Take holiday pictures like a pro

Follow these 6 terrific tips!

You can take great holiday photos with your smartphone by following a few simple steps. Never again will you cut off the top of people’s heads or leave family members out of focus. Seriously. Follow these tips and you’ll have holiday photos worthy of posting and printing!

1. Balance your shot by using gridlines.

When you turn on your phone’s gridlines, it superimposes a series of lines on the screen of your camera. If you place your subject – your grandchild opening a present Christmas morning, for instance – along the lines, your photo will be more level and balanced.

To turn the gridlines on:

  • On iPhone: Go to "Settings," select "Photos & Camera," and switch "Grid" on.
  • On Android: Launch the camera app, go to "Settings," scroll down and switch the "gridlines" option to "on."

2. Determine where you want your camera to focus.

Your phone camera is automatically set to focus on the foreground of your frame, but if the image in the foreground isn’t what you want to focus on, you can adjust that.

To do so: Open your camera app and tap the screen where you want the focus to be. For example: In the foreground, your husband is eating a piece of pie. But what you want to focus on is your son photobombing him in the background. Tap your son’s face. A square or circular icon will appear on your camera screen. When it does, snap the photo.

3. Steady your camera.

Blurry photos are the worst, so you need to really steady yourself and your camera before shooting.

To do so: Lean on a friend or family member or lean against a wall to prevent your hands from wobbling. You can even prop your phone up using a phone stand or books.

4. Zooming in is not the answer.

It’s tempting to zoom in on something you really want to capture, but it’s not the best way to go. Why? Because when you zoom in, the result is typically a grainy, blurry, or pixelated photo. Instead, get closer to your subject physically. That way, you won't impact the quality of the photo and it will be easier later to crop it or somehow manipulate it as you’ll be working with a larger image.

5. Clean your smartphone’s camera lens

Ever take a photo and then wonder what all those tiny specks are on it? They’re dust and particles that have collected on the lens of your phone’s camera. Our phones live in our pockets, bags, and backpacks, and consequently, all manner of debris collect on the camera lens. Cleaning it with a soft cloth before you start shooting will go a long way toward improving the quality of your pictures.

6. Shoot in natural light, aka the outdoors

Smartphones don’t take their best photos indoors. Obviously, you can get great shots around the dinner table, in front of a fireplace, etc., but if you can get outside to take photos, do so. Natural lighting is best for taking photos with your smartphone. It not only helps capture the subject better, but it also imparts mood and atmosphere which create a more well-rounded result.

At H2O Wireless, we believe in helping you do more than take great photos with your phone. We believe in helping you get the phones and service you deserve at a real savings.

iPhone 14 is all the rage. And H2O’s iPhone deals make it easier for you or someone you love to have the latest and greatest smartphones for less!

iPhone 14

Just $25 a month!*

With the most impressive dual-camera system on iPhone, iPhone 14 captures stunning photos in low light and bright light. Plus, you get peace of mind thanks to its groundbreaking safety features.

iPhone 14  Pro

Just $32 a month!*

Capture incredible detail with a 48MP Main camera. Experience iPhone in a whole new way with Dynamic Island and Always-On display. Plus, you get peace of mind thanks to its groundbreaking safety features.

iPhone 14 Pro Max

Just $40 a month!*

Capture incredible detail with a 48MP Main camera. Experience iPhone in a whole new way with Cinematic Mode now in 4K Dolby Vision up to 30 fps, Action Mode for smooth, steady, handheld videos, Dynamic Island and Always-On display. Plus, vital safety features—Emergency SOS via satellite and Crash Detection.

Connect with friends and family for less

At just $25 a line, H2O Wireless gives you great coverage, more than enough data, and unlimited international talk and text (plus a $5 international talk credit), so you can keep in touch with family and friends around the globe and they can keep in touch with you!

Enjoy Multi-Line Savings

Connect your friends and family to get Multi-Line savings with 2 lines for $50 or 4 lines for $100. Each line comes with 6 GB of LTE data so you can stream, listen, and do what you do at $25 per line.

Here’s Exactly What Every Line Gets...

  • 6 GB of LTE Data
  • Unlimited Data, Talk & Text
  • Unlimited International Talk to 70 Countries
  • Unlimited International Text
  • $5 International Talk Credit

Here’s Exactly What You Don’t Get…

  • Contracts
  • Hassles
  • Headaches!

With H2O Wireless, you get the best cell phone coverage for less and the best unlimited plans – not to mention the most cost-effective, realistically priced unlimited plans – anywhere.

Or, choose our 12 month plan for just $8.33 a month!

With H2O Wireless’ 12 Month Plan, you purchase service once and you’re done for the year. No worrying about missing a payment or tracking the expense. You simply make a one-time payment of $100 using your credit or debit card, and that’s it. Our 12 Month Plan breaks down to crazy low $8.33 a month, and gives you an entire year of unlimited talk and text, as well as 1GB of high-speed data every month. There are no other payments to make or additional steps to take. Plus there’s no contract and no hidden fees.

A word about “unlimited data”

With so many cellular phone businesses vying for your money, it’s difficult to tell which you can trust. The overpriced services clamber, “Pick me!” with promises of low cost, unlimited data plans. But do you really need an unlimited amount of data? Will you use all of that data? Maybe. But if you don’t, guess what? You still have to pay for it.

If you’re on a $70 a month plan which gives you up to 23GB of data it means you’re paying $3.04 per GB of data. And if you’re using just 4GB a month (which is what most people typically use), you’re paying $57.40 per month for data you’re not using. Ouch.   

The truth is…

Most people use just 2-5GB of data per billing cycle, and that’s because you’d have to spend every waking moment, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week online to exceed that amount. The average consumer doesn’t do that, and that’s why the average consumer doesn’t need a $50, $60 or $70 a month unlimited plan!

At H2O Wireless, we don’t think you should pay for data you don’t need and aren’t going to use.

That’s why we’re proud to offer you plans starting as low as $18 a month (with auto pay) for unlimited talk and text and 2GB of data.

Need more data one month? Simply go into your account portal and add more. When next month rolls around, if you need less data, you can go right back into your portal and reduce it. Simply log onto PureTalk.com, click on My Account, and select Manage My Data. Make your changes, save them, and log out.

It’s that simple.

Plus, H2O Wireless Connects You to the World

Each H2O Wireless Monthly Unlimited Plan includes unlimited international talk to 70 Countries (including China and Mexico), unlimited text to any country in the world, and up to $5 international talk credit depending on the plan you select. 

Purchase these features whenever you need:

International Talk

You can purchase International Talk for your plan for $5 or $10. Simply log into your account to make this purchase.

International Roaming

You can purchase International Roaming for your plan. This can be used for talk minutes, text, or MMS.

5G / 4G Data

You can purchase additional high speed data for your plan. Get 2GB for $10 or 5GB for $20.

Hotspot Data

Share your cellular data via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB using laptops, tablets, and more by purchasing Hotspot Data for your plan. Get 2GB for $10, 5GB for $20, or 10GB for $30.

More reasons to love H2O Wireless:

Refer a Friend

When you join H2O Wireless, you can take advantage of our Refer a Friend (RAF) referral program. It enables you to share the H2O love and lower your bill! Share the H2O love with enough friends, and you might not even have a bill.

Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Spread the Word

Get your unique referral link, then send it to friends and family.

Step 2: Sign Them Up

Help your friend select an H2O Wireless Plan.

Step 3: Get Rewarded

Once your friend activates their H2O service, you each get rewarded with $20 in RAF rewards points.

RAF FAQs

What is the Refer a Friend Program?

Refer a Friend is the H2O® Wireless referral program in which you and a friend get $20 of H2O points for each activated referral.

When are H2O points applied to my account?

When the person referred activates their H2O Wireless service your rewards points will be applied. Please note: For Port-Ins, points will be received within 1-5 business days.

Do I get referral points if I just tell a friend about H2O?

No. They need to use your referral link.

How many people can I refer?

You can refer up to 10 people per month, which is a total of 120 referrals per year, for thousands of dollars’ worth of reward points. So many rewards points they might pay for your H2O service!

Bring Your Own Phone

Have a phone you love? H2O Wireless makes it easy to bring it with you. Simply join H2O Wireless and, at checkout, choose eSIM. Like a physical SIM card, but without the 3-5 day wait for a physical card to arrive, eSIM enables you to use your new service much faster. In fact, you can activate your service right after checking out. Of course, before you select eSIM, make sure your phone is eSIM compatible by reviewing the list below.

Is my phone eSIM compatible?

eSIM compatible phone models include:

  • iPhone XS series
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone 11 series
  • iPhone SE 2nd gen
  • iPhone 12 series

With H2O Wireless it’s easy to stay connected to your family, friends, work, your favorite shows, podcasts, news outlets – your whole world – for less. That’s what makes us refreshingly. different. wireless.

See for yourself today!

What our customers are saying…

 “I have been using H2O prepaid service for more than 3 years. I get a good connection in the mid-west and other places I have visited in the US, with no dropped calls. I only recharge when my balance is low and never had any issue with their customer service. I have contacted their customer service on few occasions, and they’ve been most helpful.”

“I have had H2O monthly unlimited for a few years now. I use WIFI and Data interchangeably, and don't even think about it. My data is unlimited, and even if I stream videos or the news to my phone any time I want, I have never had it slow down.”

“My phone is an unlocked, international version Samsung. I pay $28 a month at H2O and get a service that is literally unlimited in every way. A special bonus with this plan, is that I get international texting - which I was unable to achieve with T-Mobile, Sprint or AT&T.”

Get the Best Black Friday iPhone Deals Right Here

(And you don’t have to wait until Black Friday!)

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the official start of the holiday shopping season is coming up fast. Now we all know people who enjoy Black Friday. They’re the ones with the long list of the stores they’ll visit and in what order, complete with the name of the item they’re after and the name of the person it’s intended for. They get up and out early on the Friday after Thanksgiving and enjoy the crowds and the jostling and even the long lines. How do we know? We’ve seen the smiling selfies they post on social media! And yes indeed, it does look like they’re having a great time.

But at H2O Wireless we like to make things easier on consumers. That’s why, for everyone on your holiday list who’s clamoring for a new iPhone 14, 14 Plus, 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max, we’ve got the best prices and all the details right here.

You can shop from the comfort of your couch and check off your list in just a few clicks!

‘Tis the season for a steal on a new iPhone

H2O Wireless’ iPhone deals mean everyone’s stocking can be stuffed with the latest, greatest, most sought after smartphones of the season. iPhone 14 for just $25 a month! iPhone 14 Pro for just $32 a month! And iPhone 14 Pro Max for just $40 a month! Not even Santa can beat those savings.

iPhone 14

Just $25 a month!*

With the most impressive dual-camera system on iPhone, iPhone 14 captures stunning photos in low light and bright light. Plus, you get peace of mind thanks to its groundbreaking safety features.

iPhone 14  Pro

Just $32 a month!*

Capture incredible detail with a 48MP Main camera. Experience iPhone in a whole new way with Dynamic Island and Always-On display. Plus, you get peace of mind thanks to its groundbreaking safety features.

iPhone 14 Pro Max

Just $40 a month!*

Capture incredible detail with a 48MP Main camera. Experience iPhone in a whole new way with Cinematic Mode now in 4K Dolby Vision up to 30 fps, Action Mode for smooth, steady, handheld videos, Dynamic Island and Always-On display. Plus, vital safety features—Emergency SOS via satellite and Crash Detection.

*Price with Affirm. Make easy monthly payments over 12, 18, or 24 months.

Give the gift of staying connected this season

Give family and friends the gift of staying connected this season and all year ‘round. At just $25 a line, H2O Wireless gives you great coverage, more than enough data, and unlimited international talk and text (plus a $5 international talk credit), so you can keep in touch with family and friends around the globe and they can keep in touch with you!

Unlimited Data, Talk & Text $25/line

Connect your friends and family to get Multi-Line savings with 2 lines for $50 or 4 lines for $100. Each line comes with 6 GB of LTE data so you can stream, listen, and do what you do at $25 per line.

