Why Prepaid Wireless? Why is it Growing?

Why Prepaid Wireless?

Most people think this is a really interesting topic!  It has become more talked about over the past couple years because the prepaid market has changed, and grown so dramatically.

Everybody knows that U.S. carriers have been binding customers to contracts for years, and then penalizing them for early termination fees in the amount of $200 to $400.  These carriers discount the cost of their cell phones when a customer is willing to commit to a long-term contract.

Interestingly enough, this is a very different story in Europe. Prepaid wireless is much more main stream, and Europeans enjoy the flexibility without the jail sentence.  With our times of economic uncertainty in the U.S. many people are starting to fall in love with prepaid wireless and more consumers are finding themselves converting.

Let’s take a look at the basic reasons why prepaid wireless has drawn so much attention, look at what’s driving this massive market shift, and look into the future possibilities.

People originally were drawn to prepaid wireless because of the following benefits:

  • No credit check is required – People who wanted a postpaid account (contract) but couldn’t qualify could get prepaid.
  • No deposits – People with poor credit would often be required to put down sizeable deposits in order to qualify for a postpaid account.
  • No surprises – Anyone who has had a postpaid account has at one time or another received a large bill due to extra charges that were completely unexpected.
  • Cost control – The monthly budget is set.  There is no way to spend more than expected because you know exactly how much you’re allowed to use.
  • Same Services – You can have most, if not all, of the wireless services on even the basic prepaid plans.
  • Latest Handsets – With increasing competition in prepaid and in the wireless industry in general, handset pricing has come down considerably, and current model handsets and smart phones are available.

Why Prepaid Wireless – Why get a postpaid plan?

Although you’ll sometimes pay more for your handset than you would if you had a postpaid contract, the prices are extremely reasonable. In many cases you can recover your initial investment quickly, most often in just a couple of months.

Consider that for access to the same or similar phones, the same services, most major carrier networks, you won’t have to be tied to a contract, or get those massive surprise bills.

I know what you’re thinking….it’s probably too good to be true.

Yes, there are still some considerations, but generally speaking, in my opinion, prepaid will continue to grow and take over postpaid as the dominant choice.

More and more, prepaid will move away from being perceived as a second class product, to the product of choice for most people, even those with great credit.

I’m just curious; are you sick and tired of your Wireless Contract?

For more information on a Prepaid Plan for you go to http://www.TalkTextSurf.com

To learn how to get your service for FREE go to http://www.FreeWireless2011.com

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Prepaid wireless gains momentum

What type of wireless plan would you rather have, Expensive, Good Value, or Free?

As the uncertainty continues with the economy, jobs, and everyone is more attentive to how they spend their hard earned dollars.  A lot of people are moving to pre-paid wireless plans everyday.  Most people want the best value for their dollar, and have figured out that getting a cell phone at a lower price today, basically means they will be stuck paying for that phone for the next two years.

Some people keeping their eyes open have learned how to get the best price on their wireless plan through MVNO companies like Lightyear Wireless.

Lightyear Wireless has many Android phones, and a totally unlimited plan for $59.99 that includes talk, texting, and web surfing, all unlimited, and no data limits with speeds up to 4G.  When most people hear about Lightyear they get a little curious and want to learn more, but honestly, some don’t, and you probably know the type.   They think it’s too good to be true, probably a scam, or there are loop-holes, so they just continue to pay way too much for their wireless services.  Some people keeping an open mind have learned how to get great service and a reasonable price, or even for free, from major carriers like Sprint and Verizon.

To learn more just check out the phones at http://talktextsurf.com/ and to learn more about Lightyear Wireless just go to http://www.FreeWireless2011.com

 

Read on….

Prepaid wireless players gain momentum
by Roger Cheng

It’s shaping up to be a merry holiday for prepaid wireless service providers MetroPCS and Leap Wireless.

MetroPCS has been successful at drawing in customers with its lower priced family plan promotion, which costs $100 for four lines. Leap, which sells its service under the Cricket Wireless brand, has benefited from its Muve Music service, the article continues

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Cell Phones – To Lock or Not to Lock, that is the question

Everybody knows that the wireless carriers offer discounts on cellular handsets to lock us into the straight jacket contracts, usually 2-years, to keep us from leaving their service plans.  A lot of people accept this so they can get one of the really cool phones.

The question is really;

Why do carriers “lock” the phones to their system?

  •   Is it to keep us from running to competitors’?
  •   Is it so they can charge roaming fees at a higher rate?
  •   Is it to capitalize on people using data outside the carriers service area?

If we decide to pay full price for a phone to stay out of a long-term contract why should the wireless provider still be able to “code” our phone to play by their system only?

This makes no sense; We don’t owe them anything, but they still block us from moving our phone to another provider.

The Government appears determined to regulate everything we do, but has yet to look after the consumer here.

