There's still no mention of LTE on the CDMA platform on the Red Pocket website, but yesterday a listing for a Red Pocket 1 Year Wireless Plan - Every Month 1000 Minutes/1000 Texts/1000MB showed up on eBay. The plan is priced at $199.99 for a year's service which works out to $16.66/month. If you need more than 1000 texts per month, a "Gold" plan with 1000 minutes, 1000 MBs and "unlimited" texts is available for $229.00/year or $19.08 per month.
The seller is redpocketstore which claims to be the official Red Pocket Mobile eBay store. I called Red Pocket customer support and the representative knew about the eBay deal and said it was legit but was unable to answer any questions about it and referred me to the eBay seller.
According to the eBay description, the plan works with AT&T, unlocked GSM, Sprint and other CDMA phones. The eBay offer contains an activation kit with comes with "dual cut and nano GSMA and a CDMA LTE triple punch SIM card". I messaged the seller on eBay asking if Verizon LTE phones were supported and if they would get LTE data got this reply;
"Hello, from what it sounds like, you would be trying to activate phones on the CDMA network.
The answer is YES! The only issue that would come up is if you are still on a pre-existing contract with your current carrier, if the phone you're trying to activate has an unpaid balance or if for some reason the phone was reported as lost or stolen.
As long as it doesn't meet the above hiccups, you will be good to go.
They do get LTE as long as that coverage is available in your area."
I then asked the seller if the CDMA SIM was for Verizon or Sprint and he replied:
When we mail out the starter kit, it does include a triple punch SIM card for the CDMA network.
For the CDMA-S network, we do not typically include a SIM card as your pre-existing SIM card if your phone uses one should work. If your phone requires a SIM card and you do not have one, please let us know the type of phone you have and the ESN number and we will be happy to mail you the appropriate SIM card for the CDMA-S device."
Seeing as the kit includes a CDMA SIM rather than a CDMAS one, it's pretty clear that this eBay deal marks the launch of Red Pocket Verizon LTE. When I called Red Pocket support they said that LTE phones were still not allowed on any of the regular CDMA phones but suggested that the eBay deal might be different.
So is it a good deal? Maybe, as always that depends on your needs. 1000 minutes, 1000 texts and 1000 MBs for $16.66/month is .555¢ per minute, text, or MB. However, there's no rollover, this is a "use it or lose it" deal. The per unit cost goes up if you can't use all your minutes, texts and data up every month. If you run out of anything you can add 500 minutes or 500 texts or 500 MBs for $10 (2¢ each) or 1000 minutes or texts or MBs for $15 (1.5¢ each). The add-on minutes, texts or MBs don't rollover either, plus they expire at the end on you current plan month. That means that if you run out near the end of the month you could end up paying $10 for minutes, texts or data that expire in a few days.
Another gotcha with this deal is that only the first 500 MBs per month are at high speed. The second 500 MBs are throttled to between 64 and 128 Kbps. Still it's hard to find any plan that includes LTE, 1000 minutes and 500 MBs of high speed data for under $20 on any operator, especially Verizon.
I'm wary of paying any provider $200 or more dollars up front for a year's service. But Red Pocket has been in business since 2006 so they seem pretty stable. On the other hand, Red Pocket suddenly shut down service on the T-Mobile network earlier this year leaving users to scramble for a new provider. Red Pocket customer support doesn't have the best reputation either. To Red Pocket CS' credit, when I called today hold time was less than a minute, the representative was friendly and courteous and other than not wanting to talk about the eBay offer seemed knowledgeable about Red Pocket's products and services.