NET10 offers a pre-paid cell phone service for California residents at a rate of 10 cents per minute. The 10-cent rate covers local, long distance and roaming charges which isn’t too bad when you stop to compare them to a few other prepaid cell phone providers. On their site they compare the NET10 phone rates to other popular prepaid wireless providers such as Verizon , AT&T GoPhone , Boost and T-Mobile cell phone providers.
Comparing NET10 to Other Prepaid Cell Providers
NET10 points out that although their competitors have lower per minute rates, the competitors also charge a per usage fee.
For example, Verizon Wireless offers a five cent rate on their Verizon Plus plan, but in order to enjoy that five-cent rate, cell phone users must pay $1.99 fee for each day they use the cell phone. So, in essence, it’s costing the user $1.99 per day to enjoy the five-cent rate.
It only takes a few simple calculations to realize that the Verizon Plus plan could conceivably cost close to $60 a month in usage fees if the phone is used daily. That’s a pretty steep price to pay for usage fees. However, what the NET10 website seems to be silent about is how much they charge for text messaging. After spending some time on their site clicking on various menu items, I got a little frustrated so I decided to use the “Contact Us” option on their site to ask them.
Unfortunately, since I’m not an existing NET10 user I couldn’t use their email form. I used the old fashion way of finding out information. I called them. I was able to navigate through the phone menu options hoping to eventually be given the option to speak to a live representative, but it didn’t happen.
After selecting the various phone options I was ultimately dismissed “…due to unusually high call volume, your call cannot be taken. Please visit the website for further information.”
NET10 Texting Plan?
I’d like to be able to give accurate information on how much NET10 charges for their text messaging service, but unfortunately I can’t. However, after browsing around the net I found a few conversations stating that NET10 charges five cents per text message. I’m not sure if thye offer an unlimited texting plan much like one Verizon has for $20 a month.
Bottom line, if text messaging is not important to you, the NET10 prepaid rate of 10 cents per per minute without incurring a per usage fee seems to be rather attractive. However, if you text more than you talk, it would behoove you to take the extra time to confirm their texting rate.
Worth a Mention
NET10 offers a combined unlimited calling and text messaging plan for $79.98 per month.