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Upcoming Plan Changes From Simple Mobile and H2O Wireless, Lower Prices and More Data

It looks like we are about to see a new round of price cuts and data increases on prepaid unlimited monthly plans.

AT&T MVNO H2O Wireless posted the image at right on Facebook with the status message, "Coming Soon: A major plan upgrade to your H2O Monthly Unlimited Plans". Reportedly the changes are scheduled for Dec. 8 and are increases in the amount of data included with three of H2O's unlimited talk and text plus data plans:

  • The $30 plan jumps from 50MB to 500MB
  • The $40 plan gets a data increase from 500MB to 1GB
  • The $50 plan goes from 1GB to 2GB
  • The $60 plan jumps from 3GB to "Unlimited"

TracFone's Simple Mobile, which uses the T-Mobile network, will launch a new $25 unlimited monthly talk and text (no data) plan Dec 12 according to sources familiar with the matter. Simple's least expensive monthly plan currently is $40 but it includes 1GB of data in adition to unlimited talk and text

While none of these plan changes have been officially announced and are subject to change, the information comes from multiple reliable sources. I wouldn't be surprised if these changes set off a new round of price cuts by other AT&T and T-Mobile MVNOs.

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  1. I got an SMS (have $30 plan) they said 10x more speed, 10x more data, so i assume 500 mb on $30 plan then. perfect!

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    1. 10x more speed sounds like H2O is getting LTE too.

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    2. H2O is also starting to sell the refurbished iPhone 5.
      https://www.h2owirelessnow.com/pageControl.php?page=deviceDetailComingSoon&p_code=H2OD94
      Does this mean H2O is definitely getting LTE?

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    3. Not necessarily. The iPhone 5 will work fine without LTE. Also H2O's iPhone isn't actually available yet.

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  2. Could mean 10x more then 2g or 3g. They don't say what it's relative too. I doubt lte.

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  3. Anyone know of the top of their heads the up/down speeds?

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    1. Speeds vary widely depending on device and location:
      Simple and H2O unthrottled speeds should be the same as with T-Mobile or AT&T respectively with peak d/l speeds of 20 MBPS on T-Mobile and 10 Mbps on AT&T and peak u/l speeds od 3-3 Mbps.

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  4. I am so convinced AT&T is reducing wholesale price on HSDPA service because they are rapidly refarming the HSDPA band into LTE, and HSDPA service is degrading. In the last 3 weeks alone, I have seen large patches of SF Bay Are that I was used to getting 4-5 bars of signals drop to 1-2 bars. Data speed also slowed down notably. My friend's new iPhone with LTE is actually seeing increasing of signal strength and getting an increase is data speed. I think a lot of the towers are being refarmed into LTE, so HSDPA-serving sites are farther apart :(

    The reverse seems to be the case for T-Mobile. I see them throwing up 1900 HSDPA+ left and right now. I was getting 0-1 bar in my apt and literally last week, I was getting 5-bars. I live about a block away from a MetroPCS site based on FCC filing, I think they just activated that Metro site for HSDPA+.

    I must say, this has been a very active few months!

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    1. But doesn't voice service itself need those same towers as there is no volte?

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    2. On AT&T LTE, voice is done using CSFB. CSFB uses 2G/3G core network and can be from a different site. This is done very transparent to the user. I think for efficiency sake, they would not shrink the bandwidth on a site and give part of that to LTE. They would need to allocate the entire 10MHz bandwidth to LTE, so they have to vacate HSDPA for that site. CSFB is not multi-radio, it's just multi-mode, so when the fallback occurs, it can be on the same frequency from a neighboring HSDPA site that provides voice access. A lot of advances has occurred on voice, like mult-rate and adaptive coding etc that would allow fairly robust voice calls even on lower signals.

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  5. ahh, but is H2O going to be like Airvoice with having to call in after using up 500 MB in order to get the second 500 MB for the new version of the $40 plan with 1 GB?????

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    1. You don't have to call in but currently all H2O plans over 500MB are throttled after 500MB. I doubt that will change.

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  6. Any hints as to what the limits are on the "Unlimited" plan?

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  7. Remember h2o has $10 per line family discount!

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    1. Where can you get information and sign up for the family line discount? I can't find anything on their website.

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    2. Officially the Family Plan is only avaiable through H2O dealers but some people have been able to enroll by calling H2O.

      There's more information on H2O's Facebook Page

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  8. This is awesome... now hoping to see how Airvoice, Red Pocket and other Tmo MVNOs will respond to this to stay competitive...

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    1. Actually, MetroPCS is quite competitive. Metro's 60.00 unlimited plan is the closest thing to completely unlimited data that there is. The only significant restriction is no tethering.

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  9. I received an email about two weeks about it l sell H20 in my retail location...$30 is going to 500mb, $40 1GB, $50 2GB $60 is unlimited but if i'm not mistaken it will be just the way the rest of the industry with high speed data then throttled to be called unlimited.

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    1. So, how do you go about finding an H2O retailer who sells family plans in your area, or can you order them from some dealers online? I can't find a dealer locator on the H2O site either. Seems very vague. Why don't they push them more?

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    2. Google "H2O Wireless near 94102" Substitute your zipcode for 94102

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  10. H2O customer service is one of the worst I have encountered and Simple Mobile like other T-Mobile MVNO's are on the native T-Mobile footprint which is quite limited in regards to 3G coverage and no roaming.
    Do the research before jumping into these MVNO's.

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  11. Is tethering allowed?

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    1. No tethering is prohibited on both H2O and Simple Mobile.

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  12. Yes, I have the H2O family plan. Basically it works on plans $40 and above. the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th lines get $10 off. For example I have three lines on it: wife and two daughters all on the $40 plan. Total cost is $100 after discount: $40 + $30 to $30.
    I will move my line from AIO after my month is up since they will have 1000mb at $40.

    Note: You have to call in to pay each month. First customer service and they will transfer you to billing to pay.

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    1. For a H20 family plan, the first line can be a $30/month plan.

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