Leap's New Tiered Pricing Dials Down Speed at Data Cap
Leap Wireless, the owner of the Cricket wireless service, has announced a new tiered pricing plan for data usage. The service offers tiered pricing based on data usage. Customers can buy plans ranging from 2.5GB of data for $40 up to 7.5GB of data for $60. Unlike similar plans from AT&T, Leap will not charge an overage fee for users who exceed their monthly allotment. Instead, Leap will throttle back download speeds from their peak 1.4Mbps capability to a new unspecified low. Leap will also be increasing the price of its voice and text plans on Cricket by $5. In addition, Cricket will begin rolling the cost of fees into its service plans, so the advertised monthly cost will include activation, reactivation, migration or reinstatement fees. The new service plans come with the launch of Leap's BlackBerry Curve 8530. The BlackBerry smartphone will go on sale for $300 with no contract agreement required. At its 2010 Analyst Day in New York today, Leap will also detail its new lineup of smartphones and other 3G devices.
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.
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).
Cricket Increases Data Available to Most Plans
Cricket Wireless today added more data to some of its service plans without upping the price. The $30 entry-level still offers only 1 GB of data per month.
Verizon Quietly Drops Pricing for Single Lines
Verizon Wireless introduced a new, cheaper plan over the weekend that applies to single lines of service. The plan costs $60 per month and includes unlimited talk/text and 2GB of data.
It would be interesting if they did this with voice plans