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Net10 No Contract Prepaid Phone

Net10 (a brand of TracFone) is another wireless phone provider that offers no contract, no fee, no credit check, pay as you go cell service. One of the attractive features of Net10 is they use multiple networks to provide service. Their networks include At&t, Sprint, T Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon. As such, they provide stellar nationwide coverage including Alaska, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Selecting a Phone to use with Net10 Wireless

The first thing you need to decide is whether to purchase a phone from Net10 or to use a phone you already have. If you choose to use your existing phone, visit their Compatibility Checker to ensure your phone will work on the Net10 network. If it’s compatible, all you’ll need to order is the Net10 SIM card and decide whether to either keep your old phone number or get a new one.

Net10 Wireless

If you decide to get a new phone, visit the Net10 website and click on the Shop link. Insert your zip code to see the wide selection of phones they offer in most states. Some areas such as the Virgin Islands and Alaska might not have as wide of a selection of phones as you’ll find in the continental lower 48. For example, as of this writing, larger cities may have a selection of over 10 phones to choose from while places like Alaska, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico may have fewer than 5 options.

Phones prices range as low as $9.99 for an LG Fiesta (deal of the week) to $299.99 for an iPhone 7 32 GB. Fortunately, Net10 offers monthly installment plans of 24 months for the more expensive phones. Just keep in mind that the monthly installment amount will be tacked on your bill in addition to the monthly usage charge.

NOTE: Check the site for deals. Net10 runs specials and deals such as Deals of the Week where phones are deeply discounted.

Selecting a Monthly Plan

Offering both Smartphone and non-smartphone cellular plans, Net10 seems to have the bases covered. Below is a listing of their current cell plans.

Smartphone Plans:

All of the following 30-day Smartphone plans come with unlimited talk and unlimited text. In addition to the unlimited talk/text, you can purchase data at the following amounts/prices:

  • 1GB for $20

  • 4GB for $35 (price drops to $31 with auto refill)

  • 8GB for $40 (price drops to $36 with auto refill)

  • 10GB for $65

  • $10 GB for $50 (price drops $45 with auto refill)

  • 12 GB for $60

  • 10GB with unlimited international talk text data $65 ($60 with auto refill)

All data plans are high-speed. However, if you go over your purchased amount, the plan speed drops to 2G. For example, if you buy the 4GB plan, the first 4GB of data is at high speed but anything over 4GB is at 2G speed.

Data and International Calling Add Ons

If the above plans don’t quite fit your monthly cellphone needs, Net10 offers additional data and international calling add ons as follows:

An additional 500 MB for $5 or an additional 1GB for $10. They also offer a $10 global pay as you go calling card. With this card, you can carry over unused minutes. Check the international calling rates so you can best budget your calling card. Net10 also has an international calling app that works with the $10 calling card and the $65 international bundle.

Basic/Non-Smartphone Net10 Plans

Not everyone uses a smartphone. For those folks whose needs are more basic, Net10 offers monthly plans that do not include data. The basic plans are as follows:

  • 200 minutes and 30 days fo service for $20 ($15 with auto refill plus 30 days)*

  • 300 minutes and 60 days of service for $30 (500 minutes and 30 days with auto refill)*

  • 600 minutes and 60 days of service for $45*

  • 900 minutes and 90 days of service for $60*

  • 1500 minutes and 180 days of service for $100*

  • 1000 minutes and 30 days of service for $25. If you auto-refill you get an extra 250 minutes and 30 days (no carrying over unused minutes)

*These plans may carry over unused minutes.

As plans are subject to change, please check with Net10 to review their most current plans and deals.

Tracking Your New Phone Order

After you order your phone and select your plan, Net10 makes it easy to track your phone order. All you need to do is go to the Order Status page and insert your Order ID and email address. You can access the Order STatus page by scrolling down to the bottom of the Net10 home page and clicking the “Track My Order” link.

Activating your Net10 Phone

If you ordered a new phone, make sure to keep the red activation card that came with it. That card has the IMEI/MEID/Serial number needed to activate the phone. If you’re bringing your own phone you’ll need the SIM card number written the red card that accompanied your SIM card. Once you have the number, visit the Net10 site and click on the Activation link and insert your IMEI/MEID/Serial or SIM number.

Things to Note:

  • Net10 Return Policy: Phones purchased at a retail store are subject to the return policy of the store. If purchased from the Net10 online store, 30 days from receipt. Keep all original packaging along with all of the accessories and a copy of your receipt. You bear the shipping cost of returning the phone. Net10 will not accept returns suffering from liquid or physical damage. If the returned phone meets the refund policy requirements, it takes up to 30 business days to process the credit to your account. The credit will show in one to two billing cycles.

  • Phone Warranties: All refurbished or reconditioned Net10 phones are covered under a 90-day warranty. This does not apply to iPhones. New iPhones have a one-year warranty as offered by Apple. You’ll have to visit the Apple website for warranty service. For reconditioned Net10 phone warranties, call their Customer Care team at 1-877-836-2368. Please refer to the Net10 website for additional information regarding warranties and phone returns.

  • Extras: Don’t forget to check out the Extras page where you can find information about entertainment, protecting your phone, blocking phone numbers and more. Just scroll down to the bottom of the Net10 page and click on the Net10 Extras link.

Related reading: How to Send SMS Email to Net10 Phones

About the Author: LaForey is a person who was fed up with contract phone plans and opted for something more practical.

Last Modified: 24 September 2019

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