Google IO 2016 Coverage

Virgin Mobile announces new no-contract data sharing plans


Virgin Mobile announced today that they are introducing the first no-contract data sharing plans to the industry. Customers will have a choice of two to four lines to have on their account and will have access to a special data-sharing app that can help with data buy-ups, adding on international service, and monitoring usage. In addition to the normal charges for service, Virgin Mobile is also giving users an option to pay a flat $5 per month fee to avoid having data charges for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pandora, and other social media and music streaming apps, from counting against their data cap. Read more

What does “Unlimited” even mean anymore? US Cellular offers new plan, but read the small print

US Cellular

The word “unlimited” is pretty good for marketing purposes— the world definitely has a certain buzz to it, and sounds almost as if you’re getting some kind of good deal (as if those even existed anymore).

US Cellular is now offering a new “No Contract Unlimited Data, Talk & Text” for $50. It’s the same price as the company’s 1GB plan, but there’s a catch. With the new “unlimited” plan, after you go over a cap of 500MB of data, your data speeds will be shot down all the way to 1X (2G) speeds. Ouch.

Hit the break for the fine print.

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[Deal] Moto X $100 off Monday afternoon, $70 off until Valentine’s Day


Motorola is back with yet another deal for its flagship Moto X smartphone. On Monday, January 27, Motorola is taking $100 off any Moto X without a contract. Any size, any backing, any carrier will be eligible. There is a catch, however. The deal will be active for just one hour — 3-4PM ET.

If you do miss out, Motorola still has something for you. They will take off $70 from any Moto X until Valentine’s Day, February 14. And yet again, this is without a contract. So missing the one hour window on Monday will only set you back $30. Not bad. For both deals, on-contract devices will seemingly not be included. Read more

T-Mobile, Washington State AG agree to settlement on claims of deceptive no-contract advertising


T-Mobile launched new “no-contract” service plans last month in an effort to differentiate themselves in the U.S. market. As we noted when examining the plans, the new hardware financing options could lead consumers to pay an even greater amount to get out of the non-existent contract than what they would have paid under the old system that used early termination fees. That possibility led Washington’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson to pursue an agreement to get T-Mobile to disclose these new terms in their advertising and offer customers a chance to cancel with no penalty if they were an early adopter of the new plans. Read more

Verizon CEO Reportedly Open To Eliminating Contracts


With T-Mobile generating buzz after announcing its new Simple Choice Plans, it appears other wireless carriers are taking notes. During a company event Wednesday in New York City, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said he’s open to the idea of ditching contracts. McAdam has been monitoring what T-Mobile customers have been saying and even said that if Verizon customers started asking for no-contract plans, he’d consider getting rid of them. However, as the saying goes, “Actions speak louder than words”. While no-contract plans sound great, there is a potential downside. With T-Mobile’s new plans, removing contracts means customers have to pay anywhere from $5 to $20 per month per device over 24 months to make up for the lack of a contract.

Source: PCMag

What you need to know about the T-Mobile Simple Choice Plan

T-Mobile Simple Choice

T-Mobile made a splash announcing its new no-contract Simple Choice plans and we here at Talk Android are wondering: Can they actually save you money? For the longest time, the wireless industry here in the U.S. has been dominated by two-year contracts. Whether you go with Sprint, Verizon or AT&T, the only way to get a solid smartphone at a lower price ($99 to $299), is by signing a two-year contract. Many Americans simply don’t have the cash to pay full price for an unlocked smartphone or tablet.

T-Mobile wants to change that with Simple Choice. There are no contracts and kicking off with the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4 for just $99, it sounds like a great deal. First, let’s see what Simple Choice has to offer and at what prices:

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T-Mobile Announces First Contract-Free 4G Phone — Samsung Exhibit II 4G

Today, Samsung and T-Mobile announced the launch of a new budget-friendly phone – the Samsung Exhibit II 4G, the sequel to the original Exhibit 4G that was introduced back in June. This new device will be available in Walmart stores tomorrow, October 27th, and will be sold at T-Mobile retail outlets starting November 2nd. Although budget friendly, the phone is still feature packed sporting a 3.7″ WVGA display, 1GHz processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 3 megapixel camera, front camera, and 4G (HSPA+) connectivity.

The Samsung Exhibit II 4G will be T-Mobile’s first no annual contract 4G smartphone, though it will also be available with a two-year contract. The Exhibit II 4G will run $29.99 after a $50 mail in rebate and a two-year contract, you can also get it for $199.99 sans contract, not too bad for someone who want’s an affordable device with the benefits of 4G speeds. Now, who plans on picking one of these up tomorrow?

Join us after the break to see the full press release.

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Boost Mobile sporting Android with the Motorola i1 now available

I have been a long time Boost Mobile user because of the push to talk feature on iDEN phones, but don’t want a long term contract. Ever since I first heard of the Motorola i1 I have been keeping tabs on it. Well today the new smart phone is here and ready for your hard earned dollars. In case you have not seen it before, the Motorola i1 is an Android based phone for Boost Mobile, which runs on Sprint’s iDEN network. This means all the goodies of Android with the instant walkie talkie feature us iDEN users love.

Here is a recap of some of the specs:

  • Android 1.5 OS
  • 3.1″ HVGA touch-screen display
  • Wi-Fi & Bluetooth
  • 5.0MP camera with autofocus, flash and zoom
  • SWYPE technology
  • Nationwide Walkie-Talkie
  • Mil-Spec Durability

While the i1 is running only Android 1.5, for a device like this with unlimited services at around $50/month, and no contract to boot you cannot go wrong. I have seen around the web, people getting the device for $299 but when I checked my local Best Buy store they want $399 for it. Kind of pricey for this type of device so we will have to see if it comes down once the hype is over. If it does maybe a hands on look might be in the future :) If you’re a Boost Mobile user and pick one up we would love to hear what you think of the i1.