Don't Miss These Limited Time Offers...
This deal ends Wednesday, December 21st, Last chance!
Starting this Thursday, December 22 (for a limited time)...
When customers add a line on T-Mobile ONE or Simple Choice Unlimited and buy an eligible Samsung superphone on EIP, they’ll get a second Samsung superphone of equal or lesser value FREE!
The Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Note5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, and J7 are all eligible. And with T-Mobile ONE, customers are going to get UNLIMITED talk, text, and 4G LTE data on the network built for unlimited.
You know the routine with this one: To qualify, customers just have to purchase at least one of their Samsung superphones on EIP and add a line to their T-Mobile ONE or Simple Choice Unlimited data rate plan. (Max 6 free devices. No limit on @Work.
If customers want even more, they can combine this offer with Carrier Freedom and we’ll cover their switching costs up to $650 per line! Contact me immediately as this goes for just a few days...
Stackable Offers: Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 edge, Note5, S6, S6 edge purchases are stackable with:
Want a FREE iPhone 7 on the Verizon Wireless Network?
Basically the promotion is that customers going with Zero interest Device Payment are getting a promotional discount off of their monthly device payment that makes the iPhone 7 32GB (in this example) $10 per month. So all you have to do is activate a new line of service while purchasing a qualifying device and you get it for (in the case of the iPhone 7 32GB) a net of $10 per month. If you want it for as low as totally FREE, you will need a qualifying smartphone to trade in (iPhone 7, 7+, 6s, 6s+, Samsung S7, S7 Edge, S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, Note5, Phone 7, Note 5, LG G5, V10 Droid Turbo 2 HTC 10). Ask me for details!
Attention AT&T Subscribers
T-Mobile just declared war on AT&T! Let’s be real, AT&T wants everyone to think DIRECTV is theirs exclusively. Well, guess what? Both DIRECTV NOW and the DIRECTV app stream data-free on T-Mobile's faster, more advanced network—a network that covers nearly every single American. And since AT&T is too distracted by their new business and DIRECTV to do right by their 110 million wireless customers. T-Mobile decided to take it from here and show them how it is done.
Starting Friday, December 16, for a limited time, when AT&T customers switch from AT&T to join our faster, more advanced LTE network, they can get a FREE year of DIRECTV NOW. (That’s a $420 value!)
This deal is perfect for a few different kinds of AT&T customers:
Offer DetailsTo qualify for this offer
Get $200 per line, for up to four lines when activating a new line or moving numbers from another carrier to T-Mobile's ONE Unlimited 4G LTE plan. Wednesday, December 21st is the last day before this deal goes away. Don't miss out. Contact Dr Wireless now!
Last chance to get a FREE $499.99 GSP1700 Satellite Phone. Globalstar's Satellite network is the most advanced. This offer requires a one year agreement that includes 100 minutes per month, unlimited inbound texting and voice mail for $65 per month ($780 per year). According to my accountant, this is 100% tax write off as a business expense. These devices are great for disaster preparedness, business continuity, crusie ships, Alaska trips, Federal parks and when going to the mountains or off the beaten path.
The above represnt the some of the best deals of the year. Why not start the new year off with a Fresh phone and less expensive wireless plan with more data?
Best Wishes for Happy Holidays from my family to yours...
T-Mobile Hits AT&T Where It Hurts...
John Legere, T-Mobile's brash CEO, is probably the only guy on the planet who dislikes AT&T more than I do. His "Uncarrier" initiatives must be a nightmare for his AT&T CEO counterpart, Randall Stephenson. In any case, TM is going after AT&T, this time using something right out of AT&T's own toolbox - DirectTV NOW.
AT&T has been using their relationship with Direct TV to drive business to their network. Just to even become eligible to sign up for AT&T's Unlimited Wireless plan, they require their subscribers to also bundle in either Direct TV or U-Verse, both services owned by AT&T.
T-Mobile just struck back hard at AT&T with the following Holiday Offer...
“AT&T wants you to think DirecTV is theirs exclusively, but that’s a load of crap," Legere said in T-Mobile's press release yesterday. "Both DirecTV Now and the DirecTV apps stream free on T-Mobile with a faster, more advanced network that covers nearly every American. AT&T is so distracted by their new businesses and DirecTV that they continue to ignore their 110 million wireless customers. Luckily, the Un-carrier’s here to show them how to actually take care of customers!”
