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Lycamobile Increases The Amount Of High Speed Data Included With $29 And $39 Plans

T-Mobile MVNO Lycamobile has increased the amount of high speed 4G data included with its $29/month and $39/month plans. The $29 plan goes from 50 MB of 4G data to 250 MB. The $39 plan gets an increase from 250 MB to 500 MB. High speed data on Lycamobile is 4G HSPA+, not LTE.

Both plans also include unlimited domestic voice minutes, unlimited domestic and international texts, 1000 minutes of calls to landlines and mobile phones in China, Canada and Hong Kong and to landlines in India and Mexico and unlimited "2G" data throttled to approximately 128 Kbps after the high speed data is used up. The $29 plan also comes with a $2.50 international call credit. The $39 plan includes a $10 international call credit.

Lycamobile, which is the largest MVNO in Europe, launched in the US last year. The service does have its quirks, MMS picture messaging doesn't work and although Lyca runs on the T-Mobile network, only unlocked phones work, T-Mobile locked phones do not.

Here are all of Lycamobile's current plans.
Plan Voice Texts Domestic / International Data International Calling
$16/month 250 Minutes Unlimited / Unlimited 50 MB $1.00 International call credit
$29/month Unlimited Unlimited/ Unlimited Unlimited (250 MB at 4G speeds) $2.50 International call credit
$39/month 1 Unlimited Unlimited / Unlimited Unlimited (500 MB at 4G speeds) $10 International call credit
$49/monthUnlimited Unlimited / Unlimited Unlimited (1GB MB at 4G speeds) $20 International
Pay As You Go 1 2¢/min 4¢/12¢ 2 6¢/MB Pay as you go
1 Balance never expires provided an outgoing call is made or text message sent at least every 120 days. Minimum top up is $10.
2 Incoming texts are free.

The increased data allotments make Lycamobile's $29 and $39 plans some of the best values among T-Mobile based unlimited talk and text plans with data. See T-Mobile and T-Mobile MVNO Prepaid Plans Compared to see how Lycamobile stacks up against its competition.

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  1. I can not get my incoming sms to work and been working with them for days. Losing faith that they can do it.

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    1. Give Lyca a call, I had a similar problem, they fixed it and has been working ever since.

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    2. SMS does not work on my Blackberry, but it works on other phones. The Blackberry sends SMS with other SIMs.

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    3. Finally fixed incoming sms. But not sure why & chat person ignored me. Nothing person but would have been good for next time.

      Can data be completely turned off? Can sms? They ignored me but I will re-ask.

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    4. I don't know if Lycamobile offers an option to turn off data and/or SMS. But data can disabled at the handset level on iOS, Android and Windows Phone and incoming SMS are free so unwanted ones aren't costing you anything at least.

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    5. "Lyca runs on the T-Mobile network, only unlocked phones work, T-Mobile locked phones do not. "

      This has got to be the dumbest MVNO is America, seriously tmobile phones will not work on a tmobile prepaid network.

      I think prepaid news should stop covering this mvno and let them get no publication due to the dumbest policy on the planet

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    6. Ignore my post above about SMS not working on a Blackberry. I forgot that I asked them to turn off SMS a couple of months ago when using Lyca with an iPhone. I was billed for ~10 SMS at 17c each to the UK. iMessage kept trying to activate, sending multiple 'silent SMS' that did not show up on the phone's log, just on my online records. Truphone sends these silent SMS to the UK also, but iMessage activates on the first try.

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    7. Lycamobile ROAMS on the Tmobile network in the US, just like Truphone. That is why the phone must be unlocked. I like their PayGo rates, which are the lowest overall that you can find on the Tmobile or AT&T network. It is still easy to get Tmobile to unlock your phones - much easier than AT&T.

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    8. @Unknown, if I didn't cover operators that had a flaw, I wouldn't have anything to cover Isn't it better to point out the flaws so that consumers can make an informed choice?

      What's really dumb is locked phones and the operator and regulatory hoops we have to jump through to get them unlocked.

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  2. I've noticed the Paygo plans says incoming and outgoing SMS. It used to be that incoming texts were free. Anyway I'm porting my so phone out. He keeps getting No Service on his phones in some areas. We will move to an ATT signal on H2O

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    1. The Lyca site says incoming and outgoing, but does not specify for voice, not SMS.

      In Europe, incoming calls to mobile phones are free, the incoming and outgoing verbage was added later to the PayGo plan, I suspect they put that there to clarify that here in the US we pay for all incoming calls to mobile phones.

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    2. Regardless of what the Lyca site says, incoming texts are free on Lyca as confirmed by numerous users.

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  3. These data increases are still lower than ATT MVNOs such as H2O, Airvoice, etc. They have 500mb for $30. Tmobile MVNO's are falling behind ATT MVNOs.

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    1. Not really, the difference is T-mobile MVNOs tend to be unlimited data, though throttled. I rather have throttled data after 250mb than 500mb hard cap.

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  4. Do they still round up data usage to 1 cent on pay as you go plan?

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    1. That may have changed. Starting this month several HowardForums users have reported being charged in increments of about $0.0001.

      I don't know if this is new or not but the Lyca ToC page says "Data usage is rounded up to the next full-kilobyte increment at the end of each data session." At 6.6¢/MB 1 KB would be $0.000064453 which is close to $0.0001.

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  5. The finally fixed my incoming sms after over a week! Surprising for a fairly large operation (116 million pounds in 2011 or 1 pound = 1.65 dollars then, so about $170 million). And only seemingly the same chat person, Jishnu.

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  6. With Lyca PayGo, calls to Toll-Free numbers are FREE, which is as it should be with all providers and plans.

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  7. Ultra.me and Spotmobile are the best alternatives to Lyca.

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  8. Ultra is terrible but Lyca is worse. Lyca customer service is incompetent but they do speak perfect English and are very polite. Lyca's throttled data is so slow it is unusable rendering their 250 mb a virtual hard cap.

    Since ATT has historically offered higher wholesale data rates than T mobile it is unusual that several ATT MVNOs offer better deals on data than TMO MVNOs

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