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Big Changes at BYO Wireless But No Sign of Verizon LTE

Verizon and T-Mobile MVNO 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 changes seem like a mixed bag. The good includes twice as much data for everyone who wasn't on auto pay and a 5% discount for autopay users. And $25/month  for unlimited talk and text is also a good deal, at least on the Verizon side.

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
$5 100 100 20 MB
$10 250 250 50 MB
$20 500 unlimited 500 MB
$25 unlimited unlimited none
$40 unlimited unlimited 1 GB
$55 unlimited unlimited 3 GB
$70 unlimited unlimited 5 GB
1 BYO adds State and local sales taxes, 911 fees and a Universal Service Fund fee to monthly plan prices. These taxes and fees vary by state and locality and range from 7% to 16%.

Payment on BYO is by credit or debit card only with optional autopay. Online account management showing plan expiration date and minutes, texts and data remaining is available. LTE is available on the GSM (T-Mobile) platform but not on CDMA (Verizon).

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
You can also use any of the regular plans as a Top-Up. When used this way BYO calls the plans Top Up Bundles.

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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  1. The $15/month unlimited text, 350 minute, 500 MB plan has been discontinued. Actually this plan was 100MB with auto renew.

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  2. Thanks for this. I was going to sign up my cousin for the $15 plan, but then yesterday I read about all the people who could not port out their number, or had huge troubles doing it. Now the plan is gone. Problem avoided. No Byo for us.

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    1. So where are All These People who have had trouble porting out from BYO?

      As far as the $15 plan, if you manually top up instead of using auto renew you can find a set up that works very well.

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    2. The problem I had: the porting system checked the Verizon database instead of BYO's and failed. This was corrected by contacting BYO support. Not a big deal.

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  3. I've been on BYO for 2 months now and just added one of the top ups for data. I've been on autorenew and noticed when I did so my renewal clock restarted. As stated above, will I still be charged for auto renew on the date I am supposed to or does this "trick" only work for non-auto renew?

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    1. The rollover glitch only works if you are not on auto-pay.

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  4. No thanks. BYO no 15 dollar plan. The was the only plan that draw any intrest from anybody

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    1. So you think your needs/wants constitute everyone?

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  5. Total Wireless has better plans now than this for unlimited talk and text anyway.

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  6. Some people won't give AM their money though... I sure won't.

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  7. I don't believe LTE is available on the BYO GSM service, at least it was not a month ago when I was using the service.

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  8. sir,
    do you think IMEI fixing is legal.

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    1. Probably, a gray area unless someone gets convicted.

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  9. There is also a $20 plan with 500 min unl texts 500mb data

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  10. What does BYO allow for CDMA phones?

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    1. Same as the other 3G only Verizon MVNOs; Verizon postpaid and Verizon MVNO 3G phones only, no LTE phones, no Verizon Prepaid Phones unless used for six moths on Verizon Prepaid.

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  11. Really loving the unlimited talk/text for $5 a month with the Verizon glitch :-)

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  12. Dennis--you might want to do some fact checking with BYO to report on details of their pending merger into parent company Budget Mobile. Emails have started going out to customers concerning the transitions and there is a lot of confusion especially if you live in a state where Budget Wireless is not currently authorized to offer Lifeline services. Others report different prepaid plans are being offered depending on what state you live in.

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    1. There is no customer support # avaiable with BYO Wireless via their website, just a support e-mail address. Also just called a Budget Mobile satellite store looking for info on any new plans or soon to be plan changes, was told none on the Verizon mvno side of service. also was told they are now selling PTEL Mobile service as a couple of weeks ago.

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  13. I received an "IMPORTANT NOTICE" from BYO Wireless this morning. Sounds like they are transferring all their accounts to Selectel Wireless. Does anyone know anything about Selectel? I don't see a $20 unlimited texting plan with Selectel, which is very dissappointing. Not sure if they use the Verizon network, which I need because I am in a rural area. Darn!

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    1. Selectel uses the Verizon extended network - no extra cost roaming on Sprint and regional carriers. Good company. Use a good dealer like Freedom Wireless of Bay City. You'll want to be on the $30/mo. plan. Selectel is very good to their dealers, unlike Pageplus now. They cut dealer commissions by 1/3 and are driving many out of business.

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  14. BYO transferred me to Budget Wireless, however they don't support automatic billing, so I have to remember to go online each month and pay my bill or I get disconnected. I tried to switch providers, but it seems like Budget has locked my ESN. What do I do?

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    1. I think what happened is that because you port is active on Budget, most Verizon MVNOs won't let you port using the same device. There are a three work arounds.

      Verizon Prepaid should be able to do the port using your Budget phone even though it's still active on Budget.

      If you have another Verizon capable phone you could port your number to any Verizon MVNO using that phone temporarily which would close your Budget account releasing the Budget phone. Then you could could do an ESN change with your new operator to replace the temporary phone with your preferred one that was on Budget.

      You could port your number to Google Voice or Ring.to which would release your Budget phone. Then activate the Budget phone on a new operator with a new number and forward your Ring.to or Goggle Voice number (your former Budget number) to your new number.

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