Verizon Wireless to overhaul its phone and data pricing plans

By on January 14, 2010 at 12:02 PM.

Verizon Wireless to overhaul its phone and data pricing plans

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One of our connects hit us up with some changes Verizon Wireless is making to its calling plans effective January 18th. The details are coming in slowly but it looks like Big Red (not the gum) is ditching the all-inclusive Premium plan and renaming the current Basic plan to Nationwide Talk, and the Select Plan to Nationwide Talk & Text. A 30% drop in pricing on the unlimited minutes options for each of these plans is expected to accompany the name changes. Verizon also reconfirms the changes to the feature phone data plans which includes a new $9.99 data plan with 25MB and mobile email and a $29.99 unlimited plan with mobile email. Additionally, overage charges for the new $9.99 plan have been decreased from 50¢ to 20¢ per MB. All 3G multimedia phones, a category which has been expanded to include the enV3, Chocolate Touch and others, will now require a data plan of $9.99 or higher, like we reported. Verizon also added onto their prepaid plans, offering an new unlimited plan Talk & Text plan for $94.99 per month. Hit the jump for some highlights of the changes.

UPDATE: We’ve got shots of the new family plans as well as comparisons to AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile! It looks like Verizon’s new unlimited voice plans will run $69.99/month individually, with an $89.99/month option that will include unlimited text messages as well. As far as family plans go, Verizon seems to be coming in at $119.99/month for the first two lines, and $49.99/line a month after that with unlimited text and data options as well. More →

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WSJ: AT&T to offer incentives for lower data use

By on December 17, 2009 at 3:03 PM.

WSJ: AT&T to offer incentives for lower data use

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The internet has been raging against AT&T since early last week when CEO Ralph de la Vega suggested that AT&T may implement some type of tiered data plan structure to combat the 3% of its smartphone users chewing up 40% of its data. Today, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that AT&T is considering offering bribes, nay, incentives for smartphone owners who use less data than the company thinks is acceptable. How much is acceptable? Details have yet to emerge, but let us not kid ourselves, the “smartphone users” de la Vega and company are trying to rein in are YouTube uploading, Qik streaming, podcast downloading, data sleighing iPhone users who are using their device to its fullest potential. We’re pretty confident that old Ralph is talking about us, so BGR readers take a bow. We’ll be sure to stay on top of this one as it develops. In the mean time, we would be interested to know what AT&T would have to offer you to curb your data usage. More →

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How WIND Mobile changed Canada in less than 24 hours

By on December 16, 2009 at 1:10 PM.

How WIND Mobile changed Canada in less than 24 hours

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For our non-Canadian readers, it might be pretty hard to understand why there’s been so much hype about WIND Mobile finally launching. It is just a cell phone carrier after all, right? Kind of. It is a business at the end of the day, and a business hopes to be profitable (they want to make as much money possible), but the reason WIND is so brilliant is because they’re capitalizing on years of pillaging by Canada’s big three mobile providers: Rogers, TELUS and Bell. We’re not going to get into why Canada’s cellular options are so bad and expensive — Canada is a huge country, 90% of the people live within a certain amount of miles to the U.S. border, people expect coverage everywhere, it’s expensive to maintain — because it doesn’t matter. What does matter is how revolutionary WIND is to the average Canadian cellular subscriber and how much money that person will save. Here’s an example of a standard Rogers phone bill for a BlackBerry:

  • $45/month for 400 minutes, unlimited calling after 9PM, and a choice of either unlimited Rogers-to-Rogers calling, my5, unlimited SMS, or an extra $100 minutes. Let’s assume you chose unlimited Rogers-to-Rogers calling.
  • $25/month for a 500MB data plan for your BlackBerry (BIS not BES)
  • $20/mo for unlimited SMS, caller ID and voicemail for a smartphone
  • Total with fees of around $93/month (excluding taxes).

Over the life of your cell phone contract of three years (yes, it’s three years in Canada), you’ll have paid approximately $3348 to Rogers, and you’d have a brand new BlackBerry 9700 for which you paid $249.99 for. All in all, $3597 before tax. Here’s a WIND plan:

  • $45/month for unlimited minutes, unlimited SMS to U.S. and Canada, voicemail, caller ID, call waiting, call forwarding
  • $35/month for unlimited BlackBerry data

We’re at $80/month with unlimited everything, no contract, and no fees to change plans or features.

