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Airvoice Wireless Lowers Data Price From 33¢ to 6¢ per MB

A reader reported that the price of data on AT&T MVNO Airvoice Wireless' pay as you go plans has been reduced from 33¢ to 6¢ per MB . The Airvoice website still shows the price as 33¢ so I called Airvoice and a rep confirmed that the new 6¢ rate is in effect now. The Airvoice website is expected to be updated in a few days.

Six cents per megabyte is about as low as it gets for true pay as you go data and is the best rate yet for it on the AT&T network. The change applies everywhere that Airvoice charges for data by the MB including Pay As You Go, the $10 and $30 monthly plans and as the overage rate on the higher priced monthly plans.

H2O Wireless, another AT&T MVNO, lowered it's pay per use data rate from 30¢ to 10¢ yesterday and also increased the amount of data on monthly plans.  I strongly suspect that means AT&T has cut the wholesale rate that it charges MVNOs for data. It's likely that other AT&T MVNOs will soon be reducing their data prices to remain competitive.

Update Sept 5, 2013: Airvoice updated their website with revised rates of 6.6¢/MB on Pay As You Go and 2.5¢/MB on the $10 Plan amd for overage on the monthly plans. The table below has been updated with the revised rates

Here are all of Airvoice current plans:
Plan Validity Cost Voice SMS (US / Intl.) MMS  (US / Intl.) Data Extras
Pay as You Go 90 - 365 days $10 90 days,  $20 120 days,  $30 150 days,  $50 180 days,  $100 1 year 1 8¢ - 10¢ per minute 10¢ / 20¢ each 10¢ / 20¢ + data used 6.6¢ per MB
$10 Plan 30 days $10 4¢ per minute 2¢ / 20¢ each 10¢ / 20¢ + data used 2.5¢ per MB
Unlimited Talk & Text 2 30 days $30 unlimited unlimited / 20¢ unlimited / 20¢ 100 MB, Overage 2.5¢ per MB
Unlimited Talk, Text, MMS & 1 GB 2 30 days $40 unlimited unlimited / 20¢ unlimited/ 20¢ 1 GB, overage 2.5¢/MB $10 internation call credit, 100 international SMS
Unlimited Talk, Text, MMS & 1 GB 2, 3 30 days $60 unlimited unlimited / 20¢ unlimited/ 20¢ 3 GB, overage 2.5¢/MB $10 internation call credit, 100 international SMS
1 $1 fee deducted from pay as you go balance every 30 days
2 $10 Cash Card required to use pay per use features
3 On the $60 plan data is cut off at 1.5 GB, rather than the advertised 3 GB. The user has to call  Airvoice  after 1.5 GB and ask them to release the last 1.5 GB!

Related Posts:
H2O Changing Plans Aug 1 - More Data on Monthly Plans, More Days of Service and Cheaper Data on PAYGO
AT&T and AT&T MVNOs Compared
Updated and Expanded: The Best US Prepaid Data Deals

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  1. With the big price reduction, it's only $61.44 per GB instead of $337.92 per GB. What a deal!

    Thanks to AT&T for their generosity to their MVNO's....lol


    HELLS_BELLS

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  2. Here we go! This next week or so is going to be wild, to see all the MVNOs going at each other! The best part of this is that it ultimately benefits the customer.

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  3. On the airvoice website it shows $100 refill is $.08 per minute. It also shows $20 bonus credit. Is it $20 bonus credit AND $.08 per minute? Or is it the bonus credit that makes it equivalent to $.08 per minute?

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  4. Off the top of my head, I still like the rumored new H2O PAYGO prices better. Airvoice is charging too much for voice and SMS. And while the data rates are better, the dollar a month for absolutely nothing offsets the savings.

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    1. At 25mb/month, you can pay the dollar on AirVoice. You can talk 8 minutes at the minimum $8.33. H20 gives you 16 minutes of talk after the $2.50 for 25mb.
      If you use 50mb, H20 costs $5. AirVoice charges $3 for data, and you can still talk 10 minutes for your $5.
      The breakeven point is 43mb/month data, where you get 14 minutes talk on H20 and AirVoice for your $5.

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    2. I meant to type: "minimum $3.33." Not $8.33.

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  5. Yeswap with us being ex boost pay as you go iden customers that had to migrate to cdma and that 20cents pay as you go plan. Are you considering switching to one of these Airvoice either pay as you go plan or $10 monthly plan?

    I was considering one of these plans awhile back but the data was too high. Now that they lowered it I am really considering switching my boost pay as you go line to one of these two. I thought about switching to Lyca but after hearing about it taking two weeks to port a number from another company, then hearing about you have to unlock t-mobile phones, and hearing that it takes forever to get sims and their customers service is not that knowledgeable I decide to hold off on Lyca.

    With lower data rates and this being AT&T network and BYOP capability this is a better deal for me what about you?

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    1. I've got over $200 in accumulated balance in my Boost account with no way to get it out except by using it. Plus I persuaded a Boost CS supervisor to restore the 10¢ rate so I'll keep the account.

      I also have PlatinumTel CDMA PAYGO going away next month. I was going to go with PTel GSM but I'm now leaning toward Selectel, Airvoice or even H20.

