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Good Deal For Light Users: SpeedTalk Mobile - $5/30days for 250 Combined Minutes, Texts or MB's

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Most of the activity and the strongest competition in prepaid lately has been around plans with unlimited minutes and messaging. The going rate for unlimited talk and text from an MVNO has dropped to $20/month and that often includes a little data too. But there aren't many choices or deals for smart customers who know how many minutes, texts and MB's of data they need, and don't want to pay extra for unneeded "unlimited".

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



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  1. I like TF for light use, though at the moment I am bouncing between R+ and FP for free accounts. Thanks for posting something related to light use.

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  2. Yes, thank you for this post! Ive been looking for an alternative to tf for a long time. Unfortunately, being in AZ, ive got to have verizon coverage, so this one isnt for me, but keep em coming!

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    1. Without roaming, this won't work in half the country. Low usage indeed, enforced by T-Mobile's lack of coverage.

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  3. Currently paying US Mobile $4/month for 100 MB. This would be more data for not much more money. Looking at SpeedTalk's web site, based on icons in other offerings it seems like perhaps the low-cost paygo doesn't include LTE... anyone know otherwise? Also, do they allow hotspot?

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    1. Good point, I've removed alll references to LTE from the post until I find out if it's available on the low price plans.

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  4. Tracfone is the best for light usage. Data is $10/GB, networks are ATT/Verizon, and they're not liable to shut down at moments notice.

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    1. TracFone also offers service on T-mobile and supports 4G LTE on all three top carriers.

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    2. How fast does the 1GB expire? What if I use zero minutes, zero texts, and around 250 MB per month-- how much will I pay? Sounds like with SpeedTalk it would be $5. Can Tracfone beat that price with some variation of their overcomplicated plans?

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    3. aap,
      As long as you don't let your service days expire, talk, text, and date roll over indefinitely.

      Any idea how much talk and text you average per month? Check out the airtime prices on TracFone.com .

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    4. It costs a minimum of $5/month (using the $50/year "Supersize option" just to keep a TracFone account active. That's just for service time, no minutes, texts or data. The second cheapest option is $6.67/month ($19.99 every 90 days) which, on smartphones and BYOP, provides 180 minutes, 180 texts and 180 MB (60 of each per month).

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    5. aap,
      If you only need 250MB/month, no talk or text, then you have rollover on TracFone, but it's much more than $5/month. Sounds like SpeedTalk is a better deal for you.

      With TracFone, you must have service days, then any combinations of talk, text, and data, depending on your usage needs.

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    6. PureTalk USA $10 Senior plan looks good for light users. ATT network.

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  5. I went to the SpeedTalk website and went through the ordering process. The first thing it presents me with is a list of plans and the $5 plan I see in the list (at https://speedtalkmobile.com/expoaws/speed.aspx/PlansList) is the 2 cents per minute, text and MB. Where is the plan with no data, but 250 mins and 250 texts?

    Also, I added a phone to the shopping cart and it is charging me 9% sales tax on the phone. That is the sales tax rate in Los Angeles, where they are based. I don't believe it is legal to charge someone who is NOT in their state the sales tax of that state. Firstly, I am in a state 3000 miles away and, secondly, what I would owe is the sales tax to my OWN state, not to California. I believe that what they are doing may be illegal. I am going to send a message to the Treasury department in my state to let them know that this company is doing this.

    I called SpeedTalk and ended up talking to a woman with a heavy accent who didn't make much sense. That gives you an idea of the kind of customer service you'd get if you signed up with these people.

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    1. The $5 250 minutes, 250 texts, no data plan is under "Special Plans" about half way down the plans page.

      I agree that SpeedTalk should not be charging California sales tax to non-California residents.

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    2. It looks like SpeedTalk has removed the $5 (250 min + 250 text) plan. Too bad.

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  6. Speed Talk's $9 plan with 250 minutes, 250 texts and 250MB of data doesn't seem like a bad deal either. But it does look like all of their PayGo and low-cost plans lack LTE data. Maybe HSPA?

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  7. Thanks to Dennis for the write-up. Speedtalk is now on my "light use" list.

    I like the $5/month plan, 250 min + 250 texts. No tax, free SIM, shipping $2.60 = $7.60 total. For lighter use, the ShopCellDeal's deal of $20 for 800 min/yr incl free phone is still a better deal for its flexibility. But this fits well into the range of usage options.

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    1. Which provider offers 800 minutes for $20?

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    2. Sorry, my mistake. ShopCellDeal had an Alcatel A383G TracFone with a bundled 800 minutes for $20. But I just checked and it looks like it's no longer available.

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  8. Expo Mobile is way overpriced EXCEPT in the PayGo department: 2 cents per minute or text (no data) refill @ $10 per 90days

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  9. I like h2o prepay. $10 for 90 days with rollover and att coverage.

