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Red Pocket Mobile Unveils New $240 Annual eBay Plan

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Red Pocket Mobile has unveiled a new annual eBay plan suitable for both GSMA/CDMAS devices.

The new plan costs $240 or $20 per month. Under this plan, you get unlimited talk, text, and data with the first 5GB of data per month at up to LTE speeds. After 5 GB, data is throttled to 2G speeds for the rest of the month. The plan also comes with free unlimited international calling to more than 70 countries.

When you decide to purchase the SIM kit, you will be given a triple cut GSMA SIM card. If you wish to use the CDMAS network, you can use your existing Sprint SIM. You can also get a CDMAS SIM card, which is available upon request for free with your plan purchase.

Unlike the other Red Pocket Mobile plans, this new $240 annual eBay plan is compatible with AT&T or Sprint network. This means you won't be able to use it on Verizon or T-Mobile's network.



Source: Red Pocket Mobile

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  1. Not bad for $20, better than Mint, but Metro or Boost promos right now for UNL on 4 for $100 are best value.

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    1. Excellent deal for moderate data users!! E-Bay even has sales from time to time that bring the cost down to $17.00 month. You also have access to ATT's larger coverage footprint that leaves native Sprint/Boost & T-Mobile/Metro PCS in the dust.

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    2. FYI eBay us running a 15% off $50 or more promotion today 3/30 until 11am PT. Download the eBay app and use with code PGETTHEAPP. eBay App Exclusive: 15% Off Everything!*

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  2. They should offer UNLIMITED DATA at a $360-$420 annual plan. I will buy it immediately if that happen!

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    1. The $240 plan does include unlimited 2G data. If you mean truly unlimited high speed data, Red Pocket who have to be suicidal to offer that at any price, let alone $30 or $35 per month.

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  3. Not bad but I don't want my self in year self-contract.

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  4. What is the 2g speed on their plans when data alotment is used up? 64kbps or 128kbps. This would be the cheapest 5gb plan with ATT mvno.

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    1. RedPocket doesn't say. I've seen user reports that it's 64 kbps.

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  5. No throttling with AT&T.....right?

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    1. Correct, no throttling on AT&T. No throttling on their Verizon plans either.

      Dale

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  6. Don't see where it's restricted to AT&T or Sprint, other than the hint via "GSMA LTE SIM Card" being included. This is the eBay page I'm looking at: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Red-Pocket-360-Day-Prepaid-Wireless-Phone-Plan-ULTIMATE-No-Contract/132544686405 .

    Also, does anyone have info comparing AT&T service on RedPocket vs. Cricket?

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    1. The eBay listing is ambiguous. But the $240 plan is definitely AT&T and Sprint only. I know thus because:

      I received an email from Red Pocket's corporate communications director yesterday announcing the new $240 plan. The email stated that the plan was only available on GSMA and CDMAS.

      Also, if you look at the picture of the activation kit above and on the eBay listing it says "Available exclusively on two major networks nationwide" with little blue (AT&T) and yellow (Sprint) cell phone towers. Other Red Pocket kits sold on eBay say four networks and have red, blue, yellow and magenta towers.

      Red Pocket data can be faster than Cricket's. which is capped at 8mbps. iPhones on Red Pocket AT&T can't send or receive MMS but they can on Cricket. VoLTE is available on some phones on Cricket but not on Red Pocket.

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  7. Wants T-Mobile or Verizon.

    Anon 0741, what do you mean "No throttling?"
    Of course there's throttling when networks are congested in the form of deprioritized data. It's an mvno. Are you saying there's no deprioritized data?

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  8. Is this unlimited data or hard cap at 5gb? Not clear from the listing.

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    1. "UNLIMITED Talk UNLIMITED Text UNLIMITED Data (5GB @ 4G LTE Speed)" seems pretty clear to me.

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    2. Perhaps. Usually there's a clause that data will be slowed down to xxx bps. I didn't see this verbiage in the listing.

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  9. Need it on Verizon too.

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  10. So AT&T or Sprint at the same price?? Prime Rib or burger, for the same cost....does that make any sense??

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    1. It would make sense if you were referring to vzw vs Sprint. At&t , low standards.

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    2. I think he was referring to coverage.

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  11. Ebay 15% Off coupon is live today. Need to use the Ebay mobile app with coupon code PGETTHEAPP. I picked this plan up for $204 and used PayPal Credit with 6 months no interest. The coupon code expires at 2PM EST and can only be used once.

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    1. $50 minimum purchase, for those thinking of using it for other item than this.

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  12. Dennis got triggered lol!

