Total Call Mobile is a Los Angeles based MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) offering a nationwide service to its subscribers via the Sprint Nextel PCS network. Launched in 2006, the company was formed to cater for the diverse ethnic community, offering multi-lingual support to its customers (currently available in 6 languages) and marketing their products in both English and Spanish. They have recently introduced discounted international call rates of $0.02/minute for their prepaid talk and text plans, and “free” (charged the same as domestic airtime) calls to over 250 international destinations on their pay-as-you-go-option. Furthermore, overseas text messages are charged at the same rates as domestic messages.
Pros of Total Call Mobile
· Inexpensive domestic and international call rates.
· Pay-as-you-go minutes have a 90 day activity period.
· International text messages are the same cost as domestic.
Cons of Total Call Mobile
· No roaming support on prepaid plans.
· No multi-media messaging or web service available.
· A very basic range of cellphones from which to choose.
Total Mobile Pay-as-you-go
Getting started with Total Call Mobile is incredibly simple. Once a subscriber has purchased their Total Call compatible cellphone, one call to the customer support toll-free number will activate the service. This can also be done online, and subscribers are allowed to keep an existing cellphone number free of charge if required. There are no activation fees for the Total Call Mobile service and refills for their prepaid cellphone account can be purchased in denominations of $5.00, $10.00, $20.00 and $40.00, with each refill having an activity period of 90 days, unless a further refill is made within the period – in which case any unused minutes are rolled over.
Calls on the Total Call Mobile pay-as-you-go option are charged at $0.10/minute at any time of the day unless an unlimited nights and weekends card is purchased which allows for 15 days ($15.00) or 30 days ($30.00) unlimited domestic airtime between 9.00pm and 7.00am. International calls (which would be free on the “anytime” pay-as-you-go option) made during the unlimited evening/weekend plan attract a premium of $0.02/minute. Text messages are charged at $0.05/message for both sent and received messages and this rate also applies to international text messages. All of the prepaid cellphone plans available through Total Call Mobile offer free call waiting, caller ID and voicemail, however there is no facility to neither transmit pictures or videos nor access the Internet from your Total Call Mobile service.
There are three “Talk & Text” bundles available to subscribers which will save money for frequent cellphone users. “500 Talk + 500 Text” is a $25.00 add-on, valid for 30 days which allows subscribers 500 minutes of airtime plus 500 text messages. For an additional $10.00, subscribers may purchase “1000 Talk + 1000 Text”, which is also valid for 30 days with any overages charged at $0.10/minute for airtime and $0.05/message for texts. “Unlimited Talk & Text” costs $25.00 for 15 days and $50.00 for 30 days. All three options fail to offer discounts for minutes used during the night and at weekends, and international call rates start at $0.02/minute (rather than “free” with the basic pay-as-you-go option) if using any of these packages.
Total Call Mobile 411 Directory Assistance is available for subscribers at a cost of $1.50, and customer support can be contacted 24/7 from a toll-free landline number or direct from the cellphone. Roaming, multi-media messaging and web access are not provided with any of the prepaid pay-as-you-go options available through Total Call Mobile.
Prepaid Cell Phones.net Rating. Total Call Mobile provides a basic but economic service for subscribers who want to use their cellphones frequently for domestic and international calls. As a simple, no frills service Total Call Mobile offers one of the cheapest and most versatile options on the market, however the fact that their service is lacking in any of the advanced features associated with 21st Century cellphone communication (many of which are available to contracted customers) may dissuade people from taking advantage of the low rates available with Total Call Mobile. Maybe we should all have two cellphones!