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It appears we have a resolution to the SIM card fiasco that erupted at Tracfone brands Net10 and Straight Talk. To recap, last month the listing for AT&T SIM cards on both the Straight Talk and Net10 sites were removed, with no explanation. Speculation abounded, but no one got a firm answer. Over on Howard Forums, though, someone did come up with the right answer. It was just one forum poster, though, so it was prudent to not run with it. But he was right nonetheless: it turned out AT&T SIM users were hogging data.
February 4th, 2013 | Net10 | 6 Comments
In what remains a head-scratching move, we saw last week that America Movil brands Straight Talk, Tracfone, and Net10 have removed AT&T SIM cards from their offerings. These MVNOs allow you to bring your own phone from each of the four major networks, but as of last week they ceased offering SIM cards for AT&T phones. This creates a number of issues for potential customers. Could the answer be as simple as them being sold out?
January 29th, 2013 | Net10 | No Comments
For the past month or so, Net10 products have been available at GameStop retail stores in select markets. Like most major retail programs, this one started small and unannounced before spreading wider. Yesterday GameStop announced the partnership. It goes well with their previous initiative of selling refurbished iPhones, iPods, and iPads. Customers can take advantage of Net10′s SIM cards, placing them in used iPhone devices purchased from GameStop. The SIM card plan pairs with Net10′s $50 unlimited talk, text, and data program. It is available now at GameStop locations nationwide.
This does come as interesting news, though, following the odd bit about Tracfone removing AT&T SIM cards from its BYOD program. Again, this is one to watch out for. It’s a bit too strange.
October 25th, 2012 | Net10 | 1 Comment
Here’s an interesting tidbit from the folks at Howard Forums: Net10 is starting to offer family plans in some outlets. There doesn’t appear to be any mention on the Net10 website of these plans, but one HoFo member posted a picture from target displaying the plans, which cover unlimited talk, text, and data. The rates are $90 for 2, $130 for 3, and $170 for 4 lines. It appears the cards are only available at some Target outlets for the time being. We’ll have to wait and see if there will be a more complete roll-out of the program.
Via Howard Forums.
September 11th, 2012 | Net10 | 2 Comments
When we checked a month ago it was just a rumor, but it is now clear that Net10 will get the Samsung Galaxy S II. It will be, by far, the best phone available from Net10, even though it’s a 2011 model. The thing I was wrong about: Price. Phandroid expected $350, but I expected cheaper. Turns out it will cost $400, which is quite a hunk a change from a carrier that typically sells discounted handsets. You can check it out at http://net10android.com/samsung-galaxy-s2/, but it’s not yet available for pre-order. In fact, it doesn’t even seem that the Zip code checker is working.
August 9th, 2012 | Net10 | 3 Comments
It appears as though Net10 is getting ready to launch another Android handset for its $45 monthly unlimited plan. As with most smartphones we’re seeing prepaid carriers add, this is a 2011 model. That allows the carrier to offer the handset at a reasonable price, but it also means getting a handset behind the times. Still, the Galaxy S2 does have a dual-core processor, so it’s ahead of many other 2011 models hitting prepaid carriers. There is no word on pricing or release date, though Phandroid expects it to cost around $350. I’d bank on it being a bit cheaper; that’s a lot of hooch for a 2011 model.
October 4th, 2011 | Net10 | 10 Comments
It appears that Net10 will join sister brand Straight Talk in offering Android handsets. Last night a tipster sent a link to Net10′s Android reserve page, which details two new handsets: the Optimus Q and the Optimus Net. We saw the Optimus Q yesterday when Straight Talk made it available for reservation. The Optimus Net is a nearly identical handset, just without the sliding QWERTY keyboard. There’s no word on pricing or specific release date, but Straight Talk is offering the Q for $179.99. That sounds about right for both of these deals from Net10. Both phones will go along with Net10′s $50 unlimited plan.
August 10th, 2010 | Net10 | 18 Comments
Seriously, that’s the best shot I could find of a phone apparently new to Net10. It’s the Motorola W408g, and we know that for sure. Everything else, though, remains a mystery. Howard Forums maven The Sweeper found it in the activation section of Net10′s website, but it isn’t available to buy. It’s not even listed on Motorola’s website. I’m sure it’s nothing special, but is rather just another clamshell option for Net10. I suppose you could look out for it at retailers where Net10 is sold.
January 4th, 2010 | Net10 | 28 Comments
If it feels like just yesterday that Net10 dropped their unlimited plan, you wouldn’t be so far off. While the plan phased out before we published an article on it, the plan stuck around until fairly recently. But, just as quickly as it disappeared, Net10 reintroduced it, this time at a lower price point. So, just when we thought we lost a competitor in the prepaid unlimited market, we actually gained a stronger carrier. Net10′s new unlimited plan closely resembles others on the market, and because of its GSM advantage, could put its parent company, America Movil, in a solid position.
