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New Verizon MVNO Envie Mobile Now Available Online and From Dealers

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
$25 500 Unlimited $5 500MB
$35 Unlimited Unlimited $10 500MB
$45 Unlimited Unlimited $20 2GB throttled at 1GB
$55 Unlimited Unlimited $20 3GB throttled at 2GB
1 Additional high speed data can be added to any plan at $10 for 500 MB/30 days or $20 for 1000 MB/60 days.

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

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  1. The $10 Data Card expires 30 days after first use and the $20 Data Card which expires 60 days after it's first use. Dealers can only take payments using LOPEDS which is parent company of LOCUS(at least for now).

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    1. According to Envie CS the Data Cards expire when the main plan does, not 30 days after first use. The rep even gave an example saying "Suppose your plan month ends on the 30th and you run out of data and add a data card on the 29th. You Data Card data will expire and be lost on the 30th, even if you haven't used it all"


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    2. I have not confirm this with CS but On the dealer portal is says you have 30 days and 60 days and On the costumer website under HELP I found this.
      How much does the Data Card cost?
      We currently offer the $10 Data Card, which expires 30 days after first use and the $20 Data Card which expires 60 days after it's first use. Please keep in mind that you MUST have an active envie mobile number in order to add a Data Card to your account. Once the allotted data finishes from your plan, your added Data Card will be used. If your plan expires or is removed, then the Data Card will be available for use within it's time span.

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  2. Dennis, you said "Plan prices are comparable to those of the other Verizon MVNOs including Page Plus, Selectel and Straight Talk"

    but I have to disagree. For $5 more you get 2GB compared to 1GB at Page Plus (comparing the $45 Envie plan to the $29 Page Plus plan). Looks like a much better deal than Page Plus. And doesn't Page Plus have a complete lack of data after the limit has run out?

    Selectel? Coming in between Selectel's $30 for 500MB and their $55 2GB plan (also with no data beyond that limit in Selectel: absolute cutoff), the $45 plan looks like a great deal. On the low end, the Envie $25 plan slaughters the miserly Selectel $15 plan....

    This Envie offer looks like a much better deal overall, and perhaps a game-changer I went with the $45 3GB Cricket plan a couple of months ago because nothing came close on the two good-coverage networks. This Envie deal comes close.... first thing I've seen at all that does.*

    (* Avoiding Straight Talk, due to terrible reports, and someone in the company saying personally to me they can and will throttle or stop data on a whim even if you use as much as 200MB in a month).

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    1. Cheap data comes with compromises. I would take Page Plus over this because you can use 4G phones now on Page Plus. Verizon 3G network means you will not have any up to date android phones. The phone selection will be horrible.
      I don't trust these fly by night MVNO. They come and go so fast. I give it a year unless they get Verizon 4G access.

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    2. Thanks. I wondered what I missed: the 3G vs LTE is a big one.

      "I don't trust these fly by night MVNO"

      Page Plus is now "Movil", which is trusted to have a terrible reputation. That, I think, evens out.

      I guess my comparison of this to Selectel still stands. Selectel has out-of-date high prices and no LTE either.

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  3. Correction to above:

    "For $6 more you get 2GB compared to 1GB at Page Plus (comparing the $45 Envie plan to the $39 Page Plus plan)

    ($45 to $39, not $45 to $29)

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    1. If you use Callingmart to pay your bill, you can get 3GB of 4G data and use a up to date 4G phone for $52.25 on Page Plus. No tax, No Fees.

      So after you add taxes to this Envie plan, you are looking at $48 to get 2GB of 3G data on a outdated phone.

      Do your research before you spend your cash.

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    2. You mean for $5.05 - Pageplus plan is $39.95

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    3. Envie's $45 plan only has 1 GB of high speed data. The second 1G is throttled, probably to 128 Kpbs. I don't know if a GB or highly throttled data is worth even $5.05.

      Also, I don't think Envie adds any taxes to airtime purchases. If they do, PinCheap.com sell Envie PINs w/o taxes.

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  4. > "Envie's $25 plan is notable for being the least expensive Verizon based plan with 500 MB of data."

    BYO Wireless offers 500MB on its $20 plan (with auto pay).

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    1. That's true although BYO's $20 plan is about $21.40 after taxes.

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    2. Might as well go with Red Pocket then and get twice the data (4x if you don't like/want auto-pay)

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  5. The only other source of more up to date devices for Verizon NON LTE mvnos (meaning anything other then Verizon prepaid , not an mvno and the Tracfone Verizon divisons of Straight Talk and Page Plus itself of course) is Verizon mvno phones from other Verizon mvnos like Straight Talk's 3G stuff.

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  6. Why does everyone comment as anonymous? Not so hard to write a name

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    1. What do you care?

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    2. I wish I could disable anonymous comments. It's hard to give meaningful replies when everyone is nameless. I'm tempted to start ignoring questions from anonymous.

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    3. How does one post a name? The various categories offered other than appearing as "Anonymous" mean nothing to me, and I'm sure that they mean nothing to a number of others who post as such. Perhaps some posted explanation as to how to use the various "Reply as" categories would be in order?

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    4. Choose "Name/URL". Leave the URL blank unless you have a personal blog or Facebook profile, etc that you want to share.

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    5. Thanks for the clarification, Dennis!

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  7. Speaking of Selectel... does anyone recommend any good Selectel dealer? I went with FreedoWirelessBC, but suddenly they suspended my account for no reason, and I went to call them, and they are closed down for several days (at least?). Not good to kill someone's account and offer 0 customer service when you do it.

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    1. Zack at Freedom Wireless of Bay City gave me great service all year - even when he is supposed to be closed. I think he deserves some time off for a vacation or family emergency. Hard to believe that a dealer can suspend your account, anyway. Just call Selectel.

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  8. Good Selectel Dealer: BatMobileWireless.com.

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  9. anonymous post on Jan 6 stating that " Dealers can only take payments using LOPEDS which is parent company of LOCUS(at least for now)." That is totally false. The Lopeds company provides dealers with the plastic minutes card for many MNVO's and is NOT the parent company of Locus. I just confirmed it with the CEO of unlimitedprepay (or udp) that LOPEDs which is their product name has absolutely nothing to do with Locus other than providing product for them. I wish they were that are a lot more professional than the people at H2O one of the worst companies I have had the misfortune of dealing with ever!

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    1. According to the Locus Telecomunications website H2O and LOPEDS (which stands for LOcus Point-of-sale Electronic Delivery System) are both Locus products.

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