If you’ve been waiting for the right time to move your line to Red Pocket Mobile, that time might just be Thanksgiving Day or Black Friday. While they are keeping the deals under wraps for now, they are sending out teaser emails and making sure there is plenty of promo work done online before the big sales.
Amazon dropped a bomb on the industry, and we will say just about everyone on on the planet when they announced the latest Prime membership benefit. Not only will that $99 a year membership include unlimited streaming videos, free 2 day shipping on most items, access to the Kindle lending library and free music, but now you get unlimited photo storage as well. That is correct, all those photos and videos
The timing of this deal couldn’t be better for most as the holiday season is upon us and that 30 day trial of Amazon Prime would come in really handy for making sure those holiday gifts arrive in time.
With all the bad news surrounding Sprint and their post-paid customer churn this quarter, there has to be something positive to write about, right? Well, after doing a bit of digging, we’ve found it. The new prepaid options available from Sprint are very competitive and offer something for almost everyone. From $35 a month, those living in a good coverage area can get unlimited talk and text, plus a bit of data to go with it.
The $35 plan includes 1GB of LTE speed data. The $45 expands this total to 3GB, while the $55 plan doubles you up to a full 6GB of data at those speeds. What sets this apart as a little lower value than those from traditional MVNO’s like PTel Mobile is the fact that you don’t receive unlimited after hitting that high speed data cap.
For those interested in the new Sprint Prepaid phones, you can see a great selection of handsets online or you can visit a Sprint store for more details. For those that still are looking for other options using the Sprint network, the new Boost Mobile plans run the same pricing as the Sprint offerings, but offer unlimited data after their high speed data limit run out.
It’s worth noting that with those Boost Mobile plans you get 1GB with the $35 plan, 5GB with the $45 plan and 10GB with the $55 plan. Quite the deal when you think about how much surfing you can do with a full 10GB of LTE data every month.
PlatinumTel or as it is known today, PTel Mobile, really wants you as a customer. They not only offer great no contract offerings starting at $20 a month, but they are offering a bevy of deals to get you in the door and test out their service. First up, no, this isn’t the same PlatinumTel that was around back in the day, yet it is the same company. A short time ago, PTel Mobile rebranded under their new name and switched over from the horribly unreliable Sprint network to the T-Mobile LTE network. This not only offered a network that could run today’s current smartphones, but also gave PTel Mobile a chance to run some amazingly priced options out to their customers.
First, for you Wi-Fier’s, there is the $.05 Paygo option. This option runs you $.05 a minute for talk and $.02 a minute per text. If you have a WiFi calling option setup on your device and only need a phone for emergency use while away from home, or if the power goes out, this is a great option. The $100 refill is good for 2000 minutes and lasts a full year between recharges. Pair this with a long lasting candy bar or flip phone, you also have a great emergency device as well.
Next up from PTel Mobile is the $20 voice and text plan. If you are one that talks and texts constantly, for just $240 a year, you can snag this deal. PTel Mobile doesn’t stop there. The $25 plan adds unlimited 2G data to the mix. Bare in mind that the 2G data is dial-up modem speed, so streaming videos is completely out of the question on this one. Continuing from there, you get into PTel Mobile’s higher speed data plans. Jumping up $10 to $35 lets you access 500MB of LTE data before getting dropped to those 2G speeds. $50 takes you to 2GB before dropping and $65 goes to 4GB before dropping. Overall, the $20-35 plans are one of the better deals on the market. Going up to the $50 and $65 plans, PTel Mobile is still a bit behind the curve on price vs. data allotment.
PTel Mobile has definitely brought a new game to the table. While not all plans are created equal with them, the fact that you can get anything from a $.05 per minute PayGo plan up to a $65 a month unlimited plan is pretty impressive. For the light data user or those that just don’t want data at all, PTel Mobile is an option that you should definitely consider. In fact, the deal gets even better with the “Port Your Number” deal running right now. Port your qualifying number over to PTel Mobile today and get your second month of unlimited service for free. Visit PTel Mobile today and see how your bill stacks up against the new offerings from PTel Mobile.
