MobileX Review: My Experience Using the Low-Cost Phone Service

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I’ve wanted to recommend MobileX to a specific type of cell phone user, but there was a problem. I hadn’t tested the service.

That’s about to change.

I’ve tested and reviewed more than 15 low-cost phone plans since 2016. I signed up for MobileX in June 2024 and plan to document my experience in this post.

This is not a final review. It will be updated throughout my testing period.

Michael’s MobileX Review Notes

May 6, 2024: Purchased MobileX SIM Card

I went to my local Walmart and found the MobileX display in the electronics department. An associate unlocked the case and helped me purchase a $10 SIM card.

This price seems a little steep for a SIM card, but there is up to a $10 service credit when you activate.

June 6, 2024: Signing Up and Activating Service

Exactly one month after purchasing the SIM card, I signed up for MobileX and activated the service. There was a reason for the delay, but it had nothing to do with MobileX.

I recorded a video of the the entire signup and activation process. It took me 35 minutes total.

Why so long? Everything takes longer when you are “creating content.” If I were just following the instructions provided in the SIM Starter Pack, it probably would have taken 15 minutes or less.

Here are a few tips to speed up the process:

  • When searching MobileX in the app store, don’t put a space between Mobile and X
  • Have a credit card handy to enter your payment information
  • No SIM card ejector tool provided; get a paperclip or pin to open the SIM card slot

MobileX’s instructions in the SIM Starter Pack and through the app were both very clear. Loved that!

One step that may be unfamiliar to some users is setting up your Access Point Name (APN). Fortunately, you are walked through this from the MobileX app.

June 7, 2024: First Full Day of Testing

I am testing MobileX using an iPhone 12. After setting up service yesterday and running an initial speed test (more than 300 Mbps download), I was excited to just use my phone as normal.

MobileX uses Verizon’s network, which is my preferred network. My primary line is with Visible. Here’s how I used Mobile X today:
  • 30-minute phone call with friend; both of us agreed the call quality was excellent
  • Successfully sent and received numerous text messages
  • Watched a 25-minute YouTube video; no issues with playback

In short, MobileX worked exactly as it was supposed to.

One of MobileX’s unique features is that it uses AI to forecast the amount of data you’ll need for the next 30 days. That way, you don’t overpay for data you don’t use.

Early in this test, my data forecast is 1GB. That would cost me $8.58 for the data, talk and text.

June 12, 2024 – Data Forecast Update

Over the last few days, I used MobileX’s cellular data primarily for navigation during a road trip, reading news articles and some social media apps.

As of June 12, my data forecast is 1.46 GB at a price of $9.55.

I use a lot more than 1 GB of data during the month, but this is a secondary line and I’m being more mindful of my usage because I’m not on an unlimited plan.

With my main line, Visible by Verizon, I don’t pay any attention to data usage.

There are a lot of people who can use very little data by staying connected to Wi-Fi while at home and not doing a lot of video streaming over their cellular connection while on the go.

That’s the type of user I think these custom MobileX plans are best for.

June 14, 2024 – Data Use Forecast Completed

I received a notification from MobileX today that my data use forecast was ready. This is MobileX’s prediction of how much data I’ll use over the next month.

My forecast came in extremely low: 1.18 GB of data at a cost of $8.96.

I’ve mentioned that this is a secondary line, but another factor is that my area is going through severe flooding so I have not left the house for several days.

I have used my MobileX testing device to watch videos and browse the web over cellular data.

I manually updated my data use forecast to 2 GB, which I still think is low for me. My bill is $12.33 for the next 30 days of service.

We’ll see how it goes! I predict a lot of time connected to Wi-Fi to keep data usage down.

I will be updating my experience with MobileX throughout the testing period. Subscribe to my weekly newsletter to be the first to know when I publish my full review.

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2 thoughts on “MobileX Review: My Experience Using the Low-Cost Phone Service”

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