The affordability of prepaid plans has attracted a growing number of consumers recently, with nearly one-third of all smartphones sold in the US last year as prepaid. It’s no surprise, then, that major wireless carriers are looking to cash in on the trend with rebranded and relaunched services. Verizon unveiled its ALLSET program earlier this month, while AT&T and T-Mobile have both acquired prepaid carriers. That left Sprint the odd one out, but today the company’s aiming to compete with revamped offerings under the Sprint Prepaid moniker. (more…)
In a first move following their completed acquisition of Leap Wireless, AT&T will now merge Aio Wireless into Leap’s Cricket prepaid brand. Reports of this happening surfaced months ago, which we mentioned in our best prepaid plans post, so it shouldn’t exactly come as a shocker. The good news is that not much is changing, at least for now. (more…)
Popular GSM-powered MVNO, Straight Talk, announced today that they now carry nano SIM cards for both T-Mobile and AT&T plans. While their plans aren’t changing, future customers won’t have to buy a micro SIM and cut it down to size to fit into new phones like the Moto X, “All New HTC One,” and iPhone 5s. You already know how to cut one down, thanks to our tutorial, but we’d rather you not have to spend the time. (more…)
Verizon announced a new prepaid wireless plan this morning called ALLSET. The plan includes unlimited talk and text plus 500MB of data per month for $45, along with the option to add on “Bridge Data,” that can extend that data allotment by an extra 500MB, 1GB, or 3GB. Also, if added on Bridge Data goes unused, it can be pushed to the next month, sort of like rollover data. (more…)
The Moto G from Verizon is receiving its update to Android 4.4.2 “Kit Kat” as you read this. The update actually started rolling out yesterday, but Verizon just now published the support documents to show all that is involved. There aren’t any surprises, however, the update is pretty significant.
Once updated, you’ll find all sorts of goodies that were introduced by Google with Kit Kat. For example, full-screen “Immersive” mode is there, as is Hangouts as the default SMS app. You’ll also find a new dialer application, better photo editor, and cloud printing built into the OS.
Aio Wireless announced this morning that it has dropped the rates of its plans while also upping the high-speed data caps of two. The new rates are as follows: Basic ($40), Smart ($50), and Pro ($60). The Basic plan
remains a feature phone only plan (now for smartphones too), with the Smart and Pro as your options for smartphones. (more…)
Motorola’s ultra-affordable prepaid phone, the Moto G, is now available online at Verizon for $99.99 without a contract. Keep in mind that this phone only works on Verizon’s 3G network, not 4G LTE, and also can’t be taken to another network. With that said, it’s still a heck of a deal should you be in the market for a cheap prepaid phone that carries itself like a phone that would typically sell for hundreds more. (more…)
Verizon announced earlier this week that the Moto G will officially arrive on January 9. We first reported this date, thanks to a flyer that was being passed around at Best Buy stores, however, Best Buy doesn’t seem to be paying much attention to it. I bought the $99 prepaid Verizon phone today online with store pick-up, and just about every single Best Buy within 30 miles of Portland had it in stock and available for me to stop by and grab. So I did!
I still can’t exactly tell you why, but there is something about spending $99 on a phone to own it outright that seems so worthy of my money. And, we wanted to give you all a quick tour and answer any questions that you may have. (more…)