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Prepaid Wireless Tracker, May 2010 -- Ready Wireless Launches Prepaid Broadband in Walgreens
May 01, 2010

Prepaid Wireless Tracker - May 2010 Issue


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Ready Wireless Announces Provision of Ready Broadband Across 18 U.S. Airports
I get a lot of inquiries from people traveling who are looking for short term wireless Internet access. Offering its products in airports is a great strategic move for Ready Wireless. I expect we’ll see more options for travelers over time as the prepaid broadband market matures.

Ready Wireless Launches Prepaid Broadband in Walgreens
Ready Mobile is rolling out its broadband product in Walgreens stores across the U.S.  It’s great to see
Prepaid Broadband products continue to become more accessible in mainstream retailers.

Gogo Inflight Internet Introduces Monthly Subscription
PR Newswire (press release)
Frequent flyers can now buy a monthly subscription for $34.95 that provides unlimited access on any Gogo-equipped flights.

Walmart to Roll Out Ad Campaign Touting Straight Talk Service
RCR Wireless
With Walmart’s support, Straight Talk is likely to take significant strides in building its brand.  It’s also likely to help draw attention/awareness to flat rate, no contract plans in general, which is great news for the prepaid plans in general.

InComm and Qpay Have Entered Into a Definitive Merger Agreement
By epayments
Call it what they will, this smells like another inComm acquisition to expand its distribution network.  Definitely a wise move as competitive pressures in mass retail continue to accelerate.

Prepaid Wireless Outpaces Contract Services
Two-thirds of all wireless activations in the U.S. in 4Q09 were on prepaid plans.  While this is no surprise, and arguably not even news worthy, it’s great to continue reporting on the amazing growth of no contract plans!

T-Mobile to Offer New Prepaid Monthly Plans and Hourly Web Access Option May 16th
ZDNet (blog)
Rumor has it that it will be unlimited talk and text for $50, unlimited text and $0.10/min calling for $15 per month, and $0.99 per hour for Web access.  While pay per use Web access is great news, and meets an unaddressed need, the voice plans are arguably not very competitive.

What's New at

  • Updated Airline Internet table for all airlines
  • Updated Prepaid Wireless Broadband Plans to reflect new T-Mobile overage pricing & clarify that no contract pricing for modem must be purchase on the phone or in a store


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