Saturday, October 31, 2020

Verizon's 5G Coverage Maps

For a time, Verizon showed us very detailed 5G coverage maps.  They showed us what streets have coverage and we had 'em on Verizon's 5G Coverage pages. But those maps are gone.  Fear not.  They are now buried in their "Nationwide" Coverage Maps.  All you need to do is click on the circles that show 5G cities and keep zooming, and zooming, and zooming...as many as 8 levels of zooming.

Look closely when you're considering a 5G phone.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Mountain 5G Wireless

If 5G hasn't come to your neighborhood, or if it has, get relevant 5G Wireless information at Mountain 5G.  We've added Reviews, a taste of the various flavors of 5G, and the latest addition: Prepaid 5G Wireless.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Verizon Buys Tracfone

While the Tracfone-related networks have been expanding their domination of prepaid services by acquisition, Verizon has been hovering over Tracfone with the aim to become the new King of Prepaid.  Escaping to one of the TracFone-related services operated by American Movil, was how many of us were able to cut the cost of our wireless below the likes of Verizon Wireless.  Many of us will end up back under the big red check mark now that Verizon has agreed to purchase the US prepaid operations of American Movil.

The first concern is if Verizon plans to raise our prepaid prices, or will they do what they can to continue the current low-price philosophy of the various Tracfone networks.  It's difficult to imagine that Verizon will continue the various agreements each prepaid service has with AT&T and T-Mobile. Also, we should expect some consolidation among those brands. Hopefully, the remaining prepaid carriers to rise up and offer more prepaid products at competitive prices. They won't need to lower prices, just provide us with an alternative to the new prepaid empire.

On the other side of the coin is the possibility that Verizon could actually lower the cost of all those newly-acquired prepaid products and keep the other guys from competing. Yes, that could help the average consumer, but large companies have been careful not to spit in the soup and ruin the taste for everyone.


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

New Boost Mobile Brings Old Tricks.

Dish Network has completed their acquisition of Boost Mobile as part of the Sprint/T-Mobile
acquisition, and the good news is that life gets better for Boost customers.  Not only do Boost users get to use the expanded T-Mobile network, but they will also enjoy the return of some of popular Boost features.  Dish released the following:

"Boost's new $hrink-It! plan, which starts at $45 for 15GB, reduces customers' monthly rates by $5 after three on-time payments, and by an additional $5 after six total on-time payments. Boost previously offered a popular shrinking payments plan, which was available to new Boost Mobile customers until July 2014

"In addition to the revival of the $hrink-It! plan, Boost will offer a $35 10GB plan that includes unlimited talk and text. Consumers may sign up for either plan with their existing compatible device or by purchasing a new device from Boost." Both plans are available now.

Some questions remain such as will Boost change its name.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Cricket Wireless Offers Cheaper Plans

Cricket is offering new ways to help customers during this tough time:
We’re launching a new limited time phone plan:
  • A new $15 plan comes with 2GB of data, unlimited talk and text, and will be available for a limited time. The plan is available to new and existing customers with no activation fee.1
We will begin adding data to capped and unlimited phone plans for a limited time:2
  • Automatically adding 10GB of data to capped plans for new and existing customers. That means if you’re on the $30/2GB plan or the $40/5GB plan, you’ll get an additional 10GB of data for mobile hotspot or smartphone use for two bill cycles. After two bill cycles, you will no longer receive the additional data.
  • Automatically adding 10GB of data to unlimited plans for new and existing customers. That means if you’re on the $55 unlimited plan without mobile hotspot, you will receive 10GB of data for hotspot use. If you’re on the $60 unlimited plan with 15GB of mobile hotspot, you’ll get an additional 10GB of data for mobile hotspot use. Both plans will receive the additional data for two bill cycles. After two bill cycles, you will no longer receive the additional data.3
The $15 2GB limited time offer is available online at www.cricketwireless.com, or via the MyCricket app. Also, we will begin adding the additional hotspot data to eligible plans. It may take up to one week for existing customers to receive the additional data.

Note: Wireless Noise has an affiliate relationship with Cricket Wireless however, no links are associated on this web page.  More low-cost changes are reviewed at OZWireless.com.
1Pricing subject to change. One-time fees may apply. See cricketwireless.com/fees for details. Terms & restrictions apply. Avail., terms & data usage & speed & other restr's subject to change w/o notice. Service subject to Cricket network management policies, see cricketwireless.com/mobilebroadband. Coverage not avail. everywhere.
2Excludes Simply Data plans and $15/mo. voice-and-data plan.
3Data speed may be limited to max 3Mbps. Cricket may temporarily slow data speeds if the network is busy.

AT&T Offers Cheaper Plans

AT&T PREPAID is offering three new ways to help wireless users during these difficult times. 

