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- Affordable low data plans starting at just $10/mo.
- MVNO using all four major networks
- Free international calling
- Different plans for CDMA and GSM phones
- Option to BYOP and retain your number
Red Pocket Mobile is a prepaid mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that offers low-cost, wide-coverage plans. When you purchase a Red Pocket plan, you can bring your own phone and get to keep your number. Possibly the best perk of this service is that it utilizes cell towers from all four major networks: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. This means you are getting quality coverage for a very reduced price.
With Red Pocket, you also get to select which of the networks you want to use, allowing you to customize your service based on the area in which you live. Your network selection will likely also be based on what phone you have since Red Pocket plans differentiate between CDMA (Verizon and Sprint phones) and GSM (AT&T and T-Mobile phones).
Like many other prepaid plans, there is no activation or set-up fee and you can quit at any time. Red Pocket offers free international calling and a wide range of data plans. Plans start at just $10/mo. for 500 MB of data. Our Red Pocket review below provides additional information that may help you decide if this prepaid company is right for you.
Red Pocket phones
If you want a new phone when you join Red Pocket, they offer several bundle deals with monthly payments. It only offers iPhones, but its prices are as good as any you’ll find with bigger carriers. The longer your phone contract, the more you’ll save with Red Pocket, with the largest discounts coming when you lock in for 24 months. You’ll also have to open a new cellphone line to take advantage of Red Pocket’s phone deals, with the best prices coming when you open an unlimited data or 20GB line.
|Phone||Red Pocket price||Retail price|
|iPhone 12 Pro||$799||$999|
|iPhone 11 Pro Max||$749||$999|
|iPhone 11 Pro||$649||$899|
Prices updated 11/03/20. 24-month contract and new 20GB or unlimited plan required.
Red Pocket plans
Red Pocket offers a wide range of plans for every budget, and allows you to add extra lines for a low cost.
- Red Pocket prepaid plans allow you to pay in advance for your monthly talk, text and data needs
- You can add up to four additional lines starting at only $20/mo.
- Plans start at very affordable limited coverage. Unlimited talk and text begin at $19/mo.
- For unlimited plans, there may be a reduction in speed after 8GB
Prices updated 11/03/20
*Monthly payments and new Unlimited line required
How do Red Pocket’s prices compare?
Red Pocket has some of the cheapest limited data plans of any wireless carrier, with an average price per GB of just over $4. After your data cap is reached each month, Red Pocket slows your connection to 2G speeds — enough to check your email in a pinch, but far below what you’ll need to stream music or video.
But if you’re looking for an unlimited data plan, you can find much cheaper plans elsewhere. At $60/mo., Red Pocket’s unlimited plan is the same price as T-Mobile’s, so you’re not getting any discount for using an MVNO.
|Carrier||Price per GB*||4GB or less||5-9GB||10-25GB||Unlimited|
|UNREAL Mobile||$3.19||$15 (3GB)||$20 (8GB)||$25 (12GB)||–|
|Mint Mobile**||$3.19||$15 (3GB)||$20 (8GB)||$25 (12GB)||$30|
|Metro by T-Mobile||$4.00||–||–||$40 (10GB)||$50-$60|
|Red Pocket||$4.03||$19 (3GB)||$30 (8GB)||$40 (20GB)||$60|
|Net10||$4.24||$20 (2GB)||$35 (5GB)||$40 (10GB)|
|Straight Talk Wireless||$4.40||–||$35 (5GB)||$45 (25GB)||$55|
|U.S. Cellular||$5.00||–||$40 (8GB)||–||$55-$65|
|T-Mobile||$5.50||$15 (2GB)||$25 (5GB)||$40 (10GB)||$50-$85|
|Simple Mobile||$5.67||$25 (3GB)||$30 (5GB)||$40 (15GB)||$50-$60|
|Boost Mobile||$5.80||$10 (1GB)|
|$25 (5GB)||$35 (10GB)|
|H2O Wireless||$5.89||$20 (2GB)||$30 (6GB)||$40 (15GB)||$50-$60|
|Page Plus Cellular||$7.50||$30 (3GB)||$40 (8GB)||–||$55|
|Verizon||$8.75||–||$55 (5GB)||$65 (10GB)||$65-$90|
|FreedomPop||$8.92||$17 (1GB) $25 (4GB)||–||$35 (10GB)||$55|
|Ultra Mobile||$9.00||$19 (1GB) $23 (2GB)||$29 (5GB)||$39 (15GB)||$39|
|Credo Mobile||$9.15||$50 (3GB)||$55 (9GB)||$70 (15GB)||$70|
|Cricket Wireless||$9.50||$30 (2GB)||–||$40 (10GB)||$55-$60|
|Republic Wireless||$9.75||$20 (1GB) $25 (2GB) $30 (3GB) $35 (4GB)||$40 (5GB) $45 (6GB) $50 (7GB) $55 (8GB) $60 (9GB)||$65 (10GB) $75 (12GB) $90 (15GB)||–|
|AT&T||$10.00||$30 (2GB)||$40 (8GB)||–||$50-$85|
|Total Wireless||$11.33||$25 (1GB)||$35 (5GB)||$50 (25GB)||–|
|Tracfone||$14.17||$20 (1GB) $25 (2GB) $30 (3GB)||–||–||–|
|Consumer Cellular||$16.83||$25 (0.5GB) $30 (3GB)||–||$40 (10GB) $50 (15GB)||$60|
|Google Fi||$18.80||$30 (1GB) $40 (2GB) $50 (3GB) $60 (4GB)||$70 (5GB) $80 (6GB)||–||$70|
*Unlimited plans not factored in.
