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    Boom Mobile vs Red Pocket on VZ

    I've been reading the threads. I was going to switch from VZW postpaid to Boom Mobile. But the new Red Pocket plans are way cheaper! At least some of them.

    I gather that on Boom you get more roaming/extended coverage, at least when I'm out of NYC. Plus, much better CS.

    I'd also prefer not to be boxed into Red Pocket in case there are problems.

    Any other reflections on the choice? Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Pearl View Post
    I've been reading the threads. I was going to switch from VZW postpaid to Boom Mobile. But the new Red Pocket plans are way cheaper! At least some of them.

    I gather that on Boom you get more roaming/extended coverage, at least when I'm out of NYC. Plus, much better CS.

    I'd also prefer not to be boxed into Red Pocket in case there are problems.

    Any other reflections on the choice? Thank you.
    Regarding Boom roaming, they had an advantage was when Boom first started, but that's no longer the case. Now, based on HoFo member posts, Boom has even less coverage than most other MVNOs, because they no longer have SMS included when roaming on the Vzw extended network, and they do not have paid voice roaming as an option like PagePlus and Selectel do. Boom does offer VoLTE --if-- your phone supports it, which might give additional voice coverage in Verizon LTE in Rural America (LRA) Program, aka LTEiRA, areas. All Vzw MVNOs have LTE available in those same areas, so if you use Hangouts over LTE for phone calls, there would be no included voice coverage difference between Boom and any other Vzw MVNO.

    How much min/text/data do you use per month? If I ever needed to go back to a paid plan, I would not hesitate to go back to Red Pocket. I'd personally pick the 500/500/500 plan at $10/mo, or $89.99/yr ($7.50/mo) from http://www.ebay.com/itm/Red-Pocket-1...-/132043269270 . I actually almost bought it during the last $15 off $75 eBay coupon event, to put it away for future use...and I still might if that $15 eBay coupon comes back and if that RP $89.99/yr plan is still available, which would make it $89.99-$15=$74.99/yr ($6.25/mo).
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    Yes customer service is a big difference.

    I think Boom are also getting the data throttling (5Mbps/2Mbps) lifted in the next few months so will get full verizon data speeds. Redpocket will be stuck like the majority of verizon MVNOs with the throttled speeds.

    Boom also allows tethering/hotspot.

    Not sure if redpocket gets VoLTE either. Boom is going to get all the nice features before redpocket do (if they ever do).

    Redpocket is what you want if you want it cheap and without the bells and whistles. Boom is for someone who is looking for more.

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    <<Boom also allows tethering/hotspot>>

    Then Redpocket does not allow tethering?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nokiayes View Post
    <<Boom also allows tethering/hotspot>>

    Then Redpocket does not allow tethering?
    RP does allow it. But you have to know how to set up your hardware to do it. RP doesn't support it actively like Boom does.

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    I was told by RP that they only have tethering on ATT. So anything else would be a hack. Not that getting tethering to work isn't fair game

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    Quote Originally Posted by jb82 View Post
    I was told by RP that they only have tethering on ATT. So anything else would be a hack. Not that getting tethering to work isn't fair game
    It's not a hack of they system. It's just that the apps on certain phones, usually carrier branded, tries to "phone home" to authorize the tethering app.

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    Well all I know is that they told me there is no tethering on CDMA, CDMAS and GSMA. So whether it works on your phone is YMMV.

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