Small regional MVNO i wireless has snuck in a nationwide, available-to-everyone T-Mobile-powered plan that rivals Boost Mobile’s $50 unlimited plan. And no, you can’t say that three times fast, we tried.
We’ve noted i wireless in the past for being one of the only notable T-Mobile MVNOs. They are especially notable because they do not advertise outside of the state of Iowa, and act in-state as an affiliate provider. However, they are licensed to sell phones nationwide, and do so on their web site.
That’s key to today’s turn of events. The company is now offering a prepaid $50 plan that includes unlimited talk, text, and web. That means you can use a phone compatible with T-Mobile’s AWS frequency (though it may have to be unlocked), and access all of T-Mobile’s native 3G coverage.
This makes Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile’s breakthrough unlimited plans seem a bit less breakthrough. While Sprint’s Prepaid Group wins on coverage by default, this new offering from i wireless benefits from be able to use any unlocked 1700 MHz UMTS phone. That includes Android and the Nokia N900… for $50/month without contract.
PhoneNews.com is being shipped an i wireless account and will review it upon arrival.
Update: According to i wireless, the company has halted sales outside of Iowa. It is not clear if T-Mobile was involved in this decision, and the company has not elaborated on it.
Since the service is nationwide and prepaid, it is also unclear if there is any need to provide a non-Iowa address, or if something as simple as a UPS mailbox would suffice. For $50/year unlimited voice, messaging, and HSPA+ data, some may seriously question if it isn’t economical to rent a mailbox there.