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Pure TalkUSA Details New Plans With Hotspot and Unlimited Throttled Data Coming Oct 1

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AT&T MVNO Pure TalkUSA announced today that was rolling out new plans on Oct 1. The announcement came in a sponsored post on Howard Forums by a Pure Talk representative. The new plans, which I believe will replace all current Pure Talk plans are:

  • $20 unlimited minutes, messages and data with the first 500 MB at high speed
  • $25 unlimited minutes, messages and data with the first 1 GB at high speed
  • $30 unlimited minutes, messages and data with the first 3 GB at high speed
  • $35 unlimited minutes, messages and data with the first 5 GB at high speed
  • $45 unlimited minutes, messages and data with the first 10 GB at high speed
Pure Talk says its throttled data speed after the high data allotment is used is 128 kbps.

The new plans are not radically different than the old ones, which are listed below. The biggest change is that on the old plans data was hard capped, while the new ones have unlimited throttled data after the high speed data is used up.  Other changes include replacing the $10 plan with a $20 one, a $1/month price increase on a couple of plans and 3 GB more data for the $45 plan. Here are the old plans for comparison purposes:

  • $10 300 minutes, 300 SMS, 50 MMS and 50 MB of data
  • $24 unlimited minutes, messages and 1 GB of data
  • $29 unlimited minutes, messages and 3 GB of data
  • $35 unlimited minutes, messages and 5 GB of data
  • $45 unlimited minutes, messages and 7 GB of data
There is one more change that's interesting. In announcing the new plans, the Pure Talk rep made the following statement (emphasis mine);

We are an Apple certified carrier and thus iPhone features such as Visual Voicemail, MMS, and Mobile Hot Spot are supported. Customers with a SIM card prior to Mid 2015 may need to get a new SIM card.
That's interesting because very few MVNOs support hotspot. Pure Talk has never supported it and hotspot hasn't worked on iPhones on Pure Talk in the past. But that has apparently changed and the Pure Talk rep posted on Howard Forums that any customers whose hotspot doesn't work should email info@puretalkusa.com with their account info.

In my opinion, blocking hotspot is unfair to customers. When you buy something you should be able to use it any way you want. The reason carriers block hotspot is that they are playing a numbers game with data allotments. They are counting on customers not using all the data they paid for. Hotspoting customers probably use more data than non-hotspoting ones and that means less unused data and higher costs for the operators, especially for MVNOs who have to pay for every byte their customer's use. Pure Talk isn't the cheapest operator but supporting hotspot adds value and gives them a competitive advantage over carriers that don't support it.

If  Pure Talk's $10 plan meets your needs, sign up for it before it goes away on Sept. 30 and you will get to keep it. Pure Talk has always grandfathered customers on discontinued plans and today's announcement reiterates that saying, "We grandfather ALL plans on a go forward basis. If you like your current plan you can keep it. We never force plan changes."

Source: Howard Forums

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  1. What is puretalk's history? How old is it?

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  2. If you want a $10 AT&T based plan, you have to go with Red Pocket, right?

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    1. You can use the Puretalk plan till Sept 30th and keep it, after that you have to use another MVNO that offers a $10 plan :-)

      The RP $10 plan is better anyways though.

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    2. Doesn't ATT MVNO H2O Wireless have $10 plans?

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  3. What does it take to become an Apple certified carrier?

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    1. According to a comment post (former employee at an AT&T MVNO) on bestmvno it depends. Apple could require straight up money or as the comment said a certain amount of iPhones must be bought from Apple ( at least for MMS APN).

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    2. Explained in the comments and post of this article.

      https://bestmvno.com/featured/apple-reason-cell-phone-bill-higher/

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    3. Usually you have to purchase and resell their phones

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    4. Interesting write-up on BestMVNO. There should be a class action lawsuit from iPhone buyers against Apple for blocking this on unlocked phones. And this goes against all business sense, but I wish a prepaid carrier would make the "seven figure range" purchase, get their carrier settings, and then as an F-U to Apple, sell these iPhones at a ridiculously low price. Apple would really hate that.

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    5. "There should be a class action lawsuit from iPhone buyers against Apple for blocking this on unlocked phones"

      Which I hope would go no-where. Apple is after all just one brand out of many making smart phones. Anyone who might whine about being "deprived" can use many other phone models.

      If we are going to filing frivolous lawsuits against Apple, I'd first go after them for removing the headphone jack. Or maybe "Futurama" could sue them for putting Bender's eyes on backs of the the 6 and 7 Plus models.

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    6. Better yet, I'm gonna go into the cafe at the new Apple HQ, and spill hot coffee on my lap. Like that one lady and McDonald's, I am going to soak the blameless deep-pockets in Cupertino for all the money they have... and one of those rumored secret solid-gold-case iPhone 9's.

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    1. Taxes and fees are NOT included. You pay extra depending on the area you live.

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    2. Taxes and fees can vary by location between almost 0 to almost 25 % Careful.

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    3. Taxes and fees are included. Been using PureTalk for a couple of years now.

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    4. Pure Talk started collecting taxes in 2016. Customers, like you, who had the service before the change are grandfathered. Anyone activating an account now gets hit with all applicable state and local taxes plus Federal telecom taxes a recovery fee.

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    5. Use a zip code with the lowest fees on your account.

