According to a report recently released by OpenSignal, it appears that a growing number of mobile users are no longer taking full advantage of Wi-Fi networks, or at least not as frequently as before. And it seems that unlimited data plans, such as those currently being offered by the Big Four (Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint), have something to do with people not using Wi-Fi like they used to.
According to a report recently published by FierceWireless, it turns out that Sprint is currently testing new unlimited data pricing options in no less than half a dozen cities within the United States. The fourth biggest mobile operator in America has confirmed that it is indeed conducting trials involving new unlimited data plans, just as it has on several past occasions for purposes of trying to continuously update or make its offerings competitive with that of its rivals in the wireless industry.
AT&T has decided to reduce the pricing of its unlimited data plan to $80 month, which is now ten bucks less expensive than its original rate. On top of that, the second biggest wireless carrier in the United States has also proceeded to throw in some pricing discounts, as well as added benefits, like a lifetime subscription to HBO, plus a $15 video credit for the mobile operator’s video service offerings.
Sprint is apparently deciding to keep on offering its free year of unlimited service deal -- about a month ago, the carrier had stated that the offer was supposed to expire at the end of January, but the company has since announced its intentions of extending the deal until the end of April later this year.
Beginning on Thursday, January 25th, the number one mobile operator in America will be allowing subscribers of its Go Unlimited plans to make phone calls as well as send text messages to Canada and Mexico, plus be able to enjoy access to data when traveling to those two countries.
For the first time since debuting its Project Fi offering, Google is incorporating an unlimited data plan to its wireless service. With its new Bill Protection option, the tech giant will be capping charges for voice calls and text messaging, as well as data, at $80 every month, while letting customers enjoy high speed data, free of charge. The Bill Protection will also work for roaming customers, and for those who use data only SIM cards.
It appears that Sprint has decided to resurrect a promotional deal that promises a whole year of unlimited service, free of charge, to customers who are willing to switch from a rival network and bring their own handset. This special offer is made available to users who already own any one of the listed eligible devices (from phone brands such as Samsung, Apple, and Motorola, just to name a few).
According to a report recently released by NPD, the average owner of a smartphone based in the United States now use up a total of 31.4 gigabytes of data each month. NPD’s numbers take into account data consumption on both cellular and Wi-Fi networks. More significantly, the 31.4 gigabytes of data consumed represent a 25 percent increase compared to the previous year’s monthly data consumption.
What’s a good way to bring in the new year? For Teltik, it involves offering its customers unlimited minutes of voice calls, text messages, and data for just $15 per month. Plus, the wireless carrier is also throwing in $50 port-in credit for specific wireless plans. Considering this promotional deal is only good until the January 5th, interested parties better make a move now.
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