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The race to the basement in mobile plan pricing continues with new contestant UppWireless. The MVNO is offering plans as cheap as $15 a month for 1 GB of data and unlimited VoIP calling.

UppWireless

UppTalk only brought its cloud-based mobile messaging and voice app to U.S. consumers in December, but on Wednesday it announced plans to become a mobile virtual network operator. Called UppWireless, the new MVNO will resell megabytes on T-Mobile’s network and offer core communications services through its over-the-top app.

UppWireless becomes one of a growing number of all-IP mobile operators in the U.S. Republic Wireless, TextNow and FreedomPop have all launched similar ultra-cheap — in FreedomPop’s case even free – plans that take advantage of VoIP and IP messaging to deliver communications services more inexpensively.

All of UppWireless’s plans offer unlimited voice and SMS over its app, so it’s basically selling you a data tier. $15 will get you 1 GB of HSPA+ data on T-Mobile’s networks, while $35 and $55 will get you 3 GBs and 5 GBs respectively.

While your calls and texts are all routed over the data channel through UppWireless’s smartphone software, you still get a phone number in order to receive and make calls to and from traditional mobile and wireline phone networks. UppWireless will be a SIM card-only service, meaning you buy or bring your iPhone or Android smartphone to the network and download the UppTalk app. The company has partnered with online phone dealer GSM Nation to offer a handful of UppTalk-optimized devices to customers.

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  1. Not bad. The BYOD option is especially nice, assuming TMO has a decent network in your area.

  2. i believe this sort of plan on t-mobile with BYOD is actually quite a big deal. it makes it rate plan options and something tied to a specific phone model.

  3. why not just get the $30 tmobile plan with 5GB unlimited and 100 minutes and use the Upptalk basically the same thing just cheaper then their $35 option?

  4. Does anyone know how to contact Upptalk?

    No reply to emails to their support email address, and the account in the Zendesk system has become invalid

  5. Hunt ethridge Saturday, April 26, 2014

    Being a sprint customer is only kept me got the next upgrade and completion of my con tract that t-mobile has kicked ass here with Upp talk taking contracts for competitors customers as the marketing ploy to and has won my business! Good job Mobile you better pull through.

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