STI Mobile is a subsidiary of Telco Group, Inc. which is a privately held long distance company based on New York state who boasts over 80 years of telecom experience.
STI Mobile utilizes the Sprint PCS network for calls, giving you big brand call quality and small brand customer service.
Pros: STI Mobile offers very flexible calling plans and no roaming charges are applicable to the service.
Cons: The lack of roaming support offered by STI Mobile limits calls to the small coverage area provided by the carrier. The carrier also charges 10 cents per minute plus airtime to check voicemail.
Lowest Price Per Anytime Minute: $0.10
There are four basic plans offered by STI prepaid. Plan one charges you a network access fee of 9 cents per day and offers calls at 8.9 cents per minute at all times. Plan two charges you a network fee of 25 cents per day and offers calls at 7.9 cents per minute anytime. Plan three is more like a traditional plan and includes, unlimited nights and weekends (from 7p.m.) and extra weekday minutes for 15 cents per minute for a fee of $29.99 per month. The fourth and final plan goes for $24.99 per month and includes unlimited nights and weekends but with a 9 p.m. start time and additional minutes billed at 20 cents per minute.
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Customer Service: Customer care and support is available via phone Monday through Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00a.m. EST. Customer service is also available by dialing *611 from your STi Mobile phone, via email and at dealer locations.
Free Nights: Unlimited available
Credit Check: None
Free Weekends: Unlimited available
Daily Access Fee: For some plans, $8.9 or $0.25
Payment Options: Recharge cards can be purhcased in denominations of 10, 25, and 50 dollars and work like a cash credit to your account, even on plan three which has a monthly fee.
Text and Picture Messaging: Text messaging is available via STI Mobile and costs 5 cents per message sent or received. Picture messaging is available for 29 cents per day. This fee also includes web browsing.
Data Plans: STi offers limited web access for 19 cents per day. This includes e-mail and instant messaging through Yahoo. It also includes news services like CNN, ABC News, CBS Sports, and Bloomberg Financial. Web browsing is also available in conjunction with picture messaging for 29 cents per day.
International Calling: STI Mobile does offer international calling. Charges incurred are normal airtime plus an additional per minute fee depending destination of call. Fees range from free to one dollar per minute. You'll want to check with customer care for international calling rates to the destination country you plan to call.
Text Messaging Available: Yes
Roaming Charges: No roaming charges because the service does not support roaming. If you leave the coverage area, the phone simply will not work.
Text Messaging Charge For Incoming: Yes
Calling Features: The only calling feature offered is voicemail at a cost of 10 cents per minute to retrieve messages.
Unlimited Text Messaging Plan Available: No
Activation Fee: STI Mobile does charge an activation fee of $4.95.
Nationwide Long Distance: Long distance calling nationwide is included in the cost of airtime. Long distance calls are treated the same as regular calls.
Unlimited Plan Available: No
411 Calls: Directory assistance is available at a cost of 79 cents per call, plus airtime.
Earliest Minute Expiration: Pay by the minute plans minutes offered with plans one and two do not expire. Minutes that come with plan three expire at the end of each month. Minutes do not rollover.
911 Calls: Yes
Phones: All phones offered by STI Mobile are flip phones and most have color screens. Web browsing, PTT, speakerphone, and camera phones are also available. Phones are offered at discount prices providing you start off with 50 to 100 dollars in airtime when signing up, depending on the phone.
Standard Calling Features: voicemail
Some Available Cell Models: Sanyo 200 (shown)
Cheapest Phone Model: varies