The undisputed leaders of the wireless industry in the United States have been busy making changes to their prepaid plans recently, but in totally contrasting manners. As reported by Prepaid Phone News, AT&T has decided to increase the amounts of data via its add-on options on its GoPhone prepaid plans. As for Verizon Wireless, it looks like it is discontinuing a couple of its more affordable prepaid plans.
Cricket Wireless, the prepaid arm of major US wireless carrier AT&T, has decided to boost the data inclusions of its most in demand monthly plan. Indeed, the mobile operator’s $50 a month Smart plan has increased its data by 60 percent, expanding from the previous 5 gigabytes to 8 gigabytes. The $50 a month plan also comes with unlimited voice calls, unlimited text messaging, and unlimited 2G data.
AT&T has recently announced this week that it is debuting new mobile plans that come with more megabytes of data, albeit with a higher starting price as well. These brand new plans will be made available starting on August 21st of this year, with both new and current subscribers allowed to sign up for them.
It is quite possible that the wireless carrier’s latest move is an effort to compete with industry leader Verizon Wireless’ announcement about a month ago, wherein the Big Red decided to offer more data, but also raise the pricing of its wireless plans.
AT&T sure is feeling generous lately. Indeed, the company has decided to boost the amount of data on its GoPhone prepaid mobile plans, and prepaid customers of the second biggest wireless carrier in the United States will no doubt be delighted to know that they can now enjoy more data at the same regular price as before.
Verizon Wireless has announced that it is planning to increase the amount of gigabytes offered on a certain number of its prepaid mobile plans. Also, the Big Red is looking to launch unlimited calling options to Canada and Mexico. Several weeks after registering another three month period of prepaid customer losses (177,000 lost for the first quarter of this year), it makes sense for the biggest wireless carrier in the United States to start paying some attention to its prepaid business (although postpaid subscribers remain its top priority).
Boost Mobile, a prepaid brand of Sprint, is planning to launch a new $35 per month unlimited plan that will reward its auto-paying subscribers from the month of February onwards.
Beginning next month, Boost Mobile subscribers will be able to enjoy a $35 Data Boost plan that includes unlimited calls, unlimited text messaging, and unlimited data, with 2.5 gigabytes each month at high speed.
Is there a catch? Well, in order to avail of this plan, customers will have to sign up for Auto Re-Boost. In this arrangement, Boost Mobile automatically bills their credit cards, debit cards, or bank accounts every month, instead of the subscribers making the payments themselves manually in every billing cycle.
Boost Mobile is launching two new smartphone offerings just as the year ends. Indeed, the prepaid mobile carrier (a subsidiary under Sprint) is welcoming the Lumia 635 and the ZTE Speed. Apart from launching two new devices for its customers, Boost Mobile has also decided to make its popular (but originally limited-time-only) Data Boost plans and pricing permanent.
Customers of Boost Mobile should be delighted to know that the carrier is offering not one but two new devices that are priced just under $100. Both the Lumia 635 and the ZTE Speed smartphones can be bought for only $99.99.
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