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.
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|
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.