Red Pocket Mobile is, itself, an MVNO that has been around since 2006.
Until late June of 2019 UNREAL Mobile and FreedomPop were 'sister' companies, but not under Red Pocket's umbrella. While UNREAL and FreedomPop continue to act as their own virtual storefronts, they are now owned by RedPocket.
Mango Mobile and Black Wireless act as 'direct subsidiaries' of RedPocket - and you will note Red Pocket branding on their virtual storefronts.
Companies & Plans
Red Pocket Mobile
Red Pocket Mobile
Red Pocket Mobile is an MVNO which offers plans on the Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T networks.
They offer plans that can be used on any device that runs on a SIM card. Red Pocket has stated that they will not attempt to block or prohibit the use of any mobile devices.
Red Pocket offers both voice/text/data plans and data only plans.
Red Pocket's plans and plan terms tend to be confusing - but we'll try and explain them here.
Red Pocket's plan labeling correlates with the underlying network being used on the plan:
- GSMT = T-Mobile
- GSMA = AT&T
- CDMA = Verizon
- CDMAS = Sprint
They also offer International Data Plans for either $9/ first GB, then $8/GB for 30days or $15/ first GB then $14/GB for 30days - dependent on country of travel.
Last Update: November 18, 2020
Sprint is now part of T-Mobile, as per the merger that closed on April 1, 2020.
New Sprint customers are directed to T-Mobile to sign up for their plans, however, some of Sprint's legacy plans are still available in-store or over the phone. Customers on existing direct Sprint plans will be able to retain those plans for the next three years without price increases or changes to features.
The two networks still operate mostly independently with their own towers and frequency bands. Some Sprint customers can have their Sprint phones coded to make the T-Mobile network the primary network for their phones instead of Sprint. Sprint customers with recent 5G phones such as the Galaxy S10 automatically use T-Mobile as the primary network since the combined company is shutting down Sprint's 5G service.
As of October, T-Mobile is offering most Sprint smartphone customers that use the Sprint cellular network the ability to choose the "T-Mobile Network Experience". In short, TNX allows Sprint network customers with compatible devices to trade in their Sprint SIM card for a T-Mobile SIM card and move their plan to the T-Mobile network while retaining the features, billing, and terms of their original Sprint plan. You can read more about what this means here.
Starting in late November, non-profit Sprint based plans have T-mobile roaming enabled via a PRL update pushed to devices.
At present time - aside from Boost being sold to Dish Network - there are no changes to 3rd party, reseller or MVNO plans sold on the Sprint network. However, we are continuing to monitor the situation and will update as appropriate.
Currently Available Plans
- 22GB - $40/month (Available on AT&T)
- 12GB - $40/month (Available on Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile)
- 10GB - $30/month (Available on all carriers)
- 3GB, 1GB, and 500MB plans available as well
- Annual plans are available on eBay
Data Only Plans (Available on AT&T only)
- 20GB - $40/month
- 5GB - $25/month
- Global Data Plans - 1GB - $9/month (50 countries) or 1GB - $15/month (150 countries); additional data can be purchased
In April 2020, Red Pocket introduced a Refer-A-Friend program. Current subscribers who refer a friend will receive an account credit up to $25 (depending on which plan they are on). The referred friend/new subscriber will receive an account credit as well. The referral program is only available on monthly plans, not on multi-month or annual plans. Current subscribers can find their unique referral code in their online account dashboard.
- Carrier Networks Used: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint
- Carrier Relationship: MVNO
- Plan Types Available: Phone, Data Only
- Device Types Permitted: Any
- Unlimited: Technically - yes, but with high-speed data caps.
- High-Speed Mobile Hotspot Use:
- Throttling: Data is throttled to 2G speeds after plan's data bucket is used.
- Network Management: yes - Red Pocket reserves the right to manage use at any time.
- Video Streaming Resolution: Not specified
- 5G Access: No
- Device Purchase Required: No. Red Pocket sells several models of iPhone, or you can bring your own device.
- Plan Period: Monthly, annual
- International Roaming: None - 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands only. They do offer separate plans with separate pricing for International travelers.
- Domestic Roaming: No
- Data Roll Over: No
- Overage Charges: None
- Lines permitted per account: 5
- Extras: None
We have been tracking FreedomPop and its various plan iterations, since at least 2014.
As such, we have a Gear Center Guide dedicated to FreedomPop and their plans.
