Well, after 28 years of activating phones for all of the major carriers, I am finally FREE! What that means is Dr Wireless no longer relies on activation commissions from the carriers as we once did. We even gave up all of our carrier Demo lines so there would be nothing they could dock, hold against me, or take away. Our revenue now comes from consulting and cloud services. We can still activate for T-Mobile and Verizon, but only do this now for our VIPs and Robin Hood Plan subscribers, upon request.
The reality is, they'll still pay us about $100 per activation when "going by the book" and activating their various advertised Unlimited rate plans. Well, after decades of working with each carriers retention departments, I'm aware of many ways to get a much better deal. The problem is they won't pay me "for beating the system", but you can. Several of the ways are through Off-sheet rate plans, discretionary credits, and loss leader plans they do not publicly offer (pay their sales people). Last year, we began offering our Robin Hood Program. For a one-time cost of $200, we guaranteed that Dr Wireless would reveal how to save $400+ per year on your wireless bill. If we couldn't deliver, we didn't charge the $200 fee. Today, we are dropping the Robin Hood Program fee to $100, that's half price. Dr Wireless will guarantee yearly savings, of $300+ or we won't charge you anything. Obviously, if you're on a single plan, this won't apply. If you're on a two line or more family or business plan paying over $150 per month though, I'd highly recommend getting our FREE Plan Analysis. We can immediately tell whether we can obtain big savings or not.
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Finally, I'm still getting asked which are the best Unlimited plans. The answer is nothing from AT&T or Sprint and everything from T-Mobile or Verizon. T-Mobile just won the Open Wave, and OOKLA Best Carrier awards for fastest data speeds and best 4G LTE coverage. Verizon always offers solid, reliable speeds and coverage too. For global travelers, I'd go TM, otherwise, it's a toss up. What you need to know is there are now 3 types of Unlimited plans. To see the benefits of the newest T-Mobile One + International and Verizons "Beyond Unlimited" plans.
The problem: I recently moved from a Subaru Outback to Forester. My iPhone 6s+ worked flawlessly with the Outback. When I paired my Galaxy S8+ the Forester, it worked fine. When i paired my iPhone 6s+, each time i turned off the car, the device would need to be re-paired. To make matters worse, this can only be done while the car is stopped. I went through Subaru's manual and did not notice any solution.
When I bought the car used, I had to delete multiple iPhone profiles but when I paired my phone, it would only allow one phone at a time to be paired. This meant that every time I got into my car with my iPhone, I had to pair it. Well, here is the solution. Delete the profile and do not try to set this up from the menu on the radio. The best way to set everything up and get full functionality is doing it with the handsfree system on the steering wheel using the voice prompts. The only possible reason to use the limited BlueTooth setup through the radio would be if you have a passenger that wants to temporarily play music or use their phone through your car sound system one time..
If I'm an IT expert and struggled with this, I can only imagine how frustrated the general public must me. I struggled for weeks with this until stumbling across the solution. Now I have both phones paired and can easily toggle between them.
You'd think that an Unlimited plan would be just what it implies but that is no longer the case. Today, most carriers offer two or three different types of Unlimited plans. Usually, the basic plans are the ones that you will see advertised. These are the basic Unlimited no frills plans that feature 480p (DVD quality) resolution and anywhere from 22GB to 50GB of 4G LTE service, depending on which carrier you choose.
For those who like to use their SmartPhones as a 4G LTE Hotspot for their iPads or computers, the carriers have more deluxe plans that offer 1080p high resolution and some pre-designated amount of 4G LTE Hotspot usage. For those that also travel globally, there is a more deluxe version, usually about $25 per line more, that gives the kitchen sink. Below is T-Mobile's One + plan which is an additional $10/per line.
Stepping up to their International One + plan below is an extra $25 per line...
In Verizon's case, your Unlimited plan options are the following...
Verizon is now even allowing plan members to mix and match the above. Not surprisingly, their price points mirror those of T-Mobile. While activations are not something that we promote these days, we still do them for our VIP clients and can have everything handled and your devices hand delivered with direct carrier billing.
Joel Saltzman has over twenty years of wireless industry experience. He is currently CEO and Chief Wireless Analyst for Dr Wireless.