Wireless Tracker - November 2010
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Prepaid Data Plans
T-Mobile revamps their prepaid plans once again in an attempt to get
the game. They
still remain marginally
interesting in my opinion.
Demand for Prepaid Smartphones Can Boost Sprint's
There’s no doubt that prepaid smartphones are the sweethearts of the
industry this year, however, until Sprint opens the flood gates (as has
Verizon), they’re going to see only modest growth in this segment.
Leap to Sell Prepaid Android Tablet Next Year
Not much else to say other than I’m excited to see the rumored Samsung
Tab come to fruition at a reasonable price point.
2.1-Powered Huawei Ascend Coming to Cricket for $150
For those who have had hands-on access to this device, the rumor is
a cheaper build quality, it’s an excellent device for its price point,
should prove to be a great option.
Intercept Goes Prepaid on
A good solid Android smartphone with a slideout QWERTY keyboard and
at $250, I don’t
think it can compete with Cricket’s Huawei Ascend despite its Samsung
Lowering Some GoPhone Plan Pricing
Another seemingly desperate attempt by AT&T to stay in the
though clearly demonstrating their reservations over cannibalizing
self-described precious postpaid business.
Maybe someday the Tier 1 carriers will come to believe
that postpaid is
a thing of the past, and that prepaid can be just as profitable, and is
what customer want.
Unveils Second LTE in U.S.
Way to go Metro for making such a bold move.
Now if we could just have some better handset options and
and Pocket Communications
Complete Formation of Joint Venture
Cricket basically bought the Pocket operations, which will simplify
the long run, and offer customers better handsets and pricing.
Communications Debuts Crosswave Portable WiFi
I’m a big fan of MiFi devices, and it’s great to see Cricket launch the
which is great for households or individuals with multiple WiFi enabled
devices. I hope the
Samsung Galaxy Tab
to come next year won’t require a separate data plan.
Up Nationwide 3G Roaming
You can now access 3G data roaming on Sprint’s native network (i.e.
data roaming partners are NOT included).
This makes Cricket devices that much more
USA Adds High End to PayLo
Another month, another Sprint prepaid plan option.
So much for simplification!
MetroPCS Joins Walmart
Walmart is really heating things up in the prepaid space this year, and
continue to prove that there’s still demand for classic pay as you go
Boost Mobile Brings
Consumers Another Wireless First With
Make six on-time monthly payments (they need not be consecutive) and
get $5 off
your monthly plan. Rinse
and repeat to
get up to $15 off after a minimum of 18 months.
It will be interesting to see if this helps keep customers
longer. At this
point it seems to be a
potentially borderline concept, though a great marketing campaign
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