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Selectel Announces June 1 LTE Launch, Plan Details Leaked

Verizon MVNO Selectel Wireless announced on their Facebook Page today that they will begin offering 4G LTE data on June 1st.

Another Verizon MVNO, Puppy Wireless, has said that they will have LTE around the same tine so it looks like Verizon's ban on MVMOs that aren't owned by America Movil's TracFone is finally coming to an end.

The public announcement did not give any details of plan pricing however I've received a copy of document that was sent to Selectel dealers today that lists the LTE plans that will be available at launch. Here's the full text of the message:

Today we are officially announcing that we will be launching 4G LTE on Monday June 1st. We will have the following 4G LTE plans available on launch date:

$20 4G monthly plan will include 500 voice, 500 sms, and 2.5 mb of data for MMS only (this plan can not have a flex card because it is a non-data plan which will be perfect for younger kids and the elderly that want a new device or a hand me down 4g device without having data but still has ability to receive MMS).

We may phase out the $15 monthly plan in the future however for now it will remain active and unchanged.

$30 monthly 4G & 3G plan will not be changed. It will continue to have 1300 voice 3000 sms, and 500 mb of data.

$40 monthly 4G & 3G plan will include unlimited talk, sms, and 1GB of data.

$55 monthly 4G & 3G plan will include unlimited talk, sms, and 3GB of data.

$70 monthly 4G & 3G plan will include unlimited talk, sms, and 5GB of data.

We will have a yearly 4G Plan for $100 which will not include any web and can not have any flex card added to the plan, however it will include 2.5mb of MMS per month. The yearly plan will continue to include 2000 voice, 2000 text. So if customer wants 3G yearly plan the cost is $75 and if they want to use a 4G device the rate is $100 however they will be able to use a newer 4G device.

We are still testing our systems and plan to have it completed within the next few days so that we are able to go live on June 1st. You will receive marketing materials within the next two weeks. Thank you!


Selectel's LTE plan plan pricing seems pretty good overall assuming that Selectel's signature free off network voice and text roaming is available to LTE customers. There are no changes to the $30 plan, but the $40 plan gets 1 GB of data instead of 200 MB and the $55 plan plan goes from 2 GB to 3 GB of data. The $70 5 GB plan is new.

But the no LTE phones on the $15 plan and no Flex card for LTE users rules are going to disappoint current $15 monthly and $75 yearly plan users.

I find it strange that the $20 and $100 plans include 2.5 MB of data per month that can only be used for MMS. This smells like Verizon not allowing non-TracFone MVNOs to sell plans priced at less than $30/month that offer general purpose LTE. If would be easy for Verizon to enforce the rule with a firewall that only whitelists their MMS server, but that seems like such a petty thing to do to MVNOs and their customers. And why doesn't the MMS-only rule apply to TracFone PayGo which starts at $6.67/month?

If you are wondering how many MMS 2.5 MB of data is good for, according to one Verizon document I found, the maximum allowed size of a MMS is 1.2 MB. So 2.5 MB isn't going to go very far.

In a separate message to dealers, Selectel's CEO said that customers woud be able to activate any Verizon LTE phone not currently tied to a Verizon contract. He also said that in testing Selectel was seeing LTE speeds of 5 to 7.5 Mbps. That seems slightly faster than the 5-6 Mbps other Verizon MVNO users are reporting but still apparently throttled.

Related:
LTE on More Verizon MVNOs Soon, Selectel and Puppy SIMs Shipping
Prepaid Operator Profile: Selectel Wireless


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  1. "I find it strange that the $20 and $100 plans include 2.5 GB of data per month ". You mean 2.5 MB?

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    1. Doh, somehow I read MB as GB!! Post amended. 2.5 MB is nothing with today's 10 MB+ smartphone cameras.

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    2. Most MMS messages are only around 150 KB - video is what takes it up to 1.2 MB. Photos can go to 1.2 MB, but most phones heavily compress MMS today. So you would get around 60 MMS messages per month on that average.

      Frankly TracFone BYOD is a much better deal unless you need roaming. And at that point, you could get a RingPlus phone for Sprint's network. That makes Selectel very niche for people who are in rural areas not covered by Sprint/VZW signals regularly.

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    3. This article states "He (Selectel CEO) also said that in testing Selectel was seeing LTE speeds of 5 to 7.5 Mbps. That seems slightly faster than the 5-6 Mbps other Verizon MVNO users are reporting but still apparently throttled."

      Kitty responded to those comments on her board, saying; "We all have what are called SOC codes for feature management. And we have a set of these codes for speed throttling. We can throttle at 64, 128, 256, 1.5 or 5. A plan has to have a speed SOC code. From the discussions we've has with the powers that be.... No mvno will be able to exceed 5. "

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  2. Reasonable prices if there is still the expanded network, but Selectels $70 plan is only $45 with Straight Talk / Net10. That's a big variance

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    1. It's well worth the extra 25.00 for the postpaid voice/text coverage.

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    2. I have to disagree. With a job I have to travel for in a 5 state area, I've found very few holes. If I were to pay this much, I would go straight through Verizon prepaid and get full speed LTE . You can spend the extra $300 a year if you want to but I'd rather have a new high end phone for that price

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  3. It's weird $20 4G plan has no 4G

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  4. And this just confirms why I'm hoping to leave Verizon MVNOs behind if I find AT&T MVNO coverage works for me using my Verizon Moto X. I don't blame Selectel. They're just doing what they're told by Verizon. Frankly I've had it with Verizon micromanaging all of their MVNOs.

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    1. I agree. The pricing is disappointing. I'll stick with multiple lines on Cricket Wireless for a lot lower pricing and put with slightly inferior ATT network coverage.

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  5. Well, the price is going to be a little higher on Selectel because you'll have access to Verizon's postpaid talk and text network.

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  6. So the one year (LTE) plan is...
    - 33% more expensive
    - has NO option for data
    - is basically defunct* if you reach either 2000 minutes or 2000 texts
    ... if you want the privilege of using your 4G smartphone as an iPod Touch/Galaxy Player, with a feature phone taped to the back.

    Granted, this is mostly what I do now with my iPhone 4S. But at least I have access to cellular data, which I do occasionally use, when I really want it. I guess I will be sticking with the 4S for a while yet.


    (*If you average over 167 minutes (or texts) a month, then how do you expect to function the remainder of the year on just the other half of the service?)

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    1. "- is basically defunct* if you reach either 2000 minutes or 2000 texts"
      I guess you missed the Flex Card, or ability to renew the annual plan early.

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    2. No flex card allowed on the $100 4G device year plan.

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  7. their prices are about the same as US Cellular which has 3G data roaming to Verizon. And since US Cellular works great in rural areas in NC it would be better to stay with them than to go with Selectel. And to boot the speeds are not throttled either. I'll probably go with AT&T if something happens to my phone. Can't see why go with throttled data.

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  8. Dennis,

    Selectel Wireless uses Verizon's Post-Paid towers and should have the same 4G LTE speed as Verizon’s Post-Paid. I'm correct, if not why should speed drop?

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