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Prepaid Reviews: Secondary Prepaids
The largest Prepaids not affiliated with the major carriers. Listed Alphabetically

Prepaids Affiliated with the Major Carriers

Consumer Cellular
Our Rating:
(4 Out of 4 Stars)

Independently Operated
■ Network: AT&T and others.
Consumer Cellular provides easy-to-use phones, no-contract plans and free or low-cost handsets. Coverage includes the AT&T network and some roaming partners. Plan prices are reasonable and are available for Talk, Text and Data. You can bring your own AT&T or Unlocked GSM phone. Customer Service is better than average. AARP and AAA members can get additional discounts.

 Our Rating:
(1 Out of 4 Stars)

 Independently Operated
 Network: Sprint or AT&T
FreedomPop has earned its way into our ratings by their brazen offer: FREE service!  What's the catch? FreedomPop has created a quality product with a good number of features and they hope you will sign up for their Free service and then upgrade to one or more of their value-priced features.  For the low usage customer, FreedomPop has a great number of benefits as a primary, secondary or tertiary wireless service.  Their specialty is providing service and devices for wireless Internet access.  However, you must pay attention to their procedures and their terms. Their free and cheapest plans use VoIP, do not include voice mail and may incur an overage fee you didn't expect.  Not that these are bad things, it's just something you need to watch.
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Google Project Fi
Our Rating:
(3 Out of 4 Stars)

■ Independently Operated
■ Network: T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular and foreign carriers.
Project Fi offers a new approach to wireless service. Your phone will determine the best connection to make a call or access the Internet. Their plan involves a $20 monthly fee and another charge for broadband access. You are then credited each month for unused data usage. In addition to Unlimited Calls and Text as well as low-cost international calls, you have access in over 120 foreign countries. The service works with only a limited number of phone models. Establishing a Google Fi account also automatically replaces your Google Voice account.

 Our Rating:
(2 Out of 4 Stars)

 Operated by GreatCall
 Network: Verizon Wireless and others.
Jitterbug has phones and plans specially designed for seniors. They have phones large, easy-to-read buttons and screen, a loud earpiece, service with reasonable monthly charges, no contract, an "operator" when you need one, and great national coverage. Not many phone models are available. Their service is directed to seniors and is based on the Verizon Wireless network and other roaming partners. Plans start as low as $14.99 per month.
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Our Rating:
(3 Out of 4 Stars)

■ Operated by America Movil
■ Networks: AT&T and others.
NET10 has very good coverage with no extra charges for Roaming or Long Distance. You can get Local numbers and coverage almost anywhere in the US. NET10 uses the top cellular networks available. They can also automatically refill your account monthly. Net 10 also has a no contract Unlimited plan and a "Bring-Your-Own-Phone" plan. NET10 is nearly identical to its sister service, StraightTalk, but differs by being available at retailers other than Walmart and that plans are available at different data caps and price levels, especially for "family" plans. NET10, like all America Movil companies, charges local sales tax.
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page plus Cellular
Our Rating:
(4 Out of 4 Stars)

■ Operated by America Movil
Network: Verizon Wireless and others.
Page Plus is a great choice to convert your existing CDMA phone to Pay As You Go. They offer great rates and you are charged for their various features only when you use them. Refills start at only $10 for 100 minutes and they have an inexpensive Unlimited plan. They can refill your minutes automatically. You get access to the largest cellular network in the country with off-network roaming available for an additional charge, including Mexico. Their normal refill period is good for 120 days and at the $80 level, refills are good for a whole year. Unlike other Prepaid carriers, Page Plus Auto-Refill occurs on the same date each month, not each 30 days, a small but significant advantage. Also, Page Plus phones will roam off the Home network as long as you have a cash balance in your Page Plus account. Page Plus. like all America Movil companies, charges local sales tax.
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Rebublic Wireless
Our Rating:
(3 Out of 4 Stars)

