1. prepaid phone hardware sales, and
  2. prepaid card or airtime sales.

The business model of the prepaid phone hardware sales is that you make money on the amount you mark up you pass on to the customer from the wholesale price. Hence, if you bought your prepaid phone at $25 wholesale, and mark it up $15 to sell it for $40 to the customer, the mark up portion of $15 will be your profit.

When selling prepaid phones, you'll likely notice that the price of the hardware is significantly cheaper compared to its post paid counterpart. You can expect to pay $20-100 for a prepaid phone device wholesale, whereas the postpaid phone devices will cost about $100-500 per device. This is due to the fact that the prepaid phone devices are subsidized by prepaid phone carriers so you and the customer can buy the phones at a discount compared to regular postpaid phones. This fact makes it very easy to maintain your inventory levels without significantly considering its cash flow issues.

The business model of the prepaid air card sale works on a commission scale. The commission can range from 5% to 20% of the price of the card you sell. The commission percentage will depend on the prepaid carrier. This means if a prepaid carrier pays 12% commission and you sell a $20 card, you make $2.40 per card you sell. An average commission on a prepaid card is usually 7-12%. One you develop a steady client base, it's very easy to see recharge card sales of $10,000 each month at your store.

The prepaid air card business is similar to having a residual commission each month. And again this business is about volume and increasing your customer base. In addition, it is also critical for the customer to purchase the prepaid recharge card from you as well. For some popular prepaid carriers, they do have the ability to purchase it online or at a local supermarket. If they purchase the additional recharge cards from a different source, you do lose out on your commission. Make sure you make a system to give your customers an incentive to purchase the card from you. You can use price discounts, online systems, or phone systems that will allow your customers to purchase from you instead.

Accessory Sales

Selling wireless accessories, such as cases, chargers, and hands free headsets are another way to make money for your cellular phone business. The mark ups for accessories are usually very high and it is normal to see something selling for $12.00 when the wholesale price was only about $0.50. Due to its low wholesale price of accessories, many dealers also package up accessories with a phone sale to make the deal more enticing for their customers. For example, "Free Blue Tooth Headset & Car Charger with each New Activation!" is a pitch you see very frequently. The cost involved in you offering this kind of sale compared to the value perceived by the customer is very well worth your efforts.

If you are a busy store, and good at merchandising products, accessory sales can easily bring in a good portion of profits for your business. Depending on the product, you can expect to earn $10-50 per accessory sold. And many people these days need a case, car charger, and a Bluetooth headset. So make your best effort in making accessory sales a big part of your cellular phone business.

Final Words on the Business Model

The cell phone business is a volume based business. And simply put, the people who make the most money are the ones who make the most sales. And these sales must be new activations or a port to make any kind of real money. This business relies a lot on heavy marketing and sales in order to succeed. We have seen that the best stores are the ones that advertise aggressively, has a niche market that they work with, and are very good at retail sales.

As with any business, having a niche market will help you tremendously to succeed in this business. We have seen many people succeed in this business, and they come from all walks of life. We've seen a lot of specific ethnic group dealers, such as Latino and Asian dealers succeed very well due to the continuous flow of new immigrants coming into the United States. We've also seen dealers that specialize in small businesses succeed very well. And we are sure that other markets such as the children market, senior market, the Smart Phone market, and other untapped markets are huge potentials in this business as well. We are always amazed to see dealers driving off on their new BMW from the warehouse to pick up their phones.

We also wish you the best with this business!

The Master Dealer

In this section, we will go over the details about the Master Dealer. The Master Dealer will be your entry point into stating out a business in the cellular phone industry. Be sure to understand their role and how you will be working with them in the near future.

In the past, dealers were able to enter into the cellular phone business by working directly with a cellular phone carrier. But today, the most common and easiest way of entering the cellular phone business is through a Master Dealer. Master Dealers are used by the major carriers because the big carriers do not want to allocate a lot of their resources into serving smaller dealers like ourselves. Since each of the carriers also have a direct retail channel (carrier owned stores) to take care of, they figure using a Master Dealer to satisfy the local demands are much more efficient then dealing with it themselves.

So with this in mind, we recommend you start things off with a Master Dealer to get your operations running fast and efficiently. Master dealers will be very fair with you, and usually many Master Dealers will allow you to start off with just one phone or very minimal inventory. Master Dealers are often locally operated if you live in a major metropolitan area, so that you can go to pick up your inventory with a 10-20 minute drive to their warehouse.

What does a Master Dealer do?

Simply put, Master dealers can get you partnered up with a cellular phone carrier. Master dealers will be your partner, commission processor, customer service expert, and a good friend. They will provide you with the collaterals (posters, brochures, paper contracts). They are the supplier of your cell phone inventory. They will provide you with the activation system. They will pay your commissions. And they will give you basic training and support to get your business up and running.

Basically, they will be your bridge to the big cell phone carriers. And they are there to help you succeed. Master dealers get paid on each of the activations that you produce for them. So they will treat you well, and help you out as much as possible to create the sales for you and for them.

Master Dealers come in all size and shapes. Some can operate very locally, while others can operate across the United States. Some have only one cell phone carriers that they represent. Others may represent multiple carriers. Some are very small. Others have multiple warehouses and offices. Some pay well. Others do not pay as much. And some are easy to work with, while others can be difficult. It all depends.

Finding the Right Master Dealer

Master Dealer research and actually finding the right Master Dealer for you is probably one of the most important tasks when you are starting out. Choosing the right Master Dealer can make a huge difference on how you operate, and how efficiently you do business.

However, finding a Master Dealer is usually not an easy task. The list of Master Dealers around the country is highly confidential and not available readily. And for this reason, actually finding the right Master Dealer for you can be a pretty difficult job. In many cases, you may just have to use the first Master Dealer that you encounter due to the lack of alternatives.

Since the wholesale list is highly confidential, please contact me for the list so that I maybe able to help out.

Once you obtain the contact information, start contacting them by email and phone. Many Master Dealers have a web form that you fill out on their websites. Set up an appointment to meet and talk to them. Since you will be dealing with them on many issues of your business, we suggest you talk, negotiate, and compare a few Master Dealers in order to find the right one for you.

During the initial contact stages of the Master Dealer, patience is a nice thing to have. Some Master Dealers may take time to respond to you. It is recommended that if you don't hear from them quickly enough, you contact them a few times to get a response from them. Some Master Dealers may not be interested in doing business with you since you are new to the business. You will need to have a solid business plan to overcome any objections that the Master Dealer may have, and persuade them that you are serious about this business.

Finding a Master Dealer and persuading them to work with you can be a challenging task when you are starting out. You'll need to overcome this challenge by preparing for the meeting by having a solid business plan. By persuading that you can make money for them, they would want to do business with you. Do your due diligence to find as much information about them as possible to make the meeting effective.

When you work with a Master Dealer, it is just like a marriage. You'll be dealing with them frequently on a variety of issues that will come up. It can also be tough to move from one Master Dealer to another, so be sure you take your time to find the "right one" from the start.

The next section will have points of consideration for you prior to contracting with a Master Dealer. However, before going into the next section, let's briefly touch on the role of an account manager.

The Account Manager

When working with a master dealer, you will usually have an account manager who will handle most of your needs. The account manager is a designated person intended to serve you and your needs. You can get their help in almost anything from training, receiving marketing materials, resolving customer service related issues, and answering any technical questions you may have. The account managers will become your semi-partner, so be sure you treat them well, since they will be the contact person for any problems you have.

When you meet your account manager, see if you are on the same wavelength with them. You want to be comfortable with your account manager because you will be working with them a lot. Your account manager is the contact person for most of your issues. You want somebody that you get along with.

Before Contracting with a Master Dealer

Now that you know what an account manager is, let's go over the preparation you should go before contracting with a Master Dealer.

Finding a Master Dealer that's right for you depends on a few points. For us, location did play a key role. We wanted a Master Dealer that was locally operating so that we can go get our inventory whenever we wanted. Luckily we were able to find Master Dealers that were only about 10-20 minutes away from our office. This played a key role in keeping lower levels of inventory at our stores.

