Whenever we lose an MVNO that offers a spectacular rate, we have to shed a tear. Today, is one of those days. NetOnTheRun, the parent company of 35orLess, has announced via their website that the $35 monthly rate plan for accessing T-Mobile’s network will no longer be offered to new customers. Of course, they didn’t do the normal MNVO thing and leave their existing customers holding a SIM that won’t work. They actually made the base plan better while freezing the rate.
The current 35orLess customers will continue to have unlimited talk, text and data on T-Mobile’s network, but with the added bonus of 1GB of LTE data instead of 500MB. With the $2 discount for auto-pay, this brings your monthly bill to right around $40 for the plan. They did discontinue the plan upgrades that were being offered as well, but if you are currently on one of those add-on plans, they will continue to honor the price.
While this is a sad day for those that were on the fence about joining 35orLess, with the bevy of T-Mobile MVNO’s out there, it’s hardly the end of the world. For example, if you were ready to jump at the $35 plan, Spot Mobile offers a $39.99 plan that is almost as strong as offering. For now, if you made it in to the 35orLess family, make sure to keep you plan active. It still is one of the best deals in wireless and it would be a shame to lose it.
Are you one of those users that is always on Wi-Fi? If so, T-Mobile has a way for you to save a bit, if you want to. Starting April 12th, T-Mobile will be offering unlimited talk, text and 500MB of LTE data for only $40 a month. With Taxes and fees, this plan will end up costing most users just under $50 a month.
If you aren’t a heavy data user, this plan is a great way to gain nationwide access to a very quick network in major metro areas. Outlying coverage is still suspect, but it is getting better. If you need the support of having a T-Mobile account, this is a great plan to roll into. It’s important to remember that along with your T-Mobile account comes local store help, device unlocking, carrier billing, short code SMS and additional services like T-Mobile TV.
Of course, if you don’t need the LTE speeds or support, the $39.99 plan from Spot Mobile is a great alternative to this deal. For that $39.99 flat rate, you get unlimited talk, text and data, with the first full GB at HSPA+ speeds.
Either way you decide to go, seeing a major carrier crack the $40 mark with a primary line plan with LTE data is impressive!
Sprint is upping their game once again with a offer to make you part of their Framily. That’s right, the lower cost family plans must not be doing enough to win folks over to their network as Sprint is now offering up to $650 in credits to pull your lines and come to them.
For those that don’t know, Sprint’s new Framily plans allow up to 10 users to be on an unlimited talk and text plan with 1GB of data for as low as 25 a month. Of course, rates don’t start that low, but actually begin at $55 for a single line. When you have 2 lines, the price drops to $50 per line. 3 lines drops to $45, 4 lines to $40, 5 lines to $35 and 6 lines to $30. It’s not until you hit line 7 that the $25 rate per line kicks in.
This isn’t so bad though, since you can actually have friends, with separate billing sign up for the plan with you. Of course, it isn’t like Sprint is going to cut you a check for bringing in your old flip phone and coming off one of those prepaid plans, but if you are a brand new contract customer, this could bring some bill relief to your family. Before you jump, take a look at the actual costs of becoming Framily though.
Let’s take a look at the actual costs involved if you bring your single line to Sprint and you aren’t able to build your Framily. The base rate is $55 a month. You add to that about 20% in taxes and fees each month. That makes the base rate around $67. You then realize that 1GB of data isn’t going to meet your needs and upgrade to the unlimited data option for $20 more. The bill now climbs to almost $90. You now add the monthly payment of the device you must buy from Sprint for about $25 a month (depending on what you choose,) bringing the total bill to $120 a month for a single line. Compared to the contract price of Verizon Wireless and AT&T, you aren’t really being very competitive.
A family goes through the same issue. 5 lines at $40 a line would be $200 a month. Then you add unlimited data for Mom and Dad, bringing the total to $240. Add in 5 new phones at $100 a month (yes, we are giving the kids cheap phones,) and you have a bill in the range of $400 a month. This works out to be $80 a line or about double what Republic Wireless would charge you for unlimited everything on the Sprint network. Even Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile can compete on price with Sprint on this one.
Unless you can bring in 7 lines or more, the Framily deal isn’t such a deal. Even at 7 lines though, you have $175 a month in base rates, plus $20 for unlimited data. Then $25 per device added to the bill. Overall, you are looking at $556.15 with everything added together for the 7 lines. This breaks down to $79.45 per line, per month.
