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Radio Shack takes the wrapping off its no-contract service plans and makes it official

Radio Shack takes the wrapping off its no-contract service plans and makes it official
Can you remember the old days when Radio Shack sold mostly transistors, batteries, CB's and Short-Wave radios? Now, the nationwide electronics retailer not only sells smartphones but can even offer you its own no-contract wireless plans. The plans had leaked out a few days ago, but it's now official. For $50 a month, smartphone users get unlimited talk and text with 1 whole GB of data to use each month before getting throttled. If you need more data (and unless you're catatonic, you will), throw in an additional $10 a month and the cap rises to 2.5GB of data per month. All smartphone plans come with Muve Music which is Leap's music service. This is the first time that Leap has offered the service to a third party mobile operator.

The Huawei Mercury Ice is now available with Radio Shack's no-contract plans

The Huawei Mercury Ice is now available with Radio Shack's no-contract plans

Meanwhile, Radio Shack is using Leap's limited pipeline for its customers. Leap depends on a roaming deal it has with Sprint to fill out the gaps in its network which means Radio Shack depends on Sprint, too. Leap told the nation's third largest carrier that it would not be making the full payment it owes to Sprint for the use of its network under a contract signed in 2010. Under the terms of that contract, Sprint is owed $75 million this year by Leap.

Phones that you buy from Radio Shack under their new service will come with a free 8GB microSD card with which you can store 6,000 songs. The first phone to be offered under the new plans is the Huawei Mercury Ice which will cost $150 off-contract. If that name sounds familiar, its because we told you all about the redesigned handset last week.

And by the way, Radio Shack's no-contract plans even welcomes feature phones. You can buy 300 anytime minutes for $25 or go up to 1,000 anytime minutes for $35, which includes unlimited 1X web service and unlimited talk, text and picture messaging. Radio Shack is offering for featurephone subscribers, the Huawei Pillar for $40. The device offers a physical QWERTY and a camera. Two more models are to be announced by the end of the month.

source: AndroidGuys

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posted on 04 Sep 2012, 17:53

1. IkemN (Posts: 3; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

Radio Shack is envolving with no contract phones which coud be affordable for lots of costumers.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 18:04 1

2. khmer (Posts: 95; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)

No contract phone have little coverage areas and that what you are paying for is a cheap plan.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 20:58

8. Birds (Posts: 1171; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

Put your "Stupid" back in your pants. They are cheaper because the phones have a smaller subsidy. The subsidy is around 33% in prepaid carriers while on postpaid carriers, it is anywhere from 50% to 100%. With a smaller subsidy, phones are more expensive, which in turn, make plans cheaper. DO YOU UNDERSTAND NOW INSTEAD OF MAKING A FALSE ACCLAMATION???

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 09:38

13. ibap (Posts: 780; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)

Limited areas? Have you looked at Page Plus? Verizon, full network, or nearly. Ting? Full contract network for voice with Sprint, but Sprint's native network for data, though you do get 4G or LTE in the right area with the appropriate phone. Straight Talk? If it's an ATT SIM, full ATT network at a minimum.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 18:12 1

3. eman99 (Posts: 392; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)

whats it running off sprint network????

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 18:15 2

4. brwcell (Posts: 4; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

to bad they didn't pick a real network to run their service, Leap is a joke.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 18:30 3

5. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

A Cricket MVNO? LMAO.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 19:45

6. D.Aceveda (Posts: 396; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)

LMAO is right

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 19:58

7. N.Reynolds (Posts: 257; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)

Cricket sucks. This is as brutal as I expected a Radio Shack prepaid service to be. Hopefully they atleast have better customer support/service than Cricket.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 22:46

9. cncrim (Posts: 900; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)

The gravey money from postpaid is changing..... more and more people go to prepaid. Few more year MetroPc and Cricket will raise to US celluar size, if all the big 4 is keep force the issuse like add on data plan when u actually dont need.

MetroPC and all the prepaid carriers are happy now.

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