Cellphones are delivered clean, no bloat ware or unwanted software, and fully unlocked from the manufacturer.  Most wireless providers then go through an elaborate process and tamper with the phone to lock it down.

Who benefits from this?  It definitely is not you and I, once again as consumers we get taken advantage of.  The federal courts ruled in July 2010 that “jail breaking” or taking “root” on your phone is legal.  However, carriers decided that anyone doing that would have their warranty voided.

So enter the third party techno-geeks to provide support and service to those wanting their phone unlocked or repaired.  And guess what, the consumer pays again, and the rip-off continues, fair pricing and competition are out the window.

Here’s the million dollar question; Why when the majority of Asia and Europe not allow, BY LAW, the locking of phones, does the USA Government allow this to continue?

It’s about time we as consumers can get the phone we want for a fair price, and have portability to take that phone where we want to, and this monopolization is curbed.

Doug Karnuth

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New iPhone Carriers Aim To Control, Or Profit From, Mobile Data Consumption

You might be thinking; What are my Options?

New iPhone Carriers Aim To Control, Or Profit From, Mobile Data Consumption, BY Kit Eaton

Since the iPhone first arrived on the scene, it has been used to access mobile data like no other device before it. Owners of iPhones browse the web, download apps, upload photos to social networks, and generally download more and more data on the fly than others. The device’s popularity–and users’ associated habits–have stressed phone networks to the point that over the previous year or so, iPhone carriers (particularly in the U.S.) have slapped data limits on the plans they offer, even what they call “unlimited” plans, in an attempt to preserve their network’s stability.

With the arrival of the iPhone 4S, which is expected to sell in the tens of millions by Christmas alone, cell phone networks are going to be even more pressed. These businesses are reacting.

AT&T is perhaps the most high-profile network to defend itself against what they deem “bandwidth hogs” using iPhones. Earlier this year, the company announced that bandwidth “throttling” would be imposed on unlimited data plan customers, starting October 1st. True to that promise, AT&T has started to draw down the speed on what it says is just “5%” of its userbase–people whose massive data burden is disproportionately large, compared to everyone else’s. They’re saying these bandwidth hogs access twelve times as much data as the average smartphone user in the other 95% of their userbase.

Lest Apple fans call bias, AT&T’s also sensitive to other smartphone users. Android is such a massive player in the market, AT&T just released a Smart Wi-Fi app that allows “Android customers to locate and seamlessly connect to Wi-Fi hotspots” and even “helps customers manage their wireless data usage by auto-connecting to Wi-Fi instead of using a wireless connection.” That sounds sweet, and many an Android user will benefit.

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Free Texts Pose Threat to Carriers

Free Texts Pose Threat to Carriers

By JENNA WORTHAM

At a time when e-mail and many other forms of electronic communication are essentially free, wireless carriers are still charging as much as 20 cents to send a text message to a phone, and another 20 cents to receive it.

There are now a growing number of ways to bypass text-message charges using an Internet connection — much as Skype allows people to make calls without relying on a traditional telephone line. If these services catch on in a big way, analysts say, they could take a big bite out of the profits that text messages generate for wireless carriers.

Some of the prepaid carriers include unlimited texting and data and remain unaffected by these changes.

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The Cell Phone Money Pit

Here’s how to get the best value on your next cell phone purchase, whether it’s a low-end feature phone or a powerful smartphone.   By Jamie Lendino, PC mag

We’ve all been to the movie theater’s concession counter, where a small tub of popcorn costs $5.25, a medium-sized tub costs $5.75, and a large tub costs $6.25. At first glance, the large tub looks like the best value. But really, none of them are good values, because the prices are so inflated to begin with.

Impact to our waistlines aside, U.S. wireless carriers are doing the same thing with cell phones. They’re much sneakier about it, though. Instead of posting the pricing on a great big sign, where anyone can see it and figure the game out relatively quickly, wireless carriers bury it in the fine print—or worse, inside icons preloaded on your phone that you can’t remove.

There’s a reason for this: Carriers want everyone to buy smartphones, with expensive data plans and restrictive data caps.

One of the best plans for smart phones is HERE

 

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Already-useful smartphones are conquering new territory….

Our future: Empty pockets, except for our phones

By John Sutter, CNN

(CNN) — Here’s a Googley vision for the future:

“We definitely hope one day you can walk out of the house with your phone in your hand — and nothing else,” said Marc Freed-Finnegan, the company’s product manager for Google Wallet. It aims to digitize everything in your pockets in coming years by collapsing all that paper, plastic and metal into one device: the smartphone.

The idea of using the mobile phone as a credit card, driver’s license, transit pass, digital coupon collector, house key, hotel key, corporate ID and more probably sounds pretty sci-fi-futurey. But it’s almost practical when you consider the history of the smartphone.

