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Verizon MVNO Selectel Wireless Now Offering LTE Data

As promised, Verizon MVNO Selectel Wireless added LTE service to its lineup June 1st. That makes Selectel the first Verizon MVNO that's not owned by TracFone to offer LTE.

Although LTE is available and working, according to a Selectel dealer who contacted me, there are still issues with porting numbers. At this time porting a number directly to Selectel's LTE platform is not available. A workaround is to port your number to a 3G phone and then doing a device swap (ESN Change) from the 3G phone to your LTE phone after the port completes.

There's also an issue with moving LTE phones from PagePlus to Selectel, a process Verizon calls "tabling'. It's currently taking a day or two to "table" devices before they can be moved from one Verizon MVNO to another. Selectel and Verizon are working to solve these issues as quickly as possible.

As with other Verizon MVMOs, LTE speeds are throttled to approximately 5 Mbps down and 2 Mbps up on Selectel.

LTE is not available on all Selectel plans. The table below lists which plans do or do not support LTE:

Plan Duration LTE Available, LTE Devices Allowed? Voice Messaging Data
$15 30 Days No 300 Minutes 300 Texts 15 MB
$17 Home Connect 3 30 Days No 1000 Minutes none none
$20 30 Days Yes 500 Minutes 500 SMS 2.5 MB 1
$30 30 Days Yes 1300 Minutes 3000 Texts 500 MB
$40 30 Days Yes Unlimited Unlimited 1 GB
$55 30 Days Yes Unlimited Unlimited 3 GB
$70 30 Days Yes Unlimited Unlimited 5 GB
$75 Yearly Plan 365 Days No 2000 Minutes 2000 Texts None
$100 Yearly Plan 365 Days Yes 2000 Minutes 2000 Texts 2.5 MB 1
$10 Flex Card 2 Never Expires Yes 2 5¢/min 5¢/ea 5¢/MB
1 2.5 MB of LTE data can only be used for MMS messaging
2 The $10 Flex Card can be used to add additional data, minutes or texts to any plan except the $20 or $100 plans, at the rate of 5¢ per minute, message or MB of data. It's not a standalone plan and must be used together with a monthly or yearly plan. The Flex Card balance never expires.
3 The Home Connect plan is intended for fixed wireless home phone devices but also works with non-LTE mobile phones. A Flex card can be used to add texts, data or extra minutes to this plan as needed.

A Selectel SIM is required to use an LTE phone on Selectel. SIMs are available from Selectel dealers (find a dealer) including online dealers Bat Mobile Wireless, PrepaidRefill.com and Freedom Wireless or by calling Selectel at 877-218-5744.

Puppy Wireless, another Verizon MVNO that planed to offer LTE June 1st, has delayed their LTE launch until June 5 to give Verizon time to resolve its technical issues. 

Related Posts:
Selectel Announces June 1 LTE Launch, Plan Details Leaked
Prepaid Operator Profile: Selectel Wireless
 

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  1. Seems like a WHOLE LOT OF TROUBLE in order to win the honor of paying to be on a Verizon MVNO. Unless, you can't latch on to US CELLULAR in the rural areas and/or ABSOLUTELY must connect with a VERIZION affiliate/MVNO...go with a GSM-backed cell service!... And you have a plethora of Great Phones you choose from as well...

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    1. The whole point of being on Verizon is the coverage, period. Where I live Verizon is the only carrier with coverage in places I travel. The other providers may have coverage but not everywhere and the calls tend to drop. When you get Verizon you are paying more for it, which is why these MVNOs are important as they let you get the coverage you need at a lower price. Sure, I would prefer to be able to pay less and get more with another carrier, it's not viable for some who want service that actually works where they need it to. What I am paying for on BYO currently is actually one of the cheapest plans for my needs: $15 a month: 350 mins/ unlimited text/ 100mb data with additional data @ $5/250mb. It works perfect for me and it runs on Verizon.

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  2. OldNorse... you are kidding right? Selectel offers BETTER plans on the BEST network. Roaming included for free. Now they have 4G as well. I am not sure why you would even suggest US Cellular is better.

