T-Mobile is expanding its deals to entice switchers, offering to cover all of a defecting Verizon customer’s unpaid balance on his or her phone. The offer, which starts May 31, is good for customers who own an Apple aapl iPhone 6S, SE, or 7 model or one of Google’s googl Pixel phones. Customers can keep the phone to use with T-Mobile and don’t have to trade it in or buy a new phone, as they did in t...
About a year ago, the mobile market was riding high. Carriers had all but eliminated pesky-and costly-phone subsidies, customer defection rates were at all-time lows, and AT&T and Verizon were among Wall Street’s top performing stocks. The industry’s fat profit margins no doubt looked appealing to possible newcomers, with cable giants Comcast and Charter Communications, and likely a few other outfits as well are looking to enter into the mobile phone market (in July, T-Mobile CEO...
The rise of unlimited mobile data plans, coupled with increasingly fierce price competition, is doing a number on wireless carriers’ revenues. For the first time in 17 years, carriers’ quarterly revenue from data plans declined from the previous year, wireless market analyst Cherian Sharma noted in his report on results from the first three months of the year. The “unlimited price war reached its inevitable apex with Verizon buckling under market intensity and offering unlimite...
BigStock Photo Back in 2012, I was one of those early AT&T customers who was grandfathered into an unlimited data plan, determined not to give it up — until I realized just how much it was costing me every month, unnecessarily. I made the switch, wrote about it at the time, and concluded, “Did I make the right decision? Ask me 3-5 years from now when I’m using gobs of data for all those yet-to-be invented devices. In the meantime, I’m happy to pocket that $400/year in savings....
Verizon has just launched an unlimited data plan for $80 a month. Besides unlimited data, talk, and text across the U.S., you'll also get unlimited text to more than 200 countries, and unlimited talk to Mexico and Canada. The post Verizon just announced a prepaid unlimited data plan for $80 appeared first on Digital Trends.
Verizon wireless customers who pre-pay for monthly service will be able to opt for an unlimited data plan starting on Tuesday. But the new plan doesn’t come with a discount, a big departure from what is typical for prepaid service. Customers who sign up for the plan will pay the same $80 per month as customers of Verizon’s regular unlimited monthly plan. The new prepaid plan also has a few other missing features because it doesn’t include the ability to share an Internet connec...
There’s a debate raging over how Mark Wahlberg should hold the otter. The Hollywood star’s hands need to be a little lower, perhaps, and a flip towards the camera needs to be a little sharper, is the consensus. It’s a stuffed otter and Wahlberg is standing in the sunlit breakfast nook of an oceanside, multimillion-dollar mansion in Beverly, a suburb north of Boston, surrounded by cameras, lights and a cadre of staff for what looks like a major movie shoot. With set decorators, ...
With the introduction of unlimited data wireless plans, Verizon pulled a major strategic course change in February. But to push its new offerings the carrier is sticking with its tried and true advertising strategy. The emphasis in a series of new television ads hitting on Friday remains Verizon’s top-rated wireless network. And Thomas Middleditch, star of the HBO comedy Silicon Valley, will continue as lead pitchman. But to freshen the campaign a bit, Verizon decided to add some of its ac...
Verizon has revealed its first quarter earnings results, and with it comes the news that the carrier has lost a sizable chunk of its subscriber base -- and could have lost even more, if not for its new unlimited plan. The post Unlimited data helps Verizon stem massive subscriber loss in first quarter appeared first on Digital Trends.
Verizon shed new light on its surprise decision to offer an unlimited data plan in February after years of resisting: it was losing customers in droves. From the beginning of the year until the unlimited plan was unveiled on Feb. 12, Verizon lost a net 398,000 regular monthly phone customers, by far the most it had ever lost in an entire quarter (the previous high was just 138,000, according to analyst Walt Piecyk at BTIG Research). Had that pace continued, it might have lost over 800,000 of its...
Not sure how many gigabytes of data you want to purchase? Here, we provide some basics on how much data services cost, and what activities you may want to avoid unless you're connected to a Wi-Fi network. The post What size data plan is right for you? appeared first on Digital Trends.
Comcast unveiled its wireless service on Thursday, bringing limited new competition to the market as the cable giant said it would offer plans only in its current regions. After the cable industry’s years of expensive stops and starts with wireless, Comcast’s new service, dubbed Xfinity Mobile, includes just two basic plans, both with unlimited talk and texting. Unlimited data service will be $65 per line or an a-la-carte plan will be $12 per gigabyte. Subscribers will be able to swi...
AT&T offers different smartphone plans for you to choose from. Here, we break down the Mobile Share Advantage Plan and the prepaid AT&T GoPhone plans to help you decide which is best for you. The post Switching to AT&T? We break down the carrier’s new unlimited and prepaid plans appeared first on Digital Trends.
With competition getting even tougher in the wireless market, Sprint on Thursday reduced the long-term price of its unlimited data plan and eliminated all its offerings with data allowances. The announcement came just minutes before cable giant Comcast was to unveil its new wireless service and after months of price chopping and advertising battles over unlimited plans from AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. Sprint said that starting on April 7, it would only offer its unlimited data plan that als...
Comcast is finally ready to unveil its new mobile phone service, but the market has shifted dramatically and gotten intensely more competitive since the cable giant first got started with the offering two years ago. Comcast says it is announcing the wireless service-to go along with its cable TV, Internet, and phone bundles--on Thursday morning at a conference with financial analysts. Based on what what Comcast executives have said publicly, analysts don’t expect the service to pose a sign...
AT&T is sweetening the pot to entice more mobile customers to opt for its unlimited data plan. The carrier said on Wednesday that all subscribers to its mobile unlimited plan would also get a free subscription to premium network HBO. The offer, which starts April 6, applies to mobile subscribers even if they don’t subscribe to AT&T’s two pay TV services, U-Verse and DirecTV. Mobile-only customers will get free HBO access via the HBO Go app, AT&T said. U-verse and DirecTV ...
Competition among the major wireless carriers remains intense, which is great for customers but might be less great for stock investors. Wireless customers have gotten numerous opportunities to lower their bills over the past few months. During the first quarter, T-Mobile eliminated added fees and taxes from its unlimited data plans, and Sprint slashed the price of its unlimited plan to just $90 for up to five lines. Meanwhile, Verizon finally caved from the pressure and debuted its own unlimite...
AT&T is hoping that promotions can keep bringing in new subscribers for the DirecTV Now live-streaming television service. The telecoms giant recently announced that, for a limited time, customers can receive a full year of HBO for no additional cost if they sign up for one of DirecTV Now’s two pricier subscription tiers. That means savings of $60 for the full year--HBO usually costs an extra $5 per month for DirecTV Now subscribers. The catch? It only applies to either the Go Big chan...
T-Mobile said it would let customers on its unlimited data plans use 7% more data per month before hitting slower download speeds, as the battle to attract mobile phone subscribers remains heated. T-Mobile customers on the carrier’s unlimited plan, which starts at $70 for one line, can use 30 GB of data per month, up from 28 GB previously, before facing potentially slower speeds. Other carriers have set the level of potentially slowing data lower: 23 GB at Sprint and 22 GB on at Verizon an...
Sprint got a big boost in subscribers by joining the wireless industry’s shift to unlimited data plans last summer. But the company’s business has taken a hit after Verizon recently decided to follow suit with a similar plan. Customer defection rates, or what the industry calls churn, is higher than expected at Sprint, chief financial officer Tarek Robbiati said on Tuesday at a Deutsche Bank investor conference. “The rise in competitive intensity has probably triggered a little...