Selectel Wireless introduced a new $10 Flex Card that could be user either to pay for overages on monthly plans or as a stand alone pay as you go plan. Rates were a very reasonable 5¢ per voice minute, text message or MB of data. The Flex Card balance also never expires making it the perfect pay as you go option for light users .
Aparently the stand alone Flex Card "plan" was a little too good to be true. Today a couple of Howard Forums users who had been using the Flex Card as a stand alone plan, posted that they had received a text message from Selectel saying "Your Monthly Plan has expired. Your Cash Card balance is $10."
The following message was posted by Selectel dealer Genius Wireless on their forum:
Current Flex Card users that already have the Flex Card as a stand alone plan will continue to be able to use their CURRENT cards but they will not be able to add additional cards without a monthly or yearly plan being added.
If you run out of a plan (it expires) and you have a Flex Card balance the account will remain active on the Flex Card alone but you will not be able to add additional Flex Cards to it. You must add a monthly or Yearly Plan to renew going forward.
The Flex Card continues to have no expiration date and will purchase minutes, text and MB of data at 5 cents each.
Selctel's least expensive monthly plan is $15. There's also a $75 yearly plan that includes 2000 voice minutes and 1500 texts but no data. The yearly plan is equivalent to $6.25/month, which isn't a bad deal for light users but isn't quite as nice the Flex Card's former "pay only for what you use" policy.
This change hasn't been publicly confirmed by Selectel so treat it as a rumor for now. I will reach out to Selectel for confirmation and will update this post when I know more.
Update 17-Aug-2013, Selectel dealers received the following email from Selectel Wireless' President;
The Selectel Wireless Flex Cards are intended to be used for overages when a customer has reached their limit on their voice, text or data feature. The card is not intended to be used as a stand alone plan so do not offer it as a stand alone plan because it is not a plan it is a flex card
There might be some hope though. A Howard Forums user, who I suspect is a Selectel dealer, posted part of another email that he got from Selectel:
The change is because our system and service is not set up for this type of customer yet. As I stated in the email we are asking dealers that are promoting the flex card as a standalone plan to stop until our system is set up for this type of customer.
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