& Operated by Verizon
The "TracFone" Networks, the largest family of Prepaids in the US, are
operated by Verizon. They
control 11 different Prepaid carriers in the US, TracFone
being the largest. This list 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. The
disadvantage is that these carriers will eventually use the
Verizon wireless infrastructure exclusively. This could mean coverage, plan and name changes.
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 other Tracfone 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
infrastructure. Depending on your service plan, the carrier
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
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
you are using and coverage won't change appreciably.
- STRAIGHT TALK Review
- STRAIGHT TALK
- STRAIGHT TALK Online
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
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.
Prepaid was never part of the "Tracfone" networks, but now that Verizon
owns all the Tracfone carriers, it should be assumed that they all
have, or will have, a cooperative realtionship. Verizon Prepaid was
never a strong product by itself so there is a chance it could be
eliminated in favor of one of the other networks, or it could become
the 'catch-all' for any of the other Tracfone carriers that could cease
to exist and have their operations and customers switched to Verizon
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.