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Smartel T-Mobile Plans Now Businesses Only

You might remember last week we wrote about a new company called Smartel which sold service on both Verizon and T-Mobile. What caught my attention was the insanely cheap T-Mobile plans–$35 for 10 GB. While originally open to all, these plans are now only available for businesses.

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Get 15% off Lycamobile Plans

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T-Mobile MVNO Lycamobile is one of the many companies that doesn’t get a whole of press here on Prepaid Reviews, simply because it is actually a bit more stable than some of the other companies. While there has been some upheaval over the old SIMs versus the new SIMs, for the most part Lycamobile has some pretty interesting plan options for customers interested in international calling. And, for a limited time, you can get 15% off of a new plan and SIM purchase.

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TextNow Giving Away Free Moto G

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I almost hesitate to write about this, but TextNow is pushing the final stretch of its Back to School Sale this week and customers looking to take advantage of it might be able to score a free 2014 Moto G with the purchase of a monthly plan. Of course, supplies are extremely limited and the promotion itself will end in on September 20, 2015 or when supplies run out.

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Rok Mobile to offer Unlimited Video Streaming

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There are a lot of different MVNO choices for customers looking for a good prepaid deal. But, for music and media fans, ROK Mobile is definitely worth a look. This little MVNO offers service through T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon but more importantly it includes music streaming with its plans. And, starting in 2016 the company has announced that it will also offer unlimited video service for customers.

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New Company Offers Cheap 10 GB T-Mobile Plan

Data lovers rejoice! A new wireless reseller has been making a splash in the mobile community lately with a really great 10 GB plan price which happens to be discounted through September 20, 2015. The company, Smartel Mobile, soft launched a couple months ago and currently offers service through both T-Mobile and Verizon, with Sprint and AT&T coverage “coming soon.” The deal looks great, but it sounds like the company is a little shady.

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Jolt Mobile Changes Plan Lineup

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Despite being rather little-known, Jolt Mobile has been around since 1995 and offers fairly stable service through AT&T’s network. However, this MVNO recently made some pretty significant changes to its plan lineups including the discontinuance of its Affordable Flex Plans, which simply gave customers a set amount of money to divide between texts, minutes or MB.

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Best AT&T MVNO Plans

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Next to Verizon, I think that everyone can agree that AT&T has one of the most complete networks. While AT&T’s prices aren’t quite as astronomical as Verizon’s, it is still a little on the pricey side. Fortunately, AT&T has several MVNOs. Unfortunately, most of them actually aren’t that great.

However, if you’re looking for some of the best AT&T plans, then you’re in the right place! As always, there are a couple of companies that stand out as the best value but if you know of another competitor that offers something better, let me know in the comments!

Anyway, as of right now here are my current top picks:

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Ultra Mobile Drops International Rates

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If you’re big on international calling, then T-Mobile MVNO Ultra Mobile is a company that you definitely should be familiar with. The company has a wide range of international calling options and some international minutes included with almost all of the available plans. And, the best new is that some of those rates are going down.

Effective last week, Ultra Mobile has dropped the per-minute rates to call the following locations:

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RingPlus Might Link Twitter to Voicemail

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RingPlus, a Sprint MVNO, announced earlier this week that it is working on what might be one of the most useless and ridiculous services to ever be offered to prepaid customers: the ability to link your Twitter account to your voicemail. The details right now are pretty vague and I have to admit that there are a select few people for whom this service might actually be helpful, but for the majority of users I expect it’s going to either be a waste of time or a colossal embarrassment waiting to happen.

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Take 50% Off Your First Month with Kitty Wireless

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Verizon probably hast the best network currently so it’s no surprise that it’s the network everyone focuses on. We’ve talked a bit about several of the MVNOs that use Verizon, but easily the most popular one is Page Plus. And, while Page Plus is a TracFone company and doesn’t do promotions very much, Page Plus reseller Kitty Wireless does.

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Sprint to Shutter WiMAX in November

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In April, Sprint confirmed that it would be shutting down its WiMAX network in the first week of November. While Sprint’s WiMAX network didn’t really have all that much coverage or widespread adoption (mostly due to the painfully slow roll out and the emergence of LTE), there are still some MVNOs and phones circulating that use this network.

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RingPlus Announces New Promo Opening Today

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Unsurprisingly, RingPlus has announced yet another promotion this week aimed at new customers. This little Sprint MVNO has been rolling out a flurry of promotions recently with a new one almost every week. It’s a little complicated and I’m not really sure what the reasoning behind all of the promotions is, exactly, but some of them are pretty good deals.