**Introductory rates, also available with 12-month renewal
All plans include unlimited talk and text. Pricing per month plus taxes. Additional fees and terms may apply. As of 11/06/20.
Red Pocket deals
Red Pocket offers several perks with their plans. Here are some of our favorite deals available right now:
- Get a free SIM card and free shipping with your first month of service
- Buy a new iPhone at 0% APR
- Refer a Friend Bonus — you get $25 and your friend gets $25
- Online Red Pocket refill is simple with your mobile account and password
- Easy online guide to find the best network towers for your area
Red Pocket coverage
With Red Pocket, you aren’t limited to one cell carrier, but instead can choose which one best fits your needs.
- Red Pocket is a MVNO using all four major networks: Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile
- Use coverage maps and ratings below to help determine which cell carrier you may want to choose
|Ookla Consistency Score||73.8%||79.7%||79.2%|
|RootMetrics Overall Performance||94.8||93.2||86.9|
|OpenSignal 4G Coverage Experience||9.8||9.5||8.8|
|Consumer Reports Data Score||Good||Fair||Very good|
|Consumer Reports Reception Score||Good||Poor||Good|
How is Red Pocket’s 5G network?
- Since you can choose your carrier, you may want to make your decision by considering factors like 5G network
- According to both Open Signal and Speed Test, Verizon Wireless had the fastest Speed Score in the U.S. for 5G
- Keep in mind that speed may vary based on where you’re located
- You will also be restricted by coverage based on your phone type — CDMA for Verizon and Sprint phones and GSM for AT&T and T-Mobile
How does Red Pocket compare to other prepaid phone companies?
- Red Pocket is generally cheaper than most prepaid phone companies for its low data plan options
- Red Pocket’s unlimited plan is in the mid- to high-price range compared to competitors
- Red Pocket is one of the few prepaid companies that lets you choose any network
Red Pocket customer service
You can reach Red Pocket a few different ways:
Red Pocket FAQs
Does Red Pocket support Wi-Fi calling?
You will be able to use your Red Pocket plan for Wi-Fi calling as long as your device supports it.
Where can I buy a Red Pocket SIM card?
You can find starter kits at some retail stores like CVS and Dollar General, but you can also sign-up for Red Pocket online and receive your SIM card in the mail.
What network does Red Pocket use?
Red Pocket allows you to choose between all four major networks: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint.
Should you switch to Red Pocket?
Red Pocket offers prepaid plans with a range of coverage and pricing. If you are a low data user, you will like that you can meet your talk, text and data needs for a very competitive rate. If you think you will be using considerably more data, or needing an unlimited plan, you will have to pay more with Red Pocket than you would with some of their competitors. The reason for this higher-priced unlimited plan is that you get your pick of networks, a perk that many other prepaid companies do not offer.
One possibly confusing element of Red Pocket is that their plans are separated by CDMA (Verizon and Sprint) and GSM (AT&T and T-Mobile) networks. To take advantage of your chosen network, you will either need to have or purchase a compatible device — meaning that if you have an AT&T phone, you can’t get the Verizon network through Red Pocket.
Simply put: If you are a mid to low-data user and already have a device that is compatible with a network you like, you will likely be able to save a lot of money by switching to a Red Pocket prepaid plan.
*Originally written 08/17/20. Last updated 11/03/20.
By Mary Blowers
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