FreedomPop was purchased by RedPocket in 2019, along with their sister company, UNREAL Mobile.
More info on FreedomPop:
UNREAL Mobile is an AT&T based MVNO which first began service in June 2018. They were purchased by RedPocket in 2019.
UNREAL offers smartphone-based plans with hotspot data and permits use of their SIMs in hotspot devices.
UNREAL tends to advertise 'unlimited data', but that advertisement really means unlimited 2G speed data. You still need to select a capped amount of LTE speed data and add that cost to the base $10 'unlimited 2G data' price.
Currently Available Plans
UNREAL offers single month, 3-month, or 12-month plan commitments. Plans are available on the AT&T or T-Mobile networks.
- 1-Month Plans
- 12GB - $35/month
- 3-Month Plans
- 12GB - $30/month
- 12-Month Plans
- 12GB - $25/month
Be careful when selecting a plan - there is often a 'promo' pricing period, after which costs go up to 'regular' pricing.
Prior to acquisition by RedPocket, UNREAL offered a choice of refurbished Sprint based hotspots for use with plans offered on the Sprint network. When UNREAL was acquired by RedPocket, Sprint customers were migrated to Ting - and offered a promo pricing scheme on Ting.
- Carrier Networks Used: AT&T, T-Mobile
- Carrier Relationship: MVNO
- Plan Types Available: Phone
- Device Types Permitted: Can use SIM in any device
- Unlimited: No
- High-Speed Mobile Hotspot Use: Yes
- Throttling: Data is throttled to 2G (~80kbps) speeds after the plan's data bucket is used.
- Network Management: None
- Video Streaming Resolution: No streaming services are provided.
- 5G Access: No
- Device Purchase Required: No, but can purchase a device
- Plan Period: 1, 3, or 12-month plans available
- International Roaming: None - 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands only
- Domestic Roaming: None
- Data Roll Over: Roll-over of 500MB is included in plans over 5GB. Roll-over data feature for 1GB roll-over can be added for $$.
- Overage Charges: There are no overage charges for these plans. Once you use your data speeds are slowed to 2G until the next billing period.
- Lines permitted per account: 1
Mango Mobile currently offers plans with very small high-speed data buckets on the T-Mobile network.
In early February of 2020, it was noted that Mango Mobile was offering a multi-month plan on the T-Mobile network.
This plan offered 50GB of on-device high-speed data and an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot data on top of that.
However, the plan was only available for a few weeks. As of 2/26/2020, Mango Mobile's multi-month plan was no longer available on their site - the multi-month plan had disappeared from their site completely, leaving the largest data bucket available on any plan to be only 2GB.
Multi-Month Plan Details
This plan is no longer available.
While available, this multi-month plan was could be purchased in increments of 3-months, 6-months, 9-months, or 12-months and was offered with a promotional price of $25/month (normally $40/month). An additional discount on their 6-month plan, brought the monthly cost to only $16.67/month ($100 total). Data on this plan was partitioned - 50GB was available for on-device data, and 20B was available at hotspot data.The multi-month plan also came with unlimited talk/text, and international calling to 50 countries.
Currently, Black Wireless does not offer any plans that we consider of interest to those seeking mobile internet options. They currently offer multi-month plans with up to 5GB of data on the AT&T network.
In early February of 2020, it was noted that Black Wireless was offering a multi-month plan on the T-Mobile network.
These plans offered 50GB of on-device high-speed data, and an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot data on top of that.
However, the plan was only available for a few weeks. As of 2/26/2020, Black Wireless' Multi-Month plan was no longer available on their site.
News & Status:
- Red Pocket Updates Plans - Discarding Unlimited Plans While Adding GBs to Other Plans Posted on: November 24, 2020
- Mango Mobile Discontinues T-Mobile Yearly Plan, Cancels Service Posted on: April 16, 2020
- Black Wireless No Longer offering T-Mobile Plans, Current Customers Canceled Effective April 10 Posted on: April 7, 2020
- Shifting Landscape at FreedomPop, UNREAL, Ting & RedPocket Posted on: July 9, 2019
- FreedomPop Now Offering AT&T Based Data Options Posted on: December 21, 2016
- Sprint MVNO FreedomPop Offering Limited Time Only '4x the Data' Deals Posted on: September 29, 2016
- FreedomPop to offer Free Data on Tablets Posted on: July 30, 2014
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