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I have come to really appreciate this little MVNO. I bought one of their hotspots for my wife over a year ago, and haven't heard any complaints in terms of performance, and I have had no issues with billing or data carryover.
It's great to see them enter Best Buy, which provides prospective customers a chance to better discover this alternative brand. It also legitimizes them to a certain extent.
FreedomPop were the pioneers of freemium broadband plans, and have seen steady growth over the years. Hopefully the pressure of selling in a big box retailer won't lead to problems, or profitability challenges.
Anyway, here's a link to their products on Best Buy's website.
A year after it was supposed to re-launch its Virgin Mobile brand, Sprint is rumored to offer a disruptive unlimited plan that includes access to inexpensive iPhones.
Re-using previously enjoyed smartphones is not a new concept, however, carriers have yet to really market them or make any truly compelling offers.
It would be great to see gently used devices offered at bargain prices, even if they're a generation or two behind. The fact is that smartphone technology has been slowly evolving, and older models are still highly capable.
It will be interesting to see what they launch!
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It's a surprising development to hear that Budget will be closing given that it appeared to have a respectable business. At this point we don't know what happened, whether it was a profitability issue, or other management, internal politics, or other reasons.
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This new plan offers pay-as-you-go users much greater flexibility and value. It costs $3/month, plus $10 per GB used. In addition, unused data is credit back to your account towards future data purchases.
This is a good option to consider for those who really don't want or need a full monthly plan. It will be interesting to see how this class of plans evolves over time!
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RingPlus is officially discontinuing service. In a lawsuit against Sprint it's claiming all kinds of issues with its host provider. The reality is that we'll likely never know what really happened. I conjecture that as with most MVNOs, they struggled with low margins, and lack of a true value proposition. It really is the wild wild west out there for MVNOs!
Hopefully any of you who were RingPlus customers were able to transfer your number out before losing it!
Sprint is targeting Verizon and T-Mobile's latest move to offer unlimited high speed data plans. Sprint states that it is in a better position to sustain unlimited plans due to its greater spectrum holdings than its competitors.
The reality is that Sprint has struggled with profitability for the better part of two decades, so this move seems risky.
Notwithstanding, these moves by postpaid carriers to unlimited data plans will put pressure on the growth that prepaid has been enjoying. I say that, because a great benefit of prepaid has been getting the same or better service for nearly half the price as postpaid. However, with these new plans, that advantage is deteriorating. This, coupled with the fact that postpaid plans have largely moved to device financing models, and have foregone contracts.
It will be really interesting to see how this all plays out!
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