Mobile Freedom. It runs on the T-Mobile network and offers a choice of four plans.
- $19.99/month: 100 voice minutes, unlimited texts, 1 GB high speed data, unlimited throttled data
- $39/month: unlimited minutes and texts, 1 GB high speed data, unlimited throttled data
- $49/month: unlimited minutes and texts, 3 GB high speed data, unlimited throttled data
- $69/month: unlimited minutes and texts, unlimited high speed data
Except for the $19.99 plan which seems to be the least expensive plan 1 GB plan with voice from any provider, plan pricing seems so-so for strictly domestic use. But a big selling point with Mobal Freedom is that all plans include unlimited texts, unlimited 2G data and 20¢/minute voice calls while roaming internationally in over 120 countries. If that sounds familiar, those are the same international features included with T-Mobile's Simple Choice postpaid plans. Mobal is a T-Mobile Authorized Reseller and that apparently lets them offer postpaid exclusive features like free international roaming to their customers.
I wonder if Mobal is doing what T-Mobile Authorized Business Resellers like NetOnTheRun and Harbor Mobile do, which is to resell individual lines of multi-line business packages. A key difference seems to be that NetOnTheRun and Harbor target sole proprietors and small business customers while Mobal is selling to the general public. NetOnTheRun began as 35orLess reselling T-Mobile services to the general public but made a sudden transformation to selling to verified businesses only. Habor Mobile started out accepting anyone who said they had a business but is now reportedly only accepting new users who provide am EIN or submit a 1099 showing business income. The changes at Harbor and NetOnTheRun suggest that T-Mobile takes a dim view of its business resellers selling to the general public. Hopefully Mobal has a different type of agreement with T-Mobile that lets them do what they are doing.
Mobal looks like a promising choice for anyone who travels internationally. I have a some questions about Mobal including what the throttled speed is, whether there is any domestic roaming and if taxes and fees are included or additional. I've contacted Mobal with these questions and will update this post when I know more.
Update 4/14: Mobal is now telling prospective users that the Mobal Freedom plans are for businesses only and requiring an EIN number. They still have not responded to my questions about throttled speeds, roaming and taxes.
Update 6/4: All mention of MobalFreedom has disappeared from the Mobal site and the service seems to no longer be available to new customers.
Sources: Mobal Communications, HowardForums