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Great Rates For Voice and Texts on AT&T MVNO Air Voice Wireless' New $10/month PAYGO Plan

AT&T MVNO Airvoice Wireless has launched a new $10 per month plan. Air Voice calls it a "Monthly" plan but your unused balance rolls over if you top up your plan every 30 days or less on this plan. To me that makes it a traditional pay as you go plan rather than a monthly plan.

Rates on this new plan are very good
Voice: 4¢/minute
Texts: 2¢/minute
Data: 33¢/MB
MMS (Picture, Video $ Audio messaging): 10¢/each
International Messaging (text or MMS) 20¢ each

Except for the data price, these are among the lowest rates in the industry. Only PlatinumTel comes close (5¢/min, 2¢/text, 10¢/MMS, 10¢/MB). But Airvoice has the advantage on much easier BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and the superior coverage of AT&T (PlatinumTel uses the Sprint network. Compare coverage).

You can use any AT&T phone (including iPhones) or any unlocked GSM phone that supports AT&T's 850 Mhz and 1900 Mhz frequencies. Switching phones is as simple as swapping the SIM card from onde phone to another. SIM cards are $4.99 each from the Airvoice website. You will need to change some settings manually to get data and MMS working on non AirVoice phones

One thing that is not clear is what happens if you use up your airtiime credit on the $10 plan before the 30 days is up. Can you immediately add a $10 top up to restart your month or does Airvoice charge overage rates and what are they? I've reached out to Airvoice on Twitter and Facebook and will update this post if I get a clarification.

Update: 1-Mar-2012: I got a reply from Airvoice on Facebook:
"For the new $10 plan, you may add an additional refill card to your account at anytime to receive more voice minutes or SMS. The refill card will add an additional 30 days of service to your original expiration date. There are no overage charges."

Update: 15-Mar-2012: As a couple readers pointed out in the comments the Airvoice website says:
"When adding a new refill PIN to your account, the expiration period extends from the date you are adding airtime on, and not to your current expiration date. "
Which contradicts part of what the Airvoice said on Facebook. I suspect the web site is correct as very few pay as you go plans let you "stack"expiration dates.

Regardless of whether expiration dates stack, this new plan is a very good deal for anyone who averages around 250 minutes or 500 texts or 30 MB per month or more. Because of the relatively high $10 monthly minimum payment it's not the best for very light users who would be better off on something like the Page Plus ($2.50/month) or Jolt Mobile ($3.33/month) pay as you go plans or Airvoice's own pay as you go plans ($3.33/month) which are still available.

Source: Howard Forums

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  1. I noticed this morning that H2O Wireless's Minute Plan has changed and is now the very similar plan as AirVoice's;
    Voice: 5¢/minute
    Texts: 5¢/minute
    Data: 33¢/MB
    $10 for 30 day/$20 for 60 day.

    H2O's previous minute plan was $10 for 90 days/$20 for 90days, and 14¢/minut for voice, 5¢/minute for text, no data.

    Something is going on with AT&T's wholesale price to MVNOs.

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    1. Interesting. I agree that AT&T probably got the prices they are charging resellers. Either that or Airvoice and H2O cut their margins as a trade off for higher minimum monthly recurring revenue ($10/month vs. $3.33/month).

      I can no longer find any reference to the old $20/90 day, etc.plans on the Airvoice or H2O sites. I wonder if they are still available, only available to grandfathered users or completely gone?

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    2. I just confirmed with Airvoice's support that the old pay as you go plans ($10 good for 90 days 10¢/minute/text, etc.) are still available.

      So far I haven't been able to get a straight answer from H20 support as to whether their old pay as you go plans are still available and whether there is rollover on the new H2O $10/month plan or not. First they say one thing and then they say another and then they disconnect you!!

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  2. Corrections:
    H2O's new minute plan -> Data 30¢/MB.

    And, no '/minute' for text.

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  3. If H20's plans have rollover, they may be okay.

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    1. Even if they have rollover, their only advantage is the slightly lower (but still to high) data 30¢ vs 33¢ per MB. Airvoice's voice and texts are cheaper and their support is much better.

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  4. Be careful of the "MONTHLY MAINTENANCE FEE" that will sneak up on you if you are on the $10 a month Airvoice's pay as you go plans.

