T-Mobile on Monday introduced several new postpaid and prepaid plans headlined by a variety of throttled unlimited options that cater to a wide range of data-hungry smartphone users. The new individual unlimited plans start at $59.99 for unlimited nationwide voice calling and unlimited text messaging, and then become incrementally more expensive when unlimited data is added. Users can opt for unlimited data with 200MB of “high-speed” data for an extra $10 each month for a total of $69.99, 2GB of high-speed data for a total of $79.99, 5GB of high-speed data for $89.99, or 10GB of high-speed data for $119.99 each month. Once the high-speed data ceiling on one of the aforementioned plans is reached in a single month, data speeds will be reduced significantly — or “throttled” — until a new billing period begins. T-Mobile revamped several other postpaid plans and added two new prepaid options as well, and the details can be found in the press release below or on the carrier’s site. More →
Did we nail it or what? Today Rogers announced the creation of chatr, the low-cost wireless brand we exclusively told you about last week. Created to serve what Rogers calls a “niche” market that is not currently served by its flagship and value brands Rogers Wireless and Fido, chatr will offer no contract voice and text plans as well as unlimited talk and text plans. Data is not a part of chatr’s game plan. According to Rogers, the big draw of chatr is not only its great plans, but that for the first time it gives urbanites who simply want to make calls and send texts affordable service from a “network they can trust.” We were pretty curious about the timing of this launch, what with WIND Mobile now being half a year old and Mobilicity having only been on the scene for six weeks, so we asked Rogers about it. Surprisingly, they were adamant that they could not care less what their competitors are doing or where it is they are operating. They were quick to point out that chatr has been one year in the making and that it actually designed to mimic business model that allowed MetroPCS to go from a small time carrier to the 5th largest in the United States. Sadly this was about as much extra information as we could squeeze out of Rogers. As much as they want to get chatr up and running today, they’ve still got a few more things to do behind the scenes before it launches by the end of summer. This means that they can’t get into specifics about when the network will launch. But as we have said before, thanks to our connects we know that Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, and Ottawa are a lock. Anyone planning to wait with baited breath?
Verizon Wireless customers who opt for prepaid service as opposed to standard postpaid plans are in for a surprise tomorrow — or at least they were. One of our trusty ninjas just came through with a slide deck detailing a revamped prepaid offering that will go into effect starting tomorrow, February 11. As with all change there’s good news and bad news, but certainly not all prepaid users will be impacted in a bad way. So let’s get to it… First and foremost, new plans and new pricing:
- Prepaid Unlimited Talk (replaces Power): Access goes up $1 to $3.99 per day, unlimited peak / unlimited in-calling / unlimited night & weekend, SMS goes from 2¢ to 1¢ each
- Prepaid Plus (same name): Access stays at $1.99 per day, 5¢ peak / unlimited in-calling / unlimited night & weekend, SMS stays at 5¢ each
- Prepaid Core (same name): Access stays at $0.99 per day, 10¢ peak / unlimited in-calling / 10¢ night & weekend, SMS stays at 10¢ each
- Prepaid Basic (new option): No access fee, all calls are 25¢ per minute, SMS are 20¢ each
Beyond the plans there are a whole bunch of other tweaks such as access to the newly-acquired Alltel coverage areas and new monthly messaging bundles – prepaid customers can now purchase unlimited mobile to mobile messages and 250 additional messages for $10 per month or straight up unlimited messaging for $20 per month. We could go on for a while, but why don’t you just hit the jump where we’ve dropped in all the important slides from the deck.