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Updated: US Mobile, New T-Mobile MVNO With Ting-Style Flexible Pricing

US Mobile is a T-Mobile MVNO that launched in public Beta mode earlier this month.  Their main selling point is flexible plans, somewhat like what Sprint MVNO Ting offers. You build a plan by combining various sized bundles of voice minutes, texts and data. The smallest bundles are 100 minutes for $3/month, 100 texts for $2/month and 100MB of data for $4/month. You can choose any combination of bundles including voice only, text only or data only. There's a $2/month service fee plus taxes and fees which came to 80¢ on one Howard Forums user's $11/month plan. SIMs are $4.

Unlike with Ting, you can't change plans mid-month and you can't share minutes, texts or data between multiple lines of service. If you are running out of minutes, texts or data you can add more using an online account management (OLAM) system that also lets you view usage.

Update: according to US Mobile, the minimum top for overages is 100 minutes for $3, 100 texts for $2 or 100 MB for $4. Overage top ups expire at the end of the current plan month. So if you top up with $4 for 100 MB one week before the end of your current billing period, you have one week to use the added 100 MB.

Changing plans at month-end currently requires contacting support. US Mobile says they will be adding the ability to change plans online soon.

US Mobile service uses the T-Mobile native network with no roaming. LTE is available and hotspot and tethering are allowed. Texting bundles include domestic MMS and international texting.

International calling is available by adding a $5 or $10 per month international bundle to your plan. International calls are charged against the $5 or $10. Rates per minute are fairly good: Canada 3¢, China 5¢, Mexico 8¢, Phillipines 17¢, UK 7¢. The US Mobile site doesn't say if these prices are for calls to landlines only or if, like Ting, they charge the same for calls to mobiles and landlines. I tried calling US Mobile to ask and got voice mail. I'll update this post if they call back.

Update: According to US Mobile, international calling is not supported during the Beta. When it's available rates will be better than those currently shown on the Website.

US Mobile is part of GSM Nation, an online retailer and wholesaler of unlocked phones that's been in business since 2010.

Here are all of US Mobile's bundles:
Talk 100 min $3 250 min $7.50 500 min $9 1000 min $15 2000 min $25
Text 100 texts $2 250 texts $3 500 texts $4 1000 texts $5 Unlimited texts $7
Data 100 MB $4 250 MB $6 500 MB $11 1 GB $20 2 GB $30
Int'l Calling $5  $10

US Mobile looks like a good option for customers who like Ting's flexible plan pricing model but prefer T-Mobile's native network over Sprint's. US Mobile's prices are a bit lower than Ting's too.

Updated 9/26 with additional information from US Mobile.


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  1. Would only recommend for very light users.
    Even then not so much.
    Not very competitive. You can get better deal directly from Tmobile.

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    1. bah!

      what if you want only text and data but no voice minutes? US Mobile looks pretty good for mixing your own plan.

      US Mobile has attractive pricing for those who want to control what they are buying.

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    2. Now the cat-fight is between prepaid MVNO's Ting and US Mobile............. ......... www.telecomvibe.com

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  2. How do you get the $2 GB from the chart?

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  3. You can't change plans mid-month but you can add more minutes, texts and data. At what rates?

    The table has typos in the $5 text tier and the 2GB data tier.

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    1. Overage rates aren't specified on the site.That's one of the things I want to ask US Mobile about if I ever get a hold of them.

      Typos have been corrected, thanks.

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    2. Hope Dennis you're able to get some answers...
      from terms looks like they're going to bill your credit card
      (if determined "in excess" even during the middle of the month).
      at end of billing cycle. so definitely not pay as you go !!!! and looks like no way to buy 'top up' cards or anything ...rather than giving a start up your card info..

      so are there really going to be overage rates? or just if you go over... then they auto top you to the next 'bucket of minutes, texts, data' right now it's very unclear... that extra minute will be costly if that's the case... (and likely bring average pricing more in line with other mvno's averages perhaps)

      Why after all these years of the internet can these website designers get by with such poor ones lacking basic info.. even if "still in beta" or is this a warning that pricing is still a work in progress and like the example of your
      RingPlus posts of late just a warning it's seemingly always going to be some more change... pricing plans etc... even just a couple of days later.. & if only some

      MORE of that ole merchandising MAGIC that goes POOF!
      & its gone after a day...

