Prepaid Wireless Tracker - December 2010
Prepaid wireless is a growing and truly exciting industry. At
Wireless Guide I try to provide you with in-depth information that
readily available anywhere else. Its content is original, and
from firsthand experience working in the prepaid wireless industry.
This monthly email provides you with a quick glance at what's in the
that you can easily keep informed. I believe in brief,
summaries/commentary so that you can move onto other tasks in your day.
Each snippet includes a link to the original story should you
interested in the full details.
If you like this e-zine, please do a friend and me a big favor and "pay
forward." If a friend DID forward this to you and if you like
you read, please subscribe by visiting here.
USA Partners with WalMart to Deliver Affordable Pre-Paid
Virgin Mobile offers a $20 – 1GB data plan exclusive to USB and MiFi
purchase in Walmart. It’s
great to see prepaid broadband options continuing to expand. However, I’m not a fan of
plans. I think it
makes carrier options
confusing and unnecessarily complicated.
Retailers should stop trying to brand their own products
exclusive plan offerings, but rather stick to being a sales channel. Why should I have access
to only certain
plans because I happen to purchase my modem at a particular store; it
makes no sense, and benefits only the retailer.
I understand offering handsets or modems exclusively in
one channel or
another, however, the available plans should be universal, at least
given market/geography. I
plan will ultimately be available to anyone.
Sorry Walmart, but you’re not going to take over the work,
best efforts ;-).
Google Free Inflight WiFi Internet
Google is sponsoring free GoGo WiFi on all domestic flight on Airtran
Delta Airlines, and Virgin America until January 2nd. If you’re using one of
these airlines, it’s
definitely worth checking out!
to Offer a Prepaid Android
Cricket to offer the Samsung Galaxy Tab
running Android 2.2. However,
are scarce regarding launch timeline and pricing.
It’s exciting to see tablets gain momentum in
prepaid as well, and interesting to note that prepaid is clearing not
as far behind postpaid as it once was.
Appraising US Wireless Operators in the Third Quarter
For those of you interested in keeping
track of prepaid growth, this is a quick and dirty summary. I don’t think there’s
anyone on the planet
who is still denying the force that prepaid is having in the wireless
Heat While MetroPCS Gains
While Clear continues to add customers at a reasonable rate, they’re
burning cash, and struggling to get financing (despite Sprint’s
MetroPCS, one of
the founders of flat rate no contract wireless, continues to see
Announce Q3'10 Results
Cricket reported fairly weak results, particularly in comparison to
PCS. 2011 seems
like a do-or-die year for
Cricket; time will tell.
the First Domestic Airline With Wi-Fi on Delta
Travel House UK
Delta to increase WiFi availability in its fleet by 40% by the end of
2011. I’ve used the
Delta service in the
past; it was relatively fast and a pleasure to use, particularly with
legroom that Delta appears to have over a number of its competitors.
Offers Free Gogo Inflight Internet
Alaska Airlines announced that it’s offering free GoGo WiFi until
Airlines are definitely enticing customer to
trial the service hoping that they’ll be able to ultimately generate
Android 2.2 Device
MetroPCS to sell the LG Optimus M for $229.
It comes with Android 2.2, 3.2” touchscreen, WiFi, and a
camera. While it’s
higher than Cricket’s prepaid Android phones, the plan is a better deal
instead of Cricket’s $55 smartphone specific plan.
What's New at
new page Sebastian Harrison Cellular Abroad
Right Column to site; let me know how you
Prepaid Wireless Broadband Plans with new
$20/1GB plan at Walmart
new pages International Cell Phone Service
International Cell Phone (Sebastian Harrison content)
MetroPCS LG Optimus M Android phone to
Assurance Wireless available add-on
“Will my Cricket USB Modem work with a Virgin
Wireless Questions page
new page Broadband Internet Review
Comments? Ideas? Feedback? I'd love to hear from
you. Just reply to
this zine and tell me what you think!