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  3. A bummer that $10 Flex Card can't be used on $20/m or $100/yr LTE plans.

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  4. Will volte be supported by these plans?

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    1. Don't know but I doubt it VoLTE isn't even available on Verizon Prepaid yet.

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  5. Dennis. Where did you get the $100 yearly plan info from? I can't find it on Selectel's webpage.

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    1. Selectel's website has always been pretty useless with incomplete and outdated information. The new $20 plan and the increased data on the $40 plan are also missing from the site.

      The $20 and $100 plans and the increased data on the $40 listed in Selectel's message to dealers: Selectel Announces June 1 LTE Launch, Plan Details Leaked | Prepaid Phone News and at least one Selectel dealer has updated their website to include all plans.

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    2. That is my dealer, Freedom Wireless. Zach can request your port and get you set up for Selectel LTE service promptly if you already have your SIM.

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  6. I will stay with Cricket at 8mb down and 10mb up compared to Selectels 5mb down and 2mb up.

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    1. I've had both. When I started Cricket at the beginning of the year, the CS was terrible. It's been pretty good over the past month or so. Selectel always had great CS, as far as I was concerned.

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    2. Good for you, nobody cares, this is a Verizon MVNO article, not "Are you staying with At&t MVNO" article.

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    3. Selectel has better coverage than Cricket, starting with the Network they ride on. Verizon has better coverage than AT&T. Plus, you are not guaranteed the 8mb with cricket either. I had them and the speeds were way below that and very inconsistent. Cricket customer service told me speeds are UP TO 8mb. My speed tests with Page Plus have been more consistent at 5mb.

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  7. understand using lte devices, but should they really be allowed to call it LTE when it's throttled below older technology speeds.... just like others who advertise LTE speeds yet sell the unknowing 4g (hspa) phones.....
    but why expect a little truth in advertising... for then what would the "fine print" technical writers do all day....

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    1. LTE is the name of cellular air interface technology not a speed classification. The truth in advertising violation isn't Selectel and other MVNOs calling it LTE, it's not disclosing that it's throttled.

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  8. Completely off topic and irrelevant, but does anyone else find their chat lady on the web site beyond annoying? It hovers on every page, follows you all over the site. No, I don't want to chat with generic stock photo woman. If I did, I would find the chat button on a margin maybe, or a contact or support link and click it.

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  9. Although Selectel does offer roaming, my once favorable opinion of Selectel has changed to "guarded" - as Selectel is no longer a United States-owned company, and is now a foreign-owned company.

    This is similar to America Mobil and it's TracFone Wireless and PagePlus subsidiaries -foreign owned.

    A few months ago, the three principal owners of what was then United States owned and controlled Selectel sold their ownership shares to a Canadian investment firm, Compass Capital and it's owner, Grant Hood..

    Two of the original owners remain employed with Selectel - the husband and wife team of Matthew and Teri O'Flaherty, However, Teri O'Flaherty no longer has any ownership interest of Selectel, while Matthew O'Flaherty retains a 30% ownership stake - but not enough for majority control.

    At least Selectel has grown to the point of what Verizon considers to be a sustainable number of lines in force, that is greater than 5000 lines to remain as an independent MVNO.

    At last count, Selectel has about 37,000 + wireless lines in operation - but that pails in comparison to the big boy on the block - America Movil, and it's 26 million + lines.

    HELLS_BELLS

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  10. Investments are good for any business and should help Selectel get to another level. The customer service is amazing....much better than any tf company.

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  11. Selectel STILL has not gotten around to posting LTE plans on their website.
    Zach at Freedom Wireless of Bay City has them listed - no cost to activate lines, and he has a 3% discount code available.

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  12. I guess anyone can get on here be anonymous and plug away their business for free advertising maybe I should try it

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    1. Don't waste your time. SPAM comments will be instantly deleted..

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  13. How do I setup account to watch ESPN, HBO,CNN programs using my computer and watching programs on my TV. I know there will a fee to do this, that's fine, Right now I have the Selectel (verizon) jetpack as internet source works great, My computer is connected to TV. When I try to set up account, first question they all ask is what is your source

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