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Prepaid Wireless Tracker, July 2009 -- Virgin Launches Broadband2Go!
July 01, 2009

Prepaid Wireless Tracker - July 2009 Issue


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Page Plus Tex Messaging Bundles for Heavy Users
2,000 messages for $10.95 or 5,000 messages for $19.95.  One of the only providers to offer text message bundles on classic PAYG plans.  Perhaps a good deal for some users; thoughts?

Prepaid and Gross Subscribers in the United States Keep the Wireless Market Growing
PressReleasePoint (press release) - Madruai, Tamilnadu, India
More evidence that prepaid wireless pricing is continuing to be very competitive, and certainly resulting in driving down the effective benefit of postpaid plans.

Wireless Mobile Broadband Data Service Now Available in an On-Demand Model (source article removed)
Rovair now offers its rental service in an on-demand manner.  Allows people with a compatible Verizon or Sprint broadband modem to purchase on-demand broadband service without the need to worry about receiving or returning rental equipment.  Great idea!

Boost Mobile Unveils Messaging Phone: i465 “Clutch” (source article removed)
By Prepaid Phones
The first ever QWERTY iDEN device.  Great news for avid iDEN text messagers.  However, compared to what's available in the current handset marketplace, a pretty uninspiring phone, particularly at $129.99.  Oh well.

For Boost Mobile, 50 Is the Magic Number (source article removed)
Brandweek Magazine - New York,NY,USA
Great interview with Vice President of Marketing at Boost Mobile discussing their $50 monthly unlimited offering.   A good read!

TracFone Offers New Cut-Rate Prepaid Cell Plan (source article removed)
USA Today - USA
$30 gets you 1000 minutes, 1000 texts/MMS, and 30 MB of data over Verizon's network.  Although availability is still limited, I think this is a new plan worth getting excited about.  For many of us, 1000 minutes and 1000 texts is mre than sufficient, and a better value than going with a fully unlimited plan.

Why Carriers Are Resisting Prepaid or Are They? (source article removed)
By PJ Louis
Despite some carriers believing that prepaid does not offer a profitable business model, it really is here to stay, and one only needs to look at Europe to see how prominent and successful it is.  Definitely a good article to spur discussion!

Virgin Mobile USA to Introduce Broadband2Go (source article removed)
Market Wire (press release) - USA
Many are voicing concerns over Virgin's pricing of their broadband plans (i.e. too high!), however, generally, this new entrant is great news for the prepaid broadband market, and for customers in general.

MetroPCS: Unlimited International Calling For $5
New York

MetroPCS launches international voice calling bundle.  For many it offers significant value.  Just don't forget to read the small print, because not all countries are included, and there are differences between calling mobile and landline phones.

What's New at

  • Updated PAYG and Daily comparison charts with new Page Plus Power Text plans (launched June 1st).
  • Updated Prepaid Broadband chart to reflect that Hele by Mobi PCS is now being offered on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii at 3G EVDO Speeds.  You can get 1xRTT on the islands of Molokai and Kauai.  Thank you Jeff!
  • Updated Prepaid Mobile Email with Cricket Motorola Hint QWERTY device.
  • Added new pages on Airplane Broadband.
  • Updated Prepaid Broadband Plans comparison table to reflect that Slingshot has discontinued services due to pending litigation with Sprint.
  • Added new page on Rovair On-Demand aircard rental service.

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