Ready Mobile is an MVNO which was founded in 2006. In 2007 Titan Wireless acquired certain assets, making Ready an subsidiary of Titan.
Pros: Ready Mobile has a number of plans to fit most budgets and usage levels. It also has cheap per-minute rates.
Cons: Pay-as-you-go minutes expire in 30 days unless you top up before that. Minutes do roll over, but only up to 90 days.
Lowest Price Per Anytime Minute: $0.05
Ready Mobile offers two top-up cards for their standard pay-as-you-go service. The first is for 25 dollars and provides 500 minutes, or 5 cents per minute. This comes with 50 free text messages. The second is for 45 dollars and provides 900 anytime minutes, again 5 cents per minute. This card includes 100 free text messages. There are also seven tiers of their Nights & Weekends plans. They range from 10 to 150 dollars, and provide a varying level of anytime minutes to go along with the unlimited 9 p.m. nights and weekends. Customers must have peak minutes remaining in their account in order to use unlimited nights and weekends. Finally, Ready Mobile carries three unlimited voice plans. The first lasts three days, comes with 40 free text messages, and costs $9.99. The second lasts seven days, comes with 100 free text messages, and costs $14.99. There is also a 30-day one which comes with 400 free text messages and costs $59.99.
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Customer Service: Customer service is available via a toll-free number, email, or by dialing 611 from a Ready Mobile phone.
Free Nights: yes
Credit Check: None
Free Weekends: yes
Daily Access Fee: No
Payment Options: Credit or debit card at the website, cash, credit, and debit when purchasing refill cards in stores.
Text and Picture Messaging: After free messages are used up, text messages cost 10 cents each, both incoming and outgoing. Customers of Ready's unlimited plans can purchase an additional 200 messages for $4.99. Unlimited nights and weekends does not apply to text messaging. Picture messaging is not available at this time.
Data Plans: Ready Mobile offers broadband plans which work with a broadband modem, not a smartphone. Refills can be purchased in denominations of 25 dollars for 100MB, 45 dollars for 200MB, and 75 dollars for 500MB.
Downloads: There are no downloadables at this time.
International Calling: There is no international calling with Ready Mobile.
Text Messaging Available: yes
Roaming Charges: Phones will not work when roaming, but operate on the Sprint nationwide network.
Text Messaging Charge For Incoming: No
Calling Features: Call waiting, caller ID, and voicemail are included with all plans.
Unlimited Text Messaging Plan Available: No
Activation Fee: There is no fee to activate your Ready Mobile phone.
Nationwide Long Distance: Long distance calls are included with anytime minutes.
Unlimited Plan Available: No
411 Calls: Directory assistance calls cost $1.95 each plus normal airtime rates.
Earliest Minute Expiration: The two standard pay-as-you-go cards expire in 30 days, though the minutes can roll over for up to 90 days. The 10 dollar Nights & Weekends card expires in 7 days, and the 20 dollar one expires in 14 days. All other Nights & Weekends cards expire in 30 days. For the unlimited voice plans, they expire after the designated period -- 3, 7, or 30 days.
911 Calls: Yes.
Phones: Ready Mobile does not have many phones available on their website, and those are outdated models. Other phones may be available from time to time, and there may be additional options at retail outlets. The models are generic on the website.
Standard Calling Features: call waiting, caller id, voicemail
Some Available Cell Models: Samsung M300 (shown)
Cheapest Phone Model: Nokia 3588