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Prepaid Faceoff: H2O Wireless VS Boom Mobile

Fri, 19 May 2017 17:41:15 +0000

VS With the massive number of prepaid MVNOs and carrier options, it’s sometimes hard to keep track of it all and even harder to compare and decide which company is the right one for you. So, every once in a while we’re going to go through and do a Face-off of two popular companies, comparing plans and services to help you better decide. Today, we’ll look at H2O Wireless and Boom Mobile. H2O Wireless is the more established of the two and is known for some fantastic deals. While Boom is newer, however, it has more offerings and currently carriers plans from all four major carriers. Here’s how they compare: Plan Prices – Price range? What is included? H2O Wireless – Plans range from $30 – $60 H2O Wireless offers customers a 10% discount on plans when they sign up for auto recharge. However, all plans come with unlimited talk and text, some international calling options, unlimited low speed data, and limited high speed data. View monthly plans here. Boom Mobile – Plans range from $20 – $45 Boom Mobile offers both prepaid and postpaid services and individual plans can be purchased on the T-Mobile, Sprint, or Verizon network. Business plans are available via AT&T as well. All plans include unlimited talk and text, but data amounts vary wildly between the different networks and plans. View plan list here. Unlimited Talk/Text – Is it offered? What is the lowest price? H2O Wireless – Yes, $30 is the least expensive price, and it also includes 3 GB of data, international texting to 50+ countries, unlimited international texting, and $10 international calling credit. All plans, however, include unlimited national talk and text. Boom Mobile – Yes, $20 is the least expensive plan with unlimited talk and text. It also includes 250 MB and is available on both the Sprint and T-Mobile networks. Data Ranges – What is the most and least data available? H2O Wireless – All monthly plans come with unlimited 2G data, and a limited amount of high speed data. Currently, high speed data ranges from 3 GB to 12 GB. Boom Mobile – Data ranges wildly depending on which network your device requires. The most available is 7 GB from Verizon (Boom Red). There are plans that include zero data. Pay-As-You-Go Rates – What are the pay-as-you-go per minute rates? H2O Wireless – H2O has various pay-as-you-go rates and options. Most pay-go options are good for 90 days and are charged at the rates of $0.05 per minute/text, $0.10 per MB/MMS. There is also a 30 day rate which is slightly better, and a $100 card good for 1 year. Check rates here. Boom Mobile – N/A International Calling – What options are available? What does it cost? H2O Wireless – All plans include some international calling options including unlimited international text on many plans, and unlimited international talk to 50+ countries on others. Some plans also include international calling credit for countries not included in the unlimited service. Check international rates here. Boom Mobile – Individual plans do not have any international calling options. AT&T Business Plans can purchase international calling add-ons for an additional rate. Rates vary by country. Activation Fees – How much do they cost? H2O Wireless – N/A Boom Mobile – N/A BYOD – Can you activate your own device? H2O Wireless – Yes, provided your device is compatible. You’ll need a SIM card kit, which costs around $5. Get one here. Boom Mobile – Yes, provided your device is compatible. You’ll have to purchase a SIM card kit, which costs about $6. Check compatibility here. Network/Coverage – What network does it use? H2O Wireless – AT&T | Coverage Map Boom Mobile – Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T (business only) | Coverage Maps The post Prepaid Faceoff: H2O Wireless VS Boom Mobile appeared first on Prepaid Reviews Blog. [...]



Republic Wireless Offering 6 Months Free Service

Thu, 18 May 2017 17:45:16 +0000

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Sprint and T-Mobile MVNO Republic Wireless debuted a new promotion this week that could land customers with six months of free (or nearly free) service. The promotion was launched tomorrow and is aimed at customers who purchase a SIM card between today and May 22, 2017 and activate that service anytime before June 6, 2017.

To take advantage of this plan customers must:

  1. Have a compatible phone (check compatibility here)
  2. Purchase a SIM card before May 22, 2017
  3. Activate a new line of service on the compatible phone with the new SIM card before June 6, 2017
  4. Pay for the first month of service AND all applicable taxes and fees

That’s it! The coolest thing about this promotion is that current customers can take advantage of the deal if they’re looking to add a new line, and there’s no limit to the amount of lines per account that one can activate. After the six months are up, customers can simply port away if they don’t like the service. It’s pretty sweet.

