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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