Tag Archive: Smartphone

  1. Should I Switch? AT&T Unlimited Data vs Mobile Share Plan

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    Updated: 1/13/2017

    Last updated January 2017 to reflect price incrase.

    AT&T Wireless raised the price on grandfathered Unlimited data plans by $5 in December, 2015 from $30 to $35.  And by another $5 from $35 to $40 in March 2017. What do you think they will do in March 2018?

    2 Year plans ended January 8, 2016.

    AT&T Wireless rolled out a new Mobile Share Advantage Plan on August 22, 2016 with lower data costs but higher per device fees.  Our analysis below has been updated to reflect this.

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  2. AT&T Next vs Verizon Edge vs Apple iPhone Upgrade Program

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    Last Update: September 9, 2016
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    AT&T created a new wireless phone plan in July 2013 called AT&T Next Installment to address the needs of customers who want to upgrade to the latest and greatest Smartphone every year. Verizon followed suit with their Edge program a week later.

    Normal Smartphone plans in the USA require shoppers to commit to a 2 year contract. They cannot change phones during this time unless they want to pay an expensive early termination fee, for cancelling their contract early

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  3. AT&T Next Upgradeable vs 2 year contract Smartphone Plan Review

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    Last update: 9/8/2016

    On 8/22/2016 AT&T Wireless rolled out the new Mobile Share Advantage plan with more data for less $$. It also added no overage charges, speeds will slow to a crawl after you hit your limit. This plan clearly shows the hidden costs of 2 year contracts.

    An allotment of of data costs $30/month for 1GB, $40 for 3GB, $60 for 6GB, $80 for 10GB, etc..

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  4. Verizon Edge Upgradeable vs 2 year contract Smartphone Plan Review

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    Last Update: 9/8/2016

    Verizon changed Smartphone plans in July 2016.

    Verizon announced that customers are eligible to get a new iPhone every year through the annual upgrade program. The new program allows you to turn in your phone and upgrade to a new iPhone every year. If you pre-ordered an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, you’re automatically enrolled in this program if you’ve elected the Device Payment option.

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    Verizon has announced the end of 2 year plans effective August 13, 2015. Only those currently on a 2 year plan, can get a new phone with 2 year commitment, when their current commit is fulfilled. New customers cannot buy phones with 2 year plans. Tablets with 2 year contracts are still available as of Summer 2016.

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  5. How To Find The Best Smartphone Plan in 2016

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    Last Updated: September 6, 2016

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    Almost everyone has a smartphone or will have one shortly. Their usefulness is undeniable. This convenience comes at a high cost and multi-year commitment. We examine the major smartphone providers, their wireless plans and costs, to help you make a more educated decision.

    Important: As with any mobile wireless plan, you need to ensure you have coverage where you need it. Home, work, play, you need signal otherwise it does not matter what the price is.

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  6. Should I Switch? Verizon Unlimited Data vs More Everything Plan

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    Last Update: September 13, 2016

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    Unlimited data plan price raised by $20 on November 5, 2015 (unless you are in a contract), but Verizon announced that no throttle of speed will occur. Business and government users will not see a price hike.

    Last July 2014, Verizon introduced their "More Everything Plan", which introduced simplified monthly data allowances shareable up to 10 lines and a plethora of data package options to fit different user needs. In July 2016 they increased data caps and prices with a new plan. However, if you are part of the <1% of customers still hanging onto unlimited data, the caveats to this new plan are worth noting: (more…)

  7. How to Find the Best No Contract Smartphone Plans in 2015 – Part 1

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    Last updated 3/26/2016

      

    Almost everyone has a smartphone or will have one shortly. Their usefulness is undeniable. This convenience comes at a high cost and often a multi-year commitment. We examine some little known companies that can take the average cell phone bill from just under $150 to as little as $30 a month. It is surprising that only 1-2% of subscribers switch to other carriers every year, they must feel married to their service.

    Important: As with any mobile wireless plan, you need to ensure you have coverage where you need it. Home, work, play, you need signal otherwise it does not matter what the price is.

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  8. T-Mobile JUMP! On Demand Upgradeable Smartphone Plan Review

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    T-Mobile created a new wireless plan called T-Mobile JUMP!  to address the needs of customers who want to upgrade to the latest and greatest Smartphone when a new device is available or when you are tired of your current phone. This was later renamed to JUMP! On Demand in June 2015.

    Normal Smartphone plans in America require shoppers to commit to a 2 year contract. People cannot change phones during this time unless they want to pay an expensive early termination fee (ETF), for cancelling their contract. With this new program, you can upgrade as many as 3 times a year, more often than AT&T Wireless or Verizon Wireless. As you read our T-Mobile JUMP! On Demand review, you will see how much it costs and whether it is worth signing up for.

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  9. How to Use Your Smartphone Overseas

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    Introduction

    People are stuck to their Smartphones. Everywhere you go someone is staring at their phone, while in the street, at work, on the bus, almost everywhere. These useful devices help us look up information, play games, take pictures and videos, do business, and stay in touch. When we travel overseas, we expect to keep our Smartphone with us, but foreign countries and their cellular networks throw a monkey wrench into our desire to stay connected. We ate BuyVia believe that constant connectivity is almost mandatory these days.

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