Selectel Wireless Now Offering LTE Data on the Verizon Network
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On June 1st Verizon MVNO Selectel Wireless went live with its 4G LTE plans, although the transition has not been entirely smooth. Reports indicate that porting numbers has been difficult for dealers who say that porting a number directly to Selectel's LTE service is not yet possible. A workaround is required in which a customer must first port their number over to a 3G phone and then do a device swap to the 4G device to get it to operate on the network. Porting over from other Verizon MVNOs with LTE service such as Page Plus is also an issue as it takes a couple of days for the process to complete. Verizon is said to be working with the MVNOs to try and resolve these issues as soon as possible. A summary of Selectel's 4G LTE plans can be found in the table below.
Two of the three plans listed here are not very inspiring to me. The $55 plan gets beat by Verizon's own prepaid service which offers essentially the same service for $10 less, while Straight Talk has a plan for $45 with 5 GB of 4G LTE data if you bring your own device. With the limited amount of data that's available on the $40 plan it would seem that you're better offer stepping up to the $45 price point with other MVNOs or if you can live with 3G and a limited phone selection a $35 plan on Total Wireless may be better as it includes unlimited talk and text with 2.5 GB of 3G data.
Selectel's $30 plan which is the prepaid providers best selling does seem to offer some value. It offers more texting and voice than fellow MVNO Page Plus Cellular does, although they both offer the same amount of LTE data, 500 MB. Puppy Wireless, which is now delaying the launch of its LTE service for a couple of days due to the previously described issues, does offer more LTE data than either provider for those comfortable going that route.
As with all Verizon MVNOs LTE speeds are limited to 5 Mbps download, and 2 Mbps up.
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