Lycamobile Gives New Meaning to Best Value

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Updated: 02/17/2015

        Lycamobile Twitter ResponseWell, it seems Lycamobile is no longer offering the great plans described earlier.  After a few short days on the market, the MVNO has rescinded the plans as if they were some sort of mistake, or plans that their partner T-Mobile did not approve of.  My personal feeling is that the plans were not approved by T-Mobile given that Lycamobile gave thumbs up to the original post below via twitter.  The revised plans are still pretty good although not the great values they could once be considered.  Plans that have been revised are at the $35 and $45 price points. The revisions only affect the amount of data included with each plan and are highlighted below.

  • $35 plan will include 2 GB of LTE (instead of 4 GB)
  • $45 plan will include 4 GB of LTE (instead of 6 GB)


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     Lycamobile logo     Lycamobile, a T-Mobile MVNO, came out today and redefined what it means to be best value in prepaid wireless.  Lycamobile's $35 plan which includes unlimited talk, text, data and international texting just got a bump up in its high speed data allotment going from 1 GB to 4 GB of 4G LTE.  At this price point, there is currently no other carrier that offers more data for less that also seemingly includes unlimited talk and text.  To top it off, the plan also includes unlimited international texting as well as a small credit of $2.50 to apply towards international phone calls.

        Now I mentioned the word seemingly here because if you read Lycamobile's fine print, it says that they consider unlimited to mean 10,000 minutes of talk, and 5000 text messages.  Those semantics are quite misleading and in the future I wouldn't be surprised if a lawsuit pops up considering how companies like Tracfone have recently been nailed for using similar tactics to describe unlimited data without it being truly unlimited.  With that being said, you are still looking at a great value here, and most of you will probably never get close to using 10,000 minutes of talk, although 5000 text messages might prove challenging for some of you with teenagers.

        The $35 plan wasn't the only plan to change though.  Lycamobile also bumped up data on the $45 and $55 plans.  The $45 plan saw a data bump from 3 GB to 6 GB which now allows them to offer more data than any other carrier or MVNO at that price point, while the $55 plan got a bump from 5 GB to 8 GB of LTE which isn't particularly impressive considering the 10 GB of LTE data that Cricket and Boost Mobile offer at those price points.  The $45 plan also includes a $5 international calling credit while the $55 plan has a $7.50 international calling credit.  A summary of Lycamobile's phone plans can be found in the infographic below.

Note: Anywhere specified as unlimited means either 10,000 talk minutes or 5000 text messages

Summary of Lycamobile's Plans
Summary of Lycamobile's plans

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5 years ago

A BIG FYI: I recently became a Lycamobile customer and learned the hard way that they do NOT support “short code” also known as “short numbers”. I have my Bank and Credit cards setup to send me text notifications every time there is a purchase, these stopped coming in right after I switched to Lyca. I used to get notifications from my pharmacy when prescriptions were ready for pickup, these also stopped after joining Lyca. My wife would get coupons texted to her from Target, no more with Lyca. I emailed and called Lyca to confirm that they do not support short code texts and they said that unfortunately, they do not. This might not be a big deal for some people but for me it’s a deal breaker. Currently looking to switch to either H20 or metroPCS. $42 a month for my wife and me on Lyca was pretty nice but too good to be true, at least for my needs. You have been warned and I hope you make your readers aware of this, please spread the news. thanks.

5 years ago
Reply to  benodiktine

You are right! Only for them, on my Paypal account, I couldn’t confirm my mobile phone no.! Its really annoying!

5 years ago

I totally forgot to respond to this article when it was first posted. I went ahead and picked me up a few SIMs on ebay for LycaMobile and then got busy several days after receive them. I decided to read up on your updated article and saw that they rescinded the data allotment.

I then decided to hold off. LycaMobile would of had four numbers transfer from us but due to their oversight I held off.

Then again what’s the use of having all that data allotment when I can’t get cell penetration from T-Mobile in buildings.

C’mon T-Mobile I still have faith in y’all but it’s dwindling.