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Yes, that epic company from 1996 is still alive and kicking. What used to be a carrier alternative for those with incredibly bad credit or those that just wanted to hide in a cave, is now one of the largest telecoms in the world. While you may not see much of the TracFone branding around, except at the Quicky Mart, the controlling company, America Movil, is one of the largest cellular carriers in the world today. All said, the global wireless membership of America Movil’s many MVNO’s is over 250 million subscribers.
The TracFone brand is one that scooped up many of their competitors over the last few years. Their brothers in cellular battle now include the TracFone brand, Net10 Wireless, Safelink Wireless, Straight Talk, Telcel America, Simple Mobile and Page Plus Cellular. We’ve seen plenty of plans from many of those carriers, but how does TracFone stack up in the market today?
Starting off, you can choose a monthly value plan or a pay by the minute option. The pay by the minute options start at $9.99 for 30 minutes and go up to $199.99 for 1500 minutes. Many of their phones for purchase include a double or triple minutes per life deal, which brings you up to 90 minutes for $10 or 4500 minutes for $200. The best deal looks to be the 400 minute plan (good for 365 days) and the double minutes deal. This gives you a total of 2400 minutes for just $120. That works out to just under $.05 a minute and keeps that phone active for a full year. It also gives you an average of 200 minutes a month to use, while allowing the balance to be rolled over when you renew each year. This is a savings of $120 over plans like Red Pocket Mobile’s $19.99 a month plan with 250 minutes.
Mobile web can be added to your TracFone plan as well in small to medium chunks for a slightly above market price. For $10, users can gain 300MB of data for basic browsing on their devices. This is the perfect add on for checking emails and some social networking. For $20, you can snag 750MB and for $50, you get a full 2GB of data. Now, before panic sets in, remember, 2GB of data at $50 and $10 a month for TracFone voice service puts the monthly cost at $60 a month. If you can keep that data in check and use more WiFi, you can walk away with a full smartphone plan for under $20 a month on TracFone. Even better than that is if you can keep that data usage down to about 200MB a month and purchase the 2GB plan with that $120 in minutes. That would be a cell bill of only $14.16 per month with TracFone.
TracFone appears to have a solid foothold in the pay as you go market, mainly by offering those rollover minutes and data plans that people like, along with offering long term refills that last a full year for emergency phones. For under $60 you can have your choice of any of the TracFone handsets being offered in their lineup. Again, TracFone isn’t going to be the plan of choice for those with a new iPhone 6 or HTC One M8, but if you need a good reliable form of communication in a device with huge battery life, TracFone could be a solid choice for you.
If you are one of the lucky people that signed on to the Cricket Wireless 5 lines for $100 plan, there is some bad news ahead for you. According to a Cricket Wireless customer service representative, the price on your plan is going to come up a bit in the next few months. Upon checking the rates of a 4 line plan, we found that the $100 rate that is active right now will only be there for anther month or two before it increases $10. While this is still a great deal, this leads us to believe that the 5 line plan will also go up a minimum of $20, but more than likely $30.
Cricket may modify Group Save and/or these Terms and Conditions from time to time in its sole discretion, with or without notice, and your continued participation in Group Save after such modification shall be deemed to be your acceptance of any such modification. – from Important Group Save Terms and Information
Currently, the 5 lines for $100 plan includes unlimited talk and text and 1GB of LTE data (8 Mbps speeds) before you are slowed to 2G speeds for the remainder of your billing cycle. For $10 per line more, you can get 3GB of LTE speeds, while $20 per line extra gets you 10GB of LTE before being slowed. You can also apply the upgrades to individual lines should you want to do so. According to the CSR, existing users will not be grandfathered in with their current discount rate, but the pricing is still one of the best offers in wireless.
It’s also worth noting that Cricket Wireless has a few online specials on devices right now as well. The Nokia Lumia 630, the ZTE Sonata 4G and the ZTE Overture LTE are all free after mail-in rebate. You only pay the tax on these entry level handsets, which makes the move to Cricket look even better right now. If you want a bit more phone, the ZTE Grand X is also on the rebate program, but the street price of $149.99 makes the device cost $99.99 after MIR.
