Just yesterday we caught wind of Sprint’s newest revamp to their cell phone plans, and barely a day later, Sprint has made those plans official. They’re offering both “Unlimited My Way” plans and “All-In” plans. The Unlimited plans will give you unlimited talk, text, and data for $80 per month, while the All-In plans are a bit more at $110 but include 5 GB of tethering per month. Customers will be able to add up to 10 lines on these plans with decreasing prices for more lines added onto each account.
Sprint is also offering an “unlimited for life” guarantee with these plans, which may indicate that the carrier has some plans to remove their unlimited data offerings at some point in the future. Nothing official on that, but that type of guarantee is going to get a little bit of speculation.
Sprint is looking to give new life to their wireless data plans with a new set of options available to customers. The basic concept is that the more you add, the more you save. Here’s the breakdown.
- One line of unlimited talk and text = $50/month
- Two lines of unlimited talk and text = $40/month each
- Three lines of unlimited talk and text = $30/ month each
Ok so you get the picture. There’s also the option of paying $20 for just 1GB if you so choose. Sprint will also be featuring a package plan called “My All-In Plan” which will feature both unlimited talk and text, data, plus 5GB of hotspot data for $110/month. (We would assume that this is per line.)
This all seems a bit complex and a little unnecessary, but the chart above lays it all out pretty well.
Source: Phone Arena
A recent memo suggests that T-Mobile may be planning to make unlimited talk and text a “de facto” part of their contracts. Under the new plans, data would be the only changeable factor. “Classic Plans” would be available through “third-party” stores only, and start at around $60 for 500MB of full-speed data with hotspot support built-in. Of course, subscribers will be given the choice to update their service in 2GB increments that cost anywhere from $10 – $20/month.
In addition to these options, subscribers will still have “real” unlimited data on the Classic Plan for around $90, with hotspot available as a customizable add-on. T-Mobile’s stores will be the only ones offering the “contract-free” value plans, starting at an affordable $50, as well as the $70 unlimited plan we saw in January.
T-Mobile is putting quite a bit of weight behind its prepaid plans, and the carrier is using CES as a great marketing tool. They’ve officially confirmed the unlimited 4G data to prepaid plans, and they’re using the Optimus L9 to try and attract a few customers who don’t want to drop several hundred dollars on buying a phone outright. The L9 isn’t going to wow anyone, especially with what we’ve seen at CES so far, but at $200 for unlimited, unthrottled HSPA+, it’s not a bad deal. Hit the link below to check out the details on T-Mobile’s site, and be sure to follow the rest of our CES coverage here.
You already know that T-Mobile and Walmart are two brands giving you the most value for your buck. Now they’re looking to give you even more value by introducing new prices for the WalMart Family Mobile Unlimited Talk, Text and Web family plan. The plan is not just affordable, but more importantly— it’s contract and committment-free. One less thing for customers to worry about.
The WalMart Family Unlimited Talk, Text and Web plan works in a straightforward way. After a $25 starter kit for each line, the first line gets unlimited talk, text and web for $45/month, while it’s $35/month for each additional line after that. This would add up to $80/month for two lines, $115/month for three lines, etc.
While you do get to enjoy data access, keep in mind you’re limited to 3G speeds, not T-Mobile’s solid HSPA+ 4G network. If you’re interested in the plan, make sure you sign up for the plan as soon as possible as T-Mobile and Walmart are wooing new customers by offering a 5GB monthly data cap at 3G speeds until March 31st if you sign up by March 16th. If you sign up afterwards, you’ll be limited to a measly 250MB at 3G speeds per month. Oh and you kinda sorta get throttled to slower data speeds once you go past your limit. At least you’re not charged overage fees.
Despite some of the minor trade-offs, this is great for families seeking to get the most out of their bucks. More importantly, this would be a great way to introduce your family to the Android family (hey, what can I say– I’m a homer for Android). Let us know if you plan on keeping your current cell phone plan with that fancy 4G data or if you will consider signing up for the family plan instead in the Comments section below. Hit the break for the full presser from WalMart.
