Attention TracFone, you now have more competition trying to knock you down from the top of the heap as the ‘burner phone‘ provider of choice…T-Mobile.
T-Mobile USA, Inc. and 7-Eleven, Inc. have jointly announced that you can now buy a prepaid T-Mobile burner phone (with no term contracts, thank you very much) 7-Eleven® stores.
What’s better is that T-Mobile’s prepaid plans and services that run on its nationwide 4G network. That means faster throughput for T-Mobile’s new burner customers including, ah, commercial activities such as independent pharmaceutical sales, and controlled detonations.
As early as 1994, 7-Eleven recognized its customers’ desire for affordable, no term contract airtime, began offering prepaid cards in 1994.
Starting just a few days ago (Aug. 1) 7-Eleven began offering its customers T-Mobile prepaid handset, the LG GS170 for a mere $29.99 (plus taxes and fees, of course)
According to T-Mobile…
the LG GS170 offers an intuitive user interface with one-touch speakerphone, large visible keys and a high-resolution color display. In addition, the LG GS170 features a VGA camera, MP3 ringtone capability, Bluetooth® 2.1, text and picture messaging capability, and email support packaged in a sleek, pocket-size design
“Industry projections indicate that prepaid service will continue its growth trajectory and is expected to comprise a significant portion of the wireless market within the next several years,” said Amy McCune, vice president of national retail for T-Mobile USA. “We believe 7-Eleven’s customers who seek accessibility and convenience will love this prepaid phone. They can expect to receive the high-quality customer service and access to a nationwide 4G network that T-Mobile users have come to expect.”
T-Mobile will offer a $50-per-month plan with unlimited talk, unlimited text and unlimited Web with no overage charges and the first 100 MB of data at up to 4G speeds, but why would true burner customers want to tie themselves down to such things.
Jesus Delgado-Jenkins, 7-Eleven’s senior vice president of merchandising, marketing and logistics knows how valuable prepaid burner cards are to his organization: “To give you an idea of how many prepaid transactions we conduct, consider that if all the prepaid cards sold on an average day at 7-Eleven stores were placed end to end, they would span more than 30 football fields.”
And don’t expect too much from the LG GS170. As of the time I wrote this, the T-Mobile LG GS170 showed that only “15 out of 49(31%)customers would recommend this product.”
Oh Thank Heaven!