It is worth noting that after the first month, for the next six months customers will get a maximum bill credit of $30—meaning if you have one of the higher-priced plans, then you’ll have to expect to pay whatever is left over. Still, getting $30 for free for six months is pretty sweet. The bill credits, it should be noted, are only going to be for as much as your plan (up to $30) so don’t expect to get more than six months if you choose a smaller plan; You’ll simply get less bill credit.

Here’s the list of Republic Wireless plans:

  • $15 – unlimited talk and text, Wifi only
  • $20 – unlimited talk and text, 1 GB data
  • $30 – unlimited talk and text, 2 GB data
  • $45 – unlimited talk and text, 4 GB data
  • $60 – unlimited talk and text, 6 GB data
  • $90 – unlimited talk and text, 10 GB data

As you’ve probably guessed from the need to purchase a SIM card, the service is through T-Mobile rather than Sprint, and customers will have to plan on downloading the Republic Wireless app in order to take advantage of Republic’s wifi calling options.

For more information on Republic Wireless plans and services, or to sign up for this promotion, visit the Republic Wireless website.

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Wednesday App Review: Simple Weather Alert

Wed, 17 May 2017 17:40:31 +0000

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I live in what is charmingly referred to as “Tornado Alley” and while we don’t get tornadoes as often as that moniker suggests, having a good weather alert app is absolutely essential here and in many other parts of the country. To that end, the app Simple Weather Alert is one of my current favorite weather apps because, well, it’s simple.

I am not much of one to be interested in the complicated weekly forecasts with humidity levels and interactive radar and all those extra bells and whistles. Personally, all I really want to know is if I need an umbrella, if a tornado is coming, and whether I need to go take shelter or not. To those ends, the app Simple Weather Alert is perfect.

The app has a number of settings that you can select to control how often the app updates, how it notifies you, and how the app itself behaves. And, unlike other apps which are cluttered with tons of information you don’t really need, Simple Weather Alert really only give you the essential information passed on by the National Weather Service. Alerts are color-coded by severity and provide the exact text from the NWS, so you can better decide how you need to react.

The app itself is free, although there are small banner ads within the application. If those ads bother you, or you just feel like supporting the developer, there is a “Pro” version available for $1.99.

You can download the app from Google Play for free, or get the Pro version here. At the time of writing, there is not an iPhone version. The company does have a Facebook page, however, where users can contact the developer and track updates.

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Lycamobile Debuts 3 for 2 Promotion for New Customers

Tue, 16 May 2017 16:56:24 +0000

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Lycamobile, a T-Mobile MVNO, has launched a new promotion that could land new customers with three months of service for the price of two. The promotion, which is only available for new customers on select plans, is set to expire on May 31, 2017.

With this promotion, customers will have to purchase the $29, $39, or $49 plan. When purchasing new service, customers should select “3 months” and they will only be charged for two.

Here’s what comes with those plans:

  • $29 – Unlimited talk and text, 1 GB data, Unlimited calls to 50+ countries, $2.50 international call credit
  • $39 – Unlimited talk and text, 1 GB data, Unlimited calls to 70+ countries, $6.25 international call credit
  • $49 – Unlimited talk and text, 1 GB data, Unlimited calls to 27 countries, $25 international call credit

In order to sign up for a Lycamobile plan, customers will have to purchase a new SIM card and have a GSM device that is compatible. For more information on Lycamobile, or to take advantage of this deal, click here.

From what it looks like, customers can either use the Lycamobile website, find a store location near you, or call Lycamobile at 1-866-277-3221.

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ROK Mobile Changes Tune and Adds Sprint Back To Partner List

Mon, 15 May 2017 17:02:38 +0000

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We haven’t really talked much about ROK Mobile in a while because, well, there really wasn’t much to say. The carrier burst onto the scenes and made lots of waves in 2014 as a Sprint and T-Mobile carrier. Then, a year after launching, it added Verizon and quickly dropped both Sprint and T-Mobile. Since then, the company has been pretty quiet.

