The TracFone Networks are
operated by one of the largest wireless
companies in the world, America Movil.
control 11 different wireless carriers in the US and Puerto Rico, TracFone
being the largest. This list of networks in the US provides links and
other useful data, listed
alphabetically. The advantage is that with these services you use the
same wireless networks as the major carriers at a lower price. America
Movil is able to negotiate with each carrier separately to offer the
best price. Claro is
America Movil FAQ
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 give you "unlimited" data and will "throttle" your web
speed after your allotment.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Talk also offers Hot Spots and Wireless Home Phone Systems.
- ABOUT STRAIGHT TALK COVERAGE:
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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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. They also offer Spanish language customer
Wireless was created to be sold at Walmart, like Straight
but at different price points, and is limited to the Verizon
and not the roaming partners
available on Straight
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.
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
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.
CLARO PUERTO RICO
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
Frequently Asked Questions:
- What's Movil?
means 'Mobile' in Spanish and is used in Latin American countries for
Network Will I Use?
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.
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.
their phones, and all of the SIM's, are coded to use one of the major
US wireless networks either exclusively, or as your "Home" network. In
some cases you can either specify the network when you order on their
web site, or
look for one of the network codes on the retail packages using the
It All Prepaid?
All of these networks (except Claro) offer only Prepaid plans with no
contracts. There are several refill options including Auto-Refill. Discount
refills are available online.
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
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?
great feature of some of the American Movil networks is their Bring
Your Own Phone Plans. This has multiple benefits:
can buy a nicer or more advanced phone or wireless device than those
offered by these carriers.
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 like the Apple
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.
is greater than America Movil's single-network phones.