If you’re a travel junkie or have loved ones living outside of the U.S., chances are Ultra Mobile is the carrier you’re looking for. There are several Ultra Mobile cell phone plans to choose from. This guide will walk you through all Ultra Mobile plans and offers to help you pick the best one for your lifestyle.
Ultra Mobile Prepaid Plans
Ultra Mobile plans are all prepaid, meaning you pay for your service before you use it. You can choose between two different types of prepaid plans: Monthly or Flex.
All of these Ultra Mobile plans come with unlimited domestic talk and text, with unlimited talk to over 75 countries and unlimited texting worldwide. The costs of the plans differ when it comes to data usage and calling allowances to countries not listed on the unlimited calling list.
The following countries are NOT included on the unlimited calling list and cost extra with Ultra Mobile:
Each monthly plan also comes with a one-time $5 roaming credit, which you can use while traveling abroad. If you don’t use it, the credit will continue to roll over each month until you do. If you need more roaming minutes, you can always add them on to your account in $5, $10, or $20 increments.
Monthly Ultra Mobile Plans Compared
|$19 Monthly Plan||$23 Monthly Plan||$39 Monthly Plan||$49 Monthly Plan|
|Data Speed||4G LTE, reduced after 1GB||4G LTE, reduced after 2GB||4G LTE, reduced after 5GB||4G LTE, reduced after 50GB|
|Data Customization||Can slow data speeds when 4G isn’t needed in order to extend 4G||Can slow data speeds when 4G isn’t needed in order to extend 4G||Can slow data speeds when 4G isn’t needed in order to extend 4G||Can slow data speeds when 4G isn’t needed in order to extend 4G|
|Domestic Texts & Calls||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|International||Unlimited texting and calling to 80+ countries||Unlimited texting and calling to 80+ countries||Unlimited texting and calling to 80+ countries||Unlimited texting and calling to 80+ countries|
|Roaming||$5 rollover roaming credit||$5 rollover roaming credit||$5 rollover roaming credit||$5 rollover roaming credit|
|Extra Benefits||n/a||n/a||Up to 1,250 bonus minutes for an extra 39 countries||$5 call anywhere credit|
|Full Details||Ultra Mobile Monthly Plans|
“Ultra Flex brings you our lowest prices ever for an individual prepaid wireless plan.”
Ultra Mobile says their Flex plans are the least expensive individual plans in the market. The more months of service you buy upfront, the cheaper each month is with the cost starting as low as $12.50/month for 4 months.
Flex plans give you 250MB of data each month, with unlimited talk and text nationwide, and offer unlimited talk to these ten countries:
Ultra Mobile Family Plans
There is only one Ultra Mobile family plan, and it is similar to the individual Flex plan above. The Ultra Flex Family Plan allows up to 5 lines on the account, and for each line added, the price per line goes down. Each line receives 250MB of data per month—if you have 4 lines, that would be 1GB of shareable data. The family plan offers unlimited domestic talk and text, as well as unlimited national talk to the ten countries listed above.
With this family plan, one person can pay the bill each month, or each line can pay for their own service. No line is locked into a contract, so you can bow out of the family plan without disrupting those who are still on it. The Ultra Flex Family Plan is well-priced, however, the amount of data it offers is quite minimal. 1GB of shared data among 4 people will not last long, especially if you like to scroll through social media, regularly update your SnapChat, or stream digital content.
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UltraUp: Customization and Add-ons
If you run out of data or need more international minutes, you can customize Ultra Mobile plans by purchasing add-ons which include:
- Extra high-speed data
- More international calling
- Additional international roaming
You can buy and use these anytime during your active service with Ultra Mobile. You will have access to the add-ons immediately after you add them to your line by logging into your account and selecting which ones you want.
Ultra Mobile Cell Phones
Before you can use Ultra Mobile’s service, you first need to have a compatible phone. Ultra Mobile has a few different options when it comes to cell phones. You can either:
- Buy a phone outright
- Buy a phone through monthly installments
- Bring your own (compatible) phone
If you don’t want to (or can’t afford to) buy a phone from Ultra Mobile outright, you can finance one through Affirm, a third-party company.
After a credit check and down payment, you will pay off your phone in monthly installments while potentially paying up to 30% interest. Even though you could be paying quite a lot of interest, financing your phone is a good option if you need a new phone and you don’t have the cash to pay for one up front.
If you need a phone and don’t want to worry about financing or monthly installments, you can buy a phone outright. Right now Ultra Mobile offers over 50 different phones, including brand new models from the most popular brands. If you don’t need anything fancy, you can get older models for great prices too.
Bring Your Own Phone
You can bring and use your own phone with Ultra Mobile as long as it’s compatible AND unlocked.
Is Your Phone Compatible?
If your phone launched within the last 5 years it will likely be compatible, and if it’s older than 5 years it might not be. Generally, older phones from T-Mobile or AT&T will work with Ultra Mobile. However, if your phone is from Sprint or Verizon, you may need to buy a new one because the cellular technology is different. To be sure of your phone’s compatibility, you can call Ultra Mobile customer support and check.
Is Your Phone Unlocked?
If your phone is locked, you can only use it with the network you bought it from. To unlock your phone: it needs to be fully paid off, and there can’t be any unpaid balance on your account. Sometimes there are minimum service requirements, the length of which varies between carriers. Lastly, your phone can’t be reported lost or stolen.