ROK Mobile, (800-808-0850) the music focused prepaid MVNO that launched a year ago, is stepping up their game by offering service on a third carrier, which appears to be Verizon.
Although ROK didn't name the carrier in their announcement they referred to it as "the nation's largest and most dependable 4G LTE network" an advertising slogan which is used by Verizon. ROK Mobile customer support confirmed to me today that they are now able to activate Verizon phones on Verizon. Further confirmation can be found on ROKs activation page which includes the following text, "If you're bringing a Sprint phone or a Verizon 3G phone you can activate your service right now. For all other customers please wait until you receive your ROK Mobile SIM card in the mail and follow the included instructions."
According to ROK support, they can activate most Verizon phones. Online activation is only available for a limited number of phones that ROK has tested to insure compatibility with ROK's music service. However, ROK says they can activate most phones that aren't listed on the site if you call them.
Up to now, ROK has only offered service on Sprint and T-Mobile, which have much much smaller coverage footprints than Verizon. Although Verizon MVNOs typically charge more than Sprint and T-Mobile ones do, ROK is charging the same price for service on all three networks. ROKs only available plan offers unlimited talk, messaging, streaming music and data for $49.99 per 30 day month.
The first 5 GB of data is at LTE speeds, where available. As with other Verizon MVNOs, LTE speeds are limited to 5 Mbps down and 2 Mbps up. After 5 GB speeds are reduced to "3G" levels which ROK says are fast enough to support streaming music. ROKs terms of service used to prohibit using your phone as a hotspot but I can't find any references to hotspot or tethering in the current terms so it looks like it's OK.
ROK's signature feature is unlimited music streaming and downloading. A ROK Music app lets users listen to personalized music streams and create their own playlists from a library of over 20 million songs. In addition to streaming, ROK users can download music for off line use but can not transfer downloaded music to another device. The music app is available for iOS and Android only.
ROK launched in July, 2014. It was founded by Paul Mitchell Shampoo and Patron Tequila billionaire John Paul DeJoria and British mobile and entertainment entrepreneur Jonathan Kendrick. Until now ROK has only been sold online, but starting this month, ROK Mobile will be available at independently owned and operated mobile phone stores nationwide, with a full rollout to 10,000 retail locations in the U.S. by the end of 2015.
Source: ROK Mobile via FierceWireless