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  5. Still no off-native partner network roaming, apparently.

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    1. Most MVNOs don't offer roaming

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  6. What irks me is none of the AT&T MVNO's offers WiFi/LTE calling or HD voice like the T-Mobile MVNO's do.

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    1. Nope. In that sense Tmobile MVNO's are much better.

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    2. For AT&T MVNO's to offer WiFi/VoLTE, it would require AT&T to cooperate. From what I understand, AT&T isn't cooperating, aka offering that feature to MVNO's.

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    3. That's because AT&T doesn't offer the WiFi calling feature to their MVNOs.

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    4. They are stingy and keep that for their post-paid customers only.

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  7. Interesting, after Red Pocket upgrades their $10 plan, PureTalk chooses not to compete by cancelling their own $10 plan.

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    1. I was thinking that too! I do like their online account, I was able to determine I didn't need unlimited talk/text and even 1 gb of data was too much, so I changed to the 300, but for me, the RP plan will be better. I've read the online account for RP is pretty much useless.

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    1. Not officially allowed

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    2. In my past experience with Pure Talk, using an unbranded phone, hotspot would work, as it also worked on other AT&T MVNO's. My experience was with an international variant Sony Xperia Z3 and an international variant Samsung Galaxy S7 on Pure Talk and Cricket.

      I did try an AT&T Galaxy S6 Active on Pure Talk also and it did not work, so it seems any carrier branded phones block access via the software on the phone.

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    3. Read the above post.

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    4. Actually, the parent comment is correct. See post #35:

      http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php/1900500-Official-Pure-TalkUSA-Thread/page3

      It should be noted, however, that their terms don't expressly state that tethering is prohibited, so it might work anyway depending on the Android phone used. Not on Motorola, unfortunately...

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  9. Taxes and fees, no rollover, no extended roaming, and lower priority data than Cricket make PT a complete non-starter.

    MVNOs should really look into the freemium model again, because they're just not competitive anymore.

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    1. Freemium is garbage. Low end users just trying to get free stuff. Freedom Pop and ringplus using VoIP and non-traditonal dialers

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    2. We are very satisfied with Pure TalkUSA. Voice and text are now unlimited on all new plans so no rollover needed for those services. Data works just fine for us and rollover is less critical now with uncapped throttled data. Roaming is usually not a critical issue when one is already on AT&T towers.

      I have no idea what you mean by MVNOs not being competitive. Compared to what? Walkie-talkies? The new $20 plan on PT is great for cash-limited customers who want a phone that they can actually use.

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  10. Remember mms doesn’t work on RP.

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    1. MMS works fine on Red Pocket as long as you don't have an iPhone.

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  11. Additional current Pure TalkUSA plans when using the AMAC start page:

    400 MINS
    200 SMS
    100 MB DATA
    $10.00

    Unlimited Voice
    Unlimited SMS
    600 MB DATA
    $20.00

    Unlimited Voice
    Unlimited SMS
    2 GB DATA
    $25.00

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    1. When you use the AMAC start page you also get a free month of service and a free SIM card. $25 off phones that cost $50 or more.

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    2. You can still get the $10 Pure TalkUSA plan via the AMAC start page. It is now 400-300-300MB, much better than 400-200-100. The other plans, free 1st month and free SIM card are the same.

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  12. Puretalk officially replied to an inquiry on the Howardforum thread Hotspot is Not available on Android only iPhone - complete rubbish. I was all ready to switch several lines and now, not so much. So frustrating... I can confirm that Hotspot doesn't work on att MVNO with moto g4.

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    1. Pure Talk said on HoFo that hotspot is not "technically supported" I take that to mean that it's allowed but if it doesn't work, Pure Talk won't be able to fix it. Which understandable given the fragmented nature of Android were many carrier branded phones use proprietary methods of blocking hotspot use.

      The good news is that many Android phones are hackable to allow hotspot to work whether the carrier allows it or not.

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  13. Maybe it will work when the billing cycle renews and we are officially on the new plans. My cycle date starts tomorrow; I'll test it in the next few days.

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    1. And it still didn't work. I guess my Motorola G4 Play (with Amazon ads) needs something done that Pure Talk is unable to do before the built in hotspot will work.

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    2. On some Android phones adding ,dun to the end APN type string will allow hot spot to work. i.e., if APN type is "default,hipri", change it to "default,hipri,dun" without the quotes and with no spaces.

      If that doesn't wsork you need to modify build.prop which requires root, which isn't possible on the Amazon models.

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  14. Adding "dun" was the first thing I tried, and the phone still told me the account wasn't set up for tethering.

    In the end, however, I did find a way. I downloaded from the Google Play store an app called "NetShare", actually called "Netshare-no-root-tethering" or something like that. As far as I can tell, that works on my Moto G4 Play.

    Obviously, I can't promise it will work for anyone else, but it seems to work for me.

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  15. Netshare worked! On a moto g4 and a unlocked cricket Risio. Super pumped. Thanks for the tip

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  16. I used to have Airvoice and their split data allotment was really getting stale.
    Puretalk went to non hard-capped data with the same competitive price-points so it was a no-brainer. Same great CS. Just Georgia instead of Michigan.
    Just PureTalk has no short-code USSD for data and balances that Airvoice does. Not a hug sacrifice.

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