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Ultra Mobile Launches Mint SIM Sub-MVNO Featuring Multi-Month Plans

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T-Mobile MVNO Ultra Mobile has unveiled a new sub-brand called Mint SIM. Its main feature seems to be the ability to get discounts by paying for three, six or twelve months in advance. Mint SIM has three plans, all of which include unlimited voice minutes and unlimited SMS and MMS messaging. Data is also unlimited with the first 2, 5 or 10 GBs per month at full LTE speeds and the rest throttled to 2G speeds (probably 128 Kbps). Prices are as follows:

  • 2 GB high speed data: $35/month, $80/3 months ($26/month), $150/6 months ($25/month), $250/12 months ($21/month)
  • 5 GB high speed data: $50/month, $120/3 months ($40/month), $200/6 months ($33/month), $365/12 months ($31/month)
  • 10 GB high speed data: $60/month, $150/3 months ($50/month), $275/6 months ($46/month), $500/12 months ($42/month)

Additional data can be purchased. 1 GB and 3 GB add-ons are available. Data add-ons expire at the end of the current plan month. Data add-on pricing is not listed on the Mint SIM website. I tried calling Mint SIM customer support to inquire about data add-on pricing but got voice mail. I'll update this post with the add-on pricing if and when Mint SIM gets back to me.

Update 9/9/2016: Mint finally got back to me with add -on data pricing. It's $10 for 1 GB or $20 for 3 GB.

Unlike Ultra Mobile, which is targeted at users who make international calls with plans that include unlimited calling to some countries, international calls are pay per minute on Mint SIM plans. Rates are pretty good however, sample rates per minute for calling mobile numbers include: Canada 1¢, China 1¢, Mexico 2.5¢, Phillipines 9¢, United Kingdom 1.5¢. The Mint SIM site doesn't mention international SMS pricing, I've asked Mint SIM if there's an extra charge for sending international texts and will update this post when I find out. Update 9/9/2016: unlimited international texting is included with all Mint SIM plans at no extra cost.

Mint SIM uses the T-Mobile native network. Roaming is not available. Mint SIMs Terms and Conditions prohibit tethering or using your phone as a hotspot.

Mint SIM's are free with plan purchase but there's a $3.44 shipping charge. Mint SIM adds a 1% to 3% Regulatory Recovery Fee to plan prices. California residents are also subject to California's MTS tax which ranges from 9.26% to 23.06% depending on the customers county and city.

If multi-month plans from Ultra Mobile sounds familiar, it should. Ultra has been running a promotion for several months that gives new customers a discount if they pay for several months in advance. There's only one multi-month plan offered under the Ultra Mobile brand. It's Ultra's regular $29/month plan which includes 1 GB of 4G LTE data, unlimited calls to the US and 60 international destinations, unlimited international SMS, 1,000 minutes to 10 additional international destinations and a $2.50 international call credit. Pricing for the Ultra Mobile multi-month plan is as follows:

$29/month, $78.99/3 months ($26.33/month), $129/6 months ($21.50/month), $228/12 months ($19/month)

I'm not a fan of multi-month plans. During the year or even three months that you are locked in to your plan and provider your needs for data or coverage may change or a better deal may come along. In addition, the MVNO business is highly competitive and the failure rate of MVNOs is high. Ultra Mobile has been in business since 2012 and seems to be a growing and thriving business, but even stable MVNOs can fail. PTel Mobile, one of the oldest MVNOs (founded 2001) and one that was generally considered safe and stable, failed in January and most customers did not receive refunds for their unused service.

Update 23-Nov-2016: Mnt SIM has lowered its  prices. Current pricing is:
  • 2 GB high speed data: $35/month, $69/3 months ($23/month), $119/6 months ($19.83/month), $199/12 months ($16.58/month)
  • 5 GB high speed data: $50/month, $99/3 months ($33/month), $169/6 months ($28.17/month), $299/12 months ($24.92/month)
  • 10 GB high speed data: $60/month, $119/3 months ($39.67/month), $209/6 months ($34.83/month), $399/12 months ($33.25/month)
Mint is also running a  promotion currently that gives you the first three months of any plan for half price: 2 GB/month - $35/3 months (11.67/month), 5 GB/month - $50/3 months ($16.67/month), 10 GB/month - $60/3 months ($20/month).

Source: Mint SIM.


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  1. Dennis,
    Thank you so much for keeping us up to date with all these events. I mostly appreciate the fact that you added a warning for people thinking about buying multi-month plans. It is true, companies do go out of business sometimes giving the customer little to no notice and money is lost for many.
    I was lucky that my month was almost over when Ptel went out of business so I was able to port out without much issue but I know and heard of people who actually lost money as their plans had just renewed or had credits that never actually happened.

