Prepaid Faceoff: Simple Mobile VS Mango Mobile


With the massive number of prepaid MVNOs and carrier options, it’s sometimes hard to keep track of it all and even harder to compare and decide which company is the right one for you. So, every once in a while we’re going to go through and do a Face-off of two popular companies, comparing plans and services to help you better decide. Today, we’ll look at Simple Mobile and Budget Mobile. Both companies offer T-Mobile service. Simple Mobile is owned by the TracFone conglomerate while Mango Mobile is owned by Red Pocket Mobile. Here’s how they compare:

Plan Prices  Price range? What is included?

Simple Mobile – Plans range from $25 – $60

All Simple Mobile plans include unlimited nationwide talk and text as well as unlimited international text and unlimited international calling to select countries. All but one plan also include unlimited 2G data as well as a set amount of high speed data. A discount is available for customers who sign up for autopay. View plans here.

Mango Mobile – Plans range from $19 – $40

All plans include unlimited texting and almost all include unlimited text as well. International time and data varies from plan to plan, and add-ons are available. View plans here.

Unlimited Talk/Text  Is it offered? What is the lowest price?

Simple Mobile – Yes, all plans include unlimited talk and text. The cheapest plan is $25 and it does not include data.

Mango Mobile – Yes, $19 is the cheapest plan. It also includes unlimited global text, $10 international talk and 100 MB data.

Data Ranges  What is the most and least data available?

Simple Mobile – 2G data is unlimited on all but the $25 plan. High speed data ranges from 4 GB to unlimited.

Mango Mobile – Data ranges from 100 MB to 3 GB. Add-ons are available for $2 – $50 with data add-ons ranging from an additional 100 MB to 5 GB.

Pay-As-You-Go Rates  What are the pay-as-you-go per minute rates?

Simple Mobile – N/A

Mango Mobile – N/A

International Calling  What options are available? What does it cost?

Simple Mobile – All plans include unlimited international text, unlimited international calling to landlines in 64 countries, and unlimited international calling to mobile phones in 20 countries. Additional pay-as-you-go rates are available for other countries, with rates varying by country. Click here for more information.

Mango Mobile – All plans include unlimited international text and some minutes to call international numbers. International talk values range from $10 – $40, although more can be added. Per minute rates vary by country. Click here for rates.

Activation Fees  How much do they cost?

Simple Mobile – N/A

Mango Mobile – N/A

BYOD  Can you activate your own device?

Simple Mobile – Yes, provided the device is a GSM phone and compatible with the service. Users will need a $0.99 SIM card to activate.

Mango Mobile – Yes, in fact Mango Mobile does not sell devices so BYOD is the only option. Mango SIM cards cost $10.

Network/Coverage  What network does it use?

Simple Mobile – T-Mobile | Coverage Map

Mango Mobile – T-Mobile | Coverage Map


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