Android phone users know they can get some pretty sweet deals on a smartphone at the popular retail chain RadioShack. As of today, you can also get a pretty sweet wireless contract at RadioShack -- that is, no contract whatsoever.
RadioShack is now offering buyers a pre-paid, no-contract wireless service plan. The plan is available at the pricing rates of $25 per month, $35 per month, $50 per month, and $60 per month.
The RadioShack no-contract wireless service was just made available today, CNET reports. RadioShack already sells several no-contract phones from AT&T, Verizon, Virgin and Boost Mobile, but now they're getting into the service carrier business. The service will actually be provided by no-contract carrier Cricket Communications.
You cannot use RadioShack's no-contract service with just any smartphone or Android phone -- in fact, there are only two RadioShack phones that will support this no-contract service. The Android-powered Huawei Mercury Ice is the higher-end model, priced at $149.99. It's called "Ice" because the phone's exterior is white. Where do you rhink they got that idea?
The value phone is called the Huawei Pillar, a QWERTY keyboard model that sells for just $39.99. Radio Shack plans to roll out additional two new phones over the nest month that also offer the no-contract service.
Both phones offer different data plans, and that's where the catches are found. The cheaper, non-smartphone offers unlimited data and text messaging, and 300 minutes of voice calls for $25 a month, or 1000 minutes for $35 a month.
With the smartphone unit, buyers can get 1 GB of data usage per month for $50, or 2.5 GB of data for $60 per month. Both smarthphone plans offer unlimited minutes, but international calls and texts are available only at an additional charge.
All of the above-mentioned plans include a music service called Muve Music, allowing users unlimited access to a catalog of millions of songs. No word on the quality of that catalog of millions of songs being offered.
RadioShack's delving into the wireless service business is motivated by the fact that the value of the retail chain is plummeting, and they're desperate for new revenue sources. Radio Shack's stock is down more than 80% this year -- and it's only the first week of September. The company hopes the visibility of their nearly 8,000 stores worldwide will help them dominate the no-contract cell service market.
Their main competiton is Virgin Mobile, whose lowest-priced no-contract plan is $35 per month.