December 21st, 2009 | Net10 | 15 Comments
Before there was Straight Talk, there was the Net10 unlimited plan. Launched in July of 2008, it seemed like a great plan at the time. It offered unlimited calling, texting, data browsing, and 411 calls for $79.98 per month, which at the time undercut the competition. Postpaid carriers had just introduced $100 unlimited plans, and Virgin Mobile had unveiled one of its own, but none of them included any features other than voice. Net10 jumped ahead of the pack, albeit quietly, with their comprehensive offering. With Straight Talk taking off, however, it appears that America Movil, the parent company of Straight Talk, Net10, and Tracfone, sees no more use for Net10′s unlimited plan. It is officially dead.
July 14th, 2009 | Net10 | 2 Comments
Above is the latest promotion from Net10. I’m not sure if these are running on TV stations, but it would be massively cool if they aired stripped-down versions. Featured is Bas Rutten, the most comical self-defense instructor on the Internet. Watch as he breaks the binds of a cell phone contract (and then repeatedly punches it in the face).
June 10th, 2009 | Net10 | 25 Comments
It’s been in retail stores for a while now, but the Motorola EM326g has finally hit the Net10 website. The slider looks prettier than pretty much any other Net10 handset. It features Bluetooth, a 1.3 megapixel camera, MP3 player with expandable SD slot, and an FM radio. It’ll cost $59.99, but it does come with 300 free minutes, so the net cost is really $29.99. Not bad for what’s probably the best phone Net10 offers.
Via Howard Forums.
January 19th, 2009 | Net10 | 1 Comment
Looks like Net10 will be adding a new phone to its lineup sometime soon. The Motorola EM326g has seen the light of day, and the guys from Phone News show us the first snapshots (above). It’s got a media player, expandable memory, a 1.3 megapixel camera with video capabilities, and Bluetooth. So while it will be one of the most full-feature phones in the Net10 lineup, it will also be the prettiest. No pricing or availability is available yet for the slider, but we’ll be on top of this one for sure.
August 19th, 2008 | Net10 | 6 Comments
It looks like Net10 is looking to redefine themselves as a prepaid brand. First, we saw that they introduced an unlimited calling plan, undercutting the competition in both cost, $80 per month, and features, as they included unlimited text messaging. Now we’re hearing, via the trusty Ian, that they’re introducing two new plans, both on a yearly basis.
July 24th, 2008 | Net10 | 47 Comments
When we look at 2008 in the annals of cellular communications history, it will be known as the year of unlimited. It started with Verizon offering unlimited calling for $99. AT&T and T-Mobile quickly followed, and T-Mo even added unlimited text messaging to the $99 price tag. Sprint then blew everyone away with Simply Unlimited, which included voice, text, picture, data…the works. Alltel was next, offering just voice, which would help keep their My Circle plans in tact. Then it was U.S. Cellular taking a stab at it. Virgin announced one in late June, and just yesterday we Net10′s unlimited voice and text deal. Today, we explore why this one stands above the rest.
July 23rd, 2008 | Net10 | 14 Comments
Today, we at Prepaid Reviews are recognizing Ian Littman of Go4Prepaid. While we keep you on top of industry news that is changing the face of prepaid, Ian is a guy who knows his phones, and knows where to look to find updates to plans. Today, we’ve got a few plan updates, courtesy of his excellent blog. He’ll also appear on the Prepaid Podcast, which will appear around noon. Onto the big news for right now: Net10 is offering unlimited calling and texting for just $79.98 per month. Yeah, you’re going to have to read on for the details.
July 21st, 2008 | Net10 | 10 Comments
Every once in a while, you see something that looks like a press release, but really is some propaganda from the company itself or its PR firm. When I first saw a release titled Net 10 Phones Tip The Scales At Online Review Portals, I thought we’d be treated to some solid numbers. Instead, we got some generalizations, including that, as the title indicates, Net10 is “the clear leader in all areas of customer satisfaction.” I’m sorry, but that is not something I can agree with, given the volume of our Net10 customer reviews.
October 31st, 2007 | Net10 | 3 Comments
We’re not big TV watchers, so a lot of ad campaigns slip by us. We were pointed, though, to a post on Creativity Online which embedded three new Net10 commercials. They’re of the two-minute variety, which is probably why we don’t see them. But they do a good job of decrying cell phone contracts. Our favorite line: “And no overcharging people trying to save the human race…ever.”
July 12th, 2007 | Net10 | 49 Comments
For once, we’ll let the press release take the opening paragraph:
Based on its recent analysis of the U.S. prepaid wireless market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes NET10 with the 2007 U.S. Frost & Sullivan Award for “Best Bang for the Buck” Pay-by-the-Minute Prepaid Wireless Plan. Net10 earns this distinction for providing superior consumer value in terms of three critical aspects of any wireless solution – affordability, simplicity, and subscriber certainty for voice calling.