Lycamobile has made some changes to their terms of service that may effect users on Lyca's pay as you go plan. According to the new terms, top ups made since Aug 5, 2014 will expire in 90 days. That means that pay as you go users users will need to add at least the minimum $10 top up every 90 days to keep their service active. Currently Lycamobile pay as you go users only need to make a call, send a text or use data every 90 days to maintain service.
The only part of the terms of service that changed is Section 4.6 which now reads:
4.6 From 5 August 2014 any new top up credit shall expire ninety  days from the date of top-up or recharge. For the avoidance of doubt, this does not apply to the existing credit balance in your Account before 5 August 2014.
You can view the the old terms on the Internet Archive. The old section 4.6 was:
4.6 For the avoidance of doubt, any Top Up Voucher shall expire on the date stated on the Voucher (if any).
3.4 If you do not use your SIM Card to make a voice call, or send a message or data, or if you do not purchase a top-up using the Top-Up Services, for a period of ninety (90) days from the date you registered or activated your Account or your last use of the Services (whichever is later), your SIM Card will be deactivated. Lycamobile will contact you by SMS or e-mail advising you of the pending deactivation forty (40) days and sixty (60) days from the date you registered or activated your Account or your last use of the Services (whichever is later).
3.5 If you make a voice call, send a message or data, or purchase a top-up using the Top-Up Services after receipt of either the forty (40) or sixty (60) day notice stated above, but before ninety (90) days from the date you registered or activated your Account or your last use of the Services (whichever is later), your SIM Card will remain active. Any previous credit balance in your Account will remain available for you to use, and you will be able to access and use the Services.
According to Lycamobile customer support balances really do expire in 90 days and there's no rollover either. Pay as you go plans typically have rollover, meaning that you don't lose your balance provided you add money before the plan's expiration date. However section 4.3 of the current terms does say that there is rollover.
4.3 If you top-up your Account within ninety (90) days from the date you registered or activated your Account or your last use of the Services (whichever is later), the amount of the top-up credit you purchased will be added to the credit balance in your Account at the time of your top-up.
The realities of Lycamobile service have never really matched what the Lyca Website or their customer support representatives have said. For example, the pay as you go voice rate was supposed to have gone from 2¢/minute to 5¢/minute at the beginning of July but it's still 2¢. We won't really know what's happening with expiration and rollover until at least Nov. 3, 90 days after Aug 5.
Lycamobile's pay as you go plan as it's currently structured, is a great deal for light users thanks to unique features like airtime that doesn't expire, free incoming texts and free calls to 800 numbers. Much of that value will be lost if and when the minute rate goes up to 5¢ and funds expire in 90 days.
Update 11/23/14: It's now well past 11/3/14 when the 90 day expiration window should have started causing users to lose their balances. Several HowardForums users who topped up after 8/5/14 have reported that they did not lose any funds when they passed the 90th day since their top up. So at least so far, there has been no change to the way Lycamobile pay go expiration works. Funds still don't expire provided you make a call, send a text or use data every 90 days. A top-up every 90 days is not required.
Not only do pay as you go balances not expire but most of the other rumored bad changes to Lycamobile pay as you go didn't happen either, calls are still 2¢/minute and incoming texts and calls to toll-free numbers are still free. The only thing that's changed for the worse is that pay as you go users who switch to a Lyca Plus SIM can no longer use data.
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