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Verizon MVNO TalkForGood's Monthly Plans Are Now Available

TalkForGood, a new Verizon MVNO that seems likely to provide a little competition for Page Plus, has finally launched their monthly plans. When TalkForGood first surfaced a month ago they 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:

TalkForGood Monthly Plans
Plan Minutes SMS MMS Data
$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
1MMS Add-On: $2 for 10 MMS
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
Insread of adding bundles you can also add a cash balance of $10 or more and use it to pay for overages and data at the rate of 5¢/minute, 1¢/text and 6¢/MB. Any unused cash balance rolls over from month to month as long as you pay the basic $6/month fee.

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.

Related Post: Prepaid Operator Profile: Page Plus

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  1. Me think that TalkForGood wont be in business for long, they offer nothing cheaper or better than any one else, so beware of porting a number to them.

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    1. I disagree. I switched to them because I really like the flexibility of the text more and talk less way they lay their plans out. With 3 teens and a husband that rarely talks... it is perfect!I also love the 0.01 cents for texts over the amount I sign up for. I have had very positive experiences with them so far (emailing and calling them). I signed my phone up first to give it a trial run and left the other family members on Page Plus to see what happened with Talk for Good. Today I switched my entire family to Talk for Good. I also, am happy for some long overdue competition. We don't get Sprint service where I live and I always felt jilted by the no competition of the Verizon MVNO. I am very happy with them.

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    2. I forgot to say that I also get to use my 4G smartphone which is way fancier than the older 3G models (although obviously I am not getting 4G data yet). I also did not even have to flash my phone which saved me $45.00. One happy customer!

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    3. Me too, I am happy. On the TalkForGood we put all of our smartphones that were Verizon 4G phones on the mostly text 10.00 plans, which gives us 750 texts for that small amount. The Page Plus amount for 12.00 is only 250 texts which my kids ALWAYS went over. For 10.00 we get 750 texts on the mostly text plan! That is a great deal, I love TalkForGood!

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    4. What is the make and model 4g phone you are using without flashing?

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  2. Hi Yeswap, I have two questions. For the 10 monthly plan, is there autorefill? also are we allowed to switch between the different 10 dollar plans, like from mostly talk to mostly text?

    Thank you

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    1. It looks like auto refill using a Visa or MasterCard credit or debit card is mandatory.

      There's nothing about changing plans on the site but I'd be surprised if it wasn't supported. With some other operator's monthly plans, changes don't occur until the at the end of a plan month. Call TalkForGood to be sure.

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    2. You have to call CS to switch plans.

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  3. I wonder if they will activate a pre-paid Verizon phone, on their web page they don't have any restrictions, it says ANY phone that works on Verizon network, will can be activated with them.

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    1. I think the no prepaid ban is enforced by Verizon and doubt that TalkForGood can activate Verizon prepaid phones.

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  4. Yeswap do you think Talkforgood is sustainable? will it be around? i mean, its a new company and i heard of some companies going bust.

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    1. Hard to say but I wouldn't trust them with a large cash balance or a number I cared about.

      Their current pricing isn't very attractive but that could change. If they are well capitalized and have low fixed costs they could survive even with relatively few users.

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  5. I am seeing 10 MMS for $2 on TFG's website, not 100.

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    Does basic monthly service come with a la carte data at $.06/MB? I can't see any value in the first three data add-on tiers, versus the data overage rate, unless one is required to activate data access.

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    1. 10 MMS for $2 is correct. 100 was a typo.

      I believe that you have to purchase a data add-on to get any data. The 6¢/MB is listed as an overage rate which sounds like it only applies after an add-on allotment is exceeded.

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  6. Yeswap activation doesnt seem to work

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  7. These plans don't seem competive at all. I would say, PagePlus has nothing to worry about!

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  8. Damn... What happened in TFG?

    $55 was good for smart phone...

    and now can't find any merit.

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  9. Try Next G Mobile out of Texas. They have unlimited everything for $60 or so they claim. I bet the new Page Plus $69 plan has more data. But it's more stable then Talk for Good it seems. Not too many Verizon mvnos out there.

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    1. There is no such thing as "ULIMITED" anything with any MVNO, but no one knows where the restrictions are. ONLY the network are unlimited.

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  10. Talk For Good doesn't stand a chance against Page Plus. Soon we'll all be singing, "Another one bites the dust ...."

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    1. I was happy to leave Page Plus. I am on Talk For Good mostly text. Great deal for teens and mostly texters. I am glad for a little competition. Look at sprint mvnos .... something for everyone. I am happy with Talk For Good. Customer service was great setting me up. I have had no problems & I am using a newer smartphone 4G & I didnt have to pay to flash it either.

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  11. I just signed up. The $20 plan was perfect for my mother. I gave her my old IPhone. She did not want data as she has wifi at her house. It is an unbelievable deal as no else would let me activate the old Iphone without data.

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  12. Interesting discussion: I am a geek but I have 4 other people who I buy their cell phone service as part of my family. These mix of plans are perfect for my budget conscious crew. The pageplus plans are more expensive when I add up how everyone uses their phone. I also like the ability to not have data. I do not want my 12 year old having data or Mobile web or whatever it is on her phone.

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    1. Data can be shutoff if you have a Standard Plan.

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  13. Anyone flashed a non-Verizon phone to TFG and gotten data to work?

