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A couple of months ago many sites, including this one were reporting that a new no contract cell phone service was due to launch in October using Verizon's network as it's backbone. It seems that network, Envie Mobile, has finally got off of the ground with very little in the way of fanfare and promotion. So little in fact, that a quick browse around the web and you'll find that no one actually reported on it's actual launch, only that it was coming soon, that is until right now. If you are a new MVNO getting ready to launch, it may serve you well to reach out to news outlets such as this one to help get your service known to the general public.
Currently Envie Mobile only offers 3G data to it's customers but I expect that to change soon since both Straight Talk and Page Plus Cellular now offer 4 G LTE via Verizon though at reduced speeds (somewhere between 3.5-6 Mbps). A plan with Envie Mobile will set you back anywhere between $25 and $55 a month depending on what your needs are. The $25 plan seems to provide their best value and a good value for those of you who aren't heavy data users as the plan provides unlimited texting and MMS, as well as 500 minutes of talk, 500 MB of data and a $5 international talk credit. The rest of their plans don't really seem to offer anything much different compared to what their competitors offer. The $35 step up plan bumps up talk to unlimited and adds a $10 international credit, while the $45 plan bumps up your data to 2 GB (1 GB at full 3G speed with throttling thereafter) and gets you a $20 international talk credit. Their most expensive plan, the $55, offers 3 GB of data, with only 2 GB being at 3G.
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