If you are in the market for prepaid plans, Sprint and Walmart today launched Common Cents Mobile, the newest prepaid portfolio with 7-cent minutes that Round Down and 7-cent text messages services by Sprint. The new brand, part of Sprint's prepaid multi-brand strategy, debuts May 15 exclusively in more than 700 Walmart stores in markets such as Birmingham, Ala., Detroit, Houston, Orlando, Fla., and more. More info:
Unlimited monthly plans without contracts helped re-energize the prepaid business last year but pay-by-the-minute customers still represent the majority [63 percent] of prepaid market share, and almost half [49 percent] of prepaid gross adds.
Unique new features
Round Down ? Exclusive to Common Cents Mobile, Round Down minutes offer straight-forward pricing as consumers pay only for what they use ? or less. The concept is simple: other carriers round up to the nearest whole minute; if you talk, for example, for 1 minute and 46 seconds, you will pay for 2 minutes for the call.
But Common Cents will ?Round Down? your call of 1:46 minutes to 1 minute, allowing consumers to pay for less than what they actually use. With minutes that Round Down after the first minute, not up, consumers get more minutes for their money.
Handsets - Common Cents Mobile offers handsets with simple, basic functions ? voicemail, text messaging, caller ID ? that appeal to cost-conscious consumers. The easy-to-use, affordable and stylish units are priced to highlight the 7-cent-minute pricing and include the LG101 priced at just $19.77, the Samsung M340 at $39.77, and the Kyocera S2300 for $69.77.
Offers ? Developed for consumers who seek ease and simplicity, Common Cents Mobile lets customers activate and add money to their account with two service options:
? $20 Refill card = 30 days of service, up to 565 minutes of talk
? $30 Refill card = 60 days of service, up to 848 minutes of talk
Consumers may also add unlimited messaging for $20 per month and data access for $1/megabyte per day. Adding to monthly balances is accomplished by buying Refill cards or by registering a credit or debit card or PayPal account online at CommonCentsMobile.com With Common Cents Mobile, there are no activation or termination fees and no long-term contracts.