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Updated: Red Pocket Mobile Adds New $15 Plan and More Data to Plans

For the second time in as many months, multi-carrier MVNO Red Pocket Mobile has changed its plan lineup for the better. Here are the latest plans with old and new allocations indicated with strike-out and bold fonts:
  • $10 500 minutes, 500 SMS or MMS, 500 100 MB (no change).
  • $15 1000 minutes, 1000 SMS or MMS, 1 GB (new plan).
  • $20 ($19 with auto pay) unlimited minutes and messaging, 500 100 MB.
  • $30 ($25 with auto pay) unlimited minutes and messaging, 1.5 GB 500 MB.
  • $35 ($30 with auto pay) unlimited minutes and messaging, 3 GB 2.5 GB high speed data, unlimited 2G.
  • $50 ($45 with auto pay) unlimited minutes and messaging, 5 GB high speed data, unlimited 2G (no change).
  • $65 ($60 with auto pay) unlimited minutes and messaging, 8 GB high speed data, unlimited 2G (no change).
Plan prices do not include state and local point of sale taxes. All plans include global SMS and calling to 72 countries at no extra cost. Red Pocket offers services on the customer's choice of the AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile or Sprint networks. 

Red Pocket also cut its plan prices for customers who do not use auto-pay. The prices listed above for the $19 and higher plans are identical to what the prices used to be after an auto pay discount of $1 on the $19 plan and $5 on the higher priced plans. Red Pocket is now giving everyone the same price whether they use auto-pay or not. There are still some references to auto-pay discounts on parts of the Red Pocket site but I've confirmed with a Red Pocket customer support representative that the auto pay discount is not offered on the new plans. 

Update 9/1/2017 8:15 PM PT: I now believe that the Red Pocket CS rep who told me that the new plan prices shown in the screenshot above were the full prices and that there was no longer any auto pay discount was wrong.  Red Pocket has updated the page that you get when you click Customize Your Plan link on its Plans page with the new data allotments as well as the prices with and without auto pay. Just as before, the $19 plan is $20 without auto pay and the $25 and higher plans are  $5 higher without auto pay. I've updated the bulleted list above with what I believe are the correct prices.

Update 9/4/2017 2:30 PM: The Red Pocket website is now showing that the $10 plan has only 100 MB  of data rather than the 500 MB that the site listed on Friday when this post was published. I'm trying to get confirmation as the weather 100 or 500 MB is correct.

Update 9/5/2017 9:15 PM: Red Pocket has confirmed that the $10 plan has 100 MB. 500 MB was posted on the Red Pocket website in error.


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  1. My phone is locked to Tracfone, will it work if I take it to Red Pocket as BYOP?

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    1. No, not unless you can get TracFone to unlock it.

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  2. Red Pocket is making a major play for the low to moderate user with aggressive pricing. I like it! I could see a lot of America Movil customers on Tracfone, Straight Talk, etc jumping ship (myself included). The only thing they're lacking is a retail presence which hurts them in getting the uninformed customer browsing through Walmart to think of Red Pocket as an alternative to Tracfone.

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    1. Red Pocket is on eBay and Amazon now. That might be more important than retail these days.

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    2. Re: Anonymous Sept 1st @ 2:41 PM

      Forbes finds that Millennials & Generation Z prefer brick-and-mortar retail stores over digital shopping. (70% from an article in June 2017...if that's worth anything) . They feel physical stores are the future (not e-commerce).

      Whether their actual shopping habits are consistent with how they respond to surveys is up in the air.

      Of course, with the intensely intrusive 5G boxes they are quickly installing on light poles & buildings everywhere without any concern of extra radiation exposure to people, we will all be truly connected in many ways. Gone are the days when we would "step outside for a breath of fresh air"

      5G will be everywhere.

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    3. @anon0308: Please point to some science-based & peer-reviewed research that shows 5G frequencies are of any concern? Otherwise you're contributing to more FUD on the order of the same rampant fears of using cell phones at gas stations which have proven completely unfounded (the only incidences of such problems I'm aware of involved abused lithium cell batteries shorting out, which has NOTHING to do with radio frequencies).

      I'm so tired of people who don't understand a topic spreading bullshit fears about said topic (and worse the people who willingly buy into it & spread it further instead of checking for the actual facts).

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    4. Good point. This is pernicious junk science like astrology, Dr Phil, and anti-vaxx.

      I read a major web site against the California law that ranted about so many things. They even had a specific point, with scary language about "COMPUTERS in front of your house!"

      Yes, Computers!

      You know, those hulking boxes with dryer-vent arms and spinning reel eyes from old Lost in Space episodes that say "Crush Kill Destroy!"

      Yeah, stop that California law. No one wants COMPUTERS! anywhere near their house.

      So, whether or not a 5G box is installed is really up to the service provider and land owner. It's really nobody else's business.

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  3. Total Wireless Kicks ass with 35 plan with 5 gigs and a $10 add on data plan with 5gigs that roll over till they run out.

