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is definitely an important question that is surfacing more regularly.
The fact is that prepaid and postpaid plans have been
Postpaid carriers no longer offer subsidized phones as a
of signing a contract, and plan pricing is pretty much on par.
The fact that a postpaid plan will bill you at the end of the
month is virtually irrelevant unless you're on a limited plan where
there is a chance you could be charged unexpected overages. A
couple of aspects that the article did get wrong, however, is that most
prepaid providers offer phone financing or leasing, thus you don't need
to pay the full cost upfront. In addition, phone selection is
essentially on par with postpaid.
So why choose prepaid?
Well, there's still the remaining fact that you're not locked
into a contract that results in early termination fees if you leave
early. The real question now is, what benefit does postpaid
provide? Other than some carriers that host both prepaid and
postpaid services artificially adding greater value to some of their
postpaid plans, if you're carrier agnostic, there really isn't any
point in signing a contract. In the past, the greatest
was to get a subsidized phone for $200-$300, rather than forking over
$700-$800 for a flagship device. Without that benefit,
has the upper hand. Some prepaid carriers do also restrict
speeds in an attempt to make their postpaid offerings look better,
however, for most of us the slower speeds are more than sufficient.
fact remains that in the future there likely won't even be a
distinction between prepaid and postpaid. There will be a set
plans, and only minor differences in how things get billed will be the
differentiator. So why not do away with these terms now, and
simplify it for customers by eliminating these designations altogether?
It really boils down to nothing more than corporate America
slow to evolve, and the impact to marketing and general organizational
structures being too complex and fearful of making this level of
change.. It will be interesting to see how things stand 10
April 9th you can get your second month free when activating a new line
with AT&T Prepaid (formerly known as GoPhone). You'll
select a plan $35 or higher, and enroll in autopay. While
certainly isn't an awe inspiring promotion, if you're considering one
of their plans, you might as well do it while the promotion is on!
found this article to be interesting. The conclusion is that
people who have smartphones with bigger screens spend more time using
them, regardless of what they're using it for. That said,
conclusion is somewhat of a "duh". What we don't know,
is whether people who PLAN to use their phone more proactively seek
larger screens, or if the nature of a larger screen draws us in more
due to the better overall user experience. I suppose a new
would need to be performed to change the same user's phone out every
few months, swapping for larger, then smaller, then larger phones, and
see if their usage changes.
Personally, I'm using a 5.1"
smartphone, and couldn't imagine using it more even if the screen size
were larger. I already spend way too much time on it, and my
pales compared to the usage of my loved ones!
was one of the greatest accelerators in terms of prepaid
being able to offer lower cost smartphones packed with
flagship-like features back in the day when prepaid was still a
second-class citizen. They were a hungry foreign company
to work with U.S. carriers to provide fantastically affordable and
powerful smartphone options for prepaid users. Undoubtedly,
they're being ousted due to the ongoing concern regarding Chinese
controlled equipment that goes back to wireless cell site components
for many of the large U.S. carriers. Getting booted out of
Buy may be the final blow, indicating complete annihilation of its
business in the U.S.
I have mixed feelings about this reality.
While there have been security concerns pertaining to Huawei
equipment in general, their presence in the smartphone category helped
to drive down prices and increase competition. This was even
so the case as the quality of its products continued to increase.
those who are in need of a new smartphone, but not caught up in the
hype of new flagship launches like the Galaxy S9 series, this LG Zone 4
is a very capable entry level option on Verizon. It has an 5"
screen, 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, and
a microSD card slot. It also has 8MP and 6MP rear and front
cameras, respectively. At $115, this is a respectable
for those who still feel the need to stick with the Verizon
article was hilarious! T-Mobile concluded that AT&T's
aggressive Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program was the cause of its
slower growth. It also inferred that AT&T can take
its service revenue to compete. The reality is that T-Mobile
paved the way for some very competitive prepaid offerings that truly
hurt its postpaid competition. Well, now that same
has caught up and is better able to compete. Surely no one
thought T-Mobile would be able to maintain its growth dominance
date major wireless carriers are required to provide roaming deals to
competitors who have their own wireless infrastructure. This
change in law, if implemented, would classify smaller carriers, that
rely on WiFi infrastructure (and not their own wireless infrastructure)
as regular carriers, giving them the right to roam on large carrier
networks. This would result in a large number of carriers
VASTLY increasing wireless competition in the country.
not clear to me at this point is whether carriers will be required to
extend the same roaming cost structure across all carriers, including
WiFi-based MVNOs. I expect this would be the case, otherwise
regulation would be moot,as carriers could simply price MVNOs out of
the market. It will be interesting to see how this plays out!
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