Here’s Exactly What Every Line Gets...

  • 6 GB of LTE Data
  • Unlimited Data, Talk & Text
  • Unlimited International Talk to 70 Countries
  • Unlimited International Text
  • $5 International Talk Credit

Here’s Exactly What You Don’t Get…

  • Contracts
  • Hassles
  • Headaches!

With H2O Wireless, you get the best cell phone coverage for less and the best unlimited plans – not to mention the most cost-effective, realistically priced unlimited plans – anywhere.

Or, choose our 12 month plan for just $8.33 a month!

With H2O Wireless’ 12 Month Plan, you purchase service once and you’re done for the year. No worrying about missing a payment or tracking the expense. You simply make a one-time payment of $100 using your credit or debit card, and that’s it. Our 12 Month Plan breaks down to crazy low $8.33 a month, and gives you an entire year of unlimited talk and text, as well as 1GB of high-speed data every month. There are no other payments to make or additional steps to take. Plus there’s no contract and no hidden fees.

A word about “unlimited data”

With so many cellular phone businesses vying for your money, it’s difficult to tell which you can trust. The overpriced services clamber, “Pick me!” with promises of low cost, unlimited data plans. But do you really need an unlimited amount of data? Will you use all of that data? Maybe. But if you don’t, guess what? You still have to pay for it.

If you’re on a $70 a month plan which gives you up to 23GB of data it means you’re paying $3.04 per GB of data. And if you’re using just 4GB a month (which is what most people typically use), you’re paying $57.40 per month for data you’re not using. Ouch.   

How to find out how much data you’re using

If you receive a paper bill from your provider, the data usage information is most likely on the second or third page of your invoice. If your provider doesn’t include it, you can call or go online to request a more detailed bill. You can also do the following:

Log into your account from your computer and check the Usage tab.

Download your provider’s app and check the Usage tab.

Call your provider from your wireless phone:

AT&T: Dial *3282#

T-Mobile: Dial #web#

Verizon: Dial #DATA

A final word about “unlimited data”

Most people use just 2-5GB of data per billing cycle, and that’s because you’d have to spend every waking moment, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week online to exceed that amount. The average consumer doesn’t do that, and that’s why the average consumer doesn’t need a $50, $60 or $70 a month unlimited plan!

At H2O Wireless, we don’t think you should pay for data you don’t need and aren’t going to use.

That’s why we’re proud to offer you plans starting as low as $18 a month (with auto pay) for unlimited talk and text and 2GB of data.

Need more data one month? Simply go into your account portal and add more. When next month rolls around, if you need less data, you can go right back into your portal and reduce it. Simply log onto PureTalk.com, click on My Account, and select Manage My Data. Make your changes, save them, and log out.

It’s that simple.

Plus, H2O Wireless Connects You to the World

Each H2O Wireless Monthly Unlimited Plan includes unlimited international talk to 70 Countries (including China and Mexico), unlimited text to any country in the world, and up to $5 international talk credit depending on the plan you select. 

Purchase these features whenever you need:

International Talk

You can purchase International Talk for your plan for $5 or $10. Simply log into your account to make this purchase.

International Roaming

You can purchase International Roaming for your plan. This can be used for talk minutes, text, or MMS.

5G / 4G Data

You can purchase additional high speed data for your plan. Get 2GB for $10 or 5GB for $20.

Hotspot Data

Share your cellular data via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB using laptops, tablets, and more by purchasing Hotspot Data for your plan. Get 2GB for $10, 5GB for $20, or 10GB for $30.

More reasons to love H2O Wireless:

Refer a Friend

When you join H2O Wireless, you can take advantage of our Refer a Friend (RAF) referral program. It enables you to share the H2O love and lower your bill! Share the H2O love with enough friends, and you might not even have a bill.

Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Spread the Word

Get your unique referral link, then send it to friends and family.

Step 2: Sign Them Up

Help your friend select an H2O Wireless Plan.

Step 3: Get Rewarded

Once your friend activates their H2O service, you each get rewarded with $20 in RAF rewards points.

RAF FAQs

What is the Refer a Friend Program?

Refer a Friend is the H2O® Wireless referral program in which you and a friend get $20 of H2O points for each activated referral.

When are H2O points applied to my account?

When the person referred activates their H2O Wireless service your rewards points will be applied. Please note: For Port-Ins, points will be received within 1-5 business days.

Do I get referral points if I just tell a friend about H2O?

No. They need to use your referral link.

How many people can I refer?

You can refer up to 10 people per month, which is a total of 120 referrals per year, for thousands of dollars’ worth of reward points. So many rewards points they might pay for your H2O service!

Bring Your Own Phone

Have a phone you love? H2O Wireless makes it easy to bring it with you. Simply join H2O Wireless and, at checkout, choose eSIM. Like a physical SIM card, but without the 3-5 day wait for a physical card to arrive, eSIM enables you to use your new service much faster. In fact, you can activate your service right after checking out. Of course, before you select eSIM, make sure your phone is eSIM compatible by reviewing the list below.

Is my phone eSIM compatible?

eSIM compatible phone models include:

  • iPhone XS series
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone 11 series
  • iPhone SE 2nd gen
  • iPhone 12 series

With H2O Wireless it’s easy to stay connected to your family, friends, work, your favorite shows, podcasts, news outlets – your whole world – for less. That’s what makes us refreshingly. different. wireless.

See for yourself today!

What our customers are saying…

 “I have been using H2O prepaid service for more than 3 years. I get a good connection in the mid-west and other places I have visited in the US, with no dropped calls. I only recharge when my balance is low and never had any issue with their customer service. I have contacted their customer service on few occasions, and they’ve been most helpful.”

“I have had H2O monthly unlimited for a few years now. I use WIFI and Data interchangeably, and don't even think about it. My data is unlimited, and even if I stream videos or the news to my phone any time I want, I have never had it slow down.”

“My phone is an unlocked, international version Samsung. I pay $28 a month at H2O and get a service that is literally unlimited in every way. A special bonus with this plan, is that I get international texting - which I was unable to achieve with T-Mobile, Sprint or AT&T.”

More lines equals more savings!

With prices on food and gas continuing to rise, consumers are looking for ways to save on other items and services. It may sound counterintuitive, but one way to save is to add another line or more to your H2O Wireless service. At just $25 a line, you get great coverage, more than enough data, and unlimited international talk and text (plus a $5 international talk credit), so you can keep in touch with family and friends around the globe. By adding two or four lines, everyone gets a great value for an incredible amount of savings!

Unlimited Data, Talk & Text $25/line

Connect your friends and family to get Multi-Line savings with 2 lines for $50 or 4 lines for $100. Each line comes with 6 GB of LTE data so you can stream, listen, and do what you do at $25 per line.

Here’s Exactly What Every Line Gets...

  • 6 GB of LTE Data
  • Unlimited Data, Talk & Text
  • Unlimited International Talk to 70 Countries
  • Unlimited International Text
  • $5 International Talk Credit

Here’s Exactly What You Don’t Get…

  • Contracts
  • Hassles
  • Headaches!

Adding more lines to your H2O service is one great way to save money. Here are a few others that can help you save, too!

Cancel those sneaky subscriptions

Cable television. Magazines. Gym memberships. Weight loss and meditation apps. These and others like them are subscriptions so many of us forget about, but still get charged for. Set aside time to review your credit card statements and checking account statements and you might be amazed at the number of items you thought you cancelled but are still paying for. Don’t have time to do it yourself? That’s ok. Try Truebill. The site searches forgotten subscriptions on your behalf quickly and easily. But just be aware that for every dollar you save by using the service, Truebill takes 40% as what it calls a “savings fee.” So if they save you $500 annually on a particular bill, they’ll charge you $200.

Do a home energy audit

Did you know that your coffee maker, toaster, phone charger and other devices suck up energy even when you’re not using them? They do – and they can account for as much as 20% of your monthly electric bill. In fact, the average U.S. household spends $5,550 a year on energy. Take a walk around the house and unplug these items and others you’re bound to discover. You can also make your home more energy efficient by replacing air filters every 3-6 months, and making sure your windows, vents, and even the space around electrical outlets are properly insulated. This prevents your A/C in the summer and heat in the winter from being wasted. To see how you’re doing, ask your utility company to provide you a year over year expenditures statement so you can see if any of your bills are trending upward and taking steps to stop it.

Lower your auto insurance payment

You compare the prices of electronics and clothes before you buy them, so why not compare auto insurance quotes? There are websites that make comparing quotes a snap, or you can do it the old fashioned way by calling around. One of my best friends made a few phone calls and replaced her $300 a month plan with one for $55. In less than 20-minutes, she saved $2,940 a year.

Pack your lunch

It’s easy to give in to the convenience of fast food. But going out to get lunch every day, at $10 or so a pop, is $50 you could’ve saved. And you could’ve eaten healthier, too. Get into the habit of shopping for lunch foods and preparing a sandwich or salad before you go to bed. And until this habit gets really ingrained, leave yourself a note for the morning or you might just leave your lunch at home!

Keep more of your paycheck in your pocket with H2O Wireless

With H2O Wireless, you get the best cell phone coverage for less and the best unlimited plans – not to mention the most cost-effective, realistically priced unlimited plans – anywhere. You can even choose our 12 month plan (for just $8.33 a month!).  And we can’t forget Refer a Friend, the H2O Wireless referral program that can save you a bunch on your H2O Wireless service.

That was a lot of bragging J , so why don’t we take a moment to break it all down so you can see and, we think, agree, that H2O Wireless really is better.

H2O Wireless has the best cell phone coverage

H2O Wireless is on America’s most reliable 5G network – the same network the pricey guys are on. The difference is that we give you the same coverage at half the cost.

H2O Wireless has the best unlimited plans

With so many cellular phone businesses vying for your money, it’s difficult to tell which you can trust. The overpriced services clamber, “Pick me!” with promises of low cost, unlimited data plans. But do you really need an unlimited amount of data? Will you use all of that data? Maybe. But if you don’t, guess what? You still have to pay for it.

If you’re on a $70 a month plan which gives you up to 23GB of data it means you’re paying $3.04 per GB of data. And if you’re using just 4GB a month (which is what most people typically use), you’re paying $57.40 per month for data you’re not using. Ouch.   

How to find out how much data you’re using

If you receive a paper bill from your provider, the data usage information is most likely on the second or third page of your invoice. If your provider doesn’t include it, you can call or go online to request a more detailed bill. You can also do the following:

Log into your account from your computer and check the Usage tab.

Download your provider’s app and check the Usage tab.

Call your provider from your wireless phone:

AT&T: Dial *3282#

T-Mobile: Dial #web#

Verizon: Dial #DATA

The bottom line:

There’s a reason most people use only 2-5GB of data per billing cycle. And that’s because you’d have to spend every waking moment, 24-hours a day, seven days a week, online to exceed that amount.

The average consumer doesn’t spend 24-hours a day, seven days a week online. That’s why the average consumer doesn’t need a $50, $60, or $70 a month unlimited cell phone plan.

At H2O Wireless, we don’t think you should pay for data you don’t need and aren’t going to use.

That’s why we’re proud to offer you plans starting as low as $18 a month (with auto pay) for unlimited talk and text and 2GB of data.

Need more data one month? Simply go into your account portal and add more. When next month rolls around, if you need less data, you can go right back into your portal and reduce it. Simply log onto PureTalk.com, click on My Account, and select Manage My Data. Make your changes, save them, and log out.

It’s that simple.

PLUS: H2O Wireless Connects You to the World

Each H2O Wireless Monthly Unlimited Plan includes unlimited international talk to 70 Countries (including China and Mexico), unlimited text to any country in the world, and up to $5 international talk credit depending on the plan you select. 

Purchase these features whenever you need:

International Talk

You can purchase International Talk for your plan for $5 or $10. Simply log into your account to make this purchase.

International Roaming

You can purchase International Roaming for your plan. This can be used for talk minutes, text, or MMS.