  • A limited time offer of $15 for 2GB of data with unlimited talk and text will be available to new and existing customers with no activation fee. To get started on the $15 limited time offer, just visit www.att.com/prepaid or use the MyATT app.

  • An automatic 10GB per month of additional data for 60 days is being added temporarily to existing customers’ capped phone plans and for new customers who activate capped phone plans prior to April 26. New customers activating capped phone plans after April 26 will temporarily receive an extra 10 GB of additional data for 30 days.
  • Customers with an Unlimited Plus plan with Mobile Hotspot data and new customers who activate on the Unlimited Plus plan prior to April 26 will temporarily receive 10GB of additional Mobile Hotspot per month for 60 days. New customers who activate after April 26 will temporarily receive an additional 10GB of data for 30 days.
Note: Wireless Noise has an affiliate relationship with AT&T however, no links are asociated on this web page.  More low-cost changes are reviewed at OZWireless.com.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

T-Mobile Offers Cheaper Plans

T-Mobile launches T-Mobile Connect, its lowest priced smartphone plan ever, and Metro by T-Mobile is adding lower-cost options, to help ensure everyone has an affordable option to get and stay connected during these challenging times.

T-Mobile is launching its lowest priced smartphone plan now, rather than waiting for the merger with Sprint to finalize, as originally planned. And Metro by T-Mobile is also adding lower-cost options.

T-Mobile Connect was announced in November of 2019 as part of 5G for Good – the first planned moves for the proposed New T-Mobile – but in response to customer needs in these trying times is launching this week. T-Mobile Connect represents a new level of value at $15 per month plus tax – half the price of T-Mobile’s lowest priced plan – for unlimited talk and text plus 2GB high-speed smartphone data, including access to T-Mobile’s nationwide 5G network. For $25 per month plus tax, customers get 5GB of high-speed smartphone data. And T-Mobile Connect also has an Annual Data Upgrade, giving customers an additional 500MB of monthly data, every year, at no additional cost, for the next five years. T-Mobile Connect is available today
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Additionally, Metro by T-Mobile is launching lower-priced plans and offers: For the next two months, Metro is offering a $15 plan – that’s half the price of the current most affordable plan. For 60 days after customers activate, it’s just $15 per month for unlimited talk and text plus 2GB of high-speed smartphone data.

The launch of T-Mobile Connect comes on the heels of additional moves T-Mobile recently made to ensure customers stay connected. T-Mobile is also:
  • Giving all current T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers as of March 13, 2020 who have legacy plans without unlimited high-speed data, unlimited smartphone data for the next 60 days (excluding roaming).
  • Providing eligible T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers on smartphone plans with hotspot data an additional 20GB of smartphone mobile hotspot (10GB per bill cycle for the next 60 days) for each voice line.
  • Working with our Lifeline partners to provide customers extra free data up to 5GB of data per month through May 13, 2020.
  • Increasing the data allowance for free to schools and students using our EmpowerED digital learning programs to ensure each participant has access to at least 20GB of data per month through May 13, 2020.
  • And much more.
Learn more about T-Mobile Connect online at http://prepaid.t-mobile.com and learn more about Metro offers at www.metrobytmobile.com.

Note, Wireless Noise has no relationship or affiliation with T-Mobile or Metro by T-Mobile.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Goodbye Sprint, Hello Dish

The fat lady is clearing her throat and is about to sing the finale of the Sprint story.  As of today, almost all approvals for the T-Mobile/Sprint merger have been made with no additional requirements.  This means we will be coordinating Sprint and T-Mobile Coverage Maps, Reviews and Prepaid Details.  We are also monitoring what will be available from the new Dish Wireless, including initial coverage maps, and a potential all-5G network.

The future of Dish as a potential fourth wireless carrier is a bit cloudy.  They do indeed have the spectrum required to operate a wireless network, but they may not have the time or money to create a competitive wireless carrier.  Initially, Dish will be a re-seller of the existing Sprint network when they acquire Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile and Sprint Prepaid customers.  If you plan to drop one of those services, be careful what carrier you pick up as many of the alternatives will also be affected by the takeover of the Sprint network.  Some of them will be transitioned to the new T-Mobile network, which will be a big improvement, but expect to need a new phone and a new plan.


We'll provide the tools you need to make, or not make, a wireless transition of your own.  There are many details and deals yet to come and we predict there will be new players coming into the Dish Wireless tent.  Think Google, Amazon or cooperative deals from cable, tech or investment companies.  Enjoy the near-term improvements, we have concerns about the future with only 3 major wireless players.


Tuesday, December 3, 2019

T-Mobile Adds Impressive 5G Coverage

We just got an early Christmas present.  Look at T-Mobile's coast-to-coast 5G coverage.  Can any other carrier compete by the end of the year?  We can hope, but I think not.  Get your 5G phone while they're Free!  Part of their advantage is not messing with those silly little micro-cells, and thus not fighting city hall.