Prepaid phone services come in a range of styles, providers and options. Net10 wireless, which is owned by TracFone is one popular option that has a diverse range of services. They operate as two different prepaid services providers though both have a range of service plans that are almost interchangeable. Net10 wireless is a prepaid phone services that piggybacks their calls off of the networks of other carriers such as T-Mobile, Verizon or AT&T. Depending on which model handset a consumer buys, it will be either GSM or CDMA.
Net10 Wireless Available Automatic Service Plans
Net10 service plans are pretty straightforward, with their minutes priced at a flat rate of ten cents per minute with exception of their unlimited talk plan. Their unlimited talk plan will set you back a flat $80 and allows you the freedom of making as many regular calls, domestic long distance calls, and text messages as you can muster. The plan does allow you to use the internet and send media messages priced at tens cents per MMS and ten cents per minute for net usage.
Net10 also offers three plans that are for limited usage. The lowest range plan is $15 dollars monthly for 150 minutes of anytime usage. This plan is best for consumers who are on a limited budget, or don’t use their phone very often. The second tier plan is $25 dollars monthly for 250 minutes of anytime usage. This is a great deal for consumers who talk more often, but not so much that they would want to shell out for a higher priced plan. The last tier of the limited usage plan is $40 dollars monthly for 400 minutes of anytime usage. Consumers who tend to talk a great deal but want to limit their phone cost are best suited to this plan. With all plans, text messages are five cents to both send or receive and MMS are 35 cents each. These plans do renew automatically, so consumers would need to have a payment method on file for automatic billing.
Net10 wireless offers three ranges of family plans that come with unlimited texting, calls and data usage. The first plan covers two users at the rate of $90, their second covers three users at the rate of $130, and their third covers four users at the rate of $170. These unlimited family plans are for domestic usage only and is paired with their trademark no activation fee policy.
For single user auto renew plans, there are several options for unlimited usage. $65 a month will allow you to make unlimited international calls and also provide you with unlimited access to the web, 411,voice, MMS and SMS service. For a slightly lower rate of $50 per month, you can access all of the same features with exception of international calls.
Net10 Wireless Available Pay as You Go Service Plans
Most people who purchase Net10 do so for the ease of controlling the cost associated with phone service. For these types of consumers, the pay as you go option presents the perfect choice. There are seven pricing schemes available for prepaid Net10 airtime minutes, the lowest being $20 for 200 minutes. The higher the prepaid minutes you purchase at once, the longer the validity period for their usage. The lowest number of minutes available for purchase has a validity of 30 days, while the highest has a two year validity. In the event a consumer does not use all of their minutes before the end of their validity period, adding more airtime will roll over any remaining minutes to the next cycle. On the pre-paid plan all talk time is charged at ten cents per minute, and MMS/SMS follow the same pricing as their renewable plans.
Net10 Wireless Available Services
On contract service phone plans, directory assistance is provided as well as access to 911 emergency location services. Net10 however does not offer directory assistance, emergency tracking or 3 way calling. Net10 does however offer call waiting, caller ID, and voicemail services for all users regardless of package choice. There is no activation fee with Net10, but they do
charge ten cents per minute when roaming off their regular network (They no longer have roaming charges).
The Net10 website is easy to navigate and has a very well thought out FAQ section that address the majority of questions that a customer may have. Should a customer still require assistance, the customer support department can be reached via email or phone.
Net10 Wireless Handset Choices
The handsets offered by the company range from the basic to the average low end Smartphone. They have a range of sets from all of the big names in phone sets such as Nokia, LG, Motorola, and Samsung. Several of their higher end set come with basic cameras, speakers for music and blue tooth connectivity. Regardless of the set purchased, each phone comes pre-loaded with 300 minutes that are valid for 30 days from the date of activation.
Net10 also allows you to bring your own phone with either CDMA or GSM. This is a rarity in the cellular wireless provider business. If you have an unlocked GSM phone, then you will be good to go. If you have a CDMA phone, then you will need to register it with them to see if you can bring it over. If you have a phone from another carrier, then make sure they unlock it before you try to move over to Net10.
Positive Aspects of Net10 Service
- Flat rate per minute
- Minutes can be added from phone, online, or via loaded cards
- Offer unlimited service plans
- No service Fees
- Affordable Handsets
- No Contracts
- No Activation Fees
Negative Aspects of Net10 Service
- Poor customer service
- Device tethering is not allowed
Costly roaming fees
- Costly internet usage fees (if not on unlimited plan)
- No access to latest phone sets (they do offer a bring your own phone plan (BYOP))
Net10 Wireless Coverage Map
Overall, using Net10 wireless is pretty simple and straightforward. Their service is easy to use, and their flexi-load cards can be found in most grocery stores and gas stations. Their fees are easy to understand and they don’t have hidden charges or complicated contracts making it a great choice for teens or consumers on a budget. When compared to the cost of a yearly contract and a high end phone that may have just hit the market, consumers can save a significant amount of money with this service. The clarity of calls is on par with just about every other provider out there, and the reliability of the airtime is iron clad.
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