Another concern when selecting your Master Dealer will be customer service. You'll need to look for signs that will indicate the level of your Master Dealer's customer service. Look to see if they are well staffed to help you when there is an issue with you or your customers. Also, look to see if they have a good website so that you can self service your needs on a variety of minor issues. Assess their level of customer service for you and your customers.

Obviously, commission is one key aspect that you must look into when selecting your Master Dealer. Since most of the commission is decided by the actual carrier, commissions between established Master Dealers are usually very comparable. The two points that decide the profits for you are the actual commission payout and the handset prices set by the Master Dealer.

Established Master Dealers are very competitive towards each other. In some cases though, there are Master Dealers that offer significantly lower commissions or that their handsets are significantly more expensive. These tend to be Master Dealers that are smaller in size and are not established. Or it can be Master Dealers that are not doing very well. The Master Dealer business is a volume based business, so if they are not doing the volume necessary to make money on their own, they will usually pass on the costs to you. So be sure to check out and compare a few Master Dealers, and the average commission of the carrier of your choice.

Now the last thing that will help you to narrow down your Master Dealer selection is the carrier you would want to offer to your customers. Master Dealer usually represents only one or two carriers, so even if you like the Master Dealer, you may not be able to work with them if they do not offer a carrier that you want to sell.

Points to Consider

Here are some areas of consideration and questions you should ask a Master Dealer before you sign a contract with them.

Commission Payout

  • How much commission does the Master Dealer pay?
  • Are there tiers (Example: 15+ activations) involved to get paid a certain amount?
  • What kinds of Spiff (Extra commission) are they offering?
  • Are they competitive compared to other master dealers?
  • What are some of the processes you need to go through to collect your commission from the Master Dealer?
  • How fast do they pay their commission?
  • Is the wholesale price of the phones subsidized?
  • How competitive are the wholesale price of the phones?
  • Do they allow the activations of unlocked or import phones?

Payout Schedule

  • How often do they pay?
  • Some Master Dealers will process your commission every two weeks while others will make you wait 60 days.
  • How prompt are they to pay?
  • Do they have a good system to pay all of my commission in time?

Warehouse Related

  • Is the warehouse close to my store?
  • How well stocked are they at the warehouse?
  • What kinds of phones do they stock at the warehouse?
  • Do they stock unlocked phones?
  • Do they allow for "Will Call" pickups?
  • How fast do they ship the phones?
  • What are the shipping costs?
  • Do they offer any incentives to lower the shipping costs?
  • What are the people that work at the warehouse like?
  • Does the hour of operation of the warehouse work out for me?
  • How many people work at the warehouse?
  • How often do they close the warehouse during holidays?

Inventory Purchase Requirements and Payment Policies

  • Do they have a minimum order of phones that we have to order?
  • Would they let me buy on credit?
  • Do they accept business checks?
  • Do they accept credit cards?
  • Are they cash only? Return Policies (RMA)
  • What are some of their return policies?
  • Is the RMA system easy?
  • How fast do they respond to an RMA request?
  • How well do they communicate the approval or the disapproval of the RMA process?

Online Activation Tools

  • Will they provide me with an online activation tool?
  • Do I have to call in each time there is an activation?
  • How easy is the online activation tool to use?

How Local Are They?

  • Is the Master Dealer close to where I do business?
  • Can I reach them quickly?
  • Is it too burdensome for my account manager to come visit me?
  • Is it too burdensome for me to go meet up with any of the account managers?
  • Would the distance between me and the Master Dealer affect my business in any way?
  • Would it delay the time it takes me to get a phone order from them?
  • Would it delay the time it takes for me to get paid my commission?
  • Would it delay the time it takes for me to resolve a dispute?

Account Manager and Master Dealer Connection

  • What types of people work at the Master Dealer?
  • Can I work well with them?
  • How cool is my account manager?
  • Can I get along with him or her?
  • What tools can the Account Manager give me to expand my business?
  • How active is my account manager?
  • Does he respond to my emails or calls quickly?
  • Does he look too busy to respond to me?

How to Get Approved by the Carrier and the Master Dealer

As much as you will screen which Master Dealer you want to do business with, Master Dealers will also judge you in your ability to provide them with a solid number of activations each month. Master dealers and carriers look for the following characteristics when getting stated with them.


Experience is weighed relatively high when a Master Dealer considers you to work with them. The experience will be good if you have any prior experience in selling cellular phones, or if you've been in sales and marketing in the past. As mentioned, this business has a very heavy marketing and sales aspect to it, so without that experience, you may not be able to offer the solid figures that the Master Dealers and the carriers expect. They will usually want to see at least 15-30 new activations each month. This doesn't have to happen in your first month, but within 3-6 months.


Location is also a very critical factor in deciding to grant you the privilege to represent a given carrier or not. For one thing, you may not have a retail store that you can operate out of. This may hinder your ability to get approved by a Master Dealer. However, as long as you have a solid business plan, you can get approved with a Master Dealer without having an office location as long as you can do some negotiating, and persuade your Master Dealer.

Locations that already have a high number of indirect dealers or carrier owned stores nearby may also hinder the likelihood of getting approved by the Master Dealer. It is not the Master Dealer's best intention to make the sub-dealers compete against each other because that will hinder everybody's profits.

Business Plan

The business plan usually needs to be submitted to the Master Dealers and the carriers to get approved as well. The business plan needs to specify out what your targets are, and how you expect to obtain consistent activations on a monthly basis. Again they look for 15-30 minimum, and prefer plans that grow to attain 50-100 activations per month. Refer to the business plan section of this guide, and answer the questions that is laid out for yourself.

Market Served

Indirect dealers are sometimes referred to as Value-Added Resellers where you are able to exploit markets that are currently being underserved by a given carrier. These market maybe anything from specific nationalities, small businesses, or a specialized market. It is basically your niche, and the carriers tend to approve stores that can exploit a market that they are unable to reach.

Something to Watch Out For: Carrier Power

The last thing we want to touch on is about the power of the big cell phone carriers have on us.

The big carriers, when working with an indirect dealer like ourselves, constantly have conflicts of interests. The carriers own many direct retail stores to sell their services directly to customers. So on a store-level, your store can actually become a direct competition to the carrier owned retail stores even if you offer the same carrier's service.

This story becomes even more complicated since indirect dealers have the ability to offer lower prices than the carrier owned stores because it is independently owned. It may be located in a location that is lower in rent with fewer employees. In addition, since the indirect dealers frequently promote churn or porting over to other carriers due to the profit incentive, it can be very problematic for the carriers to work well with its indirect dealers.

With this conflict of interest in place, carriers can use its "big business" power to leverage the relationship with its indirect dealers. Recent developments in the industry are for carriers to ask for indirect dealers to sign an exclusive contract, offering only their brand at your store. This does eliminate the churn issue that they have with indirect dealers, but it does become disadvantageous for us because we are unable to offer selection to our customers. It will become your judgment call to see if you want to operate your business with only one carrier or not.

Another issue that you will see when working with carriers is its ability to control your commission. Usually, if you are operating your store without an exclusive contract, the carriers can decide to cut you off very quickly. They have the ability to reduce commissions by 50% or more at a very rapid pace, usually within 1-2 months. When you see your commission drop by that much, you lose your ability to make any money or you must increase your prices dramatically to your customers in a very short period of time. These actions by the carriers will usually prompt you to drop them and promote another carrier instead of offering what you were used to. We have seen businesses that go out of business when the big carriers take this action.

Our word of advice we have is to always to stay cautious when working with big carriers. If you do not go the exclusive route, you should always have a backup plan if the carriers do decide to cut you off. We recommend always having at least two major carriers you can offer to your customers at any given time.

Continue on to Part 2

Since this page is getting awfully long, I'm going to start a new page for Part II of this How To Guide.

