In this article I am going to take a look at the Net10 Wireless plans and features for February 2019. Before I get started I want to point out this is not a review, just a look at the plans and features.
I was a Net10 customer for a few years, if you want to learn more about using Net10 checkout my articles on smartphonematters.com.
Net10 is a prepaid wireless service sold at Best Buy, Target, and other retailers as well as online at net10wireless.com. Net10 is one of the many prepaid wireless brands owned by Tracfone. There is a rumor that Straight Talk was created because Walmart wanted a brand like Net10, but sold exclusively at Walmart. Net10 doesn’t own their own cellular network, they use either the AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, or Sprint networks depending on where you live and what phone you use. Just to be clear, when you sign up, your phone will use one of these networks, not switch between the four.
When you sign up for Net10, you’ll have a choice you can buy a phone directly from Net10 or bring your own phone. Net10 has a pretty limited selection of iPhone and Samsung models, but sometimes you can get a good deal. See my latest Net10 Latest Deals. If you want to bring your own phone, you can order a Bring Your Own Phone SIM kit for $1.
Net10 has six different plans. All six plans include unlimited nation-wide talk and text and a fixed amount of high-speed data. Net10 does not offer any plans with unlimited data.
$20 Unlimited Talk, Text, and 1GB Data
The $20 plan includes unlimited nation-wide talk, text, and 1 GB of high speed data. With nationwide talk and text you’ll be able to make and receive calls from inside the United States to the United States.
After you use up your 1GB of high speed data, you’ll still have 2G data. 2G data is significantly reduced speed data, good enough to send and receive email, messages, and browse the web extremely slowly but too slow to watch Netflix and YouTube or listen to Spotify or Apple Music using your 2G cellular data. Net10 doesn’t list the details of 2G data, you’ll find it in the their terms and conditions of service. If you use up your high speed data within the month, you’ll have the option to buy more data with add-on data. Details below the plan descriptions.
Any remaining or unused high speed data at the end of the month expires. The data does not roll over or carry over.
$35 Unlimited Talk, Text, and 4GB Data ($31.50 with Auto-Refill)
The $35 Plan includes unlimited nation-wide talk, text, and 4 GB of high speed data. The price of the plan drops to $31.50 when you sign up for Auto-Refill. Auto-Refill is Net10’s automatic payment program. Let Net10 automatically charge your plan to your credit card each month and they will give you a $3.50 per month discount.
With this plan, you’ll have 4GB of high speed data. Data works exactly as described in the $35 plan except you have 3GB more.
$40 Unlimited Talk, Text, and 8GB Data ($36 with Auto-Refill)
The $40 plan includes unlimited nation-wide talk, text, and 8 GB of high speed data. The price drops to $36 when you enroll in Auto-Refill, a $4 discount.
With this plan, you’ll have 8GB of high speed data. Data works exactly as described in the $35 plan except you have 7GB more.
$50 Unlimited Talk, Text, and 10GB Data ($45 with Auto-Refill)
The $50 plan includes unlimited nation-wide talk, text, and 8 GB of high speed data. The price drops to $45 when you enroll in Auto-Refill, a $4 discount.
With this plan, you’ll have 8GB of high speed data. Data works exactly as described in the $35 plan except you have 9GB more.
$60 Unlimited Talk, Text, and 12GB Data
The $60 plan includes unlimited nation-wide talk, text, and 8 GB of high speed data. This plan does not offer an Auto-Refill discount.
With this plan, you’ll have 12GB of high speed data. Data works exactly as described in the $35 plan except you have 11GB more.
$65 Unlimited International Talk, Text, and 10GB Data ($65 with Auto-Refill)
The $65 Plan includes Unlimited International Talk, Text, and 10GB Data. The price drops to $65 when you enroll in Auto-Refill, a $5 discount. This is the same plan as the $50 plan but it includes unlimited international calling.
Net10 lists the following fine print about international calling.
**Each account is allowed to dial up to 15 unique international telephone numbers during a 30-day plan cycle, which resets each time a new plan is redeemed. Unlimited international calls are available to landline and mobile numbers in select destinations only, which are subject to change at any time. Calls must originate from the US or Puerto Rico. No international roaming allowed. Other terms and conditions apply. Please refer always to the latest Terms and Conditions of Service at net10wireless.com.
Before you sign up for Unlimited International, make sure to understand the details. First, Net10 does not support international direct dialing, you need to dial an access number first. Second, you can can only call 15 unique numbers per month. Next, check the list of countries you can call for free and make sure you can call landlines, mobile lines, or both depending on your needs. You can add additional international calling credit with a $10 Global card. See details below.
Net10 offers both Add-On Data and $10 Global Calling cards.
With Add-On Data you can buy additional high speed data when needed. For $5 you can buy 500MB, or for $10 you can buy 1 GB. $10 per GB for Add-On data is an OK price in 2019. On a positive note, your unused add on data does not expire as long as you keep your service active.
I like that Net10 offers service on a the AT&T, T-Mobile, or Verizon networks. for Bring Your Own Phone customers you can choose the network that works best for you. Also their $20, $31.50, and $36 plans are nicely priced for customers with modest or less demanding data needs.
On the other hand, Net10 lacks some of the features that many customers want.
Voicemail, but not Visual Voicemail
Net10 offers regular voicemail but not visual voicemail for iPhone and Android phones. Some Net10 customers report having Visual Voicemail, but you won’t know until you sign up. Net10 Customer Service will tell you they don’t support visual voicemail so if you don’t have it or run into any problems with it they can’t fix it.
No Mobile Hotspot
Net10 does not offer mobile hotspot. Mobile Hotspots lets you connect your laptop, tablet, or other Wi-Fi device to the internet using your phone’s cellular data connection Using Mobile Hotspot violates Net10’s Terms and Conditions of service.
Net10 does not consistent support for Wi-Fi Calling. With Wi-Fi calling, your phone can make and receive calls and texts using your Wi-Fi connection rather than the cellular network, This lets use your phone in areas where you have Wi-Fi but have little or no cellular network coverage.
Net10 claims that some of their phones will use Wi-Fi calling and they have a website where you can check your number and sign up if your phone supports it. Most find their phone is unsupported. Some claim its only works with selected phones that use Net10 s T-Mobile towers, but that isn’t the case for many. However others have found it worked on their phone on Net10’s AT&T towers.