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Developing - Expo Mobile May Now Be Offering Verizon LTE

It looks like Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon MVNO Expo Mobile (800-818-1597) is now or is about to begin activating Verizon LTE devices on the Verizon network with working LTE.

Although there has been no official announcement, Expo dealers have received email blasts containing the ExpoMobile is now available on both LTE NETWORKS graphic shown here. The red map and unqualified CDMA are MVNO-speak for Verizon, which apparently prohibits its MVNOs from mentioning its name or even the letter V!

More evidence of Verizon LTE support can be found on the Expo site's BYOD compatibility check page. When you choose Verizon from the Your Device Type is... dropdown on that page, the message For LTE devices, it is required to use Expo Mobile SIM card. Need an Expo SIM? Order here. But when I tried to purchase a SIM the Expo site required me to purchase a plan and only CDMA-S (Sprint) plans were listed!

I called Expo and was told I could order a Verizon SIM from phone support for $15 and that Verizon LTE phones could be activated on any Expo plan, including pay as you go and that LTE would work. On the other hand, a PrepaidPhoneNews reader who called Expo was told that Verizon LTE phones could NOT be activated. When the same reader ran the MEID of a Verizon Moto X through Expo's BYOD compatibility checker the checker said the phone was OK for activation.

The bottom line is that I think Expo is activating Verizon LTE phones but only though dealers or by calling Expo support. If you call it may take a few tries before you get a rep who knows that Verizon LTE activations are possible and how to do them.

The table below lists Expo's Verizon based plans.  The monthly plans aren't very competitive against Verizon based offerings from PagePlus, Straight Talk or Selectel, but the Pay As You Go plan, particularly if LTE is available on it, is notable for having low rates and a low enough monthly minimum that the lack of roll over isn't that big of a deal.

Plan Minutes Texts Data
Pay As You Go 1
$3.33/month and up
2¢/ea 2¢/ea 5¢/MB
$30/month Unlimited 2 Unlimited 3 N/A
$40/month Unlimited 2 Unlimited 3 1 GB
$50/month Unlimited 2 Unlimited 3 2 GB
$60/month Unlimited 2 Unlimited 3 3 GB
1 $10/90 days, $30/120 days, $55/180 days and $100/365 days. No rollover
2 "Unlimited" minutes limited to 4000 minutes per Expo terms and conditions.
3 "Unlimited" texts limited to 5000 on the $30 plan and 7000 on other plans per Expo terms and conditions.

If any readers get a Verizon LTE phone working on Expo, please leave a comment detailing your experiences activating as well as which plan you are on.

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Verizon and Verizon MVNO Prepaid Plans Compared
Expo Mobile Lowers "Pay As You Go" Minute & Data Prices

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  1. Can we use the verizon sim on unlocked samsung galaxy note 4 GSM Phone.

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    1. No, with a few exceptions (some iPhones and Nexus Phones) only Verizon phones can be activated on Verizon MVNOs

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    2. You would only have LTE data in a few places on Band 4, and no cellular voice or sms.

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  2. Why aren't there more single-sim multi-network services yet?

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    1. Because it cuts into the service providers' bottom line.

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    2. That's exactly what Project Fi is trying to do.

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    3. I have one. It's called Truphone SIM. Up to 8 phone numbers on one SIM that works on networks in more than 220 countries. It's my main phone line. Incoming calls and texts are free, and the balance never expires. One call or sms every 90 days avoids a fee (but they don't actually charge the fee). Why aren't there more? It takes great technology, lots of work to set up the infrastructure and all those roaming agreements, and lots more work to maintain the system and service everyone. Truphone has more than 600 employees around the world.

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    4. Because only you and SD care about it.

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  3. help me choose. currently with pageplus. expo looks like an attractive no-brainer to port to. so, which would you get:

    expo $10 90-day paygo (2¢ min, 2¢ txt, 5¢ mb)

    pageplus $10 120-day paygo (10¢ min, 5¢ txt, 10¢ mb)

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    1. obviously expo, you can call 500 minutes with expo for 10 dollar, in pp u can make only 100 minutes

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    2. Sounds like a statement, not a question. I'll bite, though. 1. It is a no-brainer if that means that your brain can't calculate the break-even point between those two plans and compare it to your average and projected usage. 2. It's also a no-brainer for my sister. She has a $110 balance on Pageplus because she under-used their annual plan for 3 years, and has about 3 years worth of use on the $10 plan.

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    3. Don't forget P+ also charges a .50 / mo. account maintenance fee. $6 a year.

      I also preach to the unwary to never do business with any America Movil owned MVNO. Just don't, save yourself the grief, Carlos doesn't need your money anyway.

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    4. thank you for the responses. have been wanting to move my phone off of pageplus for sometime but did not know where. then found this news story here and it's like the answer to my prayers.

      oh this was indeed a question and not just a statement. really did not appreciate the sarcastic your-brain-can't-calculate-the-break-even-point remark. just needed other people to confirm my thinking and make sure that expo was indeed better than pageplus. this was a what-do-you-think type of question.

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    5. How could anyone answer your question without knowing the average or estimated minutes, texts and mb you use? Just curious.

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    6. $30/year on PP
      $40/year on Expo

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  4. Seems like you can choose a CDMA (verizon) plan now after you add SIM to cart. Paygo rates are awesome, but $15 shipping makes me hesitant. Wish I could find a local dealer...