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Puppy Wireless Adds Data to Plan Lineup

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Verizon doesn’t really have all that many MVNOs to keep up with, but one that we don’t write about a whole lot is Puppy Wireless. Owned by Page Plus reseller Kitty Wireless, Puppy is one of the newest Verizon MVNOs and it recently made some pretty significant changes to its plan lineup.

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BYO Shutting Down Tomorrow

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Prepaid MVNOs come and go almost as often as the seasons. Some companies handle the switch really well and give customers notice, refunds and plenty of time to jump ship. Others simply fold in on themselves, close lines of communication and leave their formerly loyal customers wondering what on earth is going on. And, unfortunately, BYO seems to be falling in the latter category. As the deadline for moving all customers over is tomorrow, the information trickling out of BYO is more confusing than helpful.

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BYO Wireless Merging with Budget Mobile

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Today is a sad, sad day for the prepaid market. I discovered today that BYO Wireless has started hinting at what many have been speculating for months–that the company will soon be folded into Lifeline provider and parent company Budget Mobile. There isn’t a lot of information, but folks, it’s not looking too good.

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Harbor Mobile Drops T-Mobile, Jumps to AT&T

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I haven’t written a lot about MVNO Harbor Mobile for a couple of reasons, foremost of which is that the company is a business MVNO and to sign up customers must prove that they are business owners. Sole proprietors and entrepreneurs are allowed. However, the company seems to have hit a rough spot a few months ago and abruptly stopped accepting new signups, leading many to speculate that Harbor Mobile was going under. But, as it turns out, they are instead simply jumping ship from T-Mobile to AT&T.

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Prepaid Faceoff: RingPlus vs FreedomPop

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With the massive number of prepaid MVNOs and carrier options, it’s sometimes hard to keep track of it all and even harder to compare and decide which company is the right one for you. So, every once in a while we’re going to go through and do a Face-off of two popular companies, comparing plans and services to help you better decide.

Today, we’ll look at Sprint MVNOs RingPlus, and FreedomPop, both of which offer free services with premium upgrades and wifi options.

Here’s how they compare:

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Updated: RingPlus Debuts New Promos

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RingPlus, that little Sprint MVNO that has been getting a lot of press here recently has announced that it will hosting a second round of its “Don’t Get Milked” promo which first went live last Sunday. Since I don’t generally work on Sundays, I didn’t get a chance to write about it, but it looks like this newest iteration of the promo is timed a little better.

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Ultra Mobile Ups Data, Adds New Countries

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Ultra Mobile, the T-Mobile MVNO that focuses heavily on international calling, has announced several changes to its plan lineup. Several of Ultra Mobile’s plans received an upgrade including increased minutes, more data or additional countries available for international calling.

Here are the changes:

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Pure TalkUSA Expands to Kmart, Sears

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It’s always nice to see an MVNO moving up in the world and expanding beyond an online presence. It looks like AT&T MVNO Pure TalkUSA are now available not only online but also in more than 1,600 Sears and Kmart stores nationwide.

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FAQ: What is an MVNO?

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Every single market, no matter what it is, has its own abbreviations and phrases that are used by enthusiasts and specialists alike. Many times newcomers are left on their own to decipher what all of these terms mean. In the world of prepaid phones, easily the most common and confusing term is MVNO because, generally speaking, it never comes with any context clues. Either you know it or you’re lost.

So, for those of you who have been curious about what an MVNO is and why are we always talking about it, we’ll take a quick look:

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TextNow Wireless Available at Fry’s Electronics

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It’s always nice to see an MVNO moving up in the world and it looks like Sprint MVNO TextNow Wireless is doing just that. As of yesterday, the company announced that it will have a retail presence inside of Fry’s Electronics stores nationwide and that it will be offering two new devices.

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Good2Go Adds LTE, Rollover Data, New Plans

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Good2Go Mobile, an AT&T and Sprint MVNO, did some major shakeup of its plans recently. In fact, it’s probably easier to simply say what HASN’T changed than what has, but I’ll do my best. We’ll take a look at a couple of the more important changes first, and then see what the plan lineup looks like!

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RingPlus Offers 3 Months Free Service Deal

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I’ve been writing a lot about Sprint MVNO RingPlus here recently as it has gained a lot of traction. And, in the wake of all of the new plans, free options and company changes RingPlus debuted a fantastic deal today for anyone who has been considering jumping to RingPlus but still has reservations.

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Apple Considering Joining MVNO Race

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UDATE: Apple is now saying that it has no plans to launch an MVNO, despite recent reports. I guess only time will tell.

