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    For the past while, Ting has been twisting and transforming itself (thanks in part to new competition) from providing a simple a la carte prepaid service based off of Sprint's network to carrying both major US GSM networks as well. Now, it's bringing down its data pricing to $10 per gigabyte from a rate of $15. That's for data beyond the 2GB level ($20, down from $29). If you're curious, the first gigabyte is now $16, $3 less than before. Ultimately, if you end up using more than 2GB, you'd be basically paying as much as Project Fi users do. Here's the t(h)ing: calls, texts and data are ...

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    Sprint's done with its first fiscal quarter of 2016 and is reporting numbers. Like most companies, some are good and some are bad. The bad? The company recorded a net loss of $302 million for the three months ending on June 30. Operating income dropped 28 percent year over year to $361 million while net revenue was flat. The good? Overland Park added 173,000 postpaid subscribers this quarter, the fourth quarter in a row. It ends the quarter at 59,453,000 subscribers. Sprint's LTE Plus network launched in another 33 markets with a total of 237 markets so far. With a growing subscriber ...

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    From a new phone for MetroPCS to a BOGO deal at AT&T, there have been plenty of developments in the prepaid world today. They continue with an announcement from Verizon that it has extended a feature newly available to some of its postpaid customers over to most of its prepaid customers. But, instead of "Safety Mode," the Checkmark has decided to go with "Always-On Data". It's a feature that throttles customers' data speeds down from LTE speeds to 128kbps when they kick their high speed bucket for the cycle. At least when you "run out" of data, you don't actually run out and get ...

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    The hard grade of disbelief we give to budget phones out of China these days has to do with the fact that they have fingerprint sensors. Yeah, we know, kinda crazy. It takes a bit more than a few dollars, though, to not only get the component, but get it to work properly and in a decent fashion. Nevertheless, phone after phone in China has made it happen. ZTE is making it happen in the US with the debut of the spiritual successor to the ZMax 2, the ZMax Pro for MetroPCS. There's a six-inch, full HD display with a Snapdragon 617 and 2GB of RAM. The main camera has 13 megapixels of ...

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    Just because you're saving money as best you can doesn't mean you don't deserve some extra help in doing so. If you and someone else are on an AT&T's prepaid GoPhone plan or you're thinking of getting on one, heed this bit of news before GoPhoning for it. Sorry. Anyways, you can get two smartphones for the price of one starting Friday, July 22, so long as they're valued above $59.99. Both phones have to be on a $45 or $60 monthly plan. Also, be prepared to talk it out with a customer service rep: you must redeem the offer at an AT&T or Authorized Retail store. You can learn more ...

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    What happens in Florida doesn't stay there. In fact, what comes there usually wants to leave after more than a few days or even weeks. Talk about MetroPCS and its newly-founded iPhone sales as they began in Florida a couple weeks ago. Nowadays, you can get a prepaid Apple device outside of the Sunshine State at your local Metro store or at its website. If you do go the online route, there's a bit of a dance you'll have to deal with in terms of color availability. Here's a handy chart of what devices are available in their colors and storage amounts as of this post: [table] Device,Gold,Rose ...

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    It's tough being a smaller virtual network operator these days, especially when you see all the growth get sucked up, monopolized by T-Mobile's own MetroPCS. Well, beyond the first-party prepaid carriers, you can see that players like Simple Mobile and Republic Wireless are still trying. Take H2O Wireless for example, which runs off of AT&T's network. All of its plans play upon offerings for international texting and calling. Text is unlimited, period, while talk is free to 50 countries. If you're calling outside of that list, you have complimentary credits to use. The big compromise, ...

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    For the longest time, if you wanted the prestige of owning an iPhone, but couldn't afford the strikingly high cost to get your voice, text and data service with it, you could go to Virgin Mobile, Boost Mobile, or Cricket Wireless, just to name a few prepaid carriers. Sure, there was just a bit of upfront cost, but the plans were more tenable on your pocket. Well, it's 2016 and the fastest growing prepaid brand in the US has finally taken in the iPhone. T-Mobile has announced that its subsidiary MetroPCS will start selling four iPhone variants tomorrow at select Florida locations only. ...

