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Comcast just announced its plans to introduce Xfinity Prepaid Services. This is a pay-as-you-go plan which allows customers to “refill” their subscription at any time for seven- or thirty-day periods. The service will be available later this year in Illinois, Michigan, Georgia, Florida, and Indiana and nationally by the end of 2017. Customers interested in Xfinity Prepaid Services pay a one-time set-up fee. The fee includes a Wi-Fi modem, a Digital Television Adapter (DTA) or remote control, and thirty days of complimentary service. There are no limitations on the number of times the service can be renewed and customers can refill services on their own schedule. This service is particularly aimed... Read more...
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 Choice prepaid customers and the terms are pretty much identical to what was previously announced... 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 to 4GB at no additional charge. For those on the cheaper, $45 plan, you haven’t been forgotten. AT&T... 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. There’s also a new plan that offers 1GB of data with unlimited talk time for $45 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 plan at best and a simply terrible one at worst. Users on the new Sprint Prepaid plans are limited... 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 lock them into two-year contracts, but there haven't been too many alternatives if you wanted flagship... 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. residents for years now, and Virgin Mobile much the same. Now, the two are taking a major leap forward... 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. It only works with 3G phones, so those hoping to get in on this action using LTE are sure to be ill.... 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 be a few months away, those wanting an iOS phone today can now get one on a prepaid contract. The price?... 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 at VZW stores, Best Buy, Target, RadioShack and Walmart. You have to remember that prepaid pricing... 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 minutes nationwide GoPhone plan. Now, if only the prepaid phone selection would get a little better...oh,... 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 can’t justify the regular monthly cost of a 3G mobile broadband subscription and who only use... 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, UT Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Las Cruces, NM. With the addition of these markets, Muve Music is... 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 prepaid data options include $5 for 10MB (previously $4.99 for 1MB) and $15 for 100MB (previously... 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 Judy Cavalieri, vice president of Prepaid Products for AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. ... Read more...
Are we seeing a shift in the mobile trends of America? For years, things have been moving along with little change. If you wanted a cheap(er) phone, you bit the bullet and signed a 2-year long-term agreement to stick with a carrier. It was either that, or suck it up and go prepaid, albeit with a far less featured phone. But now, prepaid options are becoming a lot more enticing. Pricing pressures have forced phone prices downward, making it more affordable to offer more handsets for less money, and not on contract. Now, even Verizon Wireless is getting involved in order to keep pace with the competition. Starting Sept. 28th, the carrier will be offering prepaid data for smartphones at $30/month.... Read more...
Boost Mobile created quite the stir in the mobile phone industry when it announced its $50 Unlimited Everything Plan back in January 2009. Now, the company is shaking things up again, this time by offering the Motorola i1 Android-powered smartphone to prepaid customers. This phone is the carrier's first walkie-talkie enabled touchscreen phone powered by Android. This phone has plenty of features too, including a 5MP camera, 3.1-inch HVGA display, and GPS. The phone is available at Boost Mobile Exclusive Retail Stores, Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile standalone stores. Boost Mobile Brings Android to Prepaid with Launch of Motorola i1 National distribution at Boost Mobile Exclusive Retail Stores,... Read more...
Did you know that you can purchase a cell phone in the United States without actually handing over any personal information at all? It's true. For years, consumers have been able to purchase pre-paid cell phones from stores such as Wal-Mart, and since they can be purchased with cash, there's little to no trace left behind. For many, they don't actually stop to think about this, but for drug lords and other criminals who wish to maintain a low cover while communicating on the go, having a pre-paid cell phone is the ultimate luxury. In Australia, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland and Thailand, users who purchase pre-paid mobiles must register so that... Read more...
There has been a significant increase in the amount of people that are opting for commitment-free cell phone plans. According to the New Millennium Research Council, about one in five Americans with a cell phone is using a prepaid plan. In addition to the benefit of not being tied to a contract, many users have found prepaid plans that cost less per month than contract plans. Many of today's most popular phones such as the iPhone and DROID require a contract. Given the cost savings, many customers are foregoing the "cool" phones and opting for a basic phone without a two-year contract and a lower monthly fee. A prepaid plan with unlimited calls and text messages is available for $45 per month.... Read more...
Earlier in the month, Sprint let the world in on a little secret: they would soon be launching yet another pre-paid brand. This is in addition to Boost Mobile, Assurance Wireless and Virgin Mobile, mind you. Today, the cat was let out of the bag, and bargain hunters might just find what they've been searching for in a wireless carrier by visiting their local Walmart. Common Cents Mobile isn't the greatest naming convention of all time, but it gets right to the point: this is a pre-paid wireless operator who knows their customers value low-cost over all else, and there are certainly no frills here. No 4G WiMAX. No Android phone options. Just bottom-line prices and lots of flexibility. Designed... Read more...