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TracFone Launches New "Total Wireless" Verizon Based MVNO

It looks like TracFone is getting ready to launch yet another prepaid wireless brand. A Total Wireless website popped up last week carrying a TracFone Wireless copyright notice in the footer. TracFone, which is owned by huge Mexican based multinational mobile operator América Móvil, already operates the TracFone, NET10, Straight Talk, Simple Mobile, Page Plus and SafeLink prepaid MVNO brands in the US.

Total Wireless' coverage map makes it obvious that it's running on the Verizon network, as do the four Android devices shown on the Total Wireless home page. The $79.99 ZTE Savvy Z750, $89.99 Motorola Moto E XT830c, $149.99 Alcatel OneTouch Pop Icon and $249.99 Samsung Galaxy S3 all should be familiar to TracFone watchers.

According to the site, Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP) and Hotspot will also be available on Total Wireless. There's a picture of the Unimax U240C 3G only hotspot but no price is listed for it or for hotspot data plans.

Total Wireless' plans seem intended to compete with AT&T's Cricket brand with its emphasis on multi-line or shared plans. There are three multi-line options:

  • $60/month for 2 lines with unlimited talk & text and 5 GB of shared data
  • $85/month for 3 lines with unlimited talk & text and 9 GB of shared data
  • $110/month for 4 lines with unlimited talk & text and 12 GB of shared data
There are also a couple individual plans:

  • $25/month: unlimited talk & text and no data
  • $35/month: unlimited talk & text and 2.5 GB
For $10 you can add 1.5 GB of data that never expires to any plan.

Total Wireless' $35/month for unlimited talk and text and 2.5 GB individual plan pricing is considerably less expensive than other Verizon based options including TracFone's other brands. Page Plus is $39.99 for unlimited T&T and 1 GB, Straight Talk and NET10 are $45 and $50 respectively for unlimited T&T and 3 GB.

Total Wireless shared plans are also cheaper than NET10's family plans which cost $90 for 2 lines, $130 for 3 lines and $170 for 4 lines with each line getting unlimited talk and text and 3 GB of data.

The trade off for lower prices might be is no LTE. There's no mention of LTE on the site and the phones shown are 3G only, with the possible exception of the Samsung Galaxy S3. Although Verizon's S3 is LTE capable, the ones sold by TracFone's Straight Talk and NET10 are 3G only models and there's little reason to think that Total Wireless' S3 will be any different.
Update 2/24: The Total Wireless Terms and Conditions page  confirms that LTE is not available and that LTE capable phones are not allowed: "Phones and wireless devices that are 4G and 4G LTE capable are currently not supported by Total Wireless." Hat tip to an anonymous reader for discovering this quote.

Although the Total Wireless site seems to be in a relatively finished state, the actual service doesn't appear to be live yet. Attempting to buy a phone brings up a "Coming Soon" page. The site also says "Available at Walmart" but I'm unable to find any mention of Total Wireless on walmart.com.

According to PhoneNews.com, Total Wireless will be sold exclusively online and at Walmart.

Update 2/25: It looks like it's now possible to buy phones and service on the Total Wireless site. The currently available phones are all 3G as expected. They are the $59.99 LG Optimus Fuel, $89.99 Motorola Moto E XT830c, $99.99 Samsung Galaxy Ace Style, $149.99 Alcatel OneTouch Pop Icon and $249.99 Samsung Galaxy S3. Shipping is free on orders of $29.99 or more. BYOP access codes don't seem to be available online yet.

Update 2/28: Total Wireless phones and airtime cards are now available at walmart.com. Total Wireless BYOP access codes are now available on the Total Call site.icon

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  1. All the well deserved criticism of American Movil aside, this is excellent news. The more competing in the MVNO field, the better. This can only drive down prices, improve the deals offered by others.

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    1. I agree. More competition = better prices. . . . I only hope that Total Wireless does manage to acquire 4G LTE sometime soon.

      At the same time, I wonder why AM felt that it had to offer another MVNO. Wouldn't it have made more sense to just overhaul the plans and prices at PagePlus Cellular and/or Straight Talk?

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    2. I think a substantial portion of these customers are under-informed and have proverbial "blinders" on, they see only what's going on at their MVNO. I guess the thinking is if you put lower-cost plans on Straight Talk, they'll cannibalize way more $45 plan subscribers than if the lower-cost plans were on a different MVNO. (Even if their BOTH being featured at Walmart, haha.)

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    3. I saw the LG Optimus Fuel at my local Walmart Monday March 2nd with some brochures for Total Wireless. Went home and read the offer of $25 for Unlimited voice and text. The website indicated the Optimus Fuel would retail at $59. Tuesday march 3rd checked the Walmart website and showed the Optimus Fuel for $39.92 in store only. I went to purchase the phone (same phone i currently have with Straight Talk paid $29 for). This service is so new that I couldn't activate over the phone so I used the website. A little patience and had the phone activated in about 10 minutes on the web (website still being setup...lol). I rarely need data on a phone as i can use wifi in my apartment or at the coffee shop. I can add data if needed via a phone card and apparently as long as I pay the bill for voice and text service each month the data will not expire. I have used straight talk for years, but saving 45% with Total Wireless is very appealing. The optimus fuel uses cdma-v (on both Total W and Straight T).

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    4. Total Wireless is great here in the tri state area on iphone 5 my hub has no prob with it. I also have it on my iphone 4S

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    5. Your hubby has a 4G LTE device on TW that is a 3G only sevice. Really? T&C state that 4G and 4G LTE devices are currently not supported. Again Really?

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    6. You didn't know that a ST iPhone 5 will activate over the air on 3G? Really?

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    7. Where does she say Straight Talk? I do not think you can cross AM services with specific branded devices.

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    8. This is the worse telephone i have evet had. This thing is trash. The problems are to numeres to explain

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  2. What does this mean for Page Plus? Are they being phased out?

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    1. It could mean lower prices or more data are coming to Page Plus.

      I don't see Page Plus being phased out. It has a different marketing channel (independent dealers). TracFone seems to like having lots of brands to give consumers the illusion of choice and to serve different market segments. I don't think TracFone has ever discontinued a brand.

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    2. thanks for the response...this is a very informative site

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    3. So I am a straight talk user and love the product. I have a straight talk s3 and called total wireless to inquire how I switch to the new service. Customer service informed me that I could not switch within the company and would have to buy a total wireless phone or a verizon, att, sprint etc with 3g or below capabilities. I just laughed! So they lock you in so you cant get a lower rate. THANKS!

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    4. PP is clamping down on byod types, I used them a year back along, discovered they would not reactivate a phone of mine I previously used so i went to TW and bought the 25mo plan, and 10 for never expires data. i use mostly wifi anyhow on the road. great service so far from TW.

