Español Mobile (866-265-9473) launched in November, 2014. There are English and Spanish language websites and customer support is available in both languages. Support is US based and is available M-F from 8am to 6pm and S-S from 9am to 5 pm. Online chat is available during the same hours.
Español Mobile sells phones and also supports BYOSP (Bring Your Own Sprint Phone). Unfortunately for Sprint MVNOs and their customers, on Feb 15, Sprint implemented flawed new "Financial Eligibility Check" (FEC) rules. FEC is supposed to block phones from being activated on BYOSP if the current or a previous owner owes money to Sprint. However the FEC seems to be broken as it's rejecting most phones, including brand new iPhones from the Apple Store and Nexus phones from the Google Play Store that have never been used on Sprint. It appears that at least a few BYOSP devices can still be activated. A reader reported that he was able to activate a Sprint Samsung Galaxy Note on Español Mobile after the Feb 15 FEC changes.
Available Español Mobile plans are listed below. LTE is available with all of the plans that include data and with the data add-ons.
|$4/day + taxes and fees||unlimited||unlimited||50 MB|
|$4.99/30 days + taxes and fees||30||30||add-on|
|$10/30 days + taxes and fees||100||100||add-on|
|$17/30 days + taxes and fees||400||unlimited||add-on|
|$25/30 days + taxes and fees||unlimited||unlimited||add on|
|$30/30 days + taxes and fees||unlimited||unlimited||500 MB|
|$45/30 days + taxes and fees||unlimited||unlimited||2 GB|
There are many available add-on plans, which Español Mobile calls "recharge plans", that can be added to the monthly or daily plans for more minutes, texts or data:
- Talk minutes: $23 unlimited, $18 750, $13 500, $7 250, $4 100, $1.50 30, overage 3¢/min
- Texts: $10 unlimited, $7 750, $5 500, $3 250, $2 100, 75¢ 30. overage texts 2¢/ea
- Data (including LTE): $44 2 GB, $34 1,5GB, $23 1 GB, $18 750 MB, $13 500 MB. $7 250 MB, 1.50 30 MB. overage data 5¢/MB.
- Pay as You Go: $15 (3¢ min, 2¢/text, 3¢/MB); $10 (4¢ min, 3¢/text, 4¢/MB); $5 (5¢ min, 4¢/text, 5¢/MB).
International calling is not available currently. Español Mobile says the majority of its customers use calling apps such as Viber, WhatsApp, or Facetime over WiFi or LTE data for international calling.
I was quoted $4.81 in taxes and fees for a California customer on the $30 plan. That seems high as California doesn't charge sales tax or any other end-user taxes on prepaid airtime. Most prepaid providers including Boost Mobile and GoPhone don't charge any taxes at all in California. Español Mobile is apparently passing on telecom taxes that are collected at the corporate level to users. That's perfectly legal and some other MVNOs, including RingPlus and Republic Wireless, do the same but it makes comparing plan prices difficult.
Even with taxes and fees added, Español Mobile's plan prices are comparable with those of other Sprint MVNOs. However the real competition is Sprint's own Boost Mobile prepaid brand which offers unlimited talk and text plans with a lot more data at price points similar to Español and other Sprint MVNOs; $35/month for 2.5 GB (auto pay required) and $45/month for 5 GB. I suspect that Sprint's wholesale data prices to its MVNOs are too high to allow them to compete effectively with Boost. Between the FEC mess and un-competitive wholesale data pricing I don't understand how Sprint expects its MVNOs to survive.
Update: Español Mobile went out of business in August, 2015.
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