Lycamobile: Phones, plans, and price

Lycamobile: Phones, plans, and price



Lycamobile is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that can be found in 23 countries around the world. Lycamobile has a reported 16 million customers and is described as being the “world’s largest international” MVNO. The carrier originally launched in the Netherlands in 2006, however, we’ll be focusing on the U.S. operations of Lycamobile which began in 2013.

In the U.S., Lycamobile offers pre-paid SIM-only plans that begin as low as $19 per month. Features will vary from plan to plan, but a common thread amongst the available plans includes unlimited international talk and text.

Which network does Lycamobile use?

Similar to other MVNO carriers such as Mint Mobile and Ting, Lycamobile makes use of the T-Mobile 4G LTE network. Lycamobile offers a coverage map on their website if you are not sure of the T-Mobile network coverage in the spots where you live, work or play. You can find the coverage map on the Lycamobile website.

Will my phone work with Lycamobile?

Lycamobile primarily operates on a BYOP setup, with BYOP meaning Bring Your Own Phone. In many cases, users will be switching to Lycamobile from another carrier and simply getting a Lycamobile SIM card to use with the phone they are already using.

With Lycamobile using the T-Mobile network, which is a GSM network — you should expect compatibility with most newer unlocked GSM phones. Lycamobile states that you will be able to use any phone that is compatible with “internationally recognized GSM standards.”

In addition, Lycamobile offers details on compatibility so you can check your phone before making the switch. According to the carrier, your phone would need to support the following frequencies and bands.

Frequency Band Network Technology
1900 MHz 2 4G LTE, HSPA+, UMTS/HSPA, GSM/GPRS/EDGE
1700/2100 MHz (AWS) 4 4G LTE, HSPA+, UMTS/HSPA
66 4G LTE
700 MHz 12 4G LTE
600 MHz 71 4G LTE

If you are unsure about the frequencies and bands — you can also contact Lycamobile customer service with phone compatibility questions.

Lycamobile phones

As we recently mentioned, Lycamobile operates on a BYOP setup, which means you will need to bring your own phone. This means you have the potential to save hundreds of dollars by purchasing a compatible device here on Swappa. We also covered the basics in terms of phone compatibility (frequencies and bands), and now we are sharing a few of our new-ish favorite phones:

Where can I get a Lycamobile SIM card?

Once you determine your phone is supported by Lycamobile, the next step would be to get a SIM card and choose your plan. Lycamobile SIM cards can be purchased directly from the carrier’s website, as well as with other retailers, such as Amazon. The SIM card itself is free but you will be paying for your first month of service when you purchase the SIM.

Does Lycamobile have unlimited data?

Lycamobile does offer unlimited data. However, the carrier makes use of soft-cap limits to determine how much of your data will be at 4G LTE speeds. Essentially, this means you will not run out of data, or be charged any overage fees for data — but you may experience a slow down when you reach a set amount. The soft-cap limits are dependent on your wireless plan. These limits begin at 1GB of 4G LTE data per month on the $19 plan and increase up to 40GB of 4G LTE data on the $50 per month High Data plan. Users can also add extra 4G LTE data bundles to any plan, and those are priced at $5 for 500MB or $10 for 1GB.

 

LYCAMOBILE MOBILE PLANS

Lycamobile plans and pricing

Lycamobile offers a variety of plans. Prices begin at $19 per month and go up to $50 per month. The plans all include the basics such as unlimited nationwide talk and text, along with unlimited international talk and text. The differences in the plans come in with how much data of your monthly data allowance will be at 4G LTE speeds, and whether or not you will get any bonus international minutes. 

International Plan – $19 per month

  • Unlimited Nationwide Talk & Text
  • Unlimited Data (with 1GB at 4G LTE speeds)
  • Unlimited International Talk & Text (for 75+ countries)

Unlimited International Plan – $23 per month

  • Unlimited Nationwide Talk & Text
  • Unlimited Data (with 2GB at 4G LTE speeds)
  • Unlimited International Talk & Text (for 75+ countries)
  • $1.50 Bonus International Credit

Unlimited International Plan – $29 per month

  • Unlimited Nationwide Talk & Text
  • Unlimited Data (with 5GB at 4G LTE speeds)
  • Unlimited International Talk & Text (for 75+ countries)
  • $2.50 Bonus International Credit

High Data Plan – $35 per month

  • Unlimited Nationwide Talk & Text
  • Unlimited Data (with 7GB at 4G LTE speeds)
  • Unlimited International Talk & Text (for 75+ countries)

Unlimited International Plan – $39 per month

  • Unlimited Nationwide Talk & Text
  • Unlimited Data (with 15GB at 4G LTE speeds)
  • Unlimited International Talk & Text (for 75+ countries)
  • $10.00 Bonus International Credit

High Data Plan – $50 per month

  • Unlimited Nationwide Talk & Text
  • Unlimited Data (with 40GB at 4G LTE speeds)
  • Unlimited International Talk & Text (for 75+ countries)

Does Lycamobile have a family plan?

The Lycamobile family plan includes a primary line, and users are able to add up to four additional lines — making for a family of five in total. Each family plan includes the following: 

  • Unlimited Nationwide Talk & Text
  • Unlimited Data (with 10GB per line at 4G LTE speeds)
  • Unlimited International Talk & Text (for 75+ countries)

Pricing for the Lycamobile family plans are as follows;

  • 2 lines – $80 per month
  • 3 lines – $105 per month
  • 4 lines – $120 per month
  • 5 lines – $125 per month

How do I activate my Lycamobile SIM card?

Once your SIM card arrives you put it in your phone, dial 622 and then enter your zip code when prompted. From that point, your monthly service will be activated. 

How do I recharge my Lycamobile account?

Lycamobile customers will have the option to set their account to auto-renew when they purchase their SIM card and pick their monthly plan. This can be done by setting the Auto-Renew slider to on during the checkout process. And, if you initially set your account to not auto-renew and later change your mind — this can be updated using the My Lycamobile section (or the “Recharge” tab) on the Lycamobile website. 

An auto-renew can be set up using a credit or debit card, and users have the option to set the minimum level of credit you want on your account or choose between one of the pre-set ($10, $20, $40, $50, $100) options. Once set your account will auto-renew when it falls below your pre-set minimum level of credit. 

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