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Sprint MVNO Ecomobile Revamps Monthly Plans - No More Unlimited Data

Sprint MVNO EcoMobile has overhauled its $40, $50 and $60 monthly plans. The changes are:

  • The plans no longer include "unlimited" data. The $40 plan is now capped at 500MB, the $50 plan allows 2.5GB and the $60 plan comes with 5GB.
  • The $40 plan, which used to be limited to feature phones, now allows smartphones.
  • LTE data is now available with the $60 plan.

There are no changes to the $30, Pay As You Go or mobile broadband plans.

Unlike most other MVNOs that claim to have unlimited data, I never saw any reports of users getting their data cut off or throttled for using "too much unlimited" data on EcoMobile. I don't know if that was because relatively few people used Eco's unlimited plans or if they really didn't limit data. In any case, I'm not surprised to see the end of unlimited as MVNOs typically buy data from network operators for so much per GB which makes it economic suicide to offer truly unlimited data.

EcoMobile has US based customer support, online call records, no added taxes and fees and you can bring your own Sprint Phone subject to the usual Sprint restrictions (no BlackBerry, Palm or PTT phones and nothing released in the last 12 months).

The new plans aren't bad, the amount of  high speed data included at the $40, $50, $60 price points matches Boost Mobile's new plans and is better than most of the Sprint MVNO competition. But the lack of LTE support on the $40 and $50 plans is a disappointing when most of the competition including Boost, Virgin, Kajeet, RedPocket, Ting, RingPlus and RealMobile  include LTE data with their lowest priced plans.

Here are all of EcoMobile's current plans:

Plan Price per Month Voice Text MMS Data
Pay As You Go $10 and up1 5¢/minute 2¢/each 10¢/each 10¢/MB 3G
Talk & Text $30 Unlimited Unlimited None None
Talk, Text and 3G Data $40 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited 500MB 3G
Talk, Text and 3G Data $50 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited 2.5GB 3G
Talk, Text and 4G Data $60 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited 5GB 3G/LTE
1 Refills are available in $10, $20, $30, $40 and $60 denominations and are good for 30 days. Unused funds roll over provided you top up at least every 30 days.

Related: Sprint and Sprint MVNO Prepaid Plans Compared

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  1. This is a nice, little company. My nephew has used their PayGo for 18 months. Good customer service, easy phone activation and amazingly detailed call and data records that you can sort any way you want. I hope they make it.

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  2. No iOS support.. : /

    S

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    1. Not true, according to EcoMobile customer support the iPhone 4, 4S and 5 can be activated.

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  3. Which Sprint MVNOs offer PayGo with LTE?

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    1. I believe RedPocket does. Ting and Ringplus do too although they aren't true pay as you.

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    2. Kajeet has LTE. You get the $5/month plan and add a data package to get a decent rate, compared to their $1/mb paygo. Extra minutes or sms are 10c paygo.

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  4. With all the rumors about Sprint/T-Mo merger deal, I wonder if/when it happens, will the new Co. will be a GSM/HSPA+/LTE based standard, or CDMA, which in my opinion will be economic suicide.

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    1. I think Sprint wants T-Mobile's GSM network to become Sprint GSM if that's the case the only carrier on CDMA will be Verizon.
      With the other carriers AT&T and Sprint on GSM networks

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    2. I am not sure it matters much. They are all moving toward VoLTE and signing LTE ip roaming agreements. And once the great majority of the traffic is moved over, they will eventually shut down the legacy networks.
      http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/verizons-ip-voice-interconnction-deals-sprint-and-t-mobile-hint-volte-roami/2014-05-29

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  5. I think we're seeing a trend away from CDMA because of the hefty royalty fees to Qualcomm. GSM is more or less an open standard.

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    1. Where is the trend you are seeing?
      Q'comm is not trying to kill its business by jacking up fees.
      Vz and Sprint are big enough to get great deals on custom phones.

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  6. Another unlimited/unlimited/ 2.5 gb lte plan for 50$ ? Scratch that it is 3g. When is anyone going to compete with virgin and T-Mobile in the post-voice space with generous text and data plans and fewer minutes in the sub 40 range? Stop rolling out international call and text credits and just lower domestic rates already.

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    1. Virgin is reducing its data and speed, so I guess the other companies just have to sit and wait in order to compete with Virgin.

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    2. And T-Mobile simply isnt competitive due to its not being a true national network (just covering a lot of regions, and dead flatline no-signal in between).

      T-Mobile looks good on paper, but that's it. I know from experience. I was about to get one of their plans, but then I found out I would have to drive hundreds of miles (through solid ATT, Vrz, and Sprint territory) in order to find T-Mobile coverage.

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    3. T-Mobile used the $6B and extensive roaming agreement they got from the AT&T deal breakup fee to really improve their network coverage. Check their map and you might be surprised at the improvements. Zoom in to see the partner roaming coverage areas.
      http://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com/prepaid-coverage

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    4. I check the T-Mobile coverage map every couple of weeks...just to see if they are showing signs of becoming more than a way-behind also-ran and turning into a viable choice., and have found no improvement.

      I'm kind of jaded at any of these announcements from the big prime carriers on improved coverage. After Sprint's much trumpeted expansion notice toward the end of last year, I noticed absolutely no improvement, and read many reports of reduced coverage.

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    5. "I found out I would have to drive hundreds of miles (through solid ATT, Vrz, and Sprint territory) in order to find T-Mobile coverage."
      FUD Alert: Not true for T-Mobile Prepaid, Metro, Brightspot, Solavei, which would have coverage or be roaming on AT&T or a regional carrier in areas with solid AT&T, Vzw and Sprint coverage. Certainly not hundreds of miles away for roaming coverage. Give us a zip code.

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  7. The pricing on the $40 plan is poor. Page Plus will get you twice the data on VzW towers (instead of the far more sparse Sprint towers) for the same money.

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    1. Forget PagePlus. You get Vrz towers PLUS free roaming (which is super expensive in Page Plus), for a similar price, with Selectel.

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    2. I would have to pay $10/month more on Selectel. Only 200mb vs 1gb. That data difference buys a lot of roaming, if I ever needed it.

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  8. I think Eco is competing for people with Sprint phones who want to stay on the Sprint network.
    I don't think they lose any sleep over PagePlus. Compare them to Kajeet, Red Pocket, Ting and Expo and they are pretty competitive. Real Mobile is best at $40 but they are very new.

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