Net10 is one of a handful of prepaid carriers under the TracFone umbrella. Like its parent company, Net10 offers pay-as-you-go and monthly plans. It also contracts with each of the four major cell phone carriers, so Net10 customers use the nationwide networks of Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T or Verizon, depending on their phone and where they live.
AT A Glance
- Service starts at $20 for 200 minutes and/or texts
- Notables: Affordable plans; international calling included in some plans
Net10 cell phone plans
Net10 offers monthly plans for smartphones and pay-as-you-go plans for basic phones. Smartphone plans include unlimited minutes and text messages.
- 2GB: $35
- 4GB: $40
- 8GB: $50
- 10GB: $60
Pay As You Go
Minutes expire after 30, 60, 90 or 180 days, depending on the plan. Plans include a combination of minutes and text messages, with each text counting as one minute. In most cases, any unused minutes are carried over when you renew your plan. The exception is the 1,000-minute, 30-day plan: If you don’t use those minutes within the 30-day window, you lose them.
- 200 minutes and/or texts (30 days): $20
- 1,000 minutes and/or texts (30 days): $25
- 300 minutes and/or texts (60 days): $30
- 600 minutes and/or texts (60 days): $45
- 900 minutes and/or texts (90 days): $60
- 1,500 minutes and/or texts (180 days): $100
Net10 is a mobile virtual network operator, which means it leases towers from other carriers. Like TracFone, its parent company, Net10 uses networks from Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile. But which network you’ll use depends on where you live and what model phone you choose. It’s not always clear up front, so talk to a Net10 salesperson if you prefer to be on a certain network, or you can bring your own compatible phone.
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How Net10 compares on price
1GB or less 2-4GB 5-6GB 8-10GB Unlimited
$35 (talk and text only) $45 (6GB) $65
$35 (3GB) $50
$25 (talk and text only)
$30 (2GB) $40 (5GB) $60
$30 (2GB) $40 (5GB) $50
$15 (talk, text and Wi-Fi)
$60 (6GB) $90 (10GB) Sprint prepaid $45 (4GB) $65
Straight Talk Wireless $30 (1,500 minutes, unlimited texts and 100MB data) $35 (2GB) $45 (10GB) $55
$45 (4GB) $55 (6GB) $75
$30 (talk and text only) $40 (3GB) $50 (7GB) $60 (10GB) $80
Updated Nov. 13, 2017.