Last week, sources of ours revealed Verizon’s plan to add a new feature to their prepaid plans called “Always-On Data.” The idea is the same as it is on The Verizon Plan’s new Safety Mode, where customers can go over their allotted data sum at throttled 128Kbps speeds. But there is one added benefit here – it’s included for free and doesn’t require customers to turn it on or off.
Over the weekend, just as our sources said it would, Verizon pushed the new feature live, though they didn’t throw much of a party outside of a blog post. That’s probably because it’s a great feature that doesn’t have the potential to nickel-and-dime customers with overage fees. Instead, it’s just a really nice free add-on that does right by customers who dance near their data limit line each month. Unfair? No more unfair than charging customers $5 on The Verizon Plan for the same benefit. (more…)
Last week, Verizon introduced a bunch of “fireworks” tweaks to their The Verizon Plan that included a feature called Safety Mode. To say that Safety Mode was anything less than an unnecessary scheme to nickel and dime you over overages or tempt you into upgrading your plan to something more than you need is probably not doing the sneakiness of it justice. I say that because the Verizon prepaid plans are about to get the exact same bonus, but it won’t cost prepaid subscribers extra or require them to toggle it on or off to avoid getting hammered with overages.
What am I talking about? On July 17, Verizon is going to introduce a new prepaid feature called “Always-on Data.” What is Always-On Data? It’s throttled unlimited data that kicks in once you hit your prepaid data limit. It doesn’t require you to toggle a Safety Mode on or off and doesn’t cost you an extra $5 per month for snail speeds. Nope, it’s just included, unlike the new similar feature that Big Red deemed worthy of a “fireworks” descriptor last week. (more…)
Yesterday, we reported changes coming soon to AT&T’s GoPhone plans that would reward each with more data without a price hike. AT&T has now confirmed and announced the plan changes, which will arrive this Friday. (more…)
AT&T is about to increase the data buckets on its GoPhone plans later this week, according to sources of ours. This move comes on the heels of a data increase back in January, but also helps bring the plans in line with Verizon, who seems to be taking prepaid quite seriously these days. (more…)
Back in February, Verizon announced a promotion for its prepaid line that bumped up data in two plans without the prices moving. Today, Verizon tells us that those numbers (both price and data) will become permanent on May 15, plus they will add in unlimited calling to Mexico and Canada on one of them.
Going forward (at least for the time being), Verizon’s prepaid plans include a $30 WiFi only option (includes unlimited talk and text), along with $45 and $60 plans that offer 2GB or 5GB of data, respectively. Through those last two options, if you sign-up for autopay, Verizon will kick in another 1GB of data per month at no extra cost. So at $45, with autopay, you could have 3GB of high-speed data per month, or at $60, with autopay, you could have 6GB of high-speed data per month. (more…)
Cricket is partnering with Best Buy to bring the prepaid carrier’s devices and plans to more than 1,000 Best Buy retail locations, bringing Cricket’s total amount of retail locations to more than 10,000 in the US. Cricket is a fast-growing prepaid carrier, and according to the company’s press release, partnering with Best Buy is a “perfect fit.” (more…)
Straight Talk, arguably the most popular prepaid wireless solution, introduced a new $55 plan this month that gives customers 10GB of high-speed data to use each month, on top of unlimited talk and text. The most popular Straight Talk plan has been the $45 option with 5GB of data, so for just $10 more, you are doubling your data. (more…)
Still haven’t made the jump to prepaid or AT&T’s surprisingly value-friendly GoPhone service? Starting February 15, if you sign-up for GoPhone, AT&T will give you a second month of service for free. Depending on the plan you sign-up for, that could be a $60 savings.
AT&T says that the process is simple and only requires that you switch your number over to GoPhone and then fund a $45 or $60 plan. As AT&T also points out in today’s announcement, their GoPhone service requires “no annual contract, no credit check, and runs on AT&T’s nationwide 4G LTE network.” (more…)