Xiaomi turns network carrier with its new hassle-free plans


Xiaomi has forayed into MVNO (Mobile virtual network operator) with its new Mi Mobile scheme which was launch alongside the Mi 4c earlier today.

As a virtual network carrier, Xiaomi won’t own the infrastructure it uses for its networks. But that shouldn’t matter to the end user anyway, because what Xiaomi are set out to do with Mi Mobile is the interesting bit.

The idea behind Mi Mobile according to Xiaomi is to ‘do away with complex carrier packages and offer a simple and transparent pricing structure’ to subscribers.  Subscribers of Mi Mobile will get triple cut SIM cards, which means they’ll work with nano, micro and mini SIM slots.

Plans will be of two kinds, bundles and pay-as-you-go billing. Here’s the info according to Xiaomi:

Pay As You Go:

• Supports China Unicom 2G/3G/4G

• RMB 0.10 (under US$0.02) per voice minute, SMS and 1MB data

• Available for sale on Mi.com starting September 23

3GB Data Bundle for RMB 59 per month (under US$10):

• Supports China Telecom 2G/3G/4G

• Equivalent to RMB 0.02/MB for data

• RMB 0.10 per voice minute, SMS or 1MB data exceeding 3GB

• Available in public beta starting October

It appears as though the Mi Mobile service will be limited to Xiaomi’s home market of China for now.

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