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Prepaid Wireless Tracker, October 2009 -- Unlimited Broadband With a Cap?!
October 01, 2009

Prepaid Wireless Tracker - October 2009 Issue


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Leap at Center of Merger Speculation Again
San Diego Union Tribune
We’re hearing more buzz about Leap (i.e. Cricket Communications) merging with MetroPCS, with whom they already have a roaming agreement.  As noted previously, it really just seems like only a matter of time, and would afford these companies a way to seriously compete in this increasingly crowded market.

In-Flight Wi-Fi: 76 Percent of People Will Change Airlines
By Ben Parr
Airplane broadband is becoming more and more popular to discuss.  Would you select your airline based on access to in-flight broadband?

Consumer Reports Says Prepaid Has Better Deals | Prepaid Reviews
By Joe
There’s no doubt that the chasm between the value of postpaid and prepaid wireless is fast closing.  I’ve always thought that once we start to see better handsets on prepaid, and data pricing continue to decline, postpaid really will die.  This past year has seen a much sexier prepaid handset lineup, but we’re not quite there yet.  Dollar for dollar though, prepaid is truly a better deal in a lot of cases!

Stop the Cap!  Cricket Still Selling “Unlimited Wireless”
By Phillip Dampier
5GB caps are very common, even among postpaid broadband offerings, and there’s no doubt that the marketing message can be deceiving.  However, these caps really are to stop abusers, and enable carriers to offer better pricing for 95% of customers.  What do you think?

MetroPCS: LTE In Late 2010 Including a Dual-Mode LTE/CDMA Smartphone
What more is there to say other than “sweet”!  Can’t wait to see it materialize…

New Monthly Fee Takes Effect for Phone Lines
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Great, tack on another fee ($0.75/month).  In reality, though, prepaid customers have been getting away with not supporting the e911 infrastructure; oh well.

VIP Wireless Gets Big Prepaid Boost
Philadelphia Business Journal
Sounds like a great opportunity for this Boost Mobile master distributor to expand his business.  Hopefully he’ll be ok when Boost’s pricing advantage eventually disappears, and sales begin to slow.  I wouldn’t want to see all of those new people get laid off.  I’m sure VIP Wireless will adapt!

Latest U.S. Merger Rumor: T-Mobile and MetroPCS?
Rethink Wireless
This rumor really seems silly.  Two incompatible technologies coming together; can you say $30 billion loss following the Sprint (CDMA) and Nextel (iDEN) merger?!  You never know; perhaps they really do want the customers that badly.  For now it’s just crazy rumor mill until some more material news surfaces.

Free Wi-Fi on Delta
A couple of promo codes for free GoGo service (first time users only) on Delta and American Airlines good through to the end of the year.

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