Prepaid Wireless Tracker
- January 2012 Issue
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Prepaid Smartphones Catch Up To Postpaid?
This article only has half of the story correct; that being that
prepaid is catching up to postpaid in terms of features, and that
handset selection is not as good as postpaid. Where it has it
wrong, however, is that prepaid prospects are certainly NOT grim, and
you don’t need to sacrifice that much to save money on
prepaid. In fact, within a few years, the stigma that still
remains with prepaid wireless in the U.S. will start to dissipate even
more rapidly as prepaid smartphone selection becomes much
better. You’ll be able to get a quality, well priced prepaid
smartphone without having to swallow the higher postpaid
prices. Wake up America, prepaid is the future, and we’re one
of the only country that hasn’t yet figured that out!
Wireless Launches $40 Unlimited Plan
PrepaYd Wireless is a new Sprint MVNO that launched in December
offering unlimited plans starting at $35. In addition,
they’re offering a couple of handsets for free to new customers, and
they don’t have any low income household requirements. While
the handset selection is not sexy, there are some excellent options
with plans that truly offer great value. I look forward to
seeing this new company succeed in this competitive market!
Boost Mobile Facebook Begging Application
Boost customers can now beg friends and family to topup their prepaid
account via a new integrated Facebook app. With Facebook
privacy issues still in the news, I wonder whether people will trust
this app to securely transact with their credit cards despite
processing being done by a trusted third-party provider (Vesta
Corporation). You can use various personalized banners on
your Wall, or you can send out messages (i.e. begging requests), even
to those who don’t have a Facebook account. Kind of a cool
idea, which I’m interested to see if people will use!
Mobile to Get Two New Prepaid Android Smartphones
Virgin is said to be launching two new mid-tier Android phones; one
with a QWERTY keyboard, and one with a full touch screen.
While I’d like to see some more higher end phones, these ones offer a
couple of new decent options for the average consumer. I
should also note that while I like physical keyboards, I’d like to see
an OEM step up and offer a portrait version with a larger screen; oh
well. Also, if they don’t get these two phones out relatively
soon, and at the right price, they will quickly become over-priced
low-end smartphones…hurry up Sprint!
LG Optimus Black and
Samsung Replenish Coming to Boost Mobile
It’s questionable whether or not this is newsworthy, however, if the
prices of these two Android smartphones come in on the lower end, they
could have some real appeal. While I don’t have any
first-hand experience with the LG Optimus Black, I’ve used the Samsung
Replenish and can honestly say that the screen quality is so poor that
it’s virtually unusable. It’s not that it’s illegible, but
that it’s so grainy and washed out that it disappoints deeply.
Android Smartphones Are Perfect for Prepaid
The fact that there are so many manufacturers supporting Android gives
it a massive benefit in terms of huge competition. As a
result, prices are getting to be as low as they can be, while packing
in more and more features. Yes, there are varying degrees of
hardware capabilities (i.e. processor speed and memory), however, even
that is quickly dissipating. The fact is that without the
onset of Android as a pervasive smartphone platform, we would not see
the variety of handsets available on prepaid that we see
today. Love it or hate it, Android has been great for the
growth of the prepaid wireless market!
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