In order to be more competitive in terms of prepaid, Verizon Wireless is looking to add a pair of new options to its prepaid plans. Specifically, the Big Red is planning to launch a 5 gigabyte prepaid plan as well as a 10 gigabyte prepaid plan. Both plans will be made available beginning on November 13th, with prices at $50 and $70, respectively. The new plans typically share the same inclusions as Verizon’s existing prepaid plans, with the 10 gigabyte prepaid plan coming with unlimited voice calls to Canada and Mexico.
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.
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.
Apparently so. According to Wave7 Research, it seems that the prepaid arm of Sprint has decided to pull in the reins of a particular special offer that that has Boost Mobile hand free devices to customers who switch from rival networks. The talk is that the move was meant to be sort of a peace gesture, but interestingly, Boost Mobile’s competitors are having none of it.
Each person has his own specific set of mobile requirements, i.e. a certain range of voice call minutes, number of text messages, and quantity of data megabytes used per month. Of course, these may change from time to time, but generally, not by much on a monthly basis. But what often happens is that consumers are forced to avail of mobile plans that just offer too much for their wireless needs. And it gets trickier especially when users find themselves getting a plan that has the right amount of voice call minutes and text messages, but offering too much data than what is needed.
The Big Red has quietly debuted its Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service for its prepaid customers. Verizon Wireless is branding the service as HD Voice, and basically it allows prepaid customers of the biggest mobile operator in the United States to utilize data while on a voice call, to complete one or two way video calls, and to enjoy access to to six way conference calls. Verizon’s HD Voice promises better audio reception and is capable of being accessed over Wi-Fi calling.
Sprint is launching its new Unlimited Freedom option, which offers a couple of lines of unlimited voice calls, text messaging, and nationwide 4G LTE data, plus optimized streaming video, gaming, and music, for only $100 per month, with no access fees or hidden charges.
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