Wireless Tracker - July 2010 Issue
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Mobile Launching Prepaid MiFi
Virgin Mobile launched the Novatel MiFi device that was Sprint’s
device. It’s great
to see a prepaid
hotspot offering. I
look forward to the
day when prepaid broadband will have the latest and greatest devices as
become available, rather than have to wait over a year to see they show
Atlantic to Get In-flight
Phone Calls, Web access
While it’s exciting to see in-flight broadband continue to gain
not sure how happy I would be to be stuck listening to people’s phone
expect that over time
there will be restrictions imposed on what what’s considered acceptable
to offer Free WiFi
What’s better than prepaid WiFi – FREE WiFi!
I expect to see full cities begin to offer free WiFi over
decade; we’ll see.
Mobile Wins Multiple Stevie(R) Awards
The award was presented for Boost’s 2009 turnaround after its launch of
talk, text, and Web plan. They
paved the way for a full on price war, and gained attention from
postpaid customers. However,
sure how innovative discount pricing is, and I don’t expect such
sustainable now that such all-in plans are becoming common-place. Notwithstanding,
Wireless Broadband @ Walgreens
Though PrepaidWirelessGuide.com broke this news previously, just a
that Ready Mobile Prepaid Broadband can now be found at Walgreens
Mobile Brings Android to Prepaid
with Launch of Motorola i1
2010 will be the year that Google Android prepaid handsets entered the
market! Not sure
how many people are
running out to buy an iDEN (i.e. SLOW data) Android handset, but let
Mobile Refreshes Calling Plans
Although a pretty small MVNO of T-Mobile, essentially selling SIM
it’s interesting to watch how these unlimited plans are evolving in the
market. While not a
huge player, Simple
is said to be doing quite well!
Wireless unveils $50 Prepaid
Unlimited Monthly plan
SouthernLINC, a regional iDEN player announced a$50 Boost-like all-in
plan. For those
waiting for some unlimited love, along with a prepaid Android offering,
Federal Bill to Require ID on Prepaid
Requiring ID to sign up for a prepaid phone has been discussed in the
however, it’s reared its ugly face once again.
Although controlling terrorism is certainly important,
theft also being a critical issue, this could have a significant impact
on the prepaid
industry. When I’ve
seen work on this is the past, it
was always quite complex and expensive for prepaid carriers to
said, as prepaid becomes more appealing
to legacy postpaid-type customers, it’s not as though prepaid growth
devastated, however, it would immediately eliminate a particular
(similar to the unbanked), most of which are certainly not terrorists.
Sneaks $50 Unlimited Everything Prepaid
onto T-Mobile's Network
Another $50 all-in prepaid unlimited plan on T-Mobile’s MVNO i wireless.
Sells Off E-Payment Business
inComm continues to expand its reach with its latest acquisition of
prepaid processing business. And
Nextel Expands Wireless
Service for Poor in Prepaid
Sprint announced the expansion of its free cell phone service,
Wireless, to Maryland and Texas. Anyone
in these states can check out their website for eligibility!
What's New at
Updated PagePlus Unlimited
plan to new $44.95 price
(previously $39.99) &
corrected mistake on picture messaging (should have been unlimited
Virgin to Best MiFi
Plans and updated content to
reflect that there are
now true prepaid MiFi offerings
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