Helio returns with unlimited talk, text and data for $29 a month

Helio returns with unlimited talk, text and data for $29 a month
Remember Helio? The MVNO launched in 2006 and was eventually gobbled up by Virgin before being put to rest. But a company called Ubi Telecom has revived the brand. Known for selling telecom service to Korean Americans, Ubi is now offering the MVNO with a low priced $29 a month plan that includes unlimited talk, text and data. Sprint and Verizon's pipelines will be employed by Helio customers this time around.

You're probably wondering how Helio can offer unlimited data at that price. Suppose we told you that there is no throttling of data speeds. Intrigued? Well, here's the catch. Maximum data speed is 128Kbps.

If you're still interested, Helio will allow you to use your own Sprint branded handset. If you need to buy a compatible phone, Helio will offer you the Samsung Galaxy S4 for $299, the Samsung Galaxy S III for $249 and some other models priced as low as $49.

With data capped at speeds that only the Flintstones would appreciate, the new Helio seems about as relevant as the old Helio. The only exception might be for a shut in who is using Wi-Fi 24/7. By the way, the first month of service is free.


source: Helio via FierceWireless

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10 Comments

1. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Ptel does the same thing but for $25 and with twice the speed on tmobiles network. It actually seems pretty cool. My wife is going to try it out for the next month or 2.

4. waddup121 unregistered

cool beans

2. foster426

Posts: 40; Member since: Apr 07, 2015

Who remembers Amp'd mobile?+

3. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I remember. People used to come to this store that I worked at to have those phones flashed to work on Cricket.

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I mean 128kbps is the speed Sprint offers in the first place so not surprised there.

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That's too fast for Sprint.

7. matistight

Posts: 932; Member since: May 13, 2009

On their "blazing fast" 4G Wi-Wax (I'll let them shine a little with their 4G LTE, never seen it go past 12Mbps)

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

In a really dead zone T-Mobile and AT&T doesn't drop under 12mbps - on either HSPA+ or LTE....

9. Downtime24g

Posts: 24; Member since: Aug 04, 2011

oh snap! helio used to be the ish, helio ocean was my fav (wallpaper youtube videos!)

10. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

HA...HA...HA...HA! 128kbps? Move over AOL, you have some competition now!

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