Puppy Wireless tri-cut SIMs, which are scored so that the user can break out a mini, micro or nano SIM from the same card are available from Kitty Wireless at a special pre-launch price of $6 with free shipping. Beginning May 23, the price will be $10. Puppy Wireless SIMs will ship within three business days. Puppy Wireless's owner Kitty estimates that LTE will be operational by the end of May, possibly as soon as this week.
Selectel has begun shipping SIMs to its dealers. At least one Selectel dealer, PrepayRefill.com, is selling tri-cut Selectel SIMs for $3 plus $1.93 shipping. You can get a single SIM for just the cost of shipping using the code freeswsim that PrepayRefill posted on HowardForums yesterday. SIMs ship within 24 hours and PrepayRefill says they expect LTE to be avaialble in "the next week or two".
Surprisingly, neither Selectel or Puppy is saying how much LTE will cost. PrepayRefill says that LTE plans and pricing may be different than Selectel's current 3G plans and to assume that LTE will only be available on $30 and higher plans. Puppy Wireless owner Kitty, says the LTE plans could be up to $3/month more expensive than current 3G Puppy plans.
Verizon sure seems to treat its MVNOs like unwanted step-children. First, they didn't allow LTE on MVNOs at all until long after other carriers. Then they restricted LTE to just one MVNO, putting the others at a huge competitive disadvantage. Now it looks like Verizon is either withholding wholesale MVNO pricing information until the last minute or else is charging a big enough premium for LTE that the MVNOs are afraid to tell their customers what it's going to cost. No wonder there are so few Verizon MVNOs.
I haven't heard anything about LTE coming to the other Verizon MVNOs; BYO, Envie and RedPocket, yet but they need to get on board with it pretty quickly to remain competitive.