Lycamobile offers you great local rates using the Telstra network and very cheap international call rates with many at 1/4c per minutes. Lycamobile also offers: High quality network, Free multilingual customer services 24/7, Free voicemail, Online account management, International conference calling, Missed call notification, Call waiting.
Lycamobile is regularly running special offers on their website. Here are the current range:
Free Lycamobile to Lycamobile calls with no flagfall
Calls to US/Portugal/UK/Ireland Lycamobile are absolutely Free with No flagfall.
* Includes these international destinations: USA, Canada, New Zealand, Austria, Spain, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, Finland.
Prepaid Mobile Review – Lycamobile (June 2013)
LycaMobile review Lycamobile offers a free sim card including delivery, so I put it to the test. Couple of days later a basic white envelope arrives with a letter and sim card attached. The registration instructions are to call the customers service team or to register online. Being late in the evening I decided to try my luck online. After 10 minutes of searching for the Registration link, I had to try my luck doing a google search for it.The process asks for the PUK code and the last 4 digits of the sim card number. All very easy to find (on the card). You then enter personal contact details and address as well as nominate whether you want a new number or to port across your existing number. Do not attempt to complete this form using Chrome, please use Internet Explorer or Firefox.Now the wait. There was actually nothing to wait for. The next step is to insert the sim card (standard or nano sim only, no micro sim for some reason). With the sim card inserted, I searched for the network and found lycamobile, upon selecting it, I was sent a series of TXTs covering my mobile number and acceptance of the data settings.Getting data to work required that I either call Lycamobile or search for the settings on their website. Did both, the phone service directed me to the website. I found my phone Google G1, went through the settings as described in setting up the APN. The MCC and MNC settings I left as per the default on the phone even though Lycamobile requested they be left blank. The other step I needed to take was to shut down my phone and restart it. This seemed to turn it all on. Now the internet works.
Product Range LycaMobile have completely revamped their prepaid mobile plan range with the launch of the MiniTalk and new Saver plans. These new plans are now more like cap plans than PAYG plans. Each recharge value comes with a set allowance for calls/TXT/Data. They also come with their own range of call rates for international numbers. The way these plans work is that if you want to use services eg data which might not be included within your allowance, you need to add additional credit to your account through which these premium services will be paid for.The main plus about these plans is that the recharge levels begin at a reasonable level eg $10. For this you receive 100mins of calls and that is it. 15c/min call rates with a 29c flagfall still apply for mobile phone calls. When the PAYG plans existed, $10 purchased just 16, 2 min calls. Now $10 buys you 50, 2 min calls, 3 times the value.The Saver plans give you much better value in terms of call/TXT/Data allowance. $25 buys you 150 mins of calls, 50 TXT and 100MB. Much discounted international call rates are also on offer to about 50 destinations. In most cases the rates are half of the standard rate.My biggest concern is the Saver Plan XL for $90. Although 1000mins and 300TXT sounds great, plans from Aldi and Kogan and even Boost are half the price for unlimited calls (even if hidden maximums exist). I am not quite convinced that this offers really good value, particularly with only 30 day credit expiry.
Speed Test Lycamobile is still using the Telstra 2G network and the speed test I undertook clearly reflects this. Lycamobile recently announced that their sim cards can be used on an iPhone 5. Why you would use Lycamobile on such a phone which lives on the internet I don’t understand. When 3G is eventually launched, yes but not yet. The best internet speeds I achieved where 0.06Mbps download and 0.09Mbps upload with a Ping of 537ms.
Recharging The process to recharge was relatively simple. I undertook the process via their website without actually logging into my account. It requested my email and mobile and credit card details. My $10 recharge returned a 10% bonus (eg $1). Lycamobile have a credit card authentication process when recharging which pretty much occurs in the background for you but you do get to see images of it checking you card. As a confirmation I received an SMS confirming my purchase.
Online Account Access In order to login to see your account details and balance you need to pieces of information your mobile number and your personal code. The personal code can be requested via their website by entering your mobile number. Lycamobile then send you an email with your code. You can reset that code to one that you wish to use directly from their website.
You can view your current balance which is updated within minutes of phone use. From within the portal you can see your call history and top your account plus setup auto-top up. The one thing the portal does not cover instantly is data usage. Takes upto 24 hours for this to appear. Overall though, the online portal provides you with pretty much all of the access you need.
Some of their cheaper cap plans like the National Packs and the National Plan $25 are reasonable value.
PAYG local call rates are really cheap
Recharging and online access are easy to use.
Registering online is a nightmare and needs to be made easier.
2G is outdated and if Lycamobile wants to stay in business they need 3G.
Would I move to Lycamobile If I had a dual sim phone, then I would consider using their PAYG services for making international calls. Outside of this, whilst the local call costs are really cheap, 2G in a country where close of 50% of mobile users have a smart phone is not a great strategy.
Notes: 1 – rate per minute 2 – expiry period in days 3 – cost of a 2 minute call. Number of 2 minute calls made using credit provided to any network (excludes calls within network). Where no minimum credit is indicated, $20 is used.
2 Min Call
15c/min + 29c flagfall
Calls within Network
15c/min + 29c flagfall
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