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  2. Have you heard or know much about Boom Mobile? I dont know how new they are but I was checking their website yesterday and I found some cool plans that I think a lot of the readers here could benefit from. I believe they offer plans form all four networks.
    https://www.boom.us/

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    1. Their NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS were literally updated today Saturday 08-06-2016. Enhanced Communications Group (ECG) 2GB of 4G LTE Data @ the $30 price point on Big Red.

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    2. Their data price is too high.

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    3. what do you mean the data price is too high...did you see the previous poster? 2GB LTE Unlimited T&T for 29.99 on Verizon. Who gives you better than that besides horrible Total Wireless at the 35 price point plus tax and fees?
      I think Boom includes fees/tax too. I'm not trying to be defiant but maybe there is something I'm missing. Cheaper Verizon data where? (not total wireless please)

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    4. Sorry, did not notice this is verizon data, it is a good deal if you need verizon for data.

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    5. BOOM Mobile: No taxes at all on the PrePaid V Network plans. BYOD comes with Tri-Cut SIM (no charge, but shipping is $6.99. Purchase a Tri-Cut SIM they are $4.99 plus tax AND $6.99 to ship it. Again Prepaid Plans-2GB OR 5GB Unlimited Talk & Text (4G Devices ONLY) V Network $29.99 OR $39.99/DUE Monthly, thats it!

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    6. 5GB of LTE for only $40 on Verizon goes directly up against Total Wireless. Needless to say, the extra $5 is well worth it. $30 for unlimited T&T with 2GB is also a great option for those who don't need too much data.

      Dennis please tell us what you can about Boom. This seems like a great option for those that need Verizon and want to avoid Page Plus and Total Wireless.

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    7. All their prepaid plans give you (3) overage options. 1)$0.00 per 0GB additional. 2)Throttled after 2GB ($0 per month). 3)Data cut off after 2GB (no cost). Soft Capped Data!

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    8. Enhanced Communications Group (ECG)/ BOOM! Mobile

      Published: 8/9/2016
      Quickly emerging as one of the premier players in the telecommunications industry today, Enhanced Communications Group has built a solid reputation of service and success for over 17 years. ECG has selected BOOM! Mobile, as its brand to expand into the wireless telecommunications industry.


      Enhanced Communications Group, L.L.C. (ECG) is an Oklahoma based, independent nationwide provider of telecommunications services for personal, residential, and small to medium-sized businesses. Product offerings include mobile communications services for voice and internet. ECG also provides traditional local & long distance phone service, voice over internet systems, wireless voice and internet products and services, and web/cloud/data-based needs, such as web hosting and virtual office products. ECG is known by its customers for having an outstanding support team that provides live, person-to-person quality customer service.

      ECG has been praised for its exceptional customer service in publications including the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and listed first by Consumer Research for best long distance service.

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    9. "Anonymous August 8, 2016 at 7:02 PM
      All their prepaid plans give you (3) overage options. 1)$0.00 per 0GB additional. 2)Throttled after 2GB ($0 per month). 3)Data cut off after 2GB (no cost). Soft Capped Data!"

      Yeah, that makes no sense to me at all. Would be nice if they offered 2gb LTE then throttled (what speed??) on Big Red but my guess is you get option 1. & 3. (really the same thing) on the "V" network plans. Would be nice if your hopeful & optimistic inference was correct but I am not convinced it is so.

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    10. AnonymousAugust 8, 2016 at 7:50 PM Your are correct. Their prepaid plans are Hard-capped. Only plans that give you the Throttled AFTER option($5 per month) are with the Post-paid plans.

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    11. I tried BOOM Mobile. Before buying, I asked a few questions via their website chat (.boom.us) which were immediately answered. SIM card arrived promptly, porting took a few hours. Smooth sailing on the V for 2GB/$30. Turns out my house is in a small Verizon "hole" with weak coverage. I'm moving to an ATT MVNO. When BOOM got the porting request, a CS individual sent a nice email asking if there was a problem with their service. Couldn't find a mention of them here or elsewhere, but they seemed to be OK.

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    12. " I'm moving to an ATT MVNO" I hope it is PureTalk USA. They have a great plan at $29 for 1GB.
      I also have Boom and I love the service, not just Verizon but also how Boom customer service is on their toes to make your experience great. Im also enjoying the 2GB/29.99 plan and I love the extra features like full roaming (text/talk/data)tethering and visual voice mail. I was even texting my niece in Argentina and the international text works. I am sorry it didn't work for you and I wish you good luck!

