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The 'TracFone' Networks
(Plus Related Brands)

The TracFone Networks are operated by one of the largest wireless companies in the world, America Movil.  They control 11 different wireless carriers in the US and Puerto Rico, TracFone being the best known. This list of America Movil networks in the US provides links and other useful data, listed alphabetically. The advantage of these services is that you use the use same wireless networks as the major carriers, but at a lower price. America Movil negotiates with each carrier separately to offer the best price. However, Verizon Wireless has agreed to acquire all the prepaid brands from America Movil which should occur in the middle of 2021. It is expected that any of these prepaids not currently using the Verizon Wireless network will eventually transition to the Verizon network. Claro is not exclusively prepaid so it listed separately.

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GoSmart Mobile
GoSmart  started as a variation of T-Mobile's own Prepaid before their acquisition of MetroPCS. GoSmart was acquired by America Movil in 2016 and now operates more like America Movil's other prepaids. GoSmart offers some very low price points and gives you "unlimited" data and will "throttle" your web speed after your allotment.  They have a very limited number of phones available, but they allow you to bring your own phone. Broadband access is limited to 3G downloads but allow 4G-LTE access to Facebook and Messenger. Talk, text and data roaming is available for no extra charge in Mexico and 15 other Latin American countries. GoSmart will be acquired by Verizon Wireless, closing in mid-2021. After that time, GoSmart customers will transition to the Verizon Wireless network.
NET10 was originally developed to offer a pure 10 cents a minute wireless experience but has evolved to a network that has a slight benefit toward families.

Page Plus is one of our recommended prepaid services. They use the entire Verizon Wireless network with off-network Voice and Text roaming available at a reasonable per minute rate. America Movil acquired Page Plus in 2014.

Safelink Wireless
Safelink Wireless supplies service to those customers who qualify for LifeLine services, a government-supported telephone program. Plans are Free or at a very low cost. Safelink is only offered in certain states of the US where subsidies are available. Safelink will be acquired by Verizon Wireless, closing in mid-2021. After that time, Safelink subscribers will transition to the Verizon Wireless infrastructure.
Simple Mobile phones are confined to the T-Mobile network and give you lower rates in return for more restricted network access. The name "SIM-ple" originated with them being a "SIM-only" service, but now they offer several Simple Mobile-branded phones.

Straight Talk
Originally offered as an exclusive product to be sold at Wal-Mart, Straight Talk also offers their phones and service online. They offer single-network phones which allows a choice of one of the national carriers, and a Bring-Your-Own-Phone plan that offers access to multiple networks. Straight Talk also offers Hot Spots and Wireless Home Phone Systems.
    Straight Talk, along with their related prepaid brands, regularly negotiates with all the wireless networks to get the best  price to use their infrastructure.  Depending on your service plan, the carrier you used in a certain location this year may be different than the one you used last year.  Straight Talk's plans are dependant on your phone model and may be limited to just one major network or one technology (CDMA or GSM).  Your phone may also access one of the smaller, regional networks.  In most cases, you won't know which network you are using and coverage won't change appreciably.


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Telcel America is no longer being offered in the US.  Existing customers move to Simple Mobile, which adds to speculation that Simple Mobile will survive under Verizon Wireless ownership, should that acquision occur.

Total Wireless
Total Wireless was created to be sold at Walmart like Straight Talk, but at different price points, and is limited to the Verizon Wireless network and not the roaming partners available on Straight Talk.

TracFone is the largest Prepaid service in the US and the largest of America Movil's US networks. They have created a network with nationwide coverage using roaming agreements with various carriers.

Walmart Family Mobile
Walmart created their own brand of wireless using the T-Mobile Network. America Movil acquired the Walmart Family Mobile service and now operates it within their TracFone operation. The phones and plans offered are similar to other America Movil products and will continue to be sold at Walmart stores and  While the phones should continue to use the T-Mobile network, America Movil may make adjustments and their maps show coverage available on roaming partners. Their service is competitive with other prepaids and they may be offered at price points that may better fit your usage. Walmart Family Mobile will be acquired by Verizon Wireless, closing in mid-2021. After that time, Walmart Family Mobile subscribers will transition to the Verizon Wireless infrastructure.

Claro Wireless
Claro is more like America Movil's other Latin America networks. They own the network and offer a wide variety of phones, plans, and 'bundles' with their other communications services. "Claro" is Spanish for "Clear." Claro is not part of the Verizon Wireless acquisition.

AMERICA MOVIL Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What's Movil?
    'Movil' means 'Mobile' in Spanish and is used in Latin American countries for 'Mobile Phone'.

  • Which Network Will I Use?
    America Movil does not own a single cell site in the US, their service is based entirely on roaming agreements with most US carriers. With these agreements, the America Movil networks can offer service anywhere in the US where there is cellular service, and local phone numbers are available in any chosen location. Upon the completion of the acquisition by Verizon Wireless of America Movil's prepaid brands, all customers should be transitioned to the Verizon Wireless network.

    Keep in mind that
    America Movil is able to negotiate with each carrier separately to offer the best price, sometimes one against another, which may change the operating network for some of these Prepaid plans or their roaming partners. However, with any changes in network agreements, each America Movil network supports its original plans and coverage.

  • Is It All Prepaid?
    All of these networks (except Claro) offer only Prepaid plans with no contracts. There are several refill options including Auto-Refill.

  • Is Roaming Available Outside the US?
    Currently, the only America Movil networks that offer roaming are GoSmart in 15 Latin American countries and Telcel which roams in Mexico.  They also offer an "International neighbors" feature that gives you a local number in either Mexico or Canada that can ring your US-based phone for no additional charges other than a local call in that country.

  • Can I Bring My Own Phone?
    Yes. One great feature of some of the American Movil networks is their Bring Your Own Phone Plans. This has multiple benefits:

    • You can buy a nicer or more advanced phone or wireless device than those offered by these carriers. 
    • You only need to insert the proper SIM card and you're operating on one of the America Movil networks. You can also use a phone you already own including some CDMA phones and the Apple iPhone.
    • In some cases, you can choose your network. If you choose an AT&T SIM, for example, you will use the entire AT&T network. If you roam outside of the AT&T footprint, your phone will roam on one of the GSM networks that has a roaming agreement with America Movil. This includes most US networks and covers virtually all areas served by GSM service. Within the AT&T service area, your phone will not roam onto another network. The same is true for a phone with a T-Mobile based SIM. Your coverage will be just like that of a T-Mobile phone, but whenever you travel outside the 'home' network area you will have coverage on one of America Movil's roaming partners.
    • Coverage is greater than America Movil's single-network phones.

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