Prepaid Wireless Tracker
- June 2015 Issue #84
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Amazing LG G Stylo Available at Boost Mobile!
$199, this is an absolutely fantastic price for a fully feature, high
end smartphone: 5.7-inch HD IPS touch-screen with Gorilla
Glass 3, a
1.2GHz quad-core processor, a removable 3,000mAh battery that provides
up to 24 hours of talk time, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a
5-megapixel front camera; wow! This looks very similar to the
Note series for a much lower price. Truthfully, LG is
a very slim margin in order to propagate its brand in the U.S., and/or
subsidizing it to drive prepaid sales. Whatever the
relationship or reasons, this is a great buy that's definitely worth
T-Mobile is Shutting Down the MetroPCS CDMA
Network this Month
an important heads up for MetroPCS customers who are still using their
legacy CDMA phones. On June 21, those phones will no longer
T-Mobile (Metro's parent company) is shutting down the CDMA network.
So if you still have a CDMA phone with Metro, you should seek
their upgrade offer, or find another service quickly!
T-Mobile Offers Free Prepaid Phone
RCR Wireless News
T-Mobile continues its plight to be different.
Typically postpaid contract plans will offer at least one
option for a free phone given they know you're committing to
at least 2 years. However, with prepaid there's no guarantee
that you'll stick around for even a second month, thus free phones are
typically a non-starter from a business case perspective.
T-Mobile, however, is offering a $150 LG 4G phone for free (after
rebates) to customers who startup on certain plans. The phone
is an entry level smartphone, however, a solid, fully capable
smartphone. Nice move T-Mobile!
Is The Light Phone a Joke?
Here's an interesting Kickstarter project for a voice-only, super thin
(wallet sized) phone for those who don't need or want a smartphone.
If you've noticed over the past few years, the number of
available feature phones (i.e. non-smartphones) have been dwindling
rapidly. Here you have the "anti-smartphone" with super long
The "kicker" with this product, however, is not only does it not allow
you to text, but it requires that you have a smartphone that
forwards calls to this Light Phone. I supposed you could buy
a used, barely functional smartphone, or get an old smartphone from
your friend, and simply keep it at home. That said, the
concept is disappointing. Had it been a standalone "real"
phone, perhaps the value proposition would have been compelling.
For me, the question at hand is whether there are a significant number
of people out there who want a feature phone, and are resisting moving
to a smartphone. And if so, why? What's holding you
back from embracing smartphones? Is it battery life?
Complexity? Other? Anyway, the fact that
this program has raised as much money as it has it truly amazing.
I think only Apple can get away with launching a product (the
Apple watch) that requires another product (an iPhone) to work!
Class Action Suite Against Verizon &
This class action lawsuit, with a $120M claim, and includes these
carriers' prepaid brands (ex. Assurance Wireless, Boost Mobile, Virgin
Mobile), and addresses unclear premium SMS charges. It's good
to see some policing around carrier billing practices, however, the
reality is that the few dollars you might be owed probably isn't work
the time to read the article and submit a claim! That said, I
wanted to stay true to keeping you up on what's going on in
AT&T Adds Rollover Data to GoPhone
Prepaid GoPhone users can now rollover unused data. Rollover
voice minutes became popular under the Cingular brand nearly a decade
ago. Clearly voice calling is not where consumer interest now
lies, so implementing the feature for data makes a lot of sense.
It's not as sleek as Google Fi's credit for unused data,
however, a decent alternative approach. That said, GoPhone
isn't really very compelling overall when compared to even it's own
sister brand, Cricket. Though, for those tied to GoPhone (for
whatever reasons?), this is certainly a welcome feature.
Cricket Really Successful?
Yes, Cricket has increased its customer base since being acquired by
AT&T, however, I guarantee you that the 450K net additions is
far below its forecast. The reality is that they're burning
cash with promotions and migrations, and their growth has been
disappointing. Hopefully that will turn around, as their
offer is generally quite good (despite the lack of a hotspot feature).
My personal experience with Cricket was disappointing. I had
a Samsung GS4 in perfect condition on their old CDMA network.
I called on a number of occasions to get an offer on the same
phone on the AT&T network in order to stay on as a customer.
They only offered the standard $150 trade in, which would
leave me spending hundreds on a new phone. I received no
email/text offers either. I stopped paying and churned off;
not a message from Cricket. If
they can't keep a customer who
wants to stay with them, and proactively reaches out, that's saying a
AT&T Launches Go Phone Hotspot
Business Wire (press release)
AT&T is now offering AT&T Unite Express for GoPhone,
which is a prepaid, no contract hotspot offering. I love to
see prepaid hotpsot offerings, so this is good news. However,
the branding is extremely bizarre. Why not just call it
GoPhone Unite Express? Honestly, I feel as though the GoPhone
brand is worthless, and they should simply move to offering no contract
offerings under the AT&T brand, and keep Cricket as its prepaid
Net10 Beefs Up Data Allowance & Adds
Discount for Autopay Customers
Net10 is beefing up its plans for BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
customers who will get 5GB of high speed data in lieu of the standard
3GB. In addition, signing up for autopay gets you an
additional $5 off your monthly plan (similar to Cricket's autopay
discount program). Net10 is doing a good job staying relevant
despite its pathetically outdated name, which was birthed when 10 cents
per minute for voice calls was an amazing deal....heh.
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