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Ptel Mobile Adds Unlimited International Calling and Phone Financing

T-Mobile MVNO PTel Mobile has added unlimited calling to landline and mobile numbers in 14 countries to its $40 and $50 plans. The countries included are Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, Singapore, South Korea, Spain and Thailand. PTel also now supports international dialing so it's no longer necessary to dial an access number before placing an international call.

Both plans also include a $5 credit for calling other international destinations plus unlimited domestic calling and MMS, and unlimited domestic and international SMS. The plans differ only in the amount of high speed data included. The $40 plan comes with 2 GB per month of unthottled LTE, the $50 plan gets 3 GB. Both plans also include unlimited data throttled to 128 Kbps after the high speed allotment is consumed.

Ptel has also started offering handset financing through through consumer finance company Affirm. Three, six and 12 month payment plans are available with interest rates ranging from 10 to 30 percent depending on the buyer's credit worthiness. PTel says that Affirm uses a "soft credit check" which doesn't affect your credit score.

On of my favorite prepaid operators, PTel is notable for competent US based customer support and online usage records as well as support for T-Mobile's WiFi calling feature and for conditional call forwarding. PTel offers a full range of plans as listed in the table below.

Plan Cost Voice Minutes Texts MMS Data Int'L Voice
Real PayGo $10/60days 1 5¢/each 2¢/each 2¢/each 10¢/MB LTE available 6¢/min and up
Unlimited Talk & Text $20/30 days unlimited unlimited unlimited 250 MB HSPA+ $1 Int'l credit
Unlimited Everything $25/30 days unlimited unlimited unlimited unlimited (throttled to 128 kbps) $2.50 Int'l credit
Unlimited Everything $30/30 days unlimited unlimited unlimited unlimited (throttled to 128 kbps after 1 GB) LTE available $5 Int'l credit
Unlimited Everything $40/30 days unlimited unlimited unlimited unlimited (throttled to 128 kbps after 2 GB) LTE available Unlimited 3 plus $5 Int'l credit
Unlimited Everything $50/30 days unlimited unlimited unlimited unlimited (throttled to 128 kbps after 3 GB) LTE available Unlimited 3 plus $5 Int'l credit
Unlimited Everything $60/30 days unlimited unlimited unlimited unlimited (throttled to 128 kbps after 10 GB) LTE available $10 Int'l credit
1 Other refill denominations are available; $20/90days, $30/120 days, $40/150 days, $50/180 days, $100/365 days.
2 $10 top up buys 6 days of service and 10 MB data, $20 13 days and 20 MB data, $30 buys 20 days and 30 MB data, $45 buys 30 days and 150 MB data.
3 Unlimited calls to landlines and mobiles in 14 countries.

For more about PTel see our Prepaid Operator Profile: PTel Mobile. To compare PTel with other prepaid plan's international calling and messaging features see Updated: The Best Prepaid Mobile International Voice & Text Deals.

Source: PTel

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  1. I remembered from reading something here on Prepaid Phone News that prompted me the impression that PTel is a good deal. But seeing the table again, I don't see it anymore. What does PTel have that LycaMobile don't--in terms of their respective default PayGo rates?

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    1. Probably the best customer service of any prepaid MVNO. LycaMobile is complete worthless if you ever need help.

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  2. Data? I didn't think the current Lyca SIMs allow for PayGo data access.

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    1. They don't silly! Who's dumb enough to use data on PayGo plans?

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  3. Easy Go is better. 20 bucks on AT&T network with LTE data

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  4. The only problem with using an AT&T mvno is if you own an iPhone. You will almost certainly have to jailbreak your phone if you want to be able to send mms messages. I tried h2o one time and was not able to send mms. I believe T-Mobile mvno's do not have those restrictions with iPhones. Please correct me if I'm wrong....

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  5. From personal experience; Ptel does have good US based customer service staff that can actually help you out with a problem instead of giving you the typical foreign runaround like most others do.

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  6. I'm thinking of signing up for ptel 30 dollar plan. Coverage is fine for me since I hardly ever travel outside CA. Aside from the coverage, what do you guys think? I'll be porting out of page plus.

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  7. Ptel is apparently shutting down on January 30:

    http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php/1878326-Ptel-is-closing-down-by-January-30

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