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Red Pocket Launches New $99 Per Year Plan on eBay

Red Pocket $99 Annual Plan Activation Kit
Multi-carrier MVNO Red Pocket Mobile has introduced a new plan for light users. For $99 per year ($8.25/month) you get 500 minutes, 500 texts and 50 MB of high speed LTE data per month. Not a bad deal if you don't talk or text very much and hardly use data at all. However there are a couple of things to be aware of with this plan:

  • It's an annual plan, paid for in advance, with no refunds after the first 30 days, 30 minutes, 30 texts or 30 MBs, whichever comes first.  So if your needs change, or something bad happens to Red Pocket in next 12 months, don't expect a refund. Red Pocket has been in business since 2006, so it's pretty stable, but the MVNO business is a cutthroat one with a high attrition rate and anything can happen.
  • Although Red Pocket offers service on all four networks, the $99 annual plan is only available on AT&T, which Red Pocket calls "GSMA", or on "CDMAS" which is Sprint. 
  • Update 2/5/17: The $99 annual plan is now available on all four Red Pocket networks: GSMA (AT&T), GSMT (T-Mobile), CDMA (Verizon) and CDMAS (Sprint). It's also currently on sale on eBay for $94.99.
The $99 yearly pan is only available from Red Pocket's official eBay Store (seller id: redpocketstore), not on the Red Pocket site or by calling Red Pocket. The $99 price includes a kit containing a tri-cut GSMA SIM card and an activation code. Shipping is free. A CDMAS SIM for Sprint devices is not included. Sprint SIMs are supposed to stay with the phone they came with and can be reactivated on Red Pocket. If you have a Sprint phone that's missing its SIM contact the eBay seller before ordering and ask if they can provide a compatible SIM for your phone. Current Red Pocket GSMA or CDMAS customers can use the activation code in the kit to switch to the yearly plan at myeasyactivation.com and should not use the SIM that cones in the kit.

If you run out of minutes, texts or data, you can add 500 minutes or 500 texts or 500 MBs for $10 at myeasyactivation.com. Or, for $15 you can add 1000 minutes, texts or MBs. Add-ons do not roll over and expire at the end of the current plan month.

The new $99 yearly plan joins Red Pocket's four other yearly plans that are available from the Red Pocket eBay Store:

  • $199/year ($16/.58 month) - 1000 minutes, 1000 texts and 500 MBs of  full speed data followed by 500 MB of 128 Kbps throttled data.
  • $229/year ($19.08/month) - 1000 minutes, unlimited texts and 500 MBs of  full speed data followed by 500 MB of 128 Kbps throttled data.
  • $300/year ($25/month) - unlimited minutes, texts and data with the first 1 GB at high speed followed by unlimited 128 Kbps throttled data.
  • $660/year ($55/month) - unlimited minutes, texts and 4 GB of high speed data (no unlimited throttled data included).
If you don't want a yearly commitment, Red Pocket offers a wide variety of monthly and pay as you go plans, see the Red Pocket site or our Prepaid Operator Profile: Red Pocket for details.

Source: Red Pocket eBay Store

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  1. The Red pocket $8.25/month card shown on this page says "any major network nationwide" and shows cell tower icons in all four network colors. The words "Standard plan" appear at the bottom of the card, which I believe is Red pocket's way of saying a plan is available on all four networks. Is this plan really restricted to AT&T and Sprint?

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    1. The eBay listing for the $99 plan states "GSMA & CDMAS Only".

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    2. It's on all four networks now.

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  2. eww 50MBS! WOW I can one second of YouTube vid. Thanks but no thanks!

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  3. Tracfone is much better, more data and you can get Verizon or T-Mobile

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    1. A better and a worse network...

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  4. How does this plan compare to other similar MVNO plans? Thanks

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  5. It is a shame the add on minutes/texts/data don't roll over. How does the Add-on work? Do you have to decide what you are buying, minutes, texts or data, or do you just add cash balance and it buys whatever you want? Otherwise this looks to be a great plan. Even better if/when they get it on Verzion.

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    1. When buying an add-on you have to specify what you want; minutes, texts or data.

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  6. Where is the best place(s) to get phones for use on Red Pocket?

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    1. For GSMA, you can use GoPhones from Target, BestBuy, Walmart etc.; unlocked GSM phones from Amazon, eBay, Newegg, the Apple Store or B&H; or used AT&T or unlocked GSM phones from family or friends or eBay or Swappa.

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  7. At that price point it's actually a lot better than TracFone, for voice and text, but the data is pretty limiting.

    I'd go dual-SIM and add a FreedomPop GSM SIM cover the data portion.

    A good offering, overall.

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  8. We've had the RedPocket eBay $199 plan for a couple years now. With 1000 voice/text/data it's enough for us. Their service is good - we use the chat feature whenever we have questions or need to change number, etc. Overall we are satisfied with RedPocket. It's hard to beat the price. Imagine this $99 plan is just a scaled down version of their $199 plan and without Verizon CDMA offering.

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  9. Trapped for a year! You're better off with H2O wireless prepay at $10 for 90 days. $3.33 per month. 5 cents per call/text

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    1. 500 minutes at 5 cents per is $25

      H2O and its easyGO sibling can be good choices for people who use less than 100 min (or texts) per month.

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  10. Can you port in a number when activating?

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    1. Normally, yes. But you probably want to contact customer service to confirm.

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    2. Port to Google Voice ($20), then you'll never have to worry about porting (or losing your number when a cut-rate MVNO suddenly dies). Use the GV app to make all your outgoing calls look like they're coming from your (now) GV#, and have GV forward calls to whatever your current # is - even multiple #s at once. You can even answer on a PC or tablet via Hangouts. Texting via Hangouts also makes it come from your GV#.

      Good way to free yourself from carrier commitment. Find a better plan under a different MVNO? Just sign up, tell GV your new #, and end your old plan. Do it at any time without fear of losing your #. Very handy and can save you money.

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    3. Sanctimonious Ape - good advice. I've done this myself.
      But my father in law uses a flip phone so I have to make sure he ports his number when switching carriers.

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    4. @ER: Hmm, that's a toughie. Can still forward the GV # to the flip phone, but his calls won't come from that GV # (technically you can place the call through GV by dialing yourself first, but I doubt he's willing to do that). Didn't someone make a simplified Android phone in a flip form factor? Will look around for that if you're interested.

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    5. Port to Google Voice and forward to flip phone. Make calls from the red pocket number using the flip phone. If people call back on the RP number, OK, because he has it for a year at least. If people call "his number" it gets forwarded to the RP flip phone seamlessly.

      Reevaluate in December.

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