Leap Intros Cheaper Data Plans as COO Exits
Leap Wireless recently refreshed what it charges customers for mobile broadband service. The company introduced a new top-teir plan that includes 8GB of data for $65 per month. Leap now also offers 4GB for $45 per month and 2GB for $30 per month. All three plans are capped, and users will be throttled if they exceed their monthly allotment. The mobile broadband plans max out at speeds of 1.8Mbps on its 3G network are aren't yet available to Cricket's LTE-equipped devices. In other Leap Wireless news, the company reported that COO Raymond Roman will leave the company effective July 31. The company does not intend to replace him, and will eliminate the position. No reason for the departure was provided.
Cricket Adds More Data to Low-Cost Plans
Cricket Wireless today added more data to its bottom two prepaid service plans in a bid to keep up with similar offers from Boost Mobile and MetroPCS. With Cricket's auto-pay discount, the Basic plan costs $35 per month and now includes unlimited talk, text, and 2.5GB of high-speed data per month (up from 1GB).
T-Mobile Intros 'Simply Prepaid' Plans
T-Mobile today announced a new series of plans called Simply Prepaid. The trio of plans offer unlimited data, text, and talk with scalable access to LTE 4G (the "unlimited data" applies only to 2G access).
Verizon Bags Plan to Throttle Heaviest Users
Verizon Wireless today said it will not move forward with a "network optimization" plan that would have throttled the mobile data speeds of its heaviest users. Verizon announced its intent to slow down the speeds of grandfathered-in unlimited data customers based on monthly usage and local cell-site conditions, but met with resistance from both the government and customers.
T-Mobile Increases Mobile Hotspot Allowance
T-Mobile has given its unlimited data customers 2 more gigabytes of data just for mobile hotspot use. The unlimited plan costs $80 per month and had included 5 GB for mobile hotspots; now customers have access to 7 GB of data for mobile hotspots.