Sprint offering $15 unlimited plan to those willing to switch carriers

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    headcronie Greyscale. Nuff Said. Super Moderator

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    Once connected, I'd perform a PRL update, and see if you can get anything better. It's likely been disused so long, that it is looking for old signals on frequencies that have been shuffled around.
     
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    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    I've done PRL and phone config updates to no avail.

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    Well... that is no good!

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    OMG! I fired up my old Galaxy SII and it's so weird.

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    If you missed Sprint's $15 unlimited deal, FreedomPop is pitching a $10 unlimited plan
    by Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, usatoday.com
    June 20, 2018


    LOS ANGELES — If you missed out on Sprint's unheard of $15 a month plan for unlimited talk, text and data before the No. 4 carrier yanked it after just a week, FreedomPop would like you to consider it's new deal, Unreal Mobile.

    Unreal, launching today, offers unlimited talk, text and data for $10 monthly, with a big asterisk. The data only offers 1 gigabyte of high speed data; keep on using and your data will be slowed down.

    The Unreal deal is the lowest price we've seen for mobile service, and compares to $75 a month for one line of service from Verizon, $70 for T-Mobile, $65 for AT&T and $60 for Sprint. All four have consistent high-speed service. Family plans bring the rates to around $160 for 4.

    After Unreal, the next cheapest deal comes from Mint Mobile, which charges $15 a month for unlimited, with 2 GB of service. However, the fine print on Mint is that customers must pre-pay for a three-month period to get the $15 rate; after 3 months it goes to $23 monthly. Or, they can pre-pay for the year, and be assured of the $15 rate.


    Stephen Sokols, the CEO of FreedomPop, says his rate isn't a promotion rate, but here to stay, and he also has two more deals for folks who want more data: $15 a month with 2 GB of high-speed data or $30 with 5 GBs.

    Sign ups for Unreal will be done online, at the unrealmobile.com website, where existing users of phones on the Verizon and Sprint network can type in their IMEI number (found in the General section of Settings on your phones) and add service over the web. He's also selling low-cost phones by Chinese manufacturers (Alcatel) for $50 and will expand to phones on the T-Mobile and AT&T network later in the year.

    Best Buy, Target, Amazon and Walmart will sell his service online in the coming weeks, which is a big deal for his young company.

    Sokols buys the data from No. 4 wireless carrier Sprint and re-sells it. His entire business model is predicated on the belief that most consumers actually don't use that much data. He knows young users are glued to video and other high data hogs, but insists the average American drives to work in the morning without using data, gets to the office, uses the corporate Wi-Fi during the day, drives home, and uses Wi-Fi at home.

    He cites a study by Morgan Stanley that the average data consumption among folks over 35 is between 1.2 GB to 1.7 GB per month. "If you're over 35, and spending $60 for an unlimited plan, you're wasting a lot of money," he says.

    The catch is that even at $10, your 1 GB of data will eventually run out, and then Unreal will slow down your service. Sokols insists you'll still be able to read e-mails and surf the web, even at the lower speed. "It's not going to take sixty to ninety seconds to open an e-mail."

    FreedomPop has been dogged by complaints about its free plan, which offers limited calling and internet via a smartphone app, and customer service.

    The company has an average 3.7 rating out of 5 stars on the Apple iTunes app store. One reviewer noted that you can't use iPhone messaging via the app, don't get ringtones or voicemail and that some services block numbers from Voice over Internet calls. Other bemoaned FreedomPop charging $5 to chat with customer service or extra charges showing up on their bill for the free services.

    Sokols says the $20 monthly step-up plan from FreedomPop offers voice calls, and access to free customer service. Still, he concedes that FreedomPop's service has "historically been poor," but that with Unreal mobile, he's invested in beefing up customer service and guarantees that customers will be able to reach human beings, and at no charge.

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