FTC: Unlimited Data With Throttling is Not Truly Unlimited

Today, news is breaking from the FTC’s order for TracFone, a prepaid service provider, to pay $40 million for slowing the speeds of customers who have paid for ‘unlimited’ data plans. While the act of throttling data speeds is not exactly frowned upon, the way in which TracFone implemented it was the issue.

While advertising ‘unlimited’ plans, users on TracFone saw throttled speeds after only 1-3GB of usage, then a complete suspension in service after 4-5GB of data. The FTC wants it to be known that they will not stand for false advertising, but as long as the terms of a plan are fully disclosed, carriers need not worry.  (more…)

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…)

Sprint Now Guarantees T-Mobile Customers $200 Minimum Trade-In Value on Smartphones When Switching Carriers

It was said back when Sprint took on new CEO Marcelo Claure, that when, “you have a great network, you don’t have to compete on price. When your network is behind, unfortunately you have to compete on value and price.” Claure has stuck to his guns on this decision, as Sprint continues to cut wireless rates, as well as offer as sweet of tempting deals as he can to lure more customers in from competitors.

The newest offer, announced this morning, guarantees T-Mobile customers who opt to leave T-Mo a minimum of $200 trade-in value for a smartphone, on top of the existing $350 per-line credit when making the switch. As stated in the press release, this offer is valid through April 9 for current T-Mobile subscribers.  (more…)

Sprint Intros $35 ‘Data Boost’ Plan for Boost Mobile, Unlimited Talk and Text With 2.5GB of Data

Sprint introduced a new plan for Boost Mobile customers this afternoon – the Data Boost. With Data Boost, Boost Mobile users can receive unlimited talk, text, and 2.5GB of high-speed data, all for $35.

The plan goes live February 3, but to take advantage of the cheap price, customers will need to be enrolled with auto pay, which knocks a few bucks from your monthly bill. On that date, you can head on into a Boost Mobile retail location or hit up their website to sign up.  (more…)

Report: Google Strikes Deal With Sprint, Will Sell Wireless Service as MVNO in 2015

According to reports from both Businessweek and The Wall Street Journal, Google has reached a deal with Sprint to lease capacity on its network, then run its own wireless service for customers as a MVNO. As reported yesterday, Google was also looking to use T-Mobile’s network for its service, but that has yet to be substantiated.  (more…)

Virgin Mobile to Offer No-contract Data Sharing Plans at Walmart

Sprint and Virgin Mobile announced new no-contract data sharing plans to be sold at Walmart beginning January 17. The Data Done Right plans start as low as $30 per line, with 3 options available.

The first option is $65 a month for two lines, featuring unlimited talk and text, with 4GB of 3G/4G LTE data. $90 for 3 lines will net you unlimited talk, text, and 8GB of data. Finally, $115 a month on 4 lines gets you unlimited talk and text, with 12GB of LTE data.  (more…)

LG G Flex 2 Stops by the FCC on Its Way to US Cellular

The LG G Flex 2 under model number LG-US995 stopped by the FCC this week on its way to US Cellular. Announced last week at CES (our hands-on), the G Flex 2 stole the show on a phone front, thanks in part to its upgraded internals, but also thanks to the lack of meaningful phones from other manufacturers. US Cellular confirmed shortly after the phone was unveiled that it would carry it in the Spring, which seems odd now that we have seen it at the FCC.  (more…)