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Total Wireless LTE Phones and Maybe LTE SIMs Now Available


Total Wireless, a TracFone Verizon MVNO that's available exclusively online and at Walmart has long been 3G only. LTE wasn't available and LTE capable phones were blocked from activation. But that has changed. The Total Wireless site's homepage has been updated with the words "Now with LTE" and the following LTE phones are available on the Total Wireless site:

  • LG Premier $129.99
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 $349.99
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 $499.99
Total Wireless LTE phones are also available at Walmart.com with the following models listed currently:

  • LG Rebel $59.96
  • ZTE Stratos $99.99
  • LTE Premier $129.99
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 $349.00
If you'd rather "bring your own phone" (and should should as TracFone's phones are locked down seven ways from Sunday and almost never receive Android security updates) that looks like it's possible. A HowardForums member entered his Verizon Samsung Galaxy S5 MEID serial number on Total Wireless' Bring Your Own Phone page. The phone was accepted and the user began the activation process. At some point in the process the site asked for the user's Total Wireless SIM ID. There's was an "I don't have a SIM" check box or link which the user choose. The site then said that a free SIM would be sent. The user had to purchase a month's service for $35 plus tax. Of course the real test will be if the SIM ever arrives, but it looks promising at this point.


Total Wireless has some of the best prices of any operator for unlimited talk and text and a substantial amount of high speed data on the Verizon network: The following plans with LTE data are available:

  • $35/month: unlimited talk and messaging and 5 GB of data.
  • $60/month: Two line plan with unlimited talk, messaging and 8 GB of shared data
  • $85/month: Three line plan with unlimited talk and messaging and  12 GB of shared data
  • $100/month: Four line plan with unlimited talk and messaging and  15 GB of shared data
3 GB of rollover data can be added to any plan for $10. Like all Verizon MVNOs, Total Wireless LTE data speeds are throttled to 5 Mpbs.

Sources: Total WirelessHowardforums

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  1. The $30 T-Mobile "secret" plan though!

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    1. your secret plan is no secret

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    2. I like that plan. Was on it for quite a while. I was always running up against the 100 minute limit though so I had to change. Of course that was before Hangouts Dialer. On a Freemium now and have no monthly costs but if that ended tomorrow, I would choose the Total $35 over the $30 secret plan.

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    3. "Once I had a secret plan
      That lived within the heart of me
      All too soon my secret plan
      Became impatient to be free

      So I told a friendly star
      The way that dreamers often do
      Just how wonderful you are
      And why I'm so in love with you

      Now I shout it from the highest hills
      Even told the golden daffodils
      At last my heart's an open door
      And my secret plan is no secret anymore"

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    4. There is no 100 minute limit on the $30 T-Mobile plan. You just pay per minute after 100.

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  2. I believe total wireless is hard capped at 5 gigs

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    1. The $35 plan is, higher priced plans have higher caps. All Total wireless plans have hard capped data with an option to buy an extra 3 GB of rollover data for $10.

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    2. Yes. It is a hard cap. But from my experience, once your data is throttled after the 5GB, it is pretty much UNUSABLE. This is true for all the MVNOs. You can use the saving to buy the extra 3GB if you ever go over the 5GB. If you consistently go over 5GB, then the $55/10GB plan on StraightTalk might be the right plan for you.

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  3. It's a TracFone company so don't port a number that you cannot afford to lose. TracFone is notorious for having all kinds of shady business practices.

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    1. R+ is worse. I just tried to port over to Verizon prepaid, and they wouldn't even answer their phone for Verizon's port department! Outrageous cs.

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    2. We had no trouble with a RingPlus port - went through in less than one day with no calls. Just do your homework on what your old carrier requires before you request the port, and call them to request immediate release after 24 hours have passed.

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    3. I ported two lines from Sprint to StraightTalk with zero issues and service has been great.

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    4. If you can get around not ever having to use customer service, Straight Talk has a hugely better Network than Sprint or T-Mobile for that matter.

      I have friends who use it and have no complaints because it works everywhere they go. Which is something that just doesn't happen with Sprint.

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  4. I ordered a SIM card through total wireless customer service. I wonder how much tax will be for the 35 dollar plan if you live in los angeles county.

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    1. TracFone brands all charge state and local point of sale taxes plus a 1.5% Federal Universal Service fee and a 0.2% Regulatory Cost Recovery fee.

