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Prepaid News Bytes: PTel Nano SIMs, Solavei's 100K Subs, Lycamobile Plans Changing, $50 Off TMO iPhones

A bunch of interesting prepaid related items appeared on the Web today. They all involve T-Mobile in one way or another.

T-Mobile MVNO PTel Mobile is now offering Nano Sims. More and more new phones are using Nano SIMs including the iPhone 5C and 5S, HTC Desire 810, HTC One M8, Moto X and the Nokia Lumia 1520 and 930. You could always trim a PTel mini or micro SIM to nano size but now you don't have to. Nano SIMs are $4.99 on the PTel site. Shipping is free.

Solavei's CEO, Ryan Wuerch was quoted by FierceWireless today as saying that "We've had very little attrition." and "We're actually doing far better than we anticipated" following the T-Mobile MVNO's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing last week. Wuerch thinks only about 5% of Solavei subscribers know about the bankruptcy. He also shared some Solavei subscriber numbers including that Solavei enrolled a total of 250, 000 subscribers over its lifetime and currently has 101,500 active subscribers. About 35,000 customers are currently recieving referral commissions.

A cryptic new message saying "Attention: Please note that All our Plans will be changing from the 1st of July" has appeared on T-Mobile MVNO Lycamobile's Website. I'm hoping the changes will include lower prices or more data on monthly plans or even both. But given that Lycamobile just discontinued its least expensive $16 monthly plan, I think we might actually see new more expensive plans. Update 7/1/14: Lycamobile plans don't appear to have changed and the Lyca site has been updated to say "Attention: Please note that All our Plans will be changing soon".

Last but not least, T-Mobile announced that Apple Stores in the US are now selling iPhones with T-Mobile Prepaid service. And, for a limited time, Apple will give a $50 gift card to customers who buy and activate an iPhone on a $50 or $70 T-Mobile Prepaid Plan.

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  1. Solavei's foolish change to its commission structure killed it in my opinion.

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  2. Old Lyca draft page, which does not appear to be available to view any longer
    Draft
    $16 - 250 Min, Unlimited Int Text, Unlimited Data (up to 100mb at 4g), $1 Int. Credit
    $23 - Unlimited Min, Unlimited Int Text, Unlimited Data (up to 100mb at 4g), $0 Int. Credit
    $29 - Unlimited Min, Unlimited Text, Unlimited Data (up to 250mb at 4g), $2.50 Int. Credit, 1000 international minutes
    $35 - Unlimited Min, Unlimited Int Text, Unlimited Data (up to 1gb at 4g), $2.50 Int. Credit
    $39 - Unlimited Min, Unlimited Int Text, Unlimited Data (up to 500mb at 4g), $2.50 Int. Credit
    $45 - Unlimited Min, Unlimited Int Text, Unlimited Data (up to 3gb at 4g), $5 Int. Credit
    $49 - Unlimited Min, Unlimited Int Text, Unlimited Data (up to 1gb at 4g), $5 Int. Credit
    $55 - Unlimited Min, Unlimited Int Text, Unlimited Data (up to 5gb at 4g), $7.50 Int. Credit
    $59 - Unlimited Min, Unlimited Int Text, Unlimited Data (up to 3gb at 4g), $5 Int. Credit, Unlimited Int. Calls to 10 numbers in certain countries

    Possibly looking at this, but who knows?

    $23 - Unlimited Min, Unlimited Int Text, Unlimited Data (up to 100mb at 4g), $0 Int. Credit
    $35 - Unlimited Min, Unlimited Int Text, Unlimited Data (up to 1gb at 4g), $2.50 Int. Credit
    $45 - Unlimited Min, Unlimited Int Text, Unlimited Data (up to 3gb at 4g), $5 Int. Credit
    $55 - Unlimited Min, Unlimited Int Text, Unlimited Data (up to 5gb at 4g), $7.50 Int. Credit
    PayGo

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  3. LycaMobile routes the calls to Europe, be careful, they probably has a NSA there.

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  4. What ever Lyca's new plans are, they are NEVER grandfathered, and are good for about 6-8 months.

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  5. I hope Lyca leaves their pay go plan alone.

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  6. Every time I read something about PTel on this website, I can't help but feel it receives a lot more attention than it actually deserves. None of their monthly plans are competitive to other T-M MVNOs and their PAYGO is 5c/min, 2c/text, 10c/MB vs Lyca's 2c/min, 4c/text, 6c/MB. What exactly are they noteworthy for?

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    1. Agreed Ptel's monthly plans are nothing special.But the data allowances match or beat Lyca and Ultra at the $40 and $50 price points. The only MVNOs that beat them are the TracFone brands and Spot (at the $40 price point only).

      On pay as you go, Lyca's session rounding actually makes their 6¢/MB data more expensive than PTel's.

      PTel has MMS which Lyca lacks, better than average CS and is the only T-Mobile MVNO with short code and conditional call forwarding support.

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    2. Ptel has much lower latency and faster data speeds than Lyca. I have both.

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  7. So is Lyca's Paygo changing as well?
    This shows on the plan page at the top: "Get a prepaid monthly plan with USA talk, text, international text and data from only $29/month, or recharge and pay only *5ct/min for calls*, 4ct/min for text and 6ct/MB for data with Pay as You Go. If you buy a monthly plan starting from $29/month; we’ll give you bonus credit for international calls & texts and unlimited international calls to Lycamobile numbers."

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    1. I see that too, thanks for letting me know. Lyca's pay as you go voice rate is currently 2¢, so going to 5¢ is a big price jump that would eliminate One of Lyca's biggest competitive advantages.

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    2. Except for RingPlus, how many MVNOs have voice for less then 5¢/min?

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    3. Page Plus has 4c/min with their $80/year standard plan. Selectel has similar plan. But being Verizon MVNOs, their phone selection sucks and no 4G.

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    4. Airvoice has 4c/min on their $10 plan.

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    5. Lets hope it is a typo!

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    6. Lets hope if Lyca does change it's voice to 5¢/min, it then offers free incoming calls like it does in Europe, and Truphone does here (starting July 1st).

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  8. H2O wireless is 5¢/min on paygo.

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  9. Damn. Had just decided to activate an old drawer phone on the pay go plan to use as a house/emergency phone. The minimum need to use phone once every 90 days sounded easy. And I was poking around freedom wireless and genius to see if they'd do free or cheap activation fee for payygo plan. Should I just skip this? Don't want to scramble to get a sim from eBay and then find the ability to order that plan is gone....

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    1. I'd just wait a few days to see what happens on July 1. Even at 5c a minute, the paygo plan would still be a great deal for an emergency phone if a single phone call or text once every ninety days keeps the account and funds active.

      But apparently we won't know exactly what changes will be made until July 1.

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  10. Horrible - lycamobile sales guy told me on phone that pay as you go - talk rate per min jumped from 2c to 5c :(
    did anyone else heard this news ? - this is starting from July 2nd...

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    1. Did you actually get charged 5¢/min yet? Check your online call logs. I believe this increase is coming but hasn't happened yet. The Lyca site site shows 2¢/minute and other users have posed they are still being charged 2¢.

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    2. This is a FALSE ALARM. I just made a call and check online. Lyca is still charging 2c/minute, NOT 5c/minute.

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