Archive for August, 2011
At about same time that Apple is attending to lunch their much-expected iPhone 5, something else can happen that interests us, the prepaid customers. Since Apple is the world’s most valuable technology company that offers only higher end smartphones, it is hard to believe that they might, very soon, offer entry level 8GB iPhone 4 to the prepaid users in the US. Read more
It is that time of the year when summer is over and everyone gets back to real life. School starts and parents want to make sure their children have good and reliable, feature rich cell phones but again, if possible, to go as affordable as they can. Many parents have more than one child to provide with a phone as well so it is not easy. However, prepaid providers know that and part of their business strategy is to offer back to school phones sale where they help families but also have a good sale.
Back to school phones are now hot with two prepaid providers Boost Mobile and Metro PCS. Both of these carriers are equipped with kind of phones that kids are keen on. These models are appealing to them because of the look but also for features and functionality that they offer. Read more
The Samsung Admire SCH r720 was promised to be released for back to school season so there it is, earlier than the expected, at Metro PCS. This phone is a mid-range device but still has something that puts it over other mid-range phones: it runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread Platform. The phone is being available for $129 and with a Metro PCS’s unlimited monthly plans that start with $50, so this deal is more than good, especially for youngsters, high school and college students whose parents are not prepared to pay too much but still want to provide their kids with modern phone. What’s more, you can also get $15 off apps in the Amazon App Store with a mail-in coupon. So far, so good but let’s see in depth review of what this phone offers, design and feature wise. Read more
Yet another prepaid Android phone has become available for prepaid users, Samsung Galaxy Precedent offered by Straight Talk. So far, among the best-prepaid Android phones were Motorola Triumph from Virgin Mobile as well as Boost Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy Prevail. This time around, Straight Talk is the one that offers Precedent for under $150, with no contract and with required $45 monthly unlimited plan.
The phone is listed in Straight Talk site so it’s released but for now Straight Talk is only accepting pre-orders on the phone, meaning they will inform you when the phone becomes available in your area.
Straight Talk finally set the prices right for their smartphones. The prices were actually unbalanced since it was obvious that some Straight Talk smartphones are slightly more advanced than others are, but the price was the same. The best example was the Nokia E71 and 6790. These two smartphones were available from the start for $245 each, than for $199.99, so they kept the same price all the way, even though it is clear that E71 has more advanced features than Nokia 6790. Read more
Since T-Mobile broke up its partnership with Radio Shack or more likely vice versa, they hooked up with two new partners, 7-Eleven and Family Dollar stores. At the same time, Radio Shack signed in a deal with Verizon. As expected, offered in this king of discount retailer stores can only be basic phone, which LG GS170 in fact is. Some would think that this is pathetic, since at Radio Shack, T-Mobile were selling higher end contract services but there are more users than we are all aware, that will find this move, accessibility and affordability that comes with it, very convenient. Read more
In last year or so, prepaid cell phone market has changed a lot. Many costumers are switching to prepaid industry, mainly because of the fact that prepaid cell phone carriers introduced smartphones into their offer. And especially now, in the light of Google’s proposed $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility, future of prepaid android smarthphone looks very bright. At the moment 37% of all mobile consumers have a smartphone and Android, Google’s open-source operating system powers 36% of them, while Apple iOS have 26% and BlackBerry RIM 23% of market share.
And in today’s uncertain economy, it is definitely smarter to go for contract free prepaid solution. First it is cheaper and second, maybe even more important in this situation; you don’t have any obligation (two years contract) and you can stop using prepaid service in any moment without termination fee, and start using it again when you want. So, lets see what are the best and most popular prepaid android smartphones at the moment on the market. Read more
The two entry-level Android phones, LG Optimus V and LG Thrive have more in common than some would expect. However, the comparison does not end there because very significant role belongs to providers that are offering these Android phones, Virgin Mobile and AT&T. Their role is important since these two phones are part of the prepaid offer and as such, they depend a lot from prepaid plans that these two carriers provide. So lets see how LG Optimus V vs LG Thrive cope as well as how plans from Virgin Mobile and AT&T look when compared. Read more
If you are a fan of Straight Talk and their unbelievably affordable unlimited plan for talk, text and data for just $45 per month, than you are in the right place. Not just due to its plan but for their “modest” offer of four great smartphones as well. If you are in doubt which one to choose to go with this wonderful freedom of talking, texting and browsing, Nokia 6790, E71, E5 or Samsung T528G, don’t look any further because we will review all Straight Talk smartphones, joint at one place.
First it was just Nokia 6790 and E71. These two Straight Talk smartphones are notably different and they have found their separate ways to users. Nokia 6790 is a compact slider smartphone that, when slides out, exposes great to type with full QWERTY keyboard. And that is, in most opinions, the strongest feature of this phone. Since it is casual opposite to E71 and E5 that are business type, perfect for messaging, goes with unlimited texting and data and supports multiple email accounts, social networking, 3g speeds, many would say that this phone is perfect for younger users that do exactly that, text a lot and browse. Read more
Update: From October 16, three new competitive plans became available for T-Mobile. First, a $30 Monthly4G prepaid plan offers 100 voice minutes (extra charge of 10 cents per minute if you go over 100 minutes limit), unlimited text and web access with first 5GB at 4G speeds. Second, a $60 4G plan comes with everything unlimited with the first 2GB up to 4G speeds and third, three new daily plans called Pay by the day plans.
Pay by the day plans include service for $1 that offers unlimited text and voice usage for $0.10 per minute, $2 for unlimited voice, text and 2G of data usage and $3 for unlimited talk, text and web with 200MB up to 4g speed.
Besides these newly added plans, T-Mobile offers the previously existing prepaid plans as well so read below for more.
T-Mobile prepaid plans are definitely even more competitive now that it’s been improved with two new 4G prepaid plans, which comes as an necessity, since T-Mobile is on America’s largest 4G network. However, besides 4g capable Android powered phones and smartphones, they offer also messaging phones that go best with T-Mobile pay as you go plans. Toting up, all plans require no annual contract and no credit check, which means freedom. Read more