Verizon introduces new $60 single-line plan with unlimited talk, text and 2GB data

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For all you loners out there, Verizon has a new plan just for you.

For $60, you’ll now get unlimited talk/text and 2GB of data. If you are paying for your device with Verizon’s Edge plan, your monthly bill will decline by $10 to $50 a month. (Of course you’ll be paying the Edge payments on top of that.)

You’ll also have to be $15 for every GB you go over your cap.


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AT&T to expand offering of tablets on GoPhone pre-paid plan

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AT&T’s pre-paid plan, GoPhone, will expand its offering to a bunch of new tablets. So if you’ve got one of the below tablets (or are planning on purchasing one) then you can buy data time on the GoPhone service monthly. Hit the break for the full list of compatible tablets.

Once you have the tablet you’ll also have to buy a GoPhone SIM Kit card for $9.99. Then you can pre-pay for your tablet’s data plan on AT&T. The plans are as follows:

1. 250MB for $15/month – 100MB of additional data costs $10 each
2. 3GB for $30/month – 500MB of additional data costs $10 each
3. 5GB  for $50/month – 1GB of additional data costs $10 each


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AT&T Changes Individual Messaging Packages; Will Offer Only Unlimited Plan Beginning August 21st

Complete with a hint of irony, AT&T has confirmed they will limit their individual messaging choices to include only their unlimited plan beginning August 21st.
The aptly named Messaging Unlimited Plan goes for $20 and will leave you with few other options beyond pay-per-message, which would cost you twenty cents each (thirty cents for MMS).

So you can say good-bye to the $10 bundle for good, unless you’re a current customer that is. “Current customers can keep their texting plans even if switching handsets,” an AT&T spokesperson confirmed in addition to releasing an official statement. Also, no worries for those with Family Unlimited Messaging, no changes have been made there, so you can continue to text all you like with this $30 plan.

Hit the break for AT&T’s official statement.

“We regularly evaluate our offers and are making some adjustments to our messaging lineup. Starting August 21, we’re streamlining our text messaging plans for new customers and will offer an unlimited plan for individuals for $20 per month and an unlimited plan for families of up to five lines for $30 per month. The vast majority of our messaging customers prefer unlimited plans and with text messaging growth stronger than ever, that number continues to climb among new customers. Existing customers don’t have to change any messaging plan they have today, even when changing handsets.”

[via engadget]

T-Mobile new Unlimited Plans start at $60

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T-Mobile announced Tuesday April 12th that they have added two new unlimited plans to their roster of packages to choose from for customers. The new unlimited plans will be available starting Wednesday April 13th 2011, and start at a low $59.99 price point for the Even More Plus plan which is for month to month no contract users, and the $79.99 Even More plan for new 2 year contracts.

Despite the plans stating ‘unlimited usage’ for calling, texting, and data on 4G networks, the cap is set to 2GB per month. If you happen to go over it however before the months end, they’ll simply throttle your bandwidth rather than charge you overage fees. Not bad.

T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced that new, single-line unlimited plans are available starting tomorrow for just $79.99 per month, with an Even More™ plan and a two-year contract, or $59.99 per month, with an Even More Plus™plan with no annual contract required. Available for a limited time, the new plans offer great value for new and existing customers with unlimited nationwide calling, texting and data on America’s Largest 4G Network™.

“Consumers today are looking for even more value and flexibility from their wireless plans,” said John Clelland, senior vice president, marketing, T-Mobile USA. “While data plans for many of our competitors continue to be very expensive, T-Mobile is lowering the price of our unlimited plans and offering more options, making it easier than ever for customers to step up to a richer mobile data experience on our 4G network.”

Combined with an extensive lineup of affordable smartphones, T-Mobile’s new Even More unlimited plan allows customers to save more than $350 per year on an unlimited smartphone plan, compared to similar plans from AT&T, Verizon and Sprint1. Customers have the flexibility to purchase any phone in T-Mobile’s lineup and sign up for an unlimited rate plan — with or without a contract term commitment.

In contrast to some competing offerings, T-Mobile’s new Even More unlimited and Even More Plus unlimited plans enable customers to use mobile data on their smartphones without incurring any overage charges. Consumers exceeding 2GB of usage in a billing month will still have access to unlimited data at reduced speeds until their new billing cycle starts. On average, T-Mobile 4G smartphone customers consume about 1 GB of data per billing month.

In addition to its unlimited plans, T-Mobile continues to offer one of the industry’s most affordable entry-level data plans, starting at just $10 for 200 MB per billing month. The company also strives to help customers on these data plans avoid surprise bills with SMS alerts when they are reaching their data limit.

The new $79.99 Even More unlimited and $59.99 Even More Plus unlimited plans are available starting tomorrow for qualifying customers. To find the T-Mobile plan that best fits their needs, customers can visit http://www.t-mobile.com.
T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 4G network not available everywhere. See coverage details at T-Mobile.com.

[via press release]

Rogers giving customers ‘early upgrade option’ for a fee.

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Looks like Rogers is somewhat starting to listen to its customers who are tired of having to wait for their upgrade option after 24 months. Anyone who has had to wait that long knows how painful it can be to see your ‘ then awesome’ device wither away in tech land as Rogers, and all other carriers, release new killer devices every 3 months that kick the crap out of your now ‘has been’ smartphone.

The deal looks something like a buy out deal where if you want a new device, you simply pay a small fee for every month you have remaining on your existing one. So 13 months left may cost you $130-$195 plus the cost of the new phone on a new contract. It’s not great, but it’s better than paying the full price without a contract, which usually winds up around the $500 mark nowadays.

What do you think? Would you take advantage of it?

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Verizon to start tiered data plans in 4 to 6 months

It was inevitable, I suppose. Awhile back, after AT&T started in with the price tiering and data capping, Verizon made mention that they thought it might not be such a bad idea to follow suit. Looks like they’re keeping good on those ideals, as the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Big Red is going to start in with the data tiers. According to the WSJ:

Verizon Communications Inc. Chief Executive Ivan Seidenberg said the company’s wireless arm expects to introduce its own form of tiered pricing, possibly over the next four to six months

There is still speculation as to whether this new direction on data pricing is only for the upcoming 4G data network that is due up to the public by the end of the year, or if this will apply to all data. If this tiering is only relative to 4G, it’s an almost expected move: new technology is released, and valued high and therefore charged as more expensive to the client. But, if VZW is planning on moving this pricing plan to all mobile data on their network, they can definitely expect some backlash, from both consumers and the media.

Ivan Seidenberg, however, said that, while it may be heading for tiering data plan pricing like AT&T, they do not agree with the way AT&T values their data. Thank goodness for that.

[via WSJ]