Red Pocket Mobile has launched a family discount plan. The MVNO that operates on every carrier in the USA currently sells a total of 6 phone plans through its website. At the moment only one plan is eligible for a family plan discount and that is the $30 plan. Additional lines subscribed to the plan will pay just $20/month for service plus an additional one time $10 setup fee. A maximum of 4 additional lines can be added to an account.
The $30 plan includes unlimited talk, text and data with the first 3GB or 5GB of data at LTE speeds. The data allotment varies by network. Those who signup for AT&T or Sprint based service will get 5GB of data, while those with Verizon or T-Mobile based service get 3GB. The plan also comes with unlimited international calling to over 70 countries. Taxes and fees cost extra.
Is The New Family Plan Option A Good Deal?
Yes and no.
Whether or not this is a good deal for you depends on which network you and your family are subscribed to and whether or not you are willing to pay for service months in advance.
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Red Pocket does sell some eBay exclusive plans that come with multi-month discounts. For instance, one eBay exclusive plan comes with 5GB of data for just $20/month but you do have to pay for a whole year in advance to get that pricing. The plan is also limited for use on just the AT&T and Sprint networks. However if service on those networks is what you are after, you'll pay just $80/month for a family of 4 if you are willing to commit to the MVNO for a year. If you are not willing to pay for service in advance or need service on Verizon or T-Mobile, it will cost you $90/month for a family of 4 using the multi-line discount plan. That's in addition to the initial extra up front cost of a $10 setup fee that each additional line must pay to get started.
Of course buying 4 lines of service for a year in advance will cost you $960 up front, which is a pretty big ask. Patient shoppers however will note that eBay seems to frequently offer coupon codes that give anywhere between 10%-20% off the purchase price of items sold through their market place.