But, it looks like ROK Mobile is finally changing its tune and has re-added Sprint to its lineup.

The announcement that ROK Mobile is once again a Sprint MVNO came late last month via the company’s Facebook page, and since that time ROK Mobile has debuted a new line of plans using the Sprint network.

We’ll list out the new Sprint lineup below. As a note, all plans include unlimited talk and text.

  • $20 – 500 MB data (hard capped)
  • $30 – unlimited low speed data, 1 GB 4G LTE data
  • $40 – unlimited low speed data, 3 GB 4G LTE data
  • $50 – unlimited low speed data, 5 GB 4G LTE data, also includes ROK Life “Premium Life Plan”

With the new Sprint plans, customers must bring their own phones. Although Sprint is notoriously picky about which phones can be activated on third party vendors, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of information on the ROK site yet about which devices are eligible. You can check compatibility here.

The company does still offer Verizon service, called ROK Red, although there is only one $50 plan listed at the time of writing which includes 5 GB of data.

To check out the plan lineup, or to sign up for a plan, visit the ROK Mobile website.

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Cricket Wireless Adds Data to $40 Plan

Sun, 14 May 2017 17:37:28 +0000

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AT&T’s prepaid MVNO Cricket Wireless recently increased the data on its next-to-lowest cost plan in an effort to be slightly more competitive. While the change is for the positive, however, it doesn’t seem like it’s quite enough to help push Cricket back to the limelight.

With the current increase, AT&T’s $40 plan has officially gone from 3 GB to 4 GB without any increase in plan price. The other plans remain unchanged, however. Here’s how Cricket’s lineup currently looks:

  • $30 – unlimited talk and text, 1 GB
  • $40 – unlimited talk and text, 4 GB
  • $50 – unlimited talk and text, 8 GB, unlimited international text, and plan access in Canada and Mexico
  • $60 – unlimited talk, text, and data, unlimited international text, and plan access in Canada and Mexico

As mentioned above, this is definitely a step in the right direction, but I don’t think that it’s quite enough to allow Cricket to compete with AT&T’s GoPhone, which offers customers 6 GB for $40. At the time of writing, H2O Wireless has an even better promotion going on, but it is likely a temporary thing. You can read about it here, but in essence customers can get 8 GB for around $40, which is pretty sweet.

Of course, the $40 Cricket price does beat its other competitors including MetroPCS and Boost. However, when you take the other AT&T prices into account combined with reports of Cricket speeds being slower than AT&T prepaid, it just seems like too little too late.

In addition to this promotion, Cricket also announced a handful of phone discounts and sales aimed at both new and current customers. You can check that out here.

For more information on Cricket Wireless, or to check out its plans and services, visit the Cricket Wireless website.

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Boost Mobile Launches Promo For Multi-Line Accounts

Sat, 13 May 2017 17:35:21 +0000

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Sprint’s Boost Mobile has launched a new promotion aimed at customers with at least four lines of service. With this promotion, customers can get unlimited, talk, text, and high speed data on all four lines for $100. The promotion is available until the first of June, 2017.

In order to qualify for the promotion, customers must be new to Boost Mobile and at least one line must be a port-in from a non-Sprint related carrier or MVNO. Current Boost Mobile customers are not eligible for this promotion, and the unlimited data is only available on Sprint’s network—not roaming partner networks.

Although the promotion is advertised as $100 for four lines, customers can have as few as two; the price does not change. Customers can add a fifth line for an additional $30 per month. The primary account holder is responsible for the plan cost and recurring bolt-ons.

As is expected with all unlimited plans, this promotion does come with the caveat that customers who use more than 23 GB per month will be deprioritized during periods of heavy traffic in order to ease congestion. Additionally, video streaming is restricted to 480p — both things that are present on all prepaid unlimited plans available currently.

Despite the fact that this is a Sprint plan (and therefore subject to Sprint’s terrible coverage in most areas) this is actually a pretty good deal. Without this promotion, the plan price for 4 lines on Boost’s unlimited family plan would usually be $140. While MetroPCS does have a family plan offering, it only includes 2 GB, which makes Boost the current best deal for unlimited data if you have multiple lines.

