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Expo Mobile Adds $35 Unlimited Plan With 500 MB LTE, Starts Throttling Unlimited Data

Sprint MVNO Expo Mobile recently expanded their plan lineup with a new $35/month plan that includes unlimited voice and messaging and 500 MB of data per month including 4G LTE data, where available.

Expo supports "Bring Your Own Sprint Phone" (BYOSD). Most clean-ESN Sprint phones, including the iPhone 4, 4S and 5 can be activated. BYOSD is subject to the the usual limitations Sprint imposes on its MVNOs (no non-Sprint phones, no Boost or Virgin Mobile phones, no BlackBerrys or devices released in the last 12 months).

Expo offers a range of competitively priced plans and looks like an especially good choice for users who communicate internationally. There's no extra cost international texting on all plans and free unlimited international calling to 50 countries on plans $40 and higher. Expo is also running a promotion running now through June 1, 2014 that gives customers on $40 and higher plans a $5 credit for international calls to destinations that aren't on the free list. International direct dialing is supported, no access code is needed to make international calls.

The table below lists all of Expo Mobile's current plans.
Plan Minutes Texts, domestic and int'l Data International Minutes
$10/month 1 5¢/ea 2¢/ea 10¢/MB Add on 2
$19/month 500 Unlimited $5 for 250 MB 3 Add on 2
$25/month Unlimited Unlimited $5 for 250 MB 3 Add on 2
$35/month Unlimited Unlimited 500 MB 4G Add on 2
$40/month Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited 2G 1000 4
$50/month Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited 3G 1000 4
$60/month Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited 4G 1000 4
1 Pay as you go plan with no rollover
2 International rates. Minimum international add-on is $5, Add on funds expire at the end of the current billing cycle.
3 Add-on data is valid for 30 days
4 Unlimited 1000 minutes of calls to landlines in 50 countries and mobiles in Canada, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand.

In other news, Expo has added a disclaimer to their plans page regarding the unlimited data that's included with their higher priced plans:

"Unlimited does not mean unreasonable. All EXPO Mobile 30 Day plans that feature Unlimited Mobile Web include 2.5GB of high speed data, including 4G LTE & WiMAX speeds in 4G coverage areas for capable devices. Customers exceeding 2.5GB will continue to have data access but maximum speeds may be reduced to 3G speeds of 256Kbps or below for the remainder of their 30 day plan cycle."

When Expo launched last year they made a big deal about having unlimited, unthrottled data. However I'm not surprised they have imposed a throttle. Truly unlimited, unthrottled MVNO data is an impossibility. Sprint isn't selling unlimited data to MVNOs at a fixed price per line. MVNOs likely pay several dollars per GB of data. When unlimited, unthrottled mobile data is available, there will always be some customers who use it as a substitute for wired broadband and stream HD video for several hours a day, which can add up to hundreds of gigabytes per month for a single user. Throttling makes video and other high bandwidth uses impractical, protecting the MVNO's bottom line.

Related:
Sprint and Sprint MVNO Prepaid Plans Compared
Expo Mobile Launches With $40/Month Unlimited Domestic and International Talk and Text and Unlimited Data

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  1. Thank you for the review, just clarifying Expo Mobile customers do not need any access number or any access codes to make international calls, they can dial directly without any access code. Expo Mobile management

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  2. Promotion through june 1 2012. I hope gas stations bring back promotions from 2012.

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    1. That should be June 2014. Thanks for pointing out the typo.

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  3. I'm assuming not, but it's roaming included?

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    1. No roaming on Expo. Sprint network only.

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  4. This is not a bad deal. So many people dislike Sprint (myself included, even though I'm using a MVNO that uses them), BUT one main advantage of going with a Sprint MVNO is that used phones are a lot cheaper (usually around 25%) than the GSM carriers. Wish the $35 plan would be $30, then it would be more in line with H2O. Most would agree that AT&T has a vastly superior network compared to Sprint.

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  5. Does the unlimited texting include MMS? Apparently Sprint charges MVNOs ridiculous rates for MMS messages (and many pass that cost onto the customer, obviously).

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    1. The $40 and higher plans include unlimited MMS.

