Family plans can be very costly because carriers typically do not create any value for more lines. The trend right now is for carriers to offer a large pool of shared data so that overages are less likely to occur. This seems like a good idea until one or two people burn through the data and everyone else is left with little wiggle room. T-Mobile, which never serves customers with overages, is expanding upon its family plan by giving each line un-shared data. Actually, the carrier is giving each line a massive amount of un-shared data.
T-Mobile will give each line 10GB of data on its 4G LTE network; therefore, a family plan with four lines will cost only $120 per month. And the carrier’s new Mobile Without Borders expansion is included for each line as well.
To match AT&T’s latest double data promotion, Sprint and Verizon have beefed up their offerings allowing customers to pick up a ton of extra data at little to no cost. AT&T bumped up their top data packages (anything 15 GB and up) and will give customers twice as much data for free until the end of the month. Sprint and Verizon are taking a similar path.
If you are a Sprint customer on the 32, 40, or 60 GB shared data package, the carrier will give you 60, 80, or 120 GB, respectively. The 32 isn’t quite doubled, but it’s close enough to count. The plans still come with unlimited texting and calling, so if you need a ton of data on an account with multiple lines, it’s a great deal. Read more
AT&T purchased Leap Wireless back in March, which operated a wireless network named “Cricket Wireless” — and now, AT&T will be relaunching Cricket with 4G LTE service and new unlimited plans which will start at $35/month.
On top of that, 3,000 “redesigned” Cricket Wireless stores around the US have opened, and more locations are expected to open in the future.
The three plans Cricket will be making available to customers include “Basic,” “Smart,” and “Pro” options. Check out the details after the break:
Good news for AT&T GoPhone plans customers as the company has now announced that starting from April 25, the new GoPhone plans will now provide more data and free WiFi tethering, all at no extra cost.
The changes to the plan includes an increased mobile data from 2 to 2.5 GB with free WiFi tethering and unlimited talk at $60 per month. In addition, GoPhone plan with 250 MB data is now increased to 500 MB and costs $40 per month along with free 500 minutes of talk. And lastly, a new plan with 1 GB of data and unlimited talk for $45 per month is now available at most Wal-Mart stores globally. Read more
T-Mobile’s next move is to tackle individual consumers with their latest Simple Starter plan. The plan is good for one line, runs $40 a month and gets you unlimited minutes, unlimited text messages, and 500 MB of data. Similar plans on other carriers run about $60 or $70 per month, but T-Mobile’s plan doesn’t include any type of device subsidy, so you’ll either have to sign up for their Jump program or bring your own phone. With the Jump plan, you’re likely going to be right back to where the other carriers are in terms of pricing.
Still, if you’re looking to try out T-Mobile, this is a pretty low-risk plan to jump into. There’s still no contract involved, and it’s incredibly cheap. Hit the break for the press release below. Read more
Tomorrow, Verizon will be launching what it is deeming a “game changer.” According to various reports, the carrier will unveil its More Everything plans. These plans will allow for customers part of the Edge program to obtain higher data caps at a reduced price. Having 8GB or less will save you $10 and 10GB or more will retain $20. Apparently Verizon’s Share Everything plans will be morphed into More Everything. Also, Big Red is throwing in 25GB of free cloud storage… because, you know, we need another cloud storage service. This is Verizon’s attempt to fight T-Mobile and lower monthly bills.
Stay tuned for when More Everything is officially announced tomorrow.
Still searching for a carrier that fits you? Boost Mobile is running a promotion right now with a reasonable price. Buying one of their LTE devices through the carrier’s site, participating retailer, Best Buy, or Radioshack will allow you to pick up a $35 unlimited plan for six months. Talk, text, and web is included; however, customers will be throttled after 2.5GB of data.
Once the six months are in the past, the monthly bill will jump to $50. But Boost Mobile slashes $5 off per every six months. By the eighteenth month, a bill should be $35 once again. The promotion runs from now through March 31.
Source: Boost Mobile
Today AT&T has announced “best-ever prices on AT&T’s best-in-class network” for its family plans. For all of them, you get a family-size amount 10GB of data per month. It then gets split between however many people are sharing the plan. The minimum two lines will cost $130 per month and goes up to $175 for five lines. If more lines are needed, it is just $15 extra per line.
The only catch is that you will need to either join the AT&T Next program or BYOP (bring your own phone). These new family plans will become available starting tomorrow. Hit the break for AT&T’s chart showing how the plan breaks down as well as the introductory video. Read more
Sprint’s One Up program went live in September. After less than four months of being active, it is already being killed off. To take its place is the new Framily Plan that the carrier announced last week. One Up was Sprint’s answer to the Verizon Edge, AT&T Next, and T-Mobile Jump programs. It simply wasn’t working out for them.
The Framily Plan aims to do something completely different. It allows family and friends to earn an incentive for being on the same plan. The more people that are placed on your Framily Plan, the more money saved. Why did Sprint create the Framily Plan? Well, it could be a response to T-Mobile’s Uncarrier 4.0 aim at swaying customers over to their network. Read more
Sprint has announced a new set of plans for customers, titled “Framily” plans. That horrible mash-up of a word combines friends and family on one account, which will allow up to 10 customers to share a bill on one account, with some discounts.
These new plans look slightly similar to Sprint’s All-In plans; the more lines on the account, the bigger the discount you get for your service. A single-line account with unlimited talk and text will run $55 a month, and you’ll have the option to get 3 GB of data for an extra $10 a month or unlimited data for $20. Sprint’s slowly edging towards data caps on their plans, but at least they’re offering unlimited data for those willing to pay for it. Now, if there are two lines on the account, each phone only costs $50 a month for unlimited talk, text and 1 GB of data, and that goes down $5 for each phone added up until the 7th line. Lines 7 through 10 will all cost $25 bucks for the talk, text, and 1 GB of data, which is a pretty substantial discount if you can manage to get more than 7 people on one plan. Plus, you still get the advantage of being able to individually purchase the bigger data packages per line. Read more