promised a $55/month plan that would include unlimited minutes, messaging and data.
But the monthly plans that became available on the TalkForGood site yesterday are completely different than what we had been led to expect. Instead of a single, unlimited everything plan, TalkForGood has gone with a confusing array 10 different monthly plans plus five add-ons.
The top plan, at $40 for unlimited talk and text, no longer includes MMS or Data. If you want lots of data, 2 GB of it will set you back a whopping $50/month extra! Still there are some potential values at the lower price levels. The table below summarizes all the TalkForGood monthly plans:
|$10 Talk & TXT||150||250||None1||None2|
|$10 Mostly Talk||175||125||None1||None2|
|$10 Mostly TXT||50||750||None1||None2|
|$20 Talk & TXT||300||500||None1||None2|
|$20 Mostly Talk||400||100||None1||None2|
|$20 Mostly TXT||100||1500||None1||None2|
|$30 Talk & TXT||500||500||None1||None2|
|$30 Mostly Talk||575||125||None1||None2|
|$30 Mostly TXT||300||1500||None1||None2|
|$40 Unlimited Talk & TXT||Unlimited||Unlimited||None1||100 MB2|
2Data Add-Ons: $5 for 75MB, $10 for 150MB, $30 for 500MB, $50 for 2GB
As a Verizon MVNO that offers BYOD (Bring Your Own Phone), TalkForGood is completing directly against Page Plus Cellular, which has been been doing the same thing for many years and has a large dealer network and an estimated one million users.
According to a post on Howard Forums by TalkForGood master dealer ACRS, TalkForGood's BYOD policy is quite liberal. Unlike PagePlus, TalkForGood openly supports activating iPhones, and Verizon prepaid phones that have been used on Verizon for at least six months. LTE devices can also be activated but it's up to the user the program them.
TalkForGood's most competitive monthly plans are the $10 and $20 ones which can offer better value than Page Plus' $12 plan, especially for users who need more than the 250 texts and 10 MB of data that the $12 plan provides.
However TalkForGood's $30 and $40 plans are not a good value compared with Page Plus similar offerings. PagePlus' $29.95 plan includes more minutes (1200) and texts (3000) than any of TalkForGood's $30 options, plus it comes with 250 MB of data which would cost $16 extra on TalkForGood. The Page Plus $39.95 plan includes the same unlimited talk and text as TalkForGood's $40 plan, but it also 200 MB of data that would be $13 extra on TalkForGood.
TalkForGood also has a pay as you go plan with very good rates; 5¢/minute, 1¢/text and 6¢/MB. However the goodness is somewhat marred by a $6 monthly fee wich includes 30 minutes of talk, 30 texts and 5 MB Data. To get more you can add one following monthly add-on bundles:
- $5 for 100 Voice Minutes
- $5 for 500 text
- $2 MMS for 10 messages - Add on
- $5 for 75 megabyte of data plan
- $10 for 150 megabytes of data Plan
- $30 for 500 Megabytes Plan
- $50 for 2 Gigabyte Plan
- $5 VOIP 100 Minute add-on
Using a cash balance to cover overages and data seems like the best way to go. The overage rates are as good or better than the bundle pricing. Plus, by using a balance, there's rollover and you aren't locked into a fixed number use it or lose it minutes, megabytes or messages per month.
Updated 20-Dec-2012 with new information about BYOD policies and using a cash balance with the $6 smart plan.
Updated 11-Feb-2013 $40 Plan now includes 100 MB of data.
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