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H2O Monthly Plans Get More and Faster Data

AT&T MVNO H2O Wireless announced upgrades to their monthly unlimited plans today. All plans got more and "10X faster" data. I'm not sure about the faster part as H2O has always advertised 4G HSPA+ support and there's no claim or evidence that they now support LTE.

Here are the changes
  • $30 monthly plan had 50 MB of data, now has 500 MB
  • $40 monthly plan had 500 MB of data now has 1 GB
  • $50 monthly plan had 1 GB of data now has 2 GB
  • $60 monthly plan had 3 GB of data now has Unlimited Data
All of the H2O Monthly Unlimited Plans also include Unlimited Talk, Text and MMS.

The $50 plan also includes unlimited international calling to 50 countries, unlimited international texting and a $40 international call credit. The other plans come with 100 free International text messages and an international call credit of $5 on the $30 plan and $20 on the $40 and $60 plans.

As is their style, H2O makes no mention of throttling on any of their plans. In the past users have reported that data on the old $50 1GB and $60 3GB plans was throttled to about 128 Kbps after 500 MB. Hopefully, that ten times faster claim means no more throttling.

New users will get the increased data immediately, current H2O users will have to wait until their next plan renewal to see the increases.

These new plans are very competitively priced, especially the $30 plan. None of the other AT&T MVNOs currently offer more than 100 MB at the $30 price point. See how H2O compares with it's competition see: AT&T and AT&T MVNO Prepaid Plans Compared.

Source: H2O Wireless



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  1. Are the H2O datacaps soft or hard?

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    1. Hard, except for the "unlimited" plan where I suspect there's a soft cap of 3GB or less.

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    2. I'd really like to get my wife on an AT&T MVNO, the $40 plan here seems like it would do the trick. I need to check how often she hits the 1GB soft cap on her $40 SIMple mobile plan though.

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  2. If on a pay as u go plan would u expect to see data speed increase immediately ? do APN settings need some kind of update? at least as of this morning I don't see any speed differences testing w/speedtest.net app!

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    1. The APN hasn't changed. I suspect the 10X faster speeds is just marketing. What kind of speeds do you get now.

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  3. My AT&T contract just expired and I was looking into this H2O deal -- sounded pretty good until I read their Facebook page and all the current complaints, lol.

    https://www.facebook.com/H2Owireless

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    1. I'm not an H2O customer, but I can tell you, no matter what Cell provider facebook page you visit, you will find numerous complaints. Very few people visit these pages to post a compliment. I would not use this as a reason to avoid any company.

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    2. Other than Straight Talk... where I after I read all the screaming complaints about the arbitrary "cut you off for using a little data" policy, I called the company, and they confirmed this policy.

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    3. @ JeffMN

      I'm well aware numerous complaints on a Facebook page for any company is not the only reason to avoid a product or service.... BUT, these complaints were of their DATA service being down for DAYS... and it's really telling the quality of customer service to expect when H2O didn't even address and apologize the complaints on the data issues until 3hrs ago.

      https://www.facebook.com/H2Owireless

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  4. average of 8 tests over last two days: download-490kbs(high790,low290);upload-260kbs(high540,low60);ping-226(high339,low153)--these are all in my study, #'s outside would be faster!!

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    1. Are these numbers in terms of kilobits or kilobytes??

      If kilobits, seems awfully slow for a 4g/lte connection, even for hspa.

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    2. what speedtest.net app gives u (ie kB/s)--also note that on galaxy s2 skyrocket speeds improved to 1.88/2.54 Mbps down &1.48/1.14 up same location!

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    3. Dennis,maybe u understand why--my unlocked T-Mobile 4g Exhibit II (sgh-t679) running android 2.3.6 on H2O doesn't see the speed improvement noted on my s2 skyrocket running android 4.0.4

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    4. It could be a lot of things, imcluding:
      1) Differences in the two phones radio hardware. The Exhibit II doesn't have as fast a radio as the Skyrocket, 14.4 Mbps HSDPA vs 21 Mbps HSDPA.
      2)The Skyrocket might also be better at grabbing signal and a strong signal is needed for maximum speed
      3) If you are using different SIMs in each phone there might be differences in the way the SIMs are provisioned

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  5. I've been using H2O since I got out of my ATT contract because of the mobility admin fee of 61 cents. At first I sent to TMobile because we have four lines and TMo charged $100 for unlimited talk, text and 500mb. Worked great everywhere except work and daughter's school. I needed an ATT signal. If it was just me I'd go with Straighttalk at $45. But I'm using the H2O family plan discount and I'm paying $120 for four phones!