      ...but though gimmicks sometimes work.. it's also no wonder
      that so many just go with unlimited even if not needed..

      if they are being confused with what the billing is going to be.. (and how many really keep up every few days by reading the terms of service online to see if it's changing this month or next so they can cancel service before "accepting the change" ?)

      And certainly with all the HACKING and WACKING that's going on with online sales and even in store credit card data breech ATTACKING.....

      how many really are wanting to try new online mvno's or other business by giving their payment info to who knows who,,, to do who knows what with their name address and credit card info.... (especially when their privacy statements allows then to do about what they want and share/sell it how they wish) and when even their taxes,fees, and surcharges as well as their pricing is by their terms "subject to change" constantly..

      i.e. it's almost like: here's our credit cards.. just charge us what you will this month.. :(

      many seem more than happy to accept this pricing format of merchandising... but if more and more card holders actually get stuck for more of the fraudulent charges or just surprised by the billing then hopefully a few will start choosing to be more discerning by saying No Thanks.....to more of the vast UNKNOWN...

      Sorry to digress - but how many left or never went to postpaid and came to Prepaid mvno's to get away from all the extra charges and tack ons that the big carriers pullled.. ??? And as you've mentioned Dennis more prepaid's seem to be wanting to tack on more taxes and fees...

      and now here we have this one that wants to also add an additional $2.00 monthly charge.. just $24 bucks yearly per account to the bottom line...

      So now, will this become more the norm and likely over time an ever increasing charge ?
      oh no.... let's hope NOT!!!!

      Yet, the good news of the changes is... that Prepaidphonenews.com will stay as busy as ever if not more so..... and good luck Dennis... in finding out more about this new mvno and it's pricing / overage charges.. & if it will be as good of an option for some as it appears .... maybe after awhile some will report how customer service and quality is...

      LOL.... maybe some of those college students, who's suppose to be beta testing it... are also readers of Prepaidphonenews and hopefully are willing to comment & tell us more....


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  4. US Mobile gives you 1000 texts for $5, not 100 texts.

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  5. This US Mobile pricing looks very good for light to moderate use. Less expensive than Ting, and much less expensive than T-Mobile or GoSmart Mobile if you do not need unlimited voice or a lot of data. The pricing flexibility is very good if your needs change.

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  6. US Mobile is either related to Ting, or they ripped off Ting website copy:
    "Suspension or termination of service
    We reserve the right to issue a warning and to suspend or terminate your service and access to the >>ting.com website<< or any other website we operate or to our service at any time if we determine in our sole discretion that you have violated the Terms of Service or any of our rules or policies or for any other reason in our sole discretion."
    The US Mobile rate calculator looks like it was lifted from Ting as well. Is this the new Ting service, "on another network" they have been trying to get, or just a rip-off?

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    1. Nice find! US Mobile doesn't claim any affiliation with Ting so it looks like someone at US Mobile copied and pasted parts of Ting's terms.

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    2. It was in their sole discretion to issue that statement, or any other statement or policy, at any time, in their sole discretion, for any reason, in their sole discretion.

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    3. Does the statement in US Mobile's web site actually include the greater than less than symbols like that?

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    4. No, the first Anonymous used >> << to call out the faux pas.

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  7. I love the idea of this, but they need to make the data cheaper. Should be $10 for 1GB per month, like Red Pocket.

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  8. The whole thing is CLEARLY a blatant rip-off of Ting! Their Terms and Conditions page even mentions Ting--it seriously does look like they might have even plagiarized portions of Ting's website. I do love Ting though, and I'd LOVE to see their service be made available on other carriers besides Sprint, the way Tracfone and Red Pocket are.

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  9. No roaming, on the worst network, one that covers a small part of the country. Might work if you live in one of the few regions covered by it, and stay home. The inclusion of "mobile" in this MVNO's name is wishful thinking.

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    1. Absolutely 110% correct. T-Mobile MVNO's might as well advertise only where they coverage and nowhere else.

