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ECO Mobile Unveils New $20 and $25 Unlimited Plans

Multi-carrier MVNO ECO Mobile has launched two new plans:

  • $20/Month - Unlimited talk, text and 100 MB of LTE data
  • $25/Month - Unlimited talk, text and data with the first 500 MB at high speed

These new plans join ECO Mobile's four existing plans:

  • $30/Month - Unlimited talk, text and data with the first 1 GB at high speed
  • $40/Month - Unlimited talk, text and data with the first 3 GB at high speed
  • $50/Month - Unlimited talk, text and data with the first 5 GB at high speed
  • $60/Month - Unlimited talk, text and data with the first 7 GB at high speed

All six ECO Mobile plans are available on your choice of three networks; Sprint and unnamed CDMA and GSM networks. ECO Mobile can't name those two networks for contractual reasons. Except for Sprint, the operators don't allow their MVNOs to mention the operator's name. But it's no secret that ECO Mobile CDMA is Verizon and ECO Mobile GSM is T-Mobile.

ECO Mobile hasn't gotten around to adding the new $20 and $25 plans to their website yet but the plans' availability has been confirmed to me by an ECO Mobile dealer and also by an Ecomobile representative on Facebook.

Eco Mobile launched in 2012 as a Sprint MVNO. They added Verizon and T-Mobile service last year. ECO Mobile plan prices include all taxes and fees. ECO Mobile Terms and Conditions prohibit hotspot and tethering. SIMs are 9.99 for T-Mobile and Verizon. Sprint SIMs are are supposed to stay with the phone they came with and are reusable so you probably don't need one, but if you do they are $14.99 from ECO Mobile. ECO Mobile's plan prices aren't the lowest in the industry but they have a reputation for fast and efficient support which counts for something if you value your time.

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  1. Eco GSM is T-Mobile Not At&t

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  2. Any roaming on "CDMA" (Verizon)? Voice? Text? Data? Or is service only on VZ native network?

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    1. @Dennis-
      Any updates on this from Nov. '15 article?
      "I've seen claims from an Ecomobile dealer that Ecomobile's Verizon based plans include Selectel-style voice and text roaming. However Ecomobile support denies that there's any roaming. I'd be interested in hearing from any users who manage to roam on Verizon's Extended network."

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    2. There's no roaming on ECO Mobile. The dealer who said there was nust have been mistaken.

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  3. While their prices aren't anything special (Lyca matches price on T-Mobile 100MB and beats it on 500MB,) here's hoping an MVNO pricing war breaks out.

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  4. Boom seems to beat Eco's offerings on Verizon and Boom inc. full postpaid roaming coverage for voice, messaging and data. Only thing I see in the + column for Eco is they have dealer network and have been around as a brand for 4x as long as Boom.

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  5. Do the $20/$25 plans include "UNLIMITED INTERNATIONAL CALLING TO 80+ COUNTRIES INCLUDING MEXICO & CANADA" like the $30 + plans?

    When I click to see the list on their site it only has about 40 countries??? Are there really 80 & is there a list of all 80 countries on their web site?

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    1. Ok, now I see about 75 countries, the popup table was not rendering correctly on my phone.

      @Dennis-
      Any word on international calling on the new $20/$25 plans?

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  6. The $25 plan is high speed for the first 500 MB, so what throttled speed is it afterwards? 64 or 128 kbps?

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  7. 100 kbps for throttled.
    And yes international for the new plans.
    30 day cycle.
    Yes autopay, no discounted autopay.

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  8. If Eco is including international calling for $20 they could challenge Ultra.

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    1. Does Ultra have the "n" international numbers per month restriction like Eco?
      In Eco's case n=15, if Ultra has a similar restriction what is n = to?

      What network is Ultra on? T-Mobile?

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    2. Yeah, T-Mobile, so there is that.

      It appears that for Ultra n MAY = 20. From acceptable use policy -

      "2. International Long Distance Service. If you have purchased an Unlimited Plan, Ultra Mobile may limit the number of unique international phone numbers your phone will be allowed to call to 20 unique international phone numbers per 30-day Service term; based on the international destinations covered by your plan. In such event, the 20 unique international numbers count will automatically reset when your next 30-day Service term begins, unless you purchase a new Unlimited Plan prior to the start of your next Service term. Please visit our website to learn more about the specific features and offerings of our international plans.All international long distance services included in our Service plans are handled by PLD, LLC (“PLD”) and are delineated on your invoices separately from the services provided by Ultra Mobile. PLD is not affiliated with Ultra Mobile."

