Kelso customers have a new locally-owned place to find affordable cellphone services. Wireless and More recently relocated to a bigger, brighter location at 200 South Kelso Drive, becoming the first Boost Mobile authorized retailer in Kelso.
Wireless and More moved earlier this month after six years on Washington Way. Owner James Wonser said changes in his lease arrangement forced him to move, but he’s hoping the new store’s location – next Rite Aide, the Dollar Tree and at Interstate 5 – will be a boon to foot traffic.
“I’m excited. We’ve got great visibility,” said Wonser, 47, Monday.
Wonser consolidated the Woodland and Longview Wireless and More locations into a single bigger location in Kelso. The 2,000 square foot space is double the size of the former shop, allowing Wonser to offer a greater selection of cellphones, cases, cellphone accessories and NFL fan gear.
Mainstreet Marijuana on Washington Way is currently in the process of expanding into Wonser’s old location.
Wireless and More offers smartphones and cellphone carrier services that run off the major brand name towers, but on month-to-month discounted plans.
Customers can talk, text and surf the web using monthly plans that range from $30 a month for 3 gigabytes of data or $50 a month for 28 gigabytes (with a myriad of options of plans in between and a few above). Several of the plans also come with free phones, if customers are able to pay the first month upfront. The shelves are also stocked with cases and other phone accessories, too.
The independent business is authorized to sell and represent H20, Boost Mobile and Page Plus carriers, which use towers for AT&T, Sprint and Verizon. Wireless and More also accepts payments on behalf of the major cellphone companies, as well Comcast, Dish Network, Net10, TracFone and several other companies.
“I’m hoping customers get to know us as a payment center too,” Wonser said.
The store also offers Dish Network and Comcast television services, as well as Xfinity pre-paid internet packages.
Wonser said he focuses on affordable services with no contracts.
“People want convenience; they don’t want to feel pressured and they want options,” he said.
Wonser said he invested about $4,000 into modifying the former U.S. Cellular space to meet his needs – freshening up the paint, installing a security system, adding a wall and installing signage.
The Kelso resident started Wireless and More about 12 years ago in the shopping complex next to the Longview Burger King. Over the years he said he’s developed close relationships with his customers, watching many of their children grow up and graduate from high school.
“Our customers are like family. We aren’t pencil pushers; we’re relaxed,” Wonser said. “We work with the customers, not against them.”