SIMPLE Mobile, a great alternative to contract plans

I hate bills, especially phone bills, and when I receive one in the mail that includes overage charges I want to scream. Who wants to take time out of their busy and already chaotic day to call customer service to barter a deal that gets rid of excessive charges that weren’t supposed to be there in the first place? Certainly not me!

How it normally goes…

It all begins beautifully. You walk into a shiny new phone store, they talk to you sweetly as you try to explain how you want a plan that includes everything and one that won’t leave you with surprises, and after an hour or so you leave with a brand new toy and plan. You think to yourself, this is finally what I’ve been waiting for. A flat $79.95 a month, no surprises, no sneaky hidden fees.

A month later, you come back to reality and realize you are in the same situation you were in with your previous plan: service fees, roaming fees, credit checks, extra data rates, smart phone charges, and so on. In all honesty lately, the no-contract plan options have been looking better and better to me.


A different way…

For the past 60 days, I have had the pleasure of using a test phone (a Galaxy Nexus) with a SIM card provided by SIMPLE Mobile, and I have to say I am quite pleased. How does it work? SIMPLE Mobile (owned by TracFone Wireless) runs off of T-Mobile’s 4G network, and has about the same connectivity as regular contract T-Mobile users. You use your own phone or purchase one from a retailer such as Best Buy or Amazon, so there are no extra charges for phone type.

simple mobile 4g

It doesn’t matter if you prefer an Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, or Windows phone, they are all welcome! To get started, just sign up online or at a local Simple Mobile dealer and they will send you an activated SIM card. Once you receive the card, all you do is insert it into the phone, go through a couple of activation steps, and you are ready to go. Unlimited talk plans start at just $40 a month (or $25 for 15 days) and they even offer international long distance plans as well for an additional $10 a month.


Of course nothing is perfect. I live in the South, and even though the coverage map says I have 4G capabilities, I never saw it once. But I can’t complain. The $50 plan I am currently using gives me a full 3G or 4G experience, and even while I drove to Ohio I never had any downtime or loss of coverage. Web browsing was flawless, but MMS services did have some problems with replicating messages at times. However, there is an easy fix for that: download a messaging app.

simple mobile plans

I have included plans and pricing below. Honestly, with full plans starting at just $40 a month and no extra fees or hassles (as well as being able to end my my service at the end of each billing cycle and transfer my own number,) I am quite pleased. If you are in the market for a no-contract plan, I highly recommend you check out SIMPLE Mobile.



Unlimited Calling Plans

$25.00 (15 day talk and text)

  • Unlimited Talk and Text
  • Unlimited International Text
  • Voicemail, Caller ID, and more


  • Unlimited Talk and Text
  • Unlimited International Text
  • Voicemail, Caller ID, and more
  • Unlimited Data (250 MB at 4G speeds)


  • Unlimited Talk and Text
  • Unlimited International Text
  • 3 Way Calling, Voicemail, Caller ID, and more
  • Unlimited 4G Data





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