5G / 4G Data

You can purchase additional high speed data for your plan. Get 2GB for $10 or 5GB for $20.

Hotspot Data

Share your cellular data via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB using laptops, tablets, and more by purchasing Hotspot Data for your plan. Get 2GB for $10, 5GB for $20, or 10GB for $30.

Or, maybe you’d like one less bill to worry about each month…

With H2O Wireless’ 12 Month Plan, you purchase service once and you’re done for the year. No worrying about missing a payment or tracking the expense. You simply make a one-time payment of $100 using your credit or debit card, and that’s it. Our 12 Month Plan breaks down to crazy low $8.33 a month, and gives you an entire year of unlimited talk and text, as well as 1GB of high-speed data every month. There are no other payments to make or additional steps to take. Plus there’s no contract and no hidden fees.

H2O Wireless’ Refer a Friend program helps you (and your friends) save even more

Refer a Friend (RAF) is the H2O Wireless referral program that gives you and a friend H2O points for joining H2O Wireless.

Simply refer a friend or family member to H2O Wireless and help them pick a plan. Once your friend activates their H2O service you each get rewarded. From now until October 1, each activated referral earns you and your friend $30 in Refer a Friend (RAF) rewards points. Starting October 2, each activated referral earns you and your friend $20 in RAF rewards points. Still a sweet deal! And it doesn’t stop there. You can refer up to 10 people per month for thousands of dollars’ worth of rewards points each year. Join H2O Wireless and start racking up Refer a Friend points today!

Bring Your Own Phone

Have a phone you love? H2O Wireless makes it easy to bring it with you. Simply join H2O Wireless and, at checkout, choose eSIM. Like a physical SIM card, but without the 3-5 day wait for a physical card to arrive, eSIM enables you to use your new service much faster. In fact, you can activate your service right after checking out. Of course, before you select eSIM, make sure your phone is eSIM compatible by reviewing the list below.

Is my phone eSIM compatible?

eSIM compatible phone models include:

  • iPhone XS series
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone 11 series
  • iPhone SE 2nd gen
  • iPhone 12 series

H2O Wireless makes it easy and budget friendly to stay connected to your family, friends, work, your favorite shows, podcasts, news outlets – your whole world – for less. That’s what makes us refreshingly. different. wireless.

See for yourself today!

 

Extend the life of your battery

Smartphones are ingrained into every aspect of our lives. Which means that most of us are on them constantly. That leads, of course, to the battery draining more quickly than is convenient. (Isn’t that an understatement!) There are ways, though, to preserve and extend the life of your device’s battery. Below you’ll find several great tips to help you do just that!

Don’t plug your phone in to charge overnight.

You’re probably thinking, “What? Why not?” So we’ll tell you. It stresses the battery. And when you stress the battery, it begins losing the ability to hold a charge. The best thing to do is to unplug your phone before it gets to 100%, and to charge it before it drops to 20%. Really. It will last longer that way.

Leave the phone alone while it’s charging.

Ok, you can make phone calls or send text messages while you’re phone is charging, but playing games or watching movies (even TikTok videos) places what’s called a “parasitic load” on your battery. Over time this will cause your phone to malfunction and destroy the life of your battery. It’s also important to note that watching movies or playing games on your phone while it’s charging generates heat and that heat will ruin your battery even faster.

Dim your screen.

If your screen is very bright it will drain your battery. To dim it, under Settings click on “Display & Brightness,” then use the slider to adjust the brightness down a notch.

Take control of power-draining apps.

Certain apps, like Uber and Grubhub, track your location. If they’re tracking it all the time, it will drain your battery. On your Android phone, go to Settings, click on “Location” then “Mode,” and on the next screen tap “Battery Saving Option” to turn it on. Set this way, your phone will only know its location when it’s connected to a network. On your iPhone, open an app like Google Maps or Uber or Grubhub, etc., and make sure that the “Location” setting is switched to “While Using.”

Turn Bluetooth off

Using Bluetooth to transmit data requires an enormous amount of battery power. Enable it when necessary, and shut it off as soon as you’re done using it. Go to Settings and click on “Bluetooth.”  Move the slider to the “off” position.

Adjust email retrieval

If you get your email on your phone, it’s important to note that the more frequently your device looks for new data, the more it drains your battery. To adjust the frequency on an Android phone, open Settings and click on “Accounts.” On the “Accounts” screen, tap on the three dots icon in the right hand corner. This will bring up “Auto Sync Data.” Click on “Ok” to disable auto syncing. On an iPhone, open Settings, then click on “Mail” and then “Accounts.” On the “Accounts” screen, click “Fetch New Data” and then select how often your phone should check for email. The longer you go between checks, the better for the life of your battery.

Turn off notifications.

The more frequently you receive notifications from Facebook, Snapchat, etc., the faster your battery drains.  That’s because every time your phone goes out to the Internet and discovers a new notification, it may light up your screen, buzz, vibrate, or even play a sound. The whole business of alerting you, which can happen very frequently if you’re unaware of it, drains the battery. Simply go to your “Notifications” settings and turn off those you really don’t need.

Turn off location services.

All smartphones have built-in GPS systems. This is great when you need to get to a particular destination, find a gas station, or determine how far you are from a particular spot. But if you leave these services running all the time they will absolutely drain your battery. Just go into Notifications and turn them off. When you need them, just turn them back on.

Turn your phone off completely.

If you’re not going to be using it for a few hours, save the battery by turning it completely off.

What to do if your phone has 10% or less left in its charge.

Switch it into Airplane mode. This will conserve what’s left of your battery and, if you need to send a text or call an Uber, you can always switch it off.

Now that you know how to save your battery, switch to H2O Wireless and save your money, too. How? By saying “Yes!” to no contracts!

With H2O Wireless’ Unlimited Plans, you’ve got the freedom to pick the plan that works best for your lifestyle. For as little as $20 month – or $18 a month if you enroll in auto pay – you can enjoy America’s most reliable 5G network – the same 5G network as those overpriced wireless companies – at significant savings. Today’s 5G network provides the best cell coverage at far greater speed and is far more flexible, reliable, and secure than any network before it. 

What does the 5G network and its incredible speed mean to you? It means not having to worry about whether or not you’ll miss the next episode of your favorite show (you won’t), or connect with your best friend before he or she leaves for a semester in Tibet (you will).

Plus, with H2O Wireless, you can bring your phone and keep your phone number or choose from a great selection of the latest iPhones and Androids. And, if you’d like to get a 5G phone, H2O Wireless has you covered there, too. The iPhone SE 3rd Gen, iPhone 12 mini, to name just a few, and many new Android devices, like the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G, all support 5G and are available right here.

5G coverage. 5G phones. Unlimited plans, multi-line plans, pay as you go plans, tablet plans, and our brand new 12 month plan (for as little as $8.33 a month!) , PLUS the chance to earn free cell service with Refer a Friend!

Get started now!

Refer a Friend (RAF)

When you join H2O Wireless, you can take advantage of our Refer a Friend (RAF) referral program. It enables you to share the H2O love and lower your bill! Share the H2O love with enough friends, and you might not even have a bill.

Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Spread the Word

Get your unique referral link, then send it to friends and family.

Step 2: Sign Them Up

Help your friend select an H2O Wireless Plan.

Step 3: Get Rewarded

Once your friend activates their H2O service, you each get rewarded with $20 in RAF rewards points.

RAF FAQs

What is the Refer a Friend Program?

Refer a Friend is the H2O® Wireless referral program in which you and a friend get $20 of H2O points for each activated referral.

When are H2O points applied to my account?

When the person referred activates their H2O Wireless service your rewards points will be applied. Please note: For Port-Ins, points will be received within 1-5 business days.

Do I get referral points if I just tell a friend about H2O?

No. They need to use your referral link.

How many people can I refer?

You can refer up to 10 people per month, which is a total of 120 referrals per year, for thousands of dollars’ worth of reward points. So many rewards points they might pay for your H2O service!

But wait….there’s more!

H2O Wireless Connects You to the World

Each H2O Wireless Monthly Unlimited Plan includes unlimited international talk to 70 Countries (including China and Mexico), unlimited text to any country in the world, and up to $5 international talk credit depending on the plan you select. 

Plus, you can purchase these features whenever you need

International Talk

You can purchase International Talk for your plan for $5 or $10. Simply log into your account to make this purchase.

International Roaming

You can purchase International Roaming for your plan. This can be used for talk minutes, text, or MMS.

5G / 4G Data

You can purchase additional high speed data for your plan. Get 2GB for $10 or 5GB for $20.

Hotspot Data

Share your cellular data via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB using laptops, tablets, and more by purchasing Hotspot Data for your plan. Get 2GB for $10, 5GB for $20, or 10GB for $30.

With H2O Wireless it’s easy to stay connected to your family, friends, work, your favorite shows, podcasts, news outlets – your whole world – for less. That’s what makes us refreshingly. different. wireless.

See for yourself today!

What our customers are saying…

 “I have been using H2O prepaid service for more than 3 years. I get a good connection in the mid-west and other places I have visited in the US, with no dropped calls. I only recharge when my balance is low and never had any issue with their customer service. I have contacted their customer service on few occasions, and they’ve been most helpful.”

“I have had H2O monthly unlimited for a few years now. I use WIFI and Data interchangeably, and don't even think about it. My data is unlimited, and even if I stream videos or the news to my phone any time I want, I have never had it slow down.”

“My phone is an unlocked, international version Samsung. I pay $28 a month at H2O and get a service that is literally unlimited in every way. A special bonus with this plan, is that I get international texting - which I was unable to achieve with T-Mobile, Sprint or AT&T.”

More tips for getting the most from your smartphone from H2O Wireless

Clean up your home screen

So you’ve downloaded so many apps that just looking at your home screen gives you stress. Don’t worry, you can keep the apps. We’re just going to help you tuck them in the app library so your screen is more, shall we say, serene.

On an iPhone: Touch and hold an empty area on your Home Screen. For iPhone iOS 14 or later, tap the dots near the bottom of the screen. Tap the circle under the page that you want to hide. Then tap the remove button (minus sign). For older iPhones, a circle will appear at the top left corner of the app icon. The remove button will be inside the circle. Tap it to hide the app. Again, hidden apps are not deleted. They’re stored in the app library. 

On an Android phone: If you have room in your “Favorites Tray,” start by putting the apps you use most frequently in it. If you’re out of room, you can make some by pressing on an app icon and moving it up until you see the remove and uninstall options. Select one and move the more frequently used app into the tray.

How to install updates on your phone

On an iPhone: Open Settings, then click on “General” and then “Software Update” and turn “Automatic Updates” to the “on” position. On the next screen, turn on “Download iOS Updates” and “Install iOS Updates.” Now software updates will be made automatically after they have been downloaded. iPhone sends you a notification before updates are installed. All you need to do is make sure your iPhone is charging and connected to Wi-Fi to complete the update.

On an Android phone: Open Settings, then click on “About Phone/Tablet.” On the next screen turn on “Automatic Update.”

How to increase the font size

Let’s face it. No matter how old or young you are, it can be tough to see the text messages on your screen. And, if you’re out in the sunshine and glare, it can really be difficult. If you’d like to make things easier on your eyes, do the following:

On an iPhone: Under Settings, choose “Accessibility.” Look for and click on the words “Display & Text Size.” On the next screen, you have the option to turn on “Bold Text” and “Larger Text,” among others. Click on “Larger Text” and you can turn on what are called “Larger Accessibility Sizes.” The larger text won’t work on every app, but it will function on many, and that will make reading on your phone easier.

If you’d like to darken the text, which is called bold, turn on “Bold Text.” Again, the text won’t be bolded on every app, but it will be on many of them.

On an Android phone: Under Settings, choose “Accessibility.” At the next screen, tap “Font Size.” Here, you’ll see a slider. Drag it as far to the right as you like. The farther it goes to the right, the larger your font size will be. Then, click “Done” to save your changes.