It’s absolutely no secret that Apple is a huge fan of controlling as much of the phone experience as possible from creating their own devices, operating system and app store. Well, according to an article by Business Insider, it looks like Apple is working slowly towards launching its own MVNO service as well.

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Unified Signal Launches MyTime Wireless

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Late last month, a new MVNO entered the market. Launched by Unified Signal, the new company offers services through several of the Big Four companies and has more plan options than you can shake a stick at. It’s pretty insane. Being as they are extremely new, I haven’t tried them yet (obviously) but we’ll go over some of the major details in case you’re feeling brave and wanting to switch.

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Pure TalkUSA Debuts Military Plans

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Lots of different companies have discounts and special benefits for military service veterans and current military members. And it looks like as of today, Pure TalkUSA should be added to the list. This AT&T MVNO debuted a new line of slightly discounted plans, called Serve and Save Plans. These discounts are for verified military members only and come with a couple other benefits on other partner sites.

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H2O Makes Plan Changes

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So, apparently H2O has made some pretty major plan changes, nearly all of which I pretty completely missed. Oops. Anyway, I noticed them, finally, and wanted to give you all an update on the company and its plan changes. It looks like since we last wrote about H2O they have not only added several unlimited plans but also increased data and debuted a limited time offer with unlimited calling to Mexican landlines. Whew! The company actually is fairly competitive now and worth a look if you like AT&T’s coverage.

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Lycamobile Changes Plan Lineup

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Things are always changing in the mobile industry, and the prepaid sector sees those changes far more than just about anyone else. Continuing the host of recent changes to various prepaid carriers, Lycamobile looks like it has made some major shifts in its plan offerings of late including cutting prices and adding data or international calling minutes.

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RingPlus Debuts Minute, Text, Data Add-Ons

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RingPlus, a Sprint MVNO, has made a lot of changes in the last couple of months including debuting an entire new line of plans and adding two free plans to its lineup. Well, it looks like RingPlus has been listening to its customers yet again and has added some data, text and minute add-on buckets this week.

Here are the add-ons:

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TPO to launch on Tuesday

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Last year, UK company The People’s Operator (TPO) raised funds to expand to the United States and in January officially announced that it would be launching this year with Sprint’s network. Well, according to an article by USA Today, TPO is expected to formally launch its US offerings as soon as next Tuesday.

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RingPlus Reopens Registration, Pepper Plan

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If you were one of the dozens of people who had some issues signing up for a new RingPlus plan over the last few days, be comforted to know that you weren’t alone. And, furthermore, not only are the issues fixed, but RingPlus is offering top-up bonuses to all potential customers and all customers whose phone connections were compromised.

These are the offers that RingPlus announced on their discourse page yesterday:

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America Movil Considering Adding Roaming

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Reuters reported on Thursday that Mexican telecommunications giant America Movil is considering adding some form of international roaming between Mexico and the United States for its postpaid and eventually prepaid plans. America Movil currently owns several of the largest prepaid companies including TracFone, Straight Talk, Net10, Simple Mobile and Page Plus Wireless.

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RingPlus Announces Third Free Plan

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RingPlus has been on a kick here recently with more plan changes and new free plans than you can shake a stick at. And, it looks like soon it’ll be adding yet another free plan. There aren’t any specifics as to whether this plan will be limited time, like the Pepper plan, or available constantly like the Free plan.

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PureTalk USA Adds LTE to Plans

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AT&T has been adding LTE to its prepaid MVNOs slowly but surely over the last couple of years, with Red Pocket, H2O and Straight Talk all among the companies to already offer 4G services to their customers. Well, it looks like PureTalk USA can finally be added to that list.

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ROK Mobile Expands Reach, Adds Coverage

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Music streaming has become extremely popular in the last few years and with the recent introduction of Apple Music, I only expect that streaming will become more and more the norm. This tends to cause a problem for music lovers, as streaming anything can really eat up your data. There are a few prepaid companies that allow customers to stream music for free, and the most unusual of them is ROK Mobile.

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UBI Resurrects Helio Brand

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UBI Telecom, a company that caters to Korean speakers in the United States, has officially resurrected and relaunched former Sprint MVNO Helio. Talk about a blast from the past right? Helio, for those of you who weren’t following us then, went through a series of complicated transfers when it ran out of money. It was picked up by Virgin Mobile, then subsequently dropped when Virgin was acquired by Sprint. Now, Helio is owned by UBI Telecom and is currently signing up customers again.