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    1. Been using the h20 $10/90 days, with auto revharge $9/90 days, and if you do it on the phone the first charge is also able to be $9, for close to a year, no problems.

      Also, get your sim from ebay, on h20's site, they charge about 10 dollars for the sim, on ebay, it 99 cents

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  10. I emailed CS questions about their paygo monthly plan $5.00, 2¢ for talk, sms, mb data for 30 DAYS,

    What is the data speed?

    Can you disable voicemail and sms on your side?

    Are taxes/fees included in price?

    Do you round data to nearest KB or MB?

    And they said,

    Data Speeds depend on your device capabilities, we can disable Voicemail and SMS features but it is only temporarily you will have to request it every time you refill your account. There are no taxes and fees, however if your account balance is depleted your account will get suspended. Our DATA is rounded to the neares KB.
    Aldo on the Lowcost plans we do not offer roaming, this is only available for our pay as you go plans 5C/voice & MB & 2c/TEXT.

    Data Speed may vary based on the coverage area.

    The Highest DATA speed is LTE

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    1. SpeedTalk's reply is confusing but I think that they are saying that the $5, 2¢/MB plan does support LTE.

      It's also interesting that they claim that roaming is available on the 5¢/min pay as you go plan.

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  11. I also asked about rollover and auto recharge and they said,

    Yes we do offer Auto-Recharge for all of our plans, We also offer Roll-Over for our Pay as you go plans.


    Almost seems too good to be true, it's too bad they can't permanently disable features you don't want. And there's no online account tracking for itemized usage (like Ting and Ring+) there's only 611 which tells you your current balance left on money.

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  12. Dear Dennis, I'm a SpeedTalk Mobile Executive and can tell you that we offer NO roaming on any plan.
    also we support LTE 3G and 2G on all plans.
    we Do not Charge taxes on out of state equipment sales, we will look into the website to make sure it dose not charge California Taxes for out of state customers.
    On Line customer account management will be accessible in late January 2017.

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    1. Thanks for the clarification. I've updated the post based on the information you provided.

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  13. Dennis, I wanted to clarify that SpeedTalk Mobile Customer support is 7 days a week from 8am to 6pm. activations, porting and refills can be processed on our website 24/7 in a very simple way.

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    1. That's good. The shopping cart page on the SpeedTalk site (the only place I could find support hours) says "NEED ASSISTANCE? 1-866-701-5577 Contact us today! MONDAY-FRIDAY 8AM-5PM PT"

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  14. Some great info on this page between write-up & comments. I'm currently seeking a good plan for my GSM smartwatch (watch does not use cellular data.) Something that would allow certain calls and texts through.This looks good, though maybe other people will have input.

    Previously I ha the T-mo wearables plan for $5, but I no longer have a pospaid line with Tmobile. So it would be $15 and is too much for a watch....

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    1. If you expect to use fewer than about 100 combined minutes and outgoing texts per month LycaMobile pay as you go would be less expensive than SpeakEasy. See Prepaid Operator Profile - Lycamobile for details.

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    2. Look like the SpeedTalk Mobile Low Cost PayGo is ideal plan for smart watches, It charges 2¢ per minute, text or MB of data. The minimum top up is $5/30 days. why would you use Lyca???

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    3. As I said, Lycamobile would cost less than SpeedTalk if your use is less than 100 combined minutes and outgoing texts per month. If you use more than that SpeedTalk would be cheaper cheaper.

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  15. I have been using Speedtalk's Special 250 min and 250 texts for $5 since July 2016. No taxes. No fees. $5 total. And I do use this on my watch phone.

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    1. Great! Did you have to do anything odd to get the watch on there? Like plug in IMEI of a compatible phone and than switch the sim manually? I'm going to jump on this.

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  16. No. I just inserted the sim I into the watch. DZ09 and most recently a QW09 Android watch phone. Both work great on Speedball.

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  17. I agree that this is a good option for light users. There were some very negative comments and dire warnings about Speedtalk (in all caps, mind you) over at HoFo a couple years ago. But to be fair to Speedtalk those comments are over two years old and perhaps the company has improved service since then.

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    1. SpeedTalk's ownership and management team did change two years ago on FEBRUARY 2015.

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  18. They do yearly plans on ebay. The 250min/250text/250mb each month for a year for $99 for example. It states LTE data.

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  19. Expo's "Grandma Plan" $10 for 90 days can be on verizon (no data available), only 2cents per min/sms

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  20. "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."

    Not completely true. Pix Wireless, which isn't covered on this site, offers a paygo plan on AT&T and Sprint with rates of 4¢/min, 2¢/text, 8¢/MB, $10/30days.

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