Most wireless customers are familiar with the big-name brands in Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. Relatively few buyers, though, are as well-versed when it comes to the topic of Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO).
It might surprise you to know that companies like MetroPCS, Boost Mobile, and Cricket Wireless operate on the T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T networks, respectively. These network operators license the towers and coverage from the tier-one providers and offer their own phones, rate plans, and customer service. NET10 Wireless is one such MVNO worth closer inspection.
As a company that operates almost virtually, NET10 doesn’t have any towers of their own, nor do they have any retail presence. Moreover, you won’t find paper bills, activation fees, or overage charges.
Using both CDMA and GSM technologies, NET10 lets customers bring their AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, or unlocked GSM phones.
Customers can choose from a number of options spread across various types of plans. For those who only needed the barest of necessities, the pay-as-you-go provides buckets of minutes. The Monthly Talk, Text, and Data plans range from $35 up to $75 per month and come with variable amounts of high speed data.
The Upgrade Plans give buyers the opportunity to earn phone credits for paying their bills after determined periods of time. The $60 option, for instance, allows for the $300 credit after 18 months on the plan. On the other end, the $80 choice lets you do so after only six months.
Should you wish to connect more than one line of service to another, the Family Plans run anywhere from $75 to $170 per month. As of November 2016 the plans work out as follow:
- $75 per month – 2 lines with 3GB data each
- $90 per month – 2 lines with 5GB data each
- $130 per month – 3 lines with 5GB data each
- $170 per month – 4 lines with 5GB data each
As one might expect, the handset selection through NET10 leaves something to be desired. With that said, it’s quite affordable to purchase a phone through the MVNO. Indeed, there are phones that cost as little as $10 each; the top of the line ends up around $280.
Another option for potential buyers is to lump a phone and rate plan together for one monthly rate. Going this route opens the door to a larger selection of phones, including much more current and powerful devices.
Where things shine for NET10 is in its ability to support existing phones from other carriers. Those of you who have access to an existing phone, or who might have purchased an unlocked phone elsewhere, can bring the device to NET10. As of today you can get a SIM Card for as low as $.99 and activate immediately.