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|
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.
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Expo Mobile Launches With $40/Month Unlimited Domestic and International Talk and Text and Unlimited Data