T-Mobile gives businesses the option of getting throttled or paying overage fees

By on June 28, 2012 at 7:45 AM.

T-Mobile gives businesses the option of getting throttled or paying overage fees

T-Mobile New Business Data Plans

T-Mobile on Wednesday said that business users who consume more than their plan’s monthly allotment of HSPA+ data now have two options: They can either have their data throttled down to lower speeds and pay no overage fee, or they can pay overage fees in exchange for keeping their standard HSPA+ data speeds. The overage-fee plans start as low as $19.99 per month for 500MB of data with a $0.10-per-MB overage fee and go as high as $74.99 per month for 10GB of data with a $0.02-per-MB overage fee. The throttled data plans, meanwhile, start at $24.99 for 500MB of HSPA+ data and go as high as $77.99 for 10GB of HSPA+ data. T-Mobile says the new data plans will be available to business customers by the end of July. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →

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Verizon Wireless to launch shared data plans this summer

By on April 19, 2012 at 12:35 PM.

Verizon Wireless to launch shared data plans this summer

Verizon Wireless confirmed plans on Thursday to launch a new feature this summer that will allow families to share a single data plan. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam has discussed the carrier’s plans to launch the new data feature in the past, and the executive stated that shared data plans will become available by the end of this year. Now, during the company’s first-quarter earnings call on Thursday, McAdam clarified that shared data plans will become available to Verizon Wireless subscribers by the middle of the summer. McAdam did not share any details regard pricing.

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T-Mobile to raise prices of two unlimited data plans beginning April 4th

By on March 27, 2012 at 10:05 PM.

T-Mobile to raise prices of two unlimited data plans beginning April 4th

According to a purported T-Mobile memo obtained by TmoNews, the nation’s No.4 carrier may be looking to increase the price of its premium 5GB and ultra 10GB unlimited data packages. The change could go into effect as early as April 4th and would add an additional $5 to the cost each plan. The 5GB plan will jump from $35 to $40 per month and the 10GB plan will increase from $65 to $70. T-Mobile’s Value Plan pricing will remain unchanged. The premium and ultra plan increases will only apply to customers who sign up for service after the effective date, however. The price increase comes as the carrier is looking to restructure and in doing so, will also cut 5% of its workforce and close seven call centers over the next three months. A second leaked T-Mobile image can be found after the break. More →

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Verizon shared family data plans still on track for 2012

By on February 28, 2012 at 3:40 PM.

Verizon shared family data plans still on track for 2012

Families looking for a shared data option from Verizon Wireless can look forward to a new pooled data option finally launching later this year. In response to a question about shared data plans, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo confirmed the company’s intentions to launch the new plans this year, The Verge reported on Tuesday. “You’ll see something launched midyear this year from us,” he said. The carrier also revealed that out of roughly 108.7 million subscribers, only 5% of customers are using the company’s 4G LTE network. Verizon’s best selling smartphone is the iPhone, which is still just a 3G device. Shammo announced that the company doesn’t want to spend any more money on its 3G network, however, and it will instead focus solely on 4G LTE. The carrier has been running various promotions, such as double data and BOGO sales, to encourage customers to upgrade their old devices to new 4G LTE phones. More →

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AT&T should be investigated for ‘fraudulent’ data policies, public interest group says

By on February 28, 2012 at 10:10 AM.

AT&T should be investigated for ‘fraudulent’ data policies, public interest group says

AT&T on Monday announced a new plan that will let developers pay for the data used by their apps and services. The data consumed by apps that make use of this new feature would not apply toward a user’s data cap. The new service was pitched as a way for content providers to ease customers’ growing concerns over wireless data usage, however one public interest group sees the feature as a slap in the face to AT&T subscribers. “This new plan is unfortunate because it shows how fraudulent the AT&T data cap is, and calls into question the whole rationale of the data caps,” Harold Feld, legal director of Public Knowledge, said in a statement. “Apparently it has nothing to do with network management. It’s a tool to get more revenue from developers and customers.” Read on for more. More →

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T-Mobile launching new limited-time 5GB and 10GB data plans January 25th

By on January 19, 2012 at 9:20 PM.

T-Mobile launching new limited-time 5GB and 10GB data plans January 25th

Following AT&T’s lead, T-Mobile will soon be offering new 5GB and 10GB data plans for a limited time. In a purported internal memo acquired by TmoNews, the carrier will begin offering the new plans starting January 25th. The Unlimited-Premium 5GB and Unlimited-Ultra 10GB plans will both include a free mobile hotspot and cloud storage, which normally costs $20 per month. The promo will be available to both new and existing customers, however the memo states that in order “to protect T-Mobile revenue” reps should “not proactively offer the bundled features to customers already on a 5 GB data feature who do not want additional data.” More →

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AT&T announces new data plans for smartphones and tablets

By on January 18, 2012 at 5:16 PM.