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  3. Amazing they are selling 1.5 GB never-expiring data for $10; the equivalent amount of Verizon data on Tracfone is currently $37.50. So if you want unlimited talk/text and 500mb of data your cost would be about $28/month.

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    1. Cliff, the 1.5 GB of data is OLD 3G that is not near as fast as it was back in 2009-2010 due to the fact that they stopped installing those towers in late 2010 to early 2011. Yes they are selling a 3G ONLY PLAN! NOT 4G!!! BIG difference!!! I read that 3G will be completely phased out by the end of 2016.. So with that said you are paying for a service that they are not servicing! Cell phone companies are well known to very often be a scam! I will be sticking with page plus. Through them I get 1.5 GB data and unlimited talk & text for $43.00 per month with tax. And I KNOW Page Plus is owned by TrackFone. As another person mentioned TrackFone has MANY different smaller companies under them as they operate as a parent company to all of there junior companies. Google is your friend! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TracFone_Wireless

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  4. KEPPEL is the color shade of the new Total Wireless website. It is a shade of CYAN.

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  5. No 4G LTE is a deal breaker for me. Too bad cuz the Data was something that could have caught my attention. I'll stick to my US Cellular till my phone dies and then either go with GoPhone and get their $60 plan or True Verizon Prepaid with their new high speed Data plans. I'll get the most data possible. At least GoPhone you can tether (Without Hacks).

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    1. Amazed that you are on US Cellular. Do you never leave your county or something?

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  6. A good high data allowance, unlimited talk and text. the best network coverage (twice that of Harbor Mobile and others). What's there not to like?

    Oh there's Movil's CS. And their policy of shutting you off from data you paid for....

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    1. No roaming on the Verizon extended network, at any price. Harbor with postpaid roaming has same or more extensive coverage than native Verizon. CS who lose your number during porting. Faults in porting system that may not let you port to the same zip code, even if you have another tracfone line there on the same network. Bug in activation system that leaves a temp number on your ESN even if they cannot port and you cancel; then they deny it's there. Problems with BYOD system that say there is no Vzw network coverage when certain ESN are not in their BYOD database.

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    2. Be advised that the $10 add-on is only with the $35/month plan, or so I am told by CS. Spent an hour on phone demanding data after setting up phone with $25/plan. Sales rep, pamphlet and website state that you can add data to ANY plan but you really have to fight for it.

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  7. It's all to give the illusion of choice. Verizon's 3G network is abysmally slow. It'd take more than a month to use 5GB at those speeds ... LOL!

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    1. I agree. It is very slow in my area, around 1 Mbps on a good day. I don't like throttled LTE on Cricket (8 Mbps), but it is blazing fast compared to Verizon 3G speeds.

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    2. you've obviously never been on sprint 3g network then. I'd take vz 3g 10/10 times compared to slow-as-dialup sprint 3g.

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    3. Since the Network Vision upgrades in my area, speeds on 3g doubled and the coverage improved. We have good LTE coverage now too, and they have not shut off the WiMax yet. Calls are very reliable now. This is not your father's Sprint network, or even the 2013-mid 2014 Sprint network.

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    4. Sprint is way slow on 3G, so was Boost, TW is def faster.

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  8. I'm going to guess that tax will be extra, but even so, this is a pretty good deal. It would be an amazing deal if LTE was included.

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    1. We paid under 2$ tax on a TW 25$ plan. I tried PP but though I had an iphone used on their service 2 years ago they refused activating it again stating i should purchase one of their phones. all told beginning to end getting our iphones on TW took a whole 20 minutes, bought activation codes for the 25 plans, then added the 10$ data on each and we wete off painelessly. im using it now.

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    2. 3g with total wireless if faster than sprint and boost data cause total Wireless has signal everywhere unlike boost and sprint😃

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  9. I think PagePlus is going to have to give up something --- like more data. I dont believe they will ever cut prices. I wonder what this means for Kitty. She recently published plans that are far from game changers. I wish her success but she has to give up some of meat and potatoes on the MVNO world -- lots of data, family plans, broadband service.

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  10. It's nice to finally see some competition from the CDMA side, although it's too bad it has to be from TracFone/Telemovil. It looks like Total is geared more towards family groups, and Cricket more towards neighbors, because a Total group's data is shared, while Cricket's data is assigned to individual lines. I doubt that Total will break down data use per line as Cricket does -- will probably just give data use for the whole account. So, it would be more difficult for a Friends group to know who's using more data and charge that line more. You can mix and match plan levels with Cricket. And Cricket is still cheaper, at $20/line vs. $27.50/line.

    While some report bad CS with Cricket (mine has been great), at least there are brick and mortar stores that you can go to where they seem to be able to set up a Group, and later to solve most problems while you hang around for awhile or go next door for lunch. Maybe the name "TOTAL" stands for "TOTALly-At-The-Mercy-of-TracFone-Phone-Support". After being snarled at and cut off ("I've given you the facts!" Click...) by Straight Talk Customer "Service", I'll never touch a TeleMovil product again.

    Cricket's combination of the cheapest prices, straightforward flexible plans, LTE, Ok CS, cheap in-store phones, brick and mortar stores, and tolerance for occasional tethering is earning our business for the time being. We're staying put for now.

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    1. I agree, no matter how bad Cricket customer service is, it can't be worse than America Movil. Besides even with all its flaws Cricket is still owned and operated by AT&T. I'd rather deal with AT&T than with the company that just got hit with a $40 million fine.

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    2. You can tether on Total wireless 100%, I hadcto yesterday matter of fact but used my iphone 4s as a hotspot with my data. You "can" purchase the 25$ talk text plan AND buy a 10$ 1.5g data add on for it. Whoever told you otherwise is wrong. The 3G on TW isbmuch darn faster than Boost and Sprint 3G for sure as i watch a video on my phone at problems. I'm waiting for the bubble to burst, nice to have service I can afford and use it how I want for a change, been years since a wireless company has let anyone do that.

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    3. "You can tether on Total Wireless 100%". Is your mobile/personal hotspot ENABLED on your device that you are using on Total Wireless?

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    4. "You can tether on Total wireless 100%"
      How can you tether? I also have an Iphone and can not tether. Do you mind running me through the process?

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    5. Total Wireless does their best to block tethering. On iPhones the only way around that is to jailbreak and install a tether app for jail-broken iPhones.

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    6. Thank you Dennis. I don't really want to jailbreak my Iphone. I don't need the hotspot function but it is a nice feature to have in case I do want to use my tablet instead of my phone to browse.
      If there are selling fixed amounts of data, I don't see why they would make it hard to tether. Its not like people are going to overuse the data. As a matter of fact, the faster they use their data, the more add on data they will have to purchase.

