Envie Mobile, a new Verizon MVNO from Locus Telecommunications, the parent company of long lived (since 1998) AT&T MVNO H2O Wireless, is now available online and from independent mobile dealers.
Envie's service is currently 3G only. Customers can use their own clean-ESN, non-LTE postpaid Verizon phones or they can buy a phone from Envie. Current choices include a refurbished iPhone 4 16 GB for $199 or the brand new Unimax MaxBravo or Huawei Ascend Y Android phones for $89 and $85 respectively. Phone prices include shipping and one month's service on Envie's $25/month plan which includes 500 voice minutes, unlimited text and MMS messaging, 500 MB of data and a $5 international call credit.
Envie has a number of other plans, listed below. Plan prices are comparable to those of the other Verizon MVNOs including Page Plus, Selectel and Straight Talk. None of the plans stands out as a bargain, but Envie's $25 plan is notable for being the least expensive Verizon based plan with 500 MB of data. To see how Envie compares with its direct competition see Verizon and Verizon MVNO Prepaid Plans Compared
|Price / 30 days||Voice Minutes||SMS / MMS||Int'l Call Credit||Data 1|
|$45||Unlimited||Unlimited||$20||2GB throttled at 1GB|
|$55||Unlimited||Unlimited||$20||3GB throttled at 2GB|
International: Envie's international credits seem generous but per minute rates are on the high side. On Prepaid Phone News' international market basket benchmark, which averages the per minute price of calls to mobile phones in five of the most called countries, Envie comes in at 19.6¢ (Canada 3.2¢, China 3.6¢, Mexico 26.4¢, Philippines 39.9¢, United Kingdom 24.9¢). The best prepaid MVNOs have international market basket prices ranging from 3.6¢ to 7.4¢. See Updated: The Best Prepaid Mobile International Voice & Text Deals for a detailed comparison of prepaid international options.
Envie doesn't support international texting or international direct dialing either. To make an international call on Envie you must dial a 10 digit access number, wait for a prompt and then dial the international number.
Coverage: The coverage map on the Envie site makes it look like the service includes off-network roaming. However, when I called Envie customer support I was told that their is no roaming. See the Verizon Prepaid coverage map for an accurate depiction on Envie's coverage,
Customer support: 800-420-6981. I waited less than two minutes to speak to a representative who seemed knowledgeable about the product and able to answer my questions without hesitation.
Related: Verizon and Verizon MVNO Prepaid Plans Compared