US Mobile (888 878 1488), a T-Mobile MVNO with a flexible pricing model, has lowered some of its prices. Like the better known MVNO Ting, US Mobile uses a tiered pricing system that lets users build custom plans by combining separate monthly buckets of minutes, messages and data.
Today's changes affect some of the higher priced voice and data tiers:
- 1GB data which was $15, is now $14.
- The 2 GB $25 data tier has been replaced by 2.5 GB at the same $25 price.
- There's a new $45 5 GB tier.
- The price of 250 voice minutes has been cut from $7 to $5.
- The 1000 minute voice tier's price has been reduced from $15 to $10.
- The 200 minute tier, which was $25 is now $15.
|Talk||100 min $3||250 min ||500 min $9||1000 min ||2000 min |
|Text||100 texts $2||250 texts $3||500 texts $4||1000 texts $5||Unlimited texts $7|
|Data||100 MB $2||250 MB $5||500 MB $9||1 GB ||5 GB $45|
Customers build a plan by combining talk, text and data tiers as needed. There's also a $2/30 days line charge and taxes and fees averaging 9%.
For an example of how the tiers work, a plan with 1000 minutes, 1000 texts and 1 GB would cost $10 + $5 + $14 + $2 = $31 plus taxes.
You can change your tiers, but only at the end of a 30 day plan period. An online dashboard that lets you track your usage. If you are running low on minutes, messages or data you can purchase purchase any tier as temporary add-on. However, add-ons expire at the end of the plan month rather than lasting a full 30 days.
US Mobile's tiered pricing works best for customers who need limited amounts of data and especially voice minutes, with or without unlimited texting. If you use more than 2000 minutes per month, also any operator's unlimited plans would be a better deal. But light takers with light or even moderate data needs can likely save some money with US Mobile.
US Mobile charges $3.99 for a triple cut SIM. Shipping is free and new customers get their first month of service free. Coverage is T-Mobile native with no roaming. LTE data is available and hotspot and tethering are supported.
Compared with its chief competitor, Ting, US Mobile's plans are less expensive. 1000 minutes, texts and MBs would cost $48 on Ting compared with $31 on US Mobile. On the other hand, Ting offers no extra cost voice and text roaming and more flexibility in building and maintaining plans. Ting allows sharing tiers across multiple devices and lets you change tiers in the middle of a plan period. Optionally, Ting can even automatically upgrade you to the next larger tier for the current month you should happen to run out of minutes, texts or data.
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