The only catch is that Boost doesn’t really allow the activation of most phones on its service so customers will likely have to purchase a new Boost device in order to even take advantage of this promotion. You can view the list of phones that can be activated here, or check out Boost’s phone prices here.

For more information on this promotion or to sign up, visit the Boost Mobile website.

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Prepaid Faceoff: Mint SIM VS Republic Wireless

Fri, 12 May 2017 17:01:47 +0000

VS With the massive number of prepaid MVNOs and carrier options, it’s sometimes hard to keep track of it all and even harder to compare and decide which company is the right one for you. So, every once in a while we’re going to go through and do a Face-off of two popular companies, comparing plans and services to help you better decide. Today, we’ll look at Mint SIM and Republic Wireless. Mint SIM is the newer of the two and has been making some big splashes with its recent plan promotions. Republic, by contrast, is known for inexpensive Wifi-first plans. Both operate on T-Mobile networks, although Republic also uses Sprint. Here’s how they compare: Plan Prices – Price range? What is included? Mint SIM – Plans range from $35 – $60 Mint SIM offers unlimited talk and text with limited high speed data on all of its plans, and there are discounts for customers who purchase multiple months at a time. Service can be prepaid for up to 12 months at a significant discount per month. Click here to view plans. Republic Wireless – Plans range from $15 – $90 Republic Wireless offers what it refers to as “adaptive coverage” where customers can be transferred seamlessly from cellular networks to Wifi while on a call or browsing. While the company was originally designed to only offer wifi-first plans, it has since offered higher-priced plans with more data to make up for the spotty T-Mobile and Sprint coverage. All plans include unlimited talk and text. Click here to view plans. Unlimited Talk/Text – Is it offered? What is the lowest price? Mint SIM – Yes, all Mint SIM’s plans come with unlimited talk and text. The cheapest plan is $35/month and it comes with 2 GB of data. The company often runs promotions and discounts on its plans, however. Republic Wireless – Yes, $15 is the cheapest plan and it does not include any data. All plans, however, include unlimited talk and text. Data Ranges – What is the most and least data available? Mint SIM – Data is available in increments from 2 to 10 GB. Additional data can be purchased for $10 for 1 GB or $20 for 3 GB. Unlimited data is not available. Republic Wireless – Data range from zero data (wifi only) to 10 GB of data. All plans are designed to be used on Wifi more than not, so the higher data plans are a little more expensive than normal. Pay-As-You-Go Rates – What are the pay-as-you-go per minute rates? Mint SIM – N/A Republic Wireless – N/A International Calling – What options are available? What does it cost? Mint SIM – International calling is available at a per-minute basis with rates varying by country. There are no specific international add-ons available. Check country rates here. Republic Wireless – Republic Wireless doesn’t support international calling via the cell network, but users can make international calls via Wifi. Although the the outbound calls to specific countries are included in the plan, Republic states that it may charge $0.50 per minute at its discretion. Learn more here. Activation Fees – How much do they cost? Mint SIM – N/A Republic Wireless – N/A BYOD – Can you activate your own device? Mint SIM – Yes, provided your GSM device is compatible. You’ll have to purchase a SIM card to activate. Learn more here. Republic Wireless – Yes, provided your phone is compatible. Find the list of phones you can activate on Republic Wireless here. You’ll also have to purchase a SIM card kit. Network/Coverage – What network does it use? Mint SIM – T-Mobile | Coverage Map Republic Wireless – Sprint, T-Mobile, Wifi | Coverage Map The post Prepaid Faceoff: Mint SIM VS Republic Wireless appeared first on Prepaid Reviews Blog. [...]



