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Prepaid Smartphone Market Share

Prepaid smartphone sales expected to surpass high-end devices by 2017

December 11th, 2012

High-end smartphones priced at $200 or higher made up more than 83% of the market last year, according to Informa. That share is expected to drop to 33% by 2017, however. The research firm predicts that by 2017 affordable smartphones, or those priced below $150 with no contract, will account for a majority of sales, …

AT&T adds $65 prepaid GoPhone plan on October 7th

October 1st, 2012

AT&T (T) smartphone users on a tight budget will have a new prepaid option starting October 7th. AT&T on Monday said that it would launch a new prepaid GoPhone plan next month that will include unlimited talk and text and 1GB of data, and will cost just $65 a month. AT&T currently offers prepaid data plans that start …

More Americans ditching contracts as prepaid wireless surges

June 15th, 2012

More and more wireless users are opting out of two-year service agreements and switching to prepaid. New data released by Chetan Sharma Consulting shows that American wireless carriers as a whole actually lost postpaid subscribers for the first time, as the top seven carriers in the United States lost a combined 52,000 postpaid subscribers. The …

Prepaid iPhone coming to Virgin Mobile USA

June 5th, 2012

Apple’s ever-popular iPhone will be coming to yet another prepaid wireless carrier this summer, according to a new Market Watch report. Citing unnamed sources, Market Watch’s Thomas Gryta Tuesday reported on Tuesday that Virgin Mobile USA licensee Sprint would announce this week that Virgin Mobile subscribers will be able to use the iPhone as their …

Apple's iPhone dives deeper into prepaid this September

June 1st, 2012

Prepaid mobile carrier Boost Mobile reportedly has plans to launch Apple’s iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 smartphones in early September. Citing an unnamed source, TechnoBuffalo recently reported that the Sprint-owned virtual carrier will offer both models with no contracts alongside its $50 unlimited prepaid plan, which includes unlimited voice calling, text messaging and Web. The …

Apple's iPhone goes prepaid

May 31st, 2012

Beginning on June 22nd, consumers in the United States will be able to purchase a new iPhone to be used alongside prepaid wireless service. Regional carrier Cricket, owned by Leap Wireless, will offer Apple’s iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 off contract alongside its $55 unlimited talk, text and data plan. Though labeled as unlimited, the …

3-year-old iPhone 3GS primed for revival

May 21st, 2012

Apple’s iPhone 3GS was unveiled nearly 3 years ago in June 2009, and some found its familiar styling and modest hardware upgrades to be disappointing. The handset went on to be Apple’s best-selling smartphone until its successor launched the following year, and the iPhone 4 would be Apple’s best-selling iPhone until the iPhone 4S launched …

Verizon Wireless announces new prepaid plans

April 30th, 2012

Verizon Wireless on Monday announced a new prepaid plan that offers unlimited talk, text, and 1GB of data for $80. The monthly plan is only being offered on the 3G Samsung Illusion, which can be had for $169.99 and will be available at Best Buy, Target, RadioShack and Walmart. Verizon also announced three different prepaid …