There are over a hundred operators or carriers in the United States today, making it a fiercely competitive marketplace. However, whereas one might think that with so many companies offering compelling deals for the savvy customer, it would be difficult for new businesses to make money from the market and so these numbers might be consolidating or reducing. However, we are still seeing new MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) entrants into the market and one of the latest is Mango Mobile, which has recently launched with a range of new plans and an experienced parent brand, Red Pocket Mobile. Mango Mobile is offering a range of plans that start at $19 per month, although this drops to $16 for the second and subsequent line for multiple-line deals.
Mango Mobile are currently offering three single line deals plus the multi-line offering. The Fresh Mango Plan costs $19 a month and offers customers unlimited minutes, global text messaging, $5 of international calls plus 100MB of LTE data. The Ripe Mango Plan also costs $19 a month and comes with 250 minutes, unlimited global text messaging, $5 of international calls and 1GB of LTE data. The Sweet Mango Plan, which costs $25 a month, comes with unlimited talk time, unlimited global text messaging, $10 of international calls and 1GB of LTE data. Customers can add more data to each of these plans, starting at $2 for 100MB with options including $10 for 1GB and $50 for 5GB. The Multi-Line Mango Plan costs $19 for the first line which is essentially the same as the Fresh Mango Plan in that it offers unlimited airtime, unlimited global text messages, $5 of international talk credit and 100MB of data. Although the Mango Mobile website does not explain what the underlying network is, the frequencies used match the T-Mobile US network.
Mango Mobile is one of Red Pocket Mobile's brands. Red Pocket Mobile was launched ten years ago and today can provide service on any of the American national carriers, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile US and Verizon. Currently, there are no physical shops listed on the website but interested customers can buy a new SIM card at $10 and activate it online, which isn't too different from some other MVNO options.