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.

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

Related phones

Pillar
  • Display 2.0" 320 x 240 pixels
  • Camera 0.3 MP VGA
  • Battery 900 mAh(4.50h talk time)
Mercury
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 854 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Storage 2 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1900 mAh(6.50h talk time)

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10 Comments

1. IkemN

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

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

2. khmer

Posts: 95; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

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

8. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 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???

13. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 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.

3. eman99

Posts: 409; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

whats it running off sprint network????

4. brwcell

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

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

5. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

A Cricket MVNO? LMAO.

6. D.Aceveda

Posts: 432; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

LMAO is right

7. N.Reynolds

Posts: 257; Member since: Feb 15, 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.

9. cncrim

Posts: 1586; Member since: Aug 15, 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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