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  3. Dennis makes a good point about the risk of going out of business, but a 3 month plan seems reasonable, and low risk. Is there anything out there better than unl/unl/unl(first 2gb lte) for $26+fees per month?

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  4. Just noticing, for the 3 month plan MintSim rounds $26.67 down to $26. A bit deceptive.

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  5. TPO gives you 2GB and unlimited T/T for $25 ($30 without autopay)They also charge fees and taxes. They run on T-mobile native as well (there is also a Sprint option). They do not offer throttled data after the LTE allowance though.

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    1. Charging fees and taxes is a no go, plus I rather have throttled data than hard cap. Atleast, with throttled data some apps like Pandora still work albeit slower.

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  6. Dennis is right about Ptel and others but based on the success of Ultra, I'd say they are doing well. Well enough to buy out Univision from Tmobile and make Inc' Magazine's fastest growing private company last year. I'd say they're a safer bet then any newer Tmobile mvno which along with Sprint ones seem to come and go like mushrooms after a rain. If Ultra is doing well enough to start a sub mvno , even more so. And it is rare these days to see an indie mvno that hasn't been taken over by Tracfone that's still around after three years. At four years, Ultra makes the cut. There are other mvnos that have been around longer that are indie but their stories are so up and down that they make you wonder (Locus/H20/Easygo/Envie, Red Pocket, Rok, etc).

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    1. I still wouldn't put my money on it. I rather go month to month. Going on a prepaid 12 month term is scary, its like a contract but without the benefits of it except the lower monthly charge.

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  7. Dennis, What are your thoughts on nettalk and their new t-mobile business rate plan?$9.99 for the sim+ 5 months at $20 each month then $30 per month w/ auto pay. 10GB LTE with all the perks of t-mobile simple choice. The plan is targeted towards business users.

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    1. Nettalk sounds like a good deal. But. business resellers have a very high attrition rate, I wouldn't trust any of them with an important number. Use them with a number forwarding service like Google+ to be safe.

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    2. Do you have a link for this nettalk plan?

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  8. "Number forwarding service like Google+" , did you mean Google voice?

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  9. It's better than a Cricket group plan in that you get complete control of your line for only a few extra dollars.

    However, prepaying leaves you locked in and unable to switch to better deals.

    Then there's the T-mo native network, which isn't much better than Sprint's.

    To top it all off, T-mo pulls a bunch of walled garden BS with band 12, forcing you to pay extra for a compatible VoLTE device if you want full coverage.

    Honestly, I'm not sold on paying extra for a shittier phone, or a lump sum for an entire year, especially not when the pricing and coverage are worse.

    They'd have to cut prices by 50% and sell data for $5/GB just to make it all worthwhile.

    But even then, it still wouldn't be worth it if they were just going to expire the deal and "jack up the rent" after the first year.

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  10. The problem with this deal is that it locks you for up to a year! that's like being in a contract. The whole purpose of prepaid is to not be in a contract.

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  11. Dennis, you should consider putting a forum on your site. I know that howardforums is the go to place, but it would still be nice if you had a forum as well.

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  12. Boost mobile is much better than any of those companies. For $25 per month you get unlimited talk, text and internet and 2 GB of fast LTE internet. The best part, the amount of fast speed internet grows every month and it can go up to 5 GB. All you have to do is put it in Autopay and download Boost Dealz app for free. In summary, potentially you can get Unlimited talk, text and internet with 5 GB of fast LTE internet for only $25. And No contract. Now, who can beat that?? No other company.

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    1. I thought it was 35 (30 with autopay)

      TPO which runs on T-mobile (comparable to Sprint) also charges $25 per month with autopay for unlimited talk and text and 2GB. No data grow on that one.

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    2. Boost is $30 for 2-5 GB.

      But the network is so shitty that even with 5GB of unthrottled data, you may wind up with no LTE coverage at all.

      In contrast, Cricket's 2.5GB for $20 on AT&T, plus discounts and bill credits, still can't be beat.

      I haven't even hit any coverage holes, nor has the throttle ever slowed me down (not even when a power outage lasted all day).

      Anyway, the ongoing problem with Boost and T-mo is that they don't underprice for networks that underperform, further devaluing their services as both inadequate AND overpriced.

      It wouldn't be such a bad deal if they just set poverty tier prices for poverty tier networks, but you have to question their judgment when AT&T is killing it by putting their hand in every economic cookie jar they can find (and building customer loyalty to boot).

