BYO Wireless made some significant changes to its plans today. However, the one change that I expected to see, the availability of LTE on the Verizon side, didn't happen. That's surprising given that two of BYO's Verizon MVNO competitors, Selectel Wireless and Puppy Wireless are in the process of launching LTE.
Here's what changed at BYO, effective immediately:
- The double data with auto renew offer has been retired. All plans get double data whether auto renewed or not and auto renew users get 5% off plan prices.
- The $15/month unlimited text, 350 minute, 100 MB plan has been discontinued.
- There's a new $25 unlimited talk and text and no data plan.
- The $35 unlimited texts, 1000 minutes, 1 GB plan has been replaced with a $40 unlimited talk and messaging and 1 GB plan.
The negatives include the loss of the $15 plan, one of BYO's best values for the many users who primarily need texts and data rather than voice minutes. The $5 increase on the $35 plan is compensated by more voice minutes, which is only a good deal if you need more minutes.
Current users on the $15 and $35 plans will not be grandfathered, they will have to choose a different plan on their renewal date.
The big surprise is no LTE on the Verizon based plans. It's going to get harder and harder for BYO to attract and retain customers when its competitors have LTE and they don't. Maybe the new plans are in preparation for LTE?
Here's the new BYO plan lineup:
|Price 1||Talk Minutes||Texts||Data|
Additional texts, voice minutes and texts can be added to any plan with BYO A La Carte Top-Up packages:
- $5 - 1000 texts or 250 MB
- $10 - 2000 texts or 500 MB
- $15 - 500 minutes or 4000 texts or 1 GB
All Top Ups are supposed to be good for 30 days but users on Howard Forums have discovered that if you are not on auto-pay, adding a Top-Up extends your expiration data by 29 days effectively making all your minutes, texts and data roll over. This is obviously a bug and could disappear at any time.
If you are thinking of switching to BYO, activations and GSM SIMs are currently free. You can get 50% off the price of your first month on new activations with code FIFTYOFF.
Sources: BYO via HowardForums, Image: Facebook
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