T-Mobile also said it believes AT&T customers will end up preferring T-Mobile "even if you hate DirecTV NOW (we offer no guarantees, since it’s an AT&T product after all)."
As Legere noted, T-Mobile already exempted the DirecTV satellite service's mobile video app from data caps. When T-Mobile announced Binge On in November 2015, it exempted its own video service and rival video services from Verizon and AT&T, a move that may have helped fend off net neutrality challenges. DirecTV Now is a new online-only service that customers subscribe to separately from the DirecTV satellite plan, so it apparently had to be added to Binge On separately.
While T-Mobile does not charge competitors for data cap exemptions, AT&T exempts its own video from data caps while requiring other companies to pay for the same privilege. Federal Communications Commission officials recently accused AT&T of violating net neutrality rules with this practice, but AT&T yesterday told the FCC that the accusation is "nonsensical." AT&T probably has little to worry about because the FCC under President-elect Donald Trump will likely be run by opponents of net neutrality rules.
If you are an AT&T subscriber, there's a good chance you have $31 coming to you. That's because AT&T just agreed with the FTC to refund $88 million back to their subscribers. AT&T is not the first carrier to get fined for Cramming. All of the carriers have done this out of greed. Here's how it works and why it was such a strong source of revenue for carriers. In the old days, there was an option to pay for a text messaging package. Today, Unlimited texting is free. The carriers would partner with 3rd party companies, agreeing to provide the billing services for these companies. In return, these companies allowed the carriers to keep anywhere from 35-50% of the monthly revenue. One of the most popular was a service offering a joke of the day. Most people wouldn't think twice getting a joke e-mailed to them, as it wasn't costing them to receive text messages. If they knew a new monthly charge of $9.99 would miraculously appear on their phone bill each and every month, they'd likely go ballistic.
As I work with several Universities that would send all phone bills to a central accounting department for payment, this presented a huge problem. Only the end user would likely recognize bogus charges like these. The FTC indicated the refunds are related to 2014 and the companies behind two mobile cramming schemes, Tatto and Acquinity. According to the FTC's complaint in the matter, AT&T levied third-party charges – usually amounting to around $10 per month – for ringtones and text message subscriptions on customer accounts without their knowledge. The FTC alleged AT&T kept at least 35 percent of the fraudulent charges.
According to the FTC, the refunds will go to some 2.7 million AT&T customers across all 50 states. The Commission said 2.5 million individuals getting refunds are current AT&T customers who will receive a bill credit within the next 75 days, while an additional 300,000 plus former customers will receive a check in the mail.
Hopefully, your check is in the mail!
If you've been on cruise control for the past year and made no wireless plan changes, you are likely overpaying for your SmartPhone plan. That's because T-Mobile has been killing all of the other carriers in acquiring new postpaid customers the last couple of quarters. Verizon is a close second. Interestingly, the carrier losing the most subscribers is not Sprint, but AT&T.
I'm often asked what the difference between carriers is, and more importantly, why activate service through Dr Wireless, instead of directly with the carrier. Yes, all of the wireless carriers support the same global platform, 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution). Thank Apple for deciding to make one device with all 23 bands of global LTE. You can also thank T-Mobile for abandoning the traditional 2 year phone tied to contract model and their other dozen "Uncarrier Innitiatives" since. So yes, there can be some major cost differences between carriers. Since 1990, Dr Wireless has activated thousands of lines with every major carrier. We know them all intimately and as a mobile wireless broker, they all support us. Our wireless knowledge, industry resources, unbiased advice, and integrity are the reason Major Enterprise, Government, Fortune 500 and Entertainment industry professionals rely on us for their wireless communication needs.
Rollover Data - T-Mobile was the first to introduce this on some of their Simple Choice Plans. All of the other carriers have followed suit. Not all Rollover was created alike however. All the other carriers offer one month roll over only. T-Mobile offers Rollover for the entire year and wipes the minutes on December 31st.
Global Service - T-Mobile offers free global data and text on all plans. On their Premium 4G LTE plans, users also get 3G Hotspot speeds. Sprint recently introduced a similar plan for data and text but not in as many markets. Other carriers like AT&T AND VERIZON offer various bolt-ons and Day passes that can get expensive.
