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Kyocera Hydro Vibe touches down on Sprint, Virgin Mobile

Sprint and its pre-paid arm Virgin Mobile will carry the entry-level, waterproof smartphone in May.

By May 5, 2014


AT&T CEO vows to 'shake up' no-contract wireless with Cricket

AT&T's head honcho teases lower priced plans and different offers in the pre-paid arena.

By January 28, 2014


AT&T's Q3 profit inches up to $3.8B, tops expectations

Only 178,000 of the company's 1 million net new customers signed a contract to get a smartphone, with much of its growth coming from tablets and pre-paid customers.

By October 23, 2013


Pre-pay and go with ZTE's AT&T Avail

As a GoPhone device, the AT&T Avail by ZTE is a basic Android phone that is also pre-paid, and costs $129.99.

By May 9, 2012


Telstra prepaid handset recharge

Telstra prepaid customers now have access to a "My Pre-paid" button on their handsets giving them the ability to recharge their accounts from their phones.

By May 27, 2008


Ask Us: Can you use SkypeOut on your 3 Skypephone?

Using Skype on your mobile phone is a great way to dodge standard call rates if your friends are logged onto Skype, but can you use pre-paid Skype credits to call anyone in the world like you can on your PC?

By June 4, 2008


Calling card vs. 'Freedom Phone'

This concept phone is a small pre-paid handset, but it's probably better to buy a calling card.

By February 4, 2008


Short Take: Sprint reveals pricing on prepaid Internet cards

Sprint will make available its prepaid Internet cards Jan. 15, the company said, one with 180 local minutes and 60 toll-free minutes for as low as $9.99, the other with 600 local and 200 toll-free for as much as $29.99. Prices will vary by retailer. Market watcher Current Analysis was bullish on Sprint's move as it "gains first mover status" in a "still undefined" market. Pre-paid Net access cards are part of an emerging niche among network operators.

December 21, 2000


Short Take: New sites aim to ease cell phone sales

Two new Web sites, CellMania.com and Decide.com, aim to take the guesswork out of selecting a mobile phone and wireless calling plan for consumers. CellMania offers subscriber information about nearly 10,000 wireless plans nationwide. Decide.com, formerly 123tel.com, is set to launch Monday with similar comparison shopping Web site. Decide will offer information on wireless services and other telecommunications services including long distance plans and pre-paid calling cards.

September 17, 1999


Short Take: Net2Phone offers email service by phone

IP telephony company Net2Phone today announced a new service that allows users to check their email by phone. Customers with a pre-paid calling card can have their emails read to them in English or Spanish, or have the email text faxed to them. Users can also respond to email by phone, through an audio file attachment. The service, which will launch Feb. 15, will cost 25 cents a minute. Net2Phone partnered with MailCall to give its customers free email accounts.

February 4, 1999