Android Tips & Tricks

You love your smartphone but sometimes you’re unsure how smart it really is. Shouldn’t it be easier to do things like install updates or increase the size of the text or even change the color of the text bubbles? It would be nice if doing these things and others was a bit more intuitive or user-friendly, but, as they’re not, we’re here to help.

How to charge your battery faster

Isn’t it always at the most inconvenient times that you discover you’re just about out of battery? Well you can charge it faster if you first put it in Airplane Mode. Because Airplane Mode turns off lots of features of your phone – like cellular and Wi-Fi – there’s much less for the battery to do so it charges more quickly. When you’re all charged up, just turn Airplane Mode off.

Open Settings, then click on “Network & Internet.” Tap the button next to “Airplane Mode.”

How to increase the font size

If you’re still enjoying nice, young eyes, you may not think this tip is one you’ll need. But trust us, making text messages a little easier to read goes a long way to avoiding “text misunderstandings.” And no one likes those!

Under Settings, choose “Accessibility.” At the next screen, tap “Font Size.” Here, you’ll see a slider. Drag it as far to the right as you like. The farther it goes to the right, the larger your font size will be. Then, click “Done” to save your changes.

How to install updates on your phone

In order to keep your phone running its best, it needs to update itself on occasion. To make sure this happens, open Settings, and then click on “About Phone/Tablet.” On the next screen turn on “Automatic Update.” An updated phone is a happy phone.

How to turn your phone into a hot spot

A hot spot enables you to work on your laptop when you’re away from home or in a place where there’s no public Wi-Fi. Using your phone in this manner allows you to remain productive and connected to family, friends, and yes, sorry, even work!

Open Settings, then “Connections,” then “Mobile Hotspot and Tethering.”

Once the hotspot is on, return to your laptop or other device and go into your Wi-Fi menu. Your phone should be there as an option. Select it and provide the password your phone gave you.

How to change the color of text bubbles

Sometimes text bubbles are tough to read. Maybe they’re too light, or maybe they’re too dark. Or maybe you’d just prefer them in a different color! Whatever the case, do this and make reading your text messages easier (and more fun!).

Open Settings and select “Accessibility.” Under “Display,” select “Text and Display.” (It’s possible this could also be called “Color and Motion.”) From the list of options, select “Color Correction.” Toggle “Color Correction” on and then change how the colors display on your phone by using the “Color Correct Mode” options.

How to use your phone as a scanner

This is a terrific function if you’re one of those people who’ve had enough of piles of paper. By using your phone as a scanner, you can cut down on the amount of paper stored in your desk (and, if you’re like lots of people, the “catch all” drawer in the kitchen). Scan the stuff and then email it to yourself to save on your hard drive. Here’s how.

Position the document you want to scan in front of you. Next, open the Camera app and position your phone as if you’re taking a photo. A yellow border will appear and the words Tap to Scan will pop up. Tap that button and you’ll see the image you’ve captured. If the scanned area isn’t exactly as it should be, drag the corners to adjust it. If you’re satisfied, tap Save. If not, tap Retake.

How to use your phone as a pedometer

We know you’re shooting for 10,000 steps a day because we are, too! It’s a worthy goal – good for your health and, if you walk outside, great for getting an appropriate dose of Vitamin D every day. If you want to track how you’re doing steps-wise, see if your phone has the Google Fit app. If so, open it and tap the Steps button. This will start tracking your movement and you can tap Day, Week, or Month to see your data and progress. If you have a Samsung phone, you can do the same thing via the Samsung Health app.

How to get more from your battery

Over time, the battery in your phone won’t last as long as it once did. But there are things you can do to extend its life.

If you have animated or live wallpaper on your phone, delete it. It’s fun and it looks nice, but it drains the battery.

Certain apps, like Uber and Grubhub, track your location. If they’re tracking it all the time, it will drain your battery. On your Android phone, go to Settings, click on “Location” then “Mode,” and on the next screen tap “Battery Saving Option” to turn it on. Set this way, your phone will only know its location when it’s connected to a network.

If your screen is very bright, which you might have needed it to be prior to enlarging your font size, it will drain your battery. To dim it, under Settings click on “Display & Brightness,” then use the slider to adjust the brightness down a notch. These directions apply to iPhones and Androids alike.

Turn Bluetooth off

Using Bluetooth to transmit data requires an enormous amount of battery power. Enable it when necessary, and shut it off when you don’t need it.

Go to Settings and click on “Bluetooth.”  Move the slider to the “off” position.

Adjust email retrieval

If you get your email on your phone, it’s important to note that the more frequently your device looks for new data, the more it drains your battery. To adjust the frequency, open Settings and click on “Accounts.” On the “Accounts” screen, tap on the three dots icon in the right hand corner. This will bring up “Auto Sync Data.” Click on “Ok” to disable auto syncing.

With both iPhones and Androids, even though you adjust the frequency with which they check for email, you can still check your email manually by opening up Gmail, etc.

How to know when it’s time for a new phone

Most people upgrade every one to two years, but you really can go three years or more. If you’re considering getting a new phone, here are a few reasons to take the plunge:

  • To get the latest updates. If your current phone has reached the point where it simply can’t support them, it’s time for an upgrade.
  • If despite all your best efforts and trying all the suggestions provided above for saving your phone’s battery your phone holds a charge for only a half day or less, it’s time for a new phone.
  • And if, even though you made the font size larger and maybe even bolder you’re still having trouble reading what’s on the screen, it’s time for a bigger screen. One that’s attached to a new phone.

Now that you’re the smartest Android user you know, make another smart move:

Say “Yes!” to No Contracts with H2O Wireless

With H2O Wireless’ Unlimited Plans, you’ve got the freedom to pick the plan that works best for your lifestyle. For as little as $20 month – or $18 a month if you enroll in auto pay – you can enjoy America’s most reliable 5G network – the same 5G network as those overpriced wireless companies – at significant savings. Today’s 5G network provides the best cell coverage at far greater speed and is far more flexible, reliable, and secure than any network before it. 

What does the 5G network and its incredible speed mean to you? It means not having to worry about whether or not you’ll miss the next episode of your favorite show (you won’t), or connect with your best friend before he or she leaves for a semester in Tibet (you will).

Plus, with H2O Wireless, you can bring your phone and keep your phone number or choose from a great selection of the latest iPhones and Androids. And, if you’d like to get a 5G phone, H2O Wireless has you covered there, too. The iPhone SE 3rd Gen, iPhone 12 mini, to name just a few, and many new Android devices, like the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G, all support 5G and are available right here.

5G coverage. 5G phones. Unlimited plans, multi-line plans, pay as you go plans, tablet plans, and our brand new 12 month plan (for as little as $8.33 a month!) , PLUS the chance to earn free cell service with Refer a Friend!

Get started now!

Refer a Friend (RAF)

When you join H2O Wireless, you can take advantage of our Refer a Friend (RAF) referral program. It enables you to share the H2O love and lower your bill! Share the H2O love with enough friends, and you might not even have a bill.

Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Spread the Word

Get your unique referral link, then send it to friends and family.

Step 2: Sign Them Up

Help your friend select an H2O Wireless Plan.

Step 3: Get Rewarded

Once your friend activates their H2O service, you each get rewarded with $20 in RAF rewards points.

RAF FAQs

What is the Refer a Friend Program?

Refer a Friend is the H2O® Wireless referral program in which you and a friend get $20 of H2O points for each activated referral.

When are H2O points applied to my account?

When the person referred activates their H2O Wireless service your rewards points will be applied. Please note: For Port-Ins, points will be received within 1-5 business days.

Do I get referral points if I just tell a friend about H2O?

No. They need to use your referral link.

How many people can I refer?

You can refer up to 10 people per month, which is a total of 120 referrals per year, for thousands of dollars’ worth of reward points. So many rewards points they might pay for your H2O service!

But wait….there’s more!

H2O Wireless Connects You to the World

Each H2O Wireless Monthly Unlimited Plan includes unlimited international talk to 70 Countries (including China and Mexico), unlimited text to any country in the world, and up to $5 international talk credit depending on the plan you select. 

Plus, you can purchase these features whenever you need

International Talk

You can purchase International Talk for your plan for $5 or $10. Simply log into your account to make this purchase.

International Roaming

You can purchase International Roaming for your plan. This can be used for talk minutes, text, or MMS.

5G / 4G Data

You can purchase additional high speed data for your plan. Get 2GB for $10 or 5GB for $20.

Hotspot Data

Share your cellular data via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB using laptops, tablets, and more by purchasing Hotspot Data for your plan. Get 2GB for $10, 5GB for $20, or 10GB for $30.

With H2O Wireless it’s easy to stay connected to your family, friends, work, your favorite shows, podcasts, news outlets – your whole world – for less. That’s what makes us refreshingly. different. wireless.

See for yourself today!

 

 

To get the best cell phone coverage, you need a SIM card.

But what is it and how do I install it?

We’ve all been there. Trying to install a SIM card and wondering where a teen or tween is when you need one. We’ve probably all also wondered what a SIM card is, what it does, where it goes, and why it’s called a SIM card. In this post, we’re going to take all the mystery out of all of this for you!

What are the functions of a SIM card?

Your SIM card stores the information that enables your wireless provider to recognize it. Otherwise you couldn’t text anyone or post anything. Your phone number is stored on your SIM card along with what are called “authorization keys.” These give your phone authorization to access the data, texting, and other services provided by your cell phone plan. Without a SIM card, your phone could not access and utilize your wireless provider’s network. That would not be a good thing!

What does SIM mean?

SIM stands for subscriber identification module. The data contained on a SIM card is what allows you to access H2O’s wireless network and utilize the features of your phone plan. It’s a small smart card that is shipped to you once your order is complete. Upon receipt, you insert the SIM card into your phone by popping out the SIM tray.

Where is the SIM tray located?

On iPhone, the SIM tray is located on either the right or left side of your phone. On an Android phone, it is located on the top, bottom, or side. It depends upon the model of your phone.

Installing a SIM card: Android phones

First, turn off your smartphone.

Now, take your phone out of its case if it’s in one, and then locate the SIM tray. It’ll be located on the top, bottom, or side, depending upon the model of your phone. Look for what appears to be a tiny hole or indentation. Once you’ve located the hole, you can use what’s called a SIM ejector tool or a paperclip or pin to pop out the tray.

Press the SIM tool or paperclip into the small hole and the SIM tray panel will pop open. You don’t need to apply too much force; the tray will pop out easily.

Pull the SIM tray out of the smartphone and set it down.

Place the SIM card into the tray with the logo facing you. You really can’t insert it incorrectly as it only fits in one way.

Now, slide the SIM card into your phone. If it sticks or feels stuck, you probably don’t have the SIM card inserted properly. Pull the tray back out and place the SIM card in it again. Be sure it’s lying flat on the tray.

Once the SIM tray is reinserted into your phone, turn the power back on. You should see the power bars and your carrier information appear, and that’s it. You’re good to start making calls, sending texts, and   posting to social media!

Installing a SIM card: iPhone

First, you need to turn off your smartphone. Press the Volume Up button and the top button on the right side of the phone until the words “Side to power off” appear on the screen. Slide the button to the right to shut down the phone.

Now, take your phone out of its case if it’s in one, and then locate the SIM tray. It’ll be located on the right or left side, depending upon the model of your phone. Look for what appears to be a tiny hole or indentation. Once you’ve located the hole, you can use what’s called a SIM ejector tool or a paperclip or pin to pop out the tray.

Press the SIM tool or paperclip into the small hole and the SIM tray panel will pop open. You don’t need to apply too much force; the tray will pop out easily.

Pull the SIM tray out of the smartphone and set it down.

Place the SIM card into the tray with the bronze side facing you. You really can’t insert it incorrectly as it only fits in one way.

Now, slide the SIM card into your phone. If it sticks or feels stuck, you probably don’t have the SIM card inserted properly. Pull the tray back out and place the SIM card in it again. Be sure it’s lying flat on the tray.

