Truphone, which operates on AT&T and T-Mobile in the US, is dropping T-Mobile effective June 27, 2016. Truphone will use AT&T exclusively in the US after that date.
The loss of T-Mobile coverage shouldn't make much difference for most users as there are very few areas that have T-Mobile service that don't also have AT&T. There may be some issues for legacy BlackBerry users who may need to contact Truphone to get everything working again.
The announcement of this change is on a Truphone support page. Thanks to a Prepaid Phone News reader who discovered the notice and shared it with me:
"United States of America
AT&T USA - select 'GoPhone Service' button
Previously Truphone customers were able to make use of the T-Mobile Network in the US. As of 27th June 2016, Truphone's US provider will be solely AT&T. Customers have been contacted in regards to this change.
As a result of this change some customers with legacy BlackBerry handsets may experience some issues. If you experience any issues please contact us."
Truphone is a global SIM provider that offers service in 66 countries, including the US. Truphone uses a pay as you go pricing model. Like most global SIMs, prices are on the high side in most countries. But in the eight "Truphone Countries" (UK, US, Australia, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Germany, Poland and Spain) outgoing calls and texts are a reasonable 9¢ per minute or message and data is 9¢/MB. Best of all, incoming calls and texts are free.
Truphone SIMs cost $29.99, but that includes a $15 airtime credit. Airtime never expires provided a call is made, a text is sent or data is used at least every 90 days. Users report that the 90 day rule isn't actually enforced but I recommend making a call occasionally to be on the safe side.