Selectel Wireless, a new Verizon MVNO that launched in May has added two much anticipated new plans to their lineup.
$75 Yearly Plan includes 2000 voice minutes and 1500 texts and is good for 365 days. No data is included with this plan. There is no rollover, if you renew before expiration your available balance is reset to 2000 minutes and 1500 texts.
$10 Flex Card provides pay as you go service at a price of 5¢/voice minute, 5¢/SMS and 5¢/MB od data. The Flex Card can be added to any Selectel plan to cover overages and do enable data on the yearly plan.
Update: effective 8/16/2013, the Flex Card can only be used as an add-on to a monthly or yearly plan and can no longer be used as a stand alone product.
The new plans are not listed on the Selectel website yet. But I confirmed their availability by calling Selectel CS at 877-218-5744. My call was answered immediately and the Selectel representative seemed to be knowledgeable about the company's services, answering my questions without hesitation.
The Selectel website is quite basic. There is no online activation and no call records either. At this time, the only way to activate a phone with Selectel is by calling the 877 number or by visiting a Selectel dealer (partial list). Once you have a Selectel account, it is possible to renew a plan or purchase airtime online using a credit or debit card.
Selectel looks like an MVNO to watch. Their monthly plans and the new yearly and flex plans offer some of the best values of any prepaid operator on the Verizon network. A big plus for Selectel is that unlike the leading Verzion MVNOs, PagePlus and StraightTalk, off network roaming is included at no extra charge on Selectel. Provided they can maintain their low pricing and scale up to meet demand, I believe Selectel can become a major player in the prepaid MVNO business.
Selectel sells a selection of phones and is currently offering free basic phone to new customers.
Here's a table listing all Selectel's plans:
|$10 Flex Card 1||Never Expires||5¢/min||5¢/ea||5¢/MB|
|$15 Value Plan||30 Days||300 Minutes||300 Texts||15 MB|
|$30 Talk & Text||30 Days||1300 Minutes||3000 Texts||300 MB|
|$40 Unlimited Plan||30 Days||Unlimited||Unlimited||200 MB|
|$50 Data User Plan||30 Days||Unlimited||Unlimited||2GB|
|$75 Yearly Plan||365 Days||2000 Minutes||1500 Texts||None 1|
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