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AT&T comes to the party with all 4 main carriers now offering Unlimited plans

AT&T has a new unlimited data plan! Hooray!

 

 

Starting today! HOORAY

 

Previously only having unlimited data plans available to customers who were also DirecTV or U-Verse Customers, this unlimited plan will be available to all postpaid AT&T customers.

 

The new plan will provide unlimited talk, text, and data on four lines for $180. This includes unlimited calls from the U.S. to Canada and Mexico and unlimited texts to more than 120 countries around the world. Customers are also able to talk, text, and use data in Canada and Mexico with no roaming charges.

 

BUT the $180 is after a $40 credit for the fourth smartphone line, which will start after two billing periods. Prior to then, customers will need to pay $220 per month for the plan.

 

According to AT&T, the company “may slow speeds” during periods of network congestion for customers who consume more than 22GB of data, because, 22GB is kind of a lot, you know?

 

With AT&T coming to the party, now  all of the major carriers in the United States have unlimited data plans available!

 

UNLIMITED DATA PLAN PARTY

 

Sprint and T-Mobile have offered unlimited data plans since August, and Verizon announced its unlimited plan just this week with inclusions like 10GB of tethering data and HD video streaming. T- Mobile have since implemented similar changes.

 

T-Mobile is $70 per month for a single subscriber, Verizon’s plan is $80 or $180 for four subscribers, and Sprint’s plan is priced at $55 per month for a single subscriber, but its coverage can’t compete with T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T.

 

AT&T is $100 per month for the first smart phone, and $40 for additional smartphones with the fourth line free after bill credit.

 

From the Source:

 

 

“We’re offering unlimited entertainment on the nation’s best data network where and when you want to enjoy more of what you love,” said David Christopher, Chief Marketing Officer of the AT&T Entertainment Group.

 

 

 

 

What’s the top selling Smartphone of the last 3 months?

 

 

A dude named T. Michael Walkley, an analyst over at Canaccord Genuity did some counting, as analysts do, and figured out the top selling Smart phone at AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile for the months September, October and November of this year.

 

And the winner is?

 

 

The iPhone 5S!

 

 

 

Here’s the figures! (Via Appleinsider.)

 

 

Carrier Sales

 

 

The figures were following the same trend last year, with the iPhone 5 being the top selling smartphone of the last quarter of 2012, followed by the Samsung Galaxy S III, and then the iPhone 4 and 4S.

 

Yay iPhone 5S!

 

 

 

Images courtesy of  Youtube & Afuntab.

How to pre-order the new iPhone 5C

 

 

 

Alright you guys, so this blog post is all about how to pre order the iPhone 5C. That’s cool. It’s also weirdly difficult to describe when this can actually happen. We know what’s right, we think, but it sounds wrong. So we’re gonna try it so that there can be no misunderstandings.

 

You will be able to pre order the iPhone 5C at 12:01, the night time version, on the 13th of September. So, like, when its the 12th of September, wait until it’s 11pm, wait an hour, and then you can go ahead and pre order!  That’s California time, too. Make sense?

 

 

Now, we got the time right, but what do you do then? Well, you do a little jig, cos you’re buying an iPhone 5C b*tches!

 

Then, you do this stuff. (Do most of this stuff before midnight though, cos the amount of iPhones available for pre order will shrink. Real fast.)

 

You need to decide if you’re buying on or off contract.

 

For the free spirits out there, you can buy the iPhone 5C off contract with T-Mobile, or SIM free. You can do both through Apple.

 

If you do this, you’ll be buying the phone outright for $549 for 16Gb, and $649 for 32Gb in both of these options, but you don’t get a SIM with the SIM free option. Duh.

 

If you choose the SIM free option you WILL need a SIM from somewhere at some stage for the phone to work as a phone. Specifically, you’ll need to get a GSM compatible nano-SIM. Your iPhone will be unlocked, so you can use a SIM from any carrier, domestically or international, as long as it has the right specifications as above.