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    2. I remember first learning about T Mobile's terrible coverage when I found out about the WalMart family plan, which was a great deal, really. I was ready to go with it until I found on that it only worked in a tiny part of the country. Not a good choice for their MVNO, IMHO, considering how ubiquitous and nationwide WalMart is.

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    3. roaming?? bah!!

      only covers part of country? bah!!

      you anti-tmobile haters are so damn f*cking annoying.

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    4. Yeah, coverage schmoverage. Bah!

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  10. Why is it every time there is a story about T-Mobile or one of the MVNO's using their network someone always comes along and has to rant about how inadequate their network coverage supposedly is?

    Seriously, if it doesn't work for you and your situation, don't use it. But if it does work where you need it to, there are some really good deals in the T-Mobile MVNO space. But bad for you personally doesn't automatically mean bad for everyone (and this goes for all companies).

    Sorry, just a pet peeve.

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    1. It annoys me too. It's not like any of the operator's coverage is a secret. I'm sure everyone who reads this site knows by now that Sprint and T-Mobile have service in fewer locations than AT&T and Verizon.

      If you don't know which operators offer service where you need it, ask your family and friends what works for them or check the coverage maps.

      I've used all four national operators or one of their MVNOs and they all work most places I go and they all have places where they don't work. I've been to locations where the much maligned Sprint and T-Mobile work and the supposedly superior Verizon and AT&T don't.

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    2. Seriously, the T-Mobile needs to put up more towers, that's all. They are way behind the Big 2.

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    3. I'm looking for an honest report of the percent of the territory of the US (lower 48) covered by each of the carriers. i.e. how much of America they cover.

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    4. Judging by their coverage maps it looks like Sprint and T-Mobile's cover about 30% of the US land mass and AT&T and Verizon about 60%. But all four claim to cover over 90% of the US population.

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  11. I am trying out US Mobile, it is no nonsense service that simply works and it is in "BETA", so maybe wait with the tiraids about the service and/or features until they officially it roll out.. Ting could learn from their pricing tiers!
    Where I live T-mobile is good to very strong, but not Excellent. However, I get good voice quality and 4G LTE @16Mbps download speeds and can maintain a 4G LTE connection across town.
    To the Ting cult followers, I also have a line with Ting and live in an area where Sprint has implemented their facade of Network Vision, we can not get 4G LTE in our surrounding neighborhood, at the local JC my son attends or basically anywhere you are not in close proximity to the tower, you certainly can not maintain a 4G LTE connection moving across town and Sprint has the audacity to label the area a 4G LTE Market?
    At the Mall I get 4G LTE and the download speed is a whopping 2.78 Mbps! Don't even think about using Sprint 3G! Just the other day while we were in transit and not being able to access 4G LTE, my son could not even down load a G-Mail message he needed to get for his class. Turns out the class was cancelled, nice Sprint(Ting) service!

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  12. Any chance that US Mobile is the same company as Ting?

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  13. US Mobile has only 7 employees.

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    1. That sounds like plenty for a new MVNO that probably only has a new hundred customers at this point.

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  14. Bought a $3 talk only plan for my memaw. Crazy cheap!

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  15. I went online last week and bought a SIM from US Mobile. It turned up a couple of weekdays later. I almost didn't know what it was: the envelope was remarkably plain, and didn't have a return address indicating "US Mobile." In fact, the return address was an office a few blocks from where I work! The SIM has no branding at all, it's plain white with a SIM card number. I'm going to activate it later today and opt for a data-only bucket...

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    1. Activated SIM and ticked on LTE. It took about three minutes for the phone to switch from 3G to LTE. In downtown Washington, DC with 3 bars of signal on iPhone 5, Speedtest showed 14Mbps down and 6Mbps up.

      I have the persistent voicemail notification (I didn't buy any talk time or texts, just a data bucket). When I first tapped it when the phone was in 3G mode, it started the voicemail setup process, then abruptly dropped the call. Tapped the voicemail icon again after the phone switched over to LTE, and it sent me directly to US Mobile support. I didn't talk to them, though. :-)

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