      Ringplus (from '15, before they went full cash scam) was basically a model of what Boost needs to become to stay competitive.

      It should be all things to all people, whether they want paygo or monthly unlimited plans, all with cheap prepaid phones to make the cost of switching painless.

      But without innovation and adaptation, Sprint will just continue bleeding money.

      And once they go down, the Bell Twins will just have to outperform and undercut Big T to lock down the US market.

      RIP mobile competition in the US.

      The little dogs are just too out of touch to compete, which is why they remain the little dogs.

      Even Ultra's pseudo-contract "pay for a year" plans won't do much to help, not when customers want cheaper phones, lower entry costs and more freedom.

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    3. The problem I have with cricket is the darn throttled speeds and that in order to get such a discount you have to be on a group plan. Coverage is fine for me with pretty much every provider since I live and work in a metro area.
      If I was going to use AT&T I would probably go with GoPhone even though its more expensive.

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    4. "All you have to do is put it in Autopay and download Boost Dealz app for free"

      All you have to do is download the app and that's it? Boost already knows you have the app or do you have to set something up? Please clarify...

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    5. You don't only have to download the Boost Dealz app, you have to also watch ads for 20 out of 30 days in your cycle to get the extra $5 off. Apparently only available to Android phones.
      I knew it was too easy to just download an app and that's it.

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  13. Mint's prices aren't competitive with MetroPCS and Mint lacks roaming which MetroPCS includes. Plus most prepaid customers won't be paying for 1 year or even 6 months of service in advance. 3 months maybe and even then there won't be a large percentage of customers going that route. Offering several pay in advance options makes sense but basing an entire brand around the idea seems foolish. Mint will most likely have to reinvent itself and its offerings if it's going to stick around long.

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    1. To be honest with you, T-Mobile native coverage might be enough for people in big cities who don't travel much, especially if they own a band 12 compatible phone. If you need roaming, I would consider other networks.
      I have never once roamed with my phone in Los Angeles. I agree with you in that 3/6/12 month prepaid plans are not a good idea because if the volatile nature of MVNO's

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    2. Boost mobile's coverage is much better than AT&T and T-Mobile and it's MVNO Cricket and Metro in major populous metropolitan area I live. The speed is faster too. I have speed test app on my phone, and it shows above 35 mbps and even above 55 mbps in some areas. Besides, I travel a lot and never missed anything while on Boost. Last but not least, Sprint treats Boost customers equally unlike other MVNO's. For that reason, we should be careful with subjective opinions. I recommend looking at coverage map. But again, potentially getting unlimited everything service and 5 GB of LTE internet for $25 from one of the major Pre-paid company like Boost with so many store locations is amazing. It beats Metro and Cricket for sure.

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    3. I have never encountered a place with Boost (Sprint) signal that didn't have service on At&t, I have often encountered areas with At&t service and no Boost (Sprint) signal, sometimes if there is a signal Sprint native network is absent the coverage is actually roaming on VZ.

      T-mo is a mixed bag, pretty good in most metros but in the wide open sparsely populated areas, especially when away from interstates, 0 signal or roaming on At&t network but I wouldn't call Boost coverage any better, maybe in rural areas when it can roam VZ towers.

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    4. Oh yeah, I really don't care about data speed, I don't consider that "coverage". Having a signal to make a call/text is coverage, having data speeds above 5mbps is of no added value or interest to me, just a useless point for arguing about faux coverage as far as I am concerned. YMMV

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    5. I agree that ATT and Verizon have much better coverage than Sprint native coverage so saying the opposite is quite a stretch. I do agree that at least in the L.A. area Sprint has good coverage and very fast LTE. When I was vacationing with my sister in San Diego, her Boost phone had full bars while mine was holding on to a single one with T-Mobile.
      Ideally I would love for all networks to offer somewhat the same coverage so we could compare apples to apples.
      As it stands, people will either go for coverage or price. I wish one didn't have to choose between the two.

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    6. "having data speeds above 5mbps is of no added value or interest to me"
      why the 5mbps limit? are you on a Verizon MVNO?

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    7. I have compared what I do on the go at 5 & 40 mbps. The difference was unnoticeable to a second or two. YOIP - no difference. Actually having a stable, useable signal in the boonies is much more important to me, YMMV.

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    8. "I have compared what I do on the go at 5 & 40 mbps"...
      The problem with throttled data is that you can have UP TO whatever the throttle is(Verizon 8Mbps, Cricket 8Mbps).
      The problem is you don't consistently get 5 or 8 MBPS. Depending on network congestion, you may get way lower priority and get really slow speeds. My friend on Page Plus was getting .82 Mbps by the LA airport.
      When your not throttled you have a better chance of getting more decent speeds. In my area ATT MVNO's provide you better coverage and faster speeds than all the rest. Just a thought.

