MW-Top-18
Mountain Wireless Networks
Home Network Reviews Local Reviews Cellular Archives Prepaid Reviews
Prepaid Reviews & Ratings, J-S
Prepaid List

JITTERBUG by GREAT CALL

Our Rating:
(2 Out of 4 Stars)

 Operated by GreatCall
 Network: Verizon Wireless and others
Jitterbug has phones and plans specially designed for seniors. They have phones with large, easy-to-read buttons and screen, a loud earpiece, service with reasonable monthly charges, no contract, an "operator" when you need one, and great national coverage. Not many phone models are available, but they also offer a few non-phone devices that can be used to summon aid from any location, even outside the home. They also still offer a flip phone with large numbers and buttons. Their service is directed to seniors and persons who may need phones with bigger images on the screen.  Great Call uses the Verizon Wireless network and other roaming partners. Plans start as low as $14.99 per month.
Get Jitterbug Phones at Web-Only Prices

Metro by T-Mobile
METRO BY T-MOBILE
Our Rating:
(3 Out of 4 Stars)
Operated by T-Mobile
Network: T-Mobile Only
Metro by T-Mobile, formerly MetroPCS, is an alternative to T-Mobile's own prepaid. Metro's coverage includes Voice, Text and Data Roaming in Mexico and Canada, however, there is no off-network roaming in the US. The MetroPCS network offers both 4G LTE and 5G, the first Prepaid to do so. Plans start at a low price point and Family plans are cheaper than average. They have no activation fees and don't charge extra taxes and fees.

All plans include Unlimited Web access with different thresholds for "throttling" data speeds. Metro offers a "Bring Your Own Phone" plan that includes certain iPhone models. They have a good selection of phones. We have never dealt with MetroPCS customer service but it should on the same above-average level as T-Mobile. Metro has their own stores which adds some benefit when you need help with returns and adjustments. Occasionally, Metro stores have promotional deals that are not available online, and vice versa.

NET10
NET10
Our Rating:
(3 Out of 4 Stars)

■ Operated by America Movil
■ Networks: AT&T and others.
NET10 has very good coverage with no extra charges for Roaming or Long Distance. You can get Local numbers and coverage almost anywhere in the US. NET10 uses the top cellular networks available. They can also automatically refill your account monthly. Net 10 also has a no contract Unlimited plan and a "Bring-Your-Own-Phone" plan. NET10 is nearly identical to its sister service, StraightTalk, but differs by being available at retailers other than Walmart and that plans are available at different data caps and price levels, especially for "family" plans. NET10, like all America Movil companies, charges local sales tax. Net10 will be acquired by Verizon Wireless, closing in mid-2021. After that time, Net10 subscribers who are not using the Verizon network will transition to the Verizon Wireless infrastructure.
Discount Refills for NET10

page plus Cellular
PAGE PLUS CELLULAR
Our Rating:
(4 Out of 4 Stars)

■ Operated by America Movil
Network: Verizon Wireless and others.
Page Plus is a great choice to convert your existing CDMA phone to Pay As You Go. They offer great rates and you are charged for their various features only when you use them. Refills start at only $10 for 100 minutes and they have an inexpensive Unlimited plan. They can refill your minutes automatically, although their "auto-fill" function is not 100% reliable. You get access to the entire Verizon Wireless network in the country with off-network roaming available for an additional charge, including roaming in Mexico. Their normal refill period is good for 120 days and at the $80 level, refills are good for a whole year. Unlike other Prepaid carriers, Page Plus Auto-Refill occurs on the same date each month, not each 30 days, a small but significant advantage. Also, Page Plus phones will roam off the Home network as long as you have a cash balance in your Page Plus account. Page Plus, like all America Movil companies, charges local sales tax. Page Plus will be acquired by Verizon Wireless, closing in mid-2021.


Rebublic Wireless
REPUBLIC WIRELESS
Our Rating:

(2 Out of 4 Stars)

■ Independently Operated
■ Network: Wi-Fi and Sprint.
Republic satisfies the needs of those users who want to make Calls & Texts and use Data at a much lower price by only using Wi-Fi for most connections. All actions occur through available Wi-Fi networks but Roaming is also available on the Sprint network. You get Unlimited Talk, Text, Data and 3G Roaming with below average rates! Republic offers a few phones with capabilities defined by the phone model. If most of your connections cannot be made through Wi-Fi, your charges may change. Since calls are delivered primarily through Wi-Fi your phone can make calls in over 60 countries.
Online Deals for Republic Wireless

SIMPLE MOBILE
Our Rating:
(4 Out of 4 Stars)
Operated by: America Movil
Network: T-Mobile in the US, plus foreign roaming partners
Simple Mobile phones are confined mostly to the T-Mobile network and give you lower rates in return for more restricted network access, including during congestion, Simple Mobile customers may notice reduced speeds vs. T-Mobile customers. Simple Mobile plans allow FREE calling to 69 other countries and a credit of $10 or $20 per month to call 100 more. FREE international roaming is included to 16 Latin America countries including Mexico. The name "SIM-PLE" originated as a "SIM-only" service, but now they offer several Simple Mobile-branded phones. You are still invited to bring your own unlocked or T-Mobile-compatible GSM phone and they'll send you a SIM card to start service. SIM are also available at many retailers for as little as $1. Data is indeed "Unlimited" but it is slowed to 2G speeds after your monthly allotment is depleted.  All plans have Unlimited Calls and Texts. Watch for substantial promotional prices especially for Auto-Refill. Simple Mobile will be acquired by Verizon Wireless, closing in mid-2021. After that time, Simple Mobile subscribers will transition to the Verizon Wireless network.

STRAIGHT TALK
Our Rating:
(4 Out of 4 Stars)

Operated by America Movil
Network:  AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, and others.
Straight Talk offers monthly prepaid plans that start at $30 for 1,000 minutes of Talk and Text without a contract. Their Unlimited Talk, Text, Picture Messaging, Web browsing and 411 plan is $45 per month. You can set up to automatically refill your account. Each phone model they sell specifically uses one of the national wireless networks with no off-network roaming. You should check coverage to make sure a certain phone model covers where you travel, the model they offer you is based on where you sign up for service. They sell a number of phones including Smart phones, some of which are expensive, but you can save with reconditioned phones.

They also offer a "Bring Your Own Phone" plan both for GSM and CDMA phones. Unlike the phones noted above, the Bring Your Own Phone GSM plan allows your phone to use different GSM networks. CDMA phones are still limited to one network.

Straight Talk Customer Service leaves some to be desired, but not enough to lower them from the top of the ratings. If something goes wrong you might be smart to just leave things alone...or start from scratch. The savings are usually worth it. StraightTalk, like all America Movil companies charges local sales tax.
Straight Talk will be acquired by Verizon Wireless, closing in mid-2021.

This is one of the few places where you can buy Straight Talk Online, and with Free Shipping. Straight Talk is an America Movil Network.
Straight Talk Coverage Maps

mw_bottom_18.htm
Mountain Wireless Net Resources:
Home
What's New
Contact Us
About Mountain Wireless
Site Map
Do We Get Paid for Reviews?
Privacy
Search Our Site
Carrier Reviews
Wireless Carriers A-Z
Local Reviews
Wi-Fi Channels
Prepaid Reviews
Wireless For Seniors
Carrier Ratings 1 to 10
Old Carriers & Name Changes
Wireless Web SItes
Wireless Noise