H2O Wireless has enabled LTE data on its monthly plans. I don't have a lot of information yet, but it looks like new activations get LTE automatically. But according to the H2O site, current users will need a new SIM and a new monthly PIN in order to upgrade to LTE. The new PIN requirement suggests that upgrading to LTE in the middle of a plan month will cause the loss of paid for service days. Current users might want to wait to upgrade until shortly before their plan renewal date to avoid the loss of paid for service.
It also looks like H2O may be including a bit more high-speed data with their $50 and $60 plans. A page on the H2O site advertising LTE seems to indicate that the $50 2GB plan includes a full 2 GB of high speed data and the $60 unlimited plan gets 2.5 GB of data at full LTE speeds. Previously speeds on $50 and $60 plans were throttled to 128 Kbps after 1 GB and 2 GB respectively. on the other hand, H2O's terms and conditions page still says that "H2O’s $50 Unlimited Monthly plan offers 2 GB of data but speeds are reduced at 1 GB. H2O’s $60 Unlimited Monthly plan offers unlimited data but speeds are reduced at 2 GB" so the actual high speed data limit on these two plans is unknown. I've asked H2O for clarification and will update this post when I hear back from them. Update: an H20 representative has confirmed that the $50 plan is no longer throttled after 1 GB and that the throttle point on the $60 plan has been raised from 2 GB to 2.5 GB.
There's no mention of LTE on H2O's pay as you go plans page so LTE is apparently limited to monthly plans only.
Here's H2O's full plan lineup.
|Pay As You Go||$3.33/mo and up. 1||5¢/min||5¢/10¢||5¢/min to landlines in 70 countries, 10¢/text||10¢/MB 4|
|$25 Pay As You Go||$25/30 days||2.5¢/min||2.5¢/10¢||5¢/min to landlines in 70 countries, 5¢/text||10¢/MB 4|
|$30 Unlimited||$30/mo||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited calls to 60+ countries, $10 Int'l Credit, unlimited texts||500 MB 2, 3|
|$40 Unlimited||$40/30 days||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited calls to 60+ countries, $20 Int'l Credit, unlimited texts||1 GB 2, 3|
|$50 Unlimited||$50/30 days||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited calls to 60+ countries, $20 Int'l Credit, unlimited texts||2 GB 2, 3|
|$60 Unlimited||$60/30 days||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited calls to 60+ countries, $20 Int'l Credit, unlimited texts||Unlimited 2, 3|
2 Additional data is available at 5¢/MB by adding a $10 "Feature Card". Unused Feature Card balances expire at the end of the plan month.
3 LTE available. Data speeds on the $60 plan are throttled to about 128 Kps for the rest of the plan month after 2.5 GB is used.
4 Data is throttled to 1 Mbps on the pay as you go
Update 1/13/15: A HowardForums member pasted a speed test using H2O LTE showing a ping of 172 ms and speeds of 28.44 Mbps down and 8.6 Mbps up. Speeds are good but the ping is high. While a single test is not good indication of average speeds and pings it does appear that H2O's LTE speeds are not throttle like those of Cricket, Page Plus and Straight Talk Verizon.
Also it looks like H2O's Pay As You Go plans may have received LTE after all. While LTE is not mentioned on the Pay As You GO plan's description pages, if you purchase a SIM as a new customer there's a drop down where have to you choose a plan. Available plans include "$10 Pay As You Go LTE Plan", "$20 Pay As You Go LTE Plan", "$25 Pay As You Go LTE Plan", "$30 Pay As You Go LTE Plan" and "$100 Pay As You Go LTE Plan". It will be interesting to see what sort of LTE speeds the Pay As You Go plans as up to now H2O Pay As You Go HSPA+ 4G speeds have been throttled to about 1 Mbps.
Prepaid Operator Profile: H2O Wireless
AT&T and AT&T MVNO Prepaid Plans Compared