Wireless Tracker - February 2011
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MetroPCS Finds Itself
In Net Neutrality Debate
In an attempt to offer a low cost 4G
data plan on its handsets, MetroPCS finds itself under fire for
impending net neutrality laws. The
spirit of its tiered pricing is that it can control data costs by
access to high bandwidth sites. Customers
can buy up to gain more access.
Ultimately, if MetroPCS loses, it will simply mean higher
prices and fewer
options for customers.
survey: Major shift in thinking about prepaid
The spirit of the article is that carriers are starting to think of
wireless as just as important as postpaid, and need flexible platforms
new price plans to market in a reasonable time.
The irony is that Amdocs has a prepaid platform offering
anything but flexible, and certainly not cheap.
Reports Q4 Sales Slump
While sales in this period in 2009 were much stronger, the company is
growing despite considerable competition in the prepaid space. I think calling it a slump
is a little
dramatic, despite being a catchy headline!
Cricket's New Smartphones from Huawei and LG:
This article reveals a number of well priced, fully featured Android
smartphones coming in 2011 from Cricket.
I think we can now officially say that prepaid smartphones
abundantly available, and selection in 2011 will only continue to rival
postpaid offerings. Check
for a constantly updated list of prepaid smartphones as they become
Expands Phone Service into
Washington Metro Area
As you can imagine, the addressable market for free cell phone service
increasing given the difficult economy, and Virgin was more than happy
expand to Washington metro area. Don’t
be fooled; this is a valuable (i.e. lucrative) segment for those
offering the service!
Free Service for CT's Needy
Assurance Wireless comes to Connecticut!
Strategy Paying Off
Despite its price plan revamp in mid-2010 where it began including
taxes, this article focus mainly on the success Cricket has had with
Android smartphone portfolio. You
certainly see a trend with this month’s e-zine in terms of
making significant inroads in the prepaid industry.
MetroPCS Sues LCD
Claiming that LCD prices have been fixed, resulting in higher prices
carriers like MetroPCS, it files a lawsuit to set things right. This isn’t the
we’ve heard of this
issue, including Samsung holding back its latest screen technology to
its own smartphones instead of sharing the love with its competitors. In the long run, customers
should see the
availability of lower cost, higher quality phones.
COO To Stay On As Consultant
For 18 Months
Leap’s COO retires but continues on as a consultant for 18
per month (no, that’s not a typo!) even if he leaves early. I don’t know
but he’s no Steve
Jobs, meaning that the company will be just the same with or without
imagine he’s worth that kind of
money, essentially taking shareholder value right out of the stock via
expense. Or is it
Confirms February 1st Launch of Optimus V
tested the MetroPCS
version of this phone (the LG Optimus M); it’s a great
in this price range. If
you like Virgin’s
plans, you’ll be happy to have this phone as an option!
What's New at
Comparison page with all Samsung
Tab variants (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon)
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