20 Mar 2013
Net10 $50 unlimited talk, text, data, and 411 for BYOP(bring your own phone) review.
So you want the freedom of no contract? don’t want to compromise the service? If you’ve been with AT&T or T-Mobile, you know how great service is. If you’re currently out of contract or almost out of contract with either carrier.
there’s a great alternative for no contract service. The great thing about it, is that you can have the same phone( more about this later) on the same network with a no contract agreement. Now the way this service works maybe a bit involved, but really the more important part is you buy a SIM card kit that is about 15 dollars then you activate it on the net10 BYOP service plan you can even transfer your number.
Who is Net10?
Net10 is a service of TracFone wireless, which itself is subsidiary of America Movil S.A.B de C.V. a Mexican telecommunications conglomerate they have a total subscriber base of over 242 million.
Now TracFone is the biggest no-contract provider here in the US with over 19 million subscribers. Tracfone has Partnered up with AT&T, T-Mobile ( GSM technology which is what the BYOP program uses ) Sprint, and Verizon( CDMA Technology ) to provide service throughout the whole country. TracFone Operates under the following names or services: TracFone, Net10, SafeLink, and newcomer Telcel America.
Net10 offers both CDMA and GSM phones that as stated run on AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon. Net10 also offers the following BYOP(Bring your Own Phone) Program that works on both the GSM carriers AT&T and T-Mobile.
How it works?
Net10 service works very well whether you have AT&T or T-Mobile. Basically Net10 has the same coverage and works with existing phones like the iPhone 4/4s,(note: support for iPhone 5 is still not officially available) Android phones such as the Motorola Atrix HD, Galaxy S3 or other basic flip phones and feature phones that currently run on AT&T/T-Mobile service. You can buy the SIM kit at Walmart, RadioShack and other fine retailers including online stores like Amazon.
The kit comes with 3 SIM cards which means you can activate up to 3 phones. 2 of the Cards are AT&T compatible, a micro sim and a traditional mini sim. While the other one is a T-Mobile compatible mini sim. Though you can optionally buy a T-Mobile micro Compatible SIM through their online Net10 Portal for those unlocked phones that require it. ( Please note that if you have a AT&T phone and you put the T-Mobile SIM inside you will get a message asking for an unlock code, similarly if you have a T-Mobile phone and you put AT&T SIM it will also ask for an unlock code. So please use the SIM compatible with your carrier based phone.) Remember to buy the 50 dollar plan pin as well as you will need that during that activation.
Once you have the SIM or SIM Kit with your 50 dollar activation pin, you can start your Activation. (I will have additional info at bottom on how you can transfer your number to Net10). First of all you want to make sure your SIM fits. you can do this by taking the SIM out of the package and inserting it in the phone, this is usually shown on the back of the phone behind the battery. once you know it fits point your browser to net10.com and look for the activate button. It will ask you if you want to “transfer(port) your number?”. you fill in the info it ask for and you will have it running in no time.
What was the service like?
I want to let you guys know that I tried Net10 $50 unlimited plan with the AT&T compatible sim. As for the phone I use the Samsung Galaxy Nexus unlocked International Version from the Google Play Store. I have to say that after the initial set-up everything worked fine until i started to use a lot of data, I got throttled as my speed was decrease to a snail pace while still on HSPA. I can’t tell you for sure if get the T-Mobile sim that they will throttle you for being a heavy data user. Call quality was just what I would expect from AT&T, in fact it was identical to my current AT&T line.
What are the benefits?
The benefits of the service are mostly that you get unlimited service for reasonable price over other services. hassles of a contract. Also you get the great coverage once again area dependent on AT&T or T-Mobile. you can also take your number with you to the new service.
What are the drawbacks?
If you’re a heavy data user they will throttle your data and as I heard from a few other users they will also terminate your service if you get into excessive texting or calling but I couldn’t find any actual numbers for this.
It’s great that you can transfer your number to this service, buying SIM Kits is now easier with the BYOP Programs from net10. You get great service where AT&T/T-Mobile is available. The main problem for me is that if you a heavy user where you think you might use around 2 gb or more a month in data or text over 1000 times a month, maybe call over 2000 mins in a week this service is not for you. I got throttled using 2 gb in a single day after that the data experience was terrible. Even though I was able to make calls, the snail pace really affected my experience. I Personally rather pay for what I get. with the new AT&T Mobile Share plans I can get just that.