Once the SIM tray is reinserted into your phone, turn the power back on. When you see the Apple logo on your screen, you’re good to go!

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So, we’ve covered the logistics of getting your SIM card into the SIM tray of your Android or iPhone, and getting the SIM tray reinserted so you can use your phone. See? It’s easy.

Now we want to introduce you to another kind of SIM, not to confuse you but because you might find it helpful. And don’t worry; it’s not confusing at all!

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Introducing the dual SIM phone

A dual SIM phone means you can put two SIM cards into one phone. This lets you manage two phone numbers, each with their own SIM card, on the same device. This is a neat feature if you want or need to have two phone numbers say, one for business use and one for personal use, and really don’t want to lug around two devices. You can make calls from either number, and receive calls to either number. When making calls, your device will ask you which SIM card you want to use.

Let’s get Geeky. Fun facts about SIM cards, unlocked phones, and international calling!

SIM cards aren’t “attached” to one phone. Except when they are

In general, you can remove your SIM card and put it in a new phone. You can even take someone else’s SIM card and put it in your phone. But sometimes, certain wireless carriers don’t permit this easy switching. And that’s why it’s important that we discuss locked and unlocked phones.

About unlocked and locked phones

An unlocked phone is a phone that’s not associated with a particular wireless carrier. One of the big benefits of this is that you can switch providers anytime you want – like when you find a plan that gives you all the bells and whistles the pricey wireless companies promise at half the price.

On the other hand, a locked phone is a device that’s tied to a carrier like AT&T, T-Mobile, or Verizon. These carriers “lock” your device to their network to prevent you from using it on another one. (Like the better, less expensive one we just alluded to.)

How can I tell if my phone is locked or unlocked?

If you bought your phone from, say, AT&T, Verizon, or T-Mobile, and you have a monthly contract with them, your phone is most likely locked to their network. That’s just how they roll. If you bought your phone at Best Buy or at an Apple store or on Amazon, or someplace else entirely, it is most likely unlocked. The key phrase there is “most likely.” You can’t be certain until you check. Here’s how:

1.Check your settings: iPhone

One way to tell if your iPhone is unlocked is to go to Settings, then Cellular, then Cellular Data. If the words “Cellular Data Network” appear, it’s most likely – but not definitely – that your phone is unlocked. The pricey wireless providers really make you jump through hoops.

Check your settings: Android

One way to tell if your Android phone is unlocked is to go to Settings, then Connections, then Mobile Networks, then Network Operators. While in Network Operators, click on “search now.” If a variety of wireless carries names pop up, it’s most likely – but not definitely – that your phone is unlocked. Once again, pricey wireless providers will work your last nerve.

2. Contact your wireless provider

You can call the customer service department for your carrier and ask them to see if your phone is locked. You can also request that they unlock it. If you’d prefer to talk with someone in person, you can always visit one of your carrier’s stores and do the same thing. For those who are more tech savvy, it’s worth checking out your provider’s website to see if it offers information on how to unlock your phone. It’s important to note that, once you’ve requested your phone be unlocked, it can take your carrier 48 to 72 hours to do so. After that time has elapsed, call them to confirm that they have indeed unlocked your phone. You don’t want them conveniently – or inconveniently, for you – forgetting to do so.

Customer Service Numbers: AT&T: 1-800-331-0500; Boost Mobile: 1-833-502-6678; Cricket Wireless: 1-800-274-2538; Mint Mobile: 1-800-683-7392; Straight Talk: 1-877-430-2355; T-Mobile: 1-877-453-1304; and Verizon: 1-800-922-0204.

3. Try switching SIM cards
Another way to determine if your phone is locked or unlocked is by switching out the SIM card. Simply borrow one from a family member or friend whose service is provided by a carrier different from yours.  Then shut down your phone. Remove it from the case, if it’s in one, and then remove your SIM card. Put in the SIM card you borrowed. Close the SIM tray. Turn your phone back on.

If you get a message requesting a code to unlock the SIM card, your phone is locked to your network provider.

If you can use your phone like you always do, make and receive calls, send and receive text messages, your phone is unlocked.

SIM cards and travel

Whether you’re traveling within the continental United States or off on an international adventure, your SIM card functions just the way we described it earlier: it allows your wireless provider to recognize your phone number so you can utilize your wireless provider’s network.

However, before traveling out of the United States, check into the roaming fees your provider charges. They can be pretty high which means you might want to obtain a SIM card once you’ve arrived at your destination. Doing so means you’ll pay the same prices as the local citizens do.

Now that you’re a SIM master, we’ll leave you with these final words of SIM wisdom.

Remember: If you want to switch service providers for any reason at any time, it’s a whole lot easier – not to mention a whole lot less expensive – to unlock your phone than to go buy a new one. Think about it. Spend a few minutes getting your current device unlocked or plunk down $600 on a new one? We think spending a few minutes is the way to go and we think you’ll agree.

Remember: If you would like to sell your device there’s no wondering or hoping that the purchaser’s provider is compatible. When your device is unlocked, anyone can buy it and start using it immediately. No hassles. No down time. An unlocked phone makes that transaction nice and easy.

Remember: When traveling internationally or just making international calls, an unlocked phone allows you to use local SIM cards rather than paying the super high roaming fees many providers charge. If you make a lots of international calls on a regular basis, you can save hundreds of dollars each year.

Say “Yes!” to No Contracts and No Hassles

Now that you’ve learned the ins and outs of SIM cards, you’ve got the freedom to say “Yes” to unlimited talk, text, and 2GB of data for just $20 a month. That’s right. With H2O Wireless’ Unlimited Plans, you’ve got the freedom to pick the plan that works best for your lifestyle. For as little as $20 month – or $18 a month if you enroll in auto pay – you can enjoy America’s most reliable 5G network – the same 5G network as those overpriced wireless companies – at significant savings. Today’s 5G network provides the best cell coverage at far greater speed and is far more flexible, reliable, and secure than any network before it. 

What does the 5G network and its incredible speed mean to you? It means not having to worry about whether or not you’ll miss the next episode of your favorite show (you won’t), or connect with your best friend before he or she leaves for a semester in Tibet (you will).

Plus, with H2O Wireless, you can bring your phone and keep your phone number or choose from a great selection of the latest iPhones and Androids. And, if you’d like to get a 5G phone, H2O Wireless has you covered there, too. The iPhone SE 3rd Gen, iPhone 12 mini, to name just a few, and many new Android devices, like the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G, all support 5G and are available right here.

5G coverage. 5G phones. Unlimited plans, multi-line plans, pay as you go plans, tablet plans, and our brand new 12 month plan (for as little as $8.33 a month!) , PLUS the chance to earn free cell service with Refer a Friend!

Get started now!

Refer a Friend (RAF)

When you join H2O Wireless, you can take advantage of our Refer a Friend (RAF) referral program. It enables you to share the H2O love and lower your bill! Share the H2O love with enough friends, and you might not even have a bill.

Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Spread the Word

Get your unique referral link, then send it to friends and family.

Step 2: Sign Them Up

Help your friend select an H2O Wireless Plan.

Step 3: Get Rewarded

Once your friend activates their H2O service, you each get rewarded. From now until October 1, each activated referral earns you and your friend $30 in Refer a Friend (RAF) rewards points. Starting October 2, each activated referral earns you and your friend $20 in RAF rewards points.

RAF FAQs

What is the Refer a Friend Program?

Refer a Friend is the H2O® Wireless referral program in which you and a friend get $30 of H2O points for each activated referral. Starting October 2, each activated referral earns you and your friend $20 in RAF rewards points.

When are H2O points applied to my account?

When the person referred activates their H2O Wireless service your rewards points will be applied. Please note: For Port-Ins, points will be received within 1-5 business days.

Do I get referral points if I just tell a friend about H2O?

No. They need to use your referral link.

How many people can I refer?

You can refer up to 10 people per month, which is a total of 120 referrals per year, for thousands of dollars’ worth of reward points. So many rewards points they might pay for your H2O service!

But wait….there’s more!

H2O Wireless Connects You to the World

Each H2O Wireless Monthly Unlimited Plan includes unlimited international talk to 70 Countries (including China and Mexico), unlimited text to any country in the world, and up to $5 international talk credit depending on the plan you select. 

Plus, you can purchase these features whenever you need

International Talk

You can purchase International Talk for your plan for $5 or $10. Simply log into your account to make this purchase.

International Roaming

You can purchase International Roaming for your plan. This can be used for talk minutes, text, or MMS.

5G / 4G Data

You can purchase additional high speed data for your plan. Get 2GB for $10 or 5GB for $20.

Hotspot Data

Share your cellular data via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB using laptops, tablets, and more by purchasing Hotspot Data for your plan. Get 2GB for $10, 5GB for $20, or 10GB for $30.

With H2O Wireless we make it easy and budget friendly to stay connected to your family, friends, work, your favorite shows, podcasts, news outlets – your whole world – for less. That’s what makes us refreshingly. different. wireless.

See for yourself today!

 

Use Less Data. Here’s How!

You love your mobile phone. You don’t go anywhere without it and you love all it allows you to do. Video chat with your best friend. Browse Facebook. Shop Amazon. Stream your favorite shows. Listen to your favorite music. And never, ever miss your preferred podcasts. (True crime anyone?)

But all of these activities, done on your cellular network, can blow through your data pretty quickly particularly if you don’t have an unlimited data plan. And we all know what happens when you run through your data – you get a surprise bill. And that kind of surprise is no fun at all.

That’s where this post comes in. We’ve got 10 easy ways to help you conserve your data usage. Ready? Let’s go.

1.

When You’re Home, Be on Your Wi-Fi

If you’re reading this on your phone in your home, it’s most likely that you are connected to your home’s Wi-Fi network. But if you’re not sure, or you’re sure you are not connected to it, turn it on now. Right now. Here’s how:

  • Go into Settings. You’ll see options like Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Cellular, etc. Click on Wi-Fi. Then select the name of your network. When you’re done, tap Settings again and return to its main menu. If Cellular or Bluetooth are on, turn them off. Now that you are on your home’s Wi-Fi network, you don’t need them and having them on will drain the battery in your phone.

Connecting to your home’s Wi-Fi network can significantly reduce the amount of cellular data you use. And once you’ve connected to it as described above, whenever you’re home your device will recognize your Wi-Fi network and connect to it.

If you’re at home watching Netflix on your phone or FaceTiming with friends, even if you’re just browsing social media, being on your Wi-Fi network will save you on data usage.

2.

When You’re on Wi-Fi in an Airport or Coffee Shop, Be Careful

When you’re watching your data consumption, it’s crucial to be on Wi-Fi when you can. And your home Wi-Fi is the safest. But, should you find yourself in the airport or a coffee shop or somewhere there’s Wi-Fi you can access, go ahead – but be careful. These are public Wi-Fi networks and sometimes other users can see your information. It’s fine to browse social media, and read articles, etc., but stay away from anything that requires you to provide personal information. Even banking apps are best left unopened until you’re home.

3.

Turn on Data Saver or Low Data Mode

When you’re not connected to the Internet via a Wi-Fi network, you’re using your data. To save on using it, you can pause certain functions like background data refresh and data syncs by turning on the Data Saver if you use an Android phone, or Low Data Mode if you use an iPhone. It is easy to do and you’ll be glad you learned how to do it!

On iPhone, select your plan and do the following:

LTE/4G Cellular

Go to Settings. Tap Cellular

Tap Cellular Data Options, then turn on Low Data Mode. 

5G Cellular

Go to Settings. Tap Cellular.

Tap Cellular Data Options, select Data Mode, then turn on Low Data Mode.

Dual SIM

Go to Settings. Tap Cellular or Mobile Data.

Tap one of your numbers.

Turn on Low Data Mode.

On Android:

Open Settings.

Go to SIM card and Mobile Data tab.

Tap Data Usage option.

Go to Data Saving option.

Turn on Data Saving.

4.

