Red Pocket Mobile differentiates itself from other mobile service resellers by focusing on the international market. Many of their plans include a bucket of international minutes that roll over to the next month if unused.
Pros: The focus on international calling helps cover a particualr niche. Their lower-tier options, including the weekly and half-monthly plans, can provide value in the right situations.
Cons: The higher tier plans don't provide as much value as similarly priced plans on other carriers. There are simply too many plans.
Lowest Price Per Anytime Minute: $0.10 to $0.15
Red Pocket Mobile offers a number of monthly plans, in addition to a weekly plan, a bi-weekly plan, and a pay-as-you-go option. The 7-day plan costs $13.99 and provides unlimited minutes, messages, and 10MB of mobile web. The 15-day plan offers the same services but with 25MB of mobile web for $22.99. The $19.99 monthly plan provides 250 minutes and 500 text messages. The $29.99 monthly plan includes unlimited minutes and text messages, plus 10MB of mobile web. The $39.99 monthly plan includes unlimited minutes and messages, plus 100MB of mobile web. The $49.99 monthly plan increases the mobile web to 500MB, and the $54.99 monthly plan increases it to 1GB. The pay-as-you-go plan costs 10 cents per minute or message, including international text messaging.
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Customer Service: Customer service can be reached by a website form or toll-free number, 24 hours a day. It is available in English, Spanish, Filipino, and the Mandarin and Cantonese dialects of Chinese.
Free Nights: No
Credit Check: None
Free Weekends: No
Daily Access Fee: No
Payment Options: Customers can pay for their Red Pocket phones and refill cards with credit/debit card and PayPal on the website, and with cash at retail outlets.
Text and Picture Messaging: Domestic and international text messages are 10 cents with the pay-as-you-go plan. Unlimited text messaging is included in all plans except the $19.99 monthly plan, which includes 500 text messages. Unlimited MMS is available on all plans except for the $19.99 plan and the $29.99 plan. With the $29.99 plan 10 MMS are included.
Data Plans: Red Pocket Mobile provides mobile web data with all plans except the $19.99 monthly plan, ranging from 10MB to 1GB.
Downloads: No downloadables are available at this time.
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: Customers are free to roam on AT&T's primary national network.
Text Messaging Charge For Incoming: $0.10
Calling Features: Voicemail, caller ID, and call waiting are available.
Unlimited Text Messaging Plan Available: No
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: No
411 Calls: Red Pocket Mobile charges only airtime for 411 calls.
Earliest Minute Expiration: The 10 dollar card expires in 30 days. The 25 dollar card expires in 90 days. the 50 dollar card expires in 180 days, and the 100 dollar card expires in one year.
911 Calls: Yes
Phones: Red Pocket Mobile currently offers two different phones on their website. While they look are older models, they are unlocked, support both English and simplified Chinese characters for text messaging.
Standard Calling Features: Voicemail, callier ID, call waiting
Some Available Cell Models: MOTORAZR V3 unlocked (shown)
Cheapest Phone Model: vaires