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Lycamobile's $55 Plan Now Includes Unlimited, Unthrottled Data

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T-Mobile MVNO Lycamobile has upgraded its $55 plan to included unlimited, unthrottled high speed data. There are a couple caveats, however. Tethering and hotspot are prohibited and if the user consumes more than 32 GB in a 30 day plan month, data speeds are subject to deprioritization for the rest of the month, whenever the network is congested.

Lycamobile also increased the amount of data included with its $35/30 day plan from 2 to 4 GB per month. Here's Lycamobile's monthly plan lineup after the latest changes:
  • $19/30 days - 100 MB of data at 4G speeds, unlimited calls to 60 countries
  • $23/30 days - unlimited data (1 GB at 4G speeds), unlimited calls to 60 countries, $1.50 international call credit, $1.50 international call credit
  • $29/30 days - unlimited data (1 GB at 4G speeds),  unlimited calls to 65 countries, $2.50 int'l call credit.
  • $35/30 days - unlimited data (4 GB at 4G speeds), unlimited calls to 30 countries
  • $39/30 days - unlimited data (1 GB at 4G speeds),  unlimited calls to 70 countries, $6.25 int'l call credit.
  • $45/30 days - unlimited data (5 GB at 4G speeds), unlimited calls to 30 countries
  • $49/30 days - unlimited data (1 GB at 4G speeds), unlimited calls to 30 countries, $25 int'l call credit.
  • $55/30 days - unlimited data at 4G speeds, no included international calls or credit
  • $59/30 days - unlimited data (3 GB at 4G speeds), unlimited calls to 70 countries, $5 int'l call credit.
All plans include unlimited domestic calls and MMS and unlimited domestic and international SMS. $45 and higher plans include 200 minutes and 200 texts of off network roaming per plan month. Data roaming is not available.

In other Lycamobile changes, the family plan that Lycamobile introduced last month is now available online. Initially the family plan could only be activated at Lycamobile dealers or by calling Lycamobile customer support. However, the online form currently only supports the activation of new family plan accounts, converting existing single line accounts into a family plans still recalls a visit to a dealer or a phone call.

The family plan is based on the $45 5 GB plan and is priced as follows:
  • 2 lines for $80 (a savings of $10)
  • 3 lines for  $105 (a savings of $30)
  • 4 lines for $120 (a savings of $60)
  • 5 lines for $125 (a savings of $100)
Unlimited high speed data plans from MVNOs are rare. The only other ones I'm aware of are from TracFone's Simple Mobile and Telcel America, both of which, like Lycamobile, are T-Mobile MVNOs. Traditionally, mobile operators have charged MVNOs by the MB of data and have not offered unlimited data bundles to MVNOs. That makes it risky for an MVNO to offer a truly unlimited data plan. The fact that three T-Mobile MVNOs are now offering unlimited high speed data plans suggests that T-Mobile is now allowing MVNOs to buy and resell lines of service that include unlimited (subject to deprioritization) high speed data. Hopefully, this practice will spread to the other operators.

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  1. Amazing...perhaps the rumors of Lyca's decline is overstated...

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    1. ....or their desperation is understated

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    2. Desperation? Oh, you mean like Verizon POSTPAID offering unlimited everything for $45 a line if you go 4 lines or more.

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    3. yep, which I have, although their desperation is magnitudes less friend.

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  2. Are international calls circuit switched or voIP?

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    1. Circuit switched between the phone and the tower. After that it's anybody's guess but virtually all calls today are packet switched once they reach the backbone.

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  3. So its unthrottled data as long as you don't go over a limit then its throttled? Just like every unlimited plan out there.

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    1. Deprioritized, not throttled. There is a difference.

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  4. Without data roaming, Lycamobile will only work in about half of the places Americans live, work, and play. A poor, substandard, noncompetitive product at a lower price is stull a poor and substandard product... even if a little more competitive.

    And the speed of the data doesn't matter when in half of the places, it is "throttled" to zero by lack of any coverage at all (and Lyca's boneheaded decision not let users roam outside a small area for data)

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    1. What MVNO offers data roaming besides Project Fi? I don't mean a measly 200 MB, either.

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    2. OP's head still stuck in coverage map. Doesn't know that the vast majority of USA people live, work and play within Tmo coverage area.
      If you need data roaming off net, Consumer Cellular has it.

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  5. Does 4g mean hspa or lte?

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  6. Have you ever dealt with their customer service???
    On a par with Tracfone, Net10, H2O. Abysmal.

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    1. Lyca was horrid as my number I ported in got stuck. They will say yes and say it is done on the phone but nothing happens.

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  7. not impressed but I hope they stay in business.

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  8. Is there any hotspot or tethering?

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    1. The answer is in the third sentence of the article. ;-)

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  9. When I see complaints about MVNO customer service, I always wonder what the complainer's baseline is:

    -An MNO?
    -An MVNO (from personal experience?)
    -An MVNO (with somewhat of an accepted sterling rep?)

    And does 'you get what you pay for' ever figure into the expectations?

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  10. Lyca's customer service is better than H2O and Tracfone. Keep up Lyca!

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  11. Lyca hasn't been relevant since they nixed their old paygo rates.

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  12. so 4g ..not 4G LTE

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