We initially heard that additional voice minutes would be 2¢ each. While that's more less true, there are some gotchas in the details. To get more minutes customers first need to set up an "Ultra Wallet" and fund it with $2.50 or more using a credit or debit card, recharge PIN or with cash at an Ultra dealer.
Once you have an Ultra Wallet you can buy "UltraUP' bundles of minutes at any time either online, by calling 611 or by sending a text command to 7770. Available bundles are 50 minutes for $1, 125 Minutes for $2.50 and 250 minutes for $5. Additional minutes are added to any minutes remaining in your account. Added minutes expire at the end of the current plan month, they do not roll over.
The Ultra Wallet can also be used to purchase more data. On the $19 and $29 plans, which do not include unlimited data, you can buy additional data in buckets of 50 MB for $2.50, 250 MB for $5 or 500 MB for $10. On the $39, $49 and $59 plans, only the $10, 500 MB bucket is available.
There are a couple of things to watch out for when buying additional data. When you buy more data, it replaces any data remaining data in the account rather than adding to it. So you need to wait until all your data is gone before adding more to avoid losing money and data. Also added data expires at the end of the current plan month just like added minutes do.
You can also use the funds in your Ultra Wallet to pay for international calls and to buy more data. International calling is straight forward. It reduces the balance in the wallet by the cost of each call. There are no buckets to buy and the funds in the wallet do not appear to expire.
My take is that the $19 plan is a good deal for an unlimited text plan with some minutes and data. The processes for adding more data and minutes needs a lot of work, however.
For more about the Ultra Wallet and UltraUp see the Ultra Mobile web site.
Here are updated details of Ultra's new plan lineup:
|Plan||Price per Month||Voice||Text (domestic & international)||MMS||Data||International Call Credit|
|Talk & Text||$19||250 1||Unlimited||Limited to available data||50 MB at 4G speeds 2||$1.25 4|
|Talk & Text +||$29||Unlimited||Unlimited||Limited to available data||50 MB at 4G speeds 2||2.50 4|
|Talk Text & Data+||$39||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited at 128 Kbps 3||$5 4|
|Talk Text & Data+||$49||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited (1 GB at 4G speeds) 3||$10 4|
|Talk Text & Data+||$59||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited (2 GB at 4G speeds) 3||$20 4|
2 Additional 4G data is available: 50 MB for $2.50, 250 MB - $5, 500 MB $10. Added data replaces any remaining data in the account and expires at the end of the current plan month
3 Additional 4G data is available: 500 MB for $10. Added data replaces any remaining data in the account and expires at the end of the current plan month
4 Additional international call credit is available for $2.50 and up. International credit included with plans expires at the end of each billing cycle. Purchased international credit does not expire.