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H2O Changing Plans Aug 1 - More Data on Monthly Plans, More Days of Service and Cheaper Data on PAYGO

An H2O dealer tipped me off that the AT&T MVNO is notifying its dealers of plan changes coming August 1.
  • The $30 plan will go from  unlimited domestic talk and text only, to unlimited talk, text and MMS, with 50 MB data, a $5 international voice credit and 100 outgoing international texts.
     
  • $40 plan will go from 100 MB to 500 MB. It will continue to include unlimited talk, text and MMS, a $20 international voice credit and 100 outgoing international SMS.
     
  • $50 plan will go from 500 MB to 1 GB. It will continue to include unlimited talk, text and MMS, a $40 international voice credit, unlimited international calling to 50 countries and unlimited outgoing international SMS.
     
  • $60 plan will go from 2 GB to 3 GB. It will continue to include unlimited talk, text and MMS, a $20 international voice credit and 100 outgoing international SMS.
     
  • The data overage rate on monthly plans is dropping from 15¢/MB to 5¢. 

H2O currently throttles data speeds after 500 MB on the $60 plan. I wonder if this will continue and if it will also apply to the $50 plan now that it includes 1 GB? 

H2O is also sweetening its pay as you go plans will lower priced data and longer expirations. Pay as you go data is dropping from 30¢/MB to 10¢. The $10 and $20 airtime refills will be good for 90 days of service rather than 30. The $30 and $100 refill's validity will stay at 90 days and one year, respectively.

I suspect AT&T is lowering the wholesale rates it charges MVNOs, especially for data. If that's the case we can expect similar changes in other MVNOs plans.

Update 1-Aug-2013: The new plans are now live on the H2O web site.

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  1. If they still throttle even with giving more data its not so big a deal, i expect that other MVNO's will follow suit such as Red Pocket

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    1. Does H2O allow domestic roaming for calling and texting like Straight Talk?

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    2. I don't really see the significant advantage if no roaming or LTE is included. I think GoPhone and AiO is going to destroy the AT&T MVNOS, even if the data prices are lowered for MVNOs.

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    3. I hope not only Red-Pocket. There is also PureTalk, Airvoice, Jolt as well.

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  2. With its already horrendous CS, anything is an improvement at this point.

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  3. The $30 plan will go from unlimited domestic talk and text only, to unlimited talk, text and MMS, with 50 MB data, a $5 international voice credit and 100 outgoing international texts.
    >>> Airvoice has the same with 100MB data@ $35.00/mth and domestic CS. $5.00 less just like H2O is planning, it would be a better overall deal to get someone on the phone that does not sound like a clueless scripted parrot that says every other word, " I am truly sorry for the inconvenience is there anything else I can help you with." ...Uh, no!!!!

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  4. Does H2O allow domestic roaming for calling and texting like Straight Talk?

    Regarding this previous question; can you please clarify. Does this mean you cannot take a phone with H2O and use it around the country while you are traveling. I thought you can use H2O service anywhere there is ATT service. Thanks in advance.

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    1. You can use H2O everywhere there is native AT&T service. There is no off-network roaming, you can't use H2O on T-Mobile, iWireless, Cincinatti Bell, etc.

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    2. Yes, I was referring to roaming onto AT&T carrier partners. With Straight Talk AT&T SIM (and Net10) you can roam onto carrier partners like postpaid subscribers, which is unusual for a carrier to allow a MVNO to do.

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  5. This is big news for PAYGO users. Dramatically lower data costs and significantly longer service times for lower amounts. This is going to give the low-cost T-Mobile MVNOs a run for their money, especially given ATT's generally better coverage.

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    1. My thoughts exactly, I switched from H2O PAYGO to Lyca PAYGO just a month ago because the data rates were drastically cheaper on Lyca. But at $.10 per megabyte, I just might switch back from T-Mobiles spotty data network to AT&T's more reliable one.
      But I'm going to give this a month or two to see how the other AT&T MVNOs (Red Pocket, Airvoice, Jolt, Pure Talk) respond to this.

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    2. In the last sentence change "It that's the case..." to "If that's the case..."

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  6. To be blunt about it, I think H20 sucks . Their customer service has always been slow and terrible. Now it's fast but still mediocre on a good day . They may have been the first mvno to feel the data love from Att's growing prepaid arm (Aio being launched, LTE on Gophone with better data rates and overages) so it's only logical that it trickled down to the mvno side (albeit probably w/o LTE and w/ crappy overages). I expect the other guys like Air Voice, Red Pocket to get plan improvements in data quantities/prices soon. If they don't, they'll be hard pressed to compete. Red pocket hasn't launched their rumored Sprint byosd division yet despite it being slated originally for May. Air Voice
    is still holding on with their great cs. Good 2 Go inside sources say they are not changing their mvno side anytime soon (they had the best data overage rate of any Att prepaid option till Att's new overage rate came out. We'll see how if the Att mvnos are affected. Since H20's support and reliability is so p*ss poor. , I'd say that I'd rather see similar plans on other BETTER Att mvnos did use H20 itself. As a customer of another Att mvno, which I chose specifically for Air Voice, the only thing H20 has going for it is pricing and plans. And if someone with better cs gets it, then that's no longer a reason to go with them.

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    1. Good2Go charges 50c/mb on the $20/month, 5c/minute plan. They charge the same as H20, 30c/mb on the $30 Unlim TnT plan. H20 prices are a lot better. Their new PayGo plan is much better than AirVoice PayGo for low usage. You get almost three times as many minutes with H20 if you spread $10 over 3 months.

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  7. H20 prices are better. That's about it. If you need help, you're screwed. Their cs is slow, bad and useless. The only plan I can tolerate is their one year plan because you don't have to deal with those idiots for a year.

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  8. New plans are up on the website

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