Since the Apple iPhone debuted in 2007 (it’s considered by most tech analysts to be the first true smartphone, running apps and functioning as a pocket computer), technologists have been cramming ever more functionality into these Swiss Army Knife-like gadgets.

Our phones have replaced many other once-common tools, from GPS devices (remember those?) to handheld gaming consoles, point-and-shoot cameras, calendars, notebooks, newspapers and portable music players.

Now they’re conquering new territory,  Continues

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Save Money on Cell Service With Prepaid Smartphones

By Patrick Miller, PCWorld    Sep 21, 2011 8:30 pm

Eager to get a new smartphone but unwilling to pay full price?

Here are our tips for choosing a prepaid smartphone that fits your needs–and your budget.

 

If you’re paying more than $50 per month for your smartphone, you’re paying too much–unless you absolutely must have an iPhone. These days you can find full-featured, speedy smartphones with prepaid plans that offer unlimited minutes, text messages, and data, plans that cost less than half of what the equivalent ones would cost with AT&T or Verizon. Whether you’re shopping for a new smartphone or simply looking to switch to a cheaper carrier, we’ll walk you through the prepaid phones and plans to buy–and avoid.

Selecting a Prepaid Phone

Prepaid phone carriers have stepped up their smartphone game in the past year, but you still can find a handful of duds out there. For example, some of the lower-end handsets are underpowered, slow, and lacking important features such as Flash support.  If you want to get a decent phone from a prepaid carrier, you’ll want to pay anywhere from $200 to $400 up front for the phone itself. The sticker shock might make you want to go back to a two-year contract with a major provider, but hang in there–you’ll be saving a lot more money in the long run.

First, you need to figure out how much you’d pay for a handset with a two-year contract. Buying the HTC ThunderBolt from Verizon would cost you $250 for the phone, plus $140 for unlimited minutes, text, and 5GB of 4G data per month, which adds up to $3610 over two years (not counting taxes and fees). A Samsung Galaxy S2 phone costs $200 from AT&T, plus $135 each month for unlimited voice, text, and 4GB of 4G data. Sprint comes in significantly cheaper for a Samsung Galaxy S2: $200 for the phone, plus $110 for the Simply Everything plan (which includes unlimited 4G data for now), totaling $2840 over two years.  Continued Here

For a detailed analysis comparing smartphones like the iPhone 4 to Prepaid Wireless go HERE



 

 

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Read This Before Signing a Cell-Phone Contract

By Anders Bylund  Posted 1:30PM 09/22/11

Why pay $649 for a new cell phone when you can get it for one-third of the cost? Slashing the price is just a matter of signing on the dotted line: All you have to do to earn that hefty up-front discount is stay true to a particular cellular plan for a while.

But what do you really get for your money in these shotgun weddings? Is a two-year contract really a fair trade for the discounts you’re getting?

Like most relationships, it’s complicated. Sometimes you come out ahead in terms of penny-pinching with monthly prepaid deals and sometimes you don’t. But one thing is almost always true: The phone companies are indeed after your money. But you shouldn’t just hand over your wallet without knowing what kind of plan you’re getting.

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Nielsen: Android smartphone purchases now top iOS 2-to-1

 

Nielsen: Android smartphone purchases now top iOS 2-to-1

September 27, 2011 — 8:43am ET

More than half of all U.S. mobile subscribers who purchased a smartphone within the past three months selected a device running Google’s Android operating system according to new data issued by Nielsen.

Android-powered devices accounted for 56 percent of all U.S. smartphone sales during the previous three months and now make up 43 percent of total nationwide smartphone market share, Nielsen states. Apple’s  iOS remains in second place with 28 percent U.S. market share–iOS devices also accounted for 28 percent of all smartphones purchased by American consumers during the last three months. Nielsen adds that iOS could experience a spike in the months ahead with its iPhone 5 expected to launch sometime during the next several weeks–iOS sales increase with each new device iteration or carrier partnership.

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Fifty-six percent of all U.S. subscribers who purchased a new phone during the last three months selected a smartphone over a feature phone, Nielsen reports. Research In Motion’s (NASDAQ:RIMM) BlackBerry still makes up 18 percent of total U.S. smartphone market share, but only 9 percent of consumers purchased a BlackBerry device during the last three months. Rival operating systems make up 11 percent of the combined U.S. market and 6 percent of recent sales.

The growth of Android Smartphones (click on this link to watch a cool video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fl5LF8TGOlw ) is AMAZING!

We need to let EVERYONE know that Lightyear Wireless is the ONLY Wireless Company that allows customers to talk all they want, text all they want and use the web all they want on their Android Smartphone for ONLY $59.99 per month with NO LIMITS, NO CONTRACT, NO COMMITMENTS, NO DEPOSITS, NO HASSELS and allows you to refer a few customers to get your service for FREE and get paid every time someone pays a cell phone bill to Lightyear Wireless!

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