NC_curious asked that above question in the O2 thread, but didn't get an answer on it, and since that is mostly focusing on their GSM service, I thought it might be worth raising this to a separate discussion.Quote:
Originally Posted by NC_curious
I just looked over the H2O offerings:
(click on H2O link there, of course!)
And there seem to be some pluses and minuses, but on the whole fairly competitive with Pageplus.
-No extra charge for international calling to a number of countries!
-Rates at some levels are (slightly) better than Pageplus
-Some expiration dates are less than Pageplus...so lowest cost to upkeep is still around $10/month.
Those are the clearest bits to me. I didn't see any "monthly fee" for their service, but maybe I missed that. If there isn't one, it's another small plus for H2O. It also doesn't look like dealers are as easy to find as Pageplus (and PP dealers and stores that carry their cards, etc. aren't the easiest thing outside the net either!). H2O phone selection seems even worse than PagePlus, but they do say they'll activate Verizon phones, so shouldn't be a huge difference in the long run there. I have no idea on quality of service or customer service, etc. Both use VZW network.
So....all in all, it seems like the big plus is the possibility of free (no extra charge above airtime used) international calling, and marginally better rates at some levels, at the expense of expiration time. So, if a person uses $10 or more worth of time a month, or doesn't mind accumulating time, then it's not a bad thing. But if you're looking for the cheapest per month phone for minimal use, then Pageplus still seems to have an edge.
There are other VZW MVNOs out there, of course, but since the question was originally H2O vs. Pageplus, I thought it'd be good to focus on that here. Since I don't have actual experience with either, but will be in a new VZW territory soon, this does interest me as well...but would love to hear input from those with real world experience to compare. Thanks...