Coverage and Quality
Because Lycamobile USA operates on an international level, it does not upkeep a national network the way other US cell phone carriers do. Instead, it forms partnerships with carriers across the twenty-one countries in which it operates, in essence paying to use others’ infrastructure. Therefore, its coverage will vary widely depending both on both the country you are calling from and the country you are connecting to.
For example in the United States, the company makes use of the existing T-Mobile network, and as a result customers can expect similar service to that of T-Mobile with some variations. Some other examples of its partnerships are Orange in Belgium, Bouygues in France, and Telia in Norway.
Beyond the basic plan, Lycamobile USA has some of the best cell phone plans that combine different amounts of voice and text around the world. For example, the $29/mo international plan gets you unlimited international calls to India, China, Poland, and Mexico, one-thousand minutes to Russia and nine other countries, one-hundred fifty bonus minutes to call Peru, Mali, Nepal and Somalia, 1100 minutes to call Bangladesh, and unlimited landline calls as well as 100 mobile minutes to Nigeria. There are eight different international plans to choose from, so make sure to check the website to get all the details. If you ever need a recharge on your international plan, there are $10 and $20 options available. In addition, you can get an additional 500MB of 4G LTE data for $5, or 1GB for $10.
All Lycamobile USA cell phone plans come with unlimited data without any overage charges. However, if you do exceed your limit, your speeds will be slowed. The prices for domestic roaming within the United States is $0.49/min for voice calls either sent or received, $0.10 per SMS sent, and zero fee for receiving an SMS.
Lycamobile USA is exclusively a SIM card based, pay-as-you-go model. It does not sell any devices. However, this also means that you are free to use any device you want, as long as it accepts the Lycamobile USA SIM card. In addition, your device will also encounter any limitations imposed by the various national carriers it funnels calls through.
Available Plans (including price)
Lycamobile USA offers a huge selection of plans so customers can choose the price point and services that meet their needs. The basic plan outline is $19/mo for unlimited nationwide talk and text, 100MB of 4G data, unlimited international text messages, and unlimited international calling to 60+ countries. For $23/mo, the data available on this plan can be increased to 1GB.
In addition to the standard plans, some discount offers are also available. New customers can take advantage of a promotions that gets you three months of service for the price of two months, available for the $29/mo, $39/mo, and $49/mo plans.
Although Lycamobile USA only provides SIM cards, they still offer several support options for customers in need of assistance. For starters, you can head to their website and check out their FAQ designed to answer some of the most commonly asked questions. If you can’t find what you are looking for there, you can fill out an internet based support form from the website. If you are looking for an answer to a question that cannot wait, they do have a phone option that can connect you with a customer service representative as well.
Lycamobile USA offers some of the most intriguing cell phone plan deals available. Despite the fact that it simply distributes SIM cards and doesn’t have its own network, you can get some great deals on both domestic and international calls. While it might be a little off the beaten path, if you are planning on doing a lot of calling abroad, this is without a doubt a better option that the other major carriers for keeping your phone bill as low as possible.