How to Create a Cell Phone Store - Part II

Also, if interested, you can find the master dealer list here.

Cell Phone Master Dealer and Supplier List

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Frank Lee Blunt 8 years ago from USA

Great Hub, Very Informative. Thank You!

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how2start 8 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Hi Frank,

Thanks for your kind words!

Rabindra Suknanon 8 years ago

i wanted to start a online cell phone store but i dont know the legal permaiters of the bussiness, i have the technical and sale no how of the the business,,,(home based) please!

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how2start 8 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Hi Rabindra,

Thank you for your comment. With regards to starting an online cell phone store, you will run into some challenges. Many of the cell phone carriers do not want you to sell online and it states this clearly on the contract you need to sign to get your business started. You will need to have a innovative business model to be able to convice the carriers to do business with you. If your idea is just to sell cell phone online, you will likely not get the contract.

You will also run into some challenges with geographic regions. Since not all cell phone carriers can provide coverage across the U.S., you'll need to contract with numerous carriers in able to meet customer demands.

Also with already existing competition, there will be much difficulty doing this as a home based business.

If you want to go home based, you may want to work as an affiliate or possibly find a niche carrier that may allow you to sell home based. There are a lot of prepaid carriers that may allow you to do this.

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact me anytime!

Good luck!

Tony 8 years ago

Hello, thanks for posting this information here. I would like to open a local cellphone store, but unable to find a master dealer at my location. Can you please contact me at for more details? Thanks.

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how2start 8 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Thank you for your comment! I do have a wholesale list available for you. Please contact me at for it.

I also just sent you an email.

robert azua 8 years ago

Hello, thanks for posting this information here. I would like to open a local cellphone store, but unable to find a master dealer or a carrier information at my location. (Homestead, FL.) Can you please contact me at for more details? Thanks. 8 years ago

Wow! Very insightful posts! I'm in ohio and i'm looking for the same info as others. However, what are the cons of being a sub dealer? e-mail me i would love to talk to you one on one over the phone. Thanks!

Eric Henderson 8 years ago

Thanks for posting this information im in west palm beach florida and i would like to open a cell phone store but i need a list of master dealers in my area. I have been a manager in the cell industry for years now but your information is very helpful in my journey.

Eric Henderson  8 years ago

oh i guess i forgot to leave my email address please email me

Mike 8 years ago

Hi, Thank you for the very useful info. you said that you can help me find a mater dealer, iam looking for a good, easy and a well paid master dealer wit att and iam located in the bay area. I would really appreciate it if you helped me. Thanks you so much pls email me at

jesse grepo 8 years ago

i would like to open a cell phone store and i need to have a lists of master dealer in los angeles area(southbay).Pls help me and send email immediate response will be highly appreciated.

Ryce 8 years ago

I am in the process of starting a cell phone business. I found a great location but have only contact with one master dealer. I was wondering if i could get the list of wholesalers so we can get an idea of prices and hopefully order. I am located in Indiana. Please email me at Your help is greatly appreciated.

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rharper 8 years ago from West Texas

Thanks for the information. Keep up the good work....

Forex Trading Tips 8 years ago

An easier option is to sign up to lots of cellphone affiliate programs and sell products as an affiliate.

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guidebaba 8 years ago from India

Great . Thanks for sharing.

HiLo 8 years ago

Would greatly appreciate the list. Location Georgia. email address:

Jan Roos 8 years ago

Great article, There are definitely tons of money to be made in the booming multi billion dollar wireless industry

Mike W 8 years ago

Great article, I have been working as a sales rep for two of the biggest wireless dealers in the Tri-State area. I have been the top sales rep at both and even a manager. I am tired of watching my owners reap all the benefits when I have the skill, the aggressive sales attitude and pitch, motivation, knowledge, and a college degree in Entrepreneurship. But funding is my issue. What advice do you have for finding necessary funding for a cell phone store? Oh yea, I will also really love the list.

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adrienne2 8 years ago from Atlanta

Well you certainly answered my question always wanted to know how does one start a cell phone store. Very informational!

allen4826 8 years ago

I had to complement you on a great article my name is wesley I am intrested in expanding into cell phone store. Im in fort luderdale area and would appreciate if you could email me the MASTER DEALER LIST. Also if you have any other advice I am willing to hear them. Thanks email @

Eocks 8 years ago

Hey this article was a great use, if it would be possible for me to obtain the list is would be greatly appreciated. Thank You.

rasec7 8 years ago

My name is Cesar and thank you for this informative article if you could be able send me that MASTER DEALER LIST I would be very thankful please send it to Thank you

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nancydodds1 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

howtostart, really its very nice information about cell phone store. I got clear idea about them how to useful before i was not that much perfect to use them.

Ruth Yehdego 8 years ago

Thank you your business model how to start a cell phone store is very helpful.

I want to ask you, I own 400 SF store I want to set it up cell phone store with all

dealer like at&t, Verizon, t-mobile and sale unlocked and pre paid telephone how do I become unauthorized dealer ? Please help.

Ruth Yehdego 8 years ago

I sent post comment and a question sorry I did not put my e-mail address for

respond it's

Thank you.

Nalini 8 years ago

Hello, do you happen to have a list of master dealers in the major markets? my email is Please let me know! thanks.

DAN 8 years ago

Hi, great article. I was wondering if you had any information, contacts to start an unauthorized cell phone store in in upper MI. Thank you.

Steve 8 years ago

Can you email me any info you have on how to make money with Crickett? Do you have any tips or secrets? We're thinking of opening two stores and need to know how to make money with them because they don't pay much with each activation.

Pat patel 8 years ago

Can you send me a copy of the commission matrix? I am interested in opening an authorized dealership. Thanks

pro audio 8 years ago

I had to complement you on a great article my name is alex I am intrested in expanding into cell phone store. Im in el paso tx area and would appreciate if you could email me the MASTER DEALER LIST. Also if you have any other advice I am willing to hear them. Thanks email @

Jay 8 years ago

Hello, You have such a great informative article. I wish you immense success, good health, and a happy family. My name is Tre' and I live in the Minneapolis-St.Paul, Minnesota area. I am interested in launching a profitable wireless store. Would you be so kind as to email me the master dealer and wholesale list? Keep up the good work. Thanks.

jassi 8 years ago

hello great name is jassi i live in ms area.i like to open wireless store.can you email me a master dealer and wholesale list. thank you

Juan Banda 8 years ago

Hello, this is Juan Banda in Lake Elsinore California. Just need help with some information. We started a prepaid cell store about 5 months ago and we are looking for master dealers that can help us to grow our business. Can you please help. Thanks

Juan Banda 8 years ago

Hello is Juan banda again, just need help with master dealers information in california. My e-mail address is

Pablo 8 years ago

Hello, This article is so helpful i wanted to express my imense gratitude for the information you are sharing. You mentioned that you could help with information about master dealers so I was wondering if you had any information about any master dealers in Texas. (Houston market) My e-mail address is

Jason 8 years ago

I am Jason. I was very impressed with your article. I am interested in your Master dealer list. my email is

Sam 8 years ago

The article is very informative and helpful. I really appreciate if you could email me the master dealer list/ wholesale list as I am very interested in opening the cell phone shop. My email is TOPSPIN247@YAHOO.COM. Thanks in advance!

Matthew 8 years ago

Wonderful and detailed instructions, I am interested in opening a wirelessstore. Greatly appreciated if you could email me tha master dealers list to: Thank you for sharing all these wonderful information.

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how2start 8 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Hi Everyone,

I've posted the Master Dealer List as one of my posts. Please take a look at the bottom of each of my posts to find the list.

