Prepaid Wireless Tracker - May 2009 Issue
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Mobile Adds Worldwide Texting Option to Monthly
Unlimited Plan (source article removed)
Proves Phones Can’t be Too Thin or Too Smart (source article removed)
FOXBusiness - USA
Although it's not really a
the $10 monthly add-on will get you unlimited international texting and
Walkie-Talkie in and between the U.S., Canada, Baja, and other select
areas. Not a bad deal for certain people.
By Kamal Prashar
thinnest QWERTY smartphone, the Nokia 1661 coming to T-Mobile USA.
It will come preloaded with games. It's definitely
see the selection and quality of prepaid devices accelerating this
year. One step closer to an "any phone, any payment method"
Best Buy offers
iPhones without contracts
Buy will be offering Apple's iPhone without a contract.
hold your breath for the pricing: $599 for the 8GB model, and
for the 16GB model. Any takers?
MetroPCS subscribers rise 51 percent in 1Q
(source article removed)
Forbes - NY,USA
MetroPCS Communications Inc.,
announced that it added 684,000
subscribers in the first quarter of this year, up 51% from the same
time last year. That's truly an amazing accomplishment and
the growth in prepaid wireless. Now all they need to do is
churn to avoid the cost of losing customers too quickly.
Mobile joins prepaid price war (source article removed)
Plans to Launch a Cellular Network
On April 15th, Virgin announced a price cut of its unlimited plan from
$80 to $50 per month. Definitely in response to Boost
January launch of its Monthly Unlimited plan, and continued competitive
pressures by MetroPCS. However, customers beware, this plan
doesn't include text or Web, so be sure to compare apples to apples
before making your selection! Virgin also announced the
availability of Pink Slip Protection, where they'll pay up to three
months of your monthly payment in the event that you lose your job.
It was only a matter of time before a wireless carrier
(or shall I say copied) the automotive protection programs as of late.
Not the same impact as a car payment, but a nice touch
Journal - USA
to enter the wireless market by building its own network. It
offer both monthly and prepaid options. While offering
with TV, Internet, and cellular is certainly compelling, I question the
business case behind building their own network....yikes.
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MetroPCS roaming charge from $0.49 - $0.79/min to $0.19/min.
The detailed comparison chart can be found here.
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Virgin Mobile Unlimited pricing, including their Pink Slip Protection
program. The detailed comparison chart can be found here.