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New Verizon MVNO BYO Wireless Offers Good Value For Talk and Text Only Users

BYO Wireless is a new Verizon MVNO that's BYOP (Bring Your Own Phone) only.

Their site says that they will soon offer GSM service but for now it looks like they only accept Verizon postpaid phones. There's a MEID checker on the site that rejected a Verizon prepaid phone and a couple of Sprint phones I tried.

That's in line with other Verizon MVNOs which are not allowed to activate Verizon prepaid phones. Some other Verizon MVNOs do accept Sprint phones, which need to be flashed to work on the Verizon network. Perhaps BYO doesn't want to deal with supporting flashed phones.

BYO has six 30 day plans:
  • $5 100 minutes and 100 texts
  • $10 250 minutes and 250 texts
  • $15 350 minutes and 1000 texts
  • $20 500 minutes and 1500 texts
  • $30 1000 minutes and 2000 texts
  • $40 2000 minutes and 5000 texts
There's no rollover, unused minutes and texts expire at the end of 30 days. Data is not available currently, but BYO says they will be adding it soon. Payment is by credit or debit card only. There's an online account management portal that lets users view remaining minutes, texts and days of service and make payments. Autopay is available. 

BYO's coverage map is not very detailed but it looks like service is on the Verizon native network only, without roaming.

Provided you you don't need data and can use most of your allotted minutes and texts every 30 days, BYO's plans offer a lot of value with costs per minute or text ranging from 0.5¢ to 2.5¢ each. There are some pricing and payment gotchas however. Unlike most prepaid plans, which include all taxes except state and local sales taxes, which can often be avoided by buying airtime online, BYO adds "State and Local Sales Taxes, 911 Fees (if applicable) and other government required fees such as the Universal Service Fund" to the monthly plan price. In addition if you are late with a payment and BYO cuts off your service, when you add funds to restore service you are charged for the the days you were without service. So if you are ten days late paying for the next plan period you only get 20 days of service, not the full thirty.

BYO offers inexpensive plans with a low cost per minute or text but without data their appeal is limited. Their policy of docking days of service for late payment is unheard of in the prepaid business and I believe it will hurt customer retention.


If you are interested in trying BYO, use code HOHOHO at activation to get a free 30 days of service on the $5 plan.


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  1. Maybe its only me, but I will stay away from any new Verizon MVNO, just way too many restrictions on BYO device, and the chances of them staying in biz for more than a few months are slim to none.

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    1. After Amp'd Mobile went out of business years ago and Talk For Good and Next G this year; I think the bigger question is how long will it be before this company goes out of business. Lets place our bets lol.

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  2. FACT: Verizon's wholesale requirements are VERY difficult to meet. Of the 4 major Tier 1 national carriers, Verizon is the most difficult to work with. They have very high standards for everything, including IT infrastructure requirements and marketing. They also require that the MVNO must achieve 5,000 customers in 9 months. Verizon also does not allow its MVNOs access to LTE. For this reason, there are very few Verizon MVNOs. FACT: It's a WONDER anyone tries to do business with them! FACT: Sprint is the most MVNO friendly of the 4--they are virtually the only ones to treat their MVNOs like full partners, letting them compete on almost an equal footing with Sprint's own retail operations. NO WONDER there are over 20 Sprint-based MVNOs, including unusual ones like Ting that offer all the latest Sprint devices like the HTC One, Samsung S4, plus features like LTE, Network Vision, and Spark Tri-Band devices.

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    1. There are actually over 200 Sprint MVNO's currently

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    2. Yikes, do you have a list of them or a link to where the 200 MVNOs number is coming from?

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    3. I Google'd 'Sprint-based MVNO', none of the websites I checked were complete or up to date. It's no easy task to get an exact number, but it looks like there are around 30-40 Sprint MVNO's.

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    4. 30 - 40 Sprint MVNOs sounds right to me.

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    5. Yeah, I know there are a lot of Sprint MNVOs, but I don't see any authoritative proof that there are over 200. If there are, they're probably smaller ones that nobody knows about. The most I've ever seen on a list is about 25-30. Even so, there are still far more MVNOs on Sprint than any other carrier, mainly because Sprint makes it much easier for them to get started than any other carrier. It's probably because of Sprint's traditional history of tailoring to corporate accounts, and because compared to Verizon and AT&T, Sprint desperately needs all the customers it can get, wherever they can get them.

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  3. Better value comparing plan to plan, Page Plus still has better plans. $5 a month sounds good, but PagePlus still comes out a head. Who knows what that terrible taxes and fees will be.

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  4. Another vote for Page Plus. They do well. I set up a friend with the TNT1200 for $30 month. He gets cards at any Walgreens. LTE is just a matter of time for these MNNO's.

    As for me - Samsung S II with Straight Talk - $38 - $45 month.

    This is a great site btw.

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  5. Below Plan pricing, you can add funds with BYO Top-Up.

    So for $5 you get 100 min or 1000 sms or 50 mms and is good for 30 days, and extends your 30 day plan.

    So it seems you could Top-Up just before the 30 days and get a better deal if you text more than you talk. It's not clear to me if you can top-up again while in the extended top-up period.

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  6. BYO Wireless is now offering mobile data as an add-on or in new monthly plans. Prices start at $5 for 100 mb as an add-on. New monthly plans with data start at $15 which includes 350 voice minutes, 50 mb of mobile data and UNLIMITED texts!

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  7. It takes about 5 minutes to set up your new BYO Wireless account with the free month#1 and program your phone. If you had a screen/startup lock on your phone, it changes to the last 4 of your new phone number, which you will also get by email. BYO is an excellent value if you use the minutes and sms, but Selectel gives you an extra 66 min and 25 sms for only $1.25 more on the Annual Plan. Data could cost you less with the Selectel Flex card because your balance rolls over as long as it lasts.

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  8. Budget Prepay,Inc. d/b/a Budget Phone d/b/a Budget Mobile and its wholly-owned subsidiary BYO Wireless L.L.C. ("Companies").

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  9. BYO Wireless.com/OurStory: We Do Have Backgrounds In Wireless Telecommunications, Marketing, And Retail.

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  10. GSM Service coming to BYO Wireless soon (30-40 days). More than likely as a AT&T mvno, their sister company Budget Mobile once offered a "home phone service" using the AT&T Network.

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