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Tello Data Promotions

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Tello is an MVNO operating on Sprint’s network. The company prides itself on having no contracts or hidden fees, like many prepaid companies, but also combines basic plans with a build-your-own-plan concept to give customers plenty of choices. Currently, available through February 12, Tello is running a promotion with a couple discounted data options.

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ECO Mobile Increases Data on Most Plans

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ECO Mobile, an MVNO operating on 3 of the 4 main carrier networks, recently increased data allotments on most of it’s plans. This is just after the company added two new plans, geared toward the low data user, so it looks like ECO Mobile is now trying to appeal to the high data user as well.

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Ultra Mobile Adds DATAXTRA Feature

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Ultra Mobile, a T-Mobile MVNO, recently added more data to most of its plans along with a few other minor changes. It isn’t what you usually see when getting more data, though, as Ultra Mobile added data at 3G speeds instead of the typical 4G speeds.

Not only does this make plans a little more difficult to look at and understand, it’s increasingly complicated since Ultra Mobile had just introduced “Data My Way” which allows customers to control their data speed and help conserve.

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Mint SIM Overview & Promotion

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Mint SIM, a subsidiary of Ultra Mobile operating on T-Mobile’s network, sprouted up recently and is ready to make some deals! This MVNO offers a few different sets of plans, for either one month, three months, six months, or a year. And, for a limited time that is not specified, Mint SIM is offering 3 months of service for the price of one. This promotion has been going on since before the holidays, so I imagine it’s ending soon.

Since there are constantly new MVNO’s popping up, some of which are pretty short lived, I thought it best to do an overview of the company.

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EcoMobile Introduces Two New Plans

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EcoMobile, an MVNO operating on 3 of the 4 main carrier networks, recently added two new plans to its lineup. These plans are lower cost than what is currently in place, and seems to be geared more to the low-data user. All of the plans are available on Sprint, Verizon’s, and T-Mobile’s network.

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Lycamobile Double Data Promotion

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Lycamobile, a T-Mobile MVNO, is currently running a promotion that will get you double data on a couple of its plans. From now until January 31, new customers activating a line on either the $35 or $45 plans receive double the data on their first month for no extra charge.

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SpeedTalk Mobile Overview

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A smaller T-Mobile MVNO, SpeedTalk Mobile, was recently brought to my attention as being a great option for customers who don’t use their phones constantly. More and more prepaid companies are gravitating to the high data user and trying to give you more bang for your buck that those who need only a few minutes or texts are becoming overlooked. With that thought in mind, today I’d like to do an overview of SpeedTalk Mobile. The company has four different sets of plans available, three of which appeal greatly to customers who don’t need unlimited everything.

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Page Plus Increases Data

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Page Plus, Verizon MVNO and Tracfone subsidiary, has recently made some effort to keep with the competition. Many prepaid companies have been increasing data allotments included in plans, as customers seem to be needing internet access more than ever before. 

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Lycamobile Revamps Plans

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Recently, T-Mobile MVNO Lycamobile made some improvements to its lineup of plans. The company increased data allotments on 4 of its plans and made quite a few improvements to its international features as well. There were enough changes made that I think its best to do an overview.

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H2O Increases Data, EasyGO Reduces Data

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H2O Wireless and EasyGO, both mobile subsidiaries of Locus Telecommunications, recently made some changes when it comes to data allotments. It is a little bit strange, though, that while H2O increased its data allotments, EasyGO actually decreased the amount of data that comes on the $10 add-on card.

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Prepaid Faceoff: Jolt Mobile VS TextNow

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With the massive number of prepaid MVNOs and carrier options, it’s sometimes hard to keep track of it all and even harder to compare and decide which company is the right one for you. So, every once in a while we’re going to go through and do a Face-off of two popular companies, comparing plans and services to help you better decide.

Today, we’ll look at two companies – AT&T and T-Mobile MVNO Jolt Mobile, and Sprint MVNO Text Now. Both MVNOs are not very well-known, and while Jolt Mobile may not be a contender for high data users, Text Now seems to offer some competitive pricing.

Here’s how they compare:

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List of Pay-As-You-Go Services

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There have been some huge changes going around both the prepaid and postpaid phone market in the last few years. Postpaid carriers are starting to move away from contracts and prepaid carriers are offering more monthly plans and dropping their per-minute pay-as-you-go options.

So, because I know a lot of you don’t use your phones as much (and because it’s harder to find) I went through the different companies and found a list of at least most of the companies that have some form of pay-as-you-go.

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Cheapest Unlimited Texting Plans

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It seems like all of the carriers and MVNOs are busy shouting over each other that data is the most important, and that’s what everyone should want. But, what if you need a lot of texting and not a lot of everything else? Well, turns out you have quite a few options.

Here are the cheapest unlimited texting plans from all four main carriers:

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Types of Prepaid Phone Plans

While prepaid phone plans provide more flexibility, they are sometimes a little bit more confusing. Every carrier is a little different, and prepaid phones have come a long way since their introduction in the early 2000s. If you’re looking to get rid of your contract and go the cheaper and smarter prepaid route, here are some of the different kinds of plans you’ll need to be aware of:

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How Much Do You Save with Prepaid?

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It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that when you pay less for something and you have the freedom to change things to suit your needs and budget, you’re going to end up saving money. That’s just basic economics. But, it’s one thing to know that you’d probably save a bit of money and another thing entirely to look at exactly how much money you’d probably save.

