Launched in 2006, Red Pocket Mobile is the only company not owned by America Movil that offers service through all four of the major phone carriers in the united states. They also offer international minutes with most of their available plans.
Pros: Not only is the focus on international calling really nice, but Red Pocket has a robust choice of both plans and networks.
Cons: The plan network options can be a little confusing, and you have to purchase phones through a third party.
Lowest Price Per Anytime Minute: $0.10
Red Pocket Mobile offers what they refer to as 'flagship plans' which can be used with any carrier. Those plans range from $30 to $60 and include unlimited talk, text and, on the higher-priced plans, unlimited data with a few GB of high speed data. They also offer device-specific plans which are unique to each individual carrier and generally fall within the price gaps of the flagship plans.
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Customer Service: Red Pocket's customer service can be reached via toll-free number 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Service associates speak English, Spanish, Filipino, and the Mandarin and Cantonese dialects of Chinese. You can also fill out a form on their website for email support, or conduct a live chat with representatives on their website.
Free Nights: No
Credit Check: None
Free Weekends: No
Daily Access Fee: No
Payment Options: Customers can make payments on Red Pocket Mobile's website via a credit/debit card or with PayPal, over the phone with a credit or debit card or by purchasing refill cards available at various retail outlets.
Text and Picture Messaging: Domestic, international and picture text messages are $0.10 on the pay-as-you-go plan. Unlimited text messaging is included in all monthly plans. Picture messages are unlimited on most monthly plans.
Data Plans: Red Pocket Mobile includes mobile web data with all flagship plans except the $19.99 monthly plan, ranging from 500 MB to 3 GB.
Downloads: Red Pocket Mobile does not offer any downloads, however compatible phones can download apps and such from third-party sources.
International Calling: Red Pocket Mobile offers calls to the US, Canada, China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and three cities in Mexico -- Mexico City, Monterrey, and Guadalajara -- for no additional charge to normal airtime rates. Low international rates are available to other countries as well.
Text Messaging Available: Yes
Roaming Charges: Roaming is included with the Sprint (CDMAS) and AT&T (GSMA) plans at no additional charges. Roaming is not included on the Verizon (CDMA) or T-mobile (GSMT) plans, so there are no charges.
Text Messaging Charge For Incoming: No
Calling Features: Voicemail, caller ID, and call waiting are available.
Unlimited Text Messaging Plan Available: Yes
Activation Fee: There is no fee to activate your Red Pocket Mobile phone.
Nationwide Long Distance: All long distance calls are billed as normail airtime.
Unlimited Plan Available: Yes
411 Calls: Red Pocket Mobile charges only airtime for 411 calls.
Earliest Minute Expiration: Monthly plans expire in 30 days, but top-ups have varying expiration dates from 30 days to a year, depending on the amount on the card.
911 Calls: Yes
Phones: Red Pocket Mobile does not actually sell phones, but you can purchase a phone from their partner, Quality one Wireless. There are several models available in a range of prices for every consumer. Red Pocket also allows customers to bring their own compatible phones.
Standard Calling Features: Voicemail, callier ID, call waiting
Some Available Cell Models: Samsung Messenger Touch, HTC Rhyme, BLU Star 4.0, Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, ZTE Nubia 5S mini LTE
Coverage maps vary, depending on which network you are using, as Red Pocket supports all four main carriers. Maps are generally the same as the basic prepaid coverage area for each main carrier. You can view the maps for each carrier under their plan tab on this page
Cheapest Phone Model: vaires