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Updated: ROK Mobile Launches $50 Verizon Network "Unlimited" Data LTE Plan

ROK Mobile $50 Unlimited
Sprint, Verizon and AT&T MVNO ROK Mobile updated its Other CDMA (Verizon) network plans today. The biggest change is that the $50 plan, which used to get 8 GB of high speed data, now has "unlimited" high speed data. Like all unlimited mobile data plans this one is not really unlimited. Fine print on the ROK Mobile site states"After 20GB of data usage, ROK Mobile may temporarily slow speeds. Video streaming at 480p." According to ROK's FAQ page using your phone as a hotspot is not permitted. Data speeds are also capped at 5 mbps down and 2 mbps up on all Verizon MVNOs, except the ones that TracFone owns.

Even with the limitations, $50/month is a great deal for an unlimited data plan, especially on Verizon. The only other prepaid unlimited plans on Verizon are from Verizon Prepaid at $80/month and TracFone's Page Plus for $69.95/month. You do get faster LTE speeds with those plans as there is no 5 mbps speed cap, but other limitations are similar, including no hotspot on Page Plus or Verizon. Like ROK, Verizon limits video to 480p, Page Plus doesn't or if they do they don't disclose it.

Update 9/22/17: I seen a couple of reports that customers who called ROK were told by customer support representatives that the unlimited data plan is throttled to 1.5 mbps until 20 GB has been used. After 20 GB speeds are slowed even further. One prospective customer was told that after 20 GB they would only get 128 kbps. In my experience, customer support representatives do not always give accurate information. I am hoping to receive actual speed test results for users and will update this post it when I do.

In addition to unlimited data on the $50 plan ROK Mobile made changes to most of their other Verizon network plans. Here's the current plan list marked up with strike out and bold fonts to indicate the changes:
  • $20/mo - unlimited talk and text plus 1GB 500 MB of hard capped 4G LTE data
  • $30/mo $35/mo - unlimited talk, text and data with the 1st 3 GB 4 GB at high speed
  • $40/mo - unlimited talk, text and data with the 1st 5 GB 8 GB at high speed
  • $50/mo - unlimited talk, text and unlimited data with the 1st 8 GB at high speed 

All ROK plans also include a 24/7 roadside assistant package, free use of over 30 million WiFi hotspots and up to 500 minutes of free international calling using a ROK Talk VoIP app that's available for Android and iOS. See this page for international calling details.

ROK Mobile, which was founded 2014 by billionaire John Paul DeJoria of Paul Mitchell hair products and Patron Tequila fame, and Jonathan Kendrick, a British mobile and entertainment entrepreneur has had a rather rocky history. ROK's initial selling point was on-demand unlimited free music streaming and unlimited data with the first 5 GB at high speeds followed by unlimited 256 kbps data for $49.99 on either T-Mobile or Sprint. A few months later ROK added service on Verizon. But in December, 2015 things started to unravel when ROK announced it was discontinuing Sprint and T-Mobile service with just two weeks notice, forcing customers to scramble to find a new operator. Then in August of 2016 ROK imposed a 5 mbps hard data cap and stopped offering unlimited throttled data. The free music streaming service was discontinued sometime in 2016.

After a rather rocky first couple of years, it looks like ROK might finally be turning around. Ownership is the same but there's supposed to be a new management team of experienced MVNO and telecom professionals in place. Sprint based service was resumed in May and  AT&T was added last month. ROK's current plans on all three networks are highly competitive. Hopefully ROK can remain stable and competitive going forward.

Source ROK Mobile

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  1. Well, it was good plan for $20 + unlimited talk+ 1Gb. Now it's ended
    All they trying to sell more data, but when you don't need such data plan you have to pay at least $25 for 1Gb,

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  2. FYI, the $40 plan is showing 8 GB on ROK's page, but your post is showing 5 GB.

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    1. Thanks, I missed that change. I've fixed the post.

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  3. After 20GB do they slow your data speeds to a crawl like they do on limited data plans or do they just deprioritize you?

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    1. Does Page Plus also slow you down after 20GB on their unlimited data plan?

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  4. I'd like to see a $5 autopay discount tacked on to cover the inconvenience of that 5mbps throttle, but it still won't make up for the cost of a decent off-contract Verizon device.

    That's why Big Red's pretty much a non-starter outside of Tracfone, which at least has rebranded variants of modern phones to go along with their Verizon service.

    Without a decent, affordable selection of devices, GSM is the only arena an MVNO can ever really hope to compete in.

