It looks to be an all out price war

Folks, it looks like for once consumers may actually begin to start seeing some saving on their wireless phone bills. From an article (source to follow) it looks like a war is brewing with the big players in what looks to be an all-out price war to mantain their growth rates and to continue to make money. Can anyone say unlimited phone calls for a low price? Years ago this was just a fantasy but it looks like the idea (dream) has started to become a possible reality.

Link: Unlimited plans may spark mobile price war @ C|Net

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I really wish they would offer their Net Service access cards for 30 a month.... cripes 100 for that and 100 for Cell = retawded...

Added to the fact comcast gets 50 to 60 a month for that too..
Sorry Ranting...

$100 a month is still way too much for unlimited calls. With three lines sharing 500 minutes we never go over, and we pay per text message and still fit under the lowest text bundle every month.

Yes, US consumers get f*cked in the @ss when it comes to cell phones. We pay for everything we do and get crappy phones to boot. I think it's so different here because of the difference between local and nationwide markets. Local cell phone carries (which are dying) usually offer fair unlimited everything for well under $100. None of the nationwide carriers offer an unlimited plan at all.

OMG! I think the principle of both callers paying for the call is insanely ridiculous!

Here in the Philippines, I think it's been 4-5 years since Sun Cellular (3rd largest cell network in the Philippines) started offering unlimited text, then follows unlimited calls. You can have a month of unlimited calls and texts (Sun to Sun only) for about 9 USD! This is now both offered on both prepaid and postpaid plans.

It turns out to be a good move because they quickly grab a huge chunk of market share from both Globe Telecom and Smart Communications (1st and 2nd largest cell network in the Philippines, repectively).

Well, maybe if Canadians were not such pathetic pushovers, and actually stood up to these companies and refused to pay these extortionate rates, maybe there would be better deals. But in every case, the customer gets hit with a fee increase and all they do is bitch about it to their friends, but don't have the balls to phone the company and tell them to screw the new fees, and/or threaten to leave the company. Although threatening to leave the company won't do any good as the major carriers here in Canada are all in bed with each other. Yes I'm Canadian.

We just have to hope that some of the big players from the U.S. are allowed to cross the border. I thought there were some discussions about that?

Our prices would drop so fast if that happened

There's a company in south Texas named Pocket which offer unlimited local and nationwide calling for a fixed price of $30.00 dlls.

And yes it works, two of my brothers had been with them for a long time now, and they pay the same amount of money month after month. No contract you pay on a monthly basis.

So I think it can be done. They'll even activate any CDMA phone you already own to work on their network

I think unlimited is the only way to get American consumers to get at all interested in mobile services.

Too much mobile use is under the spectre of "How much will this cost me?"

You also forget that the cell phone companies here in the US also sell you phones with features crippled, and all companies have different networks essentially locking you in to that company if you like your phone since I think other than 1-2 they are also locked into a specific network.


So yes the cell phone situation here SUCKS to no end and us the consumer is the one paying for this crap

Yes, they do cripple the phones, but as the proliferation of Smartphones penetrates the market even further there are communities out there dedicated to assisting consumers unlock, and uncripple their devices. The more phones resemble computers and are controlled for the most by software that the hardware in which they are built then the likelyhood that a hack or series of hacks or reflashing will allow the device to work with full functionality. In some cases even in ways in which they were not designed.

well for how little i use phones in general... the ONLY way i would even consider getting a cell phone is.

1.gotta get a cheap decent phone (maybe 50 dollars ish)
2.NO MONTHLY FEES!
3.have minutes on a PREPAID card that NEVER expire! ;)

so in other words, i buy the basic phone and i get say a 50minute (for a small fee) phone type card that i can use with the phone and it never expires... cause if this dont happen it just aint worth it for me to use a phone overall cause at these 30-50+ dollars a month cell phone bills... to me thats a rip off!

cause like i say, i dont use phones that much in general. (i KNOW im in the minority on this lol)

only real thing i wished i had a cell phone for (for the most part) is emergency's and a few other small odds and ends.

That is ridiculous guys about how it is in the US :(

I think the UK providers are quite good considering.

I pay £25 pm for 500mins of calls any network any time and they roll over :), unlimited texts and phone insurance.
And I got a HTC Trinity - P3600 free of charge :):):)

No, not in the US.

I think US cellphone carrier first has to come back to reality, by e.g. first of all stop the ridulous principle that both ends of the call have to pay. Here in Europe only the person who makes the call is charged. Same principle applies to SMS messages.

Dark ages.... (and pure greed IMHO)

(PureLegend said @ #1.2)
You're joking. Seriously? Both people get charged when a call is made? That's insane :blink:
Not only that buy both are charged when a text is sent. So if one of my buddies goes off the deep end and spams my phone, I have to pay

(PureLegend said @ #1.2)
You're joking. Seriously? Both people get charged when a call is made? That's insane :blink:

It's not completely true... it works this way

Cell to Cell - both ends pay for time talked
Cell to land line - cell end pays to talk
land line to land line - no one pays per minute if local.. only caller pays per minute if long distance
Cell to Cell (verizon) if to the same provider (say verizon to verizon) no one pays per minute

(neufuse said @ #1.5)

It's not completely true... it works this way

Cell to Cell - both ends pay for time talked
Cell to land line - cell end pays to talk
land line to land line - no one pays per minute if local.. only caller pays per minute if long distance
Cell to Cell (verizon) if to the same provider (say verizon to verizon) no one pays per minute


We have it worse in Canada


Cell to cell - both ends pay*
cell to landline - cell pays
landline to cell - cell pays*
cell to cell (rogers) - both ends pay unless network calling is incl in the plan

*there are incoming plans but thats local calling only. Also depending on your provider you pay for text messages received.

We pay more for outdated phones and we pay more for more ****ty service

Oh and dont forget that $7-9 "system access fee" every month

Wow. You guys really have it bad. Does anyone actually use mobiles over there? Honestly, in the UK the usage of mobiles is obscene and top phones are provided free with contracts and no features missing.

(theyarecomingforyou said @ #1.7)
Wow. You guys really have it bad. Does anyone actually use mobiles over there? Honestly, in the UK the usage of mobiles is obscene and top phones are provided free with contracts and no features missing.

Most people here have more money (or debt) than they know what to do with. So yes, people use them too much.

I have the Verizon Fios Triple Play and it is free for me to call any where in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico, just as long as the monthly flat rate bill is paid. On my cell phone, it is another story, where I pay per minute to talk anywhere in that general area. Cell phone carriers believe that people have an obsessive need to talk to each other any time, any where and because of that, they decided to charge through the nose for cell phone usage. Being a commuter, I only use my cell phone to call my mother when I arrive at the university and call her before I go home. I only need to use my cell phone roughly 2 minutes every week day because my mother insists upon it. The total monthly cost of my cell phone plan ($6.99 per month, 10 cents per minute) month is approximately $10.99, which is far better than what many other people pay.