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still don't understand the point of the GoPhone product in light of
what AT&T is offering on Cricket. It's likely one of
bureaucratic decisions that will result in a long slow death of
GoPhone. Anyway, they have a new plan, which offers unlimited
$65 ($60/month if you signup for autopay). However, it limits
standard definition, speeds are capped at 3Mbps, and there's
capability. Realistically you can accomplish almost anything
speed, so most users may not even mind, however, you can get a better
overall plan on Cricket, so I would argue that this new plan isn't
offering anything compelling. Nonetheless, it's still an
now has a new low end family plan (2-10 lines) for $5/month for 1GB of
shared data. They're [lamely] marketing it as a free plan,
charge you a Family Plan Line Access Fee of $5/month per line.
their plans have this fee, so they're artificially lowering their
advertised plan price by $5. I really do like FreedomPop, and
actually have one of their mobile hotspots in our family, however, I
don't like this new marketing approach. I think they'll lose
who don't pay attention to the checkout process where that $5 fee is
displayed, and later get upset. Anyway, for low data users,
good value for unlimited talk and text, and 1GB of shared data.
Since the beginning of time prepaid carriers have charged fees.
Those fees have definitely fluctuated over time, including
disappearing and reappearing. The reality is that they have
always focused on getting customers to self-serve, pay on time, as well
as pay automatically. Cricket is playing around with its fee
schedule again. Keep in mind that it still offers $5 per
month for automatic payments using a credit/debit card. The
bottom line is that customers need to be aware what their carrier
charges. If you're shopping around for a new provider, you'll
want to make sure that your payment preference doesn't end up costing
you more in fees (ex. in-store payments, or paying over the phone with
a live agent).
I recently added Mint SIM to the site as the latest MVNO entrant on the
T-Mobile network. You can checkout on their website using
promo code TANDROID20 to get 20% off of their 6 and 12 month plans.
There's no indication regarding how long the promo code will
work. Although we often see MVNOs disappear as fast as they
appeared, it's probably safe to say that they'll be around for at least
a year, and if you use an unlocked phone, you can easily use it on
another carrier. That said, I think it's the longevity
concern that is one of the greatest barriers for many MVNOs to grow;
people simply do not want to bother taking the risk that the service
won't be around in two or three years. That said, if you're
interested in trying them out, you should definitely use this code!
This law has been in the works for years. The reality is that
prepaid has gotten away with not paying this fee, while postpaid users
have been paying it since the beginning of time. There's a
lame comment by the president of retail merchants in Hawaii stating
that prepaid is only for the credit challenged and those on a fixed
income. I'm not sure if this is a negotiation strategy only,
or if she's truly naive regarding prepaid's present day mainstream
status! Regardless, it's only a matter of time before prepaid
users across all states will need to pony of dollars to support e911
This was surprising news to me! The cost, and value of
branding your own phone tends not to be worth the hassle, particularly
when a myriad of well known brands can be easily used with FreedomPop.
The FreedomPop smartphone is available in the UK and Spain,
and is expected in the U.S. soon for $72. As expected, it's a
pretty low end phone, but decently capable at that price, and comes
with the FreedomPop SIM that gets you started on their free service
plan. It's not yet known who the OEM of the phone is.
I expect that this is some FreedomPop executive's pet project
with very little real business value, at least at this point in time.
Notwithstanding, it's great to see this little carrier
growing and offering more options for phones and plans!
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