AT&T is finally providing its no-contract customers with a break on its plans.
The company said Thursday that it is tweaking its mobile share plans, changing around various parts to give customers a break. The savings apply to customers who pay full price for their phone, bring a compatible phone to the network, or participate in its monthly installment plan, AT&T Next. Customers can sign up for the new plans on Sunday.
By reducing its prices, AT&T is finally addressing the biggest knock on its prior no-contract plans: the lack of a discount that … Read more
Virgin Mobile announced on Thursday that the 5-inch Supreme has joined the no-contact carrier's roster.
The Virgin Mobile Supreme is an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean smartphone with a 5-inch, 720p HD display and a 13-megapixel rear camera. Powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, the 4G LTE handset also features microSD expansion, and a 2500mAh battery.
As one of the more robust devices on Virgin Mobile, the Supreme is aimed at media lovers and gamers. Those who fall in the latter category will be pleased to learn that the device comes preloaded with EA Mobile's "Real … Read more
Verizon Wireless is jumping on the early upgrade bandwagon too.
Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo confirmed an upcoming program, Edge, during a conference call on Thursday. He said there is a demand for early upgrade programs, but was light on the details of Edge.
The plans, while offering the option to upgrade after six months or a year, have been criticized as a costly option for customers. AT&… Read more
The claws are out now.
T-Mobile CEO John Legere fired back at AT&T's new early upgrade plan, calling it "smoke and mirrors" and a "poor copycat," and warned that customers pay more and end up getting less than what T-Mobile's Jump plan has to offer.
"Their offer is terrible for consumers," Legere told CNET in an email on Tuesday.
Earlier Tuesday, AT&T introduced its AT&T Next plan, which lets people pay for their mobile devices in 20 monthly installments and allows them to upgrade each year. … Read more
Well, this is interesting. AT&T launched a brand-new prepaid network on Thursday that goes head-to-head with T-Mobile's new no-contract model.
Other smartphones are decidedly more entry-level, and Aio does not offer premium devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4 or Nokia Lumia 920. It does, however, sell Nokia's budget Lumia 620 Windows phone 8 device for $179.99.
There are striking similarities … Read more
Virgin Mobile wants consumers to know that it's a major player in the no-contract wireless game too, and isn't afraid to spend a little money to show it.
Virgin set its sights directly on T-Mobile, offering $100 to T-Mobile customers willing to switch their number over and buy a smartphone before May 31.
Carriers will often provide incentives to switch, but rarely do they target a specific company. T-Mobile has made a lot of noise about its move to abolish contracts and subsidies, and Virgin Mobile, a business built on prepaid service and a unit of Sprint Nextel, … Read more
Imagine a world where you could take your mobile phone to any carrier you wanted.
You wouldn't be bound to a contract, and your phone would be free from technical constraints that make it impossible to use on other carriers' networks. And forget about that $700 price tag that left you wondering if you were buying a phone or a computer. In this new world order, pricing on smartphones would fall as quickly as the components inside them become commoditized, much like the prices of all consumer electronics. That means no need to cling to a service contract in … Read more
Oh, T-Mobile has gone no-contract? Yes, this is a big step for a major national carrier, but for me, it's whoop-de-doo. I've been no-contract for a year already. Plus, I have access to that big, juicy Verizon network that lets me make calls from the middle of the mountains in New Mexico. I'm a customer of Page Plus Cellular, a company that resells Verizon's data and talk-time network. I can quit anytime, with no fear of penalties.
Now that T-Mobile got all coy and dumped the contracts, it feels a bit to me like discovering a cool underground band and then having it hit the Billboard charts and hearing its best song on a McDonald's commercial. I can't really pull off a hipper-than-thou attitude about this, though. After all, I am making some sacrifices to ride the no-contract bandwagon. Here are the pros and cons as I see them. … Read more
T-Mobile shook up the wireless industry this week with the introduction of its new no-contract service plans. But is the service really a good value for consumers compared to what the other big guys are offering?
In this edition of Ask Maggie, I answer that very question. A reader wants to know if he should ditch Verizon's wireless service for T-Mobile. While some people seem to balk at the notion that wireless consumers will have to "pay"for their smartphones under these new T-Mobile plans, I do the math to explain why even buying a device at … Read more