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- Nationwide 4G LTE coverage on all four major networks
- Plans start at $20/mo. for 2GB of data
- Variety of plans available for every budget, with a wide range of speeds
- Doesn’t offer many deals on new phones
Net10 is one of the several prepaid brands operated by Tracfone, and it offers some enticing perks for new subscribers. In addition to affordable rates, Net10 has reliable nationwide 4G LTE coverage on the nation’s top four networks. There are no contacts, no added costs and no hidden fees.
When you sign up for Net10, you have two options — keep your current phone or purchase a new one. Net10 sells all the latest models, and you can often score a great deal if you purchase a phone with a plan. You can keep your phone number or get a new one — Net10 is all about flexibility.
Overall, Net10 is a great phone company if you’re looking for a prepaid phone plan. But it’s best suited for people who don’t care about getting the fastest speeds. Net10 offers unlimited data, but the amount of high-speed data you’re allowed each month is on the low side.
Net10 sells a variety of popular phone options for Android and iOS, but most of the latest models don’t qualify for a discount.
- Get an iPhone XR for just $400 with the purchase of a plan
- Get an iPhone 7 for just $200 with a no-fee payment plan for 24 months
- Get a Samsung Galaxy A10e for just $100 with a no-fee payment plan for 24 months
- Get a Samsung Galaxy A01 for just $60 with the purchase of a plan
Customers can choose from a wide range of prepaid phone plans, including a pay-as-you-go option with a carryover benefit.
|Data||Price||Price (with auto-refill)||Talk and text||International call credit|
Pricing per month plus taxes. Additional fees and terms may apply. As of 11/03/20.
When you get a prepaid phone plan from Net10, you simply activate the SIM card online or through the app, buy your preferred plan and get access to your data. It’s really that simple. Net10 customers also have the option to enroll in auto-refill, which can save you a few dollars.
All of Net10’s phone plans come with unlimited talk and text, plus unlimited data. The plans all start at 4G LTE speeds, but after you hit your data limit, the speed is throttled down to just 2G — enough to (very slowly) load a webpage. Customers who enroll multiple phones on the same plan can get $10 off each additional line, but only if they’re all on auto refill.
Net10 also offers basic phone plans, which are pay-as-you-go. There are five plans available that range from 200 to 1,500 minutes, and they all include carry over benefits. Net10 offers one non-carryover benefit plan for 1,000 minutes. Additionally, customers have a few options for add-ons, including a $10 pay-as-you-go global calling card.
If you’re still hanging onto your landline phone, Net10 has you covered. The company offers two unlimited plan options for landline phones. There’s also a mobile hotspot option if you want to tether other devices to your phone’s data connection.
How do Net10’s prices compare?
When it comes to price, Net10 stacks up pretty well against competitors. At just $4.79 per gig, it’s only slightly more expensive than Mint Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile’s prepaid plans. For unlimited data, it’s priced on par with most other providers.
Even though Net10 is cheap, you pay for what you get. If you blow through a lot of data, be prepared to run out of high-speed data each month. You’ll get stuck with 2G when you hit your limit, which is a dealbreaker for some people.
Net10 is a decent option for someone who doesn’t use their phone too often, or at least not for data-intensive activities, like streaming and internet browsing. Here’s a quick breakdown of how Net10’s prices compare to other prepaid phone companies.
|Carrier||Price per GB*||4GB or less||5-9GB||10-25GB||Unlimited|
|Mint Mobile**||$3.19||$15 (3GB)||$20 (8GB)||$25 (12GB)||$30|
|Metro by T-Mobile||$4.00||–||–||$40 (10GB)||$50-$60|
|Net10||$4.24||$20 (2GB)||$35 (5GB)||$40 (10GB)|
|Straight Talk Wireless||$4.40||–||$35 (5GB)||$45 (25GB)||$55|
|T-Mobile||$5.50||$15 (2GB)||$25 (5GB)||$40 (10GB)||$50-$85|
|Boost Mobile||$5.80||$10 (1GB)|
|$25 (5GB)||$35 (10GB)|
|Verizon||$8.75||–||$55 (5GB)||$65 (10GB)||$65-$90|
|Credo Mobile||$9.15||$50 (3GB)||$55 (9GB)||$70 (15GB)||$70|
|Cricket Wireless||$9.50||$30 (2GB)||–||$40 (10GB)||$55-$60|
|Republic Wireless||$9.75||$20 (1GB) $25 (2GB) $30 (3GB) $35 (4GB)||$40 (5GB) $45 (6GB) $50 (7GB) $55 (8GB) $60 (9GB)||$65 (10GB) $75 (12GB) $90 (15GB)||–|
|AT&T||$10.00||$30 (2GB)||$40 (8GB)||–||$50-$85|
|Consumer Cellular||$16.83||$25 (0.5GB) $30 (3GB)||–||$40 (10GB) $50 (15GB)||$60|
*Unlimited plans not factored in.