Sure, a difference of only plus or minus $13/month might not get everyone excited, but think of it this way… you don’t have to pay $500 to cancel your contract, you can elect to pre or post-pay, and never have to ever worry about overages unless you’ve got a lot of pals overseas. The option of unlimited anything is a downright comforting thought for consumers. As long as you can get over the $200 additional entry fee for an unsubsidized but very fairly-priced handset (note: Rogers charges $599.99 for a contract-free Bold 9700 as opposed to WIND’s $450), WIND looks incredibly attractive. Plus, you won’t get tied to the tree and spanked. Metaphorically, of course.

It isn’t all rainbows and ponies, however, as we have to take coverage (when you roam on Rogers, for instance, you’ll only get EDGE as WIND uses the same AWS 3G spectrum T-Mobile uses and is incompatible with Rogers, TELUS, and Bell), customer service, and profitability into consideration. The bet is that WIND makes so much that they can continue to save you money. Funny, isn’t it? Again, they’re a brand, brand new network, but with a boatload of cash behind them, some very smart and attractive pricing, plans, devices, and services, we think they have an amazing shot. They’ve also permanently disrupted the Canadian wireless landscape for the better, and within days or weeks, you’ll start to see better pricing from red, green, and blue. Thus giving our Canadian friends something they’ve long hoped for — competition.

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WIND Mobile's price plans leak out

By on December 12, 2009 at 8:33 AM.

WIND Mobile's price plans leak out

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One day after it was announced that WIND Mobile is allowed to launch its network without without delay, Canadians across the country are still giddy with excitement as they anticipate the impending launch of the nation’s fourth major wireless carrier. And while WIND has yet to publicly announce plan pricing (or a specific launch date, for that matter), HowardForums user Windsider has publishing what is claimed to be the official plans and their respective pricing. So without further ado, hit the jump to check out the plans; they’re impressive to say the least.

Thanks to everyone that sent this in! More →

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Sprint to announce a “wireless revolution” tomorrow

By on September 9, 2009 at 5:36 PM.

Sprint to announce a “wireless revolution” tomorrow

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If there’s one thing we love when it comes to carriers, it’s cryptic emails. There’s just nothing like getting speculation swirling ahead of an announcement and what better way than to send out a hype-mailer to get people’s gears turning. Above is an email sent out today to Sprint Premier customers, giving them a bit of a heads up that something big is coming tomorrow via newsletter. Did we say ‘big’? Big just doesn’t cut it, people — this is shaping up to be a “wireless revolution”! We’re not going to make any guesses here, but considering the email references Simply Everything, Right Plan Promise and ReadyNow, odds are good it has something to do with a new type of service or plan offering. Odds are also good that it has something to do with this “Any Mobile” site listed as coming soon that was dug up by our tipster. Anyone care to wager a guess?

Thanks, E!

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Rogers forgets to bring value to smartphone users in Q4

By on November 3, 2008 at 4:24 AM.

Rogers forgets to bring value to smartphone users in Q4

Rogers Wireless will not carry the BlackBerry Storm.

Listen up, Rogers. We know that you have a business to run and that you need to please your shareholders, but it seems like your latest smartphone plans are a bit of step backwards. Sure, the prices are pretty attractive for the Canadian market, but Bells smartphone plans for Q4 are way better. What’s that? Oh, you can tether with all Rogers data plans? Big deal because your network has been so congested lately that it’s not even worth the effort. So why don’t you play nice and offer customers the choice of choosing unlimited data with no tethering or capped data with tethering? It’d make life so much more fun. The addition of Special Choice and My5 to some plans is great, but it’s not enough to make up for the negatives. Hit the jump for the full break down of Roger’s plans!

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New iPhone Plans Starting October 1 on Rogers

By on September 5, 2008 at 12:40 PM.

New iPhone Plans Starting October 1 on Rogers

There are some rumors floating around today that our friends north of the boarder might be somewhat excited about. Forget the fact that you’re tied into a new contract for three years when you snag a new iPhone 3G, now it looks like you won’t have to watch your data usage quite closely than you thought when you snag an iPhone 3G and choose one of the cheaper plans. Here’s what we’re looking at:

$60/month

  • 250 daytime minutes (up from 150) + unlimited nights / weekends
  • 1GB data (up from 400MB)
  • 75 texts
  • Visual Voicemail
  • three months of unlimited local calling
  • a permanent MY5 Local option

$75/month

  • 400 daytime minutes (up from 300) + unlimited nights / weekends
  • 2GB data (up from 750MB)
  • 100 texts
  • Visual Voicemail
  • three months of unlimited local calling
  • a permanent MY5 Local option

So while the 6 GB for $30 option will likely be disappearing at the end of the month, it looks like our Canadian brothers will have some slightly more fair options to chose from. Additional data over your plan’s cap, by the way, will still probably cost you 50¢ per MB for the first 60 MB, 3¢ per MB thereafter.

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