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Defense Mobile Ups Data

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I hope that everyone is having a really great Independence Day!! It’s all thanks to the US Military that Americans everywhere can take the day to have a BBQ, shoot off fireworks and generally just celebrate. So, today I thought it was especially appropriate to talk a bit about Defense Mobile, a prepaid wireless company that offers service to active and former US military members.

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Lycamobile Pushing PayGo Customers to New SIMs

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T-Mobile MVNO Lycamobile has been trying to get customers to switch from its “old” SIMs to the newer LM Plus SIM cards which offer different plans and services. Many people have been hesitant to switch because of PayGo differences between the SIMs, but it looks like Lycamobile is no longer giving PayGo customers an option.

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RingPlus Announces New Free Plan

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Sprint MVNO RingPlus has made several big changes in the last month or so including overhauling its entire plan lineup and introducing a new free plan that grants customers a limited amount of minutes, texts and MB for the monthly cycle. Yesterday, the company announced that it would be adding a secondary free plan as a promotional offering. Then, about two hours later, pulled the plan from the site and stated it would no longer be accepting new customers under that plan.

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GoSmart Adds $30 Unlimited Facebook Plan

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Like the highly-advertised MetroPCS, GoSmart Mobile uses T-Mobile’s network and is actually also owned by the Uncarrier. It’s easy to forget about GoSmart, as the company doesn’t have any particularly good deals or really all that many promotions and such for customers. In fact, we hardly ever write about it at all. However, it has come to my attention that GoSmart recently added a new plan to its lineup which might interest some Facebook users.

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US Mobile Plan Overview

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Launched in September 2014, US Mobile has a rather unusual plan structure which lets customers tailor the plans to their own needs. The company operates on the idea that customers shouldn’t have to pay for things they don’t’ really need (no matter how much we’ve been trained to think we do) and so aside from texting, there are no unlimited options. The company is owned by GSM Nation and runs on T-Mobile’s network. The company is actually set up pretty similar to Ting, except it is fully prepaid instead of postpaid.

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RingPlus Debuts New June Promotions

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RingPlus has debuted a number of changes and such in the last few weeks including a new plan lineup and the debut of a free plan for users. Now through the end of June, there are two different promotions aimed at new and current customers looking to make the most out of RingPlus.

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UVA Mobile Officially Launches from Beta

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If you’re looking for a T-Mobile prepaid carrier, then you have absolutely no shortage of options. However, very few MVNOs offer any kind of line sharing, and 2-line plans are hard to come by for the most part. Fortunately, if you’re looking for an affordable 2-line prepaid option, UVA Mobile has finally announced its commercial launch this month.

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MVNO vs. MNO : What’s the Difference?

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If you’re getting into the prepaid market, then you have two primary kinds of companies to deal with: MVNOs and MNOs. But, what are they, and which one is better?

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Puppy Wireless Gets LTE

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Puppy Wireless, the Verizon MVNO owned by Page Plus reseller Kitty Wireless, has been working on LTE for several months and recently announced the pricing to customers. Well, as of last week, it looks like Puppy supports Verizon LTE devices, albeit with a few kinks.

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RingPlus Debuts New Plans; Offers Free Service

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There have been lots of big announcements from Sprint MVNO RingPlus this week including the debuting of several new plans and a free service which will be available to everyone. The plans were first released Tuesday and RingPlus asked for (and acted on) customer responses to make the plans fairly competitive.

All of the changes are expected to go live this Saturday, June 13, 2015. Here’s a quick look at what to expect:

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Brightspot Pushes Customers to T-Mobile

 

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Last week, T-Mobile MVNO Brightspot Mobile announced that it would be closing at the end of 2015. There wasn’t a whole lot of information as to exactly what would happen to current customers, although we suspected that customers would be encouraged to make the switch to T-Mobile to avoid interrupted service. As it turns out, we were right. Here’s what you need to know:

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BYO Makes Major Plan Changes

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BYO Wireless, a Verizon and T-Mobile MVNO, made some major shifts to a its plan lineup late last week, including retiring two plans and adding two additional plans. Interestingly enough, all of this was done with absolutely zero fanfare.

Here are some of BYO’s changes and their current plan lineup:

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Proven Wireless to Add LTE to Verizon Plans

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While Verizon MVNOs can easily boast having access to the largest network in the United States, Verizon has a history of being a little stingy with its MVNOs in terms of offerings and LTE access. In the last couple of weeks several companies have added LTE, including all Tracfone companies and Selectel. And, I heard a rumor that Proven Wireless might be soon added to that list.

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