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Total Wireless Cell Phone Plans

Aug. 31, 2018
Cell Phones, Utilities
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Total Wireless is a prepaid mobile virtual network operator from TracFone with simple, low-price plans.


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At a glance

  • Plans start at $25 per month
  • Notables: Very inexpensive, but bare-bones plans
Get started at Total Wireless' site
Get started at Total Wireless' site

Total Wireless cell phone plans

Total Wireless has two individual plans and three shared plans, all with unlimited talk and text.

Individual:

  • $25 per month, unlimited talk and text only, no data
  • $35 per month, 5GB of data

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Shared:

  • $60 per month, up to two lines, 15GB
  • $85 per month, up to three lines, 20GB
  • $100 per month, up to four lines, 25GB

Total Wireless’ network

Total Wireless is owned by TracFone and operates on Verizon’s network. Total’s LTE data download speeds average around 5 megabits per second but could be more, according to a Total Wireless customer service representative.

Customers on Verizon’s name-brand service can get LTE data download speeds above 20 Mbps, depending on the quality of the connection. The 5 Mbps speed isn’t necessarily slow, and it’s sufficient for most mobile online activities. However, bandwidth-intensive actions, like watching high-definition streaming video, will likely suffer.

How Total Wireless compares on prices

 

 1GB or less2-4GB5-7GB8-10GBUnlimited
*Project Fi customers pay $20 for unlimited talk and text. Data is billed at a rate of $10 per gigabyte.
**Republic Wireless customers pay $15 for unlimited talk and text. Data is billed at a rate of $5 per gigabyte.
AT&T GoPhone
$35 (1GB)$50 (8GB)$65
Boost Mobile
$35 (3GB)$50
Cricket Wireless
$25 (talk and text only)
$30 (2GB)$40 (5GB)$55
MetroPCS
$30 (2GB)$40 (5GB)$50
Project Fi*
$20 (talk, text and Wi-Fi)

$30 (1GB)
$40 (2GB)

$50 (3GB)

$60 (4GB)
$70 (5GB)

$80 (6GB+)
$80
Republic Wireless**
$15 (talk, text and Wi-Fi)

$20 (1GB)
$25 (2GB)

$30 (3GB)

$35 (4GB)
$40 (5GB)

$45 (6GB)

$50 (7GB)
$55 (8GB)

$60 (9GB)

$65 (10GB)
N/A
Sprint prepaid$45 (4GB)$65
Straight Talk Wireless$30 (1,500 minutes, unlimited texts and 100MB data)$35 (2GB)$45 (10GB)$55
T-Mobile prepaid
$45 (4GB)$55 (6GB)$70
Verizon prepaid
$30 (500MB)$40 (3GB)$50 (7GB)$60 (10GB)$75
Virgin Mobile
$35 (5GB)$45 (10GB)$60
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