H20 Wireless has upped data in their monthly plan to 250MB from 100MB. This seems to be in response to the higher data allowance plans starting to come from Verizon MVNOs i.e. Nation PCS. Looks like it is starting to get interesting on data side now.
Att mvnos have been inching their data up consistently since unlimited plans were launched late 2009 from zero to 30 megs (Air Voice) to 50 (all others), to 100 (all) to 250 (H20 currently). It will be interesting to see how fast the other mvnos get the same deal. The 100 meg increase hit everyone within two months. I predict the same for the 250 increase. H20 only has a momentary advantage. Red Pocket, Air Voice and Jolt will be nipping on its heels real soon. And Pure is supposed to be getting data on Pure Talk too. When and how much is confirmed. I don't know about the when but I'd say it's safe to say 250 also for them.
Att upped its data packs a couple of months ago and now the mvnos are finally starting to reap the benefits.
I hope to see a REAL jump to say half a gig of so within the year. Then iphones and Androids can start to cut loose. 250 is good but below the average use of a typical iphone/Android user.
H20 has its own forum. Perhaps this can be merged with the main thread on the data increase.
H20 's biggest weak point (and all of the Att mvnos actually) is overage. Once you hit 250, there is no more. You can't add one measly meg to it as they offer no overage options.
Air Voice, Red Pocket and Jolt all offer overage options but are expensive ranging from a dollar for one meg to as high as two dollars a meg.
Pure is introducing data , 100 megs and 100 mms plus utnt for 43.95 in September but they are going to allow 100 megs additonal for only ten bucks.
If the other mvnos had a more generous option like that for overages, it'd be a more flexible deal. Att is saving its overage rates for itself. And only Att gophone allows data rollover . The mvnos you lose whatever data came with the plan at the end of the month if you don't use it. If you go too far there is either no overage or expensive overage. If you don't use it all, you lose it. Talk about worst of both worlds.
@fonezfonz: I understand you're point on data overage and it got me thinking...
I remember reading on HoFo about someone on Straight Talk changing their APN to use US Celluar's data network then using over 2gb and not getting flagged. He says he has been doing this for a few months Others tried it and were also successful. Some even tried other AT&T MVNO's APN and had the same success. Do you think something like this would work on H2o users?
@fonzfonz , about your rollover comment. Right now i am on airvoice (ATT MVNO) and it does allow data rollover. It currently only offers 100MB with their 50$ unlimited plan. Somebody will have to use and confirm but if H20 also allows rollover, then it is a good deal.
I went online and inquired about data rollover. They told me that unused data will be lost and NOT rolled over :-( Still, H2o's offering is tempting over what seems to be better than the basic smartphone plan you can get with AT&T. Unlimited talk & text with 250mb of data for $50 a month?! And no hidden charges! I'd like to see AT&T beat that!
To Key: The Apn trick may or may not work. I know for a fact that Att mvno Jolt runs off of Red Pocket (Red Pocket's sales executive confirmed it). The Att mvnos are very closely related and an Apn trick may or may not work. What advantage it can give, Idk.
To : Foraccounts. The rollover thing is a big issue as Att gophone allows it on their smartphone data packs. Some use that to buy a 500 meg pack and pay the 10 meg pack price to preserve it every month. I understand some Att mvnos are allowing only overage data to be rolled over and not the 100 megs/whatever that comes with that plan. Don't quote me but that is what I've seen from my recollection.
The IDEAL Att mvno would have 1)A good chunk of data (250 mb and up). 2)Inexpensive overage data (Pure Talk's 100 megs for $10 coming up in Sept. would be great). AND 3)Rollover.
All of them have at least one of the three edges but none have all three or even two afaik.
If an Att mvno had 250 megs of data, 100 meg overage for ten bucks and rollover, it wouldn't be unlimited but it would be able to hold its own against other offerings like Tmobile and Simple by simply adding the fact that you can only get 3G on an Att compatible network.
"The MVNO also offers a $40 plan geared toward talk and text, and now the $50 plan offers more for the mobile web experience. In the works is the $60 plan, which he isn't ready to reveal too many details about just yet, but it will include a larger bucket for data."
This is going to get good. I can't wait to see what it is. Maybe it will beat Att at its own game...
I'm predicting 500megs on the $60 plan . Iphone 3g/gs and 4 users are going to love this...Att 3g data without a plan, contract or the price...and no taxes (varies on location).
H20's 250 megs is getting there but it still needs a little more .
What is this upcoming $60 plan? Is this AT&T as well with just more data, or is it something else?
From the story,
It's all part of a grand plan by H2O to rule the roost, so to speak, when it comes to prepaid services, most of which these days are delivered through its MVNO arrangement with AT&T, although it also has a deal with Verizon Wireless to use its network.