Lycamobile US has updated their Website with new plans. The lineup jumps from three monthly plans, with two available international add-ons, to eight plans. There are now four "Unlimited National Plans" and four "Unlimited International Plans".
Lycamobile's popular pay as you go plan seems to have disappeared from the site. I suspect pay as you go may not actually gone. In the past, when you activated a Lycamobile SIM you were automatically on pay as you go, unless you activated a monthly plan. Hopefully, for PAYGO fans, it still works that way. Lyca's often clueless customer support reportedly told one customer today that pay as you go is still available. I've emailed Lyca asking for confirmation and will update the post with their reply.
Update 7/21: Lycamobile never replied to my email. When I called Lycamobile, I was told by a customer support representative that pay as you go was not going away but that the price for calls was going up from 2¢/min to 5¢/min and that data would no longer be available on pay as you go. These changes apparently haven't gone into effect yet as Lycamobile users report that they are still being charged 2¢/minute for calls and that data still works.
All the new plans include data at "up to 4G LTE speed". I'm not sure if that means actual LTE or not or just speeds as fast as slow LTE.
LTE was supposed to be one of the features of the new Lycamobile "Plus" plans that were announced to Lycamobile dealers last month as "coming soon". However, there's no mention on the site of the other features that the "Plus" plans were supposed to have which were; MMS Picture Messaging, nationwide area codes and the ability to use locked T-Mobile phones.
Using locked T-Mobile phones would require new SIMs' A Howard Forums user reported recieving a text from Lyca today saying "Great News! The Lycamobile Plus plans have arrived. To get your Lycamobile Plus plan, swap your sim @ lycamobile.com or your local retailer" so maybe a new SIM will enable MMS and locked phone compatibility. However, Lycamobile's data settings page hasn't changed and still doesn't list a MMSC, which is required for MMS to work. It's also still possible to switch to or activate one of the new plans with an old SIM.
Whether it's "Plus" or not, the new plans are very competitive.
|Plan||Voice||Texts Domestic / International||Data||International Minutes||International Calling Credit|
|$23/month National Plan||Unlimited||Unlimited/ Unlimited||100 MB (4G LTE speeds)|
|$29/month International Plan||Unlimited||Unlimited/ Unlimited||Unlimited (500MB at 4G LTE speeds)||1000||$2.50|
|$35/month National Plan||Unlimited||Unlimited/ Unlimited||Unlimited (1GB at 4G LTE speeds)||$2.50|
|$39/month International Plan||Unlimited||Unlimited / Unlimited||Unlimited (750MB at 4G LTE speeds)||Unlimited (50 countries)||$5|
|$45/month National Plan||Unlimited||Unlimited / Unlimited||Unlimited (3GB at 4G LTE speeds)||$5|
|$49/month International Plan||Unlimited||Unlimited / Unlimited||Unlimited (1GB MB at 4G LTE speeds)||Unlimited (50 countries)||$10|
|$55/month National Plan||Unlimited||Unlimited / Unlimited||Unlimited (5GB MB at 4G LTE speeds)||$7.50|
|$59/month International Plan||Unlimited||Unlimited / Unlimited||Unlimited (3GB at 4G LTE speeds)||Unlimited (70 Countries)||$5|
The $23 plan with unlimited talk and text and 100MB is unmatched among GSM operators and the $45 3GB plan competes head on with Straight Talk, something no other MVNO has managed to do. The rest of the plans are also very competitive. The international calling offers are good too. To see which countries are included click the "more than ... countries" text in each plan's description on Lycamobile's Plans page. Calls to mobile phones are supported to quite a few countries, including Mexico on the $59 plan. However unlimited international calling is restricted to the first 5 unique dialed numbers per month which seems quite limited
For comparison, here are Lycamobile's old plans, which are no longer available to new customers. Current customers on these plans seem unaffected, at least for now:
|Plan||Voice||Texts Domestic / International||Data||International Calling|
|Pay As You Go 1||2¢/min||4¢/12¢ 2||6¢/MB||Pay as you go|
|$29/month||Unlimited||Unlimited/ Unlimited||Unlimited (250 MB at 4G speeds)||$2.50 International call credit|
|$39/month||Unlimited||Unlimited / Unlimited||Unlimited (500 MB at 4G speeds)||$10 International call credit|
|$49/month||Unlimited||Unlimited / Unlimited||Unlimited (1GB MB at 4G speeds)||$20 International call credit|
2 Incoming texts are free.