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    7. With use it or lose it data like Total Wireless' 5 GB/month it's to the carrier's advantage to discourage customers from using it all. Customers who don't tether use less data.

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    8. That makes sense, I get it. The thing with me is I don't get the $35.00 plan I just use the $25.00 plus the add on data since I don't use more than 500MB in a month. I don't stream audio/video. The $10.00 add on last me more or less 5-6 months which is a pretty good savings. If they allowed tether, I could still save but instead of my phone I could use my iPad to browse the internet. Ill just keep using my phone.

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  11. $60 for 2 lines with 5GB is $10 less than Cricket's 2 line Group Save plan and 4 lines for $110 is a first for the Verizon network. Total is competing on price, while offering Verizon coverage.
    TracFone and Verizon based Straight Talk just now got LTE. Total Wireless will most likely launch without LTE and then add it sometime later, probably in the first 12 months.

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    1. Price is great. Too bad I cannot use their service. I can't do anything with 3G. I wouldn't say that's a growth market. I suspect 4G will be coming soon.

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    2. Very few straight talk phone use Verizon. Most is art.

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    3. Why do you say that? Straight Talk doesn't disclose how many customers they have on each network. But based on the number of comments about Straight Talk Verizon posted here and on social media I suspect that there are almost as many Straight Verizon customers as there are Straight talk AT&T.

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  12. Dennis, LTE is mentioned in the TOS

    "Phones and wireless devices that are 4G and 4G LTE capable are currently not supported by Total Wireless."

    http://www.totalwireless.com/wps/portal/home/h/legal/terms-and-conditions

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  13. FYI, looks like TracFone purchased this domain Totalwireless.com for $40,000 last October.

    http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141029.htm

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  14. To activate your own CDMA compatible phone or device (BYOP) you will need to purchase a Total Wireless Network Access code before you can establish and use Total Wireless Service. The fee for this Network Access code is $14.99.

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    1. Update: Network Access codes for (BYOP) are $9.99 + tax, on their site.

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  15. My Verizon PostPaid LTE (BYOP) device was cleared by Total Wireless Customer Service to be good to go on their new service and it also cleared with there online tool.

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    1. Total Wireless does not have 4G.

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    2. Did they indicate that a SIM was required or that they were sending you one?

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    3. No SIM is required, just need to purchase Network Access code from Total Wireless website or call their customer service number. CSR told me for right now and the foreseeable future that these avenues are the only way to get the Network Access code, as Walmart does not have anything to do with Network Access codes.

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    4. So does this mean that your 4G LTE device will only operate at 3G speeds?

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    5. LTE phones won't work without a SIM.

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    6. Update : (1) there is no 4G/4G LTE devices allowed. Like you said Dennis, LTE phones will not work without a SIM. and they do not send out or have any sims available for this service. The funny thing is that my Verizon 4G LTE device will go ALL the way through the activation process including giving a Network Access code, but even funnier NONE of my 3G Verizon based devices using their online "BYOP Helper Tool" will activate in any Way. Called customers service and for them to "CHECK" my 3G Verizon iPhone 4s I have to register for an account. I get green lights for 4G LTE devices, but red lights for any Verizon 3G devices.

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    7. Update: I got all my Verizon 3G devices to go through the activation process of Total Mobile, by using a MEID/ESN Conversion Tool, converting the MEIDs into a Decimal MEIDs.

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  16. My cell bill is $60.00. Annually..so these deals mean nothing useful to me.

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    1. Thank you for your service, private!

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  17. Dennis, typo in title, fyi.

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  18. With LTE these plans are great, otherwise no one will be signing up for a 3G only service.

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  19. Will a new Verizon prepaid phone like the Moto G work on Total Wireless? Does Total Wireless accept flashed CDMA phones ( Sprint etc.)?

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    1. I'm sure it will be the same as other Verizon MVNOs, no flashed phones, Verizon Prepaid phones only after 6 months paid service on Verizon Prepaid. Those rules come from Verizon and apply to all its MVNOs

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  20. At the time that I posted this, this page shows 4G LTE phones:
    http://www.totalwireless.com/wps/myportal/home/support/phones

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    1. WOW: For this link to come up. you have to register for an account. And there ARE 4G LTE phones and other devices available. 75 phones and devices to be exact. They just are not yet showing up under SHOP/Phones.

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    2. Are the LTE phones on the Total Wireless site or were you redirected to another site?

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    3. Total Wireless site at the link above, no redirect. They seem to all be Straight Talk and Net10 devices. I used the link above ,then logged-in to myAccount. I do not know where this link is anywhere on the site. Must be a Googled result.

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    4. Can you buy LTE phones from the Total Wireless site?

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    5. To get to the link above go to FAQs then to the Question "How do I find my Phone Number?" OR "Where can I find my phones serial number?" There is a link within the answers.

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    6. There are no more LTE phones listed on this link. Also, when I put in my zip to buy a phone from them, there are no LTE phones. I was going to switch to them if they had LTE, but it's worth (imo) $10 more a month to go with Cricket for 2 lines with LTE.

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  21. I have been going through the activation process with my(BYOP) Verizon Postpaid 4G LTE Samsung Galaxy III that has been cleared to go with their online BYOP Helper Tool and also cleared by CSRs at the customer service number. There is a step that says "buy access code" on the site , but it takes me straight to "activate your service" to purchase a 30 DAY service plan, but no Network Access code is available for purchase. It will let me purchase a Service Plan to "activate your Service". There is no Network Access code fee anywhere in the Order Summary, which you would think would automatically be added. Terms and condition stipulate that any BYOP device will have to purchase a Network Access code before you can establish and use Total Wireless Service. Be Wary of this. Seems to me that they are more interested in getting you to purchase a 30 Service Plan & getting YOUR DEVICE ACTIVATED on THEIR SERVICE than they are about first having to purchase the Network Access code - by springing it on you after the fact.

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    1. Access code is a junk fee related to byop. S.T. Charges $7, or $10 for 4g phones for a sim and access code.

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    2. Update:(1) Got the Network Access code to show up in the Order Summary. To apply it go through the regular step by step process of activation. When you get to the "activate service" page the one with the Service Summary/Add Payment Method page. You now need to go up to the main banner and click the Return to Account Summary under Welcome First Name/Last Name. Now click "complete activation" THEN "activate now". Which takes you back to the Service Summary/Add Payment Method with the Network Access Code now listed in the Order Summary.

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    3. Total Wireless Network Access Codes will be available ONLINE on March 1st, they Will Cost $14.99 + Tax. If you need one right now call customer service and they will transfer you over to their BYOP Dept.

