Alltel Begins EV-DO Rollout
Mar 28, 2005, 2:20 PM by (staff)
Alltel today launched CDMA EV-DO high speed wireless data service in three cities. Subscribers in Tampa, Florida and Cleveland and Akron, Ohio will be able to get unlimited high speed data on their laptops for $70 a month. Similar service from other carriers costs about $80. The PC Card modem required to access the service will cost $160 with a two year contract or $220 with a one year agreement. The carrier has not yet announced plans for expanding the high speed network or offering the service on handsets.
Sprint Offering $20 LTE Starter Plan
Sprint today added a new option to its list of service plans. The Starter Unlimited Data Plan includes 1GB of high-speed data and unlimited 2G data for $20 per month.
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).
Virgin Mobile Offering No-Contract Shared Data Plans
Virgin Mobile today announced a new plan available exclusively to Walmart customers that includes sharable data without contracts. The plans are available to four specific phones for between two an four lines per account.
AT&T Improves GoPhone Data Allotments
AT&T today bulked up the data offerings of two of its GoPhone plans. Subscribers to the $45 monthly plan will have 1.5GB of high-speed data instead of 1GB, and subscribers to the $60 plan will have 4GB of high-speed data instead of 2.5GB.
Cingular In Trouble
That means verizon, alltel, and sprint will whip cingular on data thus helping them steal voice customers from cingular as well.
The safe/low risk path (GSM to UMTS) is screwing cingular/att in this case.
I'm not sure I can make the connection there.
Docomo's HSDPA is delayed and it seems likely that cingular will be unable to have hsdpa up and running with adequate supply of handsets and/or data cards until late 2006.
That means verizon, alltel, and sprint will
Alltel is using their own EVDO service, not Verizon's.
I wonder if Verizon, Sprint and Alltel will ever put in data roaming agreements similar to what Cingular and the GSM carriers do.
off topic, just a little help please