Atlanta-based Tempo Telecom, a prepaid subsidiary of CLEC Birch Communications, is launching new wireless prepaid plans starting at $9.95 per month. The company operates via Sprint's (NYSE:S) 3G and LTE networks and offers a handful of devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone for $249.95.
Tempo is selling three different plans. The monthly plans start at $9.95 per month for 50 minutes and range to $49.95 for 1,000 minutes. The company bills data as "minutes," and data includes text messages, picture messages and data usage. Three SMS messages equal one voice minute, and 1 MB of data equals two voice minutes. Minutes can be carried over from on month to the next.
The PayGo plans range in price from $9.95 for 40 minutes to $69.95 for 1,000 minutes/data/SMS. These plans have 100-day cycles.
Finally, Tempo's unlimited plan starts at $44.95 for unlimited voice and messaging and 250 MB of data. The company also offers a $49.95 plan for unlimited voice and messaging and 1 GB of data. The highest-priced unlimited plan is $59.95 and offers unlimited voice and data and 2.5 GB of data.
During the past year, Sprint has become a hotbed of MVNO activity. Companies including FreedomPop, Republic Wireless, Ting, Votel and Voyager Mobile have all announced plans to launch Sprint service or have recently launched Sprint service.
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