By Joe Paonessa Aug 4, 2017
The new lineup mostly impacts the Sprint side of ROK Mobile, and the changes are ones that may certainly grab your attention.
The real looker of the bunch is the new $45 plan that includes unlimited talk, text and 4G LTE data. The plan also comes with 24/7/365 roadside assistance and includes "mobile optimized data." ROK Mobile has not specified what "mobile optimized data" means, but based on what other Sprint MVNO's offer, it's probably safe to assume that video, audio and gaming streams will be limited in resolution and bitrate. Like all other providers, data speeds will likely be temporarily reduced once a certain amount of high speed data gets consumed in a month, a practice that the carriers refer to as data prioritization. In the case of Sprint and it's MVNO's, the data prioritization threshold is set at 23 GB.
In addition to the new unlimited LTE data plan, ROK Mobile has eliminated one of it's previous offerings as well as updated the pricing and features of several others. A summary of ROK Mobile's new Sprint based plan lineup with the changes highlighted follows below:
ROK Mobile's Updated Phone Plans As Of August 2017
- $25/month - unlimited talk, text and data with the first 1 GB at high speeds plus 24/7/365 roadside assistance. Previously priced at $20/month and did not include roadside assistance.
- New Plan! $35/month - unlimited talk, text and data with the first 4 GB at high speeds plus 24/7/365 roadside assistance.
- New Plan! $45/month - unlimited talk, text and mobile optimized 4G LTE data plus 24/7/365 roadside assistance.
- $49/month - unlimited talk, text and data with the first 3.5 GB
3 GBat high speeds. Also includes ROK Life Premium Life plan which includes things such as accidental death insurance, family roadside assistance and telemedicine among other things.
ROK Mobile has eliminated 3 other unlimited plans, one priced at $30/month that included 3 GB of high speed data, another priced at $40/month that included 5 GB of high speed data and a $50 plan that included 8 GB of high speed data.
All of ROK Mobile's new and updated phone plans have generally hit the mark in terms of value. The new unlimited 4G LTE data plan compares favorably to others in that category. Those who are already ready to jump ship to the new unlimited plan should use caution until it can be verified among other things, what exactly "mobile optimized unlimited LTE data" means.
As far as the Verizon plan lineup goes, a few minor changes have been made. The $60 plan with 10 GB of data has been eliminated and all plans now include roadside assistance and can be bought directly through the ROK Mobile website, whereas previously they were said to be available only through dealers. The best valued Verizon MVNO ROK Mobile plan still stands at $30/month for unlimited talk, text and data with the first 3 GB at 4G LTE speeds which may be limited to 5 Mbps up, and 2 Mbps down.
In addition to these changes, ROK Mobile has announced that it will soon be launching new plans on a GSM network, which of course means either AT&T or T-Mobile.
For more info or to signup for one of the new plans visit the ROK Mobile website.
Joe is the founder of BestMVNO.com. He started BestMVNO in 2013, because like many of you, he was unhappy with the high price he was paying his wireless provider for cell phone service. After researching how to cut costs on his phone bill, he came across the terms 'MVNO' and 'prepaid wireless', and learned there was a way he could keep using his favorite network without having to pay a premium price for it. Since then, through BestMVNO.com, Joe has been sharing his research about MVNOs and prepaid wireless so that others can learn how to save money on their own phone bills. Contact JP