Prepaid Wireless Tracker
- October 2015 Issue #88
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Cricket Wireless Kills CDMA Network
Android Headlines - Android News
To my surprise AT&T actually shut down the legacy
network according to their original plan. They're claiming
only a small handful of customers on that network remained.
My personal experience
earlier this year was that they ignored my proactive desire to get the
required new 4G LTE phone, offered abysmal trade-in value, and
basically forced me to move to a different carrier. I have no
doubt that they lost a lot of valuable customers
transition, however, good for them for aggressively moving on, which is
always an expensive and painful proposition.
Cricket Wireless Now Offers iPhone
6S and 6S Plus
Cricket was the first prepaid, no contract wireless provider to launch
an iPhone, and they're still going strong offering the latest iPhone 6S
series at the same time as the big carriers. Cricket also
financing programs for customers who don't want to shell out the full
price on day one, though that's essentially locking you into a
contract, so keep that in mind. Of course, you can payoff the
phone at anytime, so you're not bound to a classic postpaid contract.
In addition, Cricket's monthly plans are very competitively
priced, and include taxes and telecom fees, so
compared to similar
postpaid plans, they're still one of the best deals in town.
GoPhone Launches Amazing ZTE ZMAX 2
For $150 you get a phablet with fantastic specs, including a 5.5 inch
HD display, quad core processor, 16GB of internal storage, an 8MP rear
camera, and a 2MP front camera. Compare that to some other
end Android phones and iPhones, and I think you'll be impressed.
As I noted last month, this is likely a symptom of ZTE trying
gain market share. So don't brush this off as a cheaply made
phone! The only disappointing factor here is that it's on
GoPhone, which is probably one of the least inspiring prepaid programs
(in terms of available plans) next to Verizon.
Apple & Other OEMs Beating Down
article touches on the subject of phone manufacturers offering direct
deals to customers to finance phones outside of carrier programs, and
offering deals to upgrade frequently through them directly.
seen this evolving for years, forcing wireless providers to become more
competitive, and focus on customer service, and overall better value.
No doubt carriers can envision the long term nightmare of
becoming dumb pipes, where margins are critically low. While
think that day is still a long ways away, it is forcing carriers to get
more creative, resulting in better deals for customers, which is always
a good thing. It will be interesting to see how this paradigm
develops over the next decade.
Is Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program a Good
reality of Apple's program, along with carrier leasing/financing
programs, is that if you want a new phone every year, these can be a
reasonably hassle free method, though certainly not cheaper.
theory you could buy the phone outright for a couple of hundred dollars
less overall, and resell it 12 months later on your own. Many
us many, however, do not want to bother with that hassle.
element that this article doesn't touch on that I feel is important, is
to understand the rules around what condition the phone has to be in
when you return it. You don't want to get hit with a large
it's too scratched up, or obviously damaged. Also, as I've
previously, leasing really makes no sense at all. You'll pay
slightly lower monthly payment, however,
you'll never have the option
to keep the phone. If you're upgrading regularly, you're
off having a backup phone in case your next phone gets lost, stolen, or
broken. Otherwise you'll find it to be an expensive
proposition to buy
a new phone when you're out of your upgrade cycle.
Overall, it's the better
financial decision to purchase the phone at the lowest possible cost,
and own it outright. Do you really want to spend the extra
to finance it? If you can't afford to buy it outright, you're
better off saving up on your own until you can; why throw your money at
Apple or the carriers?!
Mobilio Introduces Smartphone Protection
Plan On ANY Phone
PR Web (press release)
the cost of high end phones is increasing, and all carriers are moving
away from highly
subsidized phones even for
those on contracts, insurance is something
consider. I've always shied away from it because it's so
expensive ($8-$13 per month, and usually a $150 deductible for
high end phone). If you break your phone in the first months,
then it's a steal, however, after 12-24 months, that deductible is
painful, and you can probably get a similar phone on eBay, and could
have avoided the monthly fee.
However, here we have a new
service from Mobilio (powered by eSecuritel) for $39 per YEAR, and a
$50 deductible. Personally, I think that's great value worth
considering. Note that you can purchase it at any time, and
applies to new or used phones so long as the phone is in working
condition. This is in sharp contrast to carrier insurance
offerings that require enrollment within the first 30 days of purchase.
Note, however, that if your phone is valued at $380 or
the value diminishes sharply, as the
monthly fee goes to $70 with a
$150 deductible. Though as your phone ages, the replacement
decreases, and you can become eligible for the lower monthly fee and
Cricket Continues Competing On International
It's not surprising that AT&T is leveraging its international
assets to bolster Cricket's competitive positioning. This
targets Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras,
Guatemala, Jamaica, Haiti and Nicaragua. If you're interested
these countries, I recommend also comparing pricing
Voice, as Cricket's pricing is certainly not super cheap. I
they'll decrease pricing over time as they learn customers' calling
metrics, and determine the
lowest price they can offer while still
retaining a healthy margin. It's certainly obvious that as
U.S. market becomes saturated with inexpensive plans, carriers are
shifting competition to international calling plans.
It's only a matter of time before
we start seeing competitive worldwide plans!
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