      The only tax on prepaid service in California is the MTS surcharge which runs anywhere from 9.2% to 18.62% depending on which Los Angeles county city you live in. Prepaid Mobile Telephony Services (MTS) Surcharge Rates - California State Board of Equalization

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    2. The tax in my city is 18.26% so after taxes may not be such a fine deal. Depends on what your needs are but I think im staying where Im at for now.

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    3. I just signed up with total wireless $35 plan and after MTS and related taxes and the 5% auto refill discount it was 39 dollars. I think I can live with that. I may add 3GB of rollover data just in case.
      I do wish they had a better deal for international calling like page plus that gives you $10 credit for international calls. Or at least a direct calling app like page plus but even with all the MTS tax it's still a good deal for 5GB.

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  5. Not a big fan of America Movil, but this is pretty competitive as far as price/coverage goes.

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    1. In house sub brands - AT&T- Cricket Wireless; Sprint Boost Mobile/Virgin Mobile; T-Mobile Metro PCS and Verizons' Total Wireless somewhat in-house sub brand per Verizons' Shammo comment of "Tracfone is our prepaid brand". Verizon slowly jumped in the prepaid game, had to. aT&Ts 500k and T-Mobiles 807k prepaid Quarterly gains are hard to not take notice. Seems to me the stigma of being on prepaid service is slowly going away.

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    2. The stigma is almost gone. I meet more and more people everyday that are using Cricket or Metro.

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  6. Just tried one of my Verizon Prepaid Moto E LTE serials. Did not pass the check.

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    1. Verizon Prepaid phone can't be taken to other services for 6 months and only after being unlocked.

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    2. Verizon Prepaid LTE phones only need 30 days on Verizon Prepaid before they can be used on MVNOs

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    3. Can you still activate a sim on a valid device and swap to a new Verizon prepaid device?

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    4. Probably, that works with other TracFone Verizon brands.

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  7. Verizon Prepaids will not pass the check unless they have been activated on Verizon for a minimum of one month ($30). This changed at the beginning of this year. Previously, this was possible.

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  8. If you want the
    SIM Shipping TO Information BOX to come up. YOU HAVE TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT & LOG-IN TO BE ABLE TO DO THIS! Here is the trick, fine tuned after a week of trying.
    [BOX] Shipping Information
    Please enter the address where you would like us to ship your SIM Card(s)

    First, Do not use the "i'm bringing my own phone' it will not come up no matter what. USE the "i have a new total wireless phone" button. this whole thing is tricky. ok now enter your IMEI number MINUS the last number/digit (what really amoounts to your HEX MEID) it is going to come back as (red box-try again).At this point Do not do anything but ENTER your ZIP CODE towards the bottom. HIT the "activate bring -your-own-device" button. Page reloads with basically the same everything, but NOW ENTER THE LAST DIGIT of your IMEI number that you initially MINUSED to your devices number in the upper box. NEXT and the final step is HIT the "activate bring-your own-device" button. Bingo brings up:

    Congratulations! Your device is compatible with the Total Wireless BYOP program. Let’s continue!

    BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE

    Is the device you want to register in the Total Wireless Bring-Your-Own-Device Program currently active with another provider?


    "currently active" button(basically porting-in your number avenue0 OR "currently inactive" button > Continue > if you have a TW 4G LTE SIM enter in the number OR OR OR hit the "i don"t have a SIM card" button. Once you get through the tricky part it is all trial and error. half the issues of trying to get it right is by going back to your account summary and remove the device (little red circle x) times 2 (Tracfone for you) that you added to your group summary of devices and start all over again.
    It is Really all about the tricky part.

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  9. Straight Talk Vs. Total Wireless which one is the best bang of the buck?

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    1. If you are on Straight Talks cdma service using Verizons Towers it is the exact same, just two different price points take your pick, hum ? $35 for 5 GB or $45 for 5 GB, no brainer. Verizon jump in big with their somewhat in-house brand through Tracfone sold exclusively through Walmart and by Walmart demands of big value for their customers. Verizon - Total Wireless - total [toht-l] ADJECTIVE - involving all aspects, elements, participants, resources, etc.; unqualified; all-out: total wireless.

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  10. 35 dollars for 5gb of lte if it real will have me drop ringplus and join total wireless

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    1. Movil CS is worse than Ringplus. You will regret ever doing business with a Movil owned "brand".

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    2. What is so bad about American Movil give me an example

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    3. TracFone activation and payment systems are flaky, three out of the four times I've added an airtime PIN to my TracFone BYOP account it did not actually add any minutes, texts or data to the account.

