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 $65 per month and come with variable amounts of high speed data.
- $35/month: 2GB
- $40/month: 4GB
- $50/month: 8GB
- $60/month: 10GB Unlimited Nationwide
- $65/month: 8GB Unlimited International
It’s worth noting that these rate plans will throttle data speeds at the allotted amounts and will not simply shut off or charge overage fees.
Should you wish to connect more than one line of service to another, you can add them to the $50 rate plan. The second line is $5 off but the third and fourth line are $10 off, each. You’ll have to enroll in automatic payments each much but it essentially shakes out to the following:
- $95 for two lines
- $135 for three lines
- $170 for four lines
Another option for potential buyers is to lump a phone and rate plan together for one monthly rate. There are a few prerequisites such as age, income, and automatic payments but it’s a great way to spread costs out over time.
Bring Your Own Device
One place where NET10 shines is in its ability to support 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.