On Thursday, prepaid carrier Boost Mobile announced that it will lower the cost of its unlimited 4G LTE service for new customers signing up through March 31.
Instead of paying $55 for unlimited talk, text, and data (for smartphones), Boost will give new sign-ons a $35 monthly rate for the first 6 months of service. After that, the cost will revert to $50, rather than the full $55.
A prepaid Sprint brand, Boost Mobile uses Sprint's expanding LTE network, which is now available in 340 markets across the US and Puerto Rico. Boost's list of LTE-capable phones includes … Read more
On Tuesday, it announced three plans that combine lower rate plans with higher data buckets. All three plans include unlimited voice and messaging and can be paired with smartphones.
The Basic Plan, priced at $40 per month, now allows for up to 500MB 4G LTE data, double that of the previous plan. The Smart Plan now runs $50 per month and includes 2.5GB data per month; customers receive one-half gigabyte more data and pay $5 less each month than … Read more
As a phone reviewer, my life is an endless stream of cutting-edge devices. In fact I'm constantly juggling four or five mobile gadgets at any given time, many being the best mobile handsets money can buy. But even after living with a litany of fancy flagships from Samsung, Motorola, HTC, and Sony, it's the scrappy Nexus 5 upstart that has finally won my heart, at least for now. … Read more
Sprint MVNO Ting dropped the price of its data rates, the company announced on Monday.
The two-year-old mobile reseller, which is owned by Tucows, shaved down the cost to almost all of its data options. What's more, Ting's restructuring did away with one category completely -- XXL -- to focus on making data more affordable.
Heavy data users will reap the most benefits, as Ting skims its 2.25 cent-per-MB charge down to 1.5 cents. Ting says it was able to lower costs after negotiating a better deal for wholesale data.
Ting, which rides Sprint's network, … Read more
On Friday, regional carrier U.S. Cellular took the wraps off a new no-contract plan. The $50 monthly charge gets customers unlimited calling, text messages, and Web access.
For now, the plan applies to the Kyocera Hydro XTRM and Samsung Galaxy Axiom ($130 each with rebates) and the Motorola Moto X ($300 with rebates,) all LTE phones. The ZTE Director ($50), is the most budget offering, and the only one without LTE.
U.S. Cellular says it will expand the plan to include more LTE-ready phones down the line.
Three French carriers -- Orange, Bouygues, and Iliad's Free Mobile -- have begun competing for customers by cutting the roaming fees that can spook travelers and tourists from using mobile phones when abroad.
The price war is good news for people in Europe, where a fragmented mobile-network market means it's common to worry about the extra costs for making calls and downloading data while traveling outside one's home country. But it's likely the carriers aren't just motivated by the urge to woo customers: they're also likely angling for a better bargaining position for talks … Read more
Let's face it, Motorola's freshest crop of smartphones is pretty impressive, but still misses the mark. Even with Google's vast financial resources and software know-how, Moto devices haven't exactly sold like hotcakes. Now that Google has decided to hand off Motorola Mobility into the eager palms of Chinese hardware giant Lenovo, Moto could enjoy a much-needed course correction. … Read more
Sprint has upped the ante on its LTE network coverage, flipping the switch on 40 new US cities, for a total of 340 markets now slurping the faster 4G.
The carrier has already ticked most major cities off the list, and now residents of Providence, R.I.; Milwaukee, Wisc.; Salt Lake City; Mobile, Ala.; and Reno, Nev., will now be bathed with Sprint's LTE.
Beyond Sprint's regular LTE, the wireless provider is also developing and slowly deploying Sprint Spark, its enhanced, next-gen LTE, to roughly 100 US cities over the next three years. Spark is currently cruising in … Read more