AT&T MVNO H2O Wireless has notified its dealers that it will begin offering 4G LTE data starting sometime in January, 2015. Although most T-Mobile and Sprint MVNOs have had LTE for some time now, its been slow in comimg to AT&T and Verizon resellers. Currently, among AT&T MVNOs only Straight Talk, NET10 and Red Pocket offer it
, and with Red Pocket, LTE is only available on the $69.99 plan. Update: Red Pocket dealers and users have confirmed that LTE is available on all Red Pocket GSMA monthly plans. It may even be available on Red Pocket GSMA pay as you go but I haven't been able to verify that
H2Os announcement to dealers is totally lacking in details like which plans will get LTE, if it will cost extra or if it will be throttled. Although LTE is capable of throughput as high as 60 or even 100 Mbps, prepaid MVNOs, especially Verizon ones, tend to throttle it to lower speeds, as low as 5 Mbps for Verizon nased PagePlus and Straight Talk, Even Cricket Wireless, which is part or AT&T, and thus not a MVNO, throttles LTE speeds to 8 Mbps. Hopefully, H2O won't play the throttling game. Of course, AT&T could give H2O no choice by imposing a throttle at the source.
LTE coming to H2O probably means that other AT&T MVNOs will be getting it soon too. And that means more competition and if AT&T LTE is unthrottled, pressure on Verizon MVNOs to remove the speed restrictions on their LTE offerings.
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