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    1. Total Wireless is a good deal for the high end user who doesn't want to pay $50 to $75 per month for unlimited LTE data. Minutes and texts are almost thrown in for free now because it's all about data. I'm amazed at the people addicted to unlimited data plans nowadays. I think a lot of people could get by with 1 GB of data a month if they didn't stream video or music all day long which makes Red Pocket's $15 plan a good deal. Bottom line, if you want a lot of data you're still going to pay $30 or more for it.

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    2. 6 Gb if you buy your refill cards at Walmart....

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    3. I agree, plus you get Verizon.

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    4. Red Pocket works all the big 4 carriers.

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    5. Total is fine but customer service stinks like all Slim brands. If you need a lot of LTE data, yes.

      The $10 Red Pocket looks good for my son, he's only 11. Just want a cheap monthly plan that runs on Verizon. Trac has a $15 but this Red Pocket is a better deal for what you get.

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  4. I have the Red Pocket Essentials plan with Verizon service. I have no complaints at all. Customer service has been excellent via email. The Ebay and Amazon Red Pocket offerings are great for those who don't mind paying in advance for service, the yearly plans are the best, pricewise. The Ebay and Amazon plans have the taxes included in the price, so the choice was easy for me to go with an Ebay / Amazon plan. I'm hoping they have a nice black Friday offering for a yearly plan and allow people to add these plans to the end of the service period of their existing plans. A couple other positives for Red Pocket, all 4 major carriers offer service plus the company has been around since 2006.

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  5. Red Pocket and Black Wireless are all part of one corporate chain? May be you have written up some nice post grouping all these corss-holdings...can you pl. point me to that? Thanks as always for your informative posts.

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    1. Pretty sure Black Wireless and H2O wireless were under the same corporate chain. Not Red Pocket

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    2. Black Wireless is a product of Red Pocket Mobile which is distributed by SDI Wireless. Several years ago Black Wireless was "powered by H2O" but that's no longer the case.

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  6. This $10 plan now beat the Airvoice $10 plan!

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  7. Awesome! Love these new plan options. I don't need unlimited talk and text, and I get choice of carrier!

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  8. Most people don't need unlimited talk and text. We just think we do and don't want to bother checking usage.

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    1. I barely talk and text and my texting goes through data I believe.

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  9. Looks like he best deal for a yearly plan of UTalk/UText & 3GB of 4G LTE High speed data can be found on Amazon for $21.62/month. WOW !! https://www.amazon.com/Red-Pocket-Mobile-Contract-Unlimited/dp/B01D50H1L2/ref=lp_8390933011_1_1?srs=8390933011&ie=UTF8&qid=1504304800&sr=8-1

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    1. MintSIM yearly plan gives you 5GB for about the same (depending upon your local fees & taxes).

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    2. MintSIM works with t-mobile only

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    3. Which is fine as long as you ensure you have a Band 12 capable phone. Before long their new 600MHz spectrum will be even better once new phones support it (such as LG's new V30).

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    4. NEW - as of today. Red Pocket eBay exclusive annual plan. UNLIMITED Talk, Text, Data (2GB LTE) - $249 Less than $21/Mo. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Red-Pocket-1-Year-Prepaid-Wireless-Plan-No-Contract-SIM-Kit-Included-/132310276900

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  10. Total wireless cuts off your data totally where Verizon prepaid just slows you down.

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    1. You buy more, it's a value, can't have it all.

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  11. $15 1000 minutes, 1000 SMS or MMS, 1 GB (new plan) with 70 countries unlimited calling?.. Is this really true?. Folks having google voice dont even need 1000mins also..

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  12. Red Pocket works on Sprint's network but can phones used on Boost or Virgin mobile be activated on Red Pocket?

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    1. You have to use Boost and Virgin phones on Boost or Virgin for 12 months before Sprint will allow them on MVNOs like Red Pocket.

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  13. The Red Pocket website shows 100 mb on the $10 plan. Is the upgrade to 500 mb on that plan confirmed?

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    1. Some pages on the Red Pocket site show 500 MB on the $10 and $19 plans, other pages show 100 MB. AFAIK 500 MB is correct.

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  14. Wow - that $10 plan looks pretty good for a light user like me. I occasionally go over 500MB on a month, but Red Pocket lets you buy more data at $2 per 100MB. I assume the 'top ups' don't roll over, but they're cheap enough that it doesn't matter.

    The only thing holding me back is that the Tracfone plan I'm already on doesn't cost all that much more for what I use, so there's not a whole lot of incentive to go through any trouble switching plans. Also I was on a Red Pocket data-only plan a long while ago, and found the service spotty. Admittedly, the plan was super-cheap ($5 for 500MB/30 days), but things just didn't go smoothly. I don't know if that's still the case.

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  15. This is GREAT news. There's been such a huge chasm between very low usage paygo, and moderate usage monthly plans (on MVNOs). Freedompop and Hangouts for nearly free and low quality, cheap paygo like Tello or H2O for very low usage but reliable service and good quality, now Red Pocket for higher usage, and then proper carrier plans for very high/unlimited usage. I won't be changing anything immediately, but Red will be my go to as soon as I decide it's time for an upgrade.

