series of comprehensive US prepaid mobile operator profiles. These profiles cover all the major US mobile operators' prepaid plans as well as MVNOs which offer a good value.
Overview: Launched in September, 2014, US Mobile is a T-Mobile mobile virtual mobile operator (MVNO) which buys service from T-Mobile and resells it to individual customers.
Technology: GSM, GPRS and Edge on the 1900 Mhz band, UMTS on the 1700 and 1900 bands and LTE in bands 2, 4 and 12.
Plans: US has a tiered pricing model similar to Ting's. Users are billed for separate buckets of voice minutes, texts and megabytes of data. Users "build a month plan by mixing and matching buckets of minutes, messages and MBs of data.
Here are the available buckets.
|Talk||100 min $3||250 min $5||500 min $9||1500 min $10||5000 min $15|
|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 $14||2.5 GB $20||6 GB $35|
Here are some examples of US Mobile plans that you can create.
- 1-100 minutes, no messages, no data: $5/month ($2 service fee + $3 voice bucket)
- 1-100 minutes, 1-100 messages, .01-100 MB: $9/month ($2 service fee + $3 voice bucket + $2 text bucket + $2 data bucket)
- 5000 minutes, unlimited messages, 2.5 GB: $49/month ($2 service fee + $15 voice bucket + + $7 messaging bucket + $25 data bucket).
Add on minutes, texts or data: If you run out of minutes, tests or data, you can purchase any bucket as a one time add-on good for 30 days.
International Rates: There's no extra charge for international texting. International calling is available by purchasing a $3, $5 or $10 international call credit add-on good for 30 days. International call rates vary, Sample rates per minute for mobile or landline calls: Canada 3¢, China 5¢, Mexico 8¢, Philippines 17¢, United Kingdom 7¢.
International Roaming: US Mobile does not offer international roaming.
Coverage: US Mobile uses the T-Mobile native network (coverage map). Off network roaming is not available. US Mobile's interactive coverage map does a good job of indicating where service is available and lets you zoom in to see block by block coverage.
Devices: US Mobile sells a large range of feature phones, Android devices, Windows Phones and iPhones at competitive prices.
BYOP: You can bring your own T-Mobile or unlocked GSM phones to US Mobile. Tri-cut SIMs are $3.99 with free shipping.
How to Activate: Activate online at usmobile.com/activate or by calling 1-888-878-1488. from another phone. Activation is free.
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Payment Options: Currently the only payment option is with a credit or debit card. Auto pay is available or you can login to your US Mobile account dashboard every month to add money.
Account expiration: plans automatically renew every month with plan and usage fees charged to your credit or debit card. If the charges are declined your service will be suspended. If you don't pay within 60 days after account suspension you line will be disconnected and you will lose your number.
Account Management: US Mobile offers an online dashboard that lets you track your usage, purchase add-ons, change your credit or debit card and change plans. Plan changes take effect at the end of the current plan month, not immediately.
Tethering: (using phone as a modem for a laptop or other device) is allowed with no restrictions.
Call Forwarding: not supported
Call Waiting and 3-Way Calling
Call waiting: Call waiting is enabled by default. It lets you place one call on hold while you take another call. When you are on a call and have another incoming call, you will hear a short tone. You'll have approximately 30 seconds to answer before the second caller hears a standard message or is forwarded to voicemail. You will be billed for both calls.
To answer Call Waiting: To put the first call on hold, press "SEND." You'll automatically be connected with the second call. To return to the first call, press "SEND" again. To switch between the two calls, press "SEND."
3-Way Calling: To add a second person while on a call press SEND and dial the new number or choose it from contacts. When the other party answers press SEND to join the two calls.
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Free information services calls
611 - US Mobile customer care
711 - Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) for the hearing and speech impaired
911 - Emergency services
Other 3 digit codes like 211, 311 and 511 are not free on US Mobile
Phone support: : 888.878.1488 24/7
Email support: firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Media: Twitter, Facebook
Phone Sales and General Information Web Site: www.usmobile.com/
US Mobile Pros: Flexible plans. Good value for moderate use, BYOD, online usage records, tethering allowed.
US Mobile Cons: Not cost effective for heavy data users. Limited rural coverage.
Updated 4/25/16: Price cut and data increase.