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    4. They are no longer charging $9.99 for a Network Access Code for non-LTE devices with Total Wireless.

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  22. América Móvil + CDMA = Way too risky to try!
    América Móvil + CDMA x Verizon network = Still too risky!

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    1. It is not like you are tied into a "risky" plan for two years. For the cheap price I am going to try it!

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  23. Based on my observations, one needs to wait 2 to 3 months after AM/TracFone starts a new endeavor to have it work properly. . . . The first customers who try to sign up are always the guinea pigs.

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    1. Well 2 to 3 Months have passed and it all VERY SOON will be working properly,with 4G LTE access onTotal Wireless.

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  24. Tax and 911 fees included or not ?

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    1. Probably the same as with other TracFone brands where taxes and fees are added to autopays and airtime purchased from the TotalCall site. These vary by state and city and can include Sales Tax, Federal Universal Service Fee, Regulatory Cost Recovery Fee and E911 Fee.

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    2. Tracfones' Total Wireless' Taxes, Surcharges and Fees on Auto Pay: State/Local Sales Tax, e911 prepaid phone fee, Federal Universal Service of 1.52%, and Regulatory Cost Recovery of 2/10ths of 1%.

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  25. To Anonymous: The reason I am using US Cellular is because I got an otherwise Very expensive Samsung Galaxy Note 2 for $150 (used and great condition) on the Elizabeth City Yard Sale group on Facebook. As I mentioned people in this city are Dirt Poor meaning their power gets cut off from month to month, standing at the Food bank for Food. Hell outside the Food Bank people are exchanging perfectly good Smartphones with Clean ESN's for FREE Food. But the Note 2 I had to pay $150 for no exchange for cans of food. Its a buyers market for Smartphones here but Everyone in Elizabeth City uses US Cellular, Straight Talk (Which I won't buy) with the occasional Verizon or AT&T smartphone on the side. Before you buy though call and check the ESN cuz there are a lot of thieves here in Elizabeth City who will sell you a stolen phone. Also have them meet you in a well public area to avoid muggings. Elizabeth City Pawn has them too but they are guaranteed to be clean (as far as Verizon and US Cellular goes) for the man who owns the pawn shop is good friends with the owner of the nearby Verizon store and US Cellular store.

    US Cellular does cover all of Northeast NC and will allow roaming to Verizon when I'm in VA Which is very little. But I'll probably go AT&T or Verizon Prepaid if and only if my phone goes out and I get an S4, S5, Note 4, Motorola or Lg G3 in great shape from someone who is starving for food and will trade or sell cheap as I have a fixed income as well. Just using the old barter system here like everyone does. I'm just very lucky to have gotten and acted quickly to get it before anyone else did cuz people from Virginia come here standing in line for these phones sold cheap.

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    1. If you are using U.S. Cellular, here's is some price cutting news which was released today, February 24, 2015:

      U.S. Cellular cuts the prices of multiple Shared Connect plans
      http://www.phonedog.com/2015/02/24/us-cellular-cuts-prices-multiple-shared-connect-plans

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    2. I believe those price cuts only apply to U.S. Cellular postpaid.

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  26. I thouht that Simple Connect is the Prepaid US Cellular plan. I have the $60 plan (Soon I'll switch to the $65 and get 4GB Data). The AT&T GoPhone plan would be great and cheaper for the highest Data they have. AT&T works great here and in Virginia as well. I also have relatives in Florida as well as Michigan I might visit which is a reason to think about AT&T or Verizon Prepaid. Thanks for the info.

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    1. AT&T is finally starting to treat their Pay As You Go folks like their Contract ones...they are rolling over data as long as you renew by the date it's due. They are giving discounts if you pay by 'auto pay'. I don't like people with their hands in my bank so I miss out on that one :) I've had them for years and the data is pretty new. I'm glad they started doing that. They are finally starting to appreciate the Go Phone people as much as the contracts! They are worth a look.

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  27. Total Wireless phones are NOW AVAILABLE to purchase on their website. You will NOT need to purchase a Network Access Code for these devices. Network Access Codes need to be purchased ONLY for Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP).

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  28. Total Wireless Service Plan Cards and Phones are NOW available at Walmart.com.

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  29. Is it possible for one to buy an unlocked CDMA phone off Amazon for use on this plan?

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    1. Yes but your choices are limited.

      Unlocking doesn't apply to CDMA phones which are not locked. Instead CDMA operators can only activate phones that are on a whitelist of allowed phone serial numbers. Total Wireless' whitelist contains only Total Wireless phones and non-LTE postpaid Verizon phones.

      See The Best 3G Smartphones For TracFone, Selectel and Other Verizon MVNOs and Where to Find Them for a list of Verizon non-LTE phones that will work on Total Wireless. All of them date from 2011 or earlier so you won't find many new ones available.

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    2. One of the major examples how CDMA (Verizon & Sprint) are not consumer-friendly.

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  30. To slow. Might be good plan for my grandma though.....

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  31. Gotta love the snarky comments re: 3G speed. There's a huge population in the USA that live in rural and/or mountainous area, where LTE is just a dream. I'd LOVE to get halfway decent 3G and even plain old phone reception on a regular basis, but too many mountains and too few towers present a challenge. But then again, I can walk out my door and into some of the most spectacular landscape in the US.

    Now that I'm done venting....I assume it should be pretty easy to move a non-LTE phone over from PagePlus pretty easily? Anyone try it yet?

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    1. It's not just it's not LTE speeds. You can't use a LTE phone PERIOD. Even the best 3G only phone is a piece of crap compared to even the worst 4G phone today. it would be different if you could use any phone and just have the LTE disabled.

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  32. My husband and I decided to take the plunge and try out Total Wireless. We both bought a Samsung Galaxy Ace from Walmart and the $60 card. We went online to activate, and we were able to port my number from Verizon (so glad to be done with their ridiculously high prices). However, my husband's number hasn't been ported yet and we have been waiting over a day now. It took my phone only a couple of hours (and we have the same phone and same Verizon account) so I'm not sure why his is taking so long.

    As far as my phone and the service itself, I love it so far. I have been able to get online to check my email, get on Amazon, stream Amazon Prime music without a problem, and texting and phone use are both great.

    So far the service and the phone has more than met my expectations (other than the issue with porting my husband's number which hopefully will be resolved soon).

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    1. Got the Moto E and the $35 plan antook it on a road trip and did several speed tests and streamed some music. Speed tests ranged from 0.7 - 2.4 MBps down and 1- 1.7 MBps up at various locations: some off the beaten path in rural Louisiana and some on the interstate. Web pages loaded pretty quickly but I had a few hiccups streaming music on Google Music. The Moto E is a fine phone, nothing to blow you away, but very well made. I have Pageplus now but Total Wireless would be a cheaper alternative.

