Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Cell Phone Plan Reviews- Verizon Wireless Share Everything Plans

One of the things Cell Plan Blog has become known for is our extensive coverage of cell phone reviews, whether it is reviewing phones on our own cell phone blog, or linking to other sites such as CNET and commenting on reviews by G4 such as the Droid Review video.

One thing that occurred to me recently is that in addition to reviews on equipment, consumers also would like reviews on the cell phone plans themselves. Many of our early posts focused on cell phone plans, especially how to save money on cell phone family plans and cell phone upgrades. However, the blog received very little reader traffic at the time. With all that said, I think it's time to go ahead and post some Cell Phone Plan Reviews from major wireless carriers.

For my first cell phone plan review, I am going to discuss my own personal phone plan, the Share Everything Verizon Wireless phone plan. As reviews go, I am biased. I have been a Verizon Wireless family plan customer since 2000. I have spent enough on Verizon phone service to purchase a small house or mid-luxury vehicle. Suffice it to say I have been very happy with their service. Here is my take:

Verizon Wireless Cell Phone Plan Review-
Nuts and Bolts: Here is how it works. Verizon Wireless replaced their old plans recently with a new Share Everything plan. The pricing has been simplified, but this plan might not be the best deal for everyone. Instead of cell phone plans that provide a certain number of minutes, adding phones at a flat monthly rate, and then subscribing to text and data plans for each phone line, each phone now has a flat charge for calls and texting. Then a data plan is shared. For example, my iPhone 4 for Verizon costs $40 per month. This includes unlimited calls and texts. Each additional smartphone is another $40 per month. Each non-smartphone is $30. Then you add a data plan that is shared. The minimum data plan for sharing between 2 smartphones is 1 GB for $50/mo. So on my family plan with 2 smart phones and one basic phone, I pay $40+40+30+50= $160 plus taxes and fees.

Under the old family plan structure I had 3 basic phones, which started at $79 per month for a plan that included 400 shared minutes and free nights and weekends. I don't think I used more than 100 minutes in any month over the last 10 years. I later adding unlimited texting for $30, bringing my cell phone plan to $109 per month. So I basically was paying the same per month then if I take away the data. What changed? I got 2 smartphones. Most cell phone plan providers are pushing the conversion to smartphones. Basic "feature" phones are not widely available. Smartphones have come down in price, after contract subsidies. If you don't want to use a smartphone with data, the new pricing structure is probably not ideal, but I think making the call and text prices all-inclusive is the way to go. I think the data pricing could be improved however.

Stay tuned for future cell phone plan reviews.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

ATT Wireless Home Phone and Other Wireless Home Phone Services


It is a known fact that there has been a decline in the number of people who are using a landline & home phone services in the present times. There is an obvious and sudden shift in the trend with most people preferring mobile & wireless phones, as they consider these services more reliable. Hence they feel no need to maintain the home phone or landline anymore.

But wouldn’t it be great if you could get both the home phone and wireless plan all packed in one solid plan? Though, these combined offers have their own pros and cons. But still, there are many plans which you can use both in your professional as well as personal arena.

Numerous wireless carriers such as Verizon, AT&T provide you with a combined home phone options along with their wireless plans. Such plans often have stand alone services for your home and you also have the provision for add- a line option on the family plan which you may use. This is suitable when you wish to opt for a second home line.

Almost all of them try to bridge the gap; however they are yet to taste complete success. AT&T and other similar companies still vouch about the workability of these plans and believe that the people will never write off the need of using home phone services.

Moreover, AT&T home phone provides you with plugged phones which you can plug in the cellular hub of your house. You will have to pay for unlimited calls all over US & other international options. In fact using your mobile phone as your land line will help you save a lot of money. Besides this you even get the benefits of both the mobile & land line services. You simply need to unplug the phone and use it as a regular cell phone.

The telecom industry is evolving rapidly and hence the home phones and landline services seem to be an outdated concept. However these service providers are trying to revive the interest of the end users by providing them both the services at a fairly low price. 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Cell Phone Upgrade Deals Relaunch Press Release

We previously posted that parent site UltraCellSaver has relaunched and added a new official Facebook page.

We are delighted with the Facebook reception, as UCS already has over 1000s fans!

In addition, we commissioned the following Press Release to announce the re-launch of the website and reinforce the focus of the business, which is to specialize in helping existing wireless customers upgrade their cell phones with the service of their choice (existing or porting), while keep their numbers.

Release:


UltraCellSaver.com Relaunch Cell Phone Upgrade Deals

Ultra Cell Saver.com announce the re-launch of their new and enhanced cell phone comparison website. Since their site first launched, Ultra Cell Saver have been empowering consumers who are looking to upgrade their cell phones without losing service quality and pricing. Now, in an attempt to better serve their visitors, they have re-designed the website to show all of the information in an easily viewable manner. Their front page lists all of the information visitors need to know about getting better cell phone upgrade deals. Currently, UltraCellSaver.com actively collects and scours the internet for the best deals. They list opportunities where consumers can pick up completely free phones – including smartphones with most carriers.

