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.
- $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
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.
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.
Verizon and Verizon MVNO Prepaid Plans Compared
Prepaid Operator Profile: Red Pocket Mobile