■ Independently Operated
■ Network: Wi-Fi and Sprint.
Republic satisfies the needs of those users who want to make Calls & Texts and use Data at a much lower price by only using Wi-Fi for most connections. All actions occur through available Wi-Fi networks but Roaming is also available on the Sprint network. You get Unlimited Talk, Text, Data and 3G Roaming with below average rates! Republic offers a few phones with capabilities defined by the phone model. If most of your connections cannot be made through Wi-Fi, your charges may change. Since calls are delivered primarily through Wi-Fi your phone can make calls in over 60 countries.
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Our Rating:
(3 Out of 4 Stars)
Operated by: America Movil
Network: T-Mobile Only.
Simple Mobile phones are confined mostly to the T-Mobile network and give you lower rates in return for more restricted network access, including during congestion, Simple Mobile customers may notice reduced speeds vs. T-Mobile customers.  The name "SIM-ple" originated as 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.  Your data speed is slowed to 2G after your monthly allotment is depleted.  With the more expensive plans you can get faster service. There is no off-network roaming except in Mexico. All plans have Unlimited Calls and Texts and some level of Data. Watch for substantial promotional prices especially for Auto-Refill.

Our Rating:
(4 Out of 4 Stars)

Operated by America Movil
Network:  AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, and others.
Straight Talk offers monthly prepaid plans that start at $30 for 1,000 minutes of Talk and Text without a contract. Their Unlimited Talk, Text, Picture Messaging, Web browsing and 411 plan is $45 per month. You can set up to automatically refill your account. Each phone model they sell specifically uses one of the national wireless networks with no off-network roaming. You should check coverage to make sure a certain phone model covers where you travel, the model they offer you is based on where you sign up for service. They sell a number of phones including Smart phones, some of which are expensive, but you can save with reconditioned phones.

They also offer a "Bring Your Own Phone" plan both for GSM and CDMA phones. Unlike the phones noted above, the Bring Your Own Phone GSM plan allows your phone to use different GSM networks. CDMA phones are still limited to one network.

Straight Talk Customer Service leaves some to be desired, but not enough to lower them from the top of the ratings. If something goes wrong you might be smart to just leave things alone...or start from scratch. The savings are usually worth it. StraightTalk, like all America Movil companies charges local sales tax.
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Our Rating:
(2 Out of 4 Stars)
Operated by: Independent
Network: Sprint Only.
Tello has risen among the prepaid carriers as a low-price leader. Their plans start as low as $5 and plans with data can be less than $10.  While they encourage you to bring your own phone, there is a limit of the type of phones that are compatible.  It includes all Sprint phones and any unlocked model that can be used on Sprint's network.  They offer Pay As You Go rates and calls to Canada and Mexico are included.
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Total Wireless
Our Rating:
(3 Out of 4 Stars)

■ Operated by America Movil
■ Network: Verizon Wireless.
TOTAL WIRELESS was created to be sold with limited retail distribution but is available online. Coverage is limited to the Verizon Wireless network and not their roaming partners. You can get Unlimited Talk & Text plans starting at $25 and a large amount of Data for about $10 more. Total Wireless is supported by America Movil and, like all America Movil  products, sales tax and local fees are added. If you live and travel within Verizon's wireless network, Total Wireless can be a good value if you.  
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■ Our Rating:
(3 Out of 4 Stars)

Operated by America Movil
Network: AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and others.
TracFone is the largest prepaid cellular company in the US and arrange for their phones to use whichever wireless carrier is available in a given geographic area. As a result, TracFone actually has more included roaming coverage available than perhaps any other single company, especially prepaid. Their price points start below $9 a month and offer all the advantages of prepaid services. They feature monthly plans and offer promotions with bonus minutes, and plans with 365-day expiration. You are limited to only the phones they sell and they only offer a few models.

They offer the option of having the charges deducted from your credit card or checking account automatically, eliminating the need to renew an exact expiration date. TracFone offers Free international calls to about 60 countries by calling a special access number, and with their International Neighbors features, they can provide a local number in Mexico or Canada for incoming calls from those countries at local rates for both callers. Tracfone's customer service is fairly easy to access, however, their agents have a wide variety of experience. It may take multiple calls to solve a problem. TracFone, like all America Movil companies, charges local sales tax.
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  • SMALLER PREPAIDS There are dozens of other small, prepaid services worthy of consideration, some specialize in specific types of calls, features and customers. We list them with brief descriptions and reference Links on our Smaller Prepaids list.

  • - Our Ratings: We rate each service based on Coverage, Price, Roaming, Customer Support and Features, 1 to 4 stars.

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