Earth Tones is an MVNO of the AT&T network. They offer wireless services, and donate all profits to grassroots environmental organizations.
While the majority of markets have switched to Verizon, there are still a number of markets in which Alltel still operates. This includes their prepaid service.
Pros: The higher commitment plans can get very cheap, with the cheapest being near 7 cents per minute.
Cons: The lower-end rates can be very expensive, and their true pay-as-you-go is one of the highest we've seen at 25 cents per minute plus 10 dollars per month. Rates don't drop to 10 cents per minute until you get to a $35 per month commitment.
Lowest Price Per Anytime Minute: $0.07
Earth Tones offers seven monthly calling plans. The first is 10 dollars a month, though it comes with no set minutes. All calls are 25 cents per minute. Their Anywhere plans offer 100, 200, 400, 600, 800, or 1200 minutes per month, for 20, 25, 35, 45, 55, and 85 dollars, respectively. All overages minutes are billed at 25 cents each. Customers can pay 10 dollars per month to add another line to share minutes on Anywhere plans.
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Customer Service: Customer service can be reached via a toll-free number between the hours of 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. They can also be reached by e-mail.
Free Nights: No
Credit Check: None
Free Weekends: No
Daily Access Fee: No
Payment Options: Earth Tones only accepts credit card payments at this time.
Data Plans: Data plans are not available at this time.
Downloads: Earth Tones prepaid does not offer any downloadables at this time.
International Calling: International calling is available for $1.99 per minute plus varying rates to each country. Call customer service for specific rates.
Text Messaging Available: Text messages are 10 cents each for both incoming and outgoing messages.
Roaming Charges: Nationwide roaming is included at no additional cost with Earth Tones. Service may not be available in all areas, though.
Text Messaging Charge For Incoming: Yes
Calling Features: Caller ID, call waiting, and voicemail are included at no additional charge.
Unlimited Text Messaging Plan Available: No
Activation Fee: There is a fee of 40 dollars to activate your Earth Tones account.
Nationwide Long Distance: Nationwide long distance is included at no additional charge.
Unlimited Plan Available: No
411 Calls: Directory assistance is available for a fee of $1.99 per call plus airtime.
Earliest Minute Expiration: Minutes for Earth Tones rate plans expire at the end of every billing cycle.
911 Calls: Yes
Phones: Earth Tones only offers four cell phones at this time. However, they are decent models and range from free to only 100 dollars. The 100 dollar one is the RAZR V3, which is the cheapest we've seen this phone with a prepaid plan.
Standard Calling Features: caller ID, call waiting, voicemail
Some Available Cell Models: Motorola W259 (shown)
Cheapest Phone Model: free