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  6. Want to become a dealer? Contact Michael Mancini at Emperor Communications LLC at 9197278213 or dealers@emperorone.com. We will get you signed up plus you'll receive a 2% residual that you won't get by going direct.

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  7. One thing that Sprint has going for it also is that most of their mvnos are being allowed LTE data. Unlimited or not. Tmobile mvnos generally don't have lte with a few exceptions (Simple has it on two plans, Spot, Ultra, Ptel , Lyca all don't). Att mvnos don't get it (H20, Red Pocket, Air Voice), though Att Gophone and Aio has it . Net10 probably does. NO Verizon option has ANY Lte except for broadband devices on Verizon prepaid (which costs an arm and a leg). Sprint though has the smallest LTE network though it's getting respectably bigger with 200 million covered, not that far behind Tmobile's 210 million. But far behind Att's 285 million and Verizon's over 300 million.

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    1. While all this is true. HSPA+ on T-mobile and AT&T have been consistently faster than Sprint's LTE for me. Sprint's network needs a lot of work. My speedtests on Sprint LTE in my area top out at around 3 mbit/s. HSPA+21 is faster for me (and HSPA+42 would be double that). Sprint is basically forced to allow LTE so users can actually use their phones. Sprint's 3G here is slower than T-mobile EDGE.

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  8. So Expo's 35 dollar plan has more minutes than virgin's plan but less high speed data . Would be an interesting combination for a dual sim CDMA phone.

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  9. Dual SIM CDMA?? Only 4G LTE. 3G-EVDO and 1X no SIMS at all. Regardless this company is the best deal for any Sprint MVNO I have seen yet. Shame the coverage is lacking though.

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  10. Dennis,

    Do you know much about Expo? The more I Google, the more shady they seem.

    This coverage map looks like a giant lie (unless they offer roaming):
    http://www.expomobile.com/CoverageMap.aspx

    I also see someone got turned off for "excessive" voice minutes at 3000 minutes.

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    1. There's no roaming so that coverage map is ridiculous.

      They are relatively new and Sprint MVNOs have a lousy record for longevity, I wouldn't trust any current Sprint MVNO with an important phone number, but that's what Google Voice is for.

      No MVNO can afford to provide unlimited anything but until the FTC starts going after MVNOs for false advertising they will continue to claim unlimited while having hidden limits. But 3000 minutes is really low even for MVNO unlimited.

      On the positive side, Expo has competitive pricing, they seem popular with dealers and I haven't any complaints from users about them other than the person who got cut off.

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    2. Good afternoon, we do not cap any of our services, please see the updated coverage map http://www.expomobile.com/CoverageMap.aspx
      - Expo Mobile Staff

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  11. I would trust Kajeet and Ting with an important phone number, but no other Sprint MVNOs. Kajeet and Ting have excellent customer service on online software controls.

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  12. Thank you for all your comment and suggestions , Expo Mobile coverage map has been updated to reflect the correct on -Network coverage . also we don't cap any customers at 3000 minutes, if any questions please email us at info@expomobile.com

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    1. This is STILL very misleading. You show the roaming areas, but don't offer roaming! The only thing that should be filled in on the map is the actual coverage area!!! Why show roaming when it's not offered?

      I do see that is says you don't offer roaming, so why show it!!!???

      Then on your own faq page, you talk about roaming and say "click here" for coverage and nothing happens! Are you trying to hide your actual coverage area?

      Between the old map and this map, I'd say your purposely try to mislead people! I say stay away from this company! Very very suspicious and dishonest!

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  13. Dennis, there are two small edits we’d like to make, please change “call to 40 countries” to “call to over 50 countries,” there are actually 56 countries that are included in the “Free International” list. And the $19 plan comes with 500 minutes opposed to 250 minutes.
    Thank You - Expo Mobile Staff

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    1. Thanks for the updates. I've changed the post to indicate 500 minutes on the $19 plan and free international calling to 50 countries.

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  14. Dennis: I suggest that you update this post and the Sprint MVNO plans comparison table to show that Expo now has 6-month and 1-year PayGo plans for $50 and $100. This lowers their minimum cost per month to $8.33. These look like the best PayGo plans on Sprint, especially since they include WiMax and LTE data.

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