Wireless Tracker - March 2010 Issue
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Wireless Seeks a Buyer
Again talks surface of a Leap partnership/merger/acquisition. With the tremendous
competition seen in 2009,
one would presume that significant headway on a merger needs to happen
year in order for the company to profitably compete.
Though a 2010 merger doesn’t seem likely,
some big announcements should be expected.
Introduces First Transaction Fee
With the continued credit crunch, the focus on
prepaid debit cards
is inevitable, not to mention wise.
Consumers are tired of fees, so this new fee-free product
is a breath of
fresh air, but keep in mind that it’s not for casual users,
seeking to replace usage of a credit card, as it requires a minimum
spend of $1,000, which isn’t unreasonable whatsoever.
Also, look forward to new Federal regulations
coming up that will more tightly regulate fees on prepaid reloadable
Loss Narrows; Adds Prepaid
It will be interesting to see what the Sprint organization looks like
years from now. Will
they be a
predominantly prepaid carrier with some niche postpaid offers? Well, maybe not in five
years, but in 10
years, such a model is entirely possible if prepaid continues to grow
postpaid slows and begins a rapid decline.
Plus Cellular Reduces Roaming Rate on Prepaid
Page Plus decreased their roaming rates from $0.59/min to $0.29/min. Any of the major carriers
who have been
dismissing Page Plus would be wise to take note of the aggressive
changes they’ve made over the past year.
It will be interesting to see how they evolve over 2010.
Cell Phone Service for Poor Lowers Rates
Once Assurance Wireless customers use up their free
they can now purchase additional minutes (using Virgin Mobile topup
$0.10/min; previously $0.20/min. Not
Helps Set Ground Rules for Kids’
Cell Phone Use
that there’s a real need and value
for kids to have
cell phones, kajeet offers up a sample contract to help ensure that
their cell phone responsibly, and with appropriate parental supervision. From their site you can
download a copy of
the sample contract; thank you kajeet!
Wireless, LLC Announces
Product Launch in More Than 900 Murphy USA
Murphy retailers will feature Ready Wireless’ unlimited
calling options. It’s
great to see
additional retail presence,
for distribution is certainly king in the prepaid business. Hopefully we’ll
product expand its distribution as well.
What's New at
- Updated all plan Comparison
Charts to reflect that
Page Plus roaming
decreased from $0.59/min to $0.29/min
Content 2.0 question:
Prepaid wireless Internet cards
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