Good luck!

dan 7 years ago

Your articles are amazaing. I've read both insurance and cell phone business. Thank you for your effort. You're one of few who are not self fish and think of others than just yourself. Thank you for that. I would like to request a Master Dealers list to Thanks

yokalyan 7 years ago

A comphreshnsive info of how to start a cell phone store. I see several people leaving their email for some more info. I think I can expect one more hub from you to answer those all questions shortly. ;)

Travis 7 years ago

You can also just sell your used phones to to make some extra cash. Or, do the right thing and recycle old phones at

lindsy 7 years ago

great post.excellent work done by you....have a look on the find out some funky mobile phone


vincent toumas 7 years ago

first off i would like to say that your information is such a big help i have been working in a sprint nextel store for almost 3 years i would like to know if you know any good master dealers for sprint in that area of michigan because thats were im going to be looking to invest because i know sprint cut the deals 5 to 30 % percent of the commison pay and i would like to know your advise on who to go with my email is thank you very much

Diego Gil 7 years ago

When I decide to go into the cellular busines y contacted several master dealers and it was very frustrating to fins out that many of them don't even want to talk to you when you don't have enough experience or are new on the business, fortunately I found this guys, they help me out and now finally I am in the cellular business.

tipierrot 7 years ago


I would like to buy a Metro PCS store in the miami area, can you help me? Do you know why Metro is not opening any new store in this area?

Best regards

tipierrot 7 years ago


I would like to buy a Metro PCS store in the miami area, can you help me? Do you know why Metro is not opening any new store in this area?

Best regards

briharris51003 7 years ago

I want to start an online cell phone business, and i saw the response you left one person concerning that would you advise having a drop ship company to ship out and purchase the cell phones by the unit wholesale? And sell just the phones? I got the idea to sale cell phones originally, because I had such a problem trying to get another phone with out a new contract or paying full price for the phone. i just wanted to start by selling phones for all carriers with out contract incase of lost or stolen etc..I read your article about the money that can be made with activations from carriers and it sound s great and very informative.

LoneStar13 7 years ago

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Hi, my name is Paul and I live in Houston,TX. I read your article and its fantastic, very very helpful. I want to start a cell phone business myself, I already contact some of the master dealers you posted in the "Master dealers list" many of them said they work exclusively with only one carrier. Now my question is, if I want to sell different carries in my store does that means I have to work with two or more master dealers at the same time in order to have different carriers products? Can I have more than one Master Dealer in my store? I'm also looking for a carrier that is not on your list (Cricket) should I contact them directly? Where can I find the 10 step guide for suppliers?

I would appreciate any of this information thank you.

Oops I almost forget, please contact me at this email.

superstar 7 years ago

im lookin into statring a cell phone kiosk. i would like to get more info if u can plaese contact me at Thanks

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Camping Dan 7 years ago

There is money to be made in cell phones but you really need to know what you are doing. You will need to be able to stay on top of a quickly changing technology. Plus you will need to be tech savvy enough to help customers with every type of cell phone.

Andy 7 years ago

Hi, I would like to get the information of the master dealer for Metro PCS for my new store in San Francisco, CA. Could you tell me the contact number for Metro PCS master dealer? Please email me to Thank you very much, I appreciate it.

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selanac 7 years ago from New Jersey

As a fellow Entrepreneur, I really love your articles, and all the creative comments. I hope everyone is doing well selling cell phones. I would like to sell to the people who have a little less then good credit, and/or month to month. I know a guy that will let me work with him selling the service, but I really can't afford to start off buying a bunch of phones. I just had a brain storm of an idea. I could advertise to people that already have a phone but only need the  service then use that money to buy phones. I also own a screen printing, embroidery, signage and promotional advertising company. I will make some signs, and t-shirts with information, and pass them out to people for free, and post the signs around town. Even though I don't charge much for my signs or tee's, it would be a good advertisement outlet, and I know people love free stuff.

Anwar B. 7 years ago

Hi, This is my first time on this website, and there are some very helpful info on how to start a cell phone storefront or website.. Im currently a college student who is looking for a challenge and i've been wanting to start my cell phone business for a year now, but I just dont know how to go about doing so. If someone out there can be kind enough to help show me how to jump start a cell phone business? Please email me @ Thanks for reading this..

ryan 7 years ago

het im interested in opening an aT&T authorized dealer, can you send me any information to help me get started.. thank you ... email me at

Jose Candelario 7 years ago

the best resource I've found on the net. I paid for an online book that didn't have the same quality of info that you provided.

jae 7 years ago

i am in the process in opening a metro pcs store. can you help me with some

info on going about this. email

jae 7 years ago

i am in the process in opening a metro pcs store. can you help me with some

info on going about this. email

feddy 7 years ago

i am buying all kind of cell phones from is the leading wholsale cell phone provider so it can help you lot

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Jenny30 7 years ago from Canada

Great tips. My friend maybe starting an online cell phone store.

davidshoshan 7 years ago


I am going to start a cellphone business very soon! and I will love to get some help how to be an authorized dealer of T-mobile, at&t, sprint etc...

if you can help that will be great ;)

Jeff  7 years ago

In order to keep the same phone prices as the carrier stores, how much will sub-dealers need to take off their commission to compensate for their phone prices?

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bradmauer 7 years ago

Thank you for the information it is very informative I will have to look into some of these. Also if you would like to just sell online look here its a different twist on the same idea. Thank you for the master dealer list that is very helpful to us aspiring to be entrepreneurs

Jennifer 7 years ago


I just bought a tmobile store and i have some questions in running the business.

Can you e-mail me at

Thank you!

Jay 7 years ago

Hi..Great info. I am in New york and about to start my own phone store. Can you please send me that list. Thanks

Abe 7 years ago

Wow will don

I just want to add this website for the people how wants to open an online cell phone store like I did, and they gave me a free website too!!

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abe 7 years ago

In case you did not see the websit URL it's

Jennifer 7 years ago


Please contact me at

I bought a T-moBile store however I want to change to another master dealer.

DO you know what's the step that I need to do and is that available?

Hyatt 7 years ago

Hello, I have opened a retail store basically doing computer repair and sales and would like to sell phones as well. If you have any info on who I can contact in charlottesville, VA area I would greatly appreciate it.


willie 7 years ago

Hi,great and very very helpful article that your doing,im interested in opening up a wireless kiosk (multi carrier) in some busy local asian markets here in los angeles,i want to ask you a very big favor if you can email me alist of local master dealer in LA area,particularly South Bay area,thank you so much,and here is my email,

elijah el 7 years ago

send me info 7 years ago

Anyone who owns a web site, a mailing list, or a store can join our affiliate program

Bijan 7 years ago

It is me again. Would you please give me a list of phone number of master dealers. 805 486-8118

Thank you with best wishes

Bijan Neiman

David 7 years ago

Hi, I would like to know if you have any thoughts on how the cell phone business is doing these days. I'm considering (looking into) names like T-Mobile and Metro PCS. Any suggestions or business advice I can get about these would be appreciated.

Please email me at

Henry Cai 7 years ago

Thank you for all informs in the above, I would like to kown how to be a T-mobile, or MetroPCS authorized dealer.

Best regards

Henry Cai

jesse 7 years ago

great article..i live in the chicago..can you email me the list of master dealer list.. thanks my email is

ben 7 years ago


is it too late to get into the wireless business? a cell phone store was up for sale in my neighborhood for 10k. rent 1500/month and deals with tmobile,verizon, sprint, and boost, and act as a payment center for att, comcast,etc.

should i buy this store or start from scratch? thank you, any advice would help.


Crystal Speed 6 years ago

Crystal Speed is a national CLEAR 4G WiMAX master agent looking for local master agents and agents. Please email or visit website for basic information. Below are markets that are available:

- Chicago

- San Antonio/Austin

- Philadelphia

- Baltimore

- DC and Virginia

Andy Brosz 6 years ago

There are 2 ways you can start a cell phone business

I will talk to you about both ways and you can decided which one makes more since to you.

Let's talk about the first way to offer wireless.

You can go to a major company like AT&T and ask them if you can open up a store front or kiosk.

You will higher employees to take care of the customers who walk in. (You have to get workers compensation insurance to cover accidents can cost Thousands)

You will purchase inventory (which will cost Thousands of dollars) to have at your location.

