- Before you pre-order your iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro from a major carrier, there is an MVNO deal that you may want to check out.
- Red Pocket Mobile offers iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro pre-orders with savings of up to $ 200 off Apple’s list prices, as well as free AppleCare for life.
- The all-new iPhone 12 starts at just $ 629 through Red Pocket, and iPhone 12 Pro models start at $ 799 instead of $ 999.
- The Red Pocket service is offered through all four of the largest wireless operators in the United States, and plans start at just $ 15 per month.
Do you remember when wireless operators made you sign a service contract as opposed to the current setup where you only sign a contract for your smartphone? It was a trade-off ̵
There are still arguments on both sides of the fence, and there are clear benefits to both options. Of course, there is no reason to argue about it these days because no major carriers offer service contracts with their standard service plans anymore. However, a smaller operator goes back to basics, offering subscribers the best of both worlds. Customers can choose from cheap unlimited plans starting at $ 15 per month, and they get a discount of up to $ 170 on a new iPhone 12 or up to $ 200 on a new iPhone 12 Pro. In addition, the contract terms start only one month, and you can also get free AppleCare as long as you keep your account open.
Buy an iPhone 12 from Apple or a major wireless carrier and you pay at least $ 799. Get the same exact iPhone 12 from Red Pocket Mobile instead, and most of what you pay is $ 749, even without a service contract. Or if you are willing to sign up for 24 months service instead of going month to month, you only pay $ 629 for the iPhone 12.
Instead of saving between $ 50 and $ 170, upgrade to iPhone 12 Pro and save between $ 80 and $ 200. And no matter which model or contract length you choose, you get AppleCare coverage for free with plans that cost $ 40 or more as long as you keep your account open and in good standing.
Red Pocket Mobile is a small MVNO that goes to great lengths to make itself known. It offers service through all four of the largest wireless carriers in the United States, and offers iPhone service plans at a price between $ 15 per month and $ 60 per month. Prices vary depending on the amount of 4G LTE data you want. The $ 15 plan includes 1000 minutes of voice calls along with unlimited texts and 1 GB of data, while unlimited talk, text and 4G LTE data costs $ 60 per month. There is also a 3 GB option for $ 20, an 8 GB option for $ 30 and a 20 GB option for $ 40 per month, each of which includes unlimited talk and text.
It goes without saying that all these plans are significantly cheaper than comparable offers from major wireless operators in the United States.
There are some reservations with the offers, which you might expect. That said, they are generally not as bad as you might think.
First of all, it seems that these offers are only available with service through AT&T – adding any iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro model to your shopping cart automatically adds a GSMA SIM card along with it. Red Pocket does not list network partners by site name, but instead by network technology. If you are not familiar with network technologies, not-so-subtle color coding makes it pretty clear which operator is:
Requiring AT&T service can be a problem for some people, depending on coverage in your area.
The next warning is not very important right now, but it could be a big deal a year or two further down. While Apple’s iPhone 12 series is the first iPhone series to support 5G wireless service, Red Pocket plans do not currently include the 5G service. That may change at some point, but we doubt it will change anytime soon.
The third big warning is that the iPhone 12 will be locked to Red Pocket for at least 12 months, regardless of the service period you choose. This means that even if you choose the month-to-month plan without a service contract, you do not have the option to pay for the iPhone and get it unlocked until you have had Red Pocket service for at least a full year.
Last but certainly not least, there are currently no indications on the Red Pocket website as far as when iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro pre-orders will be delivered. The website only says “this device is pre-ordered from the manufacturer. We will send it to you as soon as we receive it. This means that you will definitely not get your new iPhone next Friday on launch day, even though the lead time with Apple does not seem to be too long right now.
Anyone interested in learning more about the deals can check out Red Pocket Mobile’s order page for iPhone 12 or the order page for iPhone 12 Pro.