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The TracFone Networks

The TracFone Networks are operated by one of the largest wireless companies in the world, America Movil.  They control 11 different wireless carriers in the US and Puerto Rico, TracFone being the largest. This list of networks in the US provides links and other 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. Claro is listed separately.
America Movil FAQ


GoSmart Mobile
GOSMART MOBILE
GoSmart started as a variation of T-Mobile's own Prepaid, conceived before their acquisition of MetroPCS. GoSmart was acquired by America Movil in 2016 and now operates more like America Movil's other prepaids. They have a very limited number of phones available, but they allow you to bring your own phone. Broadband access is limited to 3G downloads.

NET10
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.

PAGE PLUS
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 a reasonable per minute rate. America Movil acquired Page Plus in 2014.

Safelink Wireless
SAFELINK WIRELESS
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. Safelink is only offered in certain states of the US where subsidies are available.

SIMPLE MOBILE:
Simple Mobile phones are confined to the T-Mobile network and give you lower rates in return for more restricted network access. The name "SIM-ple" originated with them being a "SIM-only" service, but now they offer several Simple Mobile-branded phones.



Straight Talk
STRAIGHT TALK
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, and a Bring-Your-Own-Phone plan that offers access to multiple networks. Straight Talk also offers Hot Spots and Wireless Home Phone Systems.

Telcel
TELCEL
Telcel is the largest wireless service in Mexico and their new US service gives you a Mexico-calling connection with their "Extended Nation" plans. There are several plan levels that include Roaming in Mexico, including a 7-day plan. Coverage in Mexico is mostly on the superior Telcel Mexico network. In the US, Telcel offers all the same characteristics of the Straight Talk network, including a "Bring Your Own Phone" plan that roams nationally on most available GSM networks. Telcel coverage in the US uses the T-Mobile. They also offer Spanish language customer service and web site.


Total Wireless
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.



TracFone
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.

Walmart Family Mobile
WALMART FAMILY MOBILE
Walmart created 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 maps show coverage available on roaming partners. Their service is competitive with other prepaids and they may be offered at price points that may better fit your usage.



Claro Wireless
CLARO PUERTO RICO
Claro 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" is Spanish for "Clear."



AMERICA MOVIL Frequently Asked Questions:

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

  • Which Network Will I Use?
    America Movil does not own a single cell site in the US, their service is based entirely on roaming agreements with most US carriers. With these agreements, the America Movil networks can offer service anywhere in the US where there is cellular service, and local phone numbers are available in any chosen location.

    Keep in mind that
    America Movil is able to negotiate with each carrier separately to offer the best price, sometimes one against another, which may change the operating network for some of these Prepaid plans or their roaming partners.  However, with any changes in network agreements, each America Movil network supports its original plans and coverage.

    Most of their phones, and all of the SIM's, are coded to use one of the major US wireless networks either exclusively, or as your "Home" network. In some cases you can either specify the network when you order on their web site, or look for one of the network codes on the retail packages using the following codes:

    • Android Network: Sprint
    • CDMA-S: Sprint
    • CDMA-V: Verizon
    • GSM-A: AT&T
    • GSM-T: T-Mobile

  • Is It All Prepaid?
    All of these networks (except Claro) offer only Prepaid plans with no contracts. There are several refill options including Auto-Refill. Discount refills are available online.

  • Is Roaming Available Outside the US?
    Currently, the only America Movil network that offers roaming is Telcel which roams in Mexico.  They also offer an "International neighbors" feature that gives you a local number in either Mexico or Canada that can ring your US-based phone for no additional charges other than a local call in that country.

  • Can I Bring My Own Phone?
    Yes. One great feature of some of the American Movil networks is their Bring Your Own Phone Plans. This has multiple benefits:

    • You can buy a nicer or more advanced phone or wireless device than those offered by these carriers. 
    • You only need to insert the proper SIM card and you're operating on one of the America Movil networks. You can also use a phone you already own including some CDMA phones like the Apple iPhone.
    • In some cases, you can choose your network. If you choose an AT&T SIM, for example, you will use the entire AT&T network. If you roam outside of the AT&T footprint, your phone will roam on one of the GSM networks that has a roaming agreement with America Movil. This includes most US networks and covers virtually all areas served by GSM service. Within the AT&T service area, your phone will not roam onto another network. The same is true for a phone with a T-Mobile based SIM. Your coverage will be just like that of a T-Mobile phone, but whenever you travel outside the 'home' network area you will have coverage on one of America Movil's roaming partners.
    • Coverage is greater than America Movil's single-network phones.


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