You will rent the space in your local mall (which can cost Thousands of dollars a month) so when someone walks by your kiosk you can activate them as a customer.

In the above scenario there is a lot of overhead cost that will occur.

Now lets look at a better way to offer Wireless.

No employees. ( save money!)

No inventory. (save money!)

No space to rent. ( save money!)

Activate customers Nationwide.

Virtual online Store.

Only $49 to start your very own wireless business (upfront) and just $49.99 after the first month to maintain your nationwide Wireless Business.

If you like the Better way to offer Wireless and would like more information you can reach me at


Moe 6 years ago

i am looking to sell my very successful / high profitable CEll PHONE store . multi carriers,payment center as well as car audio /radios etc. high valoume activations and payments . outside HOUSTON,TEXAS area low rent and long lease . welling to train ..

Serious Inquiries only please!!!


why to waste time starting where you could just walk in,learn. and collect money from day one !!!

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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

Wow! This is an amazing hub! Cheers! What a ton of information you put in here! One of the Best Hubs I have seen from a business point of view! Work of art! Thanks!

ruby kapoor 6 years ago

i m trying to get into cell phone business can you send me a master list of cricket phone's master dealer list . thanks. my email is

dane  6 years ago

hay can some one tell me where to go to buy cheap cell phones i live in tampa im trying to start a used cell phone syor

dane  6 years ago

hay can some one tell me where to go to buy cheap cell phones i live in tampa im trying to start a used cell phone syor

Tim 6 years ago

Having been in the wireless industry for over 8 years, I am impressed with the details you provided. As you said marketing is key, take a look at to help get your stores found. It's an online directory just for wireless businesses.

Good luck!

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electricsky 6 years ago from North Georgia

You are an excellent store manager. I would like to sell pre-paids too.

esha&dennis crosby 6 years ago

My husband and I are looking to start a cell phone business in the next 4-6 months. We are looking for a master dealer/s? Can anyone help?

SAYYID HASANI 6 years ago

Dear Sir

I want to start cell phone business.I am looking Master Agent of Spirit and Tmobile.Please help me

max qadeer 6 years ago

very informative, thanks looking forward to open 1

Jose 6 years ago


Very informative article...I am also looking into cell phone business. I would greatly appreciate if you can provide me with a Master Dealer List. My email is You

Ruth Yehdego 6 years ago


I have small reatil store 250sf I'm looking into changing it in to cell phone business, if I can with all the carrier. Do you think it can be done? Can you please provide me with a Master Dealer list.

My email is

Dan 6 years ago

This site is really good and informative was looking into the idea of starting a small cellphone business or franchise?? I possess close to 5 yrs of experience in the cellphone and 15 years in the customer service, but honestly I don't like to deal with customers anymore, they are hard to please and they complaint a lot just don't have the patience anymore. Might start an affiliation website instead.

Ermin 6 years ago

I have a store in Glenview IL and for the past 3 weeks I have been trying to find master dealers for T-mobile and Verizon and no luck. Could you please email me the Master Dealer List. Thanks

Tony 6 years ago

If you are looking for a Master Dealer for Sprint check out American Wireless one of Sprint's largest Master Dealers in the country. Not only can you do Sprint they also provide Dish Network. For more information check out the website.

Ray Ray 6 years ago

Need info on master dealer in the New Orleans area Boost mobile Please email info to Best Regards

Angel 6 years ago

Hi thank you for the information... I am looking to open a kiosk could you please help me I need a master dealer list. Im mainly interested in T-Mobile but would like info on any master dealers that you might have.

James 6 years ago

Wow when I came a cross this info I thought I struck it rich, Thank you so much I have been looking into starting a cell business, but am doing my due dilligence, would you be willing to send me the whole sale list to

UMASHANKAR 6 years ago

Hi there,

you have done a wonderful job.

email me back if you have more contacts of wholesalers.

thanks for the all info i got from your hard word.

IN America getting info is difficult. thanks for sharing



Bob 6 years ago

Awesome site with great info, thanks for sharing.

Would like some help on obtaining a Master Dealer list for the Phoenix Az area, just starting out, so anything would help...

Thank you Again...

dv2006boy 6 years ago

hello this is great info can you please email me at i would like to ask you a couple of questions about opening and cellphone store. Thanks

Anthony 6 years ago

Master dealer list for nyc

Please email to

Thank you

John 6 years ago

I've been in the cell phone industry. This is the best site that actually helps you start a cell phone business. It's call The web site link is

Antione /Mobile  6 years ago

Hi i was wondering if you have any contacts in South east wisconsin for Master Dealers

multimastery 6 years ago

The quality of this hub and the comments it has ignited speaks volumes of you! The information that you have provided and the way that you have constructed this hub is ingenious. Thanks for sharing!

Cell Phone Supplier Directory 6 years ago

Just found a great resource for myself and anyone that is or is about to run a cell phone store. The company is Celly Source and they offer online marketing, websites, and a supplier directory to find companies that can help you run your store. Check it out, good luck!

eddie masri 6 years ago

please iam trying to get of hold of master agent for my store in hayward california my cell # is 510-304-8966 my name is eddie masri

RAGHEB 6 years ago

Hi Sir

please can u help me out is good time to open cellphone business i been sell and fix them any one can help me where can i found closed master dealer for metro pcs please email at

thank u

RAGHEB 6 years ago

Hi Sir

please can u help me out is good time to open cellphone business i been sell and fix them any one can help me where can i found closed master dealer near CT for metro pcs please email at

thank u

Gabriel 6 years ago


Great info. Can you email me a list of master dealers for Oxford, Pennsylvania.


Joe T 6 years ago


Thanks VERY much for a great and informative article!

I would like to open a cell phone store, as part of a non-profit organization, which would be operated by young adults with mild disabilities. These young addults are truly "falling between the cracks" with little opportunity being presented to them. However, they are very bright, personable, and truly enjoy their phones and the technology of smart phones.

I need to gain a better understanding of the day-to-day operations to better judge tasks that are, and are not, appropriate for these young adults.

If there is someone out there with a good understanding of this business (HOWTOSTART :) or others) and wouldn't mind having a conversation with me to help jumpstart this operation (In west suburbs of Chicago) I would really appreciate you dropping me an email.

Thanks Very Much

Joe T

sebastian 6 years ago

Hello, thanks for the info. Can u email me the list of the master dealers of souther california. Thank you for you help

kenneth 6 years ago

can you please email the master dealer list to I am interested in opening a cell phone store. Thanks

tony 6 years ago


what a great article, i'm interested in tmo, would you please email me master dealer in Dallas, TX thank you very much. my email is

slugg9474 6 years ago

need list of all master agents in cincinnati ohio

bugs 6 years ago

Thanks for the information. I would like to know how to start. Please email me at

Steven 6 years ago

looking to open up a metropcs what are the start up cost can't seem to find any straight forward answers for becoming a dealer smh!

steven 6 years ago

looking to open up a metropcs what are the start up cost can't seem to find any straight forward answers for becoming a dealer smh! i can be contacted at also info on a masterdealer in atlanta georgia

Joseph Stith 6 years ago

Thank you for the excellent information. You were unbiased and thorough. Could you please contact me with information on how I can obtain a full list of Master Dealers in the US as soon as possible?

Thank you again,

Linda(YHWH) 6 years ago

Thank you for this post it's really very enlightening. I'm in Los Angeles and have a retail store and looking to use a portion of the store for cellphone store though I'm leaning toward metropcs I can consider others but need more info. in terms of cost and simplicity. please contact me at

Steve 6 years ago

Thank you for great article.

Could you e-mail me master agents in Los Angeles area

My store carries multiple carrier


Steve 6 years ago

Could you E-mail me the list of master agents in Los Angeles area?


bryan 6 years ago

Can you send me a email for master dealer in DE,PA or NJ

KLeichester 6 years ago

Another good business to start with. Cool. Thanks!

Kevin 6 years ago

Wow.... I learned a lot from this article. can you please email me the master dealer list in Orange country, California?