 

 

If you choose to buy the iPhone 5C off-contract with T-Mobile, you will be choosing them as your mobile provider, and will pay them month to month for data, voice, text etc, but you won’t be locked in to a contract and can exit any time. Your phone will arrive with a nano-SIM card already installed that you can activate by visiting an Apple Retail Store or a T-Mobile store or by calling T-Mobile.

 

If you’re already on contract, but really want the new phone, you have the option to upgrade. You are of course eligible to upgrade once you have ended your current contract, after 2 years.

 

But, here’s the thing. A lot of people don’t realize that you are more than likely eligible for an upgrade 18 months after your contract started, not two years. It’s definitely worth checking! Go check, dudes.

 

 

For Verizon, Sprint and AT&T upgrade eligibility, you’ll most likely need the number for the phone you would like to upgrade, the last four digits of the primary account holder’s Social Security number, and the billing ZIP Code. To see if you’re eligible for an upgrade, or to see the price you qualify for, check out this link.

 

For Sprint you can also use your phone- dial *2, press send, press 1, enter your phone number and then press 1 to check for eligibility.

 

AT&T also has the option to check your upgrade eligibility via your phone, just dial *639# and press send and you will receive a text message shortly after letting you know when you’re eligible for an upgrade.

 

 

If you’re a little unsure about the whole idea of upgrading, you should talk to your carrier. BUT, you should also read this– If you are eligible for an upgrade, it means that all you have to pay to get the new phone is the price Apple shows next to the phone.

 

For the 5C, that means that when you upgrade and preorder, you will pay upfront and outright $99 for the 16Gb version and $199 for the 32Gb version. You will be committing to another 2 year contract with the provider.

 

If you are not eligible for an upgrade, but you reallllly want the new phone, you can, of course, get it. You will pay an extra fee, and how much that fee is depends on the carrier, but i’ll give you an example.

 

Say you started a new 2 year contract this time last year when you bought the iPhone 5. You’re a year into your contract, so you won’t be eligible for an upgrade, but you’re going to go ahead and get it anyway, because hey, it’s a free country right?

 

Your carrier will more than likely be absolutely cool with that, because that means they have your business guaranteed for another 2 years, but, they will charge a fee, which will more than likely be about $200. So you’ll be paying $300 upfront for the iPhone 5C 16Gb, and $400 upfront for the iPhone 5C 32Gb.

 

You also absolutely always get to keep your old phone, so that you can use it as financial leverage! It’s a stinky old iPhone! Sell it for CASHMONEY, YO!

 

If you’re joining up with a new provider, you’re looking at 2 year contract and paying upfront $99 for the 16Gb or $199 for the 32Gb. When choosing a new provider it’s important to look at their plans, and it’s also important to check out the coverage maps of each of the options. You can do this below by clicking on the blue links.

 

AT&T Coverage Map

 

Verizon Coverage Map

 

Sprint Coverage Map

 

T-Mobile Coverage map

 

Ok, so now you know what category you’re in, and you’re prepared for all your choices and options, how much you have to pay, which carrier, upgrade eligibilty, etc.

 

Now it’s almost midnight.

 

Dance!

 

 

And then, time to move!

 

You can pre-order on all of the carrier’s websites, as well as Apple’s.

 

To buy straight from Apple, go to this link.

 

Choose your color, you sparkle pony you. You have the option of blue, green, yellow , pink and white.

 

Next, choose the model you want, the smaller 16Gb or the 32Gb. The bigger the GB ( Gigabytes), the more stuff you can have on your phone, basically. Things that take up storage space include photos, videos, lots of songs or apps. 1000 songs is about 7Gb, for example.

 

Once those decisions are made and entered into the system, you’ll have to fill in some personal details, you will need a credit card, and you will need to press enter at the end. You will need to do a little dance. And send it to us. Yeah, do that.

 

Remember, if you’re upgrading from an iPhone 4S or older and have accessories that use the old connector port, such as a dock or something, you will also need to purchase a lightening to 30 pin adaptor.

