Lycamobile launched in the US last year they began a promotion that cut monthly unlimited plans to an amazingly low $19/month. The promotion was originally supposed to end April 30 but Lyca extended it until June 30.
Sometime in May, Lyca removed all references to the promotion ending June 30 from their site leading many to hope that the price cut was permanent. Sadly that is not the case. Today July 1, Lyca's monthly plan prices went up by $10. Also gone is another promotion that offered unlimited international calls to 10 numbers in 50 countries to users on Lyca's two highest priced plans.
I haven't heard whether the new prices apply to current Lyca customers or if they are grandfathered at the promotional rates. Update: a current user reports that he tried to renew his $19 plan online today but couldn't as only the new options were available. I take that to mean that there's no grandfathering.
It's not all bad news though, Lyca softened the blow of the price increase by adding a $2.50 international call credit and unlimited data (first 50 MB at 4G speeds) to the $29 plan and increasing the included 4G data on the $39 and $49 plans to 250 MB and 1 GB respectively. The $29 and $39 plans also now include unlimited international texts. In other good news, Lyca's very good pay as you go pricing remains unchanged.
Here's the new lineup.
|Plan||Voice||Texts Domestic / International||Data||International Calling|
|$29/month||Unlimited||Unlimited/12¢||Unlimited (50 MB at 4G speeds)||$2.50 International call credit|
|$39/month||Unlimited||Unlimited / Unlimited||Unlimited (250 MB at 4G speeds)||$10 International call credit|
|$49/month||Unlimited||Unlimited / Unlimited||Unlimited (1GB MB at 4G speeds)||$20 International|
|Pay As You Go 2||2¢/min (was 4¢/min)||4¢/12¢||6¢/MB||Pay as you go|
2 Balance never expires provided an outgoing call is made or text message sent at least every 120 days. Minimum top up is $10.
Lycamobile's new prices are competive but aren't the bargain the promotional ones were. Lyca uses the T-Mobile network and the current prices are closely matched by other T-Mobile MVNOs like PTel, Simple Mobile, Ultra Mobile and Spot.
There are some downsides to Lyca including the lack of MMS support and the fact an that unlocked phone is required (T-Mobile locked phones work on other T-Mobile MVNOs). I've also seen a number of reports of issues with porting a number to Lyca including ports taking weeks to complete and Lyca being unable to port numbers that other operators can. Given these issues I no longer see Lyca as a particularly good deal among T-Mobile MVNOs.
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