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Prepaid Wireless Tracker, April 2010 -- Cricket Announces FREE Nationwide Coverage!
April 01, 2010

Prepaid Wireless Tracker - April 2010 Issue


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MetroPCS to Launch Prepaid LTE and Avoid Subsidies
One of the first prepaid providers to commit to 4G service.  It’s only a matter of time before postpaid wireless penetration crashes in favor of no contract service.

Alaska Airlines Seals In-Flight Wi-Fi Deal
By admin
Alaska Airlines to offer GoGo service in its flights by the end of the year.

Is Growth Over for Wireless Operators?
Wireless penetration has increased to the point now where it’s more about stealing from other providers than growing the overall space.  Prepaid is definitely stealing a lot of subscribers as customers find value in no contract wireless offerings.

Virgin Mobile Finally Hanging Up on Helio Customers
PC Magazine
Virgin Mobile is forcing its legacy Helio postpaid customers to move to Sprint postpaid or lose their service.  It’s definitely about time, and is in line with streamlining their business.

MetroPCS, Leap Wireless Merger Not Likely Until Second Half Of 2011
Trading Markets (press release)
A merger would seem to be the most logical strategic move; however, with Leap’s recent announcement regarding free nationwide roaming on Sprint and Verizon, one could argue that a merger is not immediately crucial.  Though sharing the cost of building an LTE network could have some interesting cost benefits.  Again, only time will tell!

Virgin Mobile USA Launches New Broadband2Go Plans
Trading Markets (press release)
Virgin’s new pricing certainly sweetens the deal, however, there’s still no pay per use option that customers have been asking for.

Page Plus Adds New Cell Phones to Handset Offering
Page Plus adds the Kyocera Mako S4000 to its lineup for $99.95.  We can also look forward to QWERTY handsets coming soon.

Kajeet Cell Phones for Kids Wins Mom’s Choice Award
Congratulations to kajeet for being recognized for its parental control and family friendly features!

Sprint Nextel Lets Wholesale Partners Sell Prepaid Wireless Data
Kansas City Business Journal
Via Telespree Communications car rental companies, hotels, and airport kiosks will be able to offer pay by the day, week or month broadband service under their own brands running on the Sprint network.

Public Mobile Announced – Yet Another Carrier in Canada
Into Mobile
Public Mobile finally arrives in Canada.  While their coverage is limited, for people living in their coverage areas, it’s a great no fuss option to consider.

Leap Wireless Takes Services Nationwide
Leap announces free roaming on Sprint and Verizon networks resulting in nationwide coverage for the formerly regional carrier.  This is huge news, and should result in tremendous growth for Cricket in 2010.

Leap To Offer Kyocera's First Android Phone
Cricket to offer the country’s truly worthy prepaid Android phone.  The upcoming Boost iDEN Android phone will surely pale in comparison as it will be riding on an archaic iDEN data network compared to Cricket’s 3G network.  Can’t wait to get my hands on one of these!  Cricket is also expected to launch a prepaid BlackBerry this year as well, rumored to be the 8530.

What's New at

  • Added Boost BlackBerry Curve 8330 to Prepaid Mobile Email
  • Updated Other Wireless Providers to remove link to Zer01 website and reflect that their website appears to be down, however, their service is said to still be available

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