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Lycamobile prepaid mobile plans | July 2017 review

Prepaid wireless plans designed for the international caller.

Lycamobile is advertised as a prepaid wireless provider that helps you “call the world for less.” It’s carved an interesting niche in the prepaid wireless industry with unlimited low-cost, high-quality international calling to a limited number of unique phone numbers in specific countries.

What is Lycamobile?

Lycamobile is a provider of preloaded SIM cards to customers who are already using a cell phone or smartphone on the network. Lycamobile’s strong focus on international calling options depends on parts of Telstra’s 4G networks.

What services does Lycamobile offer?

Lycamobile offers low-cost prepaid plans with unlimited talk, text and data from $23 a month. A cheaper plan limits your data but at a bargain price of $19 a month. Data add-ons are available postactivation.

Are there any other features I should know about?

Lycamobile offers a few features in addition plan pricing and international calling.

  • Free calling Lyca to Lyca. Call other Lycamobile users across Europe, the US and Australia at no charge.
  • Refer a friend. Get a $5 credit toward your next payment for each successful referral.
  • Online recharge. Easily recharge your service online at any time.
  • Online discount. You could score 20% or more off services purchased online with one of many promo codes out there.
  • My Lycamobile. Monitor texts and calls online.

What to watch out for

If these international calling privileges sound a little too good to be true, you could be right.

  • Limited coverage. Lycamobile uses “parts” of the Telstra network — meaning a smaller coverage map and slower data speeds. Check online for your area before signing up.
  • 28-day plan expiration. Most other wireless providers consider a month 30 days. Not Lycamobile: Its 28-day plans increase the cost of services over the course of a year. Consider this when comparing your options.

Bottom line

Lycamobile appears to be a refreshing contender in the world of no-contract, prepaid wireless providers. Then there’s its international calling options. If you’re in the market for a way to keep in touch no matter where in the world you are, Lycamobile is a carrier to consider.

Common questions about Lycamobile

No, you do not have to sign a contract to use Lycamobile’s prepaid service, but you should make sure that you understand its terms and conditions.

My Lycamobile is way to monitor your calls and texts online using a variety of useful tools.

No, Lycamobile is refreshingly transparent when it comes to its plan pricing.

Lycamobile plans

  • $19 a month — 100MB of data at up to 4G LTE and international calling to 60+ countries
  • $23 a month — unlimited data with 1GB at up to 4G LTE, international calling to 60+ countries and $1.50 bonus credit
  • $29 a month — unlimited data with 1GB at up to 4G LTE, international calling to 65+ countries, $2.50 bonus credit and bonus international minutes
  • $35 a month — unlimited data with 2GB at up to 4G LTE and international calling to 30+ countries
  • $39 a month — unlimited data with 1GB at up to 4G LTE, international calling to 70+ countries, $6.25 bonus credit and bonus international minutes
  • $45 a month — unlimited data with 5GB at up to 4G LTE and international calling to 30+ countries
  • $49 a month — unlimited data with 1GB at up to 4G LTE, international calling to 30+ countries and $25 bonus credit
  • $55 a month — unlimited data with 10GB at up to 4G LTE
  • $59 a month — unlimited data with 3GB at up to 4G LTE, international calling to 75+ countries, $5 bonus credit and bonus international minutes

How do I sign up for Lycamobile?

Buy a Lycamobile plan online or at a participating retailer in your area.

