Wireless Tracker - March 2011 Issue
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Sets New Standard in Low Cost Smartphones
I’ve used the LG Optimus on other carriers; it’s a great handset, and
a welcome addition to the Virgin lineup.
2010 really saw the growth of prepaid smartphones, and
we’re only seeing
that accelerate in 2011!
Plan for Android Smartphones
PlatinumTel now offers the Sanyo Zio Android smartphone. While it’s not an Android
phone that I can
recommend (based on my hands-on review), it’s good to see PlatinumTel
smartphone lineup. I
personally find the
mechanics of their smartphone plans a bit bizarre, leaving many open
but maybe that’s just me. Perhaps
have a chance to test it at some point and report back.
Adds More Data, Messages to Prepaid
Cell Phone Plan
Page Plus announced that it increased the text and data allowance for
$29.95 plan from 1,200 texts and 50 MB of data, to 2,000 texts and 100
data. This is a
smart move for a niche
company that often goes unnoticed, despite some fairly competitive
North American Partner Starts Distribution
Spot Mobile enters the prepaid MVNO market with the value proposition
international calling at discounted rates.
It’s able to compete in the international long distance
space due to
assets it acquired from Yak America.
hope they do well, for competition is always good, however, I would
not want to be a shareholder in a prepaid (or postpaid) wireless MVNO
market. Only time
Music Download Service to Chicago
For those interested in Cricket’s unlimited music download offering,
available in Chicago.
compatible handset currently available, and customer preferences
we like to consume music, I’m not yet optimistic that this service will
the results Cricket needs to compete.
Blocking iPhone 4 from Page Plus Bring-Your-Own-Device Service
No surprise here. Verizon
likely Apple) has prohibited the iPhone 4 from being used on its
Page Plus. It’s
just a matter of time
before this ban is lifted. Even
takes years, Apple will ultimately need to concede that prepaid is the
model of choice, and no longer has the stigma it used to. i.e. Having an iPhone on a
prepaid plan doesn’t
diminish Apple’s brand!
Announces Its First LTE Enabled Android Phone
We’ve been waiting for a “real” smartphone to
become available on MetroPCS’ next generation 4G LTE network, and now
the Samsung Galaxy Indulge. Though
$399, it’s likely to remain a low volume handset.
“We think feature phones are dead”
While I have no doubt that feature phones (i.e. non-smartphones) will
ultimately be phased out of existence, I believe it will take at least
years before we can even begin to speculate when that will be. As smart as smartphones
are, they’re probably
some of the most
difficult handsets on which to make a basic phone
battery life is really pathetic. Until
these (and other) basic usability issues are resolved, there will
people who just want to be able to pick up their phone, make a quick
have it last all weekend without being concerned about remember to
charger with them. In
other words, while
this prediction is certainly true, it’s not only obvious, but
premature to be discussing at this point.
Reverberates Down to Leap
I don’t care what anyone says; 600K smartphone sales in one quarter is
a lot of
has been predicting the introduction and proliferation of prepaid
for some time now. It’s
great to finally
see carriers catching on to this reality as I can assure you that this
is not a
trend, but rather the future of prepaid wireless as it continues to
postpaid wireless plans.
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