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    2. We did get the porting issue straightened out and haven't had any problems since then. We can both access the internet, check email, use apps, etc without any problem. We haven't tried streaming videos, but music has streamed without problems. My parents and my sister and her husband have all started using Total Wireless too and they are also happy with it. We all had dumb phones with Verizon prior to switching, and we were paying more than we are now with smartphones. Granted, we won't be using Netflix or anything that is a data hog, but for our purposes, Total Wireless has worked out fine.

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  33. if total wireless is using verizon towers, then what is the difference between total wireless and verizon prepay?

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    1. LTE, customer support, pricing, roaming to name a few.

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    2. Not to mention you're limited to 3G only phones. Which mean old phones running Gingerbread which half the Androids apps can't even use. There might be plenty of people that don't mind 3G speeds but they are not giving up their much newer and better smartphones to do it.

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  34. Total Wireless and every other MVNO will have no other choice but to start supporting LTE in the coming months. 3G only operators are on their way out. Total Wireless wasn't launched to be a 3G only service, they just haven't launched LTE yet. I wouldn't be surprised if Total launched LTE sometime this summer.

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    1. "Total Wireless wasn"t launched to be a 3G Only service". Very good vision.

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  35. The Total plans are so cheap because they're 3G. An MVNO pays much less to the "parent" company for the 3G vs. 4G. They will eventually have to switch to faster service and I would expect the plan prices to go up also.

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  36. TotalWireless.com & Walmart.com has added (2)two additional Total Wireless phones: the ZTE Quartz Z797C - $169; the ZTE Savy Z750C - $79.

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  37. Wonder if I can move my Iphone 4 which is page plus now to total

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  38. Hey guys... i just wanted to let you know about my brief experience with Total Wireless (the cheap version of Verizon). After two days without a phone and 250 dollars paid to Verizon to get out of a contract, I was informed today that my phone is "not compatible with their network". This was after numerous people confirmed that the phone was compatible. The service techs were horrible and they acted like they were doing me a favor by refunding the money that I spent for the service (they refused to reimburse any costs for Verizon's fees). That being said, i will be going with cricket. So far the customer service has been outstanding. Just so everyone knows I HIGHLY RECOMMEND checking out cricket as it is owned by AT&T yet is 1/3 the cost. Becky and I are getting phones with unlimited talk and text and 5 GIGs of data for $60. My only advance for any of these carriers is to either buy their phones or go with a gsm technology (like cricket of Boost mobile) and buy an unlocked GSM phone.

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    1. What kind of phone did you try to take to Total Wireless (the cheap version of Verizon), a 4G LTE phone? Seems like you may have needed to do a little more research on potential service providers. That is why this website is here. No 4G or 4G LTE devices on Total Wireless.

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    2. HI! i don't get the idea of compatible and 4GLTE! is my iphone 4s compatible???

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    3. The iPhone 4S doesn't support LTE. If it's a Verizon iPhone 4s that's not a Verizon Prepaid phone and is not currently active on Verizon it should work on Total Wireless.

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    4. Dennis. I have a Verizon iPhone 4s that has been off the Verizon network since December. It has not been active on anything since then. I called TW and they said they can't activate it on their service because it requires a SIM. however, when I enter my MEID DEC on the compatibility byop screen it says good to go. But when I log into my account and go to upgrade my phone using the MEID DEC it says I have to call the number. I then went back to the compatibility byop page it says ESN already in system. What am I doing wrong?

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    5. You may need to get Verizon to release the phone. That normally happens around 90 days after a Verizon account lapses but Verizon can release it immediately it you ask them.

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  39. I bought my TotalWireless phone from Walmart after speaking with the TotalWireless Rep at the store. He told me that I could purchase the $25 plan and add a $10 1.5G data card as needed because my data use is not great. He gave me a pamphlet that states, "$10 add-on can be used with any TotalWireless plan". I activated my phone, purchased the $25 plan and added the $10 1.5G data online. For about a week, I did not have any issues then suddenly I could not access my data (network unavailable message received). I checked my account and found I had only used .10 of data with 1.40G available. I called TotalWireless and spoke with several people with limited English skills but all said the same, "the data add-on does not work with the $25 plan". WHAT?!! BUYER BEWARE!! Even though the sales rep, their own pamphlet, and the website says you can add data to ANY PLAN, you really can't. You can only add data to the $35 plan.

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  40. Just talked to a CSR @ Total Wireless that as of today,Monday March 30th you CAN now AGAIN get the $10/ 1 1/2GB add-on DATA applied to the Single Line 30-Day $25 Unlimited Talk & Text Plan.

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  41. Horrible service! Beware! They literally could not activate the service on the new total wireless phone I bought for the service. I was switching my number from Sprint. After 9 hours spread out over 3 days through out a week they could not activate the account and they don't know why it won't activate. I will try and return the phone at Walmart, but they made it real clear they do not allow returns on the card at Walmart. I am right now on hold trying to get through their refund process which involves mailing the card back and yada yada.. I hope it will work, but probably not. I have been on hold on just this refund for the card issue for about 15 minutes and counting.

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  42. After one week they never can activated my phone and no refund for the pepaid card they jus took my money so this facking company its a liers and robbery

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  43. I checked the serial # from an old straight talk phone on the total wireless site and it said it was already in their inventory.

