When I signed up for Net10, I bought my SIM card package at the local Radio Shack. I activated it at home and paid my $50 online using my credit card, but the final cost was $54.73. Net10 charged me $3.13 in state sales tax (MA at 6.25%), $0.75 911 Service charge, $0.75 Feded Universal Service, and $0.10 Regulatory Cost Recovery.
When I sign up for the auto refill option I get a $5 discount on my bill so my monthly charge should be $49.22. I noticed that if you pay your bill with the $50 prepaid cards you pay state sales tax at the register, but not the extra fees. If I buy my pepaid cards in a tax free state, like New Hampshire, you don’t pay tax at all But the autorefill only saves me $0.78 cents.
Straight Talk on the other hand, is $45 a month and comes out to $49 with taxes and fees. If you sign up for the auto refill they offer a 2.50 discount, bringing the price down to $46. But that’s about a dollar more then just buying the prepaid cards.
I have also set up a a a family member on StraightTalk wireless, which is $45 a month. We signed up for auto refill and the monthly bill came to $49.25. Thats $45 plus $2.81 sales tax (MA @ 6.25%) plus $0.68 911 Service Charge plus $0.68 Federal Universal service plus $0.09 Regulatory cost recovery. If I just bought tax free refill cards in NH, we’d save $4.25 a month, or $51 a year, which would pay for month of service.
There was supposed to be a $2.50 discount for signing up for auto-refill by StraightTalk didn’t honor that. Customer Service said we didn’t sign up for the promotion on the correct days, but also said the sign up period was March 4-19 2013. Maybe they meant Feb. Either way, I’ll have to look into trying to get that discount or just buy the prepaid cards.