Cdma rates go as low as 4 cents with Page Plus when you buy the large cards while Platinum Tel can give you a flat rate of 5 cents. 14 cents is a ripoff.
Then again, you still have 25 cents a minute flat rate from Verizon prepaid paygo, and as high a rate as 33 cents from Tracfone and Tmobile prepaid if you don't use gimmicks like larger cards, DMFL, Gold Rewards, etc.
But overall, I think the standard is 10cpm and anything above it is kind of pricey.
14cpm with intl calls to 53 countries is great but those are to LANDLINES ONLY. The offer is so pre 2008. Hardly anybody uses landlines anymore, anywhere. If they had it to wireless numbers too, it'd be worth the extra four cents imo.
Jolt mobile offers 10cpm for domestic and 15 cpm for a plan similar to H20's. H20 doesn't give you that option.
Well, to me, going from 90 days down to 60 days is a big deal. At this point, I have my daughter's line on at&t gophone, my wife's line on H2O minute plan, and my main line on pageplus standard plan.
H2O will be still a bit cheaper than at&t gophone, but a lot of features are missing, compared to gophone. H2O does not have usable Online Account Management, does not offer MMS on minute plan, no data at all on minute plan, and cannot disable that annoying balance reminder (I asked.. they said no..). It becomes a difference of $5.00/mo and $8.00/mo, and for $3.00/mo difference, I can easily justify moving my wife's line to at&t gophone. ($3.30/mo vs. $8.00/mo is more than double... it was ok...)
Well, it is not a big account, but I do feel somewhat betrayed.. We had that H2O line for 2 years... maybe it is time to go back to at&t..
I'm porting two of my old Tmo postpaid numbers out to a Att mvno. H20's time length is too short so Air Voice it will be as soon as the sims arrive...90 days vs 60. I can get a year's worth of "parking" my numbers for $40 a number. Plus 400 minutes. Yeah, e911 fees. So is life ever perfect in prepaid wireless land?
I just added a $10 Callingmart PIN that I purchased back in March. It shows my expiration date in 9/11 so I still got the 90 day expiration date on that. So maybe the 60 day is effective for new pins purchased?
A chat last week with H2O customer service confirmed the 60 day expiration as posted by jlh1960. However, I just now bought a $10 PIN from Callingmart and my new expiration date is 9-9-2011! I guess I should have asked H2O for more details during that chat.
(Thanks mommusic - your post steered me toward Callingmart.)
No, that is not good, that raises the yearly cost for a low-minute user by $20!
It's bad enough that the call rate is 14c and the text rate 10c for first and then 5c for additional text on a given day.
Still, at $3.33 a month for an emergency-type phone it was worth it.
Now the cost is going to go up to $5 a month and that is very close to what we paid with Tracfone, but we can't use this att phone with them.
Companies should give their customers more, not take away...
How is the minute plan 14 cents per minute? Are you the grandfathered day plan users that still get the day plan at 14 cents per minute and $1 for each day the phone is used and unlimited N/W? I only see the minute plan at the 500 minutes for $29.99 with no means to buy smaller increments. Am I missing something?
It could be that older PIN numbers still have the 90-day expiration, but newly issued PINs are now 60-days. When CallingMart runs out of these PINs and orders their next supply of H2O PINs, they will most likely be the 60-day ones.
Idk. Confusion at H20 is a common thing. They couldn't make up their mind on the $1 a day unlimited night/weekend plan and now the expiry date seems caught up in the same wishywashy mode.
I have a few H2O sims that I can activate, since I have to activate on the minute plan, does the $5 starter time still exists, do they charge $1 per day for any usage, and is there any evidence that $1 day unlimited N/W could co-exist with the minute plan?
I believe if you have the $1 day plan, you get unlimited call/text for $1 nights/weekends. If you have the day plan (which they aren't offering anymore) and make a call in the middle of a weekday, you pay the $1 charge, plus the standard per-minute or text charge, then you get unlimited calls/texts after 9 p.m.(?)