Today, you can get a prepaid smartphone that easily competes with contract phones, even a prepaid iPhone. You will pay more up front, but entry-level monthly plans are much less. For instance, you will pay $649.99 for a 16GB iPhone 4S and $30 per month for 2.5 GB data, unlimited texting and 300 minutes on Virgin Mobile. So for the first year, your out-of-pocket would be $1,010 before taxes and fees. On AT&T, you will pay $199.99 for the 16GB iPhone 4S and $89.99 per month for 3GB of data, unlimited texting and 450 minutes. So your expenses the first year would be $1,279.87 before taxes and fees and you would still have another year on your contract. Since taxes are included in the prepaid monthly price, the overall savings can be about 40%.
Before you get too excited, keep in mind that the latest and hottest new phones are still available to contract customers months before they trickle down to prepaid plans, and to the carriers that mainly offer them. And, like contract phones, prepaid phones are usually locked to the carrier you purchase them from. But there's no denying the savings. Prepaidonline.Com provides prepaid airtime refills for all smart phones from all carriers.
Washington - The percentage of cellphone users who use prepaid service "could very likely" reach 33 percent of all U.S. subscribers in the next 12 months, up from today's 25 percent, two analysts contended.
Telecommunications analyst Mark Lowenstein of Mobile Ecosystem and Sam Simon of the New Millennium Research Council forecast continued growth in prepaid wireless for three reasons. One is the growing availability of prepaid wireless services with unlimited calling, texting and Web access. The second is the rise of inexpensive, feature-laden Android smartphones that can be retailed at a low cost with little or no subsidy. And the third is the emergence of "SIM-only" prepaid service in which consumers can insert a prepaid-SIM card in an existing high-end smartphone that they purchased with subsidy but whose contract has expired.
"What we are seeing today is an almost perfect storm of factors that are making prepaid wireless increasingly attractive for middle-class consumers," said Simon, a senior fellow at the New Millennium Research Council. "When you combine the ongoing expense and rigidity of contract-based wireless service with the sluggish economy, the rise of unlimited prepaid calling, texting and web access, and the availability of more and more low-cost prepaid smartphone handsets, it becomes increasingly difficult for any savvy consumer to justify sticking with contract-based cellphone service." Prepaidonline.com offers refills for all prepaid wireless carriers.
More prepaid wireless companies are lining up to offer a full menu of smart phones including the i-phone as they all are now realizing how big the prepaid market has evoloved and how prepaid users are demanding more handset options. Cricket, Virgin, Simple, Boost, Tracfone and others are joining in. No matter who you choose, http://www.prepaidonline.com offers airtime/data refills for them all.
In a tip sent to us by an anonymous Gamestop employee, the new prepaid mobile phone service details have been sent to participating stores. Here are the details. The new pre-paid mobile phone plans will allow pay as you service for existing phones to transfer their number, or to get a new phone and number. The plans run from $35 to $55 depending on the plan. No details have been officially announced from GameStop as (according to source) employees are just getting the information this week.
For the first time in history U.S. wireless carriers saw an overall decline in contract wireless subscriptions as users flock toward prepaid offers. The seven largest U.S. phone companies, who collectively represent roughly 95 percent of the wireless market, lost a combined 52,000 subscribers from contract-based plans during the first quarter. With the wireless market being saturated, more cost-conscious users are ignoring the siren call of newer subsidized devices and are finding cost savings in prepaid offerings at sites like www.prepaidonline.com. Those prepaid offerings saw a jump of about 2 million, though that total is actually down from the 5 million prepaid subscribers added to the market during the same quarter one year earlier.
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