Straight Talk, NET10, Simple Mobile and Page Plus Add Unlimited Mexico M2M
Add TracFone's Straight Talk, NET10, Simple Mobile and Page Plus brands to the growing number of prepaid operators that are including unlimited calls to Mexican landlines and mobile phones with some of their prepaid plans.
T-Mobile MVNO Simple Mobile's $50, $60 and $70 plans now come with unlimited calling to mobile phones and landlines in Mexico.
Verizon MVNO Page Plus Cellular has added unlimited calls to Mexican mobile phones to its $69.95 Unlimited Talk, Text and Data Plan.
TracFone's Straight Talk and NET10 multi-operator MVNOs have added unlimited calls to mobile phones in Mexico to their $60 and $65 Unlimited International plans.
Credit AT&T with starting the trend of including unlimited calls to Mexican mobile phones. Last month AT&T added unlimited Mexican M2M to Cricket plans priced at $50 and higher and to the $60 GoPhone plan. Since then several other operators have jumped on the Mexican M2M bandwagon:
Sprint's Boost Mobile has added unlimited calls to Mexico, including mobiles, to its $5/month "Todo Mexico Plus" add-on for $45 and $55 plans.
T-Mobile MVMO Lycamobile's added unlimited calls to Mexican M2M to its $59/month plan.
T-Mobile MVNO Ultra Mobile has added unlimited calling to Mexican mobile phones to plans starting at $29.
I don't think TracFone's international plans, with their lack of direct international dialing and limits on how many numbers one can call, are particularly attractive. But it's great to see more and more plans including international calls at no extra cost.
Unlimited voice minutes, unlimited messaging and unlimited data.
The first 1 GB of data is delivered at full HSPA+ speeds (LTE is not available on this plan). After 1 GB is used speeds are reduced to 128 Kbps or less.
There are a number of limitations to the new $30 plan:
It's only available at MetroPCS stores, not online.
There's a $15 activation fee.
A 3G/4G (non-LTE) GSM phone purchased from MetroPCS is required.
The $30 plan is a limited time offer. Presumably current users will get to keep the plan when it's discontinued.
The new plan is eligible for MetroPCS' Family plan which offers a $5/month discount for each line. Like all MetroPCS plans, the $30 plan includes voice and text only (no data) off network roaming. The $30 plan price include all taxes and fees, even state and local sales taxes.
On Feb 15, 2015 Sprint made some drastic changes to the way it validates BYOSP (Bring Your Own Sprint Phones) for activation on Sprint MVNOs. After Feb 15 as many as 80% of all previously eligible devices were failing what Sprint calls a "Financial Eligibility Check" or FEC for short. The FEC was supposed block phones from activation if a previous owner of the phone owes money to Sprint. The implementation of the FEC was apparently flawed as many phones whose previous owner had satisfied their financial obligation to Sprint were failing as were phones purchased brand new at full price and never used on Sprint at all.
Sprint has taken their sweet time about it but it looks like they have finally started to fix the mess that they created. Sprint MVNO Ting posted an update on their blog reporting:
Quote:Progress! More than 30 million devices that would previously have failed Sprint’s financial eligibility date (FED) check will now pass.
Now, devices that were freed from a contract due to a hardware upgrade (that is to say, you got a new a new phone on the same contract) will clear the FED check. Likewise, with the exception of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, any device that was activated 12 or more months ago, regardless of whether it’s currently active, will clear. This applies to devices associated with postpaid accounts only.
If you tried to bring your device to Ting previously but failed due to FED, please try again.
While this is a step in the right direction, many phones that should be eligible for MVNO activation are apparently still failing including iPhones 5c and 5s and brand new never activated full price iPhones and Nexus 5 and 6 devices. It also looks like Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile prepaid phones still can't be activated on MVNOs even after they have been used on Boost or Virgin for the 12 months that Sprint says is required for their release.
With many Sprint phones still failing the FEC, prospective Sprint MVNO customers should always check that the ESN or MEID of any phone they intend to buy passes the Ting ESN checker, RingPlus checker or FreedomPop checker. Of the three checkers, Ting and RingPlus' are the easiest to use because they dont require you to enter your email address like FreedomPop's checker does requires. A phone that passes any of the three checkers should work on any Sprint MVNO.
If you have a phone that you know has no financial obligation to Sprint and it fails the Ting, RingPlus or FreedomPop checker, I recommend filing an FCC complaint saying that Sprint is blocking you from using your fully paid for phone from being used on another carrier. That's the only way I know of that an individual user can bring any pressure on Sprint to fix their still broken BYOSP activation process.