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  16. How fast (kbps or Mbps) is 2G unlimited? Is it different by carrier? Is tethering available?

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    1. Throttled to 2G speeds vary by carrier but are typically less than 128 kbps, often less than 64 kbps.

      If a carrier allows tethering if will be available regardless of data speed. Using a PC tethered to a 2G throttled phone is likely to be a very frustrating experience.

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  17. The $15 plan seems to be perfect for me.

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  18. Can a Verizon LTE prepaid phone be used without unlocking ?

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    1. You have to use Verizon Prepaid phones on Verizon until the amount of airtime listed on the package ($25 - $100, depending on the phone) has been added before it can be used on a Verizon MVNO like Red Pocket.

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  19. Dennis your link for Red pocket is not working. It is the one by the "overview" section.

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    1. I don't know what you mean by the overview section, but all three links in this post work for me.

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  20. Top of this article is a link that takes you to the operator profile of Red Pocket. The 2nd paragraph which is the overview section of the profile page has a link beside a phone number. That link is broken. You started the Red Pocket profile back in 2013.

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    1. I've fixed the link. Thanks for letting me know about it.

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  21. I just switched from speed talk (t-mobile) to red pocket (att). I like red pocket website way better than speed talk. Plus red pocket has IM and they were able to permanently disable VM and MMS, and there ebay $60 annual plan was more than double what speed talk was offering. Speed talk does not have IM and can't permanently disable VM and MMS.

    Weird things with red pocket is they have two websites, one for activations (goredpocket.com) and one for balance (my.redpocketmobile.com). When I registered for the balance site I made a long password which it accepted, logged in and out and when I tried to log in again it said I had wrong password. Found out the hard way they will only accept about 15 characters.

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  22. BUT your Verizon prepaid phone, if unlocked, can be used on Red Pocket with ATT signal.
    For example the Moto E4 on sale for $39 and unlocked for $2 on eBay will work.

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  23. My steps:
    - go to the goredpocket.com;
    - click on PLANS on the top of page;
    - Select $15 plan and click on BUY PLAN;
    - select checkbox "I have a Sprint compatible or other CDMA phone compatible";
    - select checkbox red CDMA (to get verizon network);
    - click on ORDER NOW;
    Getting 404 not found - "Oops! It looks.
    like you're lost."

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    1. A gored pocket sounds like sort of bullfighting accident.

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  24. This $10/month 500/500/500MB plan sounds perfect, but when I go onto red pocket's website it still reads only "100 MB" for the $10 plan.

    My most recent check on website was 12:15 AM EST 09/03.

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    1. I get different results depending on URL and browser.
      With Chrome on a PC and goredpocket.com/plans
      I see 500 MB. With Chrome Android I see 100 MB on the same URL.
      At goredpocket.com/plans-new I get 100 Mb on both browsers.
      I've been told the Red Pocket dealer portal shows 500 MB.
      Someone on HoFo says that Red Pocket CS told them that the $10 plan includes 500 MB and that they are aware of the website issue.
      I suspect that 500 MB is correct.

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    2. I bought the $10 Red rocket plan for my mom and it only has 100 MB , not 500 MB. We checked the balance by dialing *777*1#

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    3. Did you call Red Pocket customer service?

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    4. CS online chat that I contacted said the $10 plan only has 100mb. Change only starts after $15 plan!!!

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  25. Are there any verizon plans that have 0 MB, 500 minutes, and unlimited texts for $10 or maybe $15?

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    1. No, the closest to it at one time was the now defunct Budget Mobile/BYO Wireless $15 - 350 minutes, unlimited texts, 50 MB data.

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    2. The closest I can find to 350 minutes, unlimited texts, 50 MB on Verizon are:
      Selectel (3G phones only) : unlimited texts, 300 minutes, 50 MB for $15 or unlimited texts, 500 minutes, 50 MB for $20
      Expo Mobile: unlimited texts, 500 minutes, no data for $19
      Ecomobile: unlimited talk and text, 100 MB

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    3. If you use the Google Hangouts app and a free Google Voice number you can send/receive a virtually unlimited number of texts to/from any phone number over the 500MB of data included in the Red Pocket $10/month plan or the $60/year ($5/month) plan. There are also other apps that do the same thing like the TextNow app which comes with a free number but the Hangouts app with a Google Voice number is the best option.

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  26. Do uou mean Red Pocket plan $10 having 100 megs...not $20?

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    1. Yes it's the $10 plan that has 100 MB. I've fixed the typo. Thanks for letting me know about it.

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    2. Yes it's the $10 plan that has 100 MB. I've fixed the typo. Thanks for letting me know about it.

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  27. The $5/month ($60/year) plan has 500MB while the $10/month plan stays at 100MB?! Makes no sense!!! Sad!

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  28. Is RP data speed throttled like Cricket's?

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    1. On the Verizon network Red Pocket's high speed data is throttled to 5 mbps on the other networks it's not throttled.

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  29. Update 9/19/2017 1:16 PM: Red Pocket $10 Essential plan once again contains 500 MB of data.

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