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Charge Will No Longer Offer Voice and Text Plans Starting Jan. 17

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Last March 2016, a new MVNO launched on Sprint's network as a data only provider. After its launch, it decided to offer talk and text plans to its customers.

Today's development, however, retracts the MVNO's decision to offer text and call plans. According to their announcement, Charge will be discontinuing these plans for new line activations starting January 17. Despite this announcement, current subscribers will get to keep their plans for an indefinite period. The MVNO, however, reiterates that the plans may be phased out in a later date.

Asked on why these changes were made, Charge points to government regulations imposed for companies offering voice and SMS functionality. Considering the MVNO's main focus is on providing data, those regulation costs may be a bit too much for Charge to keep up. And since there is already a highly competitive market for MVNOs offering text and call plans, Charge may want to focus on what they do best.

So starting January 17, Charge will be offering its data only plans at $13/GB with an account fee of $3/month. When you sign up with Charge, you do not need to sign an annual contract or have to pay for activation fees or worry about bill overages. Their data is pay as you go and does not expire, allowing you to pay only for what you use. All the plans include tethering already and data sharing across multiple devices.

Charge is also currently running a promotion so you can enjoy one of their deals. Under this promotion, you can get the following:
  • Buy 3GB ($39), Get 500 MB free
  • Buy 5GB ($65), Get 1GB free
  • Buy 8GB ($104), Get 2GB free
 To learn more about Charge's data only plan offers, visit their website.


Source: BestMVNO

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    1. Not really; the data doesn't expire.

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  2. Not even a good value compared to my T-Mobile $30/mo secret plan, which offers 5GB of LTE data (with some allotted for courtesy tethering) + free texting and free 100 minutes of voice.

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    1. *not so secret plan

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    2. You can't realistically compare MVNO plans to the $30 plan. They just can't compete with that price.

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    3. I'm willing to bet that there are many MVNO plans that completely smoke the "secret plan" in terms of success at competing for subscribers.

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    4. You just substantiated the secret plan in that most people don't even realize the value, and the fact that it's a prepaid plan.

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    5. ...or its secrecy.

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  3. Just who are they targeting with those prices? There are plenty of cheaper alternatives for budget-conscious consumers, while businesses would almost certainly prefer the reliability of one of the big two carriers. I don't get it.

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    1. Never expiring data will always be more expensive than use it or lose it data. Charge is less expensive than other never expiring options like Karma Non-stop or Internet on the Go.

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    2. Well, never expires or expires upon the MVNO's death...

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  4. $13 A Gig is all that expensive considering it doesn't expire.

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