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All-IP MVNO UppWireless Offers Unlimited Talk and Text and 1GB of Data For $15/Month

UppWireless is a new T-Mobile MVNO that launched last week. Like FreedomPop and TextNow, it's an all-IP service. Texts are sent using the data network and calls use Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP).

UppWireless' parent company is Spanish based UppTalk (formerly Yuilop) which makes an OTT (Over The Top) messaging and calling app for Android and iOS. UppWireless combines a data only mobile plan with the UppTalk app to make calls and send texts. There are three plans:
  • $15/month - unlimited calls and texts to the US and Canada, 1 GB of data
  • $35/month - unlimited calls and texts to the US and Canada, unlimited data, first 3 GB at 4G speeds
  • $55/month - unlimited calls and texts to the US and Canada, unlimited data, first 5 GB at 4G speeds
According to the UppWireless site"Mobile Internet Service provided by Red Pocket Mobile" which makes sense as Red Pocket offers 1 GB, 3 GB and 5 GB data only  plans.

Red Pocket's plans cost $10, $30 and $50 respectively, $5/month less than UppWireless charges. The UppTalk app is free and includes the same unlimited voice and texts for US users. So what are you getting for $5/month? According to PCmag.com, using the UppTalk app to make calls and send texts doesn't deduct from your data allotment.

Update 2/21: PCMag may be wrong about calls and messages not deduction from your data allotment. On HowardForums, user UppTalk, who identifies himself as a member of the UppWireless team posted "... thee VOIP traffic does count against your data allotment, but it's very efficient VOIP. 1MB = 4minutes typically."

Typical VOIP calls consume about 1 MB per minute so the extra $5/month is worthwhile if your voice usage would push your total data use past the 1 GB, 3 GB Or 5 GB boundary.

UppWireless' Web site sells unlocked phones though a third party vendor but is primary a BYOP (bring your own phone) service. SIMs are $9.95 plus $3 shipping.

One thing to watch out for with UppWireless that according to UppTalk's fair use policy "All calls will be disconnected and require a re-dial after a 20 minutes duration." Having recently spent hours on hold dealing with a problem with my DSL service that seems like a pretty serious limitation on the advertised "unlimited calling".

With UppWireless and other all-IP operators, only emergency calls to 911 use the cellular voice network. All other calls go over VOIP, which is only reliable with a good WiFi or 3G or better connection. All-IP operators are a good deal if voice calling isn't a high priority but aren't a good choice if you need the widest possible voice coverage.

UppWireless' competition is the other two all-IP operators FreedomPop and TextNow. The three vary primarily in the network used: UppWireless uses T-Mobile HSPA+, FreedomPop's phone service uses Sprint 3G and WiMAX, TextNow is also Sprint but has access to LTE as well as 3G/WiMax. For more about the alternatives to UppWireless see:
FreedomPop Launches Samsung Galaxy SII, One and Two Year Unlimited Plans
TextNow Launches VOIP Based Prepaid Mobile Phone Service


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  1. Wow, $5 a month so I can make bunch of 20 min calls - so much for unlimited. This will go super well with calling the girlfriends and moms.

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  2. I think I'll give this a try in April when my Tmobile credit is used. Only issue I see is that my workplace disables VOIP on Wifi.

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  3. The question is, how well does VOIP work in areas where T-Mobile's 4G is weak. Regular voice works fine in many of these areas but this plan doesn't seem to support it. If they had a fallback paygo option for regular voice minutes that could help some.

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    1. That's the trade off with VOIP. Calling requires good WiFi or 3G or better data to work. If maximum voice coverage is important, there are better choices.

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    2. Good point never thought about that. People are always complaining about 2G coverage and we all forget- the phone works like "phone" really great in those areas. Your sort of amplifying the worst aspect of T-Mobile- limited high speed coverage

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  4. Price is acceptable if you are near WiFi most of the time. The "All calls will be disconnected and require a re-dial after a 20 minutes duration." part it's no problem for me, but my wife would have a fit :)

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    1. Hi Uppwireless engineer here. Yeah the time-limit sucks and it's there for technical reasons (it's actually 30 minutes, not 20) but we're working on removing it.

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  5. I wonder if this signifies a change in T-Mobile's wholesale division. As you say, up till now, this kind of disruptive, innovative business model is most often found on Sprint-based MVNOs like FreedomPop and TextNow, but NEVER on any of the others. This could be a game changer if it does in fact signify a change in T-Mobile wholesale. I note that Red Pocket, who appears to be acting as an MVNE here, is still not offering LTE on T-Mobile, as Sprint does.

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  6. I tested this UPPtalk app on 4G on ATT signal. the sound was awful inside a store. I would not depend on this for voice call. Better to pay $10 on Airvoice $10 monthly plan or pay as you go and get real cellular talk mins.

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  7. Just get the Upptalk app and the $30 tmobile plan it is the same thing except $5 cheaper plus 5GB data before throttling

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    1. Have you used the Upptalk app? Does it require google voice like Talkatone?

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    2. UppTalk assigns you a number. There's no option to use a Google Voice or ported number.

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  8. Yeswap you are predominantly in SF area right? The reason I ask is because I see you mentioned a DSL problem I am just curious is the company you have DSL with AT&T? I'm in Houston and have AT&T and in this big city in 2014 in my area AT&T only has DSL speeds of 1.5mpps it's just ridiculous. Do you have the same problem?

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    1. I'm in San Francisco and I do use AT&T DSL. Currently on a 6 Mbps plan. No problem with the speed. My issue was that AT&T accidentally cancelled my wife's 9 year old email account and no one seemed to know how to reinstate it. I finally got it fixed but it took a snarky Twitter post and a week of calling almost every day to get done.

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