Sprint Finalizes 'Bill Shock' Notification Service
Sprint today rolled out a notification service in order to prevent customers from being "shocked" by their monthly bill. The notifications, which the Federal Communications Commission mandated be in place by April 17, will provide customers with text- or email-based warnings when they reach certain usage levels for voice minutes, text messages, and data usage. For example, customers who have limited voice plans will receive alerts when their plan reaches 85% of the monthly allotment and a second alert when their plan reaches 100% of the monthly allotment. The same thresholds will be applied to text messages. As for mobile data, customers will be notified when their usage reaches 75%, 90%, and 100% of their monthly allotment, with additional warnings for each 20% by which they exceeds the monthly limit. Sprint, however, maintains that since the bulk of its subscribers use its Monthly Unlimited plans, these warnings are not necessary for the majority of its customers.
RingPlus To Offer Free Phone Service
RingPlus today announced a new mobile phone service plan that is ad-supported, but completely free to the customer. The ads take the form of ringback tones, which RingPlus customers hear on outbound voice calls, after dialing but before the other party picks up.
Verizon Wireless Rehashes Prepaid Plans
Verizon Wireless has adjusted its selection of prepaid service plans for smartphones, basic phones, and data devices. Verizon now offers three plans to smartphones.
Cricket Wireless Rolls Out $40 Unlimited Promo
Cricket Wireless today debuted a new promotion that drops the price of its Unlimited 2 plan, normally $55 per month, down to $40 per month. The deal is for new customers who switch to Cricket Wireless and sign up for the Unlimited 2 plan.
Verizon Installs 200 GB Cap On Unlimited Customers
Verizon Wireless plans to cut off customers who use 200 GB of data in any given month, even if those customers are grandfathered in on unlimited plans. These customers will have to agree to switch to a more limited plan or face loss of service.
AT&T’s Prepaid Plans Gain Access to Sponsored Data Program
AT&T’s prepaid customers are being given access to the company’s sponsored data program. The sponsored data program allows companies to sponsor the data usage for specific content on behalf of eligible AT&T wireless customers, meaning customers can consume select content and not be charged for it.
One should be able to use common-sense instead of needing a notification. Sure its a convenience.
One subscribes to a limited allotment hence the word limited.
What next? A notification electroshock therapy appointments?
If you're signed up for a service that bills you, you shouldn't need a reminder to tell you how much your bill is going to be.
Now I can get it being a convenience thing, but having it be instated by the FCC that it...
SHOCK AND AWE!!