PlatinumTel BYOP service to be on T-Mobile network
Last week, Sprint’s MVNO PlatinumTel has announced adding Bring Your Own Device program to its offer in December 2012. Probably, most of us jumped to conclusion that it will be on Sprint’s network even though Sprint phones with clean ESN are allowed on PlatinumTel through its master dealer ACRS Wireless since February this year. However, yesterday, ACRS posted on their forum that PlatinumTel BYOP service would be on T-Mobile’s network, not on Sprint’s, offered as a completely new GSM service, under the name PTEL.
PTEL GSM service will be available with two new Unlimited Everything plans. First is $40 plan that comes with unlimited talk, SMS, MMS and data with the first 250MB at 3G/4G speeds, unlimited 411 and international text per month while the second one, for $50 per month, includes first 2GB of data at 3G/4G speeds after which data are throttled.
PlatinumTel also provides reliable U.S. based customer service unlike Simple Mobile that uses T-Mobile network as well and have almost identical monthly plans but is acquired by TracFone and share their customer service. Also T-Mobile recently launched couple of new MVNOs, Ultra Mobile and Solavei, that are each unique in their offers but still, PlatinumTel is one of the longest existing prepaid carriers in the U.S., and that certainly counts for reliability. They also have one of the most affordable pay-as-you-go rates 5¢ per minute, 2¢ per text and 10¢ per MB of data, Real Paygo, which aren’t mentioned for new PTEL service but probably will be added in time.
Ultra Mobile is more focused on international calling service offered to the 40 million people located at the U.S. but with families and friends around the world. That’s why they are offering their service to almost 200 countries worldwide and are announcing new service called “Call Me Free” as of November 20, which allows international calls from any type of phone (landline, mobile) to Ultra Mobile phone at the cost of a local call.
Solavei, on the other hand, has unlimited service for $49 per month, supports Bring Your Own Device program and will offer LTE service ones it’s deployed by T-Mobile. However, its uniqueness is in the way they are promoting their service; they pay its customers for bringing new ones.
Source: Prepaid Phone News, ACRS Forums