LG Optimus Exceed 2 leaks, a prepaid smartphone for Verizon

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The Lucid 3 (VS876) is not the only device LG has in the works for Verizon Wireless. The Optimus Exceed 2 is a prepaid option heading Big Red, we just do not know when. Courtesy of @evleaks, we have a very clear look at the device. Like LG’s other handsets, the Optimus Exceed 2 has very slim bezels. The main difference between this device and the previously leaked Lucid 3 seems to be the fact that since this is a prepaid Verizon handset, it only supports 3G and not 4G LTE. But both devices are officially announced, we will not know the actual internal specifications. » Read the rest

Verizon introduces new ALLSET prepaid plans

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Verizon announced new prepaid plans that offer customers lower prices with lower data allotments to match. As part of the revisions to their prepaid plans, Verizon is rebranding them as ALLSET PLANS. Consumers looking for a feature phone can get a device with a $35 per month plan that includes 500 calling minutes, unlimited texts, and 500MB of data. Moving up to a smartphone, the least expensive option is $45 per month which includes unlimited voice and texts while users get 500MB of data. » Read the rest

ZTE Boost Max phablet launches on Boost Mobile

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ZTE showed off their Iconic Phablet at CES this year, highlighting its multi-window capabilities, large screen, and lower price point. Fast forward three weeks, and we’re already seeing the device hit US shores, although with a different name. Boost Mobile is the first to pick up the phablet, calling it the Boost Max.

The Boost Max features a 5.7 inch 720p screen, dual-core Snapdragon CPU with 1 GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel rear camera, and a 3200 mAh battery. For $300, it’s a pretty decent device, especially for Boost Mobile customers. Unfortunately, the Boost Max is launching with Android 4.1 as opposed to Android 4.3, which was shown off on the handset at CES. Go figure.

If you’re interested, you can purchase the device, no contract, for $300 below.

source: Boost Mobile

Moto G available for $99 from Verizon starting today

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The Moto G, which we reviewed last week, is finally available from Verizon. While other sellers are attaching a $179 price tag, Big Red is selling Motorola’s latest device for just $99. As a reminder, the Moto G is a prepaid-only device for Verizon and does not have LTE connectivity, falling to only 3G. To buy one, hit the source link below.

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Photo of Verizon’s Moto G leaks, usual branding is missing

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In a shocking move, Verizon will not be putting its logo on any of part of the Moto G‘s body. The device, which will land in the United States in January, is breaking away from Verizon’s norm. The image above comes from none other than @evleaks. As you can see, the only thing that gives away the device as being Verizon’s is the 3G indicator. Devices like the LG G2, HTC One, and famously the Samsung Galaxy Note II had Verizon branding stamped all over the place. Even the Moto X had a Verizon logo on the back, but that was nowhere near as obnoxious as last year’s Galaxy Note. When the Moto G becomes available on Verizon, it will only operate on their prepaid network. » Read the rest

Verizon launches the Daily Plan, a prepaid plan at $5 for 300MB a day

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Verizon has announced today their new prepaid plan called the Daily Plan. If you have a tablet or even a camera like the Samsung Galaxy Camera, the Daily Plan will allow you to get 300MB for the day for just $5. Verizon says that “the Daily Plan lasts 24 hours or until the most recent 300 MB is exhausted, whichever comes first. If a customer runs out of data, they can purchase another 300 MB for an additional $5.” In my opinion, this is great for people that just need their tablet to be connected for a short period of time. And since the plan works with the Galaxy Camera, you can share photos without having to find a WiFi hotspot.

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Verizon will carry the Moto G on their prepaid network in early 2014

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Verizon has announced via Twitter they will be offering the Moto G on their prepaid network starting early next year. Considering the Moto G does not have LTE, it’s not really a surprise Verizon won’t be offering it on their postpaid network, but it’s slightly disappointing either way. As long as Verizon doesn’t try to overcharge for the device, though, it’s still a good deal for their $60 prepaid smartphone monthly plan.

Anybody planning on picking one of these up early next year?

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T-Mobile giving away free Prepaid SIM card kits with free shipping

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If you’ve been considering trying out a T-Mobile prepaid plan, now’s your chance. T-Mobile is giving away SIM card kits to literally anyone, current customer or not, and shipping them for free. There’s a limit of two per customer, but you can’t complain about free. The kits are available in regular, micro, and nano SIM sizes, so you’ll be able to stick one in just about any phone.

T-Mobile offers some awesome prepaid plans, and with the Nexus 5 (which is a perfect candidate for testing out T-Mobile) looming closer and closer, you may want to snag one of these before they’re all gone.

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T-Mobile now offering hotspot capabilities and domestic data roaming in “Simple Choice” prepaid plans

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If you were a prepaid customer on T-Mobile last week, the only way for you to utilize hotspot capabilities (legally) was to pay $15 a month. However, over the last few days, things have been shaken up a bit:

Starting Oct. 20, T-Mobile will give pay-in-advance customers access to domestic data roaming across the U.S. for the first time. Additionally, pay-in-advance customers that sign up for our Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan will also have access to 2.5GB of Smartphone Mobile Hotspot (i.e. tethering).  Only T-Mobile gives pay-in-advance customers data roaming AND Smartphone Mobile Hotspot at no extra charge with their Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan.

That’s right— free hotspots for prepaid customers, as well as some domestic data roaming. The moves are made as part of their re-branded “Simple Choice” prepaid plans seen in the picture above.

It’s great to see that prepaid customers are getting some of the features that those with regular and unlimited plans have been receiving in the past. It’s a big step forward for the company and carriers overall. Expect others to follow suit.

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AT&T wants prepaid Aio business to compete nationwide with MetroPCS

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AT&T’s latest prepaid ambition, Aio wireless, is being prepped for greatness. After the big rollout this month, Aio will offer nationwide service through their website alongside more than 230 stores in Texas and Florida. Executives in the company have talked about becoming a big, nationwide carrier as quickly as possible, and with AT&T recent decision to purchase another prepaid carrier, Cricket, it’s clear that they’re taking that very seriously. The goal is to compete with MetroPCS, which is arguably one of the largest prepaid carriers in the US, that just so happens to be owned by T-Mobile.

If AT&T wants Aio to be big, I think they’re definitely going about it the right way. The plans are extremely affordable, ranging from $40 to $70 per month, and they give customers access to AT&T’s ever-growing LTE network. Solid LTE is rare for prepaid carriers, so that’s a huge advantage. If they keep that up, I can definitely see Aio and AT&T disrupting the prepaid industry for the better.

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