It appears that the biggest wireless carrier in the United States is cooking up something really major -- at least, according to an image from a Verizon Wireless test website that The Consumerist spotted. The image suggests that the Big Red is planning to offer a rollover type of service that lets mobile users make use of unconsumed data with them to the succeeding month.
T-Mobile's prepaid customers under a Simple Choice plan will soon be able to take advantage of the carrier's data rollover program. That is because the carrier will officially start to make Data Stash available to Simple Choice prepaid customers this coming Sunday, March 22nd.
T-Mobile first introduced its Data Stash program back in December of last year (it was officially launched a month later in January of this year). This program allows customers to roll over any unused data from one month to another, essentially providing subscribers with bonus data after completing a month wherein they do not use up all their data allotment. The Data Stash program was previously only made available to Simple Choice postpaid subscribers. Now, prepaid customers can get to enjoy it too.
AT&T just introduced a new limited-time only rate plan that will provide its customers with 7 gigabytes of data that can be shared on a monthly basis. This new Mobile Share Value plan will also include the carrier's Rollover Data, as well as unlimited calls and unlimited text messaging. It will officially launch on February 15th and will be made available to all current and new customers.
What can customers do with all of that 7 gigabytes of data in a month? According to AT&T, users can stream about 60 hours of music and 12 hours of videos, browse the Internet for 110 hours, publish 500 posts on social media websites, download 50 mobile apps, and send or receive 5,000 email messages.
T-Mobile customers have just been handed a way to purchase high-end mobile devices much easier, even without the use of a subsidy. T-Mobile recently announced a new program called Score which allows its subscribers to unlock deals on every handset sold by the major wireless carrier.
So how does the new Score program work? By paying $5 each month, T-Mobile customers can sign up with the program. After a period of six months, subscribers have the option of upgrading to an entry-level handset completely free of charge. Or, they can choose to wait for a full year, after which T-Mobile will grant them discounts for all smartphones that the carrier is selling.
It seems that AT&T and T-Mobile are not the only wireless carriers offering rollover data schemes. C Spire Wireless actually did it earlier in November of last year when it introduced rollover data on three new plans.
But now, the carrier has announced that it will be making its rollover data shareable between multiple lines on the one plan. C Spire Wireless will be making the new shareable rolling data available at no additional cost on its 10 gigabyte, 15 gigabyte, and 30 gigabyte shared data plans starting on January 19th.
With C Spire's shareable rollover data scheme, subscribers not only get to roll over unused monthly data from one billing cycle to the next one, they also get to share the data they saved between all users on the plan.
A month ago in December, T-Mobile announced its Data Stash program, wherein subscribers can carry over unused data from one month to the next one. It has only been a few days since this program has taken effect, and now AT&T is launching Rollover Data, its answer to T-Mobile's program.
Like T-Mobile's offer, AT&T's Rollover Data lets subscribers save their leftover data after each billing cycle. The plan will be launched on January 25th, and will be open to all subscribers under AT&T's Mobile Share Value plans.
However, it should be noted that AT&T will not allow its subscribers to keep banking the same data month after month. This means that customers will have to use up the data they saved in the next billing cycle, or lose the data.
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