Compare Lycamobile to other mobile phone plan providers

Rates last updated July 21st, 2017
Details Features
Sprint
Sprint
  • Plans: Single Lines and Family Plans
  • From: $40/month
  • Min. contract: None if you choose Sprint Forward
  • Sprint Forward Single Line plan gives you Unlimited Talk, Text and 4GB 4G LTE data for $40/month
  • No credit check required with the Sprint Forward prepaid plan
  • A major carrier with a solid history in the industry
    Go to site More info
    T-Mobile
    T-Mobile
    • Plans: Single Lines and Shared Plans
    • From: $45/month
    • Min. contract: None
    • T-Mobile One Prepaid plan gives you
      Unlimited Talk, Text and 4G LTE data for $75/month
    • If you switch to T-Mobile, they'll pay off your early termination fees
    • Some prepaid plans include unlimited music streaming
      Go to site More info
      FreedomPop
      FreedomPop
      • Plans: Individual, Family, Business
      • From: $0/month
      • Min. contract: None
      • The Basic 500 Plan gives you 200 minutes, 500 texts and 500MB data for $0/month
      • Offers a Free talk, text & data plan
      • Data can rollover month to month
      • Call other FreedomPop users for free
      Go to site More info
      Tello
      Tello
      • Plans: Single Lines
      • From: As low as $5 a month
      • Min. contract: No contracts - it's prepaid
      • The Smart plan gives you unlimited talk, text and 1GB data for $29/month
      • Build your own plan to meet your exact needs
      • Use your phone as a hotspot - tethering is free
        Go to site More info
        SIMPLE Mobile
        SIMPLE Mobile
        • Plans: Individual
        • From: $25/month
        • Min. contract: None
        • The Truly Unlimited plan gives you unlimited talk, text and data for $50/month
        • No contracts
        • No credit check
        • Unlimited international calling
        Go to site More info
        Total Wireless
        Total Wireless
        • Plans: Single Lines and Shared Family Plans
        • From: $25/month
        • Min. contract: None
        • A Single Line plan gives you
          Unlimited Talk, Text and 5 GB of data for $35/month
        • A cheaper option for data using Verizon's network
        • Transparent costs and no contracts
          Go to site More info
          U.S. Cellular Wireless
          U.S. Cellular Wireless
          • Plans: Individual, Family, Business, International, Messaging-Only
          • From: $35/month
          • Min. contract: None if you choose a Prepaid Plan
          • The Unlimited Total Plan gives you
            Unlimited Talk, Text and Data for $70/month
          • Among the highest ranked networks in the US
          • Messaging-only plans available
            Go to site More info
            NET10 Wireless
            NET10 Wireless
            • Plans: Data, Pay-As-You-Go, Home, Business, International
            • From: $20/month
            • Min. contract: None if you choose a Pay-As-You-Go
            • The Mega Data User Plan gives you unlimited nationwide talk and text plus 10GB high-speed data for $60/mo
            • Nationwide coverage with flexible prepaid plans for talk, text & data.
            • No credit checks, no activation fees.
              Go to site More info
              Straight Talk Wireless
              Straight Talk Wireless
              • Plans: Individual, Family, Business & International
              • From: $30/month
              • Min. contract: None - Pay as you go
              • The Unlimited 5G Plan gives you
                Unlimited Talk, Text and Data for just $45/month
              • No contract option for nationwide coverage
              • Bring your own phone
                Go to site More info

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                Pros and cons

                Pros

                • No contract. Pay as you go through prepaid SIM cards.
                • International calling. If you’re area is included in Lycamobile’s coverage, you’ll have unlimited calls worldwide.
                • My Lycamobile. Online access to your plan can be handy.

                Cons

                • Limited coverage. Using “parts” of Telstra’s network means a smaller coverage area and slightly slower data speeds.
                • 28-day vs. 30-day service. “Monthly” plans run for 28 days, which means an increased overall cost for services over the course of a year.

