First of all, let me say that it has been a wonderful experience here at UPP. The staff here is like a family, and I have had occasion to test that feeling by leaning on people when I went through some hard times a couple years back. We all get along and truly care about each other as people, and not just because we all have a hand in running the site.
That being said, I feel it is time for me to step away. For those of you who don't know my history, I have been staffing and running sites and communities like this since 2005. I have run forums and I have run torrent sites, some that still exist and you may have heard of, and some that have long since fallen by the wayside. I love being able to guide and shape everything, and my goal is always to make a site stand out when I am in charge.
UPP has brought me great joy over the last three and a half years, but when you have to choose between your internet family and your real life family, there really is no choice if you are a decent husband and father. My time is simply stretched too thin, and I just can't dedicate the time to this site that it, and all of you, deserve, therefore I am stepping down as staff here within the next couple of weeks. I will continue to run my IRC network, as it does not take nearly as much of my time, since it is small and I have capable staff there as well. This means UPP's IRC will not have to relocate or do anything special.
I just want all of you to know, whether you're members I talk to on a regular basis or not, that you are the reason this site exists, and the reason I stayed in it as staff for so long. When I have the time, I will stop in to say hello and to see how things are going, because I do care about this community. I just wish I had more time to spend here without impacting other areas of my life, and that is the sad part of it all, having to make this choice. You all deserve to know what's going on instead of just seeing my name disappear from the staff list, and that is why I have chosen to put this in the Front Page News thread.
Thank you all for the wonderful times, conversations, and shared knowledge. It has meant so much to me, and has been a source of pride to be able to show people the wonderful forum community that I have been part of since day one. You have made UPP what it is, and I am just happy to have been able to be a part of it.
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.