Stop Your Apps from “Refreshing” Themselves

If you’re not on Wi-Fi and you don’t turn on your data saver or low data mode, your apps will keep working in the background collecting information and refreshing themselves while using your data. To prevent this, do the following:

On iPhone:

Go to Settings. Tap general. Tap Background App Refresh. Here, you can choose to have this feature off, available only when you’re on Wi-Fi, or available when you’re on Wi-Fi and cellular data. (Not recommended when you’re trying to use less data!) You can also toggle this on or off for each individual app on your phone.

On Android:

Open Settings. Tap Data Usage. Here you’ll be able to see which apps are using the most data. Decide which app or apps you’d like to restrict, and tap on it.

5.

Control How Your Apps Are Updated

When your apps decide it’s time for an update, be sure they’re doing so while you’re on Wi-Fi. Otherwise, they might decide to do so over a cellular network. Eeek! To make sure your apps update only when you’re on Wi-Fi, do the following:

 

On iPhone:

Go to Settings.

Tap App Store.

Turn on or turn off App Updates.

On Android:

Go to the Play Store. Tap Menu, then Settings, then Auto-update apps. Select “Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only.” 

6.

Disable Cellular Data for Certain Apps

If you know which of your apps eat up most of your data, it’s wise to get in and disable them from using a cellular network. And if you don’t which apps are using most of your data, it’s easy enough to find out and then disable them from using a cellular network. Here’s how:

On iPhone:

Go to Settings. Tap Cellular. Then scroll down to see which apps are using cellular data and toggle them on or off. You’ll also be able to see which of your apps use the most data and toggle those off.

On Android:

Open Settings. Tap Wireless & Networks, then Data Usage, then Network Access. Uncheck those apps you want not to use cellular data. 

 

7.

Disable Wi-Fi Assist / Smart Network Switch

Both iPhone and Android phones have programs built in to help enhance your Wi-Fi connection. If the program senses a slow or spotty connection, it will jump in to help by accessing your cellular data. Unfortunately, this results in using up a lot of data. To turn this off, do the following:

On iPhone:

Go to Settings. Tap Cellular or Settings, then Mobile Data. Next, scroll down and toggle the slider for Wi-Fi Assist.

On Android:

Open Settings. Tap Connections, then Wi-Fi. Tap the three dots that appear, tap Advanced, then toggle the slider for “Switch to Mobile Data.”

8.

Use Wi-Fi to Backup Photos and Videos

Backing up your photos and videos is important. After all, they’re our memories! But because we don’t want our data allotment to become a memory it’s best to make sure the only times backups occur is when you’re on Wi-Fi. To do so:

On iPhone:

Go to Settings. Scroll to Photos, then Cellular Data. Toggle Cellular Data “off.”

On Android:

Open Google Photos. Tap the Account icon. Scroll to Settings, Backup & Sync, then Cell Data Usage. Select “None.”

9.

Keep An Eye On Your Data Usage - iPhone

If you’re always on top of how much data you’re using, there’s less opportunity to be surprised by overages. Once or twice a month, check in and see how you’re doing. To see how much cellular data you’ve used on your iPhone, do the following:

Go to Settings. Tap Cellular then scroll to Cellular Data

10.

Keep An Eye on Your Data Usage - Android

With Android, you can avoid surprises by limiting your data to a certain amount. Here’s how:

Open Settings. Go to Network & Internet, then Data Usage, and Data Warning & Limit. Here you can set the amount of data you want to use for the month.

If you’ve tried all these ideas and still find yourself running out of data, it’s time to say “Yes!” to no contracts, no hassles, just plenty of options with H2O Wireless.

With H2O Wireless’ Unlimited Plans, you’ve got the freedom to pick the plan that works best for your lifestyle. For as little as $20 month – or $18 a month if you enroll in auto pay – you can enjoy America’s most reliable 5G network – the same 5G network as those overpriced wireless companies – at significant savings. Today’s 5G network provides the best cell coverage at far greater speed and is far more flexible, reliable, and secure than any network before it. 

What does the 5G network and its incredible speed mean to you? It means not having to worry about whether or not you’ll miss the next episode of your favorite show (you won’t), or connect with your best friend before he or she leaves for a semester in Tibet (you will).

Plus, with H2O Wireless, you can bring your phone and keep your phone number or choose from a great selection of the latest iPhones and Androids. And, if you’d like to get a 5G phone, H2O Wireless has you covered there, too. The iPhone SE 3rd Gen, iPhone 12 mini, to name just a few, and many new Android devices, like the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G, all support 5G and are available right here.

5G coverage. 5G phones. Unlimited plans, multi-line plans, pay as you go plans, tablet plans, and our brand new 12 month plan (for as little as $8.33 a month!) , PLUS the chance to earn free cell service with Refer a Friend!

Get started now!

Refer a Friend (RAF)

When you join H2O Wireless, you can take advantage of our Refer a Friend (RAF) referral program. It enables you to share the H2O love and lower your bill! Share the H2O love with enough friends, and you might not even have a bill.

Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Spread the Word

Get your unique referral link, then send it to friends and family.

Step 2: Sign Them Up

Help your friend select an H2O Wireless Plan.

Step 3: Get Rewarded

Once your friend activates their H2O service, you each get rewarded with $20 in RAF rewards points.

RAF FAQs

What is the Refer a Friend Program?

Refer a Friend is the H2O® Wireless referral program in which you and a friend get $20 of H2O points for each activated referral.

When are H2O points applied to my account?

When the person referred activates their H2O Wireless service your rewards points will be applied. Please note: For Port-Ins, points will be received within 1-5 business days.

Do I get referral points if I just tell a friend about H2O?

No. They need to use your referral link.

How many people can I refer?

You can refer up to 10 people per month, which is a total of 120 referrals per year, for thousands of dollars’ worth of reward points. So many rewards points they might pay for your H2O service!

But wait….there’s more!

H2O Wireless Connects You to the World

Each H2O Wireless Monthly Unlimited Plan includes unlimited international talk to 70 Countries (including China and Mexico), unlimited text to any country in the world, and up to $5 international talk credit depending on the plan you select. 

Plus, you can purchase these features whenever you need

International Talk

You can purchase International Talk for your plan for $5 or $10. Simply log into your account to make this purchase.

International Roaming

You can purchase International Roaming for your plan. This can be used for talk minutes, text, or MMS.

5G / 4G Data

You can purchase additional high speed data for your plan. Get 2GB for $10 or 5GB for $20.

Hotspot Data

Share your cellular data via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB using laptops, tablets, and more by purchasing Hotspot Data for your plan. Get 2GB for $10, 5GB for $20, or 10GB for $30.

With H2O Wireless we make it easy to stay connected to your family, friends, work, your favorite shows, podcasts, news outlets – your whole world – for less. That’s what makes us refreshingly. different. wireless.

See for yourself today!

 

 

To get the best cell phone coverage, you need a SIM card. But what is it and how do I install it?

We’ve all been there. Trying to install a SIM card and wondering where a teen or tween is when you need one. We’ve probably all also wondered what a SIM card is, what it does, where it goes, and why it’s called a SIM card. In this post, we’re going to take all the mystery out of all of this for you!

What are the functions of a SIM card?

Your SIM card stores the information that enables your wireless provider to recognize it. Otherwise you couldn’t text anyone or post anything. Your phone number is stored on your SIM card along with what are called “authorization keys.” These give your phone authorization to access the data, texting, and other services provided by your cell phone plan. Without a SIM card, your phone could not access and utilize your wireless provider’s network. That would not be a good thing!

What does SIM mean?

SIM stands for subscriber identification module. The data contained on a SIM card is what allows you to access H2O’s wireless network and utilize the features of your phone plan. It’s a small smart card that is shipped to you once your order is complete. Upon receipt, you insert the SIM card into your phone by popping out the SIM tray.

Where is the SIM tray located?

On iPhone, the SIM tray is located on either the right or left side of your phone. On an Android phone, it is located on the top, bottom, or side. It depends upon the model of your phone.

Installing a SIM card: Android phones

First, turn off your smartphone.

Now, take your phone out of its case if it’s in one, and then locate the SIM tray. It’ll be located on the top, bottom, or side, depending upon the model of your phone. Look for what appears to be a tiny hole or indentation. Once you’ve located the hole, you can use what’s called a SIM ejector tool or a paperclip or pin to pop out the tray.

Press the SIM tool or paperclip into the small hole and the SIM tray panel will pop open. You don’t need to apply too much force; the tray will pop out easily.

Pull the SIM tray out of the smartphone and set it down.

Place the SIM card into the tray with the logo facing you. You really can’t insert it incorrectly as it only fits in one way.

Now, slide the SIM card into your phone. If it sticks or feels stuck, you probably don’t have the SIM card inserted properly. Pull the tray back out and place the SIM card in it again. Be sure it’s lying flat on the tray.

Once the SIM tray is reinserted into your phone, turn the power back on. You should see the power bars and your carrier information appear, and that’s it. You’re good to start making calls, sending texts, and   posting to social media!

Installing a SIM card: iPhone

First, you need to turn off your smartphone. Press the Volume Up button and the top button on the right side of the phone until the words “Side to power off” appear on the screen. Slide the button to the right to shut down the phone.

Now, take your phone out of its case if it’s in one, and then locate the SIM tray. It’ll be located on the right or left side, depending upon the model of your phone. Look for what appears to be a tiny hole or indentation. Once you’ve located the hole, you can use what’s called a SIM ejector tool or a paperclip or pin to pop out the tray.

Press the SIM tool or paperclip into the small hole and the SIM tray panel will pop open. You don’t need to apply too much force; the tray will pop out easily.

Pull the SIM tray out of the smartphone and set it down.

Place the SIM card into the tray with the bronze side facing you. You really can’t insert it incorrectly as it only fits in one way.

Now, slide the SIM card into your phone. If it sticks or feels stuck, you probably don’t have the SIM card inserted properly. Pull the tray back out and place the SIM card in it again. Be sure it’s lying flat on the tray.

Once the SIM tray is reinserted into your phone, turn the power back on. When you see the Apple logo on your screen, you’re good to go!

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So, we’ve covered the logistics of getting your SIM card into the SIM tray of your Android or iPhone, and getting the SIM tray reinserted so you can use your phone. See? It’s easy.

Now we want to introduce you to another kind of SIM, not to confuse you but because you might find it helpful. And don’t worry; it’s not confusing at all!

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Introducing the dual SIM phone

A dual SIM phone means you can put two SIM cards into one phone. This lets you manage two phone numbers, each with their own SIM card, on the same device. This is a neat feature if you want or need to have two phone numbers say, one for business use and one for personal use, and really don’t want to lug around two devices. You can make calls from either number, and receive calls to either number. When making calls, your device will ask you which SIM card you want to use.

Let’s get Geeky. Fun facts about SIM cards, unlocked phones, and international calling!

SIM cards aren’t “attached” to one phone. Except when they are

In general, you can remove your SIM card and put it in a new phone. You can even take someone else’s SIM card and put it in your phone. But sometimes, certain wireless carriers don’t permit this easy switching. And that’s why it’s important that we discuss locked and unlocked phones.

About unlocked and locked phones

An unlocked phone is a phone that’s not associated with a particular wireless carrier. One of the big benefits of this is that you can switch providers anytime you want – like when you find a plan that gives you all the bells and whistles the pricey wireless companies promise at half the price.

On the other hand, a locked phone is a device that’s tied to a carrier like AT&T, T-Mobile, or Verizon. These carriers “lock” your device to their network to prevent you from using it on another one. (Like the better, less expensive one we just alluded to.)

How can I tell if my phone is locked or unlocked?

If you bought your phone from, say, AT&T, Verizon, or T-Mobile, and you have a monthly contract with them, your phone is most likely locked to their network. That’s just how they roll. If you bought your phone at Best Buy or at an Apple store or on Amazon, or someplace else entirely, it is most likely unlocked. The key phrase there is “most likely.” You can’t be certain until you check. Here’s how:

1.Check your settings: iPhone

One way to tell if your iPhone is unlocked is to go to Settings, then Cellular, then Cellular Data. If the words “Cellular Data Network” appear, it’s most likely – but not definitely – that your phone is unlocked. The pricey wireless providers really make you jump through hoops.