Fringe Benefits - Travelers on T-Mobile's Premium Unlimited 4G LTE plan will now receive FREE visual voicemail, FREE GOGO Wifi and Texting on Flights. They will also receive T-Mobile's Stateside International Calling Package. This is normally $15 per month but so worth it for long distance callers. I love it because it makes calling France for my family FREE, whether we call mobile or landline phones. Without this feature, it;s $1.99 per minute.
Unlocked Devices - Your wireless carrier does not want you to know this. By law, once your device is paid for, if you request they unlock it, they will do it for FREE. Verizon devices are already unlocked. Why would anyone want to unlock their device and does it affect the warranty. Everyone should unlock their phone because of the following reasons. It increases resale value by about $50, depending on model. It allows the device to be used with any carriers SIM card, either domestically or globally on most cases. Since all data is stored in the device and not the SIM card anymore, it makes changing carriers as easy as changing SIM cards. The content doesn't even need to change when changing carriers. This is why wireless plans have suddenly got amazingly competitive.
Unlimited Data Plans - To most people, unlimited means unlimited. That's not quite the case in the wireless business. Five years ago, carriers offered UNLIMITED data without thinking twice. Speeds were snail slow and they had no idea where we would be today with 4G LTE speeds. That's why AT&T and Verizon do everything possible to get their grandfathered users off these plans. In AT&T's case, they throttled their older Unlimited plans without disclosing it. As far as I can tell, Verizon never throttled their plans. They will simply send a "DEAR JOHN" letter to anyone exceeding 100GB per month telling them that they will have to change plans or leave. Today, Verizon no longer offers an Unlimited 4G Plan. AT&T discontinued them too but just re-introduced theirs with a caveat - you have to bundle in their U-Verse or Direct TV home service just to be eligible to get it. That'sa big if and one of several reasons we cannot endorse their plans. Each carrier includes fineprint in their contracts that reserves the right to priortize network traffic, or provide network optimization. AT&T's threshold before this applies is 22GB per month, Sprint is 23GB, T-Mobile is 28GB and Verizon does'nt play this game. In plain English, what this means is once you exceed these data limits, don't be surprised if your 4G speeds take a big drop to 2G speeds. It is still possible to check e-mail and use social networks. Video though becomes out of the question. I certainly prefer this throttling to having to stop using my device or paying $15 per GB overage fees. Verizon used to bag on T-Mobile for throttling but strangely, adopted throttling now and calls it "Safety Mode". Until they instituted this feature, i could never guarantee my Verizon clients that their bill would look the same each month as T-MOBILE'S does. Now I can. If you have any questions about any of the above, please contact me. If you feel you're getting the short end of the stick, we'll give you a FREE Wireless Plan Analysis and hel;p you level the playing field.
These days, all below plans at a minimum include Unlimited Voice, and Texting domestically.
For single lines of 2GB 4G LTE or less, our recommendation is T-Mobile's SImple Choice 2GB plan and Verizon's $55 2GB plan. T-Mobile also offers an Unlimited "ONE" plan featuring Unlimited standard definition 4G LTE. Sprint also has a $60 Syandard definition 4G LTE Unlimited Freedom Plan.
For two lines - T-Mobile's Simple Choice plan for two users is $80. It shares 4GB 4G LTE between users.
T-Mobile's new Unlimited 4G "One" Plan for two users is $120. Verizon's "Large" plan offers 12GB of 4G LTE for $110 per month. Sprint's $100 Unlimited 4G Unlimited Freedom Plan is a very good value for Unlimited.
For 4 lines (family or business plans). This is where the deals are as additional lines are generally only $20 or so. Again, the plans that offer the most value and quality are from T-Mobile and Verizon. This is the most competive area for the carriers. For December 2106, T-Mobile is offering up to $800 in Mastercard debit cards for anyone we put on their ONE plans. They are also offering a FREE line of service so that means 4 lUnlimited lines for $140. The limited time Verizon promotional plan offering 20GB of High Definition LTE to 4 users for only $160 is amazing. In the old days, you paid a lot more for Verizon service and had to worry about overage charges for data. Not any more.
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T-Mobile Does it Again!