AT&T announces new data plans for smartphones and tablets

AT&T on Wednesday announced new data plans for smartphones and tablets on its network that will become available on Sunday, January 22nd. Customers currently under contract will not be forced to choose a new plan, however new customers moving forward will have to the select a data plan from among the new options. Smartphone users will have three new plans available: AT&T Data Plus ($20 per month for 300MB), AT&T Data Pro 3GB: ($30 per month for 3GB) and AT&T Data Pro 5GB ($50 per month for 5GB, with mobile hotspot/tethering). Additional data will cost $10 per gigabyte on AT&T’s Data Pro plans or $20 per 300MB on the Data Plus plan. Tablet users will have a choice between the AT&T DataConnect 3GB plan ($30 per month for 3GB), the AT&T DataConnect 5GB plan ($50 per month for 5GB) or the existing 250MB plan for $15 per month, which will remain unchanged. AT&T’s full press release follows below. More →

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Sprint announces new 3G/4G broadband data plans

By on November 14, 2011 at 12:01 PM.

Sprint announces new 3G/4G broadband data plans

Sprint on Monday announced two new less expensive mobile broadband data plans that will replace the carrier’s existing plans. The changes apply to tablets, mobile hotspot devices, netbooks, notebooks and USB modems. Customers may choose between a $49.99 plan that provides 6GB of 3G or 4G data per month or a $79.99 plan that provides 12GB of data per month. Sprint’s plans offer an additional 1GB of data compared to Verizon Wireless’s competing plans, and it hopes that’s a draw for new customers. In addition to the aforementioned plans, Sprint is also introducing a new $19.99 data plan for tablets that provides 1GB of 3G/4G data per month as well as a new $34.99 plan for tablets and mobile hotspots that provides 3GB of data per month. The full press release from Sprint follows after the break. More →

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Carriers dig deeper hole with lack of innovative 4G LTE pricing, Ovum says

By on August 9, 2011 at 7:01 AM.

Carriers dig deeper hole with lack of innovative 4G LTE pricing, Ovum says

Wireless carriers around the world are digging themselves into a deeper hole by neglecting to experiment with innovative pricing models for 4G LTE services. While consumers have exhibited concern surrounding tiered data plans and bandwidth throttling, Ovum believes such models are necessary to combat the growing capacity crunch plaguing cellular service providers. This crunch, of course, is serious enough that AT&T is hoping to soon $39 billion in order to acquire T-Mobile USA and use the carrier’s precious spectrum for its 4G LTE network build-out. Smartphone and mobile broadband users are pumping more data over wireless networks than ever before, and speedier 4G LTE service only stands to exacerbate the situation. Additionally, carriers are missing the opportunity to find new ways to squeeze more revenue out of this new premium high-speed service. “We looked at the LTE pricing strategies of operators in Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the US, and were disappointed with our findings,” Ovum analyst Nicole McCormick said in a statement. “LTE provides operators with the opportunity to experiment with new and innovative pricing models, which allows them to find the best way of deriving revenues from the premium service. However, most operators have not grasped this opportunity. Instead, LTE tariffs in the regions Ovum analysed are dominated by unlimited offerings and large data buckets, which can be problematic.” Ovum’s full press release follows below. More →

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Verizon’s tiered data plans reaffirmed by leak

By on June 22, 2011 at 7:25 PM.

Verizon’s tiered data plans reaffirmed by leak

Verizon Wireless has stated on multiple occasions that it will move to usage-based smartphone data plans next month, but the carrier has been tight lipped when it comes to sharing the details surrounding the new plans. Following a report on Monday that claimed to detail Verizon Wireless’ upcoming tiered plans, they have now been reaffirmed by a new leak. Android Central claims to have received internal documents showcasing the changes, and pricing lines up exactly with earlier reports:

  • 2GB – $30/month
  • 4GB with tethering/mobile hotspot – $50/month
  • 5GB – $50/month
  • 7GB with tethering/mobile hotspot – $70/month
  • 10GB – $80/month
  • 12GB with tethering/mobile hotspot – $100/month

The new documents also confirm that existing smartphone customers with unlimited data plans will be able to keep those plans after the changeover date, which is said to be July 7th. Hit the break for an email on the new plans reportedly sent by Verizon Wireless to retail partners. More →

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Verizon Wireless to intro tiered data plans on July 7th according to rumor [updated]

By on June 20, 2011 at 4:30 PM.

