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BYO Wireless Now Has Data and Improved Plans

BYO Wireless, a new Verizon MVNO that launched last month with  talk and text only service now offers data. BYO has also added more minutes and unlimited texts to most of its plans for better value all around.

BYO has six 30 day plans: 
  • $5 100 minutes, 100 texts, no data - no change 
  • $10 250 minutes, 250 texts, no data - no change 
  • $15 350 minutes, unlimited texts, 50 MB - was 1000 texts and no data
  • $20 500 minutes, unlimited texts, 250 MB - was 1500 texts and no data
  • $30 1000 minutes,  unlimited texts, 400 MB - was 2000 texts and no data
  • $40 Unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 500 MB - was 2000 minutes, 5000 texts and no data
There are also three add-on packages for users who are running a little low:

  • $5 - 100 minutes or 1000 texts or 100 MB
  • $10 - 250 minutes or 2000 texts or 250 MB
  • $15 - 400 minutes or 4000 texts or 400 MB
Package credits are good for 30 days and do not roll over.

BYO offers service on the Verizon native network (no roaming). Payment is by credit or debit card only with optional auto pay. Online account management is available, it shows plan expiration date and remaining minutes, texts and data.  

With these changes BYO's plans look a lot more competitive. BYO's pricing is now as good as or better than what's available from the other two major Verizon MVNOs; Selectel and Page Plus. For example, the BYO $15 plan includes unlimited texts and a usable 350 voice minutes and 50 MB of data compared with only 250 minutes, 250 texts and 10 MB for $12 from Page Plus or Selectel's 300 Minutes, 300 texts and 15 MB for $15. For more comparisons see Verizon and Verizon MVNO Prepaid Plans Compared.

However exact pricing comparisons between BYO and other prepaid operators is difficult. That's because, unlike the majority of prepaid operators including Page Plus and Selectel, that include all taxes and fees in the plan cost, BYO adds State and local sales taxes, 911 fees and a Universal Service Fund fee to the monthly plan price. These taxes and fees vary by state and locality. According to one HowardForums user, who didn't specify his location. his taxes and fees are about $2 to the $30 plan. Another user, who is in Chicago pays $3.25 in taxes on the $20 plan

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

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  1. Their plans include less minutes and data then their competitors plus taxes. For example, page plus offers 200 more minutes and 100 mb more data on the $30 plan. Since Page Plus bought by America Mobil I can't recommend them but BYO needs to revise their plans if they want to attract customers.

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    1. To be fair and accurate, the $5, $10, $15 and $20 plans beat PagePlus. And the $40 plan is close to a tie. Add-on packages can cost the same or much less, depending on your use. These plan revisions make BYO very competitive overall, but the PagePlus $29.95 plan is still the best at that price point as long as you do not buy a lot more data. My daughter had to go all the way to The 55 plan on Pplus because she averages ~900MB/month. She would save almost $10/month switching to BYO with the $15 400MB package.

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    2. Verizon would not want all their mvno's fighting for that one particular $30 price point anyway. All that does is shift existing customers between the Verizon mvno's. I would think the goal instead is to attract new users by way of offering something that is not already on another Verizon mvno. That unlimited texting is that something different.

      Hopefully BYO does well, but right now there seems to be only minimal interest in these new plans.

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  2. I can't really find this on their website. Is the texting SMS only? Or is MMS included?

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    1. They do have MMS. MMS needs mobile data to work.

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  3. The "unlimited text" $15, $20 plans could be a dream come true for those that have teenagers that text all day long! I might be interested in the $15 plan. I can save about $10 a month over PagePlus. Hmmmmmm....

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  4. the $20 plan is tempting but with taxes and fees maybe that's $22. yet that's still tempting. looking at the website, looks like you can use iphone. assuming it has to be a verizon iphone.

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    1. BYO activates Verizon iPhone 4, 4S and Straight Talk iPhone 5, just like Selectel and PagePlus (dealers).

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  5. hofo ID grateful4adviceJanuary 17, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Will BYO activate Verizon prepaid phones like the Moto G?

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    1. No, Verizon doesn't allow irs MVNOs to activate Verizon prepaid phones.

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  6. Just looked at terms and noticed you can not port your number and they have right to change number. Not sure if they can do this. I think FCC gave consumers right to port is this odd?

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    1. The tems say 'You may not “”port” or keep this number when you discontinue Service'. That may just mean that as is true with all carriers, your number must be active to be portable, service is discontinued when the port occurs, not before.

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  7. There's a state-by-state chart of cell phone taxes at http://www.mywireless.org/state-issues/state-tax-rankings/ There's also a calculator to select your state and the monthly cost of your plan that computes the yearly total of taxes added to your phone bill. The chart header says 2012, but I compared it to a 2013 chart for a handful of states and it was still accurate.

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  8. I looked into their terms and conditions and they round up data to the next highest MB instead of KB like page plus. That's why they can offer data cheaper but its a dealbreaker for me. Fair warning to all they probably won't last long billing that way for data.

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    1. I was surprised reading your comment thinking I overlooked that in their T&C...couldn't find it so I emailed their support group and they confirmed they round up data to the nearest KB, not MB.

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    2. Sorry its in their customer agreement.

      http://www.byowireless.com/service-info/customer-agreement.cfm

      "How Does BYO Wireless LLC Calculate My Minutes?
      We round up any fraction to the next full minute or, depending on how you're billed for data usage, the next full megabyte or gigabyte."

      It could be MB or even next GB!
      Can anyone with the service now confirm?

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  9. If you are porting your number you must have Active service before can port your number. So if you are changing from carrier to another DO NOT end service before porting. If you do you will lose all right to that number. It does not matter if it is Cell number or landline number.

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  10. "We round up any fraction to the next full minute or, depending on how you're billed for data usage, the next full kilobyte. For outgoing calls, usage time starts when you first press SEND or the call connects to a network, and for incoming calls, it starts when the call connects to a network (which may be before it rings). Usage time may end several seconds after you press END or after the call disconnects" (Bring).

    "Bring Your Own Wireless - Customer Agreement - BYO Wireless." Bring Your Own Wireless - Customer Agreement - BYO Wireless. BYOWireless, 01 Oct. 2013. Web. 01 Feb. 2014.

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  11. BYO wireless did a fast, free ESN change for me this week. About an hour from ticket submit online.

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  12. Can you use the wi fi when its available?

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    1. Yes, you can always use available WiFi with any operator or no operator at all.

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  13. BYO Wireless: Taxes Of $2.50 on the $15.00 Plan In Omaha,Ne. 16.66% Rate.

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  14. BYO just updated their plans in case you guys wanted to know. Still no 4g but they nixed the $15 plan and put in a $20 plan with 500 min/unlim text/500mb data and offer 5% off all plans with autopay now as well as a few other changes.

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    1. Do they charge incoming calls too?

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    2. Yes, that's the norm with all carriers in the US. The only exceptions are global SIMs like Truphone.

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