If you are a single line user, make sure to check out the auto-pay savings options at Cricket Wireless as well. The
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About two months ago, we started an adventure in cell service with FreedomPop. With a trusty Galaxy SII in our pockets and a $20 activation fee, we began the quest to find truly FREE cellular service. Now, there are two things to think about when you talk ‘free’ service. One, nothing is ever free. Two, service can mean very different things to different people. Knowing that, let’s take a quick look at how well FreedomPop delivered.
Voice Service: The freebie plan through FreedomPop includes 200 minutes of voice usage, 500 text message and 500MB of WiMax data. Now, WiFi data is completely free, but voice and texts still count against those totals. By finding friends with FreedomPop, you also can earn extra data (50MB per friend, per month) to increase that cap. The limits are good for someone that uses very little service, but for realistic usage, most people would need more unless they are constantly around WiFi.
Moving forward from the limitations, we have a very solid little plan for the smartphone starter. When comparing it to a plan like the $5 Republic Wireless plan, the deal becomes stronger. The hardware cost, if you don’t have a phone that will port in, is as little as $119 for the Samsung Victory LTE. This compares to the Moto G that RW offers up price wise, but offers LTE data unlike the 3G counterpart from Republic. Of course, for as little as $399, you can step up to the iPhone 5. Our little decrepit Samsung Galaxy SII activated on the service just fine though, so the $20 activation fee was all we paid to get rolling.
Voice calls over the WiFi connections were good, though the dialer software often got confused and had two calls going at once. Very strange, but again, for a free service, it’s almost to be expected. If you are careful about when and who you call, this won’t be an issue for most people. Call quality, on the other hand, was very good on both the cellular and the WiFi networks. There seemed to be a slight delay in some conversations, but probably not more than a second at most. It seemed like the stronger the data stream, the shorter the delay was.
Messaging with the FreedomPop Messenger App was a breeze. Though, most users may opt for a data centric messaging option like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp or even Skype. 500 SMS messages are great when you need them, but many users will blow that cap in a number of days, if not sooner.
With great options, including Google Voice and Hangouts being available, it’s hard not to think that 500 emergency text messages wouldn’t do the trick for someone. Basic communication can be done with many other apps out there, so we don’t see the lack of SMS messages as a major issue.
Moving forward to the actual data speeds that you will be using to get those Facebook updates and tweets read, the download speeds were fine coming in in the 4-8Mbps range. The uploads, however, were a major issue. Since this would be the path that your outgoing voice uses, the quarter to half Mbps speeds were not adequate for quality calls.
Since FreedomPop uses only the Sprint data network, calls aren’t routed over the CDMA voice lines. Calls are made via the software using a VoIP dialer instead. Again, if you are around WiFi, you won’t have much of an issue, but this is where someone like a Republic Wireless really has an advantage with their $10 a month plan. They roll over to the cellular network for calling when WiFi isn’t to be found. FreedomPop doesn’t have this option as all the calls are placed as VoIP over the data network.
Overall, FreedomPop isn’t a solution for everyone out there. It is for the light user that might need a phone to take in the car for emergencies or someone that just wants to have a messaging service that goes with them on the road. The lack of Sprint’s network quality really hurts FreedomPop’s appeal. That said, if you are around a good WiFi connection consistently, the quality of the cellular network won’t come into play very often and in those times that it does, you can always fire off a quick text just to let someone know that you are in a poor coverage area and will call them back when you can.
Our FreedomPop experience doesn’t win us over completely, but then again, we were dealing with a 3 year old, used Galaxy S II that runs on WiMax. We would love to have FreedomPop send us a new LTE device to test out and update this review further with, but we won’t hold our breath on that.
The bottom line on the service, it is free, and it is worth more than that price. If you find yourself needing a bit higher usage limits, grab the yearly plan for $79.99 that includes unlimited talk, text and 1GB of high speed data every month. That puts the cost under $17 with that Samsung Victory and unlimited service every month. If you are looking at a value provider, it doesn’t get any cheaper than that.