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With CTIA falling a few weeks early this year we got some of the most exciting cellular news in March. It looks like the two main subjects of our podcasts, MetroPCS and Cricket made some big announcements that could help keep them independent. Or make them stronger for when they eventually merge. Either way they certainly brought attention to themselves with network improvements while the other carriers were flouting their new Android handsets.
February 26th, 2010 | Prepaid Podcast | No Comments
Those two crazy companies are back at it. We saw both MetroPCS and Leap Wireless hire strategic advisors in February, which has everyone talking merger again. It won’t be easy this time, just like it wasn’t easy in September 2007. The environment has changed since then, though. So this finally be the time they get together and decide that it’s better to combine forces than to die alone?
January 29th, 2010 | Prepaid Podcast | 3 Comments
The new year brings new developments in the prepaid wireless space. It also brings us new guests to talk about these developments. We saw a few quarterly earnings reports, heard a few rumors, and blogged about everything along the way. Now it’s time to take a look back at those events and what they mean for the rest of the industry. Joining me is Maisie Ramsay of Wireless Week.
December 31st, 2009 | Prepaid Podcast | No Comments
Everyone love the big story: the new unlimited calling plan, the new coverage area, the new cellular provider. Those are the things that fuel media in the communications space. But I like to take a look at the underrated story, the one that slips under most people’s noses. We saw some stories this month that might change the prepaid space.
November 30th, 2009 | Prepaid Podcast | 1 Comment
A lot happens in a month. Carriers change plans — carriers change ownership, even — and we even sometimes see new carriers emerge. In fact, we saw all three in November. We have news on MetroPCS and Cricket — what they’ve done, what they’re up to, and how they might fare in the fourth quarter. Plus, a bit on Virgin Mobile, T-Mobile, and a new MVNO.
October 30th, 2009 | Prepaid Podcast | 1 Comment
Once again there were many developments in the prepaid wireless world, and we’re going to run them down. AT&T made a bold move that could turn some attention their way. Plus, another company that has an unlimited plan just made things a little sweeter.
August 31st, 2009 | Prepaid Podcast | 1 Comment
We’re back with another edition of the Prepaid Podcast. This month we’re talking about some recent industry moves. The main focus is on T-Mobile, which continues to add prepaid customers at a far greater rate than postpaid ones. They might have some tough decisions to make after this year closes out if the trend continues. Suspiciously, they’ve actually taken away from their prepaid services lately, which seems like an odd move considering the timing. We’ll see how that bears out in the future.
July 31st, 2009 | Prepaid Podcast | 2 Comments
We’re back with another edition of the Prepaid Podcast. This month we’re talking about some recent industry moves. This includes Sprint’s acquisition of Virgin Mobile among others. Things are moving in the prepaid world, thanks to new and hefty monthly plans. The latest on the bandwagon is Tracfone, which unveiled its Straight Talk service at the beginning of July.
June 30th, 2009 | Prepaid Podcast | No Comments
We’re back with another edition of the Prepaid Podcast. This month we’re talking about the growth the prepaid sector has provided to the wireless industry at large. There are a number of factors at play here, and it’s tough to get everything down at once. There’s the US wireless penetration rate, competing services, consumer confidence, and other issues at the root of the current wireless environment. We try to mete it all out in the podcast.
May 29th, 2009 | Prepaid Podcast | No Comments
We’re back with another edition of the Prepaid Podcast. This time we take a look at the recent success of prepaid unlimited plans. Boost Mobile introduced one in January, and it seems to have raised awareness of not only its plan, but of its competitors. In fact, MetroPCS realized record growth in the first quarter, adding almost 700,000 subscribers. Another prepaid unlimited carrier, Cricket wireless grew substantially as well. We discuss these issues and what they mean to the future of the industry.
February 26th, 2009 | Prepaid Podcast | No Comments
This month’s edition of the Prepaid Podcast features Neil Lindsay, VP of Marketing for Boost Mobile. We talk about a number of topics, the foremost of which obviously being the new unlimited plan. Lindsday has a lot to say about his company’s moves of the past few months, so give it a listen.
January 28th, 2009 | Prepaid Podcast | 1 Comment
We’re back, though you might notice something a bit different in this month’s Prepaid Podcast. Namely, there are no guests. This is because I wanted to provide some outsider commentary on the state of the prepaid sector as it relates to the economy. Why does prepaid make sense now? Listen for the details.
So click on over to hear the Prepaid Podcast (22 min, 24 sec).
December 10th, 2008 | Prepaid Podcast | No Comments
It’s been a while, but the Prepaid Podcast returns for the month of December. We’ve got two big guests lined up: Daniel Neal, CEO of kajeet and John Votava, manager of corporate communications at Boost Mobile.
So click on over to hear the Prepaid Podcast (34 min, 50 sec).
July 23rd, 2008 | Prepaid Podcast | No Comments
As I explain in the podcast’s opening minute, we tend to focus on prepaid services in the podcast. That’s what the blog specializes in, so it makes a degree of sense. Yet, it leaves out the issue of handsets. Ian Littman of Go 4 Prepaid (go4prepaid.net) is a handset nut. He takes his advertising revenue, and uses it to purchase and review phones for his dedicated audience. In this episode, I talk to him about the ins and outs of prepaid handsets.
So click on over to hear the Prepaid Podcast (34 min, 50 sec).
June 24th, 2008 | Prepaid Podcast | 1 Comment
We’re back with the third edition of the Prepaid Podcast. Once again we’re getting some new news on the Helio-Virgin front, and we’ll continue to cover this story until we get some kind of conclusion on it. Plus, I talk to representatives from Virgin Mobile and The Besen Group.
So click on over to hear the Prepaid Podcast (25 min, 44 sec).
May 21st, 2008 | Prepaid Podcast | No Comments
We’re back with the second edition of the Prepaid Podcast. Lots of goings on this month in the prepaid realm, especially with the Virgin-Helio merger talks. Of course, there’s a bit about MVNOs. And then an issue of mobile phone trafficking, from the perspective of Tracfone.
So click on over to hear the Prepaid Podcast (28 min, 41 sec).
April 23rd, 2008 | Prepaid Podcast | No Comments
We’re trying something new here at Prepaid Reviews. It’s a monthly podcast, where we discuss any matters prepaid. It won’t be a news roundup, but a more in-depth look at the comings and going in the prepaid wireless industry. We lined up a couple of guests for you: Yassine, co-founder and executive vice president of Page Plus, and Brad Houser, project manager of data services at Cricket.
So click on over to hear the Prepaid Podcast (23 min, 34 sec).
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