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AT&T MVNO H2O Selling Refurbished iPhone 3GS and A Month's Unlimited Service for $199



Not to be outdone by its bigger rivals, Virgin Mobile and Cricket, Locus Telecommunication's H2O brand is now selling iPhones

Not the same iPhones however, Virgin and Cricket's are brand new iPhone 4 and 4S models, H2O's are refurbished 8GB iPhone 3GS'.

The 3GS was introduced in 2009 and is still in production. Compared with the 4 and 4S it has a slower processor, less RAM, a lower resolution, non-Retina display, a 3.5 MP rear camera (vs a 5 MP rear and VGA front camera). But it's still an iPhone and a desirable device to many people.

With Cricket and Virgin's iPhones starting at $399.99 and $549.99, respectively, the best part about H2O's iPhone is the price, $199 (plus $5 shipping). And that price includes a SIM and a month's service on H20's $50/month unlimited voice, messaging and 500 MB of data plan.

Provided they are quality refurbs, H2O's price is quite good. A refurbished 8GB iPhone 3GS from Amazon is about the same price and doesn't include the month's service or H2O SIM. Brand new from the Apple Store, a 3GS (8GB) will set you back $375. However, Apple and Amazon's iPhones are unlocked and, as far as I can tell, H2O's isn't.

iPhones are rather difficult to configure so that data and especially MMS picture messaging works on AT&T MVNOs. The H2O deal is an especially good one if the phones are already configured for data and MMS on H20.

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  1. Be very careful of H2O, their "Unlimited" talk and text plans are very limited to 3000 minutes and 5000 text a month. They will kill your service without notice if you go over that. Other AT&T MVNO's have higher limits, and will at least warn you if you exceed your "Unlimited" quota.

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    1. I've seen quite a few reports of H2O cutting people off for using too many of their unlimited minutes or tests, although none recently.

      I'm sure there is a cap but I have doubts that it's as low as 3000 minutes which is only an hour and forty minutes per month.

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    2. Yeswap, I think you meant an hour and forty minutes per day which would be about 50 total calling hours per month.

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    3. What was I thinking?Of course, 1:40/day. Not month!!

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  2. I hate to rain on yalls parade but ALL of the MVNO's "Unlimited" Talk, Text or Data claims are misleading and NONE of them offer TRUE "Unlimited" anything. Even Straight Talk Wireless terminate service without notice if you use "Too Much" service each month. Same goes with Virgin/Boost Mobile, Page Plus and T-Mobile Monthly 4G. I have never had to deal with this issue as I never go over 1000 mins a month or 1000 text. As far as data goes, thats a different story. With today's advanced 4G data speeds, its hard to stay under 5GB each month, But doable.

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    1. I suspect that you are right that all MVNOs have hidden caps and may terminate your service if you use too much.

      However, T-Mobile Monthly 4G and Boost and Virgin Mobile (both wholly owned by Sprint) are not MVNOs. I've also never heard of any of the three terminating anyone's account for overuse.

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  3. Who knows is this 3GS unlocked or not?

    I thought the limit was 5000 minutes. As for texts, I don't use more than 3000 sms/ mo, which is already a lot! So texting essentially unlimited. I'd be ok with 5000 mins.

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    1. I've asked H2O if their iPhone is unlocked. If and when they answer, I'll update this post.

      No one outside H2O really knows what their limits for voice and texting are. 5000 minutes and either 5000 or 10,000 texts are the most popular guesses.

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  4. USA needs more GSM providers! I wish some big european or UK provider would've come to US, like Three or O2 or Orange. It's good MVNOs exists, but they're not popular. I find it ridiculous how people pay 100-150$/mo. Should be more european way, where phone and plan is separate. Most people i talked to can't even realise this.
    Waiting till price will drop to 20 for unlim talk/sms.

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  5. I feel that these companies are ripping us all off, with all these restrictions, a new GSM company should come in offer TRUE unlimited TALK TEXT & WEB That is why people are going with pre-paid and jumping ship on these 2 year contracts. If only SPRINT was a GSM company, they to my understanding is the only TRUE TALK, TEXT & WEB company out there. with their own down falls, ALl other SLOW DOWN your speeds after 2-4 gig of data. FULL BLOWN LTE is not here yet either.

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