If You’re Looking For An iPhone 5, Consider Going No-Contract

If You’re Looking For An iPhone 5, Consider Going No-Contract

If you’re looking for an iPhone 5, do you want to pay an extra $450 now, or an extra $1000 over the next two years? Buying an unlocked phone and using a no-contract carrier can give you sticker shock initially, but you can save quite a bit of money in the long run. Our number-crunching colleagues down the hall at Consumer Reports looked into it, and found that if you can pay for your new phone itself out of pocket, going unlocked and contract-free is a much better deal. [More]

Will You Be Able To Take Your Unlimited Data Plan With You If You Upgrade To iPhone 5?

Will You Be Able To Take Your Unlimited Data Plan With You If You Upgrade To iPhone 5?

Yesterday, Apple went through its occasional ritual of taking an hour to go over every minute detail of its new phone. But what wasn’t mentioned in that overlong introduction to the iPhone 5 was what it means for the folks who still have unlimited data plans from back in the day. [More]

How About Some Customer Service, Cricket? Response: Chirp… Chirp…

How About Some Customer Service, Cricket? Response: Chirp… Chirp…

Cricket is perfectly capable of selling reader skokieguy a smartphone for several hundred dollars, but when it comes time to replace his defective battery for free under warranty, all of a sudden they become powerless. [More]

Warning: Cell Phone Coverage Map May Not Reflect Reality

Warning: Cell Phone Coverage Map May Not Reflect Reality

Like many of its fellow regional wireless carriers, Cricket has a relatively small coverage area, and then roaming agreements with other carriers so their customers can make calls more or less nationwide. If you don’t live within that native coverage area, you can’t sign up for service with that particular company. Thom’s dad thought that he lived in Cricket’s coverage area, what with the area where he lives being shaded on one of their maps. But it isn’t so. [More]