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Selectel to Discontinue $100 Annual Plan

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I just heard from a Selectel  Wireless dealer that the Verizon MVNO will be discontinuing its $100 annual plan for LTE capable phones effective April 1, 2017. Current users are grandfathered and can keep the plan if they are already on it as of April 1.

I don't think the $100 plan was very popular. It includes 2000 minutes, 2000 messages and a minuscule 2.5 MB of data which can only be used for MMS. If you ran out of minutes texts or data before your year was up there was no way to add more.

Selectel's other annual plan, the $75/year plan for non-LTE capable phones, is not affected. It offers the same 2000 minutes and 2000 texts as the $100 plan but does not include any data. But unlike the discontinued $100 plan, 5¢/MB data can be added by purchasing a $10 Flex Card. The Flex Card can also used to add more minutes or texts at 5¢ per minute or text.

While I don't think many will miss the $100 plan, this is the second takeaway in less than a week by Selectel. On Tuesday Selectel announced that it was eliminating free voice roaming on all plans. Hopefully the elimination of the $100 plan is the first step in a badly needed revamp of Selectel's plan lineup.

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  1. Selectel started off as a seemingly viable substitute for Page Plus around 2013 (pre lte days for Verizon mvnos) . This was during the Tracfone buyout and amidst the uncertainty and fear that many Page Plus dealers who relied on it for a living went looking for a replacement or at least a companion product to back it up. Selectel along with being one of the then few Verizon mvnos out there , had a dealer program, good rates, at that time competitive plans and roaming. Four years later though, there are many more Verizon mvnos, they have eliminated roaming and dealers (despite the turmoil from Tracfone's ownership) are still with Page Plus or at least aren't completely discontinuing its use. Selectel has had a at first good relationship with dealers and then rocky as things such as inconsistent policies of dealer area protection, random removal of dealer codes , good and then bad then good again customer support. Recently, they were bought out at least partially by a Canadian company so the Selectel we see now is a somewhat different Selectel from four years ago when it seemed it was the Page Plus dealer's answer to their problems. As an independent carrying only one network, Selectel faces a tough future as most independents (including Page Plus which was and still is much bigger then Selectel) go multiple or are part of companies that offer multiple brands like Tracfone is. I wish Selectel luck as I'd like to see as many mvnos stay as independent as possible but because of the economies of scale and the fact that the parent carriers of the mvnos have life or death power over them with rates and even their very existence and service, it is tough to say. The mvno industry is currently in a doldrums it seems with older products stagnating , being taken over by bigger players and newer players entering a much more competitive field then seven years ago. The mvno business is easier to get in then ever but harder to survive in then ever too.

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    1. Just hope Carlos Slim does not do to them what he did to Page Plus, Tracfone, Simple Mobile.

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    2. Who said Slime is buying Selectel??

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  2. Without the "free" voice roaming, Selectel is finished. There are way too many other Verizon MVNOs with the same feature set and same/similar price points. The "free" voice roaming was the thing - the niche - that set them apart. Without it, I think they'll be closing up shop in pretty short order.

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    1. Cut too much into their profit, so they took roaming away. Unfortunately, I agree, this was a catch 22 move, and have now took away the only carrot they had distinguishing themselves from the other dime-a-dozen MVNOs. They are finished now, the fuse is lit.

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    2. I agree. The free roaming was the primary reason I chose Selectel. Without it I don't think they are competitive, although I think they have decent US based CS reps. I decided to drop Selectel and go with Verizon postpaid 5Gb plan for $45 (with autopay). I get faster internet, free roaming on the extended network and the ability to buy new phones with dpp. The price difference was close enough for me to make the jump.

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  3. RIP Selectel, you had a good run.

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  4. without roaming they need to reduce priced by 25% or more to stay competitive.

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  5. It ain't over until the fat lady sings .... as they say. I'm holding on to see what the next chapter brings. They've been a great deal for me.

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  6. I used to use the $75/year Selectel plan for a basic flip phone, which was perfect for a lightly used/emergency backup voice/text phone. Coverage was great with Verizon towers and the included roaming.

    However, buying data at 5¢ per MB on the LTE plan is quite expensive. That's $50 per GB!! So I agree that the $100 LTE plan has no place in the current smartphone market.

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    1. "the $75/year plan for non-LTE capable phones, is not affected. ...unlike the discontinued $100 plan, 5¢/MB data can be added by purchasing a $10 Flex Card."

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  7. I don't know where to post this, but I think everyone should be aware that Boom Mobile also no longer offers roaming on Verizon (actually, on any of their plans/networks) as of approximately 1 month ago. Confirmed with several different reps at Boom

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    1. Do you use Boom? If so has roaming stopped working? I have not seen any reports of roaming issues by Boom customers.

      I think what might be happening is that Boom may be planning to eliminate roaming soon. There's discussion on HowardForums about that possibility in this thread starting at post 346 where "Jeff H.", who is Boom's president and co-founder says,

      "There are certain sacrifices that will be made in order to move into other items such as HD voice ( VoLte)....we don't have all the particulars yet so please be patient and we will release it all. We are staying on the postpaid network we know that for sure."

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    2. Staying on the postpaid network by definition means roaming is still available. They may decide they have to charge extra for it but that is a different issue. Also with Verizon roaming is called extended network which creates a lot of unnecessary confusion. I hope Jeff H clears this up soon.

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