(AP) NEW YORK - Leap Wireless International Inc. (LEAP), the parent of the Cricket cellphone service, on Thursday said it will be the first mainland U.S. phone company to sell recent Apple (AAPL) iPhone models on a prepaid, no-contract basis. Starting June 22, Leap will sell the iPhone 4S starting at $500 and the iPhone 4 starting at $400. Service will cost $55 per month for unlimited calls, texting and data. Leap Wireless International Inc., which is based in San Diego, focuses on selling no-contract service to low-income households. Its own network is limited to certain cities. In other places, it uses Sprint Nextel Corp.'s (S) network. What happens to BlackBerry users if RIM tanks?From AT&T to Leap: How iPhone availability grows The iPhone is compatible with only part of Leap's network, and the company is limiting sales to those areas, which include Houston and Austin, Texas; Portland, Ore.; Pittsburgh; Denver; and Salt Lake City. Leap said the arrangement will be … [Read more...] about Cricket to offer prepaid, no-contract iPhone
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NEW YORK - AT&T (T) is joining Verizon (VZ) in raising the prices of some of its data plans. As with Verizon, AT&T is going to great lengths to avoid calling the changes a price hike, as the higher prices come with more data, reducing the cost per gigabyte for many customers. Indeed many customers will benefit, and those who won’t can keep their existing plans. The price increase underscores how wireless companies see data as a way to boost revenue. Most plans now come with unlimited calls and texts. The new rates take effect Sunday. AT&T customers who want to keep their existing plans don’t need to do anything. They can still add lines to their account, but won’t be able to change data levels without switching to the new rates. AT&T’s efforts to simplify its plans include standardizing the “access charge” that customers pay on top of data charges. That’s the voice and text portion of the monthly service bill. Now, customers … [Read more...] about AT&T hikes prices for some plans, but raises data caps
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
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