Wednesday App Review: Prism

Wed, 10 May 2017 17:41:08 +0000

Bills suck. They are, without a doubt, the worst part of being an adult. Unfortunately, however, they are also something that you sort of have to deal with at some point or other. While a lot of it can be done online, that leaves you with dozens of different passwords and websites to keep track of, and you’re just left up to your own devices when it comes to remembering due dates. The app Prism, however, is designed to help with all of that. Prism is sort of an all-in-one app when it comes to personal finances. Through the app, users can not only monitor their funds but also pay bills and keep track of things like confirmation numbers (which I never write down) and due dates. It provides a visual outline of what you’re spending (in both list and calendar form). You can also input your paydays and see where your money is going. There is a small catch, however. In order for Prism to work, you have to be able to pay the bill online, and Prism has to be able to support whatever company you’re paying. When I first downloaded the app I didn’t really expect to be able to do much. I have quite a few bills that are scattered all over the place. To my surprise, literally the only bill I was unable to pay via the app is my utility bill (which the app says support is coming soon). My rent? Check. Car insurance? Check. Phone bill? Credit card? Car payment? Check, check, check. The app even allows you to add manual bill reminders so anything not supported (or even temporary bills) still shows up. The downside to the program is that it takes forever to set up if you’ve got a lot of billers. And believe me, you probably have more than you think. For every biller that you add to the app, you have to connect it via your account credentials and basically give the app permission to sign into your account for you and make whatever payment you request. You also have to hook your bank account into the app. Now, I know what you’re thinking: that’s a lot of sensitive personal information all in one place, right? Well, being the wary person I am, I did a lot of research before downloading it, and there are two things that made me actually rather comfortable with this app. First, none of the information you give to Prism is actually stored on your phone. It’s all stored on their servers and can be accessed via your device. Their servers have bank-level security (read more about that here) and users can add a PIN to the app so no prying eyes can peek at your finances. Second, the app really isn’t doing anything less than what you already do if you pay online. It’s literally no different. In fact, according to Prism, their system is more secure because you can’t hack an app as easily as you can a website or computer. Makes sense, right? I’ve been using the app itself for about two months now, and I have to say that it’s been amazingly convenient. There is occasionally a bit of a lag in bills showing up (my AT&T bill, for example, isn’t listed on Prism yet, but I can access it via the AT&T app on my phone as of yesterday). The friend who recommended the app to me has been using it without problem for four years and she hasn’t had any issues. To top it all off, the customer service for Prism is absolutely fantastic. You can message them right through the app (in fact, they often request you do that) and when I had to contact them with a problem it was literally fixed within 15 minutes. The second time I contacted them, it was a couple hours. For an app, that’s incredible customer service. Most developers and app support take at least a day to get back to you, in my experience. In short, if you’re looking for a better way to pay your bills online, I simply can’t recommend Prism enough. The app is great, it’s simpl[...]



Simple Mobile Adds Unlimited Data, Other Changes

Mon, 08 May 2017 17:23:56 +0000

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Simple Mobile, a T-Mobile MVNO owned by America Movil, has made some pretty significant changes to data on several of its plans, including offering unlimited at one of the to-date best pricing in the industry. Provided you don’t mind going with a Tracfone company, that is.

Here is what the plan options on the Simple Mobile website look like right now (changes in bold):

  • $25 – Unlimited talk and text, 1 GB data (formerly no data)
  • $40 – Unlimited talk and text, 4 GB data
  • $50 – Unlimited talk, text, and data (formerly 5 GB)
  • $60 – Unlimited talk, text, and data with 8 GB hotspot

Simple Mobile plans have a handful of additional features including roaming in mexico, unlimited international text, and a discount for signing up for their autorenew program. Taxes and fees, unfortunately, are not included in the quoted price.

The most interesting and exciting change has to be the $50 unlimited data—easily the cheapest price for unlimited data that I am aware of outside of T-Mobile’s MVNO MetroPCS. In fact, if you look at the $50 and $60 plans, they are almost exactly the same as what MetroPCS is offering. That’s a pretty sweet deal for Simple Mobile customers.

In comparison, other companies, including Sprint and AT&T, tend to have their unlimited data plans at right around $60, while Verizon’s unsurprisingly is more like $80 (ouch).

All in all, this is an excellent move on behalf of Simple Mobile, and I’m excited to see if this means that other TracFone carriers are going to get some pretty sweet deals as well. Either way, it’s nice to see that the changes are for the better.

Simple Mobile does allow customers to activate their own compatible devices and it has a variety of other services and features. For more information on this deal or to sign up for a Simple Mobile plan, visit the Simple Mobile website.

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