This year, customers have been making a big shift away from two-year contracts toward "prepaid" cell phone service, which often costs less and does not require contracts. This is happening even though contracts are needed to get popular phones such as the iPhone and the Droid. Now prepaid service looks like it will get even more attractive, with further price cuts. That's because wireless carriers have hit a wall when it comes to finding new customers who will sign contracts. "I would love to have an iPhone. I just can't swallow the $70 or more bill that would come with it," said Jeff Finlay, a 45-year-old stay-at-home dad in San Antonio who uses a prepaid plan. Unlike contract plans that bill subscribers each month for the services they used the previous month, prepaid services traditionally let subscribers buy minutes in advance for around 10 cents to 20 cents each. When the minutes are used up, people "refill" their accounts as needed. For years, such plans were marketed primarily … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Wireless Subscribers Dumping Long-Term Contracts
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On June 4th, Sprint will release what, for the time being at least; will be the coolest phone on the planet. I got a chance to preview the HTC EVO-4G, and based on my experience, Sprint and HTC have a winner. No, it won't kill the iPhone but it does prove that Apple is far from the only innovator in the smartphone marketThe phone runs Google's Android operating system but like some other HTC phones, it also has the HTC Sense user interface that adds a more user friendly front-end to the phone. Sense has a number of enhancements over the basic Android interface including a "friend stream" that aggregates your social networking experiences into a single stream enabling you, for example, to see your friends' Facebook and Twitter updates on one screen while simultaneously updating your own Twitter and Facebook status. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to test the phone's most heralded feature - its ability to run on Sprint's fast 4G network. That's because Sprint has, so far, only … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Is Sprint’s EVO 4G the Coolest Phone on the Planet?
If you're planning to buy a new iPhone 6 when it comes out this Friday, you'd be wise to take a close look at your calling plan. Picking the right carrier and payment option can save you hundreds of dollars a year, according to an analysis of plan options for the four biggest carriers, AT&T ( T), T-Mobile (TMUS), Sprint and Verizon (VZ). WalletHub analyzed the two-year cost of buying and operating an iPhone 6, with 16 GB of storage capacity, on each of the four major carriers' plans. In all, the site made 12 comparisons among the four carriers: the cost when buying the phone outright; buying it with an installment plan; and buying it at a discount with a two-year service agreement. To make apples-to-apples comparisons, WalletHub assumed that each plan would provide at least 2 gigabytes of data and unlimited phone calls and texting. However, it did not account for the cost of options, such as phone-tracking services, which vary from carrier to carrier. (It also "discounted" the … [Read more...] about How to save $1,186 on an iPhone 6 contract
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest 5 things you need to know about planned 272-acre Gilbert Regional Park Construction will begin this fall on Gilbert Regional Park, an expansive 272-acre park at Queen Creek and Higley roads on the south side of the town. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 2 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Subscribe Today Log In Subscribed, but don't have a login? Register your digital access. Lily Altavena, The Republic | azcentral.com Published 10:02 a.m. MT Feb. 1, 2018 CLOSE Take a tour of Gilbert's planned 272-acre regional park, which will be built at Queen Creek and Higley roads. Credit: Gilbert. CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN 2 COMMENT … [Read more...] about 5 things you need to know about planned 272-acre Gilbert Regional Park
When Sprint (NYSE: S) and T-Mobile looked close to agreeing on a merger, I said some of the biggest losers will be the companies that rent space on cell towers. But after the companies failed to agree on terms, Sprint is now faced with the reality that it needs to invest in its network in order to remain competitive in the wireless market. SoftBank's CEO, Masayoshi Son, is investing more in Sprint this year, tripling the U.S. carrier's capital expenditures to between $5 billion and $6 billion. Crown Castle International (NYSE: CCI) is already showing signs that the new capital is starting to come in. The company's fourth-quarter results benefited from "approximately $5 million associated with certain long-term customer agreements signed during the period that include a combination of contracted new leasing activity and term extensions on existing leases." That long-term customer agreement could very well be with Sprint. The average term remaining on Crown Castle's contracts with … [Read more...] about 2018 Will Be a Great Year for Cell Tower Companies