Expo Mobile (800-818-1597) is now or is about to begin activating Verizon LTE devices on the Verizon network with working LTE.
Although there has been no official announcement, Expo dealers have received email blasts containing the ExpoMobile is now available on both LTE NETWORKS graphic shown here. The red map and unqualified CDMA are MVNO-speak for Verizon, which apparently prohibits its MVNOs from mentioning its name or even the letter V!
More evidence of Verizon LTE support can be found on the Expo site's BYOD compatibility check page. When you choose Verizon from the Your Device Type is... dropdown on that page, the message For LTE devices, it is required to use Expo Mobile SIM card. Need an Expo SIM? Order here. But when I tried to purchase a SIM the Expo site required me to purchase a plan and only CDMA-S (Sprint) plans were listed!
I called Expo and was told I could order a Verizon SIM from phone support for $15 and that Verizon LTE phones could be activated on any Expo plan, including pay as you go and that LTE would work. On the other hand, a PrepaidPhoneNews reader who called Expo was told that Verizon LTE phones could NOT be activated. When the same reader ran the MEID of a Verizon Moto X through Expo's BYOD compatibility checker the checker said the phone was OK for activation.
The bottom line is that I think Expo is activating Verizon LTE phones but only though dealers or by calling Expo support. If you call it may take a few tries before you get a rep who knows that Verizon LTE activations are possible and how to do them.
The table below lists Expo's Verizon based plans. The monthly plans aren't very competitive against Verizon based offerings from PagePlus, Straight Talk or Selectel, but the Pay As You Go plan, particularly if LTE is available on it, is notable for having low rates and a low enough monthly minimum that the lack of roll over isn't that big of a deal.
|Pay As You Go 1 |
$3.33/month and up
|$30/month||Unlimited 2||Unlimited 3||N/A|
|$40/month||Unlimited 2||Unlimited 3||1 GB|
|$50/month||Unlimited 2||Unlimited 3||2 GB|
|$60/month||Unlimited 2||Unlimited 3||3 GB|
2 "Unlimited" minutes limited to 4000 minutes per Expo terms and conditions.
3 "Unlimited" texts limited to 5000 on the $30 plan and 7000 on other plans per Expo terms and conditions.
If any readers get a Verizon LTE phone working on Expo, please leave a comment detailing your experiences activating as well as which plan you are on.
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