 

And, guys, last year the iPhone 5 pre order was sold out in about an hour. So be quick. If you miss out, you have to wait until the 20th of September, when they’ll be available in store.

 

Happy pre-ordering! Remember – 11PM, Californian time, on Thursday the 12th of September. You have one hour after that until you can pre – order.

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of The Verge. addictinginfo.com, iphonehacks.com, speres.com & sweetclipart.com

Bidding War for Sprint

 

Sprint, America’s number three wireless carrier is in the middle of a bidding war for 70% of their corporation.

 

In October last year Japanese company SoftBank announced that it was lodging a 20.1 billion dollar bid to buy a 70% stake in Sprint Nextel, with the intention post-sale that Sprint would remain a separate entity within SoftBank.

 

Sprint agreed on the sale, and the deal was expected to be finalized in the second quarter of this year. Unexpectedly jumping in on the deal and essentially starting a bidding war is Dish Network Coorporation ( America’s second biggest satellite TV provider).

 

On April 15th, Dish offered a counter bid of 25.5 Billion Dollars. So… more money pretty much always wins, right?

 

Not always. In this particular situation, the choice is made more complicated by the future intentions of both SoftBank and Dish- what can they offer Sprint apart from the original bid price?

 

SoftBank, a Tokyo based company, has advised investors since the opposing Dish bid that they have the intention- and the ability – to ensure Sprint $3 billion in annual operating savings by 2017.  They have also advised that once merged, the companies will be able to cut Sprint’s capital spending by 32 percent to 36 percent.

 

Dish’s bid is attractive because of the size of it- a few extra billion dollars does go a long way. Dish posted their first quarter revenue results recently and it showed what seems to be a slowing market- which means that Dish is super keen to use Sprint to expand into the mobile phone industry.

 

Dish would also want the two companies to merge their marketing and other business teams in order to save money, purportedly around 11 billion dollars, but according to sources familiar with the proposed deal there are those at Sprint who are uncomfortable with this, and unsure of Dish’s ability to guarantee financing for the 9 billion dollars it needs to secure the bid.

 

Both Dish and SoftBank have come out fighting, with SoftBank going so far as to try to force investment banks not to finance Dish’s bid, threatening no role in the upcoming IPO of Alibaba, a company of which they have one third ownership.

 

Whoever they go with, Sprint is looking to return to profitability after it’s 2005, 36 Billion dollar purchase of Nextel communications which led to billions of dollars of debt. The extra bid from Dish has excited investors with a rise in Sprint’s share prices by 1.4 percent, and there are many who are expecting the bidding war to rage on way into the second quarter.

 

We’ll keep you up to date with whoever has the winning bid- and what that means for you if you are a sprint customer ( We’re cautiously predicting only good things btw).

 

Image courtesy of Forbes.

How to Get Out of Your Sprint Contract without Paying an Early Termination Fee

Cancel Your Sprint Contract without an Early Termination Fee

 

Have you been itching to leave Sprint, but you are still on contract?  As it turns out, their terms and conditions have changed recently, and this may mean that you can get out of your Sprint cell phone contract without paying the dreaded early termination fee (or ETF).

 

This is applicable for people on family plans and have a discount applied on their account.  Basically what Sprint has done is that they have decided that only the first line of your family plan will be able to have a discount (not the additional plans), whereas previously, they did give this discount.  Since this discount will raise most people’s plans prices each month, there are opportunities to get out of your contract without paying the ETF.

 

Call the Sprint Consumerist Hotline (703-433-4401) and tell them that you would like to cancel your service because of the increase on your bill regarding your discount on your family plan lines.  Make sure to mention that since this is an increase of your bill on your contract, that you do not need to pay the early termination fee.  They should know about this, and if they do not, ask to speak to a manager.  This will be valid as long as they are made aware within 45 days of the change.  Make sure you have a new carrier to port your number to after you cancel your Sprint service.

 

Enjoy your savings and don’t worry about paying any of the dreaded ETF!