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US Mobile Cuts Data Prices

US Mobile has lowered its data prices. The T-Mobile MVNO uses a flexible pricing model, similar to Ting and Virgin Mobile Custom, that allows users to build custom plans by combining separate buckets of minutes, messages and data. Only the data bundle pricing has has changed. The new and old data bundle prices are:

  • 100 MB for $2 (was $4) 
  • 250 MB for $5 (was $6) 
  • 500 MB for $9 (was $11) 
  • 1 GB for $15 (was $20) 
  • 2 GB for $25 (was $30) 
Unlike Ting which is no-contract postpaid and charges at the end of the month for the bundles used or Virgin Custom which lets users change plans in the middle of the cycle, US Mobile plan changes don't take effect until the plan renews, limiting users's ability to make on the fly adjustments as their usage changes. US Mobile users who run out of minutes, texts or data can top up with 100 minutes for $3, 100 texts for $2 or 100 MB for $2. Top ups expire at the end of the current plan month. US Mobile is working on an online dashboard that will allow making plan changes mid-month.

The table below shows the current prices for all bundles. There's also a $2/month service charge per line and taxes and fees that add an average of 9% to the monthly cost.  LTE data is available.

Talk 100 min $3 250 min $7 500 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 $2 250 MB $5 500 MB $9 1 GB $15 2 GB $25

Customizable plans like US Mobile's can be a good option for light users who need more affordable data than current pay as you go plans provide. Compared with the other custom plan providers, Ting and Virgin Custom, US Mobile has lower data prices than either and lower voice and text prices than Ting. Phone options are also better with US Mobile which runs on the T-Mobile network and works with any T-Mobile or unlocked GSM phone. With Ting you are limited to Sprint phones and Virgin Mobile Custom's phone selection is just three relatively low end Android phones.

US Mobile, which launched last month, is owned by GSM Nation, an online retailer and wholesaler of unlocked phones that's been in business since 2010.


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  1. It's not very competitive when the prices at AT&T and Verizon prepaid are around 10.00 per gigabyte of data, not to mention much better overage.

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    1. Yes but you have to have a large monthly charge before you can add the data add on eg verizon requires a $45 monthly plan with inclusive calls,text and data. What if I just want to use 500mb of data and make 100 minutes of calls. Will cost me $45 on verizon and $14 on this one.

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  2. This company is a non-starter because they will never get customers with this pricing. I can't see a single usage scenario where they are not beaten on price by a more established company.

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    1. Blurry vision? US Mobile pricing beats EVERY T-Mobile MVNO and T-Mobile plan in Dennis's comparison article for 100-100-100 units, including their 9% taxes. People should compare for themselves.

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  3. I have an account with them for 100min/100meg (i use gvoice for texts). It comes to $7 plus tax/fees. Where can I get a better deal from "more established companies"?

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  4. These services are great for low volume users. However, their implementation of this is not as flexible as Ting (which essentially charges you for the bucket you actually use and no more). Their per line charge is less than Ting's, however.

    It doesn't take much usage to eclipse a point for which it is better to go with a different provider.

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    1. "These services are great for low volume users." Exactly. If you have access to wifi were you work/live, and don't need many minutes, this is the best deal going.

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  5. Why would people use this MVNO when you can just use metroPCS

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    1. People who don't need unlimited service can save a lot of money with US Mobile, compared to MetroPCS.

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    2. For me, MetroPCS call quality is very low and the coverage is not great. There is a reason MetroPCS has the word "Metro" in it. They have gotten better since combining with TMobile, but they are still not the best choice for me.

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  6. "Not very competitive with AT&T or Verizon"
    I think pay as you go options are for people who would rather slit their throat than to get in bed with AT&T or Verizon ever again. People like me. :-)

    "Why would people use this MVNO?"
    I chose to try it out because of a terrible experience with another T-Mobile MNVO, BrightSpot Mobile. I'm going to continue using it (for as long as they last) as a "low usage month" alternative to the T-Mobile/Walmart $30 plan. I bought only the 500mb data bucket, no texts, no voice. I use Google Voice for SMS, and Google Hangouts for voice. Plus most of my time is spent on or near great WiFi. I don't think, though, the higher data buckets make economic sense.

    "This company is a non-starter"
    Perhaps. For me, it's great so far. And if they suddenly decide to close up shop, I can always fall back on the T-Mobile/Walmart plan. Win-win.

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    1. I'm about to do the "data only" option as well. Do you use hangouts for calls?

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    2. I do use Hangouts for calls, both on US Mobile LTE and on WiFi. It works. However... On my iPhone, I find no matter how quickly I pick up my device, enter the lock code, and launch Hangouts, the caller goes to voicemail by the time Hangouts completes the connection. Placing outgoing calls is much easier.

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    3. Thanks. On my LG G2 Hangouts will let you answer if locked, but the full duplex quality is poor. If there is any noise on my end it tends to break up the far end...usable but pretty annoying.

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  7. I love the concept, and would sign up immediately if 1GB data was $10. I'm sorry, but $15 for 1GB is not competitive.

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    1. That same 1GB of data on T-Mobile proper is $20, so $15 for the same network is a slightly better deal. Of course, on AT&T you can get 1GB for $10, but you have to buy 3GB to get that rate.

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  8. Does their website even work? Is it even possible to order a SIM from them? I entered my zip code into the ENTER YOUR SERVICE AREA ZIP CODE field and the button just gets stuck showing "WAIT..."

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  9. US Mobile is now advertising their Dashboard on the home page. It looks like a Ting clone, without most of the controls.

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  10. US Mobile new has data roll-over. My plan includes 100mb, and had 144mb at my last plan renewal. CS confirms this is correct.

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    1. Do they also have rollover minutes?

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    2. Had you topped up? Just got an email saying top-ups will expire after 30 days from the top-up date instead of expiring at the end of the plan month.

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    3. No, I got rollover data on US Mobile without topping up.

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  11. Dennis, is there any way to find out if US Mobile really does have rollover?

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    1. My plan just restarted and my data did not roll over. I think it's only supposed to be for top-ups.

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  12. Headline: US Mobile cuts talk and data rates, and adds new 5GB data tier:
    Talk - 1000 mins for $10, 2000 for $20.
    Data - 1GB for $14, 2.5GB for $25 and 5GB for $45.

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