Lycamobile old SIMs can’t be recharged any more
As of yesterday, July 1, 2015, Lycamobile old SIMs can’t be recharged any longer. The carrier has been sending text messages to customers who are still using the old SIM cards. They are informed that they will have to switch to a new Lycamobile SIM in order to continue having Lycamobile service. One of the Lyca’s users posted the message on Howard Forums:
“As of July 1, recharge is no longer available for old LM SIMs. To continue Lycamobile service, SWAP your SIM for a new LM Plus SIM at Lycamobile.com or dial 612.”
Lycamobile has introduced new plans a year ago. Since then, the service includes features that old plans haven’t offered: LTE, MMS, nationwide area codes and using locked T-Mobile phones with Lyca’s service in addition to unlocked. However, to access new plans, customers were required to switch to a new Lycamobile Plus SIM.
Many Pay Go customers have remained on old SIMs since old SIMs include data (6¢/MB) in addition to voice minutes and text messages while new SIMs don’t offer data option. Something being discontinued is always a bad thing but with minimal usage, as one of the Lyca users on Howard Forums notes, customers can keep the service on old SIMs for long time since balance does not expire if a call, text or data is used every 90 days:
“No recharge any more but can we continue using our balances on the old SIM cards until there’s no money left? Some people use less than $1/year on Lycamobile. If I do that with my old SIM, I can keep it alive through 2020 at least.”
Another positive aspect of switching to a new SIM is that Lycamobile charges outgoing calls on the Pay Go plan 2¢ per minute on new SIMs, while on the old, outgoing calls are 5¢ per minute. Incoming calls are charged 2¢ per minute on both SIMs.