While we applaud Sprint for getting more people out of contracts, most people won’t see a check for $650 from them. Most users did not just sign a new contract yesterday and pick a 64GB iPhone 5s that they will be giving up. This is really the only way to get that full amount. What most users would see is that gift card loaded with $120 for their term fee that has been reduced over the last 16 months and $100 for that older iPhone or Samsung Galaxy SIII that they can sell on Ebay or Craigslist for double to triple that price in a day.
For now, we recommend passing on the Framily deal as the requirement of having to lease a new phone is just too high of price to pay without getting a much better deal on a new device. If you simply look at Boost Mobile that runs on the same network, yo;u can grab a Moto G for $99.99 and unlimited talk, text and data (2.5GB 3G) for $55 a month with Shrinkage (24 month cost is $1239.99 with device) verses the Sprint Framily plan with a Kyocera Hydro Edge for $$2117.76 over that same period of time. That $900 difference will easily pay for that termination fee and you can sell your old phone for a few hundred bucks on top of that.
Sprint Current Handset Prices (Monthly)
Samsung Galaxy S5 – $27.09
iPhone 5c – $22.92
HTC One (M8) – $27.09
LG G2 – $20.84
iPhone 5 (32GB) – $27.09
Motorola Photon LTE – $10.42
Kyocera Hydro Edge – $9.59
from Sprint.com – 4/9/14 – Seattle Market
When you are in the mood to go for that run or working out at the gym, you don’t want to deal with cords hanging all over everything. The CredDeal Sport Wireless Bluetooth Headset does a perfect job of getting rid of those cords on your Bluetooth enabled device. The lightweight design fits comfortably around the back of most people’s heads and the in-ear speakers are sized to fit the average user very easily as well. With a sub $25 price, the CredDeal Sport Wireless Bluetooth Headset is quite a value for any music lover.
The construction of the headset seems very solid. The earbuds do not feel flimsy or cheap. The sound quality is more than adequate for the average 192-320kbps MP3 file and the 8 hours of claimed playback time is almost accurate. Our tests came in right at that mark with Nokia Mix Radio, but your results may vary. The construction continues with the sides of the CredDeal Sport Wireless Bluetooth Headset which feature playing controls on one side and the volume controls on the opposite. The 30g weight is almost half the weight of the popular Motorola S10-HD headset.
The charging mechanism on the CredDeal Sport Wireless Bluetooth Headset uses a standard mini USB cable. This works with any USB plug or USB wall/car adapter. The headset went from empty to charged in about an hour and a half. This makes it easy to pop it on the car charger while at work and have it primed for that afternoon workout or even an early morning workout the next day.
Overall, the CredDeal Sport Wireless Bluetooth Headset is quite a find. It is available in Black, Blue, Green and Red. It is also an Amazon Prime item for those that have an Amazon Prime membership. Your music will sound great and the light weight, comfortable design will allow you to listen longer and enjoy more music.
Well, it’s that time again. A new year and a new look at those pesky plans that drain your wallet every month. Each year we recount the best of the best and take them out on a test drive looking for the best plan for you. The results have been counted and this week, we will let you know who has the best deal for you. Before we get started with this year’s plans, let’s take a quick look at our criteria and last year’s best of the best.
We test in 4 markets across the US: Seattle, San Francisco, Wichita and Philadelphia. We begin with purchasing a SIM to use in a selection of unlocked phones. These range from basic flip phones to LTE capable smartphones. We then go through the activation process, port numbers and test the service for voice quality and data speed. Then we look at the pricing versus the performance and give them a rating on a scale of 1-100. The actual service accounts for up to 50 points. We give this more weight due to the fact that it is the most important part of the equation. Next, we look at their customer service department and, if a prepaid service, how easy it is to reload the device. That is worth 15 points. Then we look at the selection of devices for 15 points and the price also accounts for the final 20 points of the total. Why is pricing such a small total? A $5 a month pricing difference doesn’t mean nearly as much as great coverage or if you have to spend $300 more on a phone for that network. We adjusted the pricing percentage accordingly since most carriers are very competitive on pricing.
Last year, we had 5 standouts. The first was Spot Mobile (T-Mobile Network) that offered unlimited talk, text and data (500MB at 4G) for $39.99. That plan and coverage was good enough to earn our #5 spot. Virgin Mobile snuck in at #4 with their $35 – 300 minute unlimited text and data plan. In the beginning of 2013, Sprint was the only carrier that extended LTE service to their MVNO’s and it helped Virgin Mobile’s offerings earn that spot. Net10 stumbled in to the #3 spot. Their $50 (or $45 with auto-pay discount) unlimited everything plan was handicapped by throttling data speeds and inconsistent messages from customer service. Overall, we just had to rate the $45 plan as you get as much as they give you, but with your choice of the T-Mobile or AT&T network and some ultra-low cost devices, Net10 was quite the force in last year’s survey.