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  9. Only makes sense vs. Boom (for those needing VZ network) if you do a lot of calling to included international countries.

    Not a single plan I admin. would do better $ wise giving up roaming for international calling vs. Boom + Localphone.

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  10. 5000 minutes is their limit on calls

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    1. Eco?
      Do they state that in writing anywhere? Where?
      I couldn't find it.

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    2. I believe that all MVNOs have secret caps on "unlimited" minutes. 5000 is pretty typical. If you really need that many minutes avoid MVNOs and only use the carrier brands; Cricket, MetroPCS, GoPhone, Verizon Prepaid, T-Mobile Prepaid, Boost or Virgin.

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    3. Thanks Dennis, never knew

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    4. I'm not going to berate those who use such minutes (unlike those who call those you use 1 GB out of a 4 GB RingPlus plan "data hogs" and "abusers".)

      ... I'm just amazed that anyone could put in 5000 minutes on phone calls a month.

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  11. Dennis: If there is a cap, how do we know how much minutes we used?. Postpaid service gives that option to check..

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    1. I don't know if ECO Mobile OLAM gives that information or not. If it doesn't there are apps that you can use.

      If you think you will come close enough to 5000 minutes (83 hours) of calls per month to have to track it, an MVNO probably isn't for you.

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  12. (I tried replying to Dennis Bournique's post about the 5000 minutes, but, for some reason, the Reply button doesn't appear in either my Firefox or IE 11 on that comment (although it's on other comments), so this is a standalone comment.)

    I have a Virgin phone with unlimited minutes and I have found an interesting thing that they do. They cut off the call RIGHT at the 2 hours 9 minute mark. Exactly at that point. I have tried this again and again. I place a call and I watch the counter and the call just stops at 2:09.

    I can call the person back and keep talking, but then again it cuts off at 2:09. I've done it 30 times over the past few months. It must be programmed into their system.

    If you have Virgin (or Boost), give it a try.

    My monthly minutes are wayyy below 5000 (actually only around 3000), so I assume it's not something they are doing just to me. I had a Boost phone 3 years ago and Boost would cut off the call at the 3 hr mark. Maybe Boost is now doing 2:09, too, since it's the same company.

    I think it's not uncommon. Someone in my family has Consumer Cellular, which I guess is ATT or TMobile and that cuts off the call RIGHT at 4 hrs.

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    1. Interesting info. I think the phone companies may be trying to limit the minutes used when both parties fail to end the call when they are finished.

      When a comment has a reply or replies, the Reply button is on the initial comment, not on any of the replies.

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    2. Cheap MVNOs operate on very thin margins. Endings calls after two hours is merely one of the ways they prevent heavy use customers from sucking up all the profits. H2O Wireless terminates international calls after an hour. You can always call back again immediately, but it's likely that most users don't, so even though it's not a hard limit, it comes close to performing like one.

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    3. "Endings calls after two hours is merely one of the ways they prevent heavy use customers from sucking up all the profits"

      And it terminates "Dead" calls, which seem to be so easy to do in my experience. Calls in which one or both parties think they hung up but didn't. So the phones stay connected for hours.

      I don't have any complaint over any carrier doing this, really.

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  13. Virgin mobile and boost mobile are not mvnos but directly owned prepaid divisions of Sprint. They usually have TRULY unlimited talk/text and have no middleman , unlike mvnos so they are at an advantage there. Plus they get better rates on data. If you are a heavy talk/texter, an mvno unlimited plan is always going to lose to a prepaid division like Boost, Cricket, Metro, Tmobile/Att/Verizon/Sprint prepaid, Virgin mobile and others. Most mvnos have a hidden talk/text cap . Typically from 3000 to 15000 for minutes. Similar for texts. Prepaid divisions have no caps, but they use techniques like the two hour cutoff.

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  14. Does ecomobile unlimited plan included unlimited international texting ?

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    1. Ecomobile monthly plans include unlimited international SMS.

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