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Mobal Freedom No Contract Plans Include Free International Data and Text Roaming

Travel SIM provider Mobal Communications is going after the US domestic market with a service called 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
LTE is available, the throttled data speed is not specified but is probably the 128 Kbps typical of most T-Mobile plans.

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

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  1. Is it just me, or is that $20 plan pretty sweet?

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  2. Uh oh... looks like the $19 tier might give T-Mobile's $30 secret plan a run for their money. But there are still many variables that may bring the value down in comparison, such as: whether taxes, fees, & surcharges are included in the $19 (secret plan does)? Is voice overage allowed, and if so at what cost (secret plan charges only 10 cents for overage)? Does it offer courtesy tethering (probably not, but secret plan does). Nah... I think it's still not enough to topple the secret plan!

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    1. mobal $19.99 plan is born out of the secret plan but with a price cut and thus making it into the not-so-secret plan because it doesn't cost the full $30 and only has one gig. so, the mobal not-so-secret $19.99 plan is for cheapskates who cannot bear to pay the full $30 to get the full secret plan.

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    2. The minute I saw the $19.99 plan, I knew you would be in the comments about your top secret $30 plan. Hilarious!

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    3. Speaking of hilarious, feel free to add this bookmarklet to your shortcut bar (mine is named Secret Plan Killer):

      javascript:(function(){var x=document.getElementsByClassName("comment-content");var i=0;for(;i=0){x[i].parentNode.style.display="none";}}})();

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    4. It doesn't do anything, your JavaScript is invalid. It probably got corrupted by Blogger which limits the markup and code elements allowed in comments.

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  3. For $10 more you get an additional 4GB with T-Mobile. If they had 250 min I would bite!

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  4. $9 sim card

    30¢ a minute if use more than 100 minutes on the $19.99 one-gigabyte plan.

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    1. 30cents/min after 100? Ouch!

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    2. Not worth it then. I knew something comparable to T-Mobile's $30 secret plan is too good to be true, ha ha!

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    3. not comparable because it's the not-so-secret plan. lol

      but one gig and only 100 minutes for $20 is sweet if you really don't talk at all on the phone.

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  5. Native coverage or do they allow domestic roaming?

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    1. If they have domestic roaming, this will totally be worth it!

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    2. Been wondering the same thing. Coverage map page throws an error where the map should appear.

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    3. I've asked Mobal if they offer roaming but they haven't gotten back to me yet.

      I think they do as their coverage map link goes to the same broken T-Mobile.com link as Harbor Mobile's coverage map does and Harbor has roaming.

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  6. Nah.........Stick with an un-locked GSM phone and purchase a pre-paid SIM in the country you are traveling. If you can, use the Wi-fi connections for VoIP and you do not even need to even look at these type of offers.

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    1. What do you recommend for that? Finding a sim on a rack in a drug store/etc immediately upon landing?

      As for locked, unlocked... what happens if you get a sim and pop it into your current ATT or other GSM carrier phone? Is it locked off the network due to this?

      I tried doing this sort of thing, but buying a SIM in advance, but that didn't work out at all.

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    2. I also tried doing this when I visited China, and I was surprised how hard of a time I had in finding a SIM. One of the problems was that I was too busy doing tourist stuff (or getting the hell out of the airport) to try and figure out where SIMs might be sold. However, I'll admit that once I did find the SIM, the scheme worked very well.

      If I had it all to do again, I'd get the SIM ahead of time, and I think paying $40 + $10 for the SIM and the unlimited voice/text plan would make me happy. Actually, the $20 plan might do the trick, since I could probably live with just texting.

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    3. I've had good luck finding a local SIM quickly on by doing some online research before I leave home.
      I use www.prepaidgsm.net to find out what operators and plans are available. I pick a preferred carrier and an alternate and go to the operator's web sites and use their store locators to find store at the airport or within walking distance of my hotel using Google Translate on sites that aren't available in English.

      This worked well for me in Ireland and Germany where I picked up SIMs within 30 minutes of arrival. I've also bought SIMs in advance on eBay but you have to pay a premium and there's a slight risk. I did this successfully for Mexico and Spain but a UK seller once sold me an expired Italian SIM.

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  7. Purchasing the local SIM has some caveats to it. One problem encountered is that your USA credit card may be rejected, which happened to my son when he tried to refill the SIM. You get a local number, which could be good or bad depending on your needs. If you are passing from country to country, say on a train trip, changing SIMs won't be convenient and it might be hard for someone back home to reach you. However, there is wifi all over the place in most countries and you can often stay in touch via Skype, Viber, or Whatsapp. I like the idea of unlimited international texting and calls at 20 cents a minute in many countries. I'm curious about their taxes, fees, and whether or not they offer roaming in the USA.

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    1. Dear Erick,

      Thank you for your recent order of the Mobal Freedom SIM card.

      As this is an exclusive product for businesses customers only we do require you to supply the tax ID/EIN before we can continue processing your order.

      Should the requested details not be provided by April 16th we will have no alternative but to cancel your order.


      Kind Regards
      Jemma.

      Mobal Communications Inc
      928 Broadway, Room 903
      New York
      NY
      10010

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    2. Interesting. Today I went to the Mobal Freedom website and bought the $9 SIM card, no problem. Credit card charged and everything. Let's see if they cancel it...

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  8. Update: Around lunchtime I received an email same as Erick Sanchez. Since I don't own a business, but I do know the tax ID of my employer, I gave that to the Mobal people. Tthey replied my SIM is on the way.

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  9. The page for this plan appears to been taken down. All the links I can find redirect to their international cell phone & service page.

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    1. See the comment above yours.It looks like Mobal Freedom is no longer avaialble.

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