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Red Pocket Monthly Verizon LTE Plans Now Available

Red Pocket Mobile (888-993-3888) is now offering LTE service on the CDMA network. If you aren't familiar with Red Pocket's plan naming scheme, CDMA denotes service on Verizon as opposed to CDMAS for Sprint and GSMA for AT&T. With the exception of Sprint, the mobile operators don't generally allow their MVNOs to mention the operator's name in marketing materials, hence the code names. 

Red Pocket has separate plans for LTE capable and non-LTE capable Verizon devices. 

LTE Plans: 
  • $30.99/30 days 3000 minutes, unlimited messaging and 500 MB of data
  • $36.99/30 days unlimited minutes, unlimited messaging and 1 GB of data
  • $52.99/30 days unlimited minutes, unlimited messaging and 3 GB of data
  • $64.99/30 days unlimited minutes, unlimited messaging and 4 GB of data
All LTE plans include a $2/month credit for making international calls plus unlimited calling to China and Hong Kong (landline & mobile).

There are no changes to Red Pocket's non-LTE plans, listed below:
  • $19.99/30 days 300 minutes, unlimited messaging and 1 GB of data
  • $29.99/30 days 3000 minutes, unlimited messaging and 500 MB of data
  • $34.99/30 days 300 minutes, unlimited messaging, unlimited data, first 2 GB at 3G speeds
  • $39.99/30 days unlimited minutes, unlimited messaging, unlimited data, first 500 MB at 3G speeds
  • $49.99/30 days unlimited minutes, unlimited messaging, unlimited data, first 1 GB at 3G speeds
  • $59.99/30 days unlimited minutes, unlimited messaging, unlimited data, first 3 GB at 3G speeds.
$29.99 and higher 3G plans include unlimited calling to China and Hong Kong (landline & mobile). $39.99 and higher 3G plans also include a $2/month international calling credit.

Red Pocket's LTE plan pricing seems inconsistent. Other Verizon MVNOs charge the same or slightly more for plans with LTE, but Red Pocket charges less for the LTE versions of its 1GB and 3GB unlimited talk and text plans than it does for the 3G versions. While it's true that the non-LTE versions of the plans include unlimited data throttled to 64-128 Kbps and the LTE plans don't, that hardly seems worth an extra $12 for the 1 GB 3G plan or even the $7 extra for the 3 GB 3G plan compared to their LTE equivalents.

Triple Punch CDMA LTE SIMs are available for$9.99 with free shipping.

Red Pocket says they can activate most Verizon postpaid LTE phones. Customer support claims that Verizon Prepaid LTE phones won't work. However prepaid Verizon LTE phones do work on other Verizon MVNOs so I think there's a chance that CS is wrong, we won't know for sure until someone tries it.

Red Pocket's new LTE plans don't seem particularly compelling. At the high end, Page Plus' $55 and Straight Talk's $45 plans offer unlimited talk and text and 5 GB of data for significantly less than Red Pocket's $64.99 plan. For $5 more Selectel includes off network voice and text roaming and better support. Red Pocket's best value LTE plan, at least for talkers, might be the $30.99 one. which includes 3000 minutes compared with 1300 minutes with Selectel's $30 plan and 1500 with Page Plus' $29.99 plan. But Page Plus gives you twice as much data.

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Prepaid Operator Profile: Red Pocket Mobile


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  1. I don't understand why they separate 3g plan and 4Lte plan. Sprint don't do it. Geez Just have the Lte plan for all rather you have a lte phone or not. Sounds like Verizon be nickel and dimeing people left and right. What wrong with haveing just type of plan for devices. If you don't have a 4g phone you just don't get 4g service. I'm sick of this separate plans or separtate plans.

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  2. For me as an Internet Radio station operator Verizon's $60 plan is a winner. I don't have to hack or use an app to try and bypass any anti tethering scheme other carriers try and impose upon me. I use to have US Cellular and had issues. Verizon's SIM cards are easy to change into another Verizon phone and I heard about some US Cellular phones working on Verizon. So if I really get strapped for a used phone I could try that if I have a issue with my phone. I don't know if you can throw a Straight Talk phone on Verizon if it was a 4G phone but I think you can if you put in a Verizon SIM Card as you can do it the other way around. This again gives me options if I have an issue with my phone.

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  3. Best value with Red Pocket was and still is the $19.99/30 days 300 minutes, unlimited messaging and 1 GB of data. 3G speeds are regularly 2-2.5Mbps and all Verizon MVNOs are limited/throttled to 5Mbps LTE speeds anyways. Never had an issue wifi tethering either, but you may need a rooted phone and a 3rd party app since Verizon locks down this feature on most of their branded phones. RP doesn't seem to care either way.

