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Lycamobile Discontinues Its $16 Unlimited Text, 250 Minutes and 50 MB Plan

T-Mobile MVNO and travel SIM vendor Lycamobile USA has quietly discontinued what I believe was one of its most popular plans.

The $16 per month plan, which included unlimited domestic and international text messaging, 250 domestic calling minutes and 50MB of data disappeared from the Lycamobile website today. A Lycamobile customer service rep confirmed to me that the plan is no longer available to new or existing customers.

The $16 plan was the least expensive unlimited texting plan available from any US operator. Now the cheapest unlimited texting plans are:

  • Verizon MVNO BYO's $15/month ($16 to $17 with taxes and fees) 350 minutes, unlimited texts, 50 MB plan.
  • Sprint MVNO Kajeet's $16.49/month ($14.99 plus a $1.50 transaction fee) unlimited texts and 60 voice minutes plan
  • Virgin Mobile's new Walmart-exclusive $20/month unlimited text and 50 minute plan 
  • $20/month unlimited messaging add-ons to Verizon and AT&T GoPhone's pay as you go plans. 

None of the alternatives includes international texts and Virgin and Verizon's are limited to feature phones.

There are no changes to Lycamobile's other plans. With the demise of the $16 plan Lycamobile's least expensive monthly plan is now $29/month with unlimited domestic voice minutes, unlimited domestic and international SMS, 250MB of HSPA+ high speed data and unlimited throttled data. Lycamobile also offers a pay as you go plan with 2¢ voice minutes, free incoming and 4¢ outgoing texts. That plan is notable in that pay as you funds never expire as long as you have a billable event (call, outgoing text or data use) at least every 90 days. For more about Lycamobile see; Prepaid Operator Profile - Lycamobile

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  1. If you're a moderate voice/text user who can live with using WiFi for data, Lycamobile's pay-as-you-go is hard to beat.

    I'm planning on trying out a Blu Advance 4.0 Dual SIM phone so I can use Lycamobile for voice/text and Red Pocket 1GB 4G data for $10/month. I know the phone isn't top shelf, but I think I'll be able to get by. For me, my phone is mainly just a phone. And the Blu is cheap enough that if it doesn't pan out, whatever I can get for it on eBay should get me pretty darn close to breaking even.

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  2. I keep a Lyca sim in my case for the free calls to 800 and 866 numbers and the few times when I need to make long calls (2c/min) between 7am and 7pm. Free incoming texts. I haven't added money in a year. I still use the old Tmobile $1/day plan, unlimited minutes for $1 before 7am and after 7pm. Airvoice pay-go in the iPhone for mobile data in most places and coverage backup. Not good for most people, but it works for me.

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    1. I was doing something similar with an iphone and then got a dual sim phone from BLU. I am able to have air voice and lyca both active at the same time, it works really well.

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    2. How is it possible to still use the old T-Mobile $1/day pass?

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    3. Buy someone's active $1/day account. Then use it.

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  3. Verizon MVNO BYO Wireless has a similar plan that's actually cheaper and includes Unlimited Text, 350 minutes, and 50 MB of data for $15.00

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    1. Thanks for reminding me about the BYO plan. I've added it the the list of alternatives.

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  4. What will happen to all these people on this plan? Hope they'll get enough notice to port out. Lyca is no longer a good option unless you want the paygo plan.

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    1. I agree. Lyca is just another drop in the T-Mobile bucket, except with a lack of available numbers and the availability to port in many states, no MMS and in my experience, extremely slow data speeds when the device shows HSPA+.
      Paygo as a back up and the free toll free numbers is about their only saving grace.

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    2. I believe they will have to switch to another plan when their current month ends or port out. Porting should be possible as long as the number is attached to a currently active plan.

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  5. The $16 plan wasn't that great. On their pay as you go plan 250 min = $5, 50MB = $3, 200 texts = $8, total $16 without the need to pay it every month. Lyca mobile's other monthly plans are not very competitive.

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    1. How many people only send 200 texts a month. It was a great plan for teens and twenty somethings who send thousands every month (or every several days....)

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    2. The math is wrong. You get an average of 400 texts for $8 unless you are a sms spammer or everyone ignores you. Incoming texts are free. 432 was the US average in 2011.

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  6. Why do I have that strange feeling the are on the way out of the U.S. market???

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  7. speedtalk $15 unlim text and 100 mins

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  8. Ultra Mobile $19 plan (before the taxes and $1 fee) has unlimited international texting 1000 minutes and 100 mb data

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    1. Ultra voice overage on the $20 plan is only 2c/minute, making it an even better alternative if you do not need "unlimited" calling. 250mb more for $5 is a reasonable add-on.

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  9. It's not prepaid or unlimited sms, but Consumer Cellular lets you build a text and data plan for $20/month* +tax that includes 2000sms and 300mb. 5000sms and 1gb for $30+t. Both include LTE and HSPA+, so VOIP should work well. You even get 2G data roaming.

    *AARP -5%, and they will sign you up.

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  10. Ultra.me $19/month plan is the closest equivalent to the now defunct Lyca $16/month plan. Check it out.

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  11. ChitChat mobile does 250 min voice & unlimited text at 9.99 + fees, for a total cost of $11.78. They do charge sales tax, so the price may be a bit higher state to state. You can add data by purchasing a "cash balance" card. $5 will get you about 100 MB.

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    1. Total Cost? Nope. Here goes: Chit Chat fees, in addition to Federal, State and Local Taxes:

      •Infrastructure Technology Fee – a carrier-imposed fee to offset the cost of maintaining the technical infrastructure powering Chit Chat Telecom services. Varies, $2.00 to $3.00 depending on the rate plan.

      One-time and Non-recurring Fees 
(charged per occurrence):

      • Activation Fee - applies to all newly activated Chit Chat Mobile handsets, charged per device upon activation $15.00 per device.
      • Shipping Fee - applies to all purchased devices from Chit Chat Mobile, charged per device upon order $10.00 per device
      • Returned Items Fee - applies to all returned and dishonored payments by your financial institution, including chargebacks on credit cards and non-sufficient funds on checks and electronic transfer. $35.00 per incident
      • MDN Change Fee – applies to changing a phone number on an active account. $15.00 per device.
      • ESN Change Fee – applies to customer upgrading or their device on an active account. $15.00 per device.
      • Restocking Fee - applies to all returns of working devices. Equivalent to 25% of the device purchase price

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