Net10, a division of America Movil's Tracfone, launched as a simple pay-as-you go service in 2005. It has since evolved to offer various plan options.
Pros: There are many different options, including family plans, that can meet nearly any user's needs.
Cons: Net10's customer service is horrendously terrible. Hold times are really long and the representatives oftentimes don't know the answers. The managers are incredibly rude as well.
Lowest Price Per Anytime Minute: $0.066 to $0.10
Net10 offers a variety of unlimited monthly, pay-as-you-go, flexible monthly plans and international calling plans depending on what you need. They have several plans that offer discounts if you sign up for auto-refill as well. Read more specifics about Net10 Plans
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Net10 Customer Service is available 7 a.m.- midnight EST, but wait times can be extremely long if you need to speak with an actual representative. For basic functions such as refills and activation, the auto answer menu can help. Click here
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Free Nights: No
Credit Check: No
Free Weekends: No
Daily Access Fee: No
Payment Options: You can pay for your Net10 airtime by phone, online or via any authorized retailer.
Text and Picture Messaging: Text messaging is available for 5 cents per message sent or received, which is deducted from your minutes account. MMS counts as data
Data Plans: Net10 has several unlimited data plans that include a limited amount of high speed data and unlimited lower speed data.
Downloads: Net10 does offer a variety of downloads such as ringtones, graphics, news, weather and sports. However, not all phones are capable of utilizing these features.
International Calling: There are specific unlimited plans which allow for international calling.
Text Messaging Available: Yes
Roaming Charges: There is no additional charge for roaming with Net10
Text Messaging Charge For Incoming: Yes
Unlimited Text Messaging Plan Available: Yes
Activation Fee: There is no fee to activate your Net10 phone.
Nationwide Long Distance: Net10 prepaid wireless includes nationwide long distance in all of their calling plans. Calls made within the United States are charged regular airtime rates.
Unlimited Plan Available: Yes
411 Calls: Directory assistance is available and you are only charged normal airtime to make 411 calls.
Earliest Minute Expiration: Most of the minutes purchased through Net10 expire in 30 days. If you purchase additional minutes prior to your expiration date, the later expiration date is applied. Note that with some of the minute plans, such as the 30 Day Plan, the minutes do not roll over.
911 Calls: Yes
Phones: All phones offered by Net10 have color screens and are low priced. Some of the phones include minutes when you purchase them online or in store. Both smartphones and old-fashioned flip phones are available. The phones offered by Net10 lean very heavily towards the Motorola brands, and generally are not very expensive. You can also bring your own device.
Standard Calling Features: All plans include voicemail, call waiting and caller ID at no extra charge.
Some Available Cell Models: Motorola W408G, LG Optimus Q, Samsung R455C, Samsung Galaxy Proclaim, Samsung Galaxy SII, Blackberry Curve
Cheapest Phone Model: $19.99