Check your settings: Android

One way to tell if your Android phone is unlocked is to go to Settings, then Connections, then Mobile Networks, then Network Operators. While in Network Operators, click on “search now.” If a variety of wireless carries names pop up, it’s most likely – but not definitely – that your phone is unlocked. Once again, pricey wireless providers will work your last nerve.

2. Contact your wireless provider

You can call the customer service department for your carrier and ask them to see if your phone is locked. You can also request that they unlock it. If you’d prefer to talk with someone in person, you can always visit one of your carrier’s stores and do the same thing. For those who are more tech savvy, it’s worth checking out your provider’s website to see if it offers information on how to unlock your phone. It’s important to note that, once you’ve requested your phone be unlocked, it can take your carrier 48 to 72 hours to do so. After that time has elapsed, call them to confirm that they have indeed unlocked your phone. You don’t want them conveniently – or inconveniently, for you – forgetting to do so.

Customer Service Numbers: AT&T: 1-800-331-0500; Boost Mobile: 1-833-502-6678; Cricket Wireless: 1-800-274-2538; Mint Mobile: 1-800-683-7392; Straight Talk: 1-877-430-2355; T-Mobile: 1-877-453-1304; and Verizon: 1-800-922-0204.

3. Try switching SIM cards
Another way to determine if your phone is locked or unlocked is by switching out the SIM card. Simply borrow one from a family member or friend whose service is provided by a carrier different from yours.  Then shut down your phone. Remove it from the case, if it’s in one, and then remove your SIM card. Put in the SIM card you borrowed. Close the SIM tray. Turn your phone back on.

If you get a message requesting a code to unlock the SIM card, your phone is locked to your network provider.

If you can use your phone like you always do, make and receive calls, send and receive text messages, your phone is unlocked.

SIM cards and travel

Whether you’re traveling within the continental United States or off on an international adventure, your SIM card functions just the way we described it earlier: it allows your wireless provider to recognize your phone number so you can utilize your wireless provider’s network.

However, before traveling out of the United States, check into the roaming fees your provider charges. They can be pretty high which means you might want to obtain a SIM card once you’ve arrived at your destination. Doing so means you’ll pay the same prices as the local citizens do.

Now that you’re a SIM master, we’ll leave you with these final words of SIM wisdom

Remember: If you want to switch service providers for any reason at any time, it’s a whole lot easier – not to mention a whole lot less expensive – to unlock your phone than to go buy a new one. Think about it. Spend a few minutes getting your current device unlocked or plunk down $600 on a new one? We think spending a few minutes is the way to go and we think you’ll agree.

Remember: If you would like to sell your device there’s no wondering or hoping that the purchaser’s provider is compatible. When your device is unlocked, anyone can buy it and start using it immediately. No hassles. No down time. An unlocked phone makes that transaction nice and easy.

Remember: When traveling internationally or just making international calls, an unlocked phone allows you to use local SIM cards rather than paying the super high roaming fees many providers charge. If you make a lots of international calls on a regular basis, you can save hundreds of dollars each year.

Say “Yes!” to No Contracts and No Hassles

Now that you’ve learned the ins and outs of SIM cards, you’ve got the freedom to say “Yes” to unlimited talk, text, and 2GB of data for just $20 a month. That’s right. With H2O Wireless’ Unlimited Plans, you’ve got the freedom to pick the plan that works best for your lifestyle. For as little as $20 month – or $18 a month if you enroll in auto pay – you can enjoy America’s most reliable 5G network – the same 5G network as those overpriced wireless companies – at significant savings. Today’s 5G network provides the best cell coverage at far greater speed and is far more flexible, reliable, and secure than any network before it. 

What does the 5G network and its incredible speed mean to you? It means not having to worry about whether or not you’ll miss the next episode of your favorite show (you won’t), or connect with your best friend before he or she leaves for a semester in Tibet (you will).

Plus, with H2O Wireless, you can bring your phone and keep your phone number or choose from a great selection of the latest iPhones and Androids. And, if you’d like to get a 5G phone, H2O Wireless has you covered there, too. The iPhone SE 3rd Gen, iPhone 12 mini, to name just a few, and many new Android devices, like the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G, all support 5G and are available right here.

5G coverage. 5G phones. Unlimited plans, multi-line plans, pay as you go plans, tablet plans, and our brand new 12 month plan (for as little as $8.33 a month!) , PLUS the chance to earn free cell service with Refer a Friend!

Get started now!

Refer a Friend (RAF)

When you join H2O Wireless, you can take advantage of our Refer a Friend (RAF) referral program. It enables you to share the H2O love and lower your bill! Share the H2O love with enough friends, and you might not even have a bill.

Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Spread the Word

Get your unique referral link, then send it to friends and family.

Step 2: Sign Them Up

Help your friend select an H2O Wireless Plan.

Step 3: Get Rewarded

Once your friend activates their H2O service, you each get rewarded. From now until October 1, each activated referral earns you and your friend $30 in Refer a Friend (RAF) rewards points. Starting October 2, each activated referral earns you and your friend $20 in RAF rewards points.

RAF FAQs

What is the Refer a Friend Program?

Refer a Friend is the H2O® Wireless referral program in which you and a friend get $20 of H2O points for each activated referral. 

When are H2O points applied to my account?

When the person referred activates their H2O Wireless service your rewards points will be applied. Please note: For Port-Ins, points will be received within 1-5 business days.

Do I get referral points if I just tell a friend about H2O?

No. They need to use your referral link.

How many people can I refer?

You can refer up to 10 people per month, which is a total of 120 referrals per year, for thousands of dollars’ worth of reward points. So many rewards points they might pay for your H2O service!

But wait….there’s more!

H2O Wireless Connects You to the World

Each H2O Wireless Monthly Unlimited Plan includes unlimited international talk to 70 Countries (including China and Mexico), unlimited text to any country in the world, and up to $5 international talk credit depending on the plan you select. 

Plus, you can purchase these features whenever you need

International Talk

You can purchase International Talk for your plan for $5 or $10. Simply log into your account to make this purchase.

International Roaming

You can purchase International Roaming for your plan. This can be used for talk minutes, text, or MMS.

5G / 4G Data

You can purchase additional high speed data for your plan. Get 2GB for $10 or 5GB for $20.

Hotspot Data

Share your cellular data via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB using laptops, tablets, and more by purchasing Hotspot Data for your plan. Get 2GB for $10, 5GB for $20, or 10GB for $30.

With H2O Wireless we make it easy and budget friendly to stay connected to your family, friends, work, your favorite shows, podcasts, news outlets – your whole world – for less. That’s what makes us refreshingly. different. wireless.

See for yourself today!

 

Here’s what makes H2O Wireless better than the pricey wireless providers

With H2O Wireless, you get the best cell phone coverage for less and the best unlimited plans – not to mention the most cost-effective, realistically priced unlimited plans – anywhere. You can even choose our 12 month plan (for just $8.33 a month!).  And we can’t forget Refer a Friend, the H2O Wireless referral program that can save you a bunch on your H2O Wireless service.

That was a lot of bragging J , so why don’t we take a moment to break it all down so you can see and, we think, agree, that H2O Wireless really is better.

H2O Wireless has the best cell phone coverage

H2O Wireless is on America’s most reliable 5G network – the same network the pricey guys are on. The difference is that we give you the same coverage at half the cost.

H2O Wireless has the best unlimited plans

With so many cellular phone businesses vying for your money, it’s difficult to tell which you can trust. The overpriced services clamber, “Pick me!” with promises of low cost, unlimited data plans. But do you really need an unlimited amount of data? Will you use all of that data? Maybe. But if you don’t, guess what? You still have to pay for it.

That doesn’t sit quite right with us.

Let’s talk about data

The majority of cell phone plans that feature unlimited data have what’s called as a deprioritization threshold. It’s like a cap on your data and, if you reach it, your activities like web browsing, watching videos, streaming, etc., might be slower than you’re used to.

The standard data deprioritization threshold is 23GB, but most people use just 2-5GB per billing cycle. If you’re on the high end, at 5GB, that’s 18GB left on the table. The result is that you end up paying a hefty sum for something you aren’t using.

And that’s a waste of your hard earned money.

An H2O Wireless customer who switched from Mint Mobile shared their bill with H2O Wireless and the bill showed the account holder paying $70 a month for 8GB of data, plus an extra 6.128GB. That’s just over 14GB.

Now, on the bill under “shared data usage,” the account holder has used just 3.7GB – across three devices – in the past month. With 14GB at their disposal, that’s a lot of data left unused for a plan that costs close to $100. No wonder that customer was excited to switch over to H2O Wireless.

The bottom line:

If you’re on a $70 a month plan which gives you up to 23GB of data (remember that threshold), this means you’re paying $3.04 per GB of data. And if you’re using just under 4GB a month, you’re paying $57.40 per month for data you’re not using. Ouch.   

How to find out how much data you’re using

If you receive a paper bill from your provider, the data usage information is most likely on the second or third page of your invoice. If your provider doesn’t include it, you can call or go online to request a more detailed bill. You can also do the following:

  • Log into your account from your computer and check the Usage tab.
  • Download your provider’s app and check the Usage tab.
  • Call your provider from your wireless phone:

AT&T: Dial *3282#

T-Mobile: Dial #web#

Verizon: Dial #DATA

Data is the secret sauce that fuels everything you love to do online

Data lets you make plans with your friends, stream the shows you love, and more. It lets you send pictures of your new haircut (and color!) to your mom and receive photos of your brother’s new puppy via text messages. It allows you tune in to your favorite podcasts, stream your favorite music, and watch as many movies as you like. And of course it lets you read and respond to email, shop online, and even shop IRL – in real life – by getting you to your destination using Google Maps.

In short, data is the secret sauce that fuels almost everything you love to do and because it does, you might think you need a lot of it.

Funnily enough, you don’t.

Web Browsing:

If you spend a lot of time on the Internet shopping or doing research, reading, checking sports scores, or making travel reservations, it’s quite possible to believe these activities take up a lot of data. But they don’t. In fact, even if you spent most of your time on photo-heavy websites, which use more data than those with lots of text, you still wouldn’t come close to the 23GB data threshold. And, more importantly, you wouldn’t even come close to going beyond the 2-5GB most people use per billing cycle.

One hour of web browsing = 60MB of data

60MB of data = 0.06GB

Facebook:

Once again it’s easy to assume that because you can easily get sucked into Facebook it uses a lot of your data. It really doesn’t. An hour scrolling through posts from your high school friends, neighbors you used to live next door to, far flung family members (or those you wish were far flung!), and community groups, uses about 80MB of data. That’s more than shopping online or doing research, but only because Facebook has so many photos on it. And an hour on Facebook watching cat videos, clips of Dancing with the Stars, and footage of puppies so cute you could cry, uses 160MB of data. Still, not a lot of data consumption.

One hour browsing on Facebook = 80MB of data

80MB of data = 0.08GB

One hour watching videos on Facebook = 160MB

160MB = 0.16GB

FaceTime:

FaceTime is great for dozens of activities. Keeping up with your friends, viewing prospective vacation properties from afar, and staying in touch with family. And, like web browsing, it doesn’t use a lot of data.

One hour FaceTime call = 85MB of data

85MB of data = 0.085GB

Listening to Podcasts:

The typical podcast uses about 1MB of data per minute. So if you’re listening to a 60-minute show, you’ll use about 60MB of data. That’s so little data, you might as well listen to several episodes in a row!

One hour podcast = 60MB of data

60MB of data = 0.06GB

Let’s tally it up

60MB for 1-hour of web browsing

+

80MB for 1-hour of Facebook browsing

+

160MB for 1-hour watching videos on Facebook

+

85MB for 1-hour on FaceTime

+

60MB to listen to a 1-hour podcast

=

445MB or 0.445GB

That’s not even half a gigabyte. And it’s nowhere near the 1,000MB that equals 1GB.