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    1. Correct, they are one in the same company. I called them after I too did this check with my iPhone 4s that was originally on VZW.
      The rep told me that I was "not allowed" to port over my phone to Total Wireless because it was already in their system. I said great! I want to buy a service card for my ST/TW phone then. She then told me that I couldn't do that.
      I asked why? I was told that it was on ST. I then said okay, I want to port it over to TW...
      I was then told that I could not because it was a 4g phone... I said yes, it is but ST currently only allows my phone to operate at 3g speeds - I get NO 4g.
      So I then asked what the difference would be... I am simply trying to move three phones for my family over to TW from ST because the TW deal for a shared plan (non existent on ST) is a much better deal for me.
      None of this BS makes a bit of sense... maybe TW is attempting to stop any bleeding of ST customers? Either way, it is a total farce and I can't understand how 3g on TW is any different than 3g on ST - it is all smoke and mirrors.
      The last thing that I asked the rep was this... So if I take my ST to VZW pre-paid for a month and then come over to TW, that's okay? She didn't know exactly how to answer but she eventually stated that it would be "okay if is not 4g".
      It really is a bunch of BS from a technical stand because the phone is controlled by the system, not the other way around. My phone can have as many radios inside as it may want, but if the system doesn't support it, the phone cannot perform the feat.
      In other words, if I have a 4g and 3g radio in my phone and the VZW system only supports 3g or they offer 4g but only permit specific handsets access (not mine), then my phone is a 3g phone - period.
      This is yet again another example of poor technical support and BS marketing that makes no sense. If I lived closer to an area that supported (well) T-Mobile or Cricket, I'd be with that service and I'd give up my CDMA phones.
      Last thing... If you are one of the fortunate individuals that had no issues with ST tech support, you are one of the few. I would assume that you would have not been involved in the BYOD program and may have purchased directly with Wal-Mart or ST.
      I have BYOD'd three iPhone 4s phones in the last year (from VZW) and EVERY time it was a fiasco. Double billed for the activation code once, the web site wouldn't correctly take the order for the code (three times, same error) and EVERY time the rep was very poorly trained and I was on the phone for nearly an hour - EVERY TIME!
      Additionally, I'd argue that the 3g service is "fine"... I can do speed test just fine, but so many other tasks that require bandwidth seem to run very slowly. I'd suggest that they are prioritizing or shaping services on ports 80 and 443 and that is why the users realize the correct bandwidth there and only there.
      Sorry for the rant...

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    2. I also checked my straight talk phone on the total wireless site and it said it was already in their inventory too. So, I was thinking cool. I am gonna get my daughter another phone, because hers sucked and switch mine over too. I ordered her the moto e phone and I already have one. They ARE EXACTLY THE SAME!! Called to switch mine first. They proceed to tell me that mine will not switch. (So after getting pissed off and deciding to move on) We try to activate my daughter's phone. It will not activate. Said that I had to wait 24 to 48 hours, then maybe it would work. (So of course I am pissed again). Then I move on to the 2 line card that I purchased BECAUSE THEIR WEBSITE SAID MY PHONE WOULD TRANSFER OVER!!!! Now the are telling me that they CAN NOT refund me my money. I don't know about everyone else but I do not have money to be throwing away!! This is the 3rd strike. this is not the last the have heard from me and I will be taking my business else where!!!!!!

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  44. I guess I will stay with GoPhone's 10 cents per minute plan on my Samsung Mythic.

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  45. Can you switch a net10 phone to Total Wireless

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  46. Does anybody know what the number is to call to activate a total wireless phone once you have transferred your number. I am waiting for my numb to transfer over and am currently without a phone and I don't like it a bit. How long does this normally take?? When I tried to dial *22898 all I get is Verizon wireless activation and they aren't total wireless?? I am confused.

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    1. The Total Wireless support number is 866-663-3633

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    2. Verizon is the phone provider that total wireless runs off of. It uses Verizon's towers. I currently cannot get my phone number to transfer.

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  47. I too (at first) thought that I could bring my phone over. Their website compatability checker initially showed my Verizon Samsung S3 as good to go. Waited a week or two to research them a bit more and just prior to getting their service, I checked again and it said “no go”. So I got an LG Ultimate 2 for me and the Samsung Galaxy Style Ace for my wife. We are very pleased. Yes, it is a 3g network, but that isn’t a big deal with us. Customer service that I received was very good and helped us in setting the phones up correctly. No, they don’t speak “perfect” English, but if you are patient it should not be an issue. It certainly wasn’t with us.
    As to the data manager taking capabilities, I installed an app titled “My Data Manager” by Mobidia Technology. It works excellent for us and tracks mobile and wifi separately and can be set up for shared plans, oh yeah, and is free! I recommend giving it a try, regardless who your provider is. Someone on another forum had mentioned their desire to track how many text messages they were using, but with unlimited nationwide testing, hey, who needs to track.
    We are currently saving $50 a month vs our old Verizon plan. Hope you can all have the same side as we have had. :>)

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  48. On the one had, I love the unlimited minutes/texts and amount of data at this price. On the other hand, the customer service is ridiculous. No one seems to know what they are doing. I bought a Total Wireless phone and my husband was rolling over his Verizon prepaid phone (we checked ahead of time it would work). We wanted to be on the same plan - $60 2 devices shared data which is their big draw to us. They activated my phone right away. It was taking a while for my husband's number to roll over. Apparently, even though it's on the same "group," his number won't work, so they put him in a group by himself and gave him the minutes, etc. However, now for the past 2 months, I have to call when the refill date is to get his phone working again. They keep telling me that I have to remove him from the original group so they can add him (same number/MEID) to that group - which makes no sense to me. But anyway, they tell me that I have to do it - that they can't on their end - on the website. Which OF COURSE doesn't work. There is NO info about my account on the website, just my credit card. Nothing else. Not my plan, not my devices, not my numbers. It's ridiculous. Finally, today, someone "created a ticket" to remove him from the account in 24 hours. Who knows what's going to happen next. The price is great, the coverage is great, the hassle is ridiculous! I feel like if they could just get it right, everything would be great. How can they help if no one you speak to can actually do anything? It makes no sense!

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  49. Has anyone had anything good come out of this just using the phones they offer? seems like the price point is great, if you are a big talk/text person. You can always jump on a wireless connection 95% of the time.
    Thoughts?

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  50. Tracfone and the others use multiple networks. Each phone is different. For example the older Iphones on straight talk are on Verizon towers. The newer Iphones on straight talk are on sprint and att towers. Don't go into this thinking you will be on Verizon towers. That is why they ask for zip of where you will be using the phone when shop for phones.

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  51. Dennis, I just did a check eligibility for my Verizon Samsung Galaxy SIII 4G LTE wth Total Wireless' site using both IMEI/MEID DEC, both came back as a go. Just called Total Wireless to confirm. First thing they asked me, was if I was trying to activate a 4G/4G LTE device, I said yes, and that it came up as eligible/compatible on their site. He immediatey told me yes about 4G/4G LTE Verizon devices coming up ready to go with their service. I then asked him why and he said that they are in the process RIGHT NOW of updating their system for 4G/4G LTE service coming very soon. This probably shoud not be a surprise,considering this is AM and that other Verizon MVNOs are getting 4G LTE access in the very near future.

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  52. Dennis Just Googled Total Wireless SIM card Activation Kit got ONE result for of course Walmart, Walmart just has not posted it to the page. FYI

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  53. Ok, ever since I restocked my phone for the month, people aren't receiving my texts. The texts are SENDING, but people aren't getting them! It is really frustrating me!

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  54. So an iPhone 4 will work on this network since it is only 3G?

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    1. Yes as long as it's a clean ESN Verizon iPhone 4 that's not currently active on Verizon or anther MVNO.