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    1. If AT&T or T-Mobile coverage works for you, they already have unlimited data plans from MetroPCS and Simple Mobile on T-Mobile and Cricket on AT&T.

      This plan is for people who need/want to be on the Verizon network or already have a Verizon phone they want to use. This plan marks the first time an unlimited data plan is available on Verizon at the same price as the other three carriers.

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  5. Are they grandfathering for the old plans?

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    1. Spoke to them this morning. Yes they are grandfathering.

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  6. They said after 20gbs is 1.5mbps pulse roadside assistance it's a good deal to me

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    1. Who is "they"? ROK customer support, a ROK dealer or someone else?

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    2. So "they" will give this much data?!!!!!
      I am afraid that it is chewing too much, because this is by-far one of the best deals that I have heard of if it is true that they actually do give 1.5 mbps after the 5/2.

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  7. Bring back that 256 kbps throttled data after the 20 gigs are used and then this new plan can be something to erite home about.

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    1. A 1.5Mbps throttle is much faster than 256Kbps. I don't understand why you'd want a slower throttle.

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  8. I wish that everyone would stop using the description "unlimited". It is a lie. A more honest (and helpful) description would be that ROK is offering a guaranteed 20GB plan. The word "guaranteed" sufficiently differentiates from a hard-capped plan.

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    1. The wording is unlimited LTE and at times unlimited High Speed LTE.

      Now LTE is a technology which at times they choose to throttle to the speeds of 2g, but it is still 4G LTE.

      And if they ever say unlimited high speed 4G LTE, then the question is, what is not high speed that one can say that the throttled speed is not higher than the usual. If non-high speed is 12 kbps then even 64 kbps is to be considered as high speed 4G LTE.

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  9. "Data speeds are also capped at 5 mbps down and 2 mbps up on all Verizon MVNOs, except the ones that TracFone owns."

    You forgot that Xfinity Mobile data speeds are not capped at 5mbps.

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  10. So this "unlimited" plan is in reality a 20GB LTE plan with 3G data (1.5Mbps) thereafter.

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  11. Its seems that both T-Mobile and Verizon must be offering their MVNOs unlimited data plans at a fixed price rather than the usual practice of charging for the amount of data usage.

    It also appears that all of the MVNOs with unlimited data plans are bound by the same carrier-imposed limitations. 20GB full speed then thottled to 1.5Mbps on Verizon MVNOs or 32GB before deprioritization but still at full speed when possible on T-Mobile MVNOs.

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  12. Will the $35 and $40 plan also give unmimited 1.5 mbps data?

    And what is the total amount that they are okay with us using on the 1.5 mbps, is it another 20 gigs and then they just shut us out? Or will they only then bring it to 128 kbps?

    Because if they give the 1.5 mbps and for 20 gigs, then 24 gigs for $35 is a Super Win!

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    1. The plans with limited data allotments are throttled to a very slow 128Kbps or slower. If they gave us 1.5Mbps after we used our high speed data, no one would pay for plans with higher data allotments. Note that Red Pocket's $25 plans are hard capped. Meaning that data is shut off instead of throttled after the high speed data allotment is used. On the unlimited data plan I doubt that they would cut off the 1.5Mbps throttled data at any point otherwise they wouldn't be able to call it a plan with unlimited high speed data which is what they are calling it.

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  13. Reports on Hofo from a dealer is that typical download speed on Rok Verizon unlimited is 1.5mbps which is 3G levels. Idk if they are doing the same thing h20 did (speedcap) to slow down the use of data and extend the time use. I know 20 gb is 20 gb but speed caps do affect usage levels. Any other confirms on the 1.5 mbps cap? And What is upload cap? And does it affect other verizon rok plans besides the "unlimited" one?

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    1. The person that implied he was dealer on HoFo actually said that dealer support told him that "most users should expect to see 1.5mbps ". Until a few people get this plan and run some speed tests we won't really know it that's true or not. The same goes for speeds after 20 GB, it's all speculation until it's tested.

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    2. I was told by a rep that it is 2.5 mbps until 20 gigs and then itnis 128 kbps.

      But it is really as Dennis said, that we will not know until someone gets it, tests it, and lets us know.

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  14. That rep actually said that it was 2.5 Megabytes per second and not megabits per second.

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  15. Is taxes and fees included with ROK?

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    1. Rok mobile T&C - 7.4 TAXES AND SURCHARGES. Charges for the ROK MOBILE SERVICE do not include taxes or regulatory fees. We charge state and local sales taxes on all purchases made through our Website.

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  16. I recently got them I put a YouTube video up

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