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T-Mobile turned more than a few heads during its Uncarrier 8.0 event that was held in late December. The wireless carrier announced a new take on the “rollover” plans by extending it your monthly data allotment (for postpaid accounts). Under T-Mobile’s Data Stash initiative, customers can rollover their unused data month-to-month and keep that amassed data pool for up to a year. T-Mobile even sweetened the deal by giving their customers a 10GB “Starter Stash” to kick things off. Today, T-Mobile is extending Data Stash to its prepaid plans starting on March 22. Data Stash will be available to Simple... Read more...
Over the past few months, AT&T has been expanding into the Mexican market courtesy of key telecom acquisitions. We saw the first fruits of this expansion in January when AT&T announced that its wireless subscribers could add unlimited calling to Mexico for an extra $5 per month. Now, AT&T is extending its newfound fondness for Mexico to select prepaid GoPhone plans. The $60 GoPhone plan will now include unlimited calling and texting to Mexico at no additional charge. To sweeten this plan even further, AT&T is also bumping up the monthly allotment of high speed LTE data from 2.5GB... Read more...
Often overlooked in the mobile market for some reason is prepaid plans, and AT&T’s prepaid GoPhone deals are about to get sweeter. Customers will soon enjoy an increase in monthly data without an increase in rates, and more importantly, they’ll be able to use their phones as a mobile WiFi hotspot. There are three new plans altogether: For $60 per month, one offers an increase in data (from 2GB to 2.5GB) with unlimited talk and talk and the WiFi hotspot capabilities. Another doubles the data from 250MB per month to 500MB per month and offer 500 minutes of talk time, for $40 per month.... Read more...
It’s by no means a volley in a massive price war, but Sprint has revised its prepaid phone plans, which is good timing as AT&T is in the midst of doing the same (albeit by acquiring Cricket to add to its Aio Wireless stable). Actually, Sprint’s new plans put it right about on par with what Aio Wireless offers. Aio has an unlimited talk and text plan with 5GB of “high speed” data for $60 a month, and Sprint’s unlimited everything prepaid plan is also $60. For $45 monthly, smartphone users can also have unlimited talk and text with no data, which seems to be a niche... Read more...
The concept of a mobile carrier is changing drastically. Last week, even AT&T dove into the prepaid arena with AIO Wireless, and T-Mobile USA is attempting to get rid of the conventional contract altogether. Now, there's another player: Zact. The company is billing itself as the industry's first "smart mobile service," that promises to help its customers "never overpay" for voice, text, and data. It's built around adjustable plans, improved sharing, data-by-the-app, and built-in parental controls. People are often frustrated by expensive one-size-fits-all plans and mobile phone subsidies that... Read more...
It's a subtle movement, but an important one. Americans are slowly but surely growing tired of the same 'ole politics involving conventional two-year mobile contracts. New flagship phones are hitting the market every six months, but users have to wait 24 months for a discount. And, of course, getting out early results in major sticker shock. Hence, the rebooting of the prepaid / off-contract franchise. What was once small business is now raking in far more customers, and all the while, both the handsets and technologies are improving. Boost Mobile has been offering no-contract wireless to U.S.... Read more...
Well, well -- looks like those whole "prepaid" thing may not just be for the second-tier carriers any longer. This week, Verizon Wireless announced that it too would be joining the prepaid ranks, which is fairly monumental on a couple of levels. First and foremost, the majority of prepaid options in America rely on Sprint's network -- which isn't the best of 'em. VZW's new prepaid plans provide unlimited talk, unlimited texts and 500 MB of data for $60 a month, or for $70 a month, a prepaid customer receives 2 GB of data in addition to unlimited talk and texts. The catch? Yes, there's a catch.... Read more...
Now things are really getting interesting in the smartphone arena. Just a few years ago, those who wanted an iPhone in the United States had one choice: AT&T. Today, it's available on three major postpaid carriers, and more importantly, it's joining the prepaid ranks as well. That's a huge move for Apple, and it promises to place the iPhone into many more hands than it's already in. Many consumers simply aren't interested in a contract, and with Cricket announcing that it would soon be carrying the iOS superphone, we knew it was just a matter of time. Though the next-gen iPhone should only... Read more...
Need a new phone? Not so hot on the idea of buying one on-contract? There's a solution here, and Verizon Wireless is really hoping that you'll give its newly defined prepaid plans a look. The prepaid market in the U.S. is a hot one, largely dominated by MVNOs that run on Sprint's network, but VZW is chipping away, and these new plans show that. This week, it announced the availability of a new prepaid plan beginning May 1, offering unlimited talk and text messaging, as well as 1 GB of data for $80 per month. It's launching on the Samsung Illusion, a phone that'll go for $169.99, and will be available... Read more...
Look, not everyone is into the idea of contracts. And for those people, there are plenty of prepaid options on the table. AT&T is hoping to get itself back in the prepaid spotlight soon with new prepaid data packages. It's good news for users, too, as the new packages include "double the data or more for the same price for GoPhone customers." The changes go into play on April 22, with 1GB costing $25, 200MB costing $15 and 50MB costing $5. Per usual, all data packages are available on the $50 Unlimited Talk & Text nationwide plan for GoPhone smartphones and the $25 Unlimited Text with 250... Read more...
In addition to the new laptops HP announced today, the company also introduced a pre-paid 3G mobile broadband service. The new service, known as DataPass is available in the US on HP’s business notebooks. With DataPass, users will be able to purchase wireless broadband data using major mobile carriers without being tied to a contract. DataPass users will also benefit by avoiding set-up fees. HP DataPass pricing starts at $5 for 75 megabytes for a duration of 5 hours. Although this pricing may not appeal to heavy users, that’s not the point. The service targets smaller businesses who... Read more...
Cricket recently made Muve Music service available to new Cricket markets across the nation. With the new additions, Muve Music is now available to 85 percent of the company's customers. For $55 per month, Muve Music provides unlimited voice, text, Web, video, unlimited music downloads to the mobile phone, and more. The new Muve Music markets include: Lexington and Louisville, KY Cincinnati and Dayton, OH Kansas City and St. Louis, MO Pittsburgh, PA San Antonio, Del Rio-Eagle Pass, El Paso, McAllen, Laredo, Brownsville, Corpus Christi and Harlingen, TX Portland, Eugene and Salem, OR Salt Lake City,... Read more...
LG and AT&T are teaming up to offer the first smartphone for AT&T’s prepaid offering GoPhone. With this smartphone, customers will be able to choose from new data packages without having to commit to a long-term commitment. The new LG Thrive and its post-paid counterpart, the LG Phoenix, will be available on April 17. Both phones will feature a 3.2 inch touchscreen, Android 2.2, unlimited Wi-Fi usage on AT&T’s Wi-Fi Hot Spot network, and a 3.2-megapixel camera. AT&T is also introducing a new prepaid data package with the LG Thrive, offering 500 MB of data for $25. Other... Read more...
AT&T announced new prepaid calling plans for GoPhone users. The new options will be available October 3 and will include an Unlimited Daily Talk and Text plan for just $2 per day. Under this plan, you'll only pay for days the phone is used. AT&T will also offer a monthly Unlimited Talk and Text plan with 200 MB of data for $75 per month. If you don't want the data, an Unlimited Talk and Text plan is available for $60 per month. “Prepaid customers now have the flexibility to pay only on days used for unlimited talk & text without the commitment of an annual contract,” said... Read more...
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