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    2. Sorry, do I understand correctly? Wouldn't this mean that when I'm registered with another MVNO I cannot switch and keep my phone? I'd have to cancel the service first, thereby loosing my number?

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    3. You don't have to cancel your service with the other provider, just get the phone released from that operator.

      If you have another inactive Verizon compatible phone you can swap that phone on to your old provider to release the iPhone 4.

      If you don't have a spare phone some operators can do a "device release" or switch your number to a "dummy ESN" to release the current phone for use on another network.

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    4. Your phone being active with another TracFone brand complicates things. i had assumed that your were with Verizon or a non-TracFone MVNO.

      There is definitely an issue moving a BYOP phone from one TracFone brand to another. I've never heard of anyone being able to accomplish that.

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  55. Thanks a lot, Dennis. To be more specific, my current Verizon-iPhone is active with net10. When I check its serial no. with the TW compaibility tool its says:"ESN already in inventorey". This will go away when I move my active net10 service to a different device? Their rep seem to indicate that once with net10 it will always be blocked for TW...

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    1. Something like this happened to me. I sold my ST phone to someone who tried to activate it on Straight Talk. ST said she could not port her landline to Verizon because they did not have service, even though she had a second ST phone on ST Verizon in the same zip code and address. My friend agree to have them port to ST AT&T service as an interim step, but then ST would not port from AT&T to Verizon. They tied up the ESN of the phone I sold, waiting for the possible port, and even after it failed and no Verizon service was ever activated. ST insisted there was no temp number assigned to the ESN, but the ESN status was "Active with other" for several months, and there was nothing we could do. The only way the ESN was cleared was to activate a LTE sim in a different phone, then swap it to the ST phone. That released the active status that was somehow imposed by ST. BTW, Executive Resolutions was no help with this. They just kept repeating that the ESN was clear to activate. This kind of mess is why I will never use a Am Movil company again. Their activation software has lots of glitches that even ST does not understand.

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  56. Should be called Totally Clueless!! - 7 long calls to who knows where to switch 2 phones from Verizon to this service, and I'm now 11 calls (and counting) into getting the account straightened out because they put our phones on two seperate accounts instead of the shared service we signed up for. We've been monkeying with this company and their incredibly inept support for over a month! TOTALLY RIDICULOUS!!!

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  57. First I thought Total Wireless didn't want my money, but now I've had to rephrase my comments! I decided to try out TW knowing some of the issues some people have encountered. So far I have not been able to order a moto e + $35 card off their website! I get a message "order failed." Could not be completed due to authorization problems, or declined, or error in information! Said I could Go Back if I felt card was valid. Knowing my credit cards are fine, I tried 2 different ones and was figuring maybe it was being finicky cause of no middle initial or there was a spot for "Are you a existing customer? which was marked Yes" But after 6 attempts, I got the same message "order failed." So I decided to check my cc accounts and guess what! ALL OF MY ATTEMPTS ARE PENDING on my credit cards! So this has been a GREAT start so far! My closest Walmart is a 45min drive.

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  58. Can anyone confirm if you can bring a phone over from Straight Talk? And if it's 4G LTE, will it sill be?

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      Straight Talk phones don't work on Total Wireless.
      LTE phones don't work on Total Wireless.

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  59. UGH! I was thinking of porting an existing Verizon iPhone 4s to Totally Wireless to take advantage of the cheaper rates ($35/mo) but it looks like it's a pain in the ass if you are an existing Verizon or Tracfone customer. You have to switch your phone to another Verizon phone such that you have a clean ESN iPhone 4 before TW can port their service to the iPhone. Seems really hokey. If Verizon releases the ESN of your iPhone 4, would that mean you lose the service as well? Do they even allow that even if you are out of contract?

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    1. I bought an iPhone 6 (A1586, at full price, unlocked and without contract). Total Wireless does not accept this device for their BYOD service. I don't know why.

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    2. Total Wireless can only activate Verizon phones on BYOP. In addition, phones that are 4G LTE capable like all the iPhone 6 are currently not supported by Total Wireless.

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  60. I just purchased 2 Moto E phones and the $60.00 two line unlimited talk/text 5 Gig data plan at one of the local Walmarts. The Walmart closet to me didn't carry the Total Wireless Plan.

    At first I tried to activate the new phones online and port our existing phone numbers. My wife's phone plan was a Net10 and mine Straight Talk. I was unsuccessful and had to call the tech support number.

    The first customer tech specialist was knowledgeable however didn't fully understand what I wanted to do with each phone. Things got mixed up and we had to start the process over again after I thought we were almost done. I also got cut off several times from my landline phone with tech support and the quality of the call was bad.

    Right when we were almost done I got cut off again. This time I had to call back and spoke to a representative who understood me and spoke good English. I got transferred to another tech support person who checked both accounts. He told us everything was a go.

    The phones were activated and good to go. So far so good. It took about 45 minutes to get to this point and hopefully it's going to be worth it.

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  61. I'm using Verizon Pre-paid wireless. $45 per month unlimited voice & text. Verizon started me at 1gb per month, I signed up for their autopay service, this upgrade my data to 2gb per month.I use wifi at home. Here in East Texas, Verizon or AT&T are the best networks. I get 5 bars on my phone at home.

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  62. I need a new phone and want to go from ST to TW. If I buy a new phone can I use my existing number?

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  63. Total Wireless now offers a $10 Global Calling Card. The balance on each phone will carry over to the next service month. https://www.totalwireless.com/wps/portal/home/shop/internationalcalling

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  64. DO NOT BUY ANY OF THESE PHONES THEY ARE RECONDITIONED JUNK THAT PEOPLE DISCARDED TO GO TO 4G LTE PHONES. AGAIN THESE PHONES ARE NOT NEW THEY ARE RECONDITIONED JUNK.******

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    1. By law, "reconditioned" or "refurbished" products have to be clearly marked as such, and cannot be sold as "new". A reconditioned product is often times one that a re-seller bought and returned to the wholesaler or manufacturer without it ever being taken out of the box. In reality, it's still new, but since it was technically sold and returned, it can't be resold as "new". The law requires that the consumer be made aware that they are purchasing a refurbished product.

      Also, in order for a phone to qualify as reconditioned or refurbished, it has to be tested (usually by the manufacturer) to insure that it is free of defects and in like-new condition. It's a lot different from a phone that is sold to a consumer, used for a month, and then returned. A used phone cannot be listed as "refurbished", but must be sold as "used". In order to put a used phone back on the shelf as refurbished, the manufacturer would basically have to rebuild it as if they were building a new phone, so they might as well just sell a new phone.

      I've had a few refurbished phones that were factory warranty replacements, and never had a problem. The refurbished phones worked just as good as the original phones they replaced (or better, as the original had a warranty-covered defect that prompted me to send it back in the first place).