Leslie Morgan 6 years ago

Hey I learned a lot from this article. can you please send me me a master dealer list for Detroit ,MI

AJ 6 years ago

This is a great info, I have been looking for this for a while, Thank you very mach, I 'm looking for a master dealer list in the lake elsinore, California area please email me @ .

greatly apreciated.

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tony young 5 years ago

how do i check to see if the master dealer is a real company? please e-mail me at

bea 5 years ago

I have a small convenience store in New Rochelle (NY) and I need a list of Master Dealers in NY-NJ-CT. Thanks! Mi mail:

Tsenzong 5 years ago

1. can I get a master dealers listing in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

2. If I become an independence authorize wireless, what licenses do I need for requirement to operate my wireless company legally.

Gary S. 5 years ago

Thank you for all the information.This is a great hub. I have convenient store in South Carolina and want to start a wireless store offering multiple carriers. Any help to jump start my idea will be very nice. If you can also email me a master list for North and South Carolina. My email is Thank you

Oliver 5 years ago

Thank you for generous post. Could you please also send me a MASTER LIST in both the Orange County and Los Angeles areas, thanx

harbor phone 5 years ago

Great article. Can i please have the master dealer list for new york. please thanks!

bernard ivory 5 years ago

Can i please have the master dealer list for chicago please thanks!

Brian 5 years ago

Awesome article. I am thinking of starting a store in Los Angeles, CA/Houston, TX/Austine, TX. Is it possible to get master dealer list for Los Angeles, CA/Houston, TX/Austine, TX? my email is

Thank you!

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robert 5 years ago

i would like to start my own cell phone business.

can i get the master dealer list for Chicago Illinois?

thank you

Daniel Giannini 5 years ago

Can you please send me the master list for Riverhead, Long Island, New York 11901. Thank you.

Rezwan 5 years ago

Please send me the list of master dealers in New York ,Long Island ,Queens ,Manhattan .Thank you.

Peter 5 years ago

Hello: Did anyone who asked for a Master Dealer list here ever received it, and did it work?

I am just thinking, everyone gave out their email addresses in public.


momodou khan 5 years ago

Hello my name is momodou khan, i am in the process of transitioning to another business and i read your article very well explained, Is there anyway of getting a list of master dealers in the houston area. I would greatly appreciate it.

momodou khan 5 years ago

Sorry forgot to provide my email address

Charles 5 years ago

Thanks for the information. Very helpful

daniel ruiz 5 years ago

Wow great information thanks for all that. I very interersted in opening a cellphone bussines I have no experience but please could you e mail me the list of master dealers in nyc please thanx.

Daniel Ruiz 5 years ago

Hi I'm from new york great informatio I have no experience. But I wanna open a cellphone store please coul you e mail me the list of master dealers of nyc please thanx.

Nikashi 5 years ago

Running several small cell phone business now. Mostly, affliate links. After reading your articles, think I will convert them into full retail business's. The traffic is already in place. From all the articles that I have been reading. Cellular sells are dropping, almost every person in the United States owns a cell phone. Over saturation of the market. You would have to specialize in one niche, like add ons. Selling sim cards, calling cards, toll free numbers. My point is, with all online and morter busiess, you always have to fine tune depending on the market. Changes have to be made. Customers now have millions of choices. Thanks, my mind is flying at high speed after reading this article.

Haji 5 years ago

Hello, My name is Hassan. I read your article and it was more detailed i thought i could find and read. Now I am in the process of opening cell phone store so I want to know how i can get a list of master dealers in the Dallas area. I would greatly appreciate it.


Steve 5 years ago

Hello I want to open a store in San Diego and I want to carry all carriers but I am having a really hard time finding any master dealers or how to get a hold of any. Can you please provide a list or at least one master dealer in the San Diego or Southern California area. Thank you

Akbar 5 years ago


I am very interested and in the process to open my own cell phone business. I would be grate if you e-mail me Wholesaler and Master Dealer list in the US especially in Virginia area. Thanks a lot!!!

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Mary Johnson 5 years ago

Thank you so much for this great article. I love what you said about identifying the business model you need to have in order to be successful. Great content, thanks.

stefania 5 years ago

Hello, I have been in the real estate business for years, that has gone bad now.. I have also owned food Businesses that I sold due to endless hours with not much profit anymore.. desperate for a business to pay my bills for my children education.. I want to start a Cell phone large store.. I would be so greatly appreciated any list you can send me for the Wholesaler & Master Dealter Lists.. To really get me started.. I would be forever greatful, also how do you feel about these no contract cell phone businesses growing more rapidly lately.. email me back at with the lists and any info you can.... Thanks for taking the time to help others, it will come back to you..

Tareq 5 years ago

Thank u so much for all the information

Is there any way u can send me the list for all the master dealer to my email at

i look forward to hear from u


George 5 years ago

I want to know how i can get a list of master dealers in Florida. I would greatly appreciate it. Please email me a list or info if possible.

Thanks George

Sam Zhang 5 years ago

Very precise explanation!I like it.

Thanks for your sharing.

i say many friends were looking for a list of master dealer here, and we are the professional brand mobile phones wholesaler, from China. Mainly sell unlocked blackberry phones many years. if you have any inquiry, just email to us:

Here is our website:

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George, were you able to obtain the info you requested in Florida (list of master dealers)? If so, please share so I can "pay it forward" to someone else in the state of Florida. Thanks from

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k a m i l 5 years ago

Great help for my already running metro PCS store. Now i want to open any store with sprint, att, verizon or t mobile. Please provide me with the master dealer list will be greatly appreciated.Thank you

robert 5 years ago

i would like a master list for dealers in new mexico. i live in t or c new mexico and i am in process of setting up a boost mobile phone store. wal-mart has discontinued boost and in my town the nearest place to get a boost phone is 78 miles in ether direction


storefront or online 5 years ago

Can you please send me a copy of the master dealer list? I'm in Virginia Beach, VA Thanks so much.

Alexandria 5 years ago

Hi, I am a wholesaler for all Original Blackerry OEM accessories and parts.

If you are looking for great wholesale pricing on: Headsets, Bluetooths, Housings, Unlocked GSM phones, Batteries, Data Cables, Pouches, Travel Chargers, etc....

Please feel free to contact me for an inventory list at:

Nitro 5 years ago

Hi, I already take payments for multiple cell companies. I would like to have a master dealer list for Oregon And Washington State if possible, I am going to start selling cellular soon and this would be a great help. I can be reached at

Thank you.

Alex Alexander 5 years ago

How can I open Metro PCS in Florida?

Alex Alexander 5 years ago

my email is

eddie paima 5 years ago

thaank you for this information, could you please send me the wholesale list to I am located in GA an very interested in opening a cellular store.

Thank you

Jennifer r. 5 years ago

Hi im very interested in starting a cell phone business, I work with contract andrepaid phones at my current job now so I know alot about them I work with them all the time. Please contact me on how to start a business of my own my email is I look forward to hearing from you.

juan 5 years ago

can you give me a list of master dealers in Connecticut , the info was very help full want to start my own business

juan ramos 5 years ago

its juan again i was so excited i for got to give u my e-mail j.ramos2469@yahoo.can you give me a list of master dealers in Connecticut , the info was very help full want to start my own business thank you

jamey whan 5 years ago

Hi Sir:

This is Jamey from 3JTech. We are an engineering firm that sells 3G solutions and OEM to major security and telecoms. More information about our products and what we do can be found at or Right now we have a customer that uses our solution and is looking for an Android phone that can pre-install our program to it and bundle with our products. For this particular model the monthly unit sale is about 5k. There are other products that sell about 1k each. So the total units that sell using 3G/GSM solutions are about 8~10k. We are looking for partners that can provide us with various Andriod phones. We might want to stick to one model in the beginning and later on offer more variety. However, keep in mind that not all customers would purchase the phone if they already have a compatible phone. My forecast would be that maybe 5~10% would purchase our solutions with a new phone. So the conservative forecast would be 250+ phones a month at first for this particular customer. We ourselves might also want to offer phones with our program pre-installed for other customers in the future. The specs for the phone should have at least 3G/HSUPA, Andriod OS and a SIM slot.

