AT&T Carves Subsidies Out of Monthly Plans
AT&T today announced new Mobile Share Value Plans. As part of the new plans, AT&T is separating the cost of service from the cost of the device. According to AT&T, customers who aren't subsidizing a device through their plan will need to pay only $25 to add that device to a Mobile Share Value Plan rather than $40. AT&T will automatically drop the monthly service charge down by $15 once a customer completes their contract, recognizing that the device has been paid off. Looking at the new Mobile Share Value Plans as an example, an on-contract smartphone costs $40 to add to the plan, but devices being paid off through AT&T Next, devices that are paid for in full price, devices that customers bring themselves are all eligible for the lower monthly charge of $25.
Verizon Kills 2-Year Plans, Bumps Activation Fee to $30
Verizon Wireless no longer offers two-year contracts with device subsidies, and has raised the cost of activating new devices by $10. The changes, confirmed by Fierce Wireless, were put into effect January 5.
Verizon Revamps Plans, Offering S, M, L, and XL Sizes
Verizon Wireless today refreshed its service plans in an attempt to make them easier for consumers to understand. The company is offering four basic plans, each of which includes unlimited talk and text, and varied buckets of shared data.
Verizon to Start Tacking $20 Fee to New Lines
Verizon Wireless will soon begin charging a $20 activation fee for new customers who sign up for one of its contract-free device payment plans. The fee goes into effect Nov.
US Cellular Offers to Beat AT&T and Verizon Plans
U.S. Cellular is targeting AT&T and Verizon Wireless customers by promising to offer a lower monthly bill.
Sprint Brings Back Two-Year Contracts - With A Catch
Sprint has reversed its position on contracts and starting today began offering them again as an option to customers purchasing new equipment. Sprint customers can pay full price for phones, lease them, break payments up over time, or sign a two-year contract to purchase phones at subsidized prices.
Thank You T-Mobile
Where have I seen this before? LoL