CellNUVO (800-810-1538), which launched last week. Like established freemium operators, RingPlus and FreedomPop, CellNUVO is a Sprint MVNO, although CellNuvo says that they launch service on an unnamed GSM operator "soon".
There are two plans, one free and one paid:
With the free Infinite plan, customers start out with 2500 "credits" which can be used to pay for texts at a cost of 1 credit each, calls at 10 credits per minute; and data for 10 credits per MB. MMS are charged based on the amount of data sending or receiving them uses.
The 2500 starter units aren't exactly free as there's a $25 activation fee. They are also a one time deal, they don't expire, but you don't get automatically get 2500 more units each month. Instead you can earn units various ways:
- Every day CellNUVO will send you a Thank You message good for 60 credits, which equals 1800 free units per month.
- Every call you make earns a 15 credit Usage Reward.
- You can also earn credits by using the CellNUVO app to view ads and take surveys. Watching an ad earns 15 credits, taking a short survey is good for 75 credits.
- You can also buy 2500 credits for $10.
The Flex plan has mandatory auto refill, your card will be charged $19 and 5000 credits added automatically every month and also anytime you your credit balance drops below 500 credits. A nice feature of the Flex plan is that the monthly charge and refill will be skipped if you have a balance of over 5000 credits on your monthly renewal date. Thanks to rollover, and CellNUVO's policy of not auto-refilling accounts with over 5000 Units, the Flex plan can actually be free after the first month if you earn enough credits by watching ads, etc. to keep your balance over 5000 credits.
Taxes and fees: CellNUVO is another of the increasing number of prepaid operators that charge a laundry list of postpaid style taxes and fees. In addition to state and local sales taxes, CellNUVO says they charge E911 Fees, FCC Regulatory fees, a Universal Service Fee, a Telecommunications Sales Tax, and a Statutory Gross Tax. The CellNuvo site says "If you are on the Infinite plan we do not automatically charge your card", so it looks like taxes and fees are not charged on the Infinity plan unless you purchase credits.
There's also a $25 activation fee plus $4.95 for a Sprint LTE SIM if needed.
CellNUVO lets you bring your own Sprint phone provided it passes Sprint's quirky Financial Eligibility Check. Currently only Android phones are supported with iPhone support coming "soon". You can also buy a phone from CellMVNO. Prices range from $99 for a refurbished Samsung Galaxy Prevail 2 to $749 for a new Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
CellNuvo via BestMVNO