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    2. yeswap i am curious how did you convince Boost CS. i was a grandfathered in boost pay as you go 10cents customer before 11/7/2012 which is when they raised the rate to 25 cents for all iden customers.

      when i called Boost a few days before the iden shutdown to switch from iden to the cdma phone they sent me i asked them and told them i was told that once i converted over they would give me my 10 cents plan back. but the cdma representative told me since i am going to be on cdma now the lowest plan is 20 cents per minute. she then transferred me to iden department and i still tried to get my 10 cents per minute plan back and they said since there is no longer a plan for 10 cents on the cdma the lowest is 20 cents per minute the 10 cents was for iden. i did not really feel like arguing so i just let it go.

      but i am curious how did you get 10 cents back?

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    3. I called Boost during business hours the day after I'd migrated my iDEN account to CDMA. I told the rep that when I was on iDEN I got a couple of texts from Boost that said I could roll back the iDEN price increase by switching to CDMA.

      The rep apologized and said while he would like to switch me, 10¢ plan was no longer available and he had no way to make the change. I asked to speak to a supervisor.

      I told the supervisor about the texts and added that I'd been a Boost customer for 11 years but would leave if the company was't willing to live up to its promises. He put me on hold for a couple of minutes and then said he had received authorization to put me back on the 10¢ plan and transferred me back to the original rep to complete the switch.

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    4. thanks yeswap i am going to try that and see if it works

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  6. I'll switch my wife's iPhone to AirVoice from Ptel for better traveling coverage and extra bars of signal in two places she visits a lot. She will not miss the fact that Tmobile 3G is ~2.5x faster than AT&T 3G in most of our home area. Her talk time will be 20% cheaper on the $10 plan (after the Ptel promo runs out). Hopefully AirVoice data rounding will not wipe out their rate advantage. I will miss the Ptel call records and online account management.

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  7. I am staying on Ptel. I have almost 2 years worth of half-price airtime, and I like the fast Tmobile network and excellent US CS. Tmobile coverage is not an issue at all; I have a Pageplus backup phone that I never have to use.

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    1. Ptel airtime top-ups and SIM cards must be used/activated within 1 year of purchase, not sure if the 1 year limitation is enforced.

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    2. True. I am on paygo and will add the last two pins just before they expire. Will have to buy a couple of $10 pins to use all the airtime next year.

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  8. Paygo is great for some folks but I am waiting to see if Airvoice will follow H2O and the $30/month unlimited upgrade they are planning to rollout as of Aug. 1st.
    That will be as equally impressive.

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  9. Ptel at $20/m Unlimited Everything promotion is the most impressive. Especially since you can buy one year's worth right now.

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  10. I am disappointed with Airvoice wireless. While they state that you get a certain amount of data. Unfortunately, this is not really the case. They give you some of the data. When you run out you have to call them up to get the rest. It would be helpful to your readers if you could mention those lower levels in your tables.
    Thanks for the great informative site!

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    1. I think that's only on the $40 500 MB plan. After 400 MB data stops and you have to call in to get the last 100 MB. Is that the plan you were on and was that your experience?

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    2. Yes, that's the plan and my experience. Having to call is a hassle. But more importantly, if you run out outside their service hours you are out of luck. Their hours are much more limited than those of many other companies, e.g. no Sunday service. So I believe them advertising 500MB is just not the right thing to do.

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    3. I've added a footnote to the table describing the 400 MB limit on the $40 plan. I'll do the same to other posts where the plan is mentioned.

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    4. Great! Thanks for the fantastic site.

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  11. Hi Dennis,
    PTel and Airvoice have the domestic CS. Selectel and H2O are not. Selectel you have no off-network roaming charges like with PagePlus and the pricepoints are extremely similar. H2O has bad CS. It all depends how fare the individual trade-offs you are willing to put up with for each one. PagePlus is going the way of the America Movil soon. From my experience with all of them thusfar, Airvoice and H2O have the coverage, Selectel the VZW CDMA network and PTel the promo and everything for $40.

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  12. Does the $10/30 day plan roll over? If so is there at auto-pay?

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    1. Yes to both questions. The balance rolls over as long as you refill before the 30 days expires and auto renewal is available.

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    2. Autopay works for the monthly renewals, not for low balance, early renewals. Those are done manually.

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    3. That is correct. The $10 plan is a monthly plan.

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  13. I called Airvoice this evening, and they said whatever pricing is on the website today (8/1) is the pricing they are offering -- 33c/MB, not 6c/MB. The unlimited plans were updated as suggested in this thread however.

    anyone have any idea what's the latest on 8/1 plan updates and is anyone getting the 6c/MB?

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    1. dmarkson, the prepaid chart guy, confirmed the 6¢/MB rate in a post on HowardForums. He also discovered that the data speed is throttled to 1-2 Mbps.

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  14. I'm a dealer for Air Voice and I can confirm it is 6 cents a meg. Idk who answered your call but even AVCS has its share of errors.

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  15. Airvoice finally updated their website.....still $0.33/mb. What's the deal here?

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  16. What if I run out of $10 before 30 days? Can I add cash balance for overages OR renew monthly plan sooner?

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    1. You can add another $10 at any time if you run out of credit. Although advertised as a monthly plan the $10 plan is really a traditional pay as you go plan.

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