The bottom line:

There’s a reason most people use only 2-5GB of data per billing cycle. And that’s because you’d have to spend every waking moment, 24-hours a day, seven days a week, online to exceed that amount.

The average consumer doesn’t spend 24-hours a day, seven days a week online. That’s why the average consumer doesn’t need a $50, $60, or $70 a month unlimited cell phone plan.

At H2O Wireless, we don’t think you should pay for data you don’t need and aren’t going to use.

That’s why we’re proud to offer you plans starting as low as $18 a month (with auto pay) for unlimited talk and text and 2GB of data.

Need more data one month? Simply go into your account portal and add more. When next month rolls around, if you need less data, you can go right back into your portal and reduce it. Simply log onto PureTalk.com, click on My Account, and select Manage My Data. Make your changes, save them, and log out.

It’s that simple.

H2O Wireless Connects You to the World

Each H2O Wireless Monthly Unlimited Plan includes unlimited international talk to 70 Countries (including China and Mexico), unlimited text to any country in the world, and up to $5 international talk credit depending on the plan you select. 

Plus, you can purchase these features whenever you need

International Talk

You can purchase International Talk for your plan for $5 or $10. Simply log into your account to make this purchase.

International Roaming

You can purchase International Roaming for your plan. This can be used for talk minutes, text, or MMS.

5G / 4G Data

You can purchase additional high speed data for your plan. Get 2GB for $10 or 5GB for $20.

Hotspot Data

Share your cellular data via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB using laptops, tablets, and more by purchasing Hotspot Data for your plan. Get 2GB for $10, 5GB for $20, or 10GB for $30.

Or, maybe you’d like one less bill to worry about each month…

With H2O Wireless’ 12 Month Plan, you purchase service once and you’re done for the year. No worrying about missing a payment or tracking the expense. You simply make a one-time payment of $100 using your credit or debit card, and that’s it. Our 12 Month Plan breaks down to crazy low $8.33 a month, and gives you an entire year of unlimited talk and text, as well as 1GB of high-speed data every month. There are no other payments to make or additional steps to take. Plus there’s no contract and no hidden fees.

H2O Wireless has the best referral program

Refer a Friend (RAF) is the H2O Wireless referral program that gives you and a friend H2O points for joining H2O Wireless.

Simply refer a friend or family member to H2O Wireless and help them pick a plan. Once your friend activates their H2O service you each get rewarded. From now until October 1, each activated referral earns you and your friend $30 in Refer a Friend (RAF) rewards points. Starting October 2, each activated referral earns you and your friend $20 in RAF rewards points. Still a sweet deal! And it doesn’t stop there. You can refer up to 10 people per month for thousands of dollars’ worth of rewards points each year. Join H2O Wireless and start racking up Refer a Friend points today!

Bring Your Own Phone

Have a phone you love? H2O Wireless makes it easy to bring it with you. Simply join H2O Wireless and, at checkout, choose eSIM. Like a physical SIM card, but without the 3-5 day wait for a physical card to arrive, eSIM enables you to use your new service much faster. In fact, you can activate your service right after checking out. Of course, before you select eSIM, make sure your phone is eSIM compatible by reviewing the list below.

Is my phone eSIM compatible?

eSIM compatible phone models include:

  • iPhone XS series
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone 11 series
  • iPhone SE 2nd gen
  • iPhone 12 series

See? H2O Wireless really is better than the pricey wireless providers

With H2O Wireless we make it easy and budget friendly to stay connected to your family, friends, work, your favorite shows, podcasts, news outlets – your whole world – for less. That’s what makes us refreshingly. different. wireless.

See for yourself today!

 

Smartphone Running Slow?

You love your mobile phone. You don’t go anywhere or do anything without it. So, if you’ve got the best cell phone coverage from the wireless company with the best unlimited plans (something we’ll address shortly!), it’s no surprise that if your phone suddenly starts running slow, you need to figure out how to fix it.

That’s where this post comes in. We can help and the tips that follow are easy to do.

First up, battery check

Most of the time when a smartphone stops zipping along through routine tasks like opening Instagram or Amazon, your favorite news service or podcast, it’s because the battery is being drained by certain apps, features that are open but don’t need to be, even things like wallpaper. Let’s walk through a few scenarios here and so you can see their impact and make adjustments that will help you get more from your battery.

Live wallpaper

If you have animated or live wallpaper on your phone, delete it. We know – it’s fun and cool, but it puts an enormous drain on your phone’s battery.

Check your apps

Certain apps, like Uber and Grubhub, track your location. It makes sense that they do this; after all, if an Uber is coming to pick you up or your Grubhub delivery is on its way, the driver needs to know where you are. But if those apps are tracking your location all the time, it will absolutely drain your battery.

Fixes:

On an iPhone, open an app like Google Maps or Uber or Grubhub, etc., and make sure that the “Location” setting is switched to “While Using.”

On an Android phone, go to Settings, click on “Location” then “Mode,” and on the next screen tap “Battery Saving Option” to turn it on. Set this way, your phone will only know its location when it’s connected to a network.

Dim your screen

If your screen is very bright it will drain your battery. To dim it, under Settings click on “Display & Brightness,” then use the slider to adjust the brightness down a notch.

Fixes:

The above directions apply to iPhones and Androids alike.

Turn Bluetooth off

Using Bluetooth to transmit data requires an enormous amount of battery power. Enable it when necessary, and shut it off when you don’t need it. Of all these tips, this one can make the greatest impact on saving your battery and speeding up your phone.

Fixes:

On an iPhone, go to Settings and click on “Bluetooth.” Move the slider to the left to turn it off.

On an Android phone, go to Settings and click on “Bluetooth.”  Move the slider to the off position.

Adjust email retrieval      

If you get your email on your iPhone or Android, it’s important to note that the more frequently your device looks for new data, the more it drains your battery. The thing to do is to adjust the frequency.

Fixes:

On an iPhone, go to Settings, then click on “Mail” and then “Accounts.” On the “Accounts” screen, click “Fetch New Data” and then select how often your phone should check for email. The longer you go between checks, the better for the life of your battery.

On an Android phone, open Settings and click on “Accounts.” On the “Accounts” screen, tap on the three dots icon in the right hand corner. This will bring up “Auto Sync Data.” Click on “Ok” to disable auto syncing.

With both iPhones and Androids, even though you adjust the frequency with which your device checks for email, you can still check your email manually by opening up Gmail, etc.

All this information about saving your phone’s battery might make you wonder…at what point do I need a new phone?

Most people upgrade every one to two years, but you really can go three years or more. If you’re considering getting a new phone here are a few reasons to take the plunge:

  • To get the latest updates. If your current phone has reached the point where it simply can’t support them, it’s time for an upgrade.
  • If despite all your best efforts and trying all the suggestions provided above for saving your phone’s battery your phone holds a charge for only a half day or less, it’s time for a new phone.
  • And if you’re having trouble reading what’s on the screen (after all, you did just dim it), it’s time for a bigger screen. One that’s attached to a new phone.

Now that you know some tips to preserve the battery in your smartphone (and the signs you might need a new one), make another smart move: Join H2O Wireless and save.

Say “Yes!” to No Contracts and No Hassles

With H2O Wireless’ Unlimited Plans, you’ve got the freedom to say “Yes” to unlimited talk, text, and 2GB of data for just $20 a month. That’s right. For as little as $20 month – or $18 a month if you enroll in auto pay – you can enjoy America’s most reliable 5G network – the same 5G network as those overpriced wireless companies – at significant savings. Today’s 5G network provides the best cell coverage at far greater speed and is far more flexible, reliable, and secure than any network before it. 

What does the 5G network and its incredible speed mean to you? It means not having to worry about whether or not you’ll miss the next episode of your favorite show (you won’t), or connect with your best friend before he or she leaves for a semester in Tibet (you will).

Plus, with H2O Wireless, you can bring your phone and keep your phone number or choose from a great selection of the latest iPhones and Androids. And, if you’d like to get a 5G phone, H2O Wireless has you covered there, too. The iPhone SE 3rd Gen, iPhone 12 mini, to name just a few, and many new Android devices, like the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G, all support 5G and are available right here.

5G coverage. 5G phones. Unlimited plans, multi-line plans, pay as you go plans, tablet plans, and our brand new 12 month plan (for as little as $8.33 a month!) , PLUS the chance to earn free cell service with Refer a Friend!

Get started now!

Refer a Friend (RAF)

When you join H2O Wireless, you can take advantage of our Refer a Friend (RAF) referral program. It enables you to share the H2O love and lower your bill! Share the H2O love with enough friends, and you might not even have a bill.

Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Spread the Word

Get your unique referral link, then send it to friends and family.

Step 2: Sign Them Up

Help your friend select an H2O Wireless Plan.

Step 3: Get Rewarded

Once your friend activates their H2O service, you each get rewarded. From now until October 1, each activated referral earns you and your friend $30 in Refer a Friend (RAF) rewards points. Starting October 2, each activated referral earns you and your friend $20 in RAF rewards points.

RAF FAQs

What is the Refer a Friend Program?

Refer a Friend is the H2O® Wireless referral program in which you and a friend get $30 of H2O points for each activated referral. Starting October 2, each activated referral earns you and your friend $20 in RAF rewards points.

When are H2O points applied to my account?

When the person referred activates their H2O Wireless service your rewards points will be applied. Please note: For Port-Ins, points will be received within 1-5 business days.

Do I get referral points if I just tell a friend about H2O?

No. They need to use your referral link.

How many people can I refer?

You can refer up to 10 people per month, which is a total of 120 referrals per year, for thousands of dollars’ worth of reward points. So many rewards points they might pay for your H2O service!

More tips for getting the most from your smartphone from H2O Wireless

Clean up your home screen

So you’ve downloaded so many apps that just looking at your home screen gives you stress. Don’t worry, you can keep the apps. We’re just going to help you tuck them in the app library so your screen is more, shall we say, serene.

On an iPhone: Touch and hold an empty area on your Home Screen. For iPhone iOS 14 or later, tap the dots near the bottom of the screen. Tap the circle under the page that you want to hide. Then tap the remove button (minus sign). For older iPhones, a circle will appear at the top left corner of the app icon. The remove button will be inside the circle. Tap it to hide the app. Again, hidden apps are not deleted. They’re stored in the app library. 

On an Android phone: If you have room in your “Favorites Tray,” start by putting the apps you use most frequently in it. If you’re out of room, you can make some by pressing on an app icon and moving it up until you see the remove and uninstall options. Select one and move the more frequently used app into the tray.

How to install updates on your phone

On an iPhone: Open Settings, then click on “General” and then “Software Update” and turn “Automatic Updates” to the “on” position. On the next screen, turn on “Download iOS Updates” and “Install iOS Updates.” Now software updates will be made automatically after they have been downloaded. iPhone sends you a notification before updates are installed. All you need to do is make sure your iPhone is charging and connected to Wi-Fi to complete the update.

On an Android phone: Open Settings, then click on “About Phone/Tablet.” On the next screen turn on “Automatic Update.”

How to increase the font size

Let’s face it. No matter how old or young you are, it can be tough to see the text messages on your screen. And, if you’re out in the sunshine and glare, it can really be difficult. If you’d like to make things easier on your eyes, do the following:

On an iPhone: Under Settings, choose “Accessibility.” Look for and click on the words “Display & Text Size.” On the next screen, you have the option to turn on “Bold Text” and “Larger Text,” among others. Click on “Larger Text” and you can turn on what are called “Larger Accessibility Sizes.” The larger text won’t work on every app, but it will function on many, and that will make reading on your phone easier.

If you’d like to darken the text, which is called bold, turn on “Bold Text.” Again, the text won’t be bolded on every app, but it will be on many of them.

On an Android phone: Under Settings, choose “Accessibility.” At the next screen, tap “Font Size.” Here, you’ll see a slider. Drag it as far to the right as you like. The farther it goes to the right, the larger your font size will be. Then, click “Done” to save your changes.