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    9. Right now the best options for fast unthrottled LTE data are MetroPCS on T-Mobile, Boost on Sprint and PureTalkUSA (1GB $29 or 2GB $35) and H2O (3GB $40) if you need more than 3GB on AT&T you can take your chances with Straight Talk (5GB $45 or 10GB $55) every Verizon MVNO is throttled to 5Mbps so the only option for unthrottled data on Verizon is Verizon Prepaid.

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  14. Why do people keep saying Boost has a 2GB plan for $25? Their website says $30 with auto-pay ($35 without) is there another discount I'm missing?

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    1. Some boost shill trying to convert people

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    2. "Some boost shill trying to convert people"
      LOL...I think he really thinks Boost coverage is better than the rest. I wouldn't use it but my sister has had it for years and never had any coverage/reception and speed issues. She's happy with it so it is possible that people are completely satisfied with what they got.

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    3. There is free app called Boost Dealz. Every Boost customers who downloades that Free app will get $5 credit every month on their account. So, $35 unlimited plan becomes $25 with Auto pay and Boost Dealz app. The amount of LTE Interned will grow to 5 GB. So, for $25 a month customer gets unlimited everything plus 5 GB of LTE internet. I respect your opinion, it is yours. In my humble opinion, that is the best value. Those are the facts.

      At the end of the day, it is not about how much you make, but how much you save. This is just a piece of information for anyone to consider.

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    4. Just go to the boost forums at howardforums. There is a big thread about boost dealers. Dealers are saying boost is going down hill and dealers are going to cricket and metro. While you do save, Sprint/Boost coverage is total crap compared to AT&T and Verizon and their MVNOs.

      The reason boost is soooooo cheap is because their coverage sucks. Their tactic is quantity over quality. FACT.

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  15. "(Verizon 8Mbps, Cricket 8Mbps)"
    Correcting myself here...Verizon MVNO's 5Mbps not 8Mbps.

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  16. "Every Verizon MVNO is throttled to 5Mbps so the only option for unthrottled data on Verizon is Verizon Prepaid"
    And that's the main reason that I'm not considering Verizon MVNO's. I don't really use a lot of data but I don't agree with the restrictions Verizon imposes over the MVNO's. They are lucky to have LTE access albeit suffocated. At least in my neck of the woods AT&T has best coverage and does not throttle.

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    1. Its still throttled to 5Mbps but Eco Mobile offers a decent option for the Verizon network. 3GB LTE for $35 or 5GB for $45 the data allotment is shared with your voice minutes though.

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    2. The thing with ECO is they go by points. I conduct a lot of my business over the phone so I need unlimited talk. With the pint system, I would run out of points with just talk and have no data left.
      From ECO website:
      "◾$35/mo - 3,000 points good for any combination of 3,000 minutes or MBs"

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  17. I signed up for Mint Sim for one month just to try it out. It works fine (in Boston), but unfortunately does not support wifi calling. This is a deal breaker for me.

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    1. Use google voice.. You are not dependent on providers.

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    2. I could not get google voice to work... all the numbers were taken.

      Anyway, doesn't it take up a ton of data if you use it?

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    3. Google Voice is a call and text message forwarding service that works with or without data. See The Prepaid Users Guide to Google Voice and Hangouts for a detailed expanation of how it works.

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  18. I have had Ultra mobile for 2 years now and both times I brought the monthly plans 12. They work fine where I am NYC I rather pay all now and not worry about my bill being due or extra charges. If this is anything like Ultra mobile then they are good.

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  19. Are there any industry-wide adopted or legally mandated rules governing return of money if the MVNO fails?

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    1. Like FDIC for MVNOs? Nope, when an MVNO fails it's like any other service business that charges in advance for service. No refunds unless the business itself gives refunds.

      I think the only MVNO that gave customers refunds when they folded was Tuyo.

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  20. You almost seeming to be bashing multi-month plans Dennis? Anyway please don't let your bias keep you away from reporting on this amazing 2gb per month promo. Financially, nothing comes close. And no better deals can be had. Please report these new prices. And possible MINT becoming a possible multi-mvno?

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  21. Ultra is more professionally run. Its significantly more stable than PTel every was. Not even the same category

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  22. Please adjust your price list. Now its $199 for 12 months for 2GB plan. Thanx

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