prepaid Stories August 17, 2015

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AT&T enhances GoPhone plans to support 4GB data in Canada & Mexico

National carriers across the US have been adding features that make it easier to use their service in Mexico and Canada as a growing trend, and today AT&T has announced enhancements to its pre-paid GoPhone plans to include 4GB of high speed data use in Canada and Mexico as well as the United States. The new AT&T GoPhone feature goes into effect on August 21st and is supported on the carrier’s $60 pre-paid plan without making any changes.

In addition to 4GB of data for use across North America, the GoPhone plans include unlimited talk and text in the US, Canada, and Mexico as well. AT&T’s $60 GoPhone plan is reduced to $55/month for customers using the carrier’s Auto Refill automatic payment feature. Important to note, though, is that AT&T’s GoPhone plans specifically mean data speeds up to 3G, not faster 4G LTE speeds, when mentioning high speed data.

For post-paid subscribers, AT&T supports international calling and texting to Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands on its 15GB and 20GB Mobile Share Value plans that it simplified over the weekend. More similarly, T-Mobile enhanced its own plans last month to support 4G LTE data use in addition to text and calls in Canada and Mexico without international roaming fees.

prepaid Stories May 15, 2015

Virgin Mobile Android devices get new plans w/ more data through Walmart

Virgin Mobile, which offers a number of prepaid Android devices, is introducing a few new plans for its smartphones sold through Walmart.

Data Done Right Single Line and Multi-line Data Sharing plans are available exclusively at Walmart and are currently available on seven different 4G LTE2 smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S5. All phones come pre-loaded with the Virgin Mobile application, which provides data buy-ups and international add-ons with one touch, directly from the device. Every Multi-line plan also comes with a free mobile hotspot feature, making it even easier to share data across Wi-Fi enabled devices.

The new Data Done Right single line plans are reduced by $5 over previous offerings and include 500MB more high-speed data before throttling users. The plans start at $30/month for 300 minutes talk with unlimited text and data, and go up to $40 for unlimited everything.

There are also new multi-line plans that include an extra 2GB of high-speed data and range from $65/month for 2 lines to $115/month for 4 lines with 6GB of shared high-speed data on the low-end plan up to 14GB shared on the $115 plan.

The new plans will become available this Monday, May 18. You can check out the selection of devices here.

prepaid Stories January 22, 2015

T-Mobile often rolls out “Un-carrier” initiatives that intend to challenge its competitors (which sometimes get copied), and John Legere’s latest announcement for the company is no different. The T-Mobile CEO shared today that the carrier soon start offering the same financing options to customers with weak credit as it provides for well qualified customers. The program is called Smartphone Equality, and here’s how it works… expand full story

prepaid Stories October 15, 2014

ASUS Padfone X Mini coming to AT&T’s prepaid on October 24th for $200

Today, AT&T announced that it will sell the ASUS Padfone X Mini through its prepaid GoPhone services starting on October 24th. Priced at $200, the phone/tablet hybrid features a 4.5-inch phone capable of transforming into a 7-inch tablet via its docking station.

prepaid Stories September 15, 2014

After giving its postpaid service plans an overhaul, Sprint is making some changes to its off-contract options as well. Today, the American wireless carrier announced a trio of new prepaid options for customers who’d rather not sign on the dotted line. Similar to what the company offers to its Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile subscribers, Sprint’s new plans feature an all you can eat talk and text setup, with a tiered data structure.

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Everyone can use an Echo Dot: Just $50!

prepaid Stories August 28, 2014

Verizon repackages the Motorola RAZR M as its $200 prepaid Luge

Verizon has quietly repackaged one of our favorite little smartphones as its latest prepaid offering. The RAZR M released almost two years ago as a budget-friendly LTE handset and it’s now being rebranded as the Motorola Luge, with a $200 off-contract price tag. Maybe Verizon is trying to clear out its old inventory while marketing its new prepaid LTE services, because other than a name and software change, this handset is pretty much what the carrier released two Septembers ago.

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