    Line 1 = $30 plan with 500mb
    Line 2 = $40 plan with 1000mb discounted $10 to $30
    LIne 3 & 4 same as above line 2

    Total cost $120...so about $30 each. I'm loving it.
    I used to pay close to $250 on ATT post paid.

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  6. Can you tell me about the taxes and fees that are charged with H20?
    For example does the 30$ plan come out to be a 34$ plan?

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    1. If you live in New Jersey, where H2O is based you will be charged NJ sales tax. otherwise no taxes or fees.

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    2. Benito: see if you have a friend in New York or another state, somehow to avoid this bite.

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  7. There are no taxes (NJ)
    I have the two 50$ months plan and this is exactly what I pay. No fees/tax

    I have at the moment 40kB/s D and the same U

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  8. Very intriguing. The first data value from an MVNO I have seen to start to approach Virgin's. And on a much better network than Sprint, too.

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  9. Since H2O throttles their data I don't see the value in their plans.

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    1. Even before the throttle, it appears they have a lot more data at a lot lower price than any of the other real carrier (AT&T, Verizon) MNVO's. As an alternative to Sprint.

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  10. Throttle ?

    They increased data and speed...

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  11. Does H2O offer any off network roaming for voice/data, or do they just use the native AT&T network? Do any AT&T MVNOs offer any off network roaming? Thanks.

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  12. Does h2o support LTE?

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  13. Consumer Cellular uses the AT&T's post paid coverage areas with roaming. I think if I am not mistaken they are the only AT&T MVNO that has this expanded coverage feature vs the others that have AT&T's go-phone like coverage; I finally switch over from T-Mobile to CC with BYOD and I am very happy with the coverage; with 4G speeds also.

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  14. me confused with what the article says and what the comments say. article says "10x faster" data speed but many of the comments here talk about throttled speed. are the comments based on past performance and have not yet gotten the speed increase? or is there really no speed increase and this is all a lie?

    personally tempted by the new $30 plan particularly if have at least 3G and preferably 4G (HSPA+). really don't care about LTE because mostly on wifi anyways.

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  15. H2O is the worst when it comes to data speed.. even after the 10x fast speed upgrade I havent seen one enhancement.. it feels like 2g data.. I called them a few times now and they said they reset my data for the 10x unlimited spd.. not a difference.. and im paying $60 per month !

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    1. why would you be paying $60 if you are getting 2G or worse? really cannot believe that. probably just have to try it myself with a new account to confirm or deny the high speed claims by h2o or the low speed claims by the various anon commenters

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  16. chat session with h2o:

    (14:38:20)SUPPORT:Thank you for contacting H2OWIRELESS please wait for the next Customer Relations Professional.
    (14:43:04)SUPPORT: Thank you for contacting customer service, my name is H2OREP KEN. How can I help you?
    (14:43:17)me: hello just a question. how fast is the data speed on the new $30 plan?
    (14:45:58)me: hello just a question. how fast is the data speed on the new $30 plan?
    (14:48:19)SUPPORT: We are currently offering 3G speed 10 times faster.


    personally myself waiting to get a couple h2o sim cards. first sim card to sign up for new account with $30 plan, and then test for coverage, call quality, test if sms txt actually are received, and to measure actual data speed on a brand new account which should have new so-called 10x speed. then if satisfactory for my purposes after a few weeks (or maybe just a few days), then transfer existing number of my main phone to the second sim card for a more permanent account on the $30 plan.

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    1. H2O Wireless has LTE Coverage...here is the link...hope it helps..http://www.h2owirelessnow.com/pageControl.php?page=coverage..l sell all the MNVO's

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    2. I don't see any mention of LTE on that page.

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  17. Look at the coverage map and you will see the coverage...it says zoom for LTE coverage

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  18. Is there any difference between H2O offerings and Black Wireless? Are they from the same company?

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    1. They are both part of the same company, Locus Telecommunications. Plans looks the same too.

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  19. H2O just started a 10% discount for those with auto pay: $40 goes to $36 - $30 goes to $27 and so on.

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