T-Mobile just added even more value to their Premium $25 1080P 4G LTE Plan
T-Mobile ONE Plus Enhancements
Most people are oblivious to 480p (Standard Definition) vs 1080p (High Definition) resolution. Quire frankly, that in itself is not a big deal for most folks. The other perks that come with the Premium HD plan are quite significant however. Aside from higher video streaming resolution, getting Unlimited 4G Hotspot (vs 3G speeds) , Wifi all flight on airlines, texting on airlines, visual voicemail and Name ID is pretty darn cool for frequent travelers.
Dr Wireless Favorite Plan Deals...
Today, plans are much simpler. All carriers now offer Unlimited Voice, and Text. It's all about the 4G LTE data. We have plans starting at $50 with 2GB of 4G LTE. We also have Unlimited plans available from all carriers, except Verizon. What the huge data users on Unlimited 4G plans need to understand is they will likely be throttled down to 2G speeds once they surpass, 22GB (AT&T) , 23GB (Sprint) or 28GB (T-Mobile). That means that the only carrier that does not officially offer an Unlimited plan probably has the best of them and here is why...
Sprint's Unlimited Freedom and T-Mobile's ONE plans all advertise UNLIMITED 4G LTE. There are two problems with this. First, these two carriers reserve the right to throttle users at the above thresholds. Secondly, while it is 4G LTE being offered, it's only 480p Standard resolution, not the 1080p and 4k offered by AT&T and Verizon. Yes, this is still DVD quality but why limit your resolution? YouTube just announced they will begin broadcasting in 4k immediately so this is the future. The below plans are the ones Dr Wireless recommends highly.
Best Minimal Usage Plan
T-Mobile's North America Simple Choice plans are no longer advertised but still available. These plans are $40 for line one, $30 for line 2 and $10 for line's 3-9. Each user gets Unlimited everything with 2GB per user of shared data. All plans include Mexico, Canada, and free global text and data in 140 countries.
Best Moderate Usage Plan
Verizon's Large Plan just got much better. Verizon just added 2GB per line, Safety Mode, and Rollover. For an extra $10 though, there promotional 12GB deal is a fantastic value. We feature this plan under both moderate and heavy usage. That's because $160 for 4 lines sharing 20GB of 1080p 4G LTE is a remarkable value. We do have some giant plans up to 100GB with Verizon for our heavy hitters.
Best Unlimited Plans
AT&T - Offers an Unlimited 4G LTE plan. Because they claim this to be Unlimited but throttle at 22GB, and require a Direct TV or U-Verse Home Internet Bundle, we do compare their offerings or recommend them.
Sprint - Sprint may not quite have the same speed as T-Mobile or Verizon but they are plenty fast and less expensive. For consumers, we have Unlimited plans starting at $60 or $100 for two lines. Our personal liable University employees can get two Unlimited 4G lines for only $90. Our best deal for authorized Government accounts is $37.99 for Unlimited data. For $20 per line, Sprint will bump SD 480p to HD 1080p.
T-Mobile - T-Mobile's Unlimited plans start at $70 for one line and $120 for two. LInes 3-8 are $20. For an additional $25 per line, TM will bump the 480p SD 4G LTE data to 1080p HD. What's most significant about this is that T-Mobile also bumps the Hotspot speeds from 3G to Unlimited 4G as well making this a no brainer for Hot spot users.
Verizon - Verizon says they don't offer Unlimited Plans. I say, poppycock! They don't advertise unlimited plans but by using the same definition of Unlimited 4G LTE as the other carriers, Big Red's plans are even better. Here is why:
All Verizon plans are HD 1080p. They don't play the 480p standard resolution game. Since the carriers offering Unlimited plans reserve the right to throttle your speeds down to 2G, only Verizon allows you to get more 4G LTE, if you're willing to pay for it. That's because they have plans between 30 GB and 100GB. If you exceed your data, you get throttled. There are no longer any $15 per GB overage fees anymore.
Dr Wireless is an authorized mobile broker for all of the major wireless providers. We can seamlessly move your line to any plan or any carrier with no interruption whatsoever. Why get involved in the holiday shopping circus when we can have your carrier of choice hand deliver a device to your home or office? The period between Black Friday and Christmas is always the best time to get a new plan and SmartPhone.
Joel Saltzman has over twenty years of wireless industry experience. He is currently CEO and Chief Wireless Analyst for Dr Wireless.