Tag Mobile, a Sprint MVNO. Tag isn't new, they have been around since 2010 as Lifeline service provider in 17 states. Last month Tag launched non-Lifeline prepaid monthly service that's available nationwide.
One thing that's notable about Tag is aggressive phone pricing. That they are currently offering the LG Venice Android Jelly Bean phone for $99.99 plus $4.95 for shipping and handling, $75 less than Sprint's own Boost Mobile charges for the same phone. Tag's other phones are also well priced, like the ruggedized military spec Kyocera E4255 for $35.00. The low phone prices help compensate for the fact that Tag, unlike most Sprint MVNOs, doesn't let you bring you own Sprint phone.
Tag's plans (listed below) are competitively priced. The international plans look attractive, especially if you call lots of different international numbers. Unlike most other unlimited international plans, Tag's do not limit the number of different international phones you may call. As is typical with international plane, only calls to landlines are available to most countries (list of supported international countries).
|Plan||Price||Talk and Text||Data||International Voice and Text|
|Domestic Talk + Text + 50 MB||$29 1, 2||Unlimited||50 MB||None|
|International Talk + Text + 50 MB||$35 1||Unlimited||50 MB||39 Countries|
|Domestic Talk + Text + Data||$49 1||Unlimited||Unlimited||None|
|International Talk + Text + Data||$59 1||Unlimited||Unlimited||53 Countries|
2 $29 plan is a "Limited Time Offer"
Tag's offshore customer service told me that the unlimited data and international calling plans are truly unlimited, which seems highly unlikely given the economics of the MVNO business. In fact Tag's terms of service state that they may cut off service to users who generate "...unusually high call volumes, abnormally long average call lengths, calls with abnormally high costs" and that data is to be used predominately for web browsing and "...multimedia streaming services provided by TAG, its affiliates, authorized suppliers and licensors, and not for off-portal multimedia streaming services."
The PrepaidPhoneNews reader who told me about Tag says he has a Venice on Tag's $59 Unlimited Talk + Text + Data plan and has used lots of data and international calling and with no complaints from Tag.
Tag looks promising provided they allow a reasonable amounts of usage on their "unlimited plans". To be really competitive they also need to let users bring their own Sprint phones.