Verizon MVNO Selectel Wireless notified its dealers yesterday that it’s discontinuing the $ 75 annual plan, effective Nov 30. The plan included 2000 minutes and 2000 texts per year. There was no included data, but if you purchased a $ 10 pay as you go Flex Card data was available at 5¢/MB. The $ 75 plan only worked with non-LTE Verizon phones.
Selectel’s email to dealers doesn’t say what happens to current $ 75 plan users but I suspect that they will need to choose a new plan or a new provider when their current plan term ends. Customers who want to stay with Selectel are facing a sizable price increase. After Nov 30 Selectel’s least expensive plan will be $ 15/month ($ 180/year) for unlimited texts and 300 minutes and 50 MB of data per month.
There are several more affordable Verizon MVNO alternatives available including:
- $ 40 per year for 2000 minutes or texts on Expo Mobile’s Pay As You Go plan where a $ 10 top up lasts 90 days and rates are 2¢/minute and 2¢/text. Unused balances do not roll over, both LTE and non-LTE phones are allowed.
- $ 60/year (currently on sale for $ 55) for 1200 minutes, 1200 texts and 6000 MB on Red Pocket Mobile’s $ 60/year eBay plan that includes 100 minutes, 100 texts and 500 MB per month. Both LTE and non-LTE phones allowed.
- $ 80/year for 2000 minutes OR 1600 texts on Page Plus Cellular’s Pay As Yo Go “Standard Plan” where an $ 80 top up is good for 365 days and provides rates of 4¢/minute voice, 5¢/each texts and 10¢/MB data. Unused balances roll-over. Non-LTE phones only
- $ 99/year for 6000 minutes, 6000 texts and 6000 MB on Red Pocket Mobile’s $ 99/year eBay plan that includes 500 minutes, 500 texts and 500 MB per month. Both LTE and non-LTE phones allowed.
For customers who are able to use a different network than Verizon there are lots of other possibilities. See our The Best U.S. Prepaid Talk and Text Only Deals post if you don’t need data or our Updated: The Best U.S. Prepaid Talk and Text Only Deals post if you do.
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