                Compare Lycamobile to other mobile phone plan providers

                Rates last updated July 21st, 2017
                Details Features
                Sprint
                Sprint
                • Plans: Single Lines and Family Plans
                • From: $40/month
                • Min. contract: None if you choose Sprint Forward
                • Sprint Forward Single Line plan gives you Unlimited Talk, Text and 4GB 4G LTE data for $40/month
                • No credit check required with the Sprint Forward prepaid plan
                • A major carrier with a solid history in the industry
                  Go to site More info
                  T-Mobile
                  T-Mobile
                  • Plans: Single Lines and Shared Plans
                  • From: $45/month
                  • Min. contract: None
                  • T-Mobile One Prepaid plan gives you
                    Unlimited Talk, Text and 4G LTE data for $75/month
                  • If you switch to T-Mobile, they'll pay off your early termination fees
                  • Some prepaid plans include unlimited music streaming
                    Go to site More info
                    FreedomPop
                    FreedomPop
                    • Plans: Individual, Family, Business
                    • From: $0/month
                    • Min. contract: None
                    • The Basic 500 Plan gives you 200 minutes, 500 texts and 500MB data for $0/month
                    • Offers a Free talk, text & data plan
                    • Data can rollover month to month
                    • Call other FreedomPop users for free
                    Go to site More info
                    Tello
                    Tello
                    • Plans: Single Lines
                    • From: As low as $5 a month
                    • Min. contract: No contracts - it's prepaid
                    • The Smart plan gives you unlimited talk, text and 1GB data for $29/month
                    • Build your own plan to meet your exact needs
                    • Use your phone as a hotspot - tethering is free
                      Go to site More info
                      SIMPLE Mobile
                      SIMPLE Mobile
                      • Plans: Individual
                      • From: $25/month
                      • Min. contract: None
                      • The Truly Unlimited plan gives you unlimited talk, text and data for $50/month
                      • No contracts
                      • No credit check
                      • Unlimited international calling
                      Go to site More info
                      Total Wireless
                      Total Wireless
                      • Plans: Single Lines and Shared Family Plans
                      • From: $25/month
                      • Min. contract: None
                      • A Single Line plan gives you
                        Unlimited Talk, Text and 5 GB of data for $35/month
                      • A cheaper option for data using Verizon's network
                      • Transparent costs and no contracts
                        Go to site More info
                        U.S. Cellular Wireless
                        U.S. Cellular Wireless
                        • Plans: Individual, Family, Business, International, Messaging-Only
                        • From: $35/month
                        • Min. contract: None if you choose a Prepaid Plan
                        • The Unlimited Total Plan gives you
                          Unlimited Talk, Text and Data for $70/month
                        • Among the highest ranked networks in the US
                        • Messaging-only plans available
                          Go to site More info
                          NET10 Wireless
                          NET10 Wireless
                          • Plans: Data, Pay-As-You-Go, Home, Business, International
                          • From: $20/month
                          • Min. contract: None if you choose a Pay-As-You-Go
                          • The Mega Data User Plan gives you unlimited nationwide talk and text plus 10GB high-speed data for $60/mo
                          • Nationwide coverage with flexible prepaid plans for talk, text & data.
                          • No credit checks, no activation fees.
                            Go to site More info
                            Straight Talk Wireless
                            Straight Talk Wireless
                            • Plans: Individual, Family, Business & International
                            • From: $30/month
                            • Min. contract: None - Pay as you go
                            • The Unlimited 5G Plan gives you
                              Unlimited Talk, Text and Data for just $45/month
                            • No contract option for nationwide coverage
                            • Bring your own phone
                              Go to site More info

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                              July 2017 Wireless offers

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                              Free One Touch Pop Star 2 LTE Refurbished with plan purchase

                              Deal expires 29 Jul 2017

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                              100% Free 1mo Trial and Free GSM SIM - Just pay $0.99 activation

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                              Get Unlimited Talk, Text, And 2GB LTE: Now $14.99

                              Last verified 19 Jul 2017

                              $10 off iPhone SE with purchase of $50 Service Plan

                              Deal expires 28 Jul 2017

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                              15% off any US plan combination with first order

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                              100% Free mobile phone service with iPhone 5S plus Free 5GB bonus

                              Deal expires 6 Aug 2017

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                              15% off Phone Bundles

                              Coupon code expires 9 Aug 2017

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                              100% Free family mobile phone plan

                              Deal expires 2 Aug 2017

                              Plus Free Shared 4GB Trial and Line Access Fee

                              Last verified 7 Jul 2017

                              Free overnight shipping with any order $9.99 and up

                              Deal expires 2 Aug 2017

                              T&Cs apply

                              Last verified 7 Jul 2017

                              BYOP: Monthly Activation Kit starting at $9.99

                              Deal expires 31 Aug 2017

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                              Last verified 7 Jul 2017

                              15% off any phone plus free overnight shipping

                              Coupon code expires 31 Jul 2017

                              Restrictions Apply Exclusions Apply

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