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Broadband MVNO Internet on the Go Cuts Data Included With Plans Again

I thought Internet On the Go, a Sprint broadband MVNO sold exclusively though Walmarticon, was a pretty good deal when they launched in 2012.

Data was aggressively priced, but the killer feature was that the data you purchased never expired provided you used the service at least once a year. For anyone who only needed mobile broadband once in a while for emergencies or while traveling, the non-expiring data was a welcome change from the typical 30 day plan. The only real downside was that data was 3G only.

Unfortunately, Internet on the Go has made some changes that have made it less attractive. Bucking the industry trend toward ever more and cheaper data, they have cut the amount of data included with their plans twice. To make matters worse, they recently started requiring that the service be used every 60 days instead of once a year.

Here's a table showing Internet To Go's shrinking data

Date / Price $10 $25 $45
Oct 2012 500 MB 1.5 GB 4 GB
May 2013 500 MB 1.5 GB 3 GB
May 2015 300 MB 1 GB 2 GB

For users who only need mobile broadband occasionally, Internet On The Go might still be an OK deal. But only if they remember to set up a recurring calendar alert reminding to use the hotspot at least every 60 days.

Internet on the Go service is still 3G only but the Internet To Go website is advertising a LTE hotspot from Internet on the Gos' parent company, TruConnect. Unfortunately, TruConnect's pricing seems really expensive. There's a $4.99 per month charge whether you use data or not and data is 3.9¢/MB or $40 per GB on the top of that.  There are much better deals for light usage LTE including Sprint MVNO FreedomPop's 500 MB for $3.99 with 3G fallback (free for LTE only) or RedPocket's T-Mobile based $5/month 500 MB service, See our US Prepaid Mobile Broadband Plans Compared post for more options.

Related:
Mobile Broadband MVNO Internet On The Go Reduces Included Data on Several Plans
New Plans from Walmart's Internet on the Go Mobile Broadband

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  1. I used to have an Internet To Go and was happy with it until I lost the hotspot last summer. I was thinking about getting another one... despite it being only 3G. Glad I read this before I plunged down the dough for another hotspot! I'm so glad my T-Mobile secret plan allows courtesy tethering.

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    1. What's this secret plan you speak of and I thought tmobile actually reduced tethering allowances?

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    2. the non-existent so-called "secret" plan is actually the tmobile $30 100min five-gigabyte plan that is REALLY NOT A SECRET. but then again only phone nerds know about this plan because mere mortals (the vast numbers of the rest of the world with regular everyday people who don't even read this website) don't know about this and would probably say there's not enough minutes and they would not know what to do with all that data. only phone nerds would know this nonsense, it's just like the secret phone-nerd handshake, because some folks think this is such a huge big top secret. but not really. lol

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  2. What is wrong with this company? They are clearly trying to get rid of customers. Another change since I bought my hotspot is that data is charged in 1 mb increments. So even a fraction of a session costs 1 mb. Other MVNO's seem to be measuring in 1/10 mb increments.

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  3. Where do you see a $5/month Red Pocket internet plan? I only see $10/1GB. If they really have $5/month for 500MB I might have to switch.

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    1. Create an account on RP, order your Sim, activate the Sim, dig deep and you will find the $5/30 days 500MB option. Also if you have a 4G LTE device you will get full 4G LTE speeds, just change the APN from epc.tmobile.com TO fast.t-mobile.com.

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    2. Thanks to both of you. Ordered a sim. Hmm, seems they call that Mobile Broadband instead of Mobile Internet... I wonder if that means tethering is not allowed at that price point. Terms say "...with the exception of accounts on Red Pocket GSMT Mobile Internet plans, any applications that tether your device...". (Not that I need it often, but sometimes...)

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  4. At this rate, by 2018 you will get 0 data at all levels.

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  5. internet-on-the-go appears to be trying very hard to make themselves irrelevant. their 3g prices were 'ok', but i only used them b/c the data never expired. then they FINALLY introduced a 4g lte plan (a year+ after the competition) and then had the gall to price the service at an absurd rate and charge $175 for the hotspot. when i finally used the last of my data i happily switched to freedompop.

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  6. This was a poor marketing decision. If Internet On The Go expects to be in business for much longer, I would expect to see this change reversed in the coming weeks.

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  7. It's more like Sprint raised the wholesale price on data, so they had to do what they had to stay in the game.

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    1. Probably so -- better to have a smaller customer base, making some money than a larger base losing money. You'll never see an MVNO engaging in 'loss leading' to gain market share -- it's just too easy for customers to jump ship to the next "best deal".

      The other answer is a basic miscalculation of customer behavior.

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  8. I did see the new lower amounts of data on the main page, but if you click the "learn more" link, it takes you to this page: http://www.internet-go.com/never-expires which still lists the old amounts - 500 MB for $10, 1.5 GB for $25, 3 GB for $45.

    Also, Walmart still lists the old amounts for the refill cards on their site - http://www.walmart.com/ip/Email-Delivery-Internet-on-the-Go-10/20903084

    Has anyone topped up lately or contacted the company?

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  9. IOTG's terms of service were completely re-written today. They have given themselves the ability to terminate service and erase your balance for nearly any reason imaginable, including if they believe your use of their service is 'unprofitable to IOTG'.

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    1. Yes, they changed from being a great little service/company into one of many vile bloodthirsty companies. Someone from Verizon must be at the helm now. I just had many gigabites under the old non-expiration plan (1 yr) that were erased during the change without notification, etc. It's a shame they reverted to toilet-trained neanderthals...

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