      Most "reconditioned" or "refurbished" phones are nothing more than overstocks or closeouts. A retailer (i.e. Walmart) bought more phones than they could sell, so they either return them to the wholesaler for credit, or sell them to another retailer at cost. In most cases, the phones have never been opened or used by anyone. It's just that the law says they can no longer be called new.

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  65. i want to buy e prepaid track phone and get the card for 80 minutes for three months....the phone has built in wifi, when i'm at home i can change it to use my wifi at home....will that use the data and minutes from track phone when i use my own wifi?

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    1. Data used on WiFi will not cost you anything.

      Calls and texts don't normally use WiFi so they will deduct from your minutes or texts balance even if you are on WiFi. If you are using a smartphone there are apps such as Hangouts that allow free calling and messaging over WiFi

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  66. I've hooked up an old iphone 4 to TW and will try it out for a month to see if we want to put my husband and mother on it (a total of 3 lines). Inquired about switching my iphone 5 from straight talk to TW but they said it will not work. anyone have any experiences switching an iphone 5 from ST to TW? Could get 3 lines for -$100 @ month.

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  67. I bought a galaxy s3 for my daughter on total wireless and I want to switch to straight talk . is this possible?

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    1. No, Total Wireless phones can not be used on other TracFone brands with the possible exception of Page Plus.

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  68. My husband and I just got on the Total Wireless plan. We are happy with our phones (3G is fine with us as we were content with our previous flip phones). Our issue is the cell phone signal. It shows great coverage for our area, and outside of our home, the signal is fine. But in our house we only get 1 bar (sometimes 2). Is there any booster anyone is aware of that can help? or any other suggestions? we really want to keep this service but need a reliable signal than we have now. Thanks!

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    1. I wouldn't worry about how many signal bars the phones show as long as you can reliably make and receive calls.

      If you can't use the phones in the house the most cost effect solution is probably to switch to an MVNO that uses the same network as your old flip phones that worked in the house did. Hopefully it's not too late to return the Total Wireless phones for a refund.

      There are cell phone amplifier systems that would likely help. They consist of rooftop and in-house antennas connected by wires through an amplifier. Wilson WeBoost is the leading brand and sells for between $200 and $800 plus the cost of installation so probably not cost effective.

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  69. thank you for the input Dennis, I appreciate the insight and recommendations!

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  70. My wife and I switched from Verizon to Total Wireless a few weeks ago, and are so far very pleased with the service.

    The activation process was easy, and the rep was very helpful in assisting us to port our numbers. She has an iPhone 4S, which qualified for BYOD. I had to purchase a new phone, as I had a Motorola Droid Maxx, which is 4G LTE. Chose the LG Power, which was on sale for half its regular price.

    $57/month for two lines with auto-pay was a deal we couldn't pass up, as it's half of what what we were paying Verizon even after we were out-of-contract. Since Total uses Verizon's network, there's no change in coverage, which is a bonus. I can do without 4G LTE for the price, since I never really utilized it in the first place. I don't watch a lot of Hi Def stuff on my phone, and I'm on WiFi more often than not. I'm guessing Verizon gives Total a break on their access fee because they don't use 4G LTE, and the reduced charge is passed along to the consumer.

    The $10/1.5GB rollover data plan is another plus. I added it just as a backup, but we'd be hard-pressed to use up the 5GB monthly allowance we have on our plan (20 days into our first billing cycle, we've used barely a Gig). I'd highly recommend Total Wireless to anyone who wants decent cell phone service at an affordable price.

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  71. can you use hotspot on your phone with the 5 gb plan?

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    1. You might be able to depending on the phone but Total Wireless terms of service do prohibit hotspot use.

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  72. I just spoke with Total Wireless and they said my iPhone 5 and iPhone6 would work, and that 4G LTE will work if it is available in my area. A couple of other reviews said the newer LTE phones are not compatible. Have they upgraded or am I getting a sales pitch only to be disappointed?

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    1. A Verizon iPhone 5 or 6 or an unlocked non-Verizon iPhone 6 should all work with Total Wireless and get LTE. Just beware that Total Wireless activation systems seem to be very buggy and Total Wireless customer support is badly trained and managed and often unable to solve activation issues.

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  73. Were a few comments or parts of re tethering removed above?
    Just confused because latest comments on the front page of the desktop site directs here but comments are not here.

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    1. Yesterday's tethering comments were replies to an older comment so they are in the middle of the comment section not at the end. Do a Find in Page (Ctrl-F or ⌘-F) for "tether" to find them.

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  74. I have a Galaxy 4 that was modded and have been using the 3 phone lines for a while now and we are happy with the service. I just bought an iPad pro for our business and I use my phone for a hotspot. I thought about getting the iPhone 5s at $150.00 from TW but they said it won't teather. What business is it of theirs how I use my data? I pay for it, and when I don't use it all, I don't get any credit back or rollover, so why can't I teather?
    I just want to use the same system, now I have WIN 10 on pc, android phone and ipad, Sometimes I just stare at the screen trying to remember steps in my Evernote :(.
    What phone and where can I get it that would be an iPhone that teathers?

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    1. AT&T GoPhone, MetroPCS, Boost Mobile, T-Mobile Prepaid and Verizon Prepaid support tethering and iPhones.

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  75. i bought iphone 5S fom walmart with staight sim and locked phone.
    now i m in pakistan and want to unlock the phone but carie is unknown to me..please guide

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    1. As far as I know it's impossible for anyone but Straight Talk to unlock a Straight Talk iPhone.

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  76. I just purchased three refurbished Samsung Galaxy prime core phones from straight talk and want to transfer my straight talk phone to TW. when i check compatibility it states that ESN is already in inventory. Is this going to be a hard transfer. We were hoping to add mine,my husband and two daughters to the 4 line shared deal

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    1. It's generally considered impossible to use a TRacFone branded Verizon network phone that was sold for one TracFone carrier on a different one. TracFone's systems don't support it and TracFone reps are trained to say it can't be done.

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  77. my iphone 5s is locked and i checked it carrier is tracphone carrier.
    plz guide me unlock details.
    i am in pakistan

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    1. TracFone devices are very difficult to unlock. Good luck finding an unlock service that can do it, I don't know of any. your best bet is to sell the phone to a US buyer on eBay.

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  78. my iphone 5s is locked and i checked it carrier is tracphone carrier.
    plz guide me unlock details.
    i am in pakistan
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    1. TracFone phones are very difficult to unlock.
      Try asking some of the phone unlocking services on eBay if they can unlock it. If anyone can do it the price will be high because of the difficulty.

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