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The America Movil Networks
One of the largest wireless companies in the world, America Movil controls 11 different wireless services in the US and Puerto Rico, TracFone being the largest. This is an overview of each, with links and 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.  Because their phones are available in local retail stores, America Movil is required to charge sales tax.  Claro is listed separately. (What's Movil?)

GoSmart Mobile
GOSMART was a variation of T-Mobile's Prepaid, conceived before their acquisition of MetroPCS. GoSmart was acquired by America Movil in 2016 and will slowly begin to operate more like America Movil's other prepaids. For now they offer plans that are slightly different than T-Mobile's "regular" Prepaid plans. They have a very limited number of phones available but you can bring your own phone. Broadband access is limited to T-Mobile's 3G network which has a smaller footprint and slower downloads.  They also offer a $25 Talk & Text-only plan.

NET10
NET10  was 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 and "ethnic" customers. For the most part, NET10 phones are GSM and, like TracFone, assigns you a "Home" network based on your location, your choice of phone, and which carrier offers them the best roaming rate. They offer both fixed and Unlimited plans and a discount for each additional family share line. NET10 also offers a "Bring Your Own Phone" plan that roams nationally on most available GSM networks.

PAGE PLUS is one of our recommended prepaid services. They use the entire Verizon Wireless network with off-network Voice and Text roaming available at an additional charge. America Movil acquired Page Plus in 2014. Little has changed under new ownership, as has been the case with similar acquisitions, with the exception of added taxes. Page Plus offers a wide variety of economical plans including plans with Data. They also allow you to bring your own CDMA phone.

SAFELINK WIRELESS supplies service to those customers who qualify for LifeLine services, a government-supported telephone program. Plans are Free or at a very low cost. They offer basic phones and service utilizing features and coverage similar to TracFone. Basic plans are for Voice and Text only, in some states some Free Data is available, and you can buy additional minutes. Safelink is only offered in certain states of the US.

SIMPLE MOBILE  phones are confined to the T-Mobile network and give you lower rates in return for the more restrictive network access. The name "SIM-ple" originated with a "SIM-only" service, but now they offer several SIMple Mobile-branded phones. You are still invited to bring your own unlocked or T-Mobile compatible GSM phone and they'll send you a SIM card to start service. The difference in prices among plans is based on your data speed or threshold. With the more expensive plans you get faster service. There is no off-network roaming except in Mexico. All plans have Unlimited Calls and Texts and some level of Data.

Straight Talk
STRAIGHT TALK was originally 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. They also offer an even more versatile "Bring Your Own Phone" plan which allows you to use any AT&T, T-Mobile or unlocked GSM phone. The big advantage of "Bring Your Own Phone" is that you will have the total coverage of your chosen "Home" network as well as additional roaming from America Movil's normal roaming partners. If you purchase an "Android" phone from Straight Talk, your coverage will be limited to mostly the Sprint network, however, if the phone you use for the "Bring Your Own Phone" plan is a GSM Android phone, you will use any of the available roaming networks, including all broadband features. Some plans include Unlimited features including data. Refills can be purchased in 1, 3, 6 and 12 month increments, with the longer expirations selling at a slight discount. Refills are only available online and at Wal-Mart stores or as "Auto-Refill". Straight Talk is Available Online.


TELCEL AMERICA is part of the largest wireless service in Mexico and their "Telcel America" service gives you a Mexico-calling connection with their "Extended Nation" plans. There are several plan levels that include Roaming in Mexico, including Data, with a 7-day plan offered at $20.  Coverage in Mexico is mostly on the superior Telcel Mexico network. In the US, the Telcel America network offers the same benefits of the other America Movil plans, including a "Bring Your Own Phone" plan that roams nationally on most available GSM networks. Coverage in the US is based on the T-Mobile network and also includes the America Movil roaming partners in the US.  They also offer Spanish language customer service and web site.
Discount TelCel America Refills

Total Wireless
TOTAL WIRELESS was created to be sold at Walmart, like Straight Talk but at different price points, and is limited to the Verizon Wireless network and not the roaming partners available on Straight Talk. You get Unlimited Talk & Text and a large amount of Data at prices about $10 less than Straight Talk. Total is also similar to Page Plus but without the roaming capabilities. Keep in mind all America Movil products currently add sales tax which is not added by some competitors. If you live and travel within Verizon's wireless network, Total Wireless can be a good value if you can get a good price fit.  Total Wireless is Available Online!

TracFone
TRACFONE is the 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. TracFone requires the use of their own phones and your service takes on the characteristics of the major network they assign you as to your "Home" network. That choice is based on your location, your choice of phone, and which carrier offers them the best roaming rate.
TracFone Coverage

Walmart Family Mobile
WALMART FAMILY MOBILE 
was created for Walmart as 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 continue to use the T-Mobile network, America Movil may make adjustments and their coverage maps currently show coverage available on roaming partners. Their service is designed to be competitive with other Prepaids and may be offered at price points that may better fit your usage.
Walmart Family Mobile Coverage


Claro Wireless
CLARO PUERTO RICO is more 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 uses the former Verizon Wireless network in Puerto Rico which has very good coverage. Claro and Verizon Wireless have interoperating agreements but there are some technology incompatibilites as Claro slowly offers new services that are GSM-based like America Movil's other local networks. "Claro" is Spanish for "Clear."

What's Movil?
'Movil' means 'Mobile' in Spanish and is used in Latin American countries for 'Mobile Phone'.