On another note, I was wondering if you know how to become an Authorized dealer for the operators for selling the data plans. Our solutions all use data plans from the operators such as AT&T and Verizon. We currently ask our customers to sign up for data plans on their own. If we can resell the service the monthly data plans we can sell would be in the thousands. Can you email me more information to

Best Regards,

Jamey Whan

kelly 5 years ago

how do I open a t-mobile store my email address I am interest in export entrepreneurship truck and storage with barrel shipping to west African ,China etc.

alex 5 years ago

I'm would like to become t Mobile dealer I used to work for them top sales man for 3 years can you email me at I need help finding master dealer and few other question thank you

India 5 years ago

Hello i live in orlando florida and i am trying to open up a all in one celluar wireless store and i have no idea on how to get it atarted i have tried to research on line but than have found out that there are to many scams online so i need great help can u please help me sart my very own all in one cell phone store

Rex 5 years ago

Hello ,I am located in New Jersey and really looking to starting a retail cellular wireless store business .

I do need assistance in getting stated . Any assistances provided towards getting things started for me will be highly appreciated


Sam Zhang 5 years ago

Blackberry Wholesaler from China, if any needs, please contact me:

Anton M 5 years ago

Great info. Can you please email me a list of master dealers in New York. I have troubles finding one. Also I got a question: Am I able to do more than one carrier in one store?

Cricket Wireless Master Agent 5 years ago

If anyone is looking to be a Cricket Dealer in Chicago please contact us 888-242-5910 or

joe 5 years ago


JSAV7700@AOL.COM OR CALL ME AT 574-276-7700 JOE

john 5 years ago

would you please send me the list of all master dealer and wholesalers of cell phones and accessories and others which related to cell phone trades .

my email is

thank you

Carla Gutierrez 5 years ago

I found your information to be very helpful. Would you please send a list of all the master dealer and wholesalers of cell phones and accessories. I am interested in opening a Metro PSC store in the Los Anegeles County. If you can please email me any information you may have that will be helpful for me

john 5 years ago

I have an empty store and want to open a tmobile store how much money would I need

Alex A 5 years ago

Great info. I am looking to open a small cell phone store. Could you please let me know how to find some good Master dealers for CT.

Please contact me at

Thank you


Ricardo P. 5 years ago

wooo this have been in my mind for years, great info friend Im thinking about to open my small cellphone store but I have the same problem that all ppl above,can u plz do me the favor to send me the info of the master dealers please my mail is I would like to give me my own Xmass pressent by starting this.. :)

Phil 5 years ago

Very interesting article but the Master Dealer list is not

accessible with the link provided.

Please send me a list of Master Dealers.

My Email address is:

Peter 5 years ago

Useful article?

We have been a professional original/genuine mobile phone parts supplier since 2005.Currently, our main products lines including:

------ BlackBerry 8100 - 9900 Spare Parts ( Housings, LCDs, Accessories etc.)

------ iPhone 2G - 4S Spare Parts . (LCDs, Touch Digitizer, Flex, Battery Cover etc.)

------ HTC ( Housings, Touch Digitizers etc.)

Top quality products ! Competitive prices ! Professional service !

Your prompt reply and questions will be highly appreciated and welcome!!

Best Regards,

Peter Chen

Shenzhen Lencri Communication Equipment Co.,Ltd


Zee 5 years ago

I really liked your article very helpful and I you can email me a list of the master dealers that be very good

Corbet C 5 years ago

Please send me a list of Master Dealers. Email: Happy Holidays!

Karla 5 years ago

Hi can you please send me a list of master dealers to our location is falls church va , thanks!!

Darren 5 years ago

Hi, Can I please have a list of Master Dealers and phones and accessories to

I'm located in Jacksonville, Florida

Also, just how challenging is it to open a T-Mobile Sub Dealer Store?

Is there a particular net worth needed for sub dealer stores?

Which cell phone company does not have strenuous guidelines to become a sub dealer?

Jerry 5 years ago

Hi, Can I please have a list of Master Dealers to

Please, please,please!!!

Otto 5 years ago

I have a brilliant idea for a cell phone service, 100% incredibly profitable, but dont know where to start. new innovative and groundbreaking in the cell phone industry. I feel like master dealers and carriers are to small. This idea would need to be its own carrier i would think. Im no expert in the cell phone world but im an idealist with serious belief behind this plan. Contact me at

dont contact me unless you have been in the business for a long time

dont contact me if you wanna hear the idea my father owns an ad agency so i know confidentiality contracts dont mean shit with ideas and who came up with them.

I simply want to discuss a few things and aspects about this plan and find out who the first person i tell this too should be.

Chris 5 years ago

Anyone interested in selling Otterbox, Trident, Incipio, Ballistic, Case Mate cases let me know!! I sell them wholesale!! Email me at and I can send you my wholesale prices!!!

Jerome 5 years ago

Hi, I appreciate your ability to share great information with people who are interested in making profit in this exciting industry. After reading your blueprint I have decided to give it a try. I would like to also as you if you would be so kind to be my mentor. In addition, I would like to ask you for your most updated list of Master Dealers in my area. I can be reached at or even cell at 347-305-6940. Thank you for your support!

-I am located in the central new york region Binghamton, NY 13905

Sepulveda 5 years ago

I am highly interested in starting my own Wireless company. Please e mail me a list of MASTER DEALER or how to contact please. I have over 10 years managing Cell phone companies and am ready to open my own including working with vendors for accessories like otterbox... Thank you very much!!!!

Prashant 5 years ago

Hi, awesome site!

I am interested in starting a TMobile outlet, how can i go ahead with my idea? Can someone plz guide me or provide me with some dealer list and startup costs needed.

Thank u in advance.

Thank you,,,


Frank Fulgenezi 5 years ago

I am interested in starting my own wireless reseller business. I would highly appreciate if you provide me a list of master dealers to contact in Frederick Maryland Area. Thank you very much in advance. my email

Earnest 5 years ago

Please provide me with the latest master dealer list for Houston, Texas and an estimated startup cost to get started. My email address is Thanks

Chitra 5 years ago

Hi I want to add a cell phone to my beauty salon store so what can I do to open a metro pcs store in california

Ryan Baskharoon 4 years ago

I'm in the Final stages of opening my store and need to get the list of the MAster Dealers if you could email me it to

al 4 years ago

Can you please sen me a master dealer list for Atlanta,Georgia...

I am considering starting my own mobile phone store and need more information...thanks for your valuable help...

larry 4 years ago

I want to get in the business. But don't want to sell through carriers or other dealers. I simply want to sell mobile devices without doing

activations. What would you recommend ?

Mary 4 years ago

Can you email Master Dealers for Washington State, or Washington and Oregon? Thank you.

Geovanni 4 years ago

Does any one know where to get the latest T-Mobile cell phones @ wholesale price , any wholesellers , wholesale , new tmobile , att cell phones , any help will be really appreciated . I currently own a store and having trouble finding tmobile cell phones , our master dealer has very limited phone selection & outdated , email:

Marvin 4 years ago

Master Distributor List In both georgia/florida!

Vivek Patel 4 years ago

Master Distributor list in Chicago land area or anywhere in Illinois. Thank you.

Vijay 4 years ago

I plan to open a multi carrier cell phone i am in sacramento,ca how do i get a master list pls reply

Judy Rivera 4 years ago

Im in the process of getting the license for my territory and I have looked at some good locations, but after reading this I need a list of master dealers please e-mail me at

Sam Zhang 4 years ago

We are the Blackberry cellphones wholesaler from China, If need the pricelist, please email me at

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Darch 4 years ago


Can you please send me a master dealer list for Los Angeles, CA.

I am considering starting my own mobile phone store and need more information if you could provide.

Thanks for your help...

