WSJ: Google’s Wireless Service Might Let You Switch Between the Best Network Available From Different Carriers

Last week, headlines were dominated by talk of Google creating its own wireless service through network deals inked with T-Mobile and Sprint. Unfortunately, those were really the only details that surfaced through a number of stories all claiming to have “sources” close to the matter. We still don’t know pricing or plan details, where or when the service will be available, and why any of us would consider switching to it from our current carrier options. We talked on the DL Show about Google potentially having something special in mind that would attempt to change the way wireless service plans work in order for them to even consider entering the market, but didn’t necessarily have any suggestions as to what that “special” something might be. According to sources of the Wall Street Journal, we may now know.  (more…)

Report: Google is Becoming a Wireless Carrier This Year, Will Use T-Mobile and Sprint Networks

According to a report from Amir Efrati of The Information, Google is planning to launch its own wireless service this year, a service that will use T-Mobile and Sprint networks. The service would be similar to StraightTalk or any other MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) in that Google won’t actually own any of the network, they will simply be cutting deals with T-Mobile and Sprint to have access to networks, so that they can then sell you a service plan that works on those networks. Think of it like you do the prepaid cards you see slung about checkout lines at stores like Target. (more…)

Verizon Confirms ALLSET Prepaid Bump to 1GB at $45

Update:  Verizon confirmed today that their ALLSET prepaid plan now includes 1GB of data, up from 500MB. The 1GB comes as a part of the $45 base plan, which includes full 4G LTE and XLTE speeds – there isn’t a speed difference, even though this is prepaid.


Back in July, Verizon added 4G LTE connectivity to its newish ALLSET prepaid plan. The much-anticipated move gave customers access to Big Red’s high-speed 4G LTE network for as little as $45 per month without a contract. At $45, customers were given a base data package of 500MB along with unlimited talk and text. At some point within the last week the deal got sweeter, with Verizon quietly bumping that base data package up to a full 1GB.  (more…)

Verizon Quietly Bumps ALLSET Prepaid Base Up to 1GB, $45 for 1.5GB of LTE Data

Update:  Verizon confirmed today that their ALLSET prepaid plan now includes 1GB of data, up from 500MB. The 1GB comes as a part of the $45 base plan, which includes full 4G LTE and XLTE speeds – there isn’t a speed difference, even though this is prepaid.

Back in July, Verizon added 4G LTE connectivity to its newish ALLSET prepaid plan. The much-anticipated move gave customers access to Big Red’s high-speed 4G LTE network for as little as $45 per month without a contract. At $45, customers were given a base data package of 500MB along with unlimited talk and text. At some point within the last week the deal got sweeter, with Verizon quietly bumping that base data package up to a full 1GB.  (more…)

T-Mobile Intros ‘Simply Prepaid’ Plans, Unlimited Data With Allotted Amounts of High-speed Access

This morning, T-Mobile introduced a new plan called Simply Prepaid. With it, customers should have very little problem navigating exactly what they are paying for each month, as T-Mobile is upfront about all of its details.

The plan includes 3 different tiers. For $40, you gain access to unlimited data, talk and text, plus up to 1GB of 4G LTE speed. For $50, users get the same unlimited data, talk and text, but have 3GB of LTE speed. Finally, $60 nets you unlimited data, talk and text, and 5GB of LTE speed.  (more…)

Tuesday Poll: Contract or Month-to-Month?

Over the last couple of years, we have really tried to open everyone’s mind to the idea that there are options outside of carrier contracts and the subsidy phone discount. From covering the best prepaid providers to talking about full retail phone prices and the initial launch of carrier device payment plans, you should all be well versed on the methods available for buying a new phone without a lengthy agreement. But even with all of that coverage, some of you are perfectly happy with the subsidy model and do not have a problem buying a phone on-contract or you are using the last few work-arounds remaining to keep things like unlimited data plans. And you know what? There is nothing wrong with that.

This morning, though, I was listening to Verizon CFO Fran “ShamWow” Shammo speak at a conference about the current trends in wireless, which just so happen to be device payment plans. Verizon has Edge, T-Mobile has Jump, and AT&T has Next, to name a few. Shammo insisted that while they will continue to offer Edge, 70% of their customers still to this day choose the subsidy model.

And that got me thinking – I wonder what the DL community is trending towards? Are you still locked into a wireless contract or are you now fully month-to-month?

Are you on-contract with your wireless carrier or month-to-month?

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AT&T $60 GoPhone Plan Now Includes Unlimited Data, New $45 Plan Introduced

AT&T introduced one important new feature to its $60 GoPhone prepaid plan this afternoon that I’m sure customers will gladly accept, plus they also introduced a new $45 option.

As for the new feature, the $60 GoPhone plan now includes unlimited data to go along with its unlimited talk and text. Subscribers of this plan will still only get 2.5GB of high-speed data, but should they hit that data cap, they will continue to be able to use data for the rest of the month, only at incredibly slow speeds. After the 2.5GB of high-speed data has been used, your data speeds will be reduced down to 128Kbps for the rest of your 30-day billing term.  (more…)