If you having been shopping around for a low priced 3G data plan then look no further than Walmart’s new Family Mobile plan. The T-mobile powered Family Plan has just added unlimited data to its Unlimited Talk and Text plan. The pricing remains the same at $45 per month for the first line and users are given a monthly postpaid, no contract option with 3G data speeds. Each additional line cost $35 per month and works well for families hoping to pick up multiple smartphones.
To attract new customers, those who activate before March 16th will receive 5GB data per month at 3G speeds. The data plan is usually limited to 250MB per month, making this an excellent deal to consider. While this plan may not be for the high-end users, the Family Plan is a great option for people who are new to the smartphone world. The plan currently offers one Android powered handset, the Optimus One priced at $198.00.
For more information about the Walmart Family Mobile Unlimited Talk, Text and Web plan, visit www.walmartfamilymobile.com or www.myfamilymobile.com.
AT&T is launching a new data plan structure this Sunday, January 22. People on unlimited plans may actually decide to bail to these news plans as AT&T crippled users devices on unlimited plans once they crossed the 2GB mark.
If you want to move to one of these new plans you must make the change yourself, they are not automatic. While these plans still offer too little data for the price, AT&T has dropped the price per Gigabyte to $10 from the current Rate $12.50 per Gigabyte.
We also find it fishy that AT&T claims 97% of their users use under 2GB a month but are taking away the $25 2GB plan and replacing it with a $30 3GB plan.
The new smartphone plans include:
AT&T Data Plus 300MB: $20 for 300MB
AT&T Data Pro 3GB: $30 for 3GB
AT&T Data Pro 5GB: $50 for 5GB, with mobile hotspot / tethering
Smartphone customers needing additional data can pay $10 per additional gigabyte on the AT&T Data Pro 3GB and Data Pro 5GB plans; AT&T Data Plus users will receive an extra 300MB for $20.
The new tablet plans* include:
AT&T DataConnect 3GB: $30 for 3GB
AT&T DataConnect 5GB: $50 for 5GB
When Republic Wireless was announced a few months ago, it sounded too good to be true. A no-contract, unlimited smartphone plan for $19 a month, and $199 down for a phone. However, what the early beta users found out is that “unlimited” wasn’t really that at all. They were bound by a “fair use agreement”, which meant that they were allotted very small amounts of minutes or data when on a cell network, and “unlimited” data and VoIP calling when connected to WiFi.
Users of the service quickly let Republic Wireless know how they felt, with some people calling it deceptive advertising, to others offering up suggestions on how to improve the service. Seeing as how the business plan of Republic is to invented a radically new approach to cell contracts and outrageous prices, they listened. And luckily for the users, they delivered. Effective immediately, the fair use agreement no longer exists. The plan is now truly “Unlimited”. Republic Wireless stated this in their blog post:
As part of that legal amendment, everyone who has purchased or purchases a phone during beta will be guaranteed the opportunity to enjoy unlimited service, without fear of cancellation, until the end of beta. We won’t end beta until we either achieve economic sustainability or become convinced that doing so is impossible.
Those are some pretty big words from a cell phone company. So far, they have remained true to their mission statement and have listened to customer input, and corrected their business for the better. Hopefully this will continue, as it could mean some much needed price competition for the larger carriers.
There is a note at the end of their blog post that states the “unacceptable use” clause is still in effect, but will probably be adjusted. What they mean by unacceptable is reselling your service, or leaving the phone ” ‘always on’ as a conduit for other uses obviously beyond what would be normal for a personal smartphone.” By this I’m assuming they mean replacing your home internet with this and tethering to your computer and downloading 500gigs of movies a month.
Dan Hesse, a man who has no problem saying what he feels to other carriers has complimented Apples iPhone while calling out AT&T and Verizon.
Dan Hesse stated, The iPhone is so data-efficient, it will help Sprint keep its mobile data plans unlimited. Sprint has found that iPhone users on average use about 50% less data than their Android counterparts. Part of this data savings comes from build in limits in the iPhone that prevent certain activities over the cellular network. These limits include the 20MB app download limit, no FaceTime over carrier data and even some iCloud introduced streaming limits that do not exist for Android.
Sprint does not understand why AT&T and Verizon have dropped unlimited data while blaming iPhone users.
This is great news for people considering a switch to the iPhone on Sprint. Sprint took a huge gamble with the iPhone and every little feature they can offer their subscribers is a plus.
While Sprint has not confirmed an iPhone launch date or even that they will be carrying the iPhone, the CFO of Sprint, Joe Euteneuer has assured us that the Sprint network can handle the iPhone.
Sprint is watching the network and investing in the infrastructure as needed to ensure a good customer experience, regardless of the rumors, Chief Financial Officer Joe Euteneuer said during an investor conference yesterday.
The iPhone is nothing but a win for Sprint if they can keep unlimited data as an option, even at a premium. If Sprint launches the iPhone and does away with unlimited data I really don’t see a reason for them to have it in the first place. Sprint needs and edge and unlimited data is a huge draw in the eyes of consumers. Not worrying about overages is a great selling point.
We have been a supporter of Sprint for a while, this is a great chance for them to shine.
After a few false starts overnight AT&T finally got the Unlimited Mobile to any Mobile feature listed and functional in their account management site.
To get this free feature added to your account visit www.att.com/anymobile. As soon as you login you will be taken directly to the features option for your phone plan. Read more
AT&T is looking for ways to stay competitive and has taken the Sprint route when it comes to mobile to mobile calling. AT&T announced that beginning February 10 they will be offering calling plans that include unlimited mobile to mobile domestic calling to all carriers. Read more
I know its exciting to see Apple branch out their iPhone line to another carrier, but the one question still remains. Is it worth the effort to change from AT&T to Verizon?
We know AT&T has had some technical difficulties, especially this year in Las Vegas, during CES (Consumer Electronics Show). Dose this go to show how popular AT&T is? The major issue was with data. Thats was because everyone was trying to send out emails, Tweets, Facebook updates and streaming video letting everyone know what was going on during CES, not to mention the network just trying to keep everyone connected. Read more