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New "Charge" Provider Joins MVNO Market With Pay as You Go Data Plan

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There's a new MVNO operating via Sprint's network called Charge. Along with its launch, Charge announced its data only plan offerings for smartphones and tablets; which only need a SIM card in order to operate.

Compared to other wireless providers, Charge offers data only plans for smartphones without the need to use a separate hotspot device for service. It alleviates from the usual MVNO practice by not offering voice and text packages with the plans they offer as it believes traditional SMS and voice plans are antiquated technology. This wireless provider sits particularly well for Google Voice/Hangouts users who do not have to pay for extra costs typically associated with their service.

As for the plan prices, Charge offers mobile data with a Pay As You Go option with data that never expires. When you sign up with Charge, you won't have to worry about monthly bills or contracts before you are able to use their service. Their prices start at $15 per GB, which they also offer at $13 per GB when you buy 3GB of data or more at a time. You can even tether the data for sharing with laptops and other devices.

Charge works with any Sprint-branded LTE device and CDMA versions of iPhone 5S, 5C, all versions of iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S and 6S Plus, all iPad models starting with iPad Air 2 and mini 3, and CDMA versions of the iPad mini 2. The company is currently working on adding support for GSM devices in the future.


As part of their introductory rate, they are offering a free GB when you purchase 5 GB of data. You can find out more about this promotion or any other information about Charge by visiting their website. Charge is exceptionally best for light users who don't like paying for a monthly cell phone bill. But if you need large amounts of data at a time, Charge can get pretty expensive.


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  1. Sounds like Karma with their own messaging app.

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  2. Too expensive.

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  3. Data pricing is about the same as Tracfone's, but with Tracfone you also have to spend a small amount to keep the phone number active (about $4-6 per month).

    Since the data never expires, for a light data user this could be a really good plan. If they ever get to supporting GSM, then I might consider going back to a dual SIM phone with a cheap paygo (Lyca?) for voice/texts and these guys for data.

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    1. Exactly my plan - I should be able to begin implementing next couple weeks. Except I'll be using a Project Fi data only SIM and the Lyca paygo. Have to get my SO onto Fi and a SIM delivered. Then the search begins for a good dual sim phone with US bands. Any thoughts in that direction are quite welcomed.

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  4. MyHovercraftIsFullOfEelsMarch 15, 2016 at 3:08 AM

    Does this work on Sprint LTE devices straight out of the box? Or does the Sprint LTE phone need to be on Sprint for 12 months before qualifying??

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    1. It should be the same as any other Sprint MVNO:

      Fully paid for (not under contract or EIP) postpaid Sprint phones that Sprint recognizes as fully paid for work on Sprint MVNOs with no waiting period.

      Sprint prepaid phones, including Boost and Virgin, officially require 12 months use on the Sprint prepaid brand they were sold for before they will work on Sprint MVNOs.

      There's currently a loophole that allows most brand new Sprint prepaid (including Boost and Virgin) phones to work Sprint MVNOs provided they were never activated on a Sprint prepaid brand.

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  5. How much is Lycamobile paygo plan. I don't see it on its website. What are the rates?

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    1. It's been a while, but as I recall, I got a free Lyca SIM from Amazon (or maybe it was $0.01), got a $10 PIN from Calling mart, activated the SIM, applied the $10 PIN, and I got their default pay-as-you-go service. No data available. I Don't use text on that account so not sure. Talk is like $0.02 per minute. As far as I know it never expires. My $10 is at $9.20 or so after months of very intermittent use.

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    2. Yes! That's probably where I found the instructions. PPPN is always on top of it!

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    3. as the post mention its 2 cent a minute, you were wrong its 5 cent a minute if you're in the us!

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    4. "as the post mention its 2 cent a minute, you were wrong its 5 cent a minute if you're in the us!"

      My experience is certainly different than yours. I activated the SIM in December 2015. I've used it minimally. Mostly for test calls to other accounts. :) I added $10. My current balance is $9.28. All calls are in multiples of $0.02. No nickles anywhere. We may not be on the same service?

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  6. It's way overpriced for being on a bad network (Sprint options, being half as good as Verizon/AT&T, succeed when the prices are half of Verizon/AT&T). However, they are definitely forward looking.

    "as it believes traditional SMS and voice plans are antiquated technology"

    IMHO, all carriers should immediately start offering data-only services, for any device. Along with voice/text service options also. But there's no need to force people to get voice/text if they don't need it.

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  7. $15 per GB, which they also offer at $13 per GB when you buy 3GB

    At least they have the name right......CHARGE

    At $40 for 3GB why bother? You can get better data WITH voice prices already out there............

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  8. wow. everyone is so greedy for dirt cheap data. lol

    at least with this, you pay once and you don't have to pay every month. unless if you use it all up in a month.

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  9. There is no such thing as "dirt cheap data" in the US. We pay much more for data than the vast majority of countries, and for no good reason.

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    1. In general I agree with you and I would really love to see data only SIMS on all carriers that can be used in any device including phones. That would add another avenue of competition to hopefully drive prices downward.

      But I've got to say, the 1200mb/month of free data I'm using at RingPlus is pretty sweet price wise. Can't beat free. Yes it's Sprint, yes their 3g sucks when no LTE, yes coverage is spotty sometimes. But it beats paying $15/gb for the exact same connections.

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  10. Boost Mobile (Sprint) Unlimited Data/Voice/Text plan $55 with autopay
    Tmobile data only plan 6GB $35 (Tablet/Hotspot)

    Charge 6GB data only $65 (paid 5, 1 free)

    do the math, whats the use......

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    1. Apples and Oranges. You can't compare a recurring revenue model like Boost or T-Mobile where the operator gets $35 - $65 every single month with a single sale model like Charge where someone may buy one GB for $15 and sit on it for years.

      Charge makes sense for the person who needs significant amounts of data only occasionally for traveling or when their wired broadband service goes out, etc.

      It's similar in that respect to Karma Go but without the $150 up front cost of the Karma hotspot.

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    2. Do the math for sure. If I use 500MB of data per month, then $30 gets me 4 months worth of data on Charge. And $39 gets me 6 months. Each ends up being less than $8 per month.

      If you need 5GB of data per month, then Charge is probably not the plan for you.

      So yes, everyone should do the math. Based on their own actual data use.

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    3. I did the math. If I use less than 1GB per month wouldn't RingPlus be a better choice? I mean, it's not like paying for Charge gets you a better network.

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    4. Yes. Unfortunately for them, service "comparable" to their's is available free. Different "billing" but same service. Fortunately for them many are conditioned that "There's no such thing as a free lunch", and distrust anything they don't pay for.

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  11. For me, Free 1.75 GB/month on RingPlus is all I need.
    My iPad gets unlimited Free data from T-Mobile.
    If I wanted a Sprint hotspot, Karma charges $9.90/GB paygo with Refuel.
    And FreedomPop can be Free.

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    1. I assume that by "unlimited free data from T-Mobile" you mean the 200MB per month free plan. Which is great (and what I have on my tablet), but when I first read your comment I was going to ask how to get on that unlimited free data plan.

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  12. That's about the same price as Tracfone...except the high speed is much more geographically limited.

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  13. Charge is too expensive. If you use small quantities of data Freedompop or Ring+ are much cheaper.

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