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    1. actually it says "No Daily Fees, No Monthly Fees, No Hidden Fees" on the Airvoice $10/month plan page.
      It's the old Airvoice Pay As You Go Plans (10¢/min, 90 day expiration, etc.) that have the $1/month maintenance fee.

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  5. actually you are wrong about the "rollover dates, check the airvoice $10 plan details and you will find the following in it:
    "Airtime Expiration Dates:
    When adding a new refill PIN to your account, the expiration period extends from the date you are adding airtime on, and not to your current expiration date. When adding multiple cards on at once, your airtime expiration dates do not add together. If your current expiration date exceeds the number of airtime days of your new card, your expiration date will not change. .
    "

    instead of what you have written above in your 1st march update, that applies only to $35 and above plans..

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  6. hey yeswap, your march 1 update seems wrong, airvoice website says, the expiration date doesn't extend, it is always from the day you recharge for the $10 plan .. whici is a deal killer becuase there isn't any refill option as well :( ..

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    1. Yes there's a discrepancy between what it says on the AirVoice web site and what they posted on their Facebook page. I suspect that the web page is correct, but we won't really know until someone adds a top up before the due date.

      Most pay as you go plans give you a new expiration date as of the last top up rather than extending it from the old expiration date. I don't see why that makes it a deal killer and I don't understand what you mean by "there isn't any refill option". If you run out of airtime before the month is up you add a $10 or larger refill which gives you a new expiration 30 days from the date of the addition.

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  7. sorry yeswap for not being clear, by refill i actually meant that airvoice doesn't have autorefill, so if i am speaking to someone when by balance is say $0.12, then after 3 mins my call will drop and there will be no autorefill in account to prevent that, also suppose even by mistake i forget to refill every thirty days, (yep it happens because calendar month and 30 days vary ;)) then what ever balance you had will completely vanish. compared this to pageplus or others where you can stack pins on to each other and completely forget about it for a year or so. (also in EU and other asian countries like INDIA they always extend the validity or expiry date from the current expiry date and not from day when you refilled) anyways that was my only concern becuase i keep forgetting things and thus the airvoice deals seems deal breaker.

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    1. I agree that the lack of auto-refill is an Airvoice negative. Their are ways to get around it like setting up calendar reminders on phone or PC for your refill date and monitoring your balance so you don't run out mid-call. But having an auto refill option would be a good thing.

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  8. can someone tell me what the number that i can dial on my phone so it tell me how many more minutes does i have and other options thank

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    1. Dial *777# and press SEND or CALL from your Airvoice phone to see your current balance and expiration date.

      To top up your Airvoce phone dial *111* <15 digit PIN #> press #, then press SEND (English prompts) or Dial 611 to use the automated voice-response system to add airtime.

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  9. airvoice just changed this plan to make the refill from date of recharge instead of stacking as listed in comments above. ..
    also with so many mvno's going down like zapp, tyu, mingo, anyways knows what is going on with airvoice, i don't want to lose my number, i guess i should transfer it before that happens ..

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  10. anyone knows how long airvoice is being operated? i mean when they were started? is it new mvno? or old?

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  11. Looks like $10 monthly plan allows either one of the service. I bought this plan and it was put in 250 mins voice plan - so only voice no texting/data is allowed. We can use the $10 on voice only or $10 on text only or $10 on data only. Not sharing the $10 for voice, text and data.

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    1. The $10 plan is really pay as you go plan rather than a true monthly plan. The $10 can be used for any combination of voice, messaging or data at 4¢/minute, 2¢/text and 6¢/MB. For example 100 minutes ($4) + 200 Texts ($2) + 66.67 MB ($4) = $10. unused funds rroll over if you top up before the 30 days ends.

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    2. This is a nice plan. mms works if you enter the right settings. Turn on cellular data on your phone, and if mms and data still do not work, call CS. They had to turn on data for my account, and it worked after I restarted my phone.

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  12. I bought an at&t prepaid go phone samsung a157 recently and was wondering if i could use this phone on the airvoice $10 and $30 monthly plan without unlocking it.

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    1. Yes, locked AT&T phones do work on Airvoice

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