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Sprint Changes Prepaid Plan Prices

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Amid steady changes to their postpaid prices and offerings, Sprint has made a few tweaks to their Sprint Prepaid plans this week. With very little fanfare, they have dropped prices for all three plans. These changes will take place immediately.

The new rates are:

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Kitty Wireless September Deal

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Kitty Wireless, a broker for Page Plus, has posted their September deal on their website. During the month of September, if you activate a new number on Page Plus (through Kitty Wireless) or port over a number to Page plus (again, through Kitty Wireless), then you can save 20% on your first monthly plan of $29.95 or higher.

While saving 20% doesn’t seem like much (anywhere from $6 to $14 with the most expensive monthly plan), the activation and porting over are both free, which can definitely save you some money.

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Will the Price War Move to Prepaid?

If you’ve been following phone carrier news at all, you probably are aware of the pricing battle going on in the postpaid market between Sprint and their obnoxious pink rival, T-Mobile. It seems like almost every week, someone is changing some price or adding value to a plan with more data, more lines, more minutes, more everything, all for the same low price! And, while entertaining to watch, it hasn’t really changed much in the prepaid industry. For now.

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Choosing a Type of Prepaid Plan

No-contract wireless prepaid plans have become more and more common and it seems like all of the four major carriers have monthly plans, prepaid brands or both. But as the prepaid consumer base grows, I have noticed a divide between the types of plans offered: pay-as-you-go reloadable accounts and prepaid monthly accounts. While the trend is quickly moving towards the latter, it is still possible to find pay-as-you-go plans without being grandfathered in.

And that leads to another question: Which is right for you?

Here are some pros and cons of each so you can decide.

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GoSmart, Brightspot Cut Prices, Add Data

If you’re a GoSmart or Brightspot user, you might have noticed faster uploads and better speeds. As of last month, both brands received a tweak in their available plans and data speeds. GoSmart now offers 3G downloads to customers–a marked improvement over the achingly slow 2G connection offered previously, while Brightspot has slashed their prices and changed around their data options to match Walmart prepaid plans. Here’s a breakdown of the new plans available for each MVNO:

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Red Pocket Juggles All 4 Carriers

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Red Pocket has changed around their Flagship Plans this week and they now have plans using all four big carriers, although they don’t actually use their names. It isn’t hard to figure out which is which though, with a bright magenta T, calm blue A, fiery red V and a cheerful yellow S at the top of each…but at least it will be easy to know who your service is with and which devices to use.

These four Red Pocket plans are available on all four networks (for the most part) and are as follows:

  • *$29.99/30 days – unlimited talk, text, 500 MB ‘reduced speed’
  • *$39.99/30 days – Unlimited talk, text, 500 MB ‘high speed’ before throttling
  • $49.99/30 days – unlimited talk, text, 1 GB ‘high speed’ before throttling
  • $59.99/30 days – unlimited talk, text, 3 GB ‘high speed’ before throttling.

*It should be noted that the $29.99 is not available on GSMT and the $39.99 is not available on CDMAS, but both are coming soon.

As for each individual carrier, there are specific plans available:

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T-Mobile Offers New Prepaid Options

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T-Mobile seems to be on a roll with the announcements this month, and the Un-carrier is trying to shake things up in the prepaid market yet again. Their new pay as you go pricing (which will go into effect on Aug. 17) seems a little easier to understand than most, which definitely gets them points, and for the first time you can now purchase data at an as-you-go rate.

They also have introduced a new Gold Reward Status, which rewards customers with more minutes that last longer once they have invested $100 in prepaid minutes on their phones.

I spent several minutes on the phone with a representative talking about the different options. Here’s what I found out:

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PTel Launches 5 New Phone Plans

In an effort to be more competitive, PTel Mobile has launched 5 new unlimited no-contract plans ranging from $20-$65/month with data from unlimited 2G to 4GB 4G LTE, depending on the plan. They are also offering a promotion where you can get your second month of service free when you sign up.

The new plans are:

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Unlimited Broadband Prepaid Plans For All

Unlimited mobile broadband prepaid plans are exactly what new cellphone users are flocking for many various reasons. Similar how house phones became almost obsolete more than a decade ago, is exactly what is happening to these high priced contracted plans. People leaves these contracts that they’ve been associated with for years and seemingly never look back to those plans ever again.

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Unlimited Broadband Prepaid Plans For All

Unlimited mobile broadband prepaid plans are exactly what new cellphone users are flocking for many various reasons. Similar how house phones became almost obsolete more than a decade ago, is exactly what is happening to these high priced contracted plans. People leaves these contracts that they’ve been associated with for years and seemingly never look back to those plans ever again.

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Cheapest Prepaid Smartphone Plans

Smartphones are a great investment as few will deny. The costs associated with smartphones can even be circumvented through selecting prepaid services. Not all of the various prepaid smartphones are low in cost. A few of them, thankfully, are. Here is a look at some of the more affordable ones available to buyers.

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Prepaid Phone News

Being tied down to a strict two-year contract can be daunting, especially because of the associated fees involved if the contract is broken; which may be the reason so many cell phone users are turning to pre-paid plans instead to avoid paying more with conventional contract carriers and being stuck with them on a long-term plan. Logan Abbott, the president for MyRatePlan has stated “I predict in 2014 we will see a bigger number of customers switch to prepaid cell phone plans than any previous year.” Which is news that doesn’t come to much surprise as consumers are finding contract-free plans more appealing.

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