    We have US Cellular Android phones in my family. I've already flashed my phone to PagePlus (voice & text only, but no data). I emailed TFG and they said I should have no problem activating my phone with them, but I'm not sure if data will work. Need to also figure out if I can get my other fam member phones flashed over to TFG with data or not.

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    1. I used a 4G Verizon phone and didn't even have to pay to flash it like I did with Page Plus. That saved me money and I get to use my fancier smartphone. My sister didn't have trouble with US Cellular. I am sure TalkForGood will be able to help if there are any issues with them working.

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  14. Hello guys, I be testing this company and finally i do the setup, i already activate few lines and all works perfect, on the case of NO verizon phones you need flash over, i have one of my lines a LTE Samsung S3 for Sprint working perfect on the $6 plan, i have full 3G speed, MMS ,Text & Talk , Maps, you tube , all works perfect...is really nice because data cost me just 0.06cents per mb , so $10 is give 160 MB of full 3g.....
    Thanks
    ACRS Wireless

    Ptel - Prepayd - TalkforGood Nationwide Dealer.

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    1. Are the 5¢/minute, 1¢/text and 6¢/MB rates still available?

      I was told by TallkForGood CS that they weren't and the only way to purchase data, texts or minutes was to buy a bundle:
      $5 for 100 Voice Minutes, $5 for 500 text, $2 MMS for 10 messages or $5 for 75 megabytes of data.

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  15. Regarding your update, the Add-On Bundles.
    Are these rates available with the $6 plan?
    The website only mentions a $10 No Worry Card.

    I must be a worrier, because the add-on rates are only listed on $10 plan and up.

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    1. When you click "Buy Now" next to the $6 Plan on the main Plans page it takes you to www.talkforgood.com/checkout-page6smart/ where the add-ons are listed and can be purchased.

      There doesn't seem to be anyway to buy the "$10 No Worry Card" anymore.

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    2. Thanks - found it.

      On the same page, under Payment methods, they mention AutoTopUp $10 is available. Maybe that is the No Worry Card.

      They also say that unused items rollover. You were wondering about that at the end of the article.

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    3. The old Smart Plan, $6 with 5c, 1c, 6c rates is still on the site:
      http://www.talkforgood.com/talkforgood-plans/

      However, when you try to buy it, it says give them an email and someone will call you.
      This page is linked to the front page rotating page, the button Learn More about TnT plans.

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    4. Ok. To click to the above page, you wait for the rotating page that says: "$6/mo + Pay for what you use" and then click Learn More button.

      The rates may be intended to show the bundle rates. They match except for data, which is actually 6.7c, not 6c. Maybe they actually give you 83 mb, not 75, by subtracting 6c per mb, not 6.7c.

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    5. Thanks for helping me find the place on the site where it still shows the 5¢, 1¢ and 6¢ rates.

      Also, I found that when you sign up for the $6 plan online there's a place on the Billing tab to add money for overages. It defaults to $10 but looks like you can change it to a different amount or $1 or more.

      I'm starting to suspect that the 5¢, 1¢ and 6¢ rates are still available and the the customer service rep I spoke to was confused and mistaken. Still I'm wary of a company that changes plans as often as TalkForGood seems to.

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    6. ACRSwireless.com bills you $10 for the $6 plan; $4 goes towards overages. ACRS site says this rolls over for up to a year, and uses the overage rates. ACRS bills refills at various amounts when you are on the Smart Plan. Overage rates apply, and you must maintain a $6 balance each month.

      This is an interesting concept, similar to the PagePlus MEBILS but simpler to manage.
      Texts are 1c, not 5. Data is 6c, not 5 compared to MEBILS.

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    7. ACRS says they support LTE devices on Talk for Good. Pageplus does not do that.

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    8. Here is the ACRS description of the $6/mo. Smart Plan from HoFo:
      "Yes , you are ok on that, you load $10 , then $6 will be for the fees of the account with the 30 min, 30 text & 5mb , then the another $4 will be on the paygo plan , at 5Cent min, 1 cent text & 6 cent MB , so to recap any money loaded after $6 will be paygo , then if you no used all will be rollover to the next month , just make sure the $6 will be there to cover next month fees.Make numbers and you will see how cheap is this plan...."
      So you still have to pay a $6 fee per month that only gets you 30-30-5. Avg. 9.2c each for your first 65 resource units. Then things get much better, especially for sms.

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    9. Duplicating The 12 Plan from Pageplus on T4G would cost $19.50, using the $6 Smart Plan and overages. If you want 100mb data with that, the cost is $24.90, vs. $30 on The 12.

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  16. TalkForGood has added 100mb to the $40 monthly plan to make it more competitive.

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  17. Plus: Verizon network & phone, low usage plans with data, nice reports, support very good. Minus: Not all phones can be used hassle-free, high end plans not competitive.

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  18. If I put my phone on TalkForGood and my husband stays on Verizon wireless, can we talk Verizon to Verizon for "free"?

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    1. Probably not. M2M doesn't apply with other Verizon MVNOs so probably not with TalkForGood either.

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  19. Talk for Good's plans page has been down for maintenance for at least a day now. I wonder what's up?

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    1. It's been down since the middle of last week. Doesn't inspire confidence in Talk For Goods viability.

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    2. Talk For Good's phone support told a Howardforums user that they were unable to activate new accounts because of a problem with the way their system was interacting with Verizon's. Sounds suspicious as other Verizon MVNOs aren't effected and Talk For Good's system used to work.

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