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Jimmy Wales' The People's Operator, An MVNO That Works For Social Good Launches in the US

The People's Operator (TPO) 844-876-8326, a UK based MVNO has launched in the US. TPO's chairman is Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales.

TPO donates 10% of plan prices and 20% of profits to charities including the World Wildlife Federation, Save the Children, SPCA, American Lung Association, Habitat For Humanity, the Wounded Warrior Project and many more. Users get to chose which charities their 10% contribution goes to. TPO has also created the TPO Community, an ad-free social network for people would want to help raise money for charities and causes.

All of TPO's good works are funded by the MVNO. In the US it operates on the Sprint network. Prepaid phone and postpaid phone and tablet plans are available.

Prepaid Goodness To Go Plans:
  • $9/30 days 250 minutes, 250 texts, no data
  • $18/30 days 500 minutes, 500 texts, 250 MB of high speed data
  • $29/30 days 1500 minutes, 1500 texts, 2 GB of high speed data
  • $39/30 days unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 3 GB of high speed data
  • $49/30 days unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 5 GB of high speed data
  • $69/30 days unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 8 GB of high speed data
  • $89/30 days unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 11 GB of high speed data
Prepaid plans with data include unlimited 64 Kbps throttled data after their high speed data allowance is used up. Overage minutes and texts are not available on the prepaid plans. If you use up all the minutes or texts on the lower priced plans the only way to get more is by purchasing another 30 days of service.

Postpaid Unlimited Monthly Goodness Phone Plans
  • $32/month unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 2 GB of high speed data
  • $42/month days unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 5 GB of high speed data
  • $52/month unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 7 GB of high speed data
  • $66/month unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 10 GB of high speed data
  • $86/month unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 13 GB of high speed data
Postpaid Mobile Internet Tablet Plans
  • $29/month 2 GB
  • $35/month 5 GB
The postpaid plans have no annual contract, but a credit check is required. Overage data on the postpaid phone and tablet plans is $15/GB, charged by the KB.

TPO charges taxes and fees including "state and local sales taxes, fees and surcharges, such as the Universal Service charge and an administrative charge of $1.00" on both postpaid and prepaid plans. With a San Francisco, CA address I was quoted taxes and fees of $6.97 on the $39 prepaid plan.

TPO's terms of service prohibit tethering and hotspot usage.

TPO sells phones including the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 or you can use your own Sprint phone. There are no activation fees. Phone financing is available.

Customer service, which is US based, is available from 8am-10pm ET Monday-Friday, 9am-8pm ET Saturday, and 10am-8pm ET Sunday.

TPO's charitable approach is similar to that of prepaid T-Mobile MVNO GIV Mobile and Sprint postpaid MVNO Credo, which let customers donate to charities and with Credo, progressive clauses. GIV donates 8% of monthly plan charges to charities of the user's choosing and Credo Has donated over $78 million since 1985 to causes and charities nominated and voted on by customers.

While I applaud TPOs commitment to empowering customers to contribute to society I'm a little disappointed by its limitations on hotspot use. The ban on tethering and hotspot seems like a clear violation of Net Neutrality, which is something that I would expect Wikipedia's founder to want to uphold.

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  1. "Prepaid plans with data include unlimited 64 Kbps throttled data" 64 kbps? REALLY? Are you kidding me? Everyone else it seems is double at 128 kbps... NEXT!!!

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  2. The plans don't seem very competitive. R+ boasts all around lower costs and greater flexibility for lighter usage while Boost's $55/10GB plan trumps TPO's offering by $132/yr.

    With a ban on tethering and hotspots, it's a wonder they even bother offering higher data allotments. Then again, Jimbo's a self-interested businessman first and an e-libertarian second.

    That said, socially conscous subscribers might as well just go with a cheaper MVNO, donate the extra dosh directly to charity, and then take a tax write off while cutting out the middle man.

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  3. Their logo seems similar to Ptels.

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  4. Yay, more Sprint MVNOs......

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    1. Sprint offers subsidized devices with standardized "Spark" compatibility and "secret" ESN loopholes that allow phones to be activated on an MVNO straight out of the box.

      On the other hand, Verizon's prepaid blacklist, sim-locked phones and grossly inadequate policies for releasing/unlocking phones serve as a costly drag on using other networks' MVNOs.

      In the case of GSM, here's also the problem of whether or not a phone supports the right 3G and LTE frequencies for AT&T and/or T-Mobile.

      IMO, more Sprint MVNOs is a good thing when the Big 3 continue sweeping activation and LTE compatibility problems under the rug.

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    2. Does this "secret ESN loophole" allow activating Boost, Virgin, or Sprint Prepaid phone on any Sprint MVNO or only RingPlus?

      BTW, Verizon's Prepaid LTE phones are SIM unlocked and work on all Verizon MVNO that have LTE enabled.

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  5. Back in January a Page Plus dealer (Viper32) repeated the prior suggestion that a Verizon Prepaid 4G LTE phone may not work on Page Plus:
    http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php/1848373-Page-Plus-4G-LTE-Activation-Information-Upgrading-and-Compatibility?p=15784231#post15784231

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    1. Sometimes there's a difference between whether a Verizon phone will activate with a MVNO LTE SIM, and whether it will work with one.
      Pageplus blocks activation of the Straight Talk iPhone 5 for CDMA or LTE service, for example, but that phone works fine once the Pageplus SIM is active.
      A good dealer can sometimes persuade Verizon to activate this phone (clear MEID) with a $30 and up MVNO CDMA plan, like the Selectel annual plan.

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