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  13. I just ordered this plan a few days ago. Very weird - they do not send an activation code anymore. They claim that the SIM card that they sent me (AT&T) only should be preloaded with 1 year plan (I wonder how this even work if you want Sprint). A little flaky - I need to wait till May to activate this plan and I am a little apprehensive with all those shenanigans (even though I am using RedPocket for 2 years already and it was working out OK)

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  14. No verizon, no sale.

    Networks are degrading and now only the best will suffice.

    AT&T and T-Mobile really should've hauled ass on expanding capacity years ago, but it's already too late.

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    1. I don't understand. Aren't recent T-Mobile bands 12, 66, & 71 considered "expanding capacity" ?

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    2. Budget phones don't have B71 yet, and 66 isn't old enough to even be on most GSM phones.

      Likewise, neither are even fully rolled out yet, and it's hard to tell where (or when) they're fully deployed or what the current state of coverage is in previously undercovered areas.

      As for AT&T, nobody really knows what their extra bands are, when they'll be fully deployed in a given area, or which budget phones have the corresponding bands.

      Then there's Verizon, which "just works" on any Verizon compatible phone from the last couple years.

      That should've been the goal, with extra bands fully deployed and on every budget/prepaid phone by the end of 2017.

      Instead, people are still just as confused about T-mobile and AT&T coverage as they were a year ago, which is why it's just not worth bothering with them until they get their asses in gear, roll out all the spectrum, and provide a transparent band-based coverage map.

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    3. Re: "As for AT&T, nobody really knows what their extra bands are, when they'll be fully deployed in a given area, or which budget phones have the corresponding bands."

      That's not accurate. AT&T's UMTS (850 and 1900) and LTE bands (2,4,5,12,29 and 30) are no secret. The newest bands (29 and 30) are only used to increase capacity and speed in heavily populated areas and don't affect coverage. As long as a phone supports bands 2,4,5 and 12 (or 17 which is the subset of 12 that AT&T uses) it will work everywhere that AT&T has service.

      Supported bands of virtually any phone are available on their manufacturer's web pages and sites like phonescoop.com.

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    4. I was speaking in general, since randos on the street wouldn't know the difference between band 29 and band 13, let alone which phones have which or how to get the most coverage/capacity outside of buying a thousand dollar iPhone or S9 (neither of which even has all 4 extra capacity bands).

      As for capacity not increasing coverage, that's only true if you don't include network performance as part of "data coverage," which has become the main differentiator between networks.

      Even if the main bands technically work in an area for calling and texting, I don't think any reasonable person would consider an area truly covered if it still struggles to maintain sub-1mbps speeds indoors without the extra capacity from those niche, not-yet-universal bands.

      And even if a phone is stated to support those extra capacity bands, there's no way to know if it even matters without buying service first and walking into what you know to be a network's low-capacity area.

      If the coverage (including capacity) still sucks, you're still out the money you spent for service you wouldn't have used had you known it would still suck, plus the money for a locked, branded phone that includes those niche bands.

      Furthermore, because only the V30 and S8 Active have BOTH sets of extra bands and neither are budget friendly, and we still don't know what bands the newest US Motos will have, it's probably fair to say that AT&T and T-mobile are still just DOA for budget minded customers in highly populated (and presumably desired) markets.

      Anyway, until AT&T and T-mobile phones have just as much coverage, capacity and reliability as Verizon in the areas that need it most (capacity and penetration for urban, coverage for rural and suburban), they're just not good buys at a time when low capacity keeps dragging down speeds.

      The only thing that'd put them both back on the map is if the new motos did in fact include bands 29 through 71 plus full Verizon compatibility, because at least then you could take a chance on them without having to break the bank.

      Regardless, that's assuming people even buy those phones, and that they're not just going to keep using last year's G/E series for yet another year.

      But if we're talking about budget minded folks, it wouldn't be a surprise if holdovers kept GSM from gaining more traction until 2019.

      That's really not a good position for them or their MVNOs to be in if Verizon and THEIR MVNOs sweep across and start to monopolize the biggest, densest markets for another year or so, and it's why selling any plans without CDMAV right now is a losing, anti-growth strategy.

      tl;dr this plan doesn't take into account various market realities that work against GSM in a band expansion year, which makes it a poor value at least until the new motos pop up this summer, even though its viability will also depend on how fully deployed those additional bands are, which itself isn't a very good bet considering how hard it is to get an accurate and up to date map of each band's current rollout status rollout, and it's just easier/cheaper/safer to screw it and go with big red

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    5. Anon433, I wouldn't lump band 12 in with "expanding capacity." T-Mobile's deployments are largely 5x5, plus extending poor nationwide coverage was their goal when the network went up.

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