Moving on to #2, we had a surprising entry from Page Plus Cellular (Verizon Wireless) and their $55 plan. This plan offered unlimited talk, text and 2GB of 3G data on the Verizon network. There was no 4G LTE in this deal, but honestly, Page Plus had stellar service. They will also activate any old VZW phones, though we heard towards the end of the year that the iPhone was becoming more and more difficult to get running on their plans. Overall, Page Plus offered the best voice coverage of any sub-$60 smartphone plan out there.
Finally, our #1 plan for the second year in a row, and a last minute squeaker in to that position as the plan in question just reappeared from the dead about 2 weeks before publication, was Red Pocket Mobile. Their $59.99 plan included unlimited talk, text and 2GB of data. It also included a larger international calling credit and many of the features that the big boys offered. To make a stronger argument for this year, they increased the data allotment a full GB later in the year bringing the plan to a total of 3GB, or a full GB more than the AT&T GoPhone offering at the same price.
Moving on to this year, we have plenty of information coming your way. We will start again with our extreme value plans, some of which you will love to know about and others, you might just want to skip over. We will then move to family plans of 4 lines before heading in to the final “Best Value In Wireless” single line plans. We look forward to sharing this with you and can’t wait to start helping you save money every month.
What’s better than a free phone? How about a free phone and a year of unlimited talk, text and data from Republic Wireless? Those folks over at Republic Wireless are offering up another stellar giveaway that includes the Motorola Moto G and a year of service. Now here’s the scary part – this isn’t even a prize big enough for the government to care about you! That’s right, the retail of the phone is $149 and the service is $300 for the year. This pins the total value of the prize just under $450.
The best part is, after your free year is up, you can continue service on one of Republics’ amazing plans that start at just $5 a month. For that lowly amount, you can use your phone (and your number) as much as you want from any WiFi connection in the world. Adding another $5 to the deal gets you Voice and Texting on the Sprint Network in the US. Bumping up to that $25 mark, you get to the plan that is part of the giveaway. You get unlimited talk, text and data on the Sprint network, plus unlimited WiFi calling and texting.
It is worth noting that MMS is a bit dicey on the RW system, but with all the messaging Apps that are available, it is hard to consider this a negative when you look at the numbers. If you want to win the Republic Wireless Moto G Giveaway, make sure to hit the link!
For those didn’t know, the cellular game is changing and going non-contract is suddenly cool. Sure, the big 3 still offer those discounted handsets, but the discount they now offer is far less than the extra costs involved with that contract. For those that are ready for the next game changer, allow us to introduce to you www.35orless.com.
35orLess is an amazing company that shows you how little it costs to run an MVNO. Currently, their unlimited talk, text and 500MB (unlimited 2g) plan is running about $32 a month. Last month, that same plan was $28.50. How it works is rather simple, the more people that sign up every month, the larger the discount is for every user. Instead of using the extra cash to line the pockets of a world-travelling CEO, they just pass the savings on to you. That’s a wireless revolution and a commerce platform that everyone will love.
35orLess has three different options to choose from, just like everyone else out there. The first is the base plan. This is the unlimited talk, text and 500MB of high speed data (unlimited 2G) for only $35. This month, this base plan ended up costing members a lowly $28.50 due to the number of members that signed up. The next plan increases your data to 2.5GB for $15.00 more. This plan would have only cost you $43.50 this month as the discounted rate applies to the base $35 cost but there is no discount for the add on service. The final step is unlimited LTE data, yes you read that correctly, LTE data for $25 more. This plan would have run $53.50 this month with the discount.
Overall, if you are frustrated that your current carrier’s costs keep going up, you might want to head over to 35orLess.com and order that SIM card today. The only thing you will miss is the larger bills and funny service techs.
35orLess operates on the T-Mobile LTE Network.
By the numbers:
Single Line 500MB – $99.99 (Lumia 521) + $28.50 (avg price) x 24 months = $783.99
5 Lines – $499.95 (5 Lumia 521) + $142.50 (avg price x 5) x 24 months = $3919.95
T-Mobile Single – $99.99 (Lumia 521) + $60.50 (price w/tax) x 24 months = $1551.99
T-Mobile 5 Lines – $499.95 (5 Lumia 521) + $133.10 x 24 months = $3694.35