Updated: Sep 18
Applications are currently closed due to a overload in submissions and will reopen soon. The first school on the list will be Alabama State University.
From the Founder:
When the thought of Tesix Wireless came about, I was a freshman in college and attending Alabama State University. I was working my first job at Taco Bell, I had my first car, and of course, I had my first contract with a wireless carrier.
Now, this may not seem like a lot of responsibility, but it's a lot when the minor bills you have exceeded your monthly pay.
At the time, I was working and learning how to launch my own electronics brand, and the top product was to have my own smartphone. While working on it, this is when the idea of adding a phone service came about. Although it was easier said than done, once I revisited the idea later, the rest was history.
As I planned the launch, the most important questions were: Why and Who? Why did I want to launch a wireless carrier, and who did I want to serve?
The answers were simple because the why was due to my own personal pain point, and the who were other young adults like myself.
While I was in college, I met a lot of people, and the one question I used to have was, how did some of them afford the things they had, we were 17-18 years old and some of them had nice cars, the latest phones, and laptops, and I'm thinking--Ok, where do they work?
But where they worked wasn't the factor at all--I found that a large majority had regular fast food jobs or no job at all and had the help of their parents because, without them, none of them would be able to afford their car payments, phone bills, insurance, gas, and other necessities while on campus-- some of the same things I had to handle at that time.
I used to randomly ask my friends on campus how much their phone plans were for my own little research. I never told them why, but I just pretended it was because I was looking for a new plan.
Here's what I remember:
One told me they were on a plan by themselves and paid $117/mo for their phone bill--just one phone. This was the reason he paid his phone bill and sought the help of his dad to handle the rest of his bills.
Another told me they were on a plan with 5 family members, and their total monthly bill was over $600/mo--sheesh! This meant the phone bill was around $120+ per month.
Another told me they think it averaged about $150/mo for all their gadgets, but their parents paid half so they could afford it.
As I took in the responses over time, it all came down to this: None of them could afford their phone bills without help, and this was just a few close circle friends--now imagine a college campus full of students with similar stories.
45% of Parents with adult kids are helping them pay their bills. With phone bills accounting for 36% of those bills.
Years later, this is the sole inspiration for TesixHBCU™! Wanting to create a program that gives HBCU students access to free wireless services and break from 1 less bill while attending school.
As we continue rolling out our services again for our 2.0 Launch, this is just one program we will implement into the reopening of activations.
What TesixHBCU™ Connectivity Program Will Be:
The program will consist of actively enrolled HBCU students having the ability to apply and sign up to receive free wireless services from Tesix Wireless Network on eligible mobile devices. Students will remain active until they graduate or while they are enrolled in school.
Because this service is free, Tesix Wireless will start with a limited number of students per HBCU and increase that number as the company grows. This program will be facilitated by allocating a portion of profits to the program as well as welcoming partnerships to sponsor more students.
Our goal for year 1 is to welcome 1,000 students and increase the impact year after year. With the help of partnerships, we aim to double this number. To facilitate 1,000 students in the program, we will allocate the first $50,000 into the program.
In areas where Tesix Wireless does not have coverage or very limited coverage, we will limited applications in those areas upon program roll out. At this time, University of the Virgin Islands and Philander Smith College are currently on our limited coverage list as our coverage is under 10% in these areas.
Standard Program Eligibility:
Must between the ages of 18-25
Must be Enrolled at a Historically Black College
Must be Located in the United States
Must be able to show proof of active enrollment
Must use a college appointed email address
The application for this program will be open on August 1, 2023. You can subscribe to stay updated on Tesix News as well as updates for our HBCU program.
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