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New Red Pocket Unlimited Annual and 90 Day Plans Available on eBay

Red Pocket Mobile has added new 90 day and one year unlimited talk and text plans. The new plans are only available through RedPocket's eBay Store.

The new plans are:

  • Unlimited Talk and Text and 1 GB/month of high speed data for $329 per year or $99 for 90 days.
  • Unlimited Talk and Text and 4 GB/month of high speed data for $660 per year or $180 for 90 days.
Red Pocket's original eBay-only plans:

  • $199/year for 1000 minutes, 1000 texts and 1000 MB of data (first 500 MB at high speeds, the rest at 64 Kbps).
  • $229/year for 1000 minutes, unlimited texts and 1000 MB of data (first 500 MB at high speeds, the rest at 64 Kbps).
are still available.

Plan prices include a SIM kit containing SIMs in all three sizes for the AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon networks. The users can choose whichever SIM they prefer and is compatible with their phone. Red Pocket also offers Sprint based service, but the kits do not include a Sprint SIM. Sprint SIMs are resusable and are supposed to stay with the phone they came with. RedPocket says they will send Sprint network SIMs on request to users who need them.

The monthly price of the new umlimited talk and text plans is $27.42 for the 1 GB plan when purchased for a year or $33/month when purchased for 90 days. The 4 GB plan is $55/month for the annual plan or $60/month for the 90 day one. Those are decent but not great prices. Similar, and in some cases better, deals are available from other operators without the need for a multi-month commitment. Here are some examples of competitive unlimited talk and text plans with 1 or 4 GB or more of data that are close to or better than the new RedPocket offers:

  • On AT&T: Pure TalkUSA 1 GB $29, Cricket 5 GB $50, GoPhone 6 GB $60.
  • On Verizon: Total Wireless $35 5 GB.
  • On T-Mobile: MetroPCS 1 GB $30, 5 GB $50.
  • On Sprint: Boost 2 GB $35, 5 GB $45.
I'm not keen on paying for service months or a year in advance. Needs change or a better deal may come along. More importantly, the MVNO business is a low margin and high competitive one and the failure rate among MVNOs has been high. RedPocket has been around since 2006. but that's no guarantee of stability. PTel Mobile, which had been in business since 2001 and was considered one of the "safest" and most stable MVNOs, went out of business on short notice in January and most customers did not recieve refunds for their unused service. Given the high attrition rate among MVNOs, especially lately, I don't think it's wise to pay in any MVNO a year or even 90 days in advance for a small savings.

Source: eBay

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  1. Is PureTalk too pricey on text sent and received, one text uses 1/3 of a minute deducted from original voice minutes? High?

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    1. I don't think so. That works out to between 1.1¢ and 2.08¢ per text on Pure Talk PayGo. That's less than any other AT&T based payGo. Seems about right for the sort of like use that PayGo plans are best suited to. If you text a lot you should be on a plan that includes unlimited texts like one of Pure Talk's unlimited Talk and Text plans.

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  2. Ordered the Red Pocket one year plan at $160 back in early December. Although it was shipped a couple days later, I hadn't received it by the end of the month so I cancelled the order. It finally arrived the end of January. Not blaming Red Pocket or eBay, not their fault. Just telling my experience.

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    1. I bought the $199.00 RedPocket annual deal from eBay a week ago. Sims were delivered within 4 days West Coast to me on the East Coast. Jus saying =)

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  3. I wouldn't prepay a year in advance to any MVNO, even if it was owned by Jesus Christ himself.They can go out of biz in a NY second, without advance warning.

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    1. Ultra Mobile had their $99 special for a year of unl talk/text with 100mb of data. It was a worthwhile risk. The new rates are marginal at best. I wouldn't prepay more than a few hundred at most on a service like this.

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  4. Mr. Dennis,What is your opinion.? Will the $199.00 plan become obsolete or phased out now because of the new RedPocket eBay plans?

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    1. I don't think that the $199 plan will be discontiued. It's a different price point that appeals to different customers than the unlimited plan.

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  5. I'll stick with Tracfone. Thanks.

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  6. I hope the 1000/1000/1000 plan is still around in six months when it's time to renew. Unless something even better comes along!

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  7. I don't understand how they can even make any money on the $199/$229 plan.

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  8. No mention of $70 cheaper yearly plan with Ultra. If Tmobile reception is good...why not save and get more?Tracphone has definitely picked up its game with Total Wireless. Sure data is limited to 6mbps or 8mbps...but includes an autopay discount! Hard not to support Slim at these prices. But alas I don't use that much data. $228 Ultra Mobile year plan is good enuff for me. *To compare Ultra or Total to PTEL...just apples and oranges. Google before you post please :-/

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  9. Because Ultra voice quality sucks. Numerous complaints.

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  10. Horrible prices! Much better off with R+ and their non existent customer service or even FreedomPop with their paid Premium Voice!

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  11. Walmart's Family Mobile (on T-mobile) offers 10GB for $50.

    At $5/GB, it's one of the better deals in that price range.

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  12. Oh ya ...R+ has fantastic voice quality & what a stellar voicemail system that just happens to work 5o% of the time...that's normal...if voice quality & a few GB's are needed - Total Wireless can't be beat ($10 for 3GB add on too) crazy deal. If super cheap almost free matter the most & you happen to really not care about voicemail or dropped calls every other deal...then go R+

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  13. I can't find Total Call $35 5 GB. What is the link to this rate?

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    1. It's actually Total Wireless, Total Call was my mistake.

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  14. "It's actually Total Wireless, Total Call was my mistake."

    It is not much of a mistake, really. Blame the second company to choose a company name starting with "Total".

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  15. Red Pocket Mobile now also has a Store on Amazon with different and/or additional options than the ones offered on their eBay Store. The Amazon plans are also named differently. https://www.amazon.com/gp/node/index.html?ie=UTF8&marketplaceID=ATVPDKIKX0DER&me=A3RBMB818R0LMJ&merchant=A3RBMB818R0LMJ&redirect=true

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