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    As previously teased, T-Mobile prepaid brand MetroPCS is preparing to sell the LG Stylo 2 Plus, a brand name that changes about every time we get to mention it. It sounds like a slightly more decent mid-range phone to carry a little writing stick with in 2016, — though it will be carrying a 13-megapixel main camera and not a 16-megapixel one like foreign variants — but as the late Billy Mays would say, "WAIT! THERE'S MORE!" MetroPCS has officially opened up pre-registration for the phone up through June 26. If you do pre-register and then buy a LG Stylo 2 Plus on or before July 31 and ...

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    Tello might be the name of a walkie-talkie app, but it's now also the name of a Sprint virtual network operator. It is the latest prepaid carrier to offer custom buckets of talk time, texts and data to prospective users. One postpaid carrier, Ting, happens to be a competing Sprint MVNO. It's now being put at a heavy price disadvantage if users want more with Tello's introduction. One sore point is in the data offerings: Ting's price of $29 gets users up to 2GB before going into per-megabyte prorated charges while Tello offers 2GB of LTE data for $21 and up to 5GB of LTE data for $45. ...

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    Sprint lost more than a million prepaid subscribers last year. Despite an overall positive result in subscriber adds, the company needs all the help it can get against T-Mobile and especially MetroPCS — it's been absorbing pretty much all of the prepaid growth in the US market. So, Sprint has pulled back its own-brand presence. Sprint Prepaid phones have been pulled from Target while Best Buy is trying to clear out four of its five phones. The service is still available to sign-on to at Sprint stores as well as RadioShack and Kmart. Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure told investors in its ...

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    If you happen to be on one of Sprint's prepaid networks, you might be able to catch up on the latest mobile flagship from Samsung if you have enough money for it. Boost Mobile will be first to introduce the 32GB Black Onyx Galaxy S7 to its shelves on March 11 before Virgin Mobile USA does on March 18. Both outlets will price the phone at $649.99, short of tax. While T-Mobile was the first major postpaid carrier to start shipping out phones to its customers, its prepaid subsidiary, MetroPCS, has yet to announce an exact date for when it will offer the Galaxy S7 up to customers. Source: ...

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    Mid-rangers are an interesting beast in this smartphone market. Publicized unlocked phones have become a more common occurrence. ZTE wanted to be the uncommon occurence. The Chinese manufacturer made a point in renaming its US brand — one tarnished by security doubts and locked-in by a legion of low-end devices (some 66 being actively sold in the US market, ZTE claims) — and kicking things off in high-end fashion with the launch of the Axon smartphone. Axon's competitors, which include Huawei and Xiaomi, took phones from their home-market production, watered them down to "Lite" or ...

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    A new trend has arisen in the US over the last few years: switching to prepaid plans. Though prepaid plans have their quirks, the pros generally outweigh the cons when you compare them with most postpaid plans nowadays. To that end, T-Mobile has been one of the more popular prepaid destinations, with popular plans ranging from just $30 a month. Today, the company has announced that it has taken the #1 prepaid wireless spot in the United States. T-Mobile USA now has 15.64 million customers on its prepaid network, though this total includes the recently-acquired MetroPCS's connections. ...

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    How much do you spend each month just to stay connected? As cell phones – namely, smartphones – have increased in popularity over the last decade, the cost of keeping them connected has slowly crept upwards. Cheaper functions, like voice calling and SMS, have taken a back seat to the more convenient and bandwidth-hogging mobile data. As such, calling plans and text messaging are now, more often than not, offered in unlimited quantities. However, gone are the days of $20 and $30 unlimited data plans (unless you're lucky enough to be hanging on to a grandfathered plan). The cost of ...

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    It's funny to ever consider that a Third-World region could ever teach anything to those more developed countries, but believe it or not, there are some minor cases where it does happen. One of those is in how poor countries handle phone plans. See, in places like Latin America, it's hard for people to keep a healthy credit record, or even to maintain the habit of paying bills on time. It's just common for the public to not worry about the consequences. Phone carriers did their best to push post-pay plans over a decade ago, but they soon realized that each market and society circumstance ...

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