Harbor Mobile is a new T-Mobile MVNO that appears to offer great features at a very competitive price:
- $10/month Wearable Smart Watch Plan - unlimited talk, text and data (first 500MB, at high speed, then throttled)
- $15/month Tablet Plan - 5GB of 4G LTE data
- $30/month - unlimited voice and messaging and 1GB (2.5 GB until 1/2/16) of high speed data, 1GB Hotspot
- $40/month - unlimited voice and messaging and 3GB (4.5 GB until 1/2/16) of high speed data, 3GB Hotspot
- $50/month - unlimited voice and messaging and
5GB ofunlimited high speed data, 5GB3GB Hotspot $60/month - unlimited voice and messaging and unlimited high speed data, 5GB Hotspot
A $15/month international add-on is available that includes unlimited calling to landlines in 70+ countries and mobile numbers in 30+ counties. Accounts with four or more lines get a $5/line discount on the monthly plan price.
Harbor adds a $3/month "tax" in all states, including ones like California that don't have any point of sale taxes on prepaid airtime. SIMs are $10.
Harbor is an authorized T-Mobile business reseller that appears to be reselling T-Mobile business services to both businesses AND individuals. That's what short lived T-Mobile MVNO 35orLess did a few months ago. 35orLess only lasted three months before it relaunched as NetOnTheRun, providing services to businesses only and no longer accepting new individual customers. That sudden change raised suspicions that T-Mobile didn't like what 34orLess was doing and asked them to shut down the service.
Will Harbor Mobile last or will it be another flash in the pan like 35orLess? I don't know but if Harbor's plans work for you, the prices are so good it's seems to be worth taking a chance on. A good sign is that when 35orLess stopped accepting new customers, current customers were allowed to keep their service. As with any brand new MVNO, I don't recommend porting a number you can't afford to lose to Harbor.
Update: According to the FAQ page on the Harbor site, the service really is supposed to be for businesses only
Q: Who are these plans for?
A: Harbor, powered by the T-Mobile network created plans that strictly target businesses, and bring them over to the powerful T-Mobile network. Each client is vetted to ensure they qualify for the plans.
Update 1/21/15: Harbor is offering an extra 1.5 GB of data on the $30 and $40 plans until 1/2/16. The $60 plan has been discontinued and $50 plan now includes unlimited high speed data and 3 GB of hotspot. There are also new $10/month wearable/smart watch and $15/month 5 GB data-only tablet plans. The post has been updated to reflect these changes.
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