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launched a new $80 unlimited prepaid plan, that includes unlimited
talk, text, and data, as well as unlimited text to 200 international
destinations, and unlimited talk to Mexico and Canada. This
massive leap for Verizon considering it has basically ignored prepaid
for more than a decade. Sure, video streaming is at 480p, and
tethering/hotpsot isn't included, however, given we're talking about
Verizon here, this is huge news. As per usual, unlimited data
come with a reasonable usage clause, after which it has the right to
limit speed; however, it doesn't specify a particular usage threshold
at this time. The critical point of this new plan is that
become a prepaid contender, which will only help to increase
competition, which ultimately yields better value for customers.
the unlimited data resurgence continues! U.S. Cellular now
unlimited talk, text, and data for $70 per month. Note that
22GB, you'll be throttled to 2G speeds. I would argue that's
healthy amount of high speed data, which, for all intents and purposes
is unlimited for most of us!
past month Budget Mobile announced it's discontinuing its Lifeline free
cell phone service program. This was a surprising
development, as it
had been known to have a respectable sized customer base, and had been
one of the go-to services. The company offered no
explanation, so we
don't know whether it was a profitability issue, internal politics, or
other management problems. What's disconcerting is that the
offers no help to existing customers to smoothly transition to a
different Lifeline provider. It basically just tells people
to find a
different carrier. This is not a good practice in general,
similar providers, including smaller MVNOs in a bad light as
prospective customers may hesitate trying out smaller carriers if they
fear they could disappear overnight with no reasonable support to
smoothly transition customers to another service. So, for
behavior, "shame on you Budget"! Fortunately, I have a very
comprehensive list of Lifeline providers to help impacted customers;
check it out at Lifeline Providers
not all about the most expensive high end smartphones for everyone!
It's also interesting what we're now calling low end, given
it can basically do what any other phone is capable of, for a fraction
of the price. For $99 the LG Harmony gets you a 5.3 inch
though only at 720p resolution. You also get a quad-core
processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB of internal memory, microSD card slot, and 8MP
and 5MP rear and front cameras, respectively. A fantastic
for the budget conscious if you ask me!
you want to take a step up from the Cricket's lower end LG Harmony,
this is a good option to consider. Boost and Virgin's ZTE Max
you a 6 inch 1080p screen with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.
You also get a 13MP and 5MP rear and front facing cameras,
respectively, as well as a higher capacity battery for $130.
extra $30 may be worth it if you're still on the fence between Cricket
key takeaway here is that AT&T and T-Mobile are killing it in
prepaid segment, with T-Mobile even outperforming AT&T.
postpaid losses have largely been accommodated by healthy prepaid
growth. Prepaid has overall lower costs of acquisition and
ongoing operational costs. Thus, it's even fair to say that
prepaid can be more profitable in the long run if carriers can avoid
high prepaid customer churn. Clearly the big carriers have
finally figured this out after all of these years, with even Verizon
getting serious about this segment.
announced that it will keep its unlimited plan as a contract option,
and keep prepaid for those who either don't qualify for postpaid, or
don't want to commit to a monthly payment. Prepaid plans will
have 3GB and 5GB options. Sprint never ceases to surprise me
its apparent lack of understanding of the market in general.
Prepaid has transcending those criteria, and thus this
will make its no contract offerings completely uncompetitive, and even
irrelevant. With its long delayed relaunch of what it's
its disruptor brand, Virgin Mobile, it will surely need to offer
unlimited plans. Time will ultimately reveal that its Sprint
Prepaid brand is a lame duck that needs to be taken out back and put
out of its misery!
has been the case for sometime, prepaid carriers are getting flagship
phones at or near the same launch date as postpaid. Cricket,
Boost, Virgin, Straight Talk, and U.S. Cellular all now carry the
Galaxy S8 and S8+. Though I expect many customers will veer
towards prepaid carriers that offer financing options, as the full
purchase price ranges from $650-$800.
Mobile's new super low cost brand, Mint SIM, is offering a promo on its
3-month plan for $11.67 per month. This plan gets you
talk and text, and 2GB of high speed data. After the promo
the three month plan goes to its normal price of $23/month.
There's no indication as to when the promo ends.
also try using the promo code "shopclever" for 20% off any of their
plans. If you already have a compatible phone,
interested in trying out this new fighter brand, this promo is
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