T-Mobile and Sprint continue to upgrade their own networks despite merger plan

On April 29th, T-Mobile announced its plan to merge with Sprint. The deal still needs to be approved by U.S. regulators, and it could be a year or more before both carriers close on the transaction. In addition, there always is a chance that the merger doesn’t get approved. Remember, back in 2011 AT&T agreed to buy T-Mobile for $39 billion. The deal was killed by AT&T after the Justice Department filed a suit to block the transaction.
Those were the days when T-Mobile was a 96 pound weakling, a far cry from the carrier that today is the one the others emulate. …


Sprint launches Unlimited 55+ plan, matches T-Mobile's offer for seniors

If you’re at least 55 years of age, Sprint has a pretty attractive offer for you. The carrier just announced a new Unlimited 55+ plan, which allows you to get two lines of unlimited data, talk and text for $70 per month – that’s just $35 monthly for each line. The first line costs $50 per month, while the second one is $20 (thus, if you only need one line, you can not get it for $35).
As previously reported, Sprint’s new Unlimited 55+ offer will be available starting tomorrow, May 18. The plan is similar to T-Mobile’s Unlimited 55+, which …

Cricket vs MetroPCS, Straight Talk, Boost and Project Fi prepaid plan prices

All major carriers have had those crappy prepaid phones for a while now, for folks who don’t really have the wherewithal to endure two-year contracts, or the credit history to get a subsidized expensive phone with set monthly outlays. The death of two-year contracts forced them to rethink the prepaid conundrum, too, and these plans are now much better priced, plus the phones offered are no longer scraping the bottom of the specs barrel.

Sometimes, however, going the MVNO route is still the only way to get unlimited data at reasonable pricing on your favorite carrier of choice. Not only …

Poll results: tiny phones are a viable backup plan

Nowadays, phones are getting bigger and bigger, but our pockets aren’t. With a huge phablet in your pocket, especially one that has a glass back, it becomes a tedious task to take it out of your pocket for every received notification. And what if you want to hit the gym? People prefer to leave their expensive handset in the locker or at home and either disconnect from the world, or bring in a backup.

A backup like an old and probably smaller phone, or a smartwatch. That way, one gets enough functionality to remain connected to the world, yet don’t run the risk of dropping and stepping on …

Verizon's new prepaid plan kicks in, compare it to AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint

*prepaid plan prices are after an auto-pay discount, where available
Verizon’s new prepaid plan option kicks in today, and Big Red is giving $50 bill credit if you port your number over, and activate it on a prepaid plan until April 17th. After the two-year cell phone contract is all but dead, and after the dust from the unlimited data plans battle has now settled, the next frontier in the cutthroat competition among the major US carriers is the prepaid market. More and more folks are seeing that value, and AT&T acknowledged that fact by rebranding …

This is the data usage by type and plan for Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, where do you fit?

If you have ever been curious how much data are Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile or Sprint using by cellular and plan type usage, the latest AppOptix report by research firm Strategy Analytics brings us the answer to that pressing question. Not that it comes as a huge surprise, but folks on the cheapest unlimited mobile data plans – those of T-Mobile and Sprint – are using much more bytes than those on the “expensive” carriers like Verizon or AT&T.

As you can see from the graphs below, T-Mobile subscribers are the absolute leaders in monthly data usage among all four major US …

T-Mobile and Sprint's plan prices may chase Verizon and AT&T, as carriers ditch the discount model

We hate to be a harbinger of bad news, but not only are phone prices going up with no end in sight, but affordable carrier plans will be few and far between going forward, it seems. After their merger failed, Sprint and T-Mobile will now have to focus on expanding their networks, and boosting profitability on their own, which will be affecting their plan pricing, and their heretofore “affordable carriers” mojo. 

Sprint, which reported a much larger customer churn than the other three carriers, due to its promos expiring en masse, already said last …

Download this: YouTube Go is here to save your data plan

TwitterFacebook

YouTube doesn’t have to be a data hog.

At least, not if you’re using YouTube Go, the company’s data-saving version alternative for video streaming. First released in India in 2016, the Android app has now expanded to 130 countries.

YouTube Go is designed to give users more control over how and when their data is used. The app lets you preview a video before you commit to watching the whole clip. If you do want to watch a full video, you can choose how much data you want to use at any given time. You can also download clips you want to save for later. Read more…

More about Tech, Google, Youtube, Android, and Apps And Software

Verizon's Go Unlimited plan to include Mexico and Canada starting on January 25th

As many of you know, Verizon offers two different unlimited plans, Go Unlimited and Beyond Unlimited. The former is the lower priced of the two options, and offers DVD-quality video streaming (480p) as opposed to the HD streaming (720p) available on the premium version. Another difference between both plans is the 15GB of high speed hotspot/tethering offered with Beyond Unlimited every month, compared to the 600Kbps speed cap that Go Unlimited subscribers experience for hotspot/tethering use.

However, Big Red is allowing Go Unlimited subscribers to match Beyond Unlimited users with one particular …

Project Fi's Bill Protection plan offers unlimited talk, text and data for $80 a month and less

Google’s Project Fi hybrid MVNO uses a combination of Wi-Fi hotspots and cellular networks to connect its customers to the internet. And now Project Fi has announced a whole new unlimited data plan that it calls “Bill Protection.” Previously, for $20 a month, customers got unlimited talk and text and paid $10/GB for data. Money spent on data not used during a given month was refunded.

To better compete with carriers like T-Mobile and Sprint and their low priced unlimited offers, the new Bill Protection plan again supplies unlimited talk and text for $20 a month. And yes, you still pay $10 …