Because Ultra Cell Saver works with all major providers, they are able to present and display the best cell phone deals from around the United States. As their website explains, consumers are able to order premium ATT phones for as low as $0.01 when coupled with a 2-year agreement.

To learn more about UltraCellSaver and browse their selection of cell phone upgrade deals, head over to: http://www.ultracellsaver.com/

Friday, January 18, 2013

UltraCellSaver.com Relaunches and Debuts Official Facebook Page!

Just a quick update for our Cell Plan Blog readers to let you know that our parent site - UltraCellSaver.com - has officially relaunched and has also debuted an official Facebook page.  Ultra Cell Saver has been the leader in cell phone discounts and savings for over 8 years now, and continues to deliver the best deals from AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile, and more.  Whether it's a new plan, prepaid, family plans, or upgrade, UCS can customize to suit the deal you need.

The launch of the official UCS Facebook will allow even more interaction with customers as well as the ability to provide readers with the latest news and releases from the cellular world.  We have already invited some of our regular customers to join us on Facebook and would now look forward to connecting with others interested in saving money on their cell phone plans and equipment.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Black Friday Cell Phone Deals 2012

Black Friday is here once again, and stores are going to war to get customers to choose their store over the competition's.  With many stores now opening at 8 P.M. THURSDAY, Black Friday is beginning to take over Thanksgiving as the main focus of the day.  But if you aren't into standing in line for hours or sprinting into stores to be sure to get what you need, there are deals online that are just as good if not better in many cases.  Today we wanted to let you know about some amazing Black Friday cell phone deals that are up to 70% off the normal price and can be ordered from the comfort of your home.

Amazon is running Black Friday Lightning Dealsall day and customers are "virtually" lining up every hour to grab these deals.  The deals are only available in limited quantities and you have to join a waitlist after they are gone to still have a chance to get the deal....that's how hot these deals are.

Below we have listed just a few of the super deals on individual phones for Black Friday with some going for as low as a penny!  Check out phones like the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX, Galaxy S 3, Nokia Lumia 920, and many more.  Of course there are deals for all major carriers including AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Spring, T-Mobile, and many others.  Keep checking back for even more deals as this is only the beginning of the sales weekend and cell phone deals won't get any better than this time of year.


 

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

UltraCellsaver.com Updated Cell Phone Sales Website and Customer Service


Friends at http://www.ultracellsaver.com/ pass along this new post on their official blog about the Updated UltraCellSaver Website and Mission Statement. In short, owners of UCS, which has focused on cell phone upgrades and helping customers transition to new AT&T Wireless plans over the last 6 years, have recognized some issues with the quality of their website recently and are working hard to improve the experience of their users. In addition, they want to re-dedicate their mission to customer service.

We have sent plenty of traffic to UCS over the years and will continue to do so. In the world of big online cell phone dealers, they have always stood out in providing unique service to their visitors. For example, if you go to many of the top online cell phone sites, AT&T phones just disappeared without a trace. UCS worked to continue to offer information and resources for ATT customers and continue to offer ATT upgrades. They also provide information on specific types of plans and features instead of just trying to sell cell phones without regards to the needs of customers. I also know that the owners will personally take time to answer inquiries and put together customized wireless package quotes.

I hope the website update goes well.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

ATT Lumia 900 Phone Out of Stock with Amazon and AT&T

Update: The Black Nokia Lumia 900 for AT&T IS in stock ( see bottom of post).

This article refers to a report that the CYAN model is selling out. The new AT&T Lumia 900 smartphone made by Nokia for use on ATT Wireless service has been all over the radio and tv commercials lately. It looks like all the promotion of the Lumia 900 is working. It looks like the Nokia Lumia 900 for AT&T is selling so well it is already out of stock with Amazon wireless and directly from AT&T wireless. One big different between the Nokia Lumia 900 and a lot of the other hot new smartphones, the Lumia 900 for AT&T is a Windows based phone on the Windows OS operating system. As Matthew Miller of ZDNET wrote this morning, the Lumia 900 looks like a success for Nokia. He also has a lot of good things to say about the Nokia Lumia 900 in particular as well as Windows Phone software in general. He believes that as more people try out Windows Phone, they will that they really like it. Over at Amazon Wireless, the Cyan model of the Nokia Lumia 900 4G Windows Phone AT&T is currently backordered, with availability expected in 8-9 days. However, the BLACK Lumia is in stock. See below for more phone details and ordering information:


 

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