By Joe Paonessa Sep 7, 2015
For better and for worse current ATT and former T-Mobile MVNO Jolt Mobile has altered its prepaid wireless plans. Previously the company offered monthly unlimited talk and text plans priced at $30, $40, $50, and $60 which also included 500 MB, 1 GB, 2 GB and 3 GB of 4G LTE data respectively. Not exactly a bargain in my book considering all of the other options out there. Jolt Mobile has opted to update those monthly plans to include only 3 offerings now. The $40 plan remains in tact and still includes a $1 international calling credit. The two new plans that are now being offered are as follows:
- $25 for 100 MB of 4G LTE data.
- $55 for 5 GB of 4G LTE data with a $1 international calling credit.
Both new plans of course include unlimited talk and text.
While I wouldn't call these new offerings exactly a bargain either, at least they are a step in the right direction. Having said that, I'm not sure of what benefit Jolt Mobile's new $25 plan brings to the consumer. Taking a peak at my cheapest plans table, you can see that for just $2 more a month you can signup for ATT MVNO H20 Wireless and get unlimited talk and text and 400 MB more 4G LTE data to use. A $10 international calling credit is also included. To me this looks like a significantly better offering, as the 100 MB of data offered by Jolt Mobile seems like a token amount of data to me.
Jolt Mobile has also altered its PayGo plans which were previously priced at $25, $50, and $100 for up to 1 GB of data, with 1000 talk and 2000 texts good for 365 days. The new pay as you go plans have been simplified to include only two offerings and are as follows:
- $15 for 250 minutes talk (or 6¢ min), 500 text (3¢ send or receive) and 30 MB of 4G LTE data (50¢ per MB!) good for 30 days.
- $20 for 200 minutes talk (or 10¢ min), 200 texts (10¢ send or receive) or 300 MB of data (6.6¢ per MB).
Jolt Mobile offers free sim cards and charges $0 in activation fees for those of you interested in trying out their service with any one of their plans. The company charges a $1 account maintenance fee in addition to their service plan costs on roughly the 8th of each month.