Wireless Tracker - January 2011
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Expands 4G Footprint
It’s great to see MetroPCS expand its 4G coverage, however, without any
smartphones or broadband devices, in all honestly, it’s really quite
Page Plus Adds
Yearly Plan Option
This is really an $80 topup card with a 2,000 minute value that doesn’t
for 365 days. While
this is not a new
concept in the prepaid market, it’s definitely good to see carriers
around to the inevitable conclusion that customers should get
if they fork over more money for a given topup.
Good job Page Plus!
(prepaid Android smartphone)
While most T-Mobile phones that are off contract can be used with
it’s good to note an additional Android option for prepaid. The proliferation of
prepaid smartphones in
2010 is extremely encouraging.
CEO Sees Acceleration In
Migration To New Phones
It’s really fantastic to see the numbers indicating that prepaid has
to more mainstream users, and that they are certainly interested, and
demanding, more functional smartphones.
Throwing humility to the wind for a moment, I think it’s
fair at this
point to say “I told you so” ;-).
Specialized, No-Contract Plans for Google's Chrome OS
Prepaid data options are most certainly always welcome.
That said, I’m not sure that we’ve really
seen any Chrome OS notebooks/netbooks to speak of, nor would we expect
be treated any differently in terms of data pricing, right? I suppose the nature of
cloud-based computing) could result in greater data usage, which is
distinction of significance to the hosting carrier.
U.S. Cellular Fills
Out Prepaid Plans
Some may not consider this to be newsworthy as they
really appear to
be playing catch-up for the most part, and don’t offer any pricing that
particularly competitive, however, it’s good to see that fans of U.S.
now have more prepaid options.
Degrees of BYOD
on Prepaid Wireless
While some information in this article is not accurate (ex. only a
number of legacy Sprint CDMA phones can be used on Boost CDMA), the
idea of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is something I hold near and dear
heart. I understand
that using a handset
that hasn’t been specifically designed, optimized, and tested for a
carrier can pose some problems, and even costly support issues, from a
perspective, it’s really a great concept.
When it’s feasible, I’d like to host a table that shows
phones can be used with which carriers, and what features will work and
clarity around this
topic still doesn’t exist.
Postpaid vs. Prepaid
Who's More Valuable?
This is an interesting, not to mention age-old discussion. Even though postpaid
customers may deliver higher
revenue over the lifetime of a customer (largely due to the contract
them in!), prepaid is what the market is demanding.
In other words, it’s someone irrelevant which
drives more revenue; carriers need to provide products and services
customers want, and there’s no doubt that prepaid is where the interest
lies. The ONLY
value of postpaid is the
handset subsidy and selection. Selection
will continue to improve rapidly, while the cost of the handset will
time to decline as technology/manufacturing costs continue to decline.
Yes, there will
be free Wi-Fi for MetroPCS | Prepaid Reviews
Including software that automatically connects to WiFi hotspots is a
idea. However, keep
in mind that with a good
solid 3G, and later hopefully 4G network, WiFi shouldn’t be necessary. In other words, offloading
data traffic to
WiFi mostly benefits carriers by avoiding network capacity issues, a
customer experience due to low speeds from network congestion, and
costly upgrades. I
largely see this a twisted
marketing campaign to market a “feature” that is only necessary largely
poor quality cellular networks and/or performance challenges, and
weak/expensive overages with non-unlimited data plans; so don’t be
Unlimited Music Download
Cricket announced that it will include Muve unlimited music in $55 and
service plans. I’ve
seen carrier music
services launched time and time again with little success. We’ll see how Cricket does. With an easier way to
access iTunes from
feature phones and smartphones (Android and Blackberry), these types of
services seem difficult to sustain.
Though free unlimited downloads certainly does have a
compelling ring to
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