Verizon Wireless to intro tiered data plans on July 7th according to rumor [updated]

Verizon Wireless will finally be shifting to the usage-based data plan structure we all knew was coming. Android enthusiast blog Droid Life on Monday reports that future Verizon subscribers will no longer have an unlimited smartphone data option starting July 7th. Instead, they will be forced to choose one of three tiered data options: 2GB for $30 per month, 5GB for $50 per month or 10GB for $80 per month. Those looking for tethering will have to add $20 to each of those plans, which works out to 4GB for $50 per month, 7GB for $70 per month or 12GB for $100 per month. Overages on any plan will run $10 per gigabyte. According to the report, Verizon will charge the same rates for 3G and 4G LTE data plans, so subscribers interested in newer 4G smartphones will not have to worry about paying a premium for data, as they might elsewhere — which is a good thing, considering these plans are already a bit pricey. Current Verizon customers will not be forced to switch to a new plan. BGR contacted Verizon for comment and while the company would not confirm the new plans or exact timing, a Verizon Wireless spokesperson did have this to say: “As we have stated previously, Verizon Wireless is making some minor changes to data plans including those for new smartphone customers. We will move to a more usage based model in July.”

UPDATE: Droid Life has also obtained an internal letter purportedly being sent by regional VPs that confirms usage-based pricing will be the same for 3G and 4G service. The letter can be found through the second read link below. More →

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Apple, AT&T, Verizon Wireless confirm tomorrow’s 5PM retail launch of iPad 2; online sales at 1AM Pacific

By on March 10, 2011 at 9:14 AM.

Apple, AT&T, Verizon Wireless confirm tomorrow’s 5PM retail launch of iPad 2; online sales at 1AM Pacific

Apple, AT&T, and Verizon Wireless have independently fired off press releases letting us know exactly how and when we can acquire yourself an iPad 2 tomorrow, March 11th. Starting at 5:00 p.m. local time, interested parties can head to an Apple, AT&T, or Verizon Wireless retail store to purchase the 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB tablet in white or black. Verizon will be offering four data plans for the iPad 2:

  • 1GB per month – $20
  • 3GB per month – $35
  • 5GB per month – $50
  • 10GB per month – $80

While AT&T will be offering just two in both the pre-paid and post-paid formats:

  • Monthly statements:  $14.99 for 250 MB or $25 for 2GB.  Customers who exceed their monthly data allotment will be billed $14.99 for another 250MB on the $14.99 plan or $10 per 1 GB of overage on the 2 GB plan [AT&T is offering consumers who choose monthly statement billing one free month of service].
  • Credit card billing:  $14.99 for 250 MB or $25 for 2 GB.  Customers who exceed their monthly data allotment may choose to purchase another 250 MB on the $14.99 plan or purchase an additional 2 GB for $25 on the 2 GB plan.

All models of the iPad 2 — Wi-Fi and 3G — will also be available at Apple retail stores and select Walmart, Best Buy, Sam’s Club and Target stores nationwide starting at 5:00 p.m. AT&T and Verizon stores will only carry GSM and CDMA iPads respectively. If you’re not inclined to hit up a retail outlet, but are still interested in the tablet, AT&T and Apple will begin selling the iPad 2 online at 1:00 a.m. Pacific Time (4:00 a.m. Eastern) on the 11th. There you have it, if you’re jones’ing to get yourself an iPad 2, start formulating your game plan. More →

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Apple posts VZW iPhone 4 eligibility checker to website, reaffirms monthly service plans

By on January 26, 2011 at 10:38 AM.

Apple posts VZW iPhone 4 eligibility checker to website, reaffirms monthly service plans

Apple on Wednesday posted details on its website surrounding voice, data and messaging plans that will be offered with the upcoming Verizon Wireless iPhone 4. The company also posted a utility intended to check subscriber eligibility, though it did not appear to be functioning properly at the time of this writing. Apple’s website confirms earlier reports that Verizon Wireless iPhone 4 users will only have two data options at launch: unlimited data for $29.99 per month and unlimited data with 2GB of Personal Hotspot and tethering services for $49.99 per month. Other plan details line up with current Verizon Wireless smartphone plans, for the most part:

Voice

  • 450 minutes/month: $39.99
  • 900 minutes/month: $59.99
  • Unlimited minutes/month: $69.99

Messaging

  • Pay per use: $0.20 per SMS, $0.25 per MMS
  • 250 messages/month: $5
  • 500 messages/month: $10
  • Unlimited messaging: $20

Data

  • Unlimited data: $29.99
  • Unlimited data with 2GB  for Personal Hotspot and tethering: $49.99 ($20 per GB for overages)

The only difference between the iPhone voice and messaging plans compared to Verizon Wireless’ standard plans appears to be the $20 unlimited messaging option. With other smartphones, the $20 messaging option affords subscribers 5,000 messages per month, and the carrier charges $0.10 per message for overages.

UPDATE: The pages have been pulled from Apple’s website as of approximately 10:50AM. More →

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