Sam 4 years ago

Hi, u were right on the money surprised someone w/ all this info would be willing to just post it like this please email me the master dealer list for Chicago, IL and If you dont mind a number I could reach u at for a breif conversation thanks

Chuck 4 years ago

Please email to me a list of master dealers at

Narendra Patel 4 years ago

Great article. Please anyone email me Master Dealer List for multiple carriers to: Thanks

Carlos Chat 4 years ago

Can anyone send me a list of a Master Dealer (GSM) and mutiple carriers.....Please help me out to star my business.


MO. 4 years ago

i would like to open a cell phone store and i need to have a lists of master dealer in Denver area area.Pls help me and send email immediate response will be highly appreciated.

Adrian 4 years ago

I'm a Master Dealer for Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile in Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and El Paso. Anyone interested in opening a store email me at

Bonnie 4 years ago

I am interested in a Master Dealers list nationally. I want to start a business, but not sure where. Please send me a list. I enjoyed learning here. Thank you for sharing this information. It's people like you who are free with information that helps others.

Please email me at

Jonathan 4 years ago

I am interested in a Master Dealers list in Los Angeles CA

plz email thank you

Jonathan 4 years ago

I am interested in starting my own wireless seller business. I would highly appreciate if you provide me a list of master dealers to contact in Los Angeles, CA and other information plz and thank you email

Jada 4 years ago

Where can i find the master dealer list for Connecticut?

Can anyone help me?

Jackie 4 years ago

I am interested in starting my own wireless empire. Can you send me a list of master dealers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia please. email

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Chris 4 years ago

I'm Look for master dealers in Baltimore, Md please email me a list or any information at

Melo 4 years ago

I'm a manufacturer based in China, I am interested in Master Dealers, please send list to

Mike 4 years ago

Interested in opening a sprint store.if i can get help form anyone email me please


moe 4 years ago

hi i am looking for a master dealer in Racine Wisconsin can you please help me out and i have one more question the place i want to open it up in has no t mobile service is there anything else i can do ?

Umesh 4 years ago

I would like to become a wireless dealer In NYC (New York) but unable to find a master dealer. please help me sending some list in this email

Ash 4 years ago

Im looking for master dealer in new jersey looking to open a cell phone store. email please!

alex 4 years ago

hi im looking for master dealer in Cincinnati area email please

Jerry 4 years ago

Hi I feel really good after reading your helpful article I'm starting a small cell phone business in California I know you might be very busy so if you you can find time are even charge me a cool price for the info I'll be happy to get it please contact me at

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if you are looking for a great master agent visit

Sam 4 years ago

we sell Blackberry, Nokia, Samsung, Sony ericsson, LG, Motorola phones. If need pricelist, please email to me:

pablo 4 years ago

I want to sell cellular phones i want to know how how to get a website from a company so i can help sell their phones send me how can i apply to sell cell phones my email. Is i want to help but i must get a url in my name and i help pass the word

pablo 4 years ago

I got a magazines subscriptions store for free they give me a storefront with url to my name they pay me 40 percent from every sale i make how can i get a storefront for cell phones where i can sale and make a profit similar to the storefront of magazines url to my name with percent profit i want to get the same but i want cell phones if you have a deal for me email me

Brandon 4 years ago

I know of many Verizon Master Agents. If anyone would like to talk, email

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Hemanth Kumar 4 years ago

Hi this is hemanth here i wana open a mobile show room

it may be Sangeetha Mobiles, Univercell and Nokia Care

and also i need budjet line (Investment) so please any 1 can u help me

please mail your sujetions to

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Nas Zaidan 4 years ago

Hi I'm muslim and I want to open a mobile store with Allah and camel motives. My number is 708-262-0474 and you can email me at (please respond if you are muslim, this is not for any other dirty religions thank you).

umesh 4 years ago

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Tony 4 years ago

We are whosaler of monster headphone in china,can provide you highqulity and cheaper products.

Also i can provide high quality and cheaper iphone/ipad?samsungcase,brand such as otterbox?griffin?lifeproof and so on.

Red studios:$80

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jalal 4 years ago

hi, I always wanted to open a mobile phones store and I didn't know how . Thank you for answering all my questions . could you please email me the Master dealer list .


Anomymous 4 years ago

I would never open a Sprint Store . I would do Verizon or AT&T. It is not about customer care with Sprint only about numbers. They micro manage to the point of no return.

How to Open a Store 4 years ago

nice post. I have doubt in this kind of business. I’m wondering how much capital is needed to start a cellphone store.

Timmer 4 years ago


The best new opportunity in mobile phone service is Sellatrio/ Solavei. It's likely the future business model of the cell phone industry. No master dealer required and the compensation plan is far superior... Solavei is an MVGO (mobile virtual mobile virtual network operator through a strategic partnership with T-Mobile USA (Google the press release from July 26, 2012).

Master 4 years ago

If anyone is interested in becoming a wireless dealer in Edmonton, Canada please contact me at

kennylee423 4 years ago

My name is kenny.

I want to open prepaid cellular store in phoenix, arizona.

Can I get the phone number of master dealer in phoenix area

who carries many carrier.

My e mail: Thank you.

Breezie5 3 years ago

hello to all, this has been a bit of fresh air to me, I myself is trying to open a cell phone store, can you please send me the list of master dealers around Florida. My mail address is looking forward to hearing from you.

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sirshar ahmad 3 years ago

my name is sirshar ahmad and i am intrested new cell phone shop in brampton ontario and i want to start with dealer and with out dealer pls send me tips thanx

mdar 3 years ago

I have to sign up with a carrier? Please advise.Thanks

mewzk 3 years ago

Can you please send me a list of master dealers for south florida and the top 3 that you recommend, and would like to open a Cricket Wireless store. Any advice would be appreciated. email is

Dee 3 years ago

How much capital is needed to start a cell phone retail site and the cell phones is that an out of pocket expense or does the company supply them and you pay for only what you sell?

Giancarlo Pimentel 3 years ago

Can you please send me a list of master dealers for Massachusetts (Framingham or Marlborough). I would like to open a hybrid Wireless store that will offer multiple carriers, what do you think? . Email please to

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arjun 3 years ago

Thank you ...very Helpful Information ......

Erica 3 years ago

I'm interested in finding a master agent. I'm looking to opening a store in the atlanta area in the next three weeks if possible.

AllThingsWireless 3 years ago

You can make a lot more money if you have a mobile app for your payment center. Not only that, but you will also keep almost 90% of customers. This is because even if the customer leaves the sate, he/she can still pay their phone bill through their phone using your app!. Another situation that this remedies is if your customers get out of work late.

When a customer pays their bill through your phone app, you are sent their telephone number, the plan that they chose, and the money is deposited directly into your paypal account.

We have a sample app on the android market in case anyone wants to try it. It is very nice looking and simple to use. The link to the app is:

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Richard 3 years ago


Can you please send me a master dealer's list for NY. I am looking to open a cell phone business, I have many potential customer's looking for good cell phone deal's. e-mail.

Scott 3 years ago

I already have a GSM carrier to work with and need to find a master dealer to get my hands on a bunch of gsm phones from different carriers to sell. Can you give me the master dealer list for Orlando, Florida? I am aiming to open a store and currently researching the best location to do so.

Thanks in advance.

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SeanG12 3 years ago

hello all. my name is Sean and im trying to start a cell phone store in the metro atlanta area. if anyone knows of a master dealer, please feel free to email me

Sammy 2 years ago

I am in the process of opening a cell phone store in Indianapolis. Could you please send me a master dealer list. my e-mail is

Thank you in advance.

Tin 2 years ago

Great article, after you setup the business, you may need some accessories suppliers, in another word: whosaler. I have found some of them below:

there are many more, just google: wholesale phone accessories, you can see lots of them there.

Jessica 5 months ago

Wow, this is a very in-depth article and mentions a lot of the realities of owning an electronics store. I have been selling some electronic accessories in my online clothing store for about a year now and they do great as complementary products. I usually buy from either or

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