Lyca Mobile Recharge & Mobile Plans – Quick Summary
||MMS||Data||Call Cap/Credit||Voice mail1||Extras||2 Min Call3||More|
|PAYG||15c, 3c to landlines||29c||15c||90||7c/MB||Free||Free calls to Lycamobile. Data 15c/MB||59c/33 calls||Buy Lycamobile Now!|
|Super Saver Plan $29.90||Unlimited||30||2GB||Unlimited Calls/TXT||Free||Unlimited calls|
|All in One $49.90||Unlimited||30||2GB||Unlimited Calls/TXT in Australia plus calls to 26 countries eg USA, UK, Spain, China, Greece, Hong Kong, Malaysia.||Free||Unlimited calls|
|Saver Plan S – $25||15c, 3c to landlines||29c||15c||30||250MB||250 mins* + 100 TXT||Free||59c/125 calls|
|Saver Plan M – $30||15c, 3c to landlines||29c||15c||30||500MB||300 mins* + 100 TXT||Free||59c/150 calls|
|Saver Plan L – $60||15c, 3c to landlines||29c||15c||30||1GB||700 mins* + 200 TXT||Free||59c/350 calls|
|Saver Plan XL – $90||15c, 3c to landlines||29c||Unlimited||30||3GB||1000 mins* + Unlimited TXT||Free||59c/500 calls|
|MiniTalk 100 – $10
||15c, 3c to landlines||29c||15c||30||15c/MB||100 mins + 30 TXT||Free||59c/50 calls||Buy Lycamobile Now!|
|MiniTalk & TXT – $15||15c, 3c to landlines||29c||15c||30||15c/MB||100 mins + 50 TXT||Free||59c/50 calls|
|MiniTalk & Data – $15||15c, 3c to landlines||29c||15c||30||50MB||100 mins||Free||59c/50 calls|
|Global Plus – $19||15c, 3c to landlines||29c||15c||30||Up to 300 mins spread across 20 countries including unlimited to Lycamobile partners||Free||0/150 calls||Buy Lycamobile Now!|
|Asia Plus – $19||15c, 3c to landlines||29c||15c||30||500MB||500 mins to India, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore & Thailand, 100 min in Aust.||Free||0/50 calls|
|Global 1000 – $24.90||15c, 3c to landlines||29c||15c||30||Up to 1000 mins spread across 31 countries including India, HongKong and China||Free||0 Calls|
|Talk Plus 370 $24.90||15c, 3c to landlines||29c||15c||30||370
Minutes to any network in Sri Lanka and 18 other destinations eg USA, UK and Ireland
|Talk Plus 750 $49.90||15c, 3c to landlines||29c||15c||30||750
Minutes to any network in Sri Lanka and 18 other destinations eg USA, UK and Ireland
|Data Pack 500MB||500MB||$5|
|Data Pack 1GB||2GB||$10|
|Data Pack 2GB||3GB||$25|
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.
Lyca Mobile Recharge Offers
Lyca mobile is regularly running special offers on their website. Here are the current range:
- Free Lycamobile to Lycamobile calls with no flagfall
- Calls to 17 countries offering Lycamobile is 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 – Lyca Mobile Recharge (March 2014)
Lyca mobile 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.
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 250 mins of calls, 100 TXT and 250MB. 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 unlimited TXT sounds great, plans from Hello and Boost are half the price for unlimited calls and the data is 3G not 2G. I am not quite convinced that this offers really good value, particularly with only 30 day credit expiry.
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.
Lyca Mobile Recharge
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 Lyca Mobile 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. Lyca mobile 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.
- Lyca mobile recharge (s) and online access are easy to use.
- Lyca Mobile now uses the Telstra 3G network.
- Data Plans are now available and offer great value 3G for $25.
- Registering online is a nightmare and needs to be made easier.
Would I move to Lycamobile
If I had a dual sim phone, then I would consider using their PAYG services for making international calls. Now that the move from the Telstra 2G network to the 3G network has been completed, my hesitation on data can be overcome.
|Summary||Low level use with limited data needs||Medium to high level use with data needs|
|2 Min Call||59c|
|13/1300/1800||15c/min + 29c flagfall|
|Calls within Network||Free|
|Video Calls||15c/min + 29c flagfall|
|International Roaming||Yes available|
|Recharge locations||Online, 7-eleven, All-Phones, BP, Caltex, Coles, Woolworths or via your phone|
|Phone||1300 854 607|