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  5. I have a Nokia lumia icon will it work on expo Mobile

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  6. I am sorry, but describing a service with hard fixed limits as "unlimited:" is just plain dishonest. I would never do business with ExpoMobile. Besides, they are not very competitive. As an example PureTalk offers unlimited talk/text with 500 MB data for $29, compared to $30 without data on ExpoMobile.

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    1. Compare Expo's paygo prices to PureTalk Simple or Flex plan prices. PureTalk would only be a relevant alternative for folks who have an unlocked, dual-mode Vzw or Sprint phone.

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  7. Folks may want to wait until users report what Verizon throttle speed Expo gives, especially if you want PayGo. They can set it at various settings below 5 Mbps. I think Expo is throttling Sprint LTE on my PayGo account. I get a max of .29 down and .25 up in the same location and signal strength where my RingPlus line gives 2.49 - 3.16 down and 2.36-5.07 up. These tests were run on the same phone.

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    1. How?

      For paygo for most usage patterns there are better deals.

      For pre-paid monthly plans there are better deals.

      For CS anyone is better than America Movil CS. P+ HAD workable USA based CS before Movil bought them and closed Ohio down. Now a CS nightmare. I didn't believe the horror stories I read from others experience with other Movil MVNO's, then I experienced it first hand, Ibecame a believer

      All the P+ accounts that I managed for business, family & friends got ported out to better deals that cost less and/or have better network coverage.

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  9. Do you have info about roaming?

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  10. If I can hotspot with my phone and whether there is any roaming, I would consider moving.

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    1. With Verizon MVNOs, if you can root or jailbreak, hotspot is generally possible.

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  11. The 15 for a shipping a simcard is ridiculous at most is first class mail no more than 49 cent.

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  12. I'm very much wanting to put my verizon phone on pay as you go because it looks like a good deal but the $15 to ship the SIM card is got me frustrated about Expo Mobile. Hey Dennis can you call Expo mobile and ask them why they charge $15 to ship a SIM card

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    1. I don't have an contacts at Expo. You or I could call CS but I'm sure that CSRs aren't privy to business decisions like SIM pricing.

      I suspect the $15 price is intended to support dealers. I've heard the SIMs cost dealers a dollar each so maybe you can negotiate the price with a local dealer. I also expect the SIMs to show up on eBay eventually if they haven't already.

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    2. I think the call center is in South-West Asia or the Pacific. English was OK, but they repeat back everything you say before answering. Hold time, 17 minutes, than cut off. Hold time 15 minutes more, and they picked up.

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  13. I'm waiting to see if anyone is selling the sim on ebay so i can get one? 5 for sim and 10 for plan and another 15 ship. I don't have a problem with the sim and plan but 15 to ship is too much charge. They really need to rethink this.

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  14. You can activate a Sprint SIM with Expo LTE service. Reuse your Sprint SIM, or they are free at a corporate Sprint store. You have to be careful to get the right SIM model number for your phone. Later version SIMs contain all necessary account information and can be moved between Sprint phones without a MEID swap.

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    1. Oh can you elaborate this? sim swap?

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    2. iPhone 5C and 5S use Sprint sim model SIMGLW416C. Once activated, you can swap the sim into any Sprint iPhone 5C or 5S model without restrictions. The iPhone does not have to be unlocked from Sprint. You cannot use this sim with an iPhone 5. Its sim ends in 406, and does not contain all necessary account information, so only Sprint can associate it with a different iPhone 5. iPhone 6 and 6S and their Plus models share the Sprint sim model ending in 436, and you can do the same swaps with an activated sim.

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    3. i tried sim swap, but it said sim lock and recycle the phone? Did you try this on pure sprint or mvno?

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  15. Don't care about Sprint. I want Verizon service. Sprint is trash.

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    1. 56M people say you're wrong.

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    2. I get very good coverage in my area on all 4 networks, but the best signal strength is on Sprint, consistently. * LTE: AT&T: 98 db on iPhone 5S; Sprint: 106-109 db on iPhone 5C. *3G using iOS 7.1.2 on iPhone 4: Verizon: 79 db; Sprint: 89 db. *3G using iOS 9.0.2: T-Mobile: 76-86 db on iPhone 5S; AT&T: 82 db on iPhone 6 Plus; Sprint: 93 db using iPhone 5C. All tests were done using the Apple Field Test Mode app. My area is 30 miles outside a metro market.

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    3. Those 56M don't have anything about good coverage. Anybody can get a phone with Sprint but with AT&T or Verizon you must have good credit. 56M have bad credit that why they got that.

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  16. Dennis, here are the pricing for EXPO Mobile Both CDMA Networks LTE SIM Cards.
    $5 per SIM for end users with the following shipping options:
    1st Class Mail (3-7 days to be delivered) - $2.50 with tracking number
    Priority Mail Flat rate Envelope (2-3 days to be delivered) -$6.00 with tracking number
    Priority Next Day cut off time 2:00 pm pacific time - $19.00 tracking & signature


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    1. are u dealer? link? expo still charges $15.

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  17. Paygo was too good to be true. They already took away data on the $10/90 day plan!

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  18. I wonder how much longer this company will keep the doors open...I checked out the website and I was all but impressed with their offers. I think this will be another casualty soon enough... Really? $40 for unlimited talk and text and 1GB? when page plus gives you 3GB and Selectel 2GB for the same price?
    I don't think so...

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