Verizon Wireless has simplified its prepaid pricing options and made the offer more flexible.
Instead of offering different tiers of service, Verizon now offers prepaid smartphone customers a single $45 a month plan that comes with unlimited voice minutes and text messaging plus 500MB of data. Customers who want more than 500MB of data can add it a la carte.
You can also now use 4G LTE smartphones on the new prepaid plans but they will only still work 3G.
Wifi calling is growing and the mobile industry will have to accept the new competion. Soon it will be viable for a lot of people to switch to these new start ups and pay $40 and less for unlimited calling text and web. Sprint one of the major carriers is even offering wifi calling to complement in building coverage with a few of their devices.
Smartphone wireless plans didn’t used to be so complicated. You handed over about $200 for the phone, tried to get by with the minimum amount of voice, text and data — most carriers charged about $70 per month — and paid a little extra if you needed more.Now, carriers want you to figure out exactly how much data you’ll use, down to the gigabyte. Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile would also like you to stop paying up-front for a subsidized phone and instead pay the full price in monthly installments. In exchange, they’ll give you cheaper service, and may even let you upgrade to a new phone more often. But the discount you actually get depends on which carrier you’re on, how much data you’re using and how many people are on your family plan.
AT&T Mobility’s Aio Wireless brand modified its offerings, providing more separation between recent changes to the mother ship’s rate plans and that of the prepaid-focused Aio plans. The new plans include lower prices and increased data buckets and follow up oncomments made last month by AT&T’s management regarding being more “aggressive” and “assertive” in the no-contract space.
Rumors have been circulating for months not years regarding a potential deal by newly embolden Sprint buying out Deutsche Telekom’s controlling interest in T-Mobile US. The deal would place a combined Sprint/T-Mobile US on near-equal footing size wise with the nation’s No. 1 and No. 2 operators Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility. Proponents of the deal claim such size parity is needed if there is to be a more formidable competitor for the current “big two.”
T-Mobile US has stoked the merger flames by stating it would be open to a potential transaction, while Sprint’s current operational malaise would seem to indicate it needs some sort of jolt to remain competitive with its rivals.
The second-best quarterback at Sunday’s Super Bowl after Seattle’s Russell Wilson just may have been out-of-work passer Tim Tebow.
Tebow was a sensation pitching the merits of T-Mobile’s “no contract” phone plans during the commercial breaks, while Wilson’s Seahawks crushed Denver QB Peyton Manning, who posted the worst quarterback rating in the big game since 2006.
The real story for investors, of course, is that Seattle-based T-Mobile (TMUS) is starting to do real damage to the rest of the industry, especially #2 carrier AT&T (T). Shares of T-Mobile are up 84% since they started trading last May, while AT&T shares sank 14% over the same period.
T-Mobile won’t say which un-carrier features have attracted the most customers but the low prices are obviously a key component.
“Deals that are hard to pass up”
One of those un-carrier features is there new roaming plan that I am using right now in Trinidad. All calls are 20 cents a minute, unlimited text messaging and unlimited data. When I landed in Trinidad I received a text stating what my cost would be. The web is not the fastest but for emails or web searches it works great.
Sprint announced it would begin offering one free year of wireless service to eligible students. The offer is being made in partnership with big-box retailer Best Buy and requires students to pay full price for a device upfront and activate the service through a Best Buy retail location.
I was one of the first to register for BBM and now I have it on my Samsung Galaxy S3. My first BBM was to a friend in Trinidad and it worked flawlessly.
I posted my BBM number on Facebook, G+ and Twitter so my friends could add me.
I would like to know how many people added out today and was able to use it.