STI Mobile Prepaid Cell Phone Review

Overview
STI Mobile is a subsidiary of Telco Group, Inc. which is a privately held long distance company based on New York state who boasts over 80 years of telecom experience.
STI Mobile utilizes the Sprint PCS network for calls, giving you big brand call quality and small brand customer service.
Pros: STI Mobile offers very flexible calling plans and no roaming charges are applicable to the service.
Cons: The lack of roaming support offered by STI Mobile limits calls to the small coverage area provided by the carrier. The carrier also charges 10 cents per minute plus airtime to check voicemail.
Cheapest Price Per Minute: $0.10
Unlimited Data Available: No
Unlimited Texting Available: No
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Lowest Price Per Anytime Minute: $0.10
Plans: There are four basic plans offered by STI prepaid. Plan one charges you a network access fee of 9 cents per day and offers calls at 8.9 cents per minute at all times. Plan two charges you a network fee of 25 cents per day and offers calls at 7.9 cents per minute anytime. Plan three is more like a traditional plan and includes, unlimited nights and weekends (from 7p.m.) and extra weekday minutes for 15 cents per minute for a fee of $29.99 per month. The fourth and final plan goes for $24.99 per month and includes unlimited nights and weekends but with a 9 p.m. start time and additional minutes billed at 20 cents per minute. Read more about STI Mobile plans
Customer Service: Customer care and support is available via phone Monday through Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00a.m. EST. Customer service is also available by dialing *611 from your STI Mobile phone, via email and at dealer locations.
Free Nights: Unlimited available
Credit Check: None
Free Weekends: Unlimited available
Contract: None
Daily Access Fee: For some plans, $8.9 or $0.25
Payment Options: Recharge cards can be purchased in denominations of 10, 25, and 50 dollars and work like a cash credit to your account, even on plan three which has a monthly fee.
Text and Picture Messaging: Text messaging is available via STI Mobile and costs 5 cents per message sent or received. Picture messaging is available for 29 cents per day. This fee also includes web browsing.
Data Plans: STi offers limited web access for 19 cents per day. This includes e-mail and instant messaging through Yahoo. It also includes news services like CNN, ABC News, CBS Sports, and Bloomberg Financial. Web browsing is also available in conjunction with picture messaging for 29 cents per day.
Downloads: None
International Calling: STI Mobile does offer international calling. Charges incurred are normal airtime plus an additional per minute fee depending destination of call. Fees range from free to one dollar per minute. You'll want to check with customer care for international calling rates to the destination country you plan to call.
Text Messaging Available: Yes
Roaming Charges: No roaming charges because the service does not support roaming. If you leave the coverage area, the phone simply will not work.
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Text Messaging Charge For Incoming: Yes
Calling Features: The only calling feature offered is voicemail at a cost of 10 cents per minute to retrieve messages.
Unlimited Text Messaging Plan Available: No
Activation Fee: STI Mobile does charge an activation fee of $4.95.
Nationwide Long Distance: Long distance calling nationwide is included in the cost of airtime. Long distance calls are treated the same as regular calls.
Unlimited Plan Available: No
411 Calls: Directory assistance is available at a cost of 79 cents per call, plus airtime.
Earliest Minute Expiration: Pay by the minute plans minutes offered with plans one and two do not expire. Minutes that come with plan three expire at the end of each month. Minutes do not rollover.
911 Calls: Yes
Phones: All phones offered by STI Mobile are flip phones and most have color screens. Web browsing, PTT, speakerphone, and camera phones are also available. Phones are offered at discount prices providing you start off with 50 to 100 dollars in airtime when signing up, depending on the phone.
Standard Calling Features: voicemail
Some Available Cell Models: Sanyo 200 (shown) LG 225
Coverage Map: STI Mobile Coverage Map
Cheapest Phone Model: varies
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Cheapest Price Per Minute: $0.10
Unlimited Data Available: No
Unlimited Texting Available: No
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Average Rating by Users:

3.3
Rated 3.3 out of 5
3.3 out of 5 stars (based on 81 reviews)
5 star34%
4 star20%
3 star16%
2 star5%
1 star25%

Most Recent Reviews:

Consumer Review

Rated 3 out of 5
August 2, 2013

I agree…they use to be a good cell phone service. Superintendent of customer care is RUDE RUDE RUDE!!!! My phone and my husbands phone both quit getting service the same day,He said the phones where no good and we needed to replace them with new phones…they don't even sell phones anymore.(IMAGINE THAT) I doubt that 2 different STI Mobile phones both went bad the same day. Time to start looking for NEW cell phone providers and NEW cell phones!

Ann

Consumer Review

Rated 3 out of 5
March 9, 2013

Seems like STI is going out of business…emails rejected, 555 number not working, no online retailers selling cards, no one answers their 800 number…

ralph

Consumer Review

Rated 4 out of 5
February 16, 2013

Had this phone and service for going on 6 years. Despite dull equipment (limited phone selection), works GREAT for me. 10 cents a day and 10 cents a minute and don't have to recharge every 60-90 days like other plans. Excellent for me. No problems in coverage whatsoever. Too bad they seem to have disappeared off the landscape in the past few weeks (Feb 2012)- their 555 service and email help seems to have ended. Bummer, prob will have to look for another service, and will never find one like this for me. Excellent value, if they stay in business. Would have given them 5 stars if they seemed to still be around.

Dr. Dick

Consumer Review

Rated 1 out of 5
January 24, 2013

They used to be a good phone service.Now they jerk you around,want to to buy more time even when you still have twenty dollars of talk time.Look somewhere else for a good deal.

Dan

Consumer Review

Rated 1 out of 5
December 10, 2012

nasty people. unhelpful support. lots of dropped calls. net 10 much much better one star too many

baxter

Consumer Review

Rated 1 out of 5
December 3, 2012

awful customer service! very rude!!! monthly plan is a rip off! unless you want your blood to boil stay away from this rude bunch

ado eldor

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Cheapest Price Per Minute: $0.10
Unlimited Data Available: No
Unlimited Texting Available: No
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