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.
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.SIMPLE MOBILE:
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 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.
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.
Telcel is the largest wireless service in Mexico and their new US service gives you a Mexico-calling connection with their "Extended Nation" plans. There are several plan levels that include Roaming in Mexico, including a 7-day plan. Coverage in Mexico is mostly on the superior Telcel Mexico network. In the US, Telcel offers all the same characteristics of the Straight Talk network, including a "Bring Your Own Phone" plan that roams nationally on most available GSM networks. Telcel coverage in the US uses the T-Mobile network. They also offer Spanish language customer service and web site. All of America Movil's prepaids will be acquired by Verizon Wireless, closing in mid-2021. Since Telcel is a brand used in Mexico by America Movil, we expect Telcel US customers will be moved to one of the other prepaids on this page. If not, Telcel US customers will transition to the Verizon Wireless network.
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 Walmart.com. 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 PUERTO RICO
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.
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