One of the most common frustrations among mobile phone owners is the feeling that you’re paying way too much for services you’re not using. Being locked in a contract that doesn’t fit your needs just because it’s all that offered is the pits. Zact, a new service from the Verizon-backed software company ItsOn, is looking to change that. Zact provides a flexible, changeable, data plan that empowers users to only pay for the services they actually use.
Along with customization of how many minutes and texts you pay for each month, users are offered an unprecedented amount of flexibility for data plans, down to forgoing traditional plans and just buying app-specific data. In addition the service credits back any money you paid for a plan that was bigger than you ended up needing. Families can connect an unlimited number of devices to a single plan. The service also including powerful parental controls, including curfews on service, app lock outs, and even contact restrictions. Check out the video below for a good overview of how the system works.
As of right now, the service is only available to preorder bundled with the LG Viper 4G LTW and LG Optimus Elite via Sprint. Despite the company’s Verizon connections the service will only be available on Sprint’s 4G network. As of right now there are no official plans to bring the service to iOS devices, but given the market share enjoyed by Apple users it’s reasonable to assume we will get access to it at some point. However, no matter what you might read anywhere else, there are no official plans at the moment.
While the service is not currently coming to Apple products, its potential to change the landscape of mobile pricing in the future means it effects us all. Hopefully for the better.
Zact rolls out no-contract data plans on Sprint for certain Android phones originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 13 May 2013 16:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.