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PureTalk USA Adds More Data For Less

AT&T MVNO PureTalk USA has reduced the cost of data on several plans.
  • The $19.90 add-on for Simple, Flex and Family plans now includes 1 GB of data instead of 800 MB. It also includes 400 MMS (no change)
  • The price of the 100 MB data add-on for monthly plans has been reduced from $10 to $4.
  • There's a new $49.95 plan with unlimited voice minutes, SMS, MMS and 2 GB of data
PureTalk isn't the least expensive AT&T MVNO but it's one I hear very few complaints about. PureTalk pluses include free SIMs, plan prices that include all taxes and fees and US-based customer support. The only payment option is auto-pay using a credit or debit card.

Here are Pure TalkUSA's current plans:
Plan Monthly Cost Voice SMS domestic / Int'l MMS Data
Simple 80 $5 80 "minutes" (also used for texts) 1 1/3 minute each/25¢ 2 $9.95 for 200 MMS + 400 MB 3 $9.95 for 200 MMS + 400 MB 3
Flex $10.00 4 160 "minutes" (also used for texts)  1/3 min each/25¢ 2 $9.95 for 200 MMS + 400 MB 3 $9.95 for 200 MMS + 400 MB 3
Family $10 - $50 5 3.33¢ - 6.25¢ 1/3 min each/25¢ 2 $9.95 for 200 MMS + 400 MB 3 $9.95 for 200 MMS + 400 MB 3
Simple 250 $10.00 250 "minutes" (also used for texts) 1 1/3 minute each/25¢ 2 $9.95 for 200 MMS + 400 MB 3 $9.95 for 200 MMS + 400 MB 3
Simple 500 $15.00 500  "minutes" (also used for texts) 1 1/3 min each/25¢ 2 $9.95 for 200 MMS + 400 MB 3 $9.95 for 200 MMS + 400 MB 3
Simple 1000 $20.00 1000  "minutes" (also used for texts) 1 1/3 min each/25¢ 2 $9.95 for 200 MMS + 400 MB 3 $9.95 for 200 MMS + 400 MB 3
Unlimited $34.95 unlimited unlimited / NA 400, Overage: $10 for 100 MMS 500 MB, Overage: $4 for 100 MB
Unlimited $40.95 unlimited unlimited / NA unlimited 1 GB
Overage: $4 for 100 MB
Unlimited $49.95 unlimited unlimited / NA unlimited 2 GB
Overage: $4 for 100 MB
1 PureTalk Simple Plan minutes do not roll over. Add on minutes are available at $10 for 130 minutes. Unused add on minutes do rollover but are used before plan minutes.
2 International calling and texting requires a $10 International Calling Card
3 $9.95/month data and MMS addon provides 200 MMS and 400 MB of data. Also available: 1 GB/ 400 MMS for $19.90. Unused add-on data expires after 30 days.
4 Unused minutes roll-over
5 Monthly pay as you go plan, available price points (cost per month/minutes) are $10/160, $20/400, $30/700, $40/1100, $50/1500. Unused minutes roll over. Can be used as a family plan for $5/month per extra line. All lines share the available minutes and texts but data/MMS addons are per line and not shared.

Related: AT&T and AT&T MVNO Prepaid Plans Compared

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  1. We like our PureTalk Simple Plan for the low monthly price and data that is not throttled, I believe. We get 5 Mbps down on an iPhone 4S in our area. H20 and AirVoice (or AT&T) throttle their low-cost plans to only about 1 Mbps down.

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    1. I've had H2O and my speeds were 5 Mbps.

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    2. H20 gives you faster speeds on the $30 and up plans, like AirVoice. They throttle the pay as you go plans to about 1 MBPS.

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  2. It appears that PureTalk also added 30 minutes to the base Flex plan. It was 130 minutes recently; now it's 160.

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  3. I am missing something. Maybe their site is not updated? Once I click on the simple plan for $20 with 1000 minutes, it still cost an extra $19.90 for 1Gb of data, so totalling near $40.

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    1. Those are the current prices. It used to be $19.90 for 800 MB.

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  4. Our family and business has used pure talk USA or over two years now with absolutely zero complaints...No it's not the bottom of the barrel cheapest but for the great service Apsley lutely worth the few extra dollars per month that it costs, plus you get to talk to an American person when you have a issue or change...

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  5. "....plus you get to talk to an American person when you have a issue or change..."

    Apparently it satisfies at least one person with an irrational phobia of "non" Americans.

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  6. In my experience, US-based customer support staff are usually better trained, and there is no difficulty with communication. Some companies with overseas support offer superior service, like Ting (Canada) and Truphone (UK). Others are very good, well-trained, like T-Mobile prepaid (Mexico, I think). PureTalk had excellent customer support when I tried them a couple of years ago.

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  7. Just wanted to share a couple of comments:

    1) I contacted PureTalk via their comment section and received an email response promptly. I was interested in their Flex plan for $10 a month and they advised me there is no limit to the amount of rollover minutes.

    As a backup or emergency phone (they offer a free flip phone), I can get 1,920 minutes over the course of 1 year for $120, which is a good deal for me.

    2) And to whoever wrote "Apparently it satisfies at least one person with an irrational phobia of "non" Americans" -- could you stop being unctuous?

    As an American, I vote with my wallet and I choose to support American jobs. It's no different than when I bought my American-made Toyota Camry that was assembled in Georgetown, Kentucky.

    And to be clear, for many of us choosing to help save American jobs is a personal choice. It has nothing to do with phobia and feelings against "non-American" English-speaking customer service people.

    Cheers.

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  8. Where is the 4$ data on the website?

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    1. It's on the detail page for each of the monthly plans. For example, the $34.95 plan. Scroll dow a bit and you will see"
      "What If I Go Over My Data Level?
      Usage shown in the customer portal will have a 48-72 hour delay; the total will not reflect usage from this time. Customers' data and MMS will automatically be capped once they reach their limit. Customers can select to allow overages and will automatically be billed an additional $4 at the end of the billing cycle once they use more than their allotment. This charge will apply for each block of 100MB of data or 100 MMS exceeded by the customer. Customer is responsible for monitoring his/her own data/MMS usage and for any/all additional charges (in $4 increments) incurred by usage."

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  9. $4 per 100MB of overages for their Unlimited Plans have gotten a LOT better price/worth ratio wise.

    It's still awful. But that's only if you like to talk your head off and you somehow don't use Facebook.

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  10. Will a GoPhone or a Cricket phone work new out of the box? or do they have to be unlocked to use on PureTalk?

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  11. Cricket phones need to be unlocked to work on AT&T MVNOs, GoPhones don't.

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