The unlimited plan offered by AT&T’s prepaid brand, Cricket Wireless, offers better than average coverage, a reliable network, affordable pricing, and pretty adequate connection speeds at 8 mbps. But because it does not come with mobile hotspot tethering, it might have trouble distancing itself from what other competitors are selling.
The second biggest wireless carrier in America has taken the opportunity to improve a couple of its budget friendly prepaid GoPhone options just recently, but the caveats should not be taken lightly. For the first prepaid plan, unlimited data is made available for $60 a month, and already comes with just 3 mbps of data, plus the connection speeds will slow down even further after the customer goes beyond the 22 gigabyte limit.
Virgin Mobile, a prepaid arm of major US wireless carrier Sprint, is introducing a new option called Data Love Unlimited, which at $60 per month offers customers unlimited 4G LTE voice calls, text messaging, and data. On top of that, this latest plan also comes with mobile optimized video streaming, gaming, and music (video content is in 480p resolution, music is at 500 kbps, and cloud gaming is up to 2 mbps).
T-Mobile has apparently decided to increase the monthly data cap on its unlimited plan by a couple of extra gigabytes. Thus, the 28 gigabyte data allotment each month has now been bumped to 30 gigabytes.
It was only a matter of time actually, and now it really is happening -- the unlimited wars are now on prepaid, thanks to AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. T-Mobile and Sprint, of course, fired the first shots back in August of last year when they launched their respective unlimited data options, effectively igniting a war over who has got the better unlimited offering.
This recent piece of news may not be a welcome one for customers of Cricket Wireless who are availing of unlimited data -- apparently, the prepaid arm of major US wireless carrier AT&T has plans to implement a new network management policy that will affect customers under the Cricket Unlimited plan, especially those who consume over 22 gigabytes of data each month.
Mobile virtual network operator ROK Mobile may have found a way to effectively marry wireless plans with life insurance. Over the past years, the MVNO (using the LTE networks of T-Mobile and Sprint) has built quite a reputation for combining the perks of a mobile plan with a music streaming service.
For those content with only availing of a prepaid plan instead of signing up for an unlimited data option (which may end up unused anyway), they may want to check out the latest prepaid offering from Verizon Wireless. The Big Red’s 2 gigabyte 4G LTE plan already comes with unlimited domestic voice calls and text messaging, plus unlimited text messaging from the United States to over 200 countries around the world and unlimited Always-On Data (more on this later).
Here is some good news for customers under AT&T’s prepaid brand -- Cricket Wireless has decided to boost the data cap on its $50 a month plan. From 5 gigabytes of data, mobile users now get to enjoy 8 gigabytes of data monthly. Also, the mobile operator has also done well to make the $50 a month plan a permanent option, instead of remaining as a special offer previously.
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