**Introductory rates, also available with 12-month renewal
All plans include unlimited talk and text. Pricing per month plus taxes. Additional fees and terms may apply. As of 11/06/20.
Net10 doesn’t offer many deals, unless you bundle a new phone and plan purchase.
Net10 doesn’t offer exciting perks like some other prepaid phone companies. There’s no free subscription to Amazon Prime, or Visa Gift Card when you sign up for a new plan. However, there are a few ways that you can save money.
We found that Net10 usually runs deals when you buy select phones with a prepaid plan. Right now, you can get an iPhone XR 64GB for $150 off the retail price when you buy a plan. Other phones, like the iPhone 7 32GB, come with a no-fee, two-year contract when you get a plan.
The other savings option is to sign up for auto-refill. With almost any phone plan, you can save a few dollars each month if you set your phone to autopay. Even with auto-refill, you still have the option to cancel your plan at any time without a fee.
Net10 customers get coast-to-coast access to fast 4G LTE speeds on AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon.
Net10 is one of the only prepaid phone carriers that runs on the four biggest networks. Based on where you’re located, Net10 will automatically connect you to the strongest signal in your area. The best connection at your house could be AT&T, but at work, it’s T-Mobile. That means you can count on getting reliable coverage no matter where you are.
How is Net10’s 5G network?
Because Net10 runs on all four major networks, the 5G capabilities are among the best for prepaid carriers. Customers who can get access to T-Mobile in their area will have the best results with 5G. According to Speedtest, T-Mobile has a majority of the commercial 5G deployments in the U.S.
However, customers who can access Verizon’s 5G network will experience the fastest speeds. Verizon’s 5G speed score was 870.50, significantly faster than second-runner-up AT&T, which had a score of 78.68.
Although 5G networks are still fairly limited, we noticed that Net10 does sell a few 5G-enabled phones for customers who live in an area where 5G is available. Some examples include the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, One Plus 8 Pro 5G and Motorola Edge 5G.
How does Net10 compare to other prepaid phone companies?
Overall, Net10 is a good prepaid phone company — but only for some people. The company offers a wide variety of phones, a few customizable plans and affordable prices.
Although you can use as much data as you want, the amount of high-speed data you receive is one the low side. Net10 probably doesn’t cut it for people who use their phone for games, streaming or frequent internet browsing.
On the other hand, Net10 is a suitable option for someone who doesn’t use that much data, and is looking for a cheap phone plan. Compared to competitors, Net10’s price per GB is only slightly more expensive than Mint Mobile, the cheapest carrier we reviewed. And if you sign up for auto refill, you can save anywhere from $2 to $5/mo.
Net10 customer service
If you need to contact Net10 for customer service, there are a few ways you can get in touch:
- Phone: 877.836.2368
- Text helpline: Text a keyword to 61161
- Online chat
- Technical support
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NET10Wireless/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/Net10Wireless
Who owns Net10?
Net10 is owned by Tracfone.
Where can you buy Net10 phones?
What network does Net10 use?
Should you switch to Net10?
Based on our evaluation, Net10 is a good option for people who use their phone primarily for talking and texting. If you need more than 2GB of data per month, you can find cheaper plans through other prepaid companies.
That said, because Net10 operates on all four major networks, you can get reliable coverage anywhere in the country. There are only a few other companies that offer the same coverage for a low rate. Net10 also has no contracts and no cancellation fees, so if you’re unhappy with the speed or service, it’s easy to switch to another provider.
*Originally written 09/09/20. Last updated 11/03/20.
By Elizabeth Rivelli
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