Thanks to a couple of PrepaidPhoneNews readers who shared who shared their discovery with me, I've found a new option for light users. It's SpeedTalk Mobile, a little known T-Mobile MVNO, that has a trio of $5 to $10 per 30 day plans that look very competitive at that price point.
First up, SpeedTalk offers a traditional Pay As You Go plan with rollover and rates of 5¢/minute, 2¢/text and 5¢/MB of data. Those are the best per unit prices I've seen for traditional pay as you go on a GSM network. The minimum top up is $10/30 days. Also available $30/60 days, $55/180 days and $100/365 days.
Something to watch out for with this plan is that rolled over funds expire after six refills. That means that if you refill with $10 every 30 days, anything left of the rollover with the first refill will disappear after the sixth refill.
I like pay as you go because, provided you use enough that your rollover doesn't expire, you only pay for exactly what you use. But for many light users SpeedTalk has a couple of $5/30 day plans that could be an even better deal.
I especially like SpeedTalk's non-rollover pay as you go plan, which they call the Low Cost PayGo Plan. It charges 2¢ per minute, text or MB of data. The minimum top up is $5/30 days. Also available are $7.50/30 days, $10/30 days, $25/60 days, $50/180 days and $100/365 days. That means that $5 buys you any combination of 250 total minutes plus texts plus MB's of data. In return for losing rollover, you get 60% cheaper data and minutes and half the minimum monthly cost. which seems like a fair trade off to me.
For users who don't need or want data, SpeedTalk offers a $5/30 days plan that includes 250 minutes and 250 texts, but no data.
All SpeedTalk plans support LTE data. Coverage is on the T-Mobile native network with no roaming. According to the readers who have tried SpeedTalk, prices are all-inclusive with no extra fees or taxes charged. SpeedTalk SIMs are free if purchased with any plan but shipping is $2.60.
SpeedTalk customer support hours are 8 AM to 7 PM PT every day. Activations, porting and refills can be processed on the SpeedTalk website. SpeedTalk plans to offer additional online account management options in late January, 2017. You can check your pay as you go balance 24/7 by dialing 888-373-9887.
In addition to the plans mentioned above, SpeedTalk has a bunch of other plans, including unlimited talk and text plans, that seem overpriced compared with SpeedTalk's T-Mobile based competitors like Ultra Mobile and MetroPCS. I'm not going to list them, but if you are interested you can find them on SpeedTalk's website.
Source: SpeedTalk Mobile