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.

Monday, November 25, 2019

AT&T's Real 5G Coverage Maps

Right on the heels of Verizon Wireless making their 5G wireless coverage maps available, AT&T has released their own 5G maps.  As most of us have realized, AT&T's 5G maps that have been released so far have been for their "5G Evolution" coverage which is a combination of "super" 4G-LTE and various levels of broadband enhancements

Coming within the next few weeks, AT&T has promised to offer true 5G coverage in 5 markets that promises to be at lower frequency channels than the competition, providing much better coverage than the ultra-ultra high frequencies offered so far.


We are now showing these 5G coverage maps for those first five AT&T markets on our Cellular Maps web site, and as a bonus for those who read this news site, we're offering a sneak peek of all of AT&T true 5G coverage that should be available in February of 2020.  As before, we're expecting the big announcement by T-Mobile of their wide 5G coverage coming December 6th.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

New: 5G Interactive Maps

You may have heard that Verizon Wireless is finally providing zoom-in 5G coverage maps.  That means three of the top 4 major wireless carriers now offer a peek into their 5G coverage.  Our Cellular Maps Interactive Coverage Page now links you to those zoomable maps. Verizon's maps display "street-level" coverage which means they aren't claiming "in-building" coverage.  Of course, you can sign up for their "Home" 5G home wireless service as long as you can get a signal at your fixed location.  Ah, the beauty of such high frequency data connections.


We aren't sure why AT&T is still not providing 5G coverage maps.  Perhaps their "5G Evolution" provides a bit too varied a download rate in too many locations to claim a universal "5G Coverage" report.  In the meantime, we're waiting for T-Mobile's introduction of 5G coverage at 600 Mhz scheduled for December 6th. It could be a game-changer.

Friday, November 1, 2019

New Wireless Web Sites

Here it is the first of November.  We haven't posted any snippy comments for too long.  The time has been consumed by adding a few new wireless-themed web sites.  My vote was to reduce the number of sites but there were a few members who wanted to add new ones, primarily to upgrade some of the old sites.  Of course, when one area gets updated, another area gets postponed.

Let's start with what's new:

  • OZ WIRELESS:  I grabbed the name for another place to comment about wireless topics, but one of the crew said it would be a great place to report on the absolute cheapest wireless plans available.  So now, "OZ Knowz" how to get the cheapest deals in wireless, with or without your existing phone.
  • MOUNTAIN 5G: The crew thought we needed a place to maintain updates of the progress of 5G Wireless.  There have been a few visitors, but we expect 5G to be nothing more than a novelty until the 5G iPhone is released.  Even though it's not the first 5G phone, it should be the game-changer.  Our estimate is that it will be demonstrated next summer and sold after their September annoucement date.
  • WORLDWIDE WIRELESS ROAMING: This is an update of the ROAMING ZONE web site which is mostly used by people looking for roaming codes such as MNC, SID and the old PRL's.  The new site is focused on people who want to use wireless devices in foreign countries.  This is data collected by a handful of worldwide travelers and my own family.  I am often surprised how well our ideas work out.  However, you can learn from our mistakes.
  • WIRELESS BACK DOOR:  This is a re-write of the old CELLULAR BACK DOOR site which was originally based on what was known as "Back Door" voice mail numbers.  The voice mail numbers remain on the old site, but much of the newer wireless inside information has been expanded on the WIRELESS BACK DOOR site.

What has been eliminated?
  • We have dropped or consolidated sites that reported on worldwide wireless roaming (a new one was replaced by a newer one),  a couple of 5G miss-steps, and yet another cellular network review site.  We also sold the iconic MountainWireless.com site to a company that just wanted to disable the site to prevent confusion with their commercial namesake.  All of the old carrier information there still lives on MOUNTAIN WIRELESS.NET.
What's next?  We're mostly waiting on the next 5G shoe to drop.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Fear No Sprint

Sprint (at least through our portals) has seen a reduced number of signups.  We can only guess it's because of the impending merger with T-Mobile.  You need to think contrarian!  Sprint is offering some great deals right now that will be valid for quite a while after any merger deal is finalized.  Historically, that has meant shrewd buyers have been able to buy into the new network at the old network's reduced price.

Related: Sprint Goes Price Happy

Sprint users already have roaming access to T-Mobile's broadband network and that door will open even further if a deal is approved.  Be aware this applies to real Sprint customers.  If you have Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile or Sprint's own Prepaid, you may get shipped over to Dish Network's new, unknown 5G network, but even that will take years to complete.  In the meantime, Sprint has one of the better 5G networks and that may be the case for the next few years. Have no fear!