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Alltel Launches Its Own $99 Unlimited Plan

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Replying to:  MyCircle is the best value... for some. by troydeezie   Mar 8, 2008, 12:37 PM

Re: MyCircle is the best value... for some.

by troydeezie    Mar 8, 2008, 1:03 PM


On the National Freedom 900 plan, customers receive UNL M2M, UNL N&W, UNL to 10 numbers on other networks, and 900 minutes. Verizon offers this SAME EXACT price point with all the same stuff... except for the unlimited calls to 10 numbers on other networks. T-Mobile did a study before launching MyFaves, and they found that, on average, customers use 65% of their minutes to 5 mobile numbers. It's safe to say that most customers are cutting their minutes in HALF when they use the MyCircle of MyFaves options offered by Alltel and T-Mobile. In other words, you would need about 900 Alltel minutes for every 1800 Verizon minutes that you have.
As far as Alltel charging for roaming... do you realize that Alltel is the only company that ALLOWS you to roam when you are in an area that is expensive for carriers to let you roam?

When Verizon stopped charging for roaming, they also stopped letting customers use their phones in certain places. For instance, look at a Verizon coverage map in Northern Arizona, on the border of California and the middle of Nevada, or on the border of Mexico and the direct middle of Arizona. There is NO COVERAGE. With Alltel, there IS coverage. What Verizon (and others) did was they stopped allowing customers to use the phone when it cost them a lot to pay those other companies for roaming. So it's a catch 22. With Verizon, if you can place a call, you are not paying extra for it. That's good. With Alltel, you will be able to place some calls that you would not be able to with Verizon, but you will pay $0.99/minute for some of them. If you are calling your friend to talk about the Phoenix Suns' recent blowout loss, that is bad. If you are stranded on the side of the road and need help, that is good. Also, Alltel does offer a package called FreeToRoam that allows you to use 100 Roaming Minutes (even in those areas where Verizon, Sprint, etc... don't have service) for $10.
ALL THAT SAID, Alltel, Verizon, and T-Mobile are the 3 best companies by far in the wireless industry. In the 2007 Consumer Reports, in every state that Alltel customers were polled, they were 1st and Verizon was a very close 2nd. In every state that Alltel customers were not polled, Verizon was 1st by themselves. T-Mobile has won the JD Power & Associates Award for Customer Satisfaction in Wireless for 7 straight years, and they were recently ranked 27th in BusinessWeek's "The Customer Service Elite" article, which ranked ALL American businesses (USAA was #1, by the way, Lexus #4, Trader Joe's #5, Starbucks #6). T-Mobile was the only wireless company ranked in the top 50.

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