Liberty Wireless, which up to now has been a Sprint MVNO, has started offering GSM service as well. There is only one plan available, $35/month for "unlimited" voice, messaging and data. New customers get a free basic flip phone as well.
I spoke with a Liberty Wireless support person today who told me that the initial cost of the plan for new customers is $47.95, which includes $9.95 shipping and handling and $3 taxes and fees on the free phone. There are no taxes or fees on the on-going monthly cost of $35.
Although advertised as unlimited, according to the support rep, the plan is capped at 3000 minutes, 1500 texts and 250 MB of data. These are hard caps with no provision for overages. According to Liberty, the data is not throttled and full HSPA+ data speeds are available with a suitable phone. Those are pretty low caps, particularly on messaging, calling this an unlimited plan is really a stretch on Liberty's part.
Liberty is not abandoning Sprint, the $20/month for 500 minutes or texts plan using the Sprint network is still available.
I'm always happy to see more choices in available service options. But Liberty's new offering doesn't seem particularly competitive. There are a lot of good monthly plans at this price point. If you don't need a lot of voice minutes, T-Mobile has a $30/month plan that includes unlimited texts, 5 GB of 4G data and 100 minutes. If you are primarily a talker and texter, T-Mobile owned GoSmart Mobile's $30/month plan includes truly unlimited voice and messaging but no data. But no other operator offers exactly the combination of minutes, texts and data that Liberty does so I'm sure they will find some takers.
Update 1-Mar-2013: The GSM plan has been removed from Liberty's website and Liberty has confirmed to PrepaidPhoneNews that it is no longer available.
Posted by Dennis Bournique at 10:08 AM on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 // 5 comments