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Lycamobile PAYGO Now Requires a Call, Text or Data Usage Every 90 Days

T-Mobile MVNO Lycamobile's pay as you go plan is one of the rare few US prepaid options that doesn't require users to add $5 or $10 every 30, 60, 90 or 120 days to keep the service active. You can activate a Lycamobile account with the minimum $10 top-up and use the phone lightly for years without needing to add money until the $10 is gone.

However you do have to use the phone occasionally and Lycamobile just made a change to the phone usage rules. To keep your account active you must now make a call, send a text or use at least a penny's worth data every 90 days. The old inactivity limit was 120 days.

If you don't call text or use data for 90 days your account will be deactivated and you will lose your balance. The company will send you reminder texts 50 and 30 days before expiration so I doubt this change will affect many Lycamobile users even if they don't use their phones regularly.

The  only people who might be caught out by this change are those who keep a charged but turned off phone in their car for emergency use or use a Lycamobile SIM in a burglar alarm or other monitoring system. If either use case applies to you consider this fair warning that you now need to make a call, send a text or use data every 90 days instead of every 120 days.

Source: Lycamobile.us via HowardForums

Related: Prepaid Operator Profile - Lycamobile

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  1. This makes T-Mobile Gold Rewards all the better for those who want an emergency backup. The initial $100 is painful, but I did it once several years ago and it works great. Even worked in Europe for me recently as an international roamer (albeit at $1.50/minute).

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    1. Agreed, I've had a Gold Rewards SIM since 2005. I still use it occasionally in places without Sprint coverage, switching to the $3 day plan temporarily for data.

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    2. Am I missing something? With the T-Mobile Gold you get 1000 minutes for $100 and those minutes are good for a year. But with the Lyca plan you get 1000 minutes for $20, but in order to keep those minutes good for a year you'd have to make a short call every couple of months.

      I'd say that Lyca is still the far better deal unless you really don't want to have to mess with making that call every couple of months.

      Just pull the emergency backup phone out of the glovebox when you're going to work on the first workday of each month, and call your non-emergency phone. Then drive through the Starbucks and buy yourself a monthly latte with the money you didn't have to give to T-Mobile.

      At the end of the year you'll still have paid less that $100 on this system (including the lattes) *and* you still have most of those 1000 minutes left and active, assuming you didn't have any phone emergencies chewing up the airtime. The way I read the T-Mobile Gold plan details, it sounds like the 1000 minutes you got for $100 would expire after that year (or am I misunderstanding the plan details?).

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    3. The 1000 minutes roll over if you add $10 or more for another year. You may have missed that. You only have to act once per year, not 4 times. Also, you do not have to fund the $100 up front. If this is your backup phone, just pay $10 every 90 days for 2.5 years until you have funded $100 total. As long as you are using the daily passes for your backup service, you get the same amount of use. From then on, you can just add $10/year or more (I add $50 for 460 extra minutes, 10.9c each). I still have two phones with the old $1/day plans with Gold Rewards. One gives me unlimited calling before 7am and after 7pm each day for $1, and 10c/minute or text other times. The other provides unlimited sms and 10c/minute calling for $1/day. Finally, T-Mobile gives you free roaming on AT&T and other operators and MMS with the daily plans which you will not get with Lyca. I have both Lyca and T-Mobile for backup use, and I use T-Mobile more. But I do like the Lyca option of 6c/mb data pay-go to check email, even if Lyca's service has high latency and they round up data sessions.

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  2. I find that keeping a Tmobile prepaid line is very handy for unlocking Tmobile phones for use on my Lyca and Truphone lines. 8 unlocks over the last several years.

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  3. Been using LycaMoble for 7 months now, no problems. Now they have 4G

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    1. HSPA+ 4G or LTE? I though LTE of Lyca required a new SIM which Lyca hasn't started distributing yet.

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