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Strange, I saw this on the Straight Talk website last week, but it didn’t really click that it was something new. Lo and behold, the Straight Talk blog announced on Friday that they were indeed selling the Samsung Galaxy SIII. We needn’t run down the specs for it at this point; nearly every carrier, prepaid and postpaid, carries it at this point. It’s actually a great time to get one, since it’s getting discounted with the Galaxy S4 about to hit markets nationwide. It will cost you $439.99, which isn’t half bad for a non-subsidized phone.
May 17th, 2013 | Verizon Wireless | No Comments
It appears that the nation’s largest carrier understands the opportunities in prepaid. For the past year or so Verizon prepaid has made many moves that cater to a prepaid crowd. While their efforts started off as typically overpriced big carrier offerings, they’ve wizened up and started offering more data and more plans. Their latest move adds even more data to their prepaid smartphone plans. The $60 smartphone plan now gets 2GB of data monthly, up from 500GB. The $70 plan now gets 4GB, up form 2GB. Remember, these smartphone plans work only on 3G EVDO and not Verizon’s 4G LTE network. These plans will be available to consumers on June 6th.
May 16th, 2013 | MetroPCS | No Comments
While the fundamental services offered by T-Mobile and MetroPCS won’t change any time soon, MetroPCS will realize one enormous benefit following the merger. They will cover 100 million additional potential customers by the end of 2014, starting “very quickly” according to T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter, who previously held the same position with MetroPCS. For a carrier that exists only in select markets across the country, expansion of this magnitude could bring enormous gains. As long as they don’t come at the expense of T-Mobile customers, it could be a big, and underreported, win in this merger.
May 14th, 2013 | Prepaid Services | No Comments
After a much-needed week away, let’s catch up on some prepaid wireless stories from the last week:
Sprint MVNO Zact brings custom usage. Do you use all the voice minute in your plan? All of your texts? Do you max out your data usage? Chances are you don’t. Zact, a new MVNO, aims to change that. They feature a sliding scale of plans that fit anyone’s patterns. When you go to their plans page you can pick a custom level of talk, text, and data. It sounds like a great concept.
April 30th, 2013 | Boost Mobile | No Comments
We have seen it before, so pardon me if I view it with a skeptical eye. For the past year or so, @evleaks has provided plenty of valuable information about upcoming phones, particularly for prepaid carriers. We’ve cited them on a number of occasions, and they tend to come through. So you can imagine people got excited when @evlinks tweeted about the iPhone coming to Boost Mobile in Q3. But before you start making plans to buy an iPhone from Boost, you could use a history lesson. That @evleaks tweet could just as easily have come from last year.
April 29th, 2013 | MetroPCS | No Comments
After months of jumping through regulatory and shareholder loops, the T-Mobile/MetroPCS merger has gone through. They’ll make it official this Wednesday, May 1. Now that the journalists and analysts have had their field day, we get to the question at the heart of the matter: what does this mean to you, the customer of either MetroPCS or T-Mobile. The answer, in short, is that nothing will change immediately. While the two entities will fall under the same corporate umbrella, they will continue to operate as they have previously. The only small change might be expanded handset availability, but with T-Mobile’s limited LTE coverage that might not be a big consideration in the short run.
April 25th, 2013 | MVNO | 1 Comment
It appears that Republic Wireless isn’t the only carrier offering a $19 prepaid plan. Ultra Mobile, which we mentioned with other interesting MVNOs last year, has introduced its own $19 plan that provides unlimited global text messaging. It doesn’t have the benefit of Republic’s unlimited data, but then again it’s not aimed at that kind of user. It’s made for a heavy texter who doesn’t talk much — the plan provides for just 250 voice minutes. It also provide 50MB of data, which is plenty enough for basic mobile web usage. If you’re on a smartphone you can add 500MB of data for $10. Then again, more data-heavy users will probably prefer Ultra Mobile’s $29 or $59 plans, which cater more to the smartphone crowd. Ultra Mobile is an MVNO of the T-Mobile network. You can check out the plans at Ultra.me.
Via The Full Signal.
April 24th, 2013 | MetroPCS | No Comments
Last month the T-Mobile MetroPCS deal passed regulatory muster, but it still lacked a key component: MetroPCS shareholder approval. Many major shareholders made waves, claiming that the deal undervalued MetroPCS. After some back-and-forth, T-Mobile improved the offer. It was well received, and this morning the MetroPCS shareholders approved the deal. That is the last hurdle before the merger can go through. Expect a bigger announcement soon, with the combined company taking shape in the next few months.
Via Phone Scoop.
April 23rd, 2013 | Cricket | No Comments
Tracfone might be making it look easy, but consistently adding subscribers is a constant challenge for prepaid carriers. Cricket has felt that in recent quarters, losing more than 500,000 subscribers in the second half of 2012. Yesterday they took direct action to help turn around that trend, reducing the price of their iPhone plan and offering a new smartphone family plan. Both offerings could increase the appeal of Cricket, which has faced stiffer competition in the past few months.
April 22nd, 2013 | Tracfone | No Comments
TracFone has been growing solidly in the past few years, adding hundreds of thousands of subscribers every quarter. That might not sound impressive, but when compared to other MVNOs the numbers certainly stand out. Their latest subscriber additions are the most impressive to date: 839,000. That’s 119,000 more than the nation’s No. 1 carrier, Verizon, and a massive 127 percent increase over TracFone’s own Q1 2012. In the last two quarters combined TracFone has added more than 1.5 million subscribers.
April 17th, 2013 | Cricket | No Comments
What you see there is the Kyocera Kona, the latest flip phone to hit Cricket. While the company has, rightly, focused on its Muve Music service on Android smartphones, the Kona serves a portion of the prepaid market that is increasingly neglected. While prepaid carriers are trying to increase ARPU and other performance metrics with smartphones, many prepaid customers use those services because of simple, low-cost offerings. We recently saw Boost Mobile announce a similar — and perhaps identical — offering with the Kyocera Coast. For Cricket, the Kona will come out this Sunday, April 21, and will cost $60. That might sound like a lot for a basic flip phone, but sometimes that’s the price you pay for no-contract service. Boost’s Coast is half the price, though.
Via Phone Scoop.