Prepaid Wireless Tracker - September 2009 Issue
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Page Plus Cellular Offers
Page Plus announced the availability of its new unlimited plan for
$39.95/month, which includes voice, text, and 20MB of data. That’s a pretty
compelling offer for voice
and text centric users, and it’s on Verizon’s
Cell Service Profitable – Postpaid Continues to Bleed
It’s interesting to read that while Sprint continues to bleed
subscribers, these customers are not migrating to their prepaid Boost
brand. Perhaps once
disgruntled enough to leave,
they rather go to a completely different company altogether, even if
ultimately end up selecting prepaid.
MetroPCS, Leap Wireless:
There was a lot of dialog last year about a possible merger between
and Leap Wireless, however that never materialized. I’m
happy to see this conversation be
resurrected, for it seems inevitable that they’ll need such a
really compete in the nationwide unlimited prepaid game.
Leap Both Bitten by Competition
Competition Sinks MetroPCS Profits (source
Wall Street Journal
Both Metro and Leap have reported slowed growth due to competitive
pressures. I think
their major challenge
lies in the latest competition, which offer unlimited nationwide plans
lower/no fees. Do I
smell a merger?!
Metro reported lower profits due to competition.
I expect they’re currently regrouping;
expect that they’ll sit back and see their business decline!
Leap Has Wider Loss in Second
Diego Union Tribune
Similar story to Metro in terms of slowed growth.
It will be interested to see what their next
move will be!
Cricket's $45-a-month plan was beefed up with unlimited e-mail, data
and 20 minutes of roaming. It
expanded its $55 plan to include those services plus 200 minutes of
competition strikes, customers win!
Walmart's TracFone Pushes
Unlimited Prepaid Down to $45
(source article removed)
Good discussion about whether it would make sense for Verizon to
MVNO, TracFone, similarly to how Sprint purchased Virgin.
NET10 Ranked Highest, Says JD
According to the J.D. Power and
Associates 2009 U.S. Wireless
Satisfaction Index Study,
Prepaid carrier NET10 ranks
highest in overall customer satisfaction among non-contract wireless users.
American Airlines Continues
Its High-Flying Domestic Expansion (source
Daily News International
reached a major milestone this
week with its Gogo Inflight Internet service.
The Wi-Fi service is now
available on 100 MD-80 aircraft.
Page Plus Cellular Announces
Unlimited Text Messaging
Newswire (press release)
Not long after it announced its $39.95 Unlimited Talk n Text plan, Page
announces an unlimited text add-on for its other voice plans. Watch out, Page Plus is on
Qwest To Exit Wireless
Business In October
In case you didn’t know (I hadn’t heard of them!),
Qwest is an MVNO on the
Verizon network, which will be closing its doors this fall. More fallout of the tough
Leap Applies for Stimulus
Funds as Big Carriers Pass
If it’s successful, Leap will use
funds to expand its Project Change Access program, which helps low
households get online.
Announces Product Launch in 2000 Additional Retail Stores
Newswire (press release)
Ready Wireless mobile handsets and airtime will be available in
1,500 Casey's General Stores locations in the Midwest and 250 Duane
locations in New York.
Sprint-Virgin Mobile Deal
Gets U.S. Antitrust Nod
The FCC has approved the $483 million purchase of Virgin Mobile USA
meaning that there’s nothing stopping the deal from
What's New at
- Updated Page Plus monthly plan to reflect that replenishing
with any Talk n Text plan will convert you to the newer Unlimited
- Added new MiFi
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