Some of you may have heard that Dow Jones Newswire recently claimed that Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said that they throttle the top 1% of data users sending the interwebs into a huge ranting session. Why would Hesse admit to data throttling when they claim to offer unlimited data to its customers? Well, it seems that Dow Jones got their story wrong and misquoted Hesse. As it turns out, while speaking at an investors meeting, Hesse did mention the throttling of data hogs but was referring to those who are roaming while doing so. Sprint customers who are throttled because of roaming account for 1% of the customer base and are, according to the fine print, violating the 300MB limit of off-network data.
Sprint executive Bill White told CNET that “we don’t throttle our postpaid customers” and Sprint also posted a blog trying to clear up the misunderstanding:
- Sprint does not throttle any postpaid phone data users for on-network or off-network usage. Sprint is the only national carrier offering smartphone users truly unlimited data with no throttling, metering or overages while on the Sprint network.
- Sprint does have terms and conditions which prohibit certain types of data use that may impair other customers’ usage or harm or interfere with the network. At yesterday’s investor conference, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse was referring to Sprint’s right to terminate service of data abusers who violate Sprint’s terms and conditions. Customers who abuse our network by violating the terms and conditions will be contacted by Sprint in an effort to have the customer change their usage to comply with their subscriber agreement. Customers who do not change their usage and remain in violation of the terms and conditions may be subject to actions reserved by Sprint, including but not limited to termination. Consistent with our advertising, engaging in such uses will not result in throttling for customers on unlimited data-included plans for phones.
Everyone is wondering when Sprint is going to drop their unlimited data plans, but don’t look for any changes now. Sprint Chief Technology Officer Stephen Bye says there are no plans to change anything.
“There’s clearly a cost to support unlimited,” Bye said, but added that not every unlimited subscriber is a high data user and billing is simpler and more efficient without tiers.
In other positive news, Sprint plans on launching its LTE network in early 2012. They are already installing LTE equipment and field testing in select areas. They hope to launch commercial service by the end of the 1st quarter, but hopeful the target could move up.
This project is expected to cost $4 billion to $5 billion over the next three to five years, but over a seven-year period they will save between $10 billion and $11 billion.
If Sprint can keep unlimited going along with LTE, things could get very interesting.
[via cnet / cnet]
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.”
A lot of people are going to be upset, but at the same time, no one can be surprised. For a long time Verizon Wireless customers have been paying $30 for unlimited 3G and 4G data.
On July 7th this will all end and it has been confirmed by Verizon.Verizon spokeswoman Brenda Raney said that the company is making changes to its data plans, including those for new smartphone customers.
“We will move to a more usage based model in July,” Raney said in an e-mail. “We’ll share more later.”
The plans are expected to be $30 for 2GB, $50 for 5GB, and $80 for 10GB. A tethering option of 2GB can be added for $20. These prices have not been confirmed, but it is looking more and more like they will hold. It also expected that this pricing will be for both 3G and 4G.
For those under contract now, it is expected that you will continue to receive unlimited data until you buy your next phone. For those that are eligible for a new phone, it might make sense to grab something now to lock in. You can then sell it and pay full retail for what you really want.
If you’re going to be grabbing an HTC Thunderbolt tomorrow at Verizon, you’ll want to check out the unlimited data plan for a smooth $30 as well. This may only be here for a short time, because we know how most carriers, including Verizon really, feel about it (they want unlimited to die). So when you grab a Thunderbolt, grab the unlimited data plan, because it’ll turn your new device into the most powerful MiFi device you can get at a fraction of the tethering costs when compared to the data plans for the actual MiFi hotspot devices.
Just in case you start tethering 8 devices to it though, you may want to keep a few charging cables handy where ever you stop.
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