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Prepaid Wireless Tracker, December 2009 -- Verizon & AT&T Launch Identical Prepaid Broadband Plans!
December 01, 2009

Prepaid Wireless Tracker - December 2009 Issue


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Small Businesses Adopting Prepaid Wireless
It makes a lot of sense for businesses to adopt prepaid service in lieu of postpaid contract plans; it limits the expense, and enables individual liability for personal use.

Bell Canada Ignites $1B Wireless Network, iPhone Sales
Bell launches its new high speed HSPA network, ending Rogers’ reign as the only iPhone carrier in Canada.  Now we just need to wait for better price competition!

T-Mobile Launches Prepaid BlackBerry
Chicago Tribune

I included this item due to the news surrounding the announcement, however, unless I’m missing something, given that MetroPCS launched its prepaid BlackBerry a good year ago, this is somewhat of a joke, no?

What's the Angle of New OC Wireless Prepaid Startup?
Simple Mobile launches.  People can’t seem to identify its benefits, and wireless startups haven’t had a good track record as of late, but only time will tell.

Virgin Mobile Expands Distribution for Broadband2Go
Wireless Week
Virgin announced that in December it will be rolling out its broadband product to Best Buy Mobile stores, Radio Shack, Sam’s Club kiosks,, and

Page Plus Cellular Lowers Price of Standard Prepaid Wireless Plan
About - News & Issues
Page Plus announced that it is lowering the price of its standard PAYG plan from 12 to 10 cents per minute.  Page Plus has really made some big moves this year, and I believe they can be seen as a serious prepaid contender. 

Verizon to Offer Prepaid Wireless Service for Laptops
Verizon enters the prepaid broadband market with a day pass, weekly, and monthly plan.  While the pricing is nothing to get excited about, with the more entrants into the prepaid broadband market the better the chances of long term benefits for customers. 

Virgin America Teams Up With Google to Offer Free In-Flight WiFi for the Holidays
SYS-CON Media (press release)

Google teams up with Virgin to offer free in-flight Internet from November 10th to January 15th.  Offering free trials is really the only way to get people to test drive the service; enjoy! 

AT&T Offers Prepaid Wireless Broadband
AT&T launched its prepaid broadband offering, matching Verizon’s plans EXACTLY.  Glad to see more entrants, but would have liked to see some more innovation; oh well.

Sprint Nextel Completes Acquisition Virgin Mobile USA
By vitalstocks
On 11/24 Sprint Nextel officially closed the acquisition Virgin Mobile USA after shareholder approval.  2010 should be an interesting year for Virgin and Boost, though don’t expect any material integration of these two brands or operations in 2010.

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