Mainly because of their size and specs, phablets are not always that budget friendly. ZTE, however, has been releasing affordable big screen smartphone devices since about a couple of years ago. Sure, the brand is not as popular as Samsung or LG, but for those who do not mind exploring all available options, ZTE’s phablet offerings are actually not bad, especially for their price.
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.
Sprint has threatened to discontinue service to mobile virtual network operator RingPlus for non-payment, and it could happen by February 11th. Apparently, the MVNO has filed a lawsuit against the major US wireless carrier, claiming that Sprint is involved in fraudulent practices. Moreover, RingPlus is seeking in its filing to stop or at least postpone the shut down.
Sure, February 11th is still some five days away, and it is possible that RingPlus’ legal action could change Sprint’s decision, but for current customers of the MVNO, it may be best to start considering other options now, specifically in terms of looking for another mobile operator in which to port one’s phone number.
T-Mobile will be paying the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) $48 million as settlement for misleading mobile users with regards to its unlimited data plan. Just this week, the government agency revealed that through an investigation, the major wireless carrier was found to have not done enough to make the connection speed and data restrictions on its unlimited data plan clear to consumers. The FCC had gotten some complaints from subscribers of T-Mobile’s unlimited data plan, claiming that they were not notified that their data would be throttled to virtually impossibly slow connection speeds after they go beyond 17 gigabytes in any given month.
In light of the recent 6.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Italy just this week, all the major wireless carriers in the United States, namely Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint, have revealed that they are planning to waive all communication fees between the US and Italy on a temporary basis.
Sprint and its prepaid brand Boost Mobile better watch out -- T-Mobile is launching a couple of new special offers by way of its own prepaid arm, MetroPCS, and the promos are aimed at Boost Mobile’s customers. The first promo promises a $60 discount on any handset to customers who decide to port their phone numbers from other mobile service providers, basically letting users get one of nine devices free of charge (except for the sales tax).
MetroPCS, the prepaid subsidiary of major US wireless carrier T-Mobile, has recently announced a new special offer targeted at families or groups of mobile users looking for a multi-line plan that is easy on the budget. Indeed, customers from other mobile networks who decide to switch to MetroPCS can avail of a couple of lines of service that already come with unlimited voice calls, unlimited text messaging, and 6 gigabytes of LTE data for each line, for only $60 a month. Moreover, customers are free to get additional lines of service for another $30 a month, for each line, for five lines of service at the most.
The competition intensifies as wireless carriers from every corner of the United States continue to introduce offer after offer in the hopes of gaining new subscribers, including those currently subscribed to other rival mobile service providers.
Back in November of last year, Sprintbrought back a deal it introduced in 2014 that would lower the bills of subscribers of rival networks (Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and T-Mobile) by half if these customers would opt to switch to Sprint’s network. It appears that the wireless carrier wants mobile users to enjoy the special offer for a longer period.
Customers of MetroPCS, a prepaid subsidiary of major US wireless carrier T-Mobile, can already make use of their mobile devices just like home when visiting the country of Mexico. But just this week, the mobile services provider has decided to extend its service to the nation north of the United States border via its latest North America Unlimited add-on.
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