It looks like there is going to be a new addition to the already extensive list of mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) already operating in the United States. TracFone is launching Total Wireless, a new prepaid brand that will be available exclusively from retail giant Walmart.
Total Wireless is expected to offer low-price plans that individual users and families or groups can take advantage of. Because it is an MVNO, the prepaid carrier will reportedly be utilizing Verizon's nationwide network.
All the plans that are offered by Total Wireless involve no contracts and are on a month to month basis. The carrier will offer a range of mobile devices for those who sign up, although customers who wish to bring in their own handsets can do so provided that their phones are compatible with the Verizon Wireless network.
Total Wireless basically offers a couple of plans for individual subscribers. The first one is a basic plan that comes with unlimited calls and unlimited text messaging, and costs $25 a month. The other one is a plan that offers unlimited calls,unlimited text messaging,and 2.5 gigabytes of data, and costs $35 a month.
Those who are looking for a plan that provides a couple of lines of service can go for Total Wireless's $60 per month plan. This already provides unlimited calls, unlimited text messaging, and 5 gigabytes of shareable data.
They can also decide on three lines for $85 a month, and still get unlimited calls,unlimited text messaging, and 9 gigabytes of shareable data. As for those who are looking for a shared plan that can offer four lines of service, Total Wireless has a $110 per month plan that has unlimited calls, unlimited text messaging, and 12 gigabytes of shareable data.
Individual users who want to boost the data allotments on their Total Wireless plans may decide to shell out $10 for an extra 1.5 gigabytes added to any plan (this is done via the Add On Carryover data card). Unlike the data on standard monthly plans, Add On Carryover's data can be accumulated and will not expire as long as the customer's account is kept active.
However, it should be noted that for now, Total Wireless only offers 3G data plans and 3G-compatible mobile devices. So while its prices are really good, customers will not be enjoying any 4G LTE speeds.
Also, its list of available mobile devices is relatively limited. Sure, Android devices such as the Samsung Galaxy SIII, the Motorola Moto E, the ZTE Z750, and the Alcatel One Touch are available, but if you are looking for newer models, you may not find anything you will fancy.
All in all, Total Wireless is ideal for customers who want budget-friendly plans and do not mind not having LTE. But considering that Total Wireless is an MVNO making use of Verizon's extensive 4G network, it may be quite a bummer for some to be on a plan that is not capable of LTE speeds.
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