Prepaid Wireless Tracker -
March 2009 Issue
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jumps into full-track fray with Cricket Mobile Music service (source
February 10 - 11:20 am ET | Dan Meyer | RCR Wireless News
Leap Wireless International Inc.
is bringing music to the masses. You
can purchase full track songs for $1.99 each or three per month for $5.
This appears to be
the first widely available music download service for prepaid. I’ll look at
tracking how this program evolves!
Mobile Expands Retail Distribution into 2400 Additional
Radio Shack Stores
(source article removed)
Boost Mobile, the prepaid division of Sprint Corporation
(NYSE: S), is expanding its
nationwide distribution in Radio Shack stores.
This expansion appears to be aligned with their recent
launch of their
new Monthly Unlimited plan on iDEN.
Radio Shack appears to be a great partner for wireless!
Wireless Revamps Prepaid Options (Phone Scoop)
By Eric M. Zeman
On February 11, Verizon Wireless introduced new prepaid services for customers not
interested in post-paid
accounts. The Prepaid
Talk plan provides users with unlimited calling to any number on any U.S.
for a daily charge. Ironically,
I’ve read a number of articles discussing their new plans and
pricing, I can
find no mention of them on their website.
Before updating the comparison charts, I want to ensure
that these plans
are truly available. If
anyone has been
able to locate or verify that these new plans actually do exist, please
hesitate to contact
Mobile USA announces Helio Ocean 2 (source
With a similar hardware build as the first Helio
the Ocean 2 has a larger 2.6-inch display screen with QVGA resolution. For those Ocean fans, this
is pretty exciting
news. As for me,
I’ll get excited should
there ever be a prepaid Palm Pre ;-).
Communications to begin mobile phone service in
Chicago area (source article removed)
Chicago Tribune - United
A subsidiary of San Diego-based Leap
Wireless International Inc.,
Cricket competes with other prepaid
providers such as Virgin Mobile
Nextel's Boost Mobile. It’s
great to see
companies expanding given the current economy.
Prepaid really has its place, and this economy is only
value and need to access prepaid services.
Boost Mobile has launched a
new campaign meant to
emphasize straightforward pricing
Boost is standing up for prepaid
wireless consumers and eliminating additional charges,
activation fees, overage charges and extra costs for services like
and roaming. Their
new positioning is
aimed at broadening their demographic appeal with a simple to
you can eat plan.
Mobile $50 'Monthly Unlimited' Plan Saves Customers Money
(source article removed)
enjoy superior value in prepaid
wireless services by switching to their new $50 'Monthly
on iDEN. For
customers not interested in
high speed (3G) type data services, this voice/text/PTT unlimited
plan is really a great deal worth checking out.
Plus Cellular Offers WAP Wireless Internet Service; BREW Coming Soon
(source article removed)
Phone Provider Continues to Expand Services
OH, February 27, 2009 - Prepaid cellular phone service provider Page
Plus Cellular has expanded its service offerings to include Wireless
Application Protocol (WAP), also known as “Wireless
Internet,” "Wireless Web,” or "Mobile Web."
Internet can be used to view email, news, weather, and to download
internet contents. This feature is available on select Page Plus
handsets which contain mini-browser software that allows the user to
navigate various services on the Internet, which are viewed on the
phone display. The charge for the service is $1.20 per megabyte
Page Plus also announced it will
soon offer BREW (Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless), a software
platform created by Qualcomm that provides a comprehensive,
industry-proven solution for the development and delivery of advanced
wireless data across virtually every media category. Applications
include everything from full-track music, ringtones and wallpapers to
streaming audio, video, navigation and games. BREW will be available in
May of this year.
What's New at
AirVoice plans to the PAYG comparison chart.
Find it here.
invitation on subsidy page asking how much you’d be willing
to pay for your
phone to avoid a contract; visitors to the site would love to hear from
please feel free to contribute here!
Messaging is new MVNO. I’m
researching their service before adding it to the site; however, feel
check out their service here.
Kajeet to the PAYG comparison chart.
Their service is targeted specifically at kids. They offer some extremely
powerful tools to
help parents keep their kids safe, while simultaneously managing their
to wireless services. Expect
information on this topic to be added to the site in the future. Find details of their plan
T-Mobile Unlimited plan to reflect that text messaging is included
(thank you for
pointing out the mistake Chris D.!).
Find the plan details here.
MetroPCS chart to reflect that it is a CDMA and not a GSM network, as
the availability of ChatLINK walkie talkie service (thank you to Jen J.
pointing out these items!). Find
plan details here.
an About page. If
you’re interested in
learning about how Prepaid-Wireless-Guide.com came to be, and are
startup your own business, you may find this to be interesting. Check it out here.
Last month invitations were added for visitors to contribute
Prepaid Wireless Reviews on the following topics:
Much Money Have You Saved With Prepaid Wireless?
you have any experience with these plans or topics, please do share
visiting these pages and submitting your reviews/comments. You’d be
surprised how many emails I get
asking for reviews of different products.
As I just recently added this functionality to
the site, I need your help to get
the ball rolling!
Comments? Ideas? Feedback? I'd love
to hear from you. Just
reply to this zine and tell me what you think!