H2O Wireless has posted an announcement to its website for users of its H2O BOLT mobile broadband service. According to the announcement, H2O will be shuttering its WiMAX broadband on September 20, 2015. H2O will be offering an upgrade to LTE in place of WiMAX. Earlier this year Sprint announced that it will be discontinuing its WiMAX service in November 2015, so this probably won’t be taking anyone by surprise, but it’s still worth paying attention to. Customers will be able to recharge their BOLT until August 31, 2015.
H2o Wireless, an AT&T MVNO has added a new plan to its lineup this week, bringing the monthly unlimited plans up to five. The new plan costs $65 and includes unlimited talk, text, low speed data and international calling to select countries as well as 3.5 GB of high speed data per month.
As a refresher, here’s what H20’s plan lineup looks like right now:
H2O Wireless, an MVNO that uses both Sprint and AT&T networks, has been busy in the new year with several changes and additions. Most of these have been launched in the last couple of weeks, so while there isn’t a ton of information, I’ll tell you what I know.
According to Prepaid Phone News, H2O Wireless has notified dealers that they will be able to offer 4G LTE connectivity sometime in January of 2015. This will make H2O one of the few AT&T MVNOs to offer this service. Other MVNOs that have LTE through AT&T include America Movil brands like Straight Talk and Net10. Red Pocket also offers LTE on select plans.
One of the most common complains about prepaid carriers — any any carrier, really — is the limits placed on unlimited data plans. The carrier will advertise unlimited data with a plan, but the find print will spell out a real limit to that. It’s a tough practice to justify ethically, but carriers still get away with it. H2O Wireless has recently imposed a 2GB cap on its $60 unlimited plan. They even make note of the cap right on the website. So while they have made the service more restrictive without lowering the price, they are at least up front about the actual limits.
One of our featured pay as you go cell phone providers that doesn’t get much attention is H2O Wireless (listed as o2 Wireless in our sidebar, an oversight that needs correcting). They provide decent rates and coverage, but rarely do they make headlines. That changed this week, as they added a $60 unlimited plan to their repertoire. The $60 includes the standard items: minutes, messages, and web. This complements H2O’s existing unlimited plans, which cost $40 and $50 per month. You can find out more at H2O’s website.
As you can glean from the theme of the blog this week — switching from postpaid t prepaid in a down economy — people are still looking at cell phones as an essential service. To help you keep costs down, O2 Wireless is offering a cheap phone and minutes package on its nationwide GSM network. This includes the Alcatel 206 phone, 50 minutes, a $10 recharge card, and activation for $19.99. Sounds like something you could get your college kid for the holidays.