Friday, September 26, 2008
Google is set to release it's first cell phone in less than a month, and one has to wonder if the hype and sales will come anywhere near that of the Apple iPhone. T-Mobile will sell the G1 for for $179 with a 2 year contract. The phone looks similar to the iPhone with a large touch screen, but also has a slide out keyboard and features Google's mapping and email programs. To begin things, the phone will only work in large towns like New York, Los Angeles, and Miami, where T-Mobile has it's larger, faster wireless data network, as the phone won't work on the older, slower networks. The data plan for the phone is $25, which makes it less expensive than most data plans out there. The Android software makes it's debut on this phone, which will be a major selling point as this phone makes its debut, which should open up many more possibilities and enhancement for users. This should bring the iPhone some major competition, and hopefully bring prices down and users can enjoy the battle between Google and Apple, and whichever other companies decide to join in.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Verizon has made what's bound to be another popular move that will bring in more customers, and keep more of their current customers who may be considering going to another service, by now offering month to month cell phone plans with no contract. Customers can purchase a phone at full price, or bring their own phone, and use it on a month to month plan with Verizon, and have the option to cancel at the end of that month and be free of any early termination fees. Current Verizon customers who are still under a contract plan are also eligible to switch to the new month to month plan, but must still fulfill their 1 or 2 year contract they're currently under. This new plan is somewhat of a middle point between the normal 1 and 2 year contracts that most carriers currently have, and prepaid phones that are also popular. Now instead of going prepaid, and instead of locking into a long term deal, people can have a month to month plan without having to worry about buying minutes and keeping up with prepaid cards and buying minutes. This plan should be popular, as it's a much needed middle point, and Verizon is making a smart move by once again delivering more options to current and potential customers.