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    1. Getting less for more money is not the best value. The new annual plan is much better. Vzw 3G never reaches 2 Mbps in my area, even with full bars on EVDO Rev A phones. It's 600kbps-800 usually, and 1.2 Mbps at most. Slow.

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    2. There is no other plan on any other MVNO that offers unlimited texting and 1GB of data for less than $20. Thus, the good value. I'm sure speed of 3G is an issue depending on location, but the same can be said for Verizon LTE, which used to drop below 1Mbps with terrible latency here in our part of Houston during prime evening hours and we'd manually force our phones to "slow" 3G . I would personally rather have 768Kbps 3G with 1GB of data than 500MB of monthly throttled LTE data on that annual plan. I guess value is in the eye of the beholder.

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    3. There is no other plan on any other "Verizon" MVNO, amended.

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    4. Did you notice at redpocket changed the terminology on the 19.99 plan. All of the other 3g plans state that data is "high speed" which means 3g speeds since these plans are for 3g phones. The 19.99 plan, however, now states just 1gb of data. No notation for "high speed". Are they only giving you 1gb of throttled data on the $19.99 plan now?

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    5. I don't remember the $19.99 plan ever saying "high speed". According to the Internet Archive it's been "1GB Mobile Internet" since before March, 2015.

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    6. Just for reference, the RP $19.99 plan 3G speed is the same as Verizon, Page Plus and BYO/Budget (i've used them all). Regularly tests for me at 2Mbps and I've seen it as high as 2.5Mbps.

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  4. I wonder if that means now I can get the eBay only sim and activate vzw option.

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  5. Does Red Pocket Verizon plan need a SIM for activation?
    Can Nexus 5 (Google Store) use the LTE plan?

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  6. You need a SIM to activate an LTE phone. 3G phones don't use SIMs.
    The original (2013) Nexus 5 doesn't work on the Verizon network. The 2015 Nexus 5X does and *should* work on Red Pocket.

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  7. Dennis put the "should" in quotes on the non branded Nexus 5x working on Verizon. To be 100 percent sure, just get a Verizon branded phone to begin with. There have been other cases of "should" work phones like the latest Moto G/E or whatever it was that didn't and Verizon woudn't allow it. With Cdma networks, even with LTE now integrated into their setups, it's best to assume that only branded phones will work overall (Sprint and Verizon). The doubt factor is too big a headache to test and report on every single model. The only exception usually to this is the iphone from the Apple store. But even then , I'd just stick to carrier branded to Verizon or Sprint for mvnos runnning under those two carriers to prevent possible headaches. Gsm doesn't have this issue (Tmobile/Att).

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  8. How is this compared to the reD pocket $199.99 ebay plan and which would you recommend?

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    1. That depends on how many many minutes texts and MBs you need per month and whether you have enough confidence that Red Pocket will work for you to be willing to give them $200 up front.

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  9. i finally have the ebay plan active on a vzw iphone 5 with their cdma sim. with the gsma sim you could dial *777 etc to see balance and minutes. how to do this with cdma?

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    1. @jeff - there is no way currently to check any balance on CDMA (Verizon) using your phone or the dashboard on RP website. The only way to do this is to call in or web chat with a CSR. We use an app on our android phones to monitor data but otherwise never have a clue about how much talk we have left (texting is unlimited on all plans).

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  10. Just an FYI for my experience with Red Pocket. I hate it. I'm set up on the auto pay system using paypal. Every single month, I lose my service because they haven't billed paypal (which IS set up for the recurring payments), and I have to call and waste an hour or more of time explaining and fixing this issue.....Every...single....month. It just went out today again, so I'm on here trying to figure out a new plan to switch to.

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  11. I started with Red Pocket (Verizon/CDMA) one month ago alongside my regular Verizon service to make a decision when my contract expires. My Verizon phone is a LG G2 and I'm using a LG G4 for Red Pocket. The LG G4 drops calls when I'm in my parking garage and elevator while Verizon does not. I'm told this is happening since MVNO's use Verizon's "prepaid towers" and not the Verizon "retail" towers. If this is true, I'm done with Red Pocket. Comments?

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    1. There are no prepaid and postpaid towers, only Verizon and non-Verizon towers. Verizon postpaid roams for free, Verizon prepaid roams for 20¢/min if you have a cash balance, Red Pocket doesn't roam. Verizon calls roaming "Extended Network" and most Verizon phones will display "Extended Network" on the status bar or notification shade.

      Some phones hold on to a signal better than others. I'd try swapping SIMs between the phones to see if the problem is phone or operator related.

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  12. I know in reality there are no separate towers, but it seems that Verizon customers will get priority over MVNO's when it's busy.

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    1. Postpaid customers do appear to get priority over prepaid for data when the network is congested. Supposedly FCC rules only allow prioritizing voice calls for first responders although I never heard of that rule being enforced.

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