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H2O Wireless Announces New Plans, Effective July 1

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Back in December AT&T MVNO H2O Wireless launched a promotion that gave both new and old customers double or triple the usual amount of data on its monthly plans. During the promotion:

  • $30 plan users got 3 GB of high speed data instead of the usual 1 GB
  • The $40 plan included 8 GB instead of 3 GB
  • The $50 plan included 10 GB instead of 5 GB
  • The $60 plan included 12 GB instead of 6 GB
The promotion was initially only supposed to last until March 31 but it has been extended multiple times and is currently in effect until June 30. But today an H2O representative announced on Howard Forums that the promotion will not be extended again. In its place will be a new permanent plan structure that, while not as good as the promotional plans, is better than the pre-promotional ones. Starting July 1, H2O will offer the following plans:

  • $30 ($27.00 with auto pay) - 2 GB high speed data
  • $35 ($31.50 with auto pay) - 3 GB high speed data (new)
  • $40 ($36.00 with auto pay) - 6 GB high speed data
  • $50 ($45.00 with auto pay) - 8 GB high speed data
  • $60 ($54.00 with auto pay) - 10 GB high speed data
All plans include unlimited domestic voice and messaging and unlimited 128 kbps throttled data after the first 2 to 10 GB is used as well as unlimited international calls and SMS to over 50 countries. High speed data includes LTE. Plan prices include all fees and H2O only collects taxes from New Jersey residents. H2O uses the AT&T native network. Roaming is not available and tethering or using your phone as a hotspot is not permitted. As with most other AT&T MVNOs, MMS does not work on non-jailbroken iPhones.

While the new plans aren't quite as good as the promotional ones, they do beat H20's AT&T MVNO competition at mist price points. No other AT&T MVNO offers as much as 2 GB of high speed data for $30, or 3 GB at $35 or 6 GB for $40. At higher price points only Straight Talk (8 GB for $45 and 12 GB for $55) and Cricket (8 GB for $50 and unlimited for $60) can match or beat H2O.

For more about H2O and its competition see our Prepaid Operator Profile: H2O Wireless and AT&T and AT&T MVNO Prepaid Plans Compared posts.

Source: HowardForums

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  1. Dennis, do you know why h20 provides a $10 credit call credit?

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    1. The call credit can be used for international calls to destinations that aren't included in the 50 free international destinations. It's a selling point.

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  2. Does AT&T limit the download speeds on H2O even before you hit the high-speed limit, as they do on Cricket Wireless? Thanks.

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    1. Nothing of the sort is official. But for some reason I've seen a lot of people complaining about speeds on H2O. Maybe there's a proxy in between? Dennis?

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    2. There's always a proxy. On any network, a proxy server is always required to connect the private cell phone network to the internet.

      As for data speeds on H2O some users say they are great, some say they are awful. Like any other carrier, the only way to really know if H2O meets your needs is to try it.

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  3. Doesn't Pure Talk offer 3 GB for $29 (at least next month)? And wouldn't that beat H2O's $30 for 2 GB plan?

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    1. Those are promo plans right now. These are permanent plans for h2o.

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    2. The new $29 Pure Talk plan (which as far as I know is a permanent, no promotional one) is competitive with the H20 $30 plan not necessarily better. Differences include:
      Pure Talk requires auto pay , H20 with auto pay is cheaper at $27.
      Pure Talk data is hard capped, H20 has unlimited throttled data.
      Pure Talk now collects taxes from customers in all states, H2O only in New Jersey.
      On the other hand, Pure Talk has a reputation for good customer service and H2O does not.

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  4. The 128kbps throttled data speed is never provided by any carrier it is a maximum point that can not be exceeded. Throttled data speeds usually are in the 12kbps - 70kbps range. Opening a news website such as CNN requires 250+ Kbps because of the videos that automatically start when the webpage is opened so after a few minutes the CNN website fails to load. Throttled data is usable only to open webpages on text based websites, email and send and receive MMS less than 0.5 mb in size

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  5. Pricing was never the problem.

    Even though they're supposed to be unthrottled, their speeds and network reliability are below Cricket's.

    The difference between H2O and Gophone is like night and day.

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  6. I am using Cricket and I had 128kbps service after throttled. The speed is good for basic internet such as google search and SNS texting. Also voice call through SNS isn't that bad - LINE, Whats App, Kakao, Messenger, etc.

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    1. Is it worth carrying around a large heavy smartphone with throttled service? Once throttled data speed is all that is available probably should swap the sim out of the large heavy smartphone into a basic flip phone until the 4g data is available again?

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    2. Better than hard capped data allotment.

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    3. Are they going to support volte and wifi calling?

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    4. Anon121, if you're asking about voLTE and WiFi calling on Cricket, the answer is yes: http://www.prepaidphonenews.com/2017/02/rumor-cricket-may-deprioritize-data.html

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  7. $31.50 (autopay) for the 3gb plan is not bad at all. Only $1.50 more than the expiring promo plan. Your best bet if saving money is paramount is to join a cricket 5 line group plan (on Reddit) and pay $20 for 4gb.

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  8. H2O does not support MMS on iPhones... boo

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  9. Hangouts for MMS. Nobody uses MMS now that they have Hangouts, immessage, FB Messenger and whatsapp

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    1. What nonsense is this? Look dude, most Americans are NOT on Facebook, Hangouts, Whatsapp, etc. WE ARE THE NORMAL ONES! We have a life, a normal life.

      A phone on H2O works great for an excellent AT&T backup to whatever other network works best for a person's daily driver. Especially the $10/90 day plan.

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    2. True, no one uses Hangouts, and WhatsApp is a "loved by foreigners only" concept, just like Xiaomi, soccer, and F1 racing.

      People do use Facebook, but they hate doing so.

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  10. does Cricket and Straight Talk offer free Unlimited international calls to 50+ country plus free credit to the counties are not list it on the free calls?

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  11. H2O Wireless Promotion for New Service Activation or port in ONLY, from July 1st - September 30th, 2017

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    1. h2o® Wireless $30 Monthly Unlimited Plan (Eligible Plan) between 00:01AM ET on July 1, 2017 and midnight ET on September 30, 2017 (Promotion Term) to be eligible to receive FREE 4G LTE data (Promotional Data) as follows: 3GB for $30 plan.

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  12. $20 with 1GB data plan would have been awesome for light users..

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