      That would not be so bad if customer support could fix things when the software screws up. But TracFone customer support is not equipped to solve problems. They tend to put you on hold for a long time while "they update your account". Or they hang up or close the chat session when they reliaze they can't fix your problem.

      One time it took n hour long chat session plus three hour long phone calls to their "Executive Resolutions Department" over the course of a week before they were able to properly add a $19.99 PIN to my account.

      When everything works as it should, TracFone's various brands are a great bargain but when something goes wrong you will often need lots of time and patience to get the problems solved.

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    4. In the sense that you can't call R+ customer service, you can't chat with them on their website, and emails go unanswered, I guess that's true.

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    5. Some of the comments here
      http://www.prepaidphonenews.com/2016/04/america-movils-tracfone-loses-458.html?m=1
      show some more examples or read any of the Movil brand threads here, pretty much a running theme re poor CS.

      Based on my experience I won't ever use a Movil owned MVNO

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    6. Dennis: A friend of mine over the past few days had to deal with Tracfone over a number recovery issue for an old phone. She described being on the phone for 9 hours total (and that was before the whole mess was even done) and even dealing with hostile, mocking CS staff.

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    7. I went on total wireless website and I didn't see any indication of them offering LTE service

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  11. What a verizon mnvo not doing hard cap Any one know ?

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    1. Straight Talk, NET10 and PagePlus. However their throttled speeds are 64 Kbps or less. Mostly much less and unusable for anything but email.

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  12. I suppose the verizon service does not include roaming?

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  13. Cricket has faster speeds, more data for the same price (if you're on a group plan), comparable coverage (unless you live in a shack in the middle of nowhere) and cheaper phones (during their porting discount promos).

    Total has Verizon coverage, which really only matters if it's your only option.

    In the latter's case, it looks like Verizon competing with Verizon (because Tracfone is Verizon's prepaid division) instead of with other carriers.

    But I guess only Verizon can pressure Verizon into offering better plans.

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    1. Verizon investors have to be eyeing the meteoric growth of prepaid with some anger at Fran Shammo for casting aside a growth opportunity.

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    2. Tracfone is not Verizon's prepaid division, they're just the biggest MVNO on Verizon. But they're still just one of many.

      In fact, Total Wireless, PagePlus, Straight Talk, and Tracfone are all owned by the same, non-Verizon, company: America Movil.

      So it's actually more along the lines of America Movil competing against itself, but each of the above MVNOs offer something different than the rest. For example, Total Wireless is cheaper, but is hard-capped, while Straight Talk costs a bit more but has a soft cap, while Tracfone is more geared towards PAYGO plans, etc.

      Verizon Prepaid is the only prepaid that is actually a part of Verizon.

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    3. How do I get the group plan price with only one line?

      I don't want some stranger having control of my account.

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    4. "Total has Verizon coverage, which really only matters if it's your only option."

      Verizon coverage is overall the best unless you plan on sitting still in some Sprint/etc place and not traveling.

      Sure, there are a few places that don't have Verizon and have one of the other 3 carriers, but it is quite different if you look at it the other way: Verizon covers more than twice as much of the country as T-Mobile or Sprint, and is noticably better than AT&T.

      Even if you are in an exact spot that is right now covered by the 4 networks, having Verizon is a good idea... if you can afford it.... because once you go 2 miles in any direction, chances are Verizon will cover you.. Probably AT&T will. But the other two might give you 0 bars.

      This being said, to get the best you have to pay a premium. I'm not now willing to do so, nor are more than half of wireless customers. So we choose one of the lesser compromises.

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    5. Crickets average speed in independent tests is only 3.5 Mbps, slower than Verizon's throttled speeds which you can get a lot easier.
      Comparing single plan prices to group plans does not make any sense.
      Few people who want a single plan want to deal with the hassle of collecting money from friends or family, and likely being short at times. The only group plan that escapes this hassle is the postpaid Sprint Framily plans, which are still in use. Everyone can get their own bill.

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  14. This is why we pay ultra-low prices for our service -- you really can't expect "five star service" at these price points...

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  15. God point. I consider my use of Cricket Wireless a compromise vs Verizon (or a a Verzion MVNO). In my situation, the ATT network coverage is not as good athe the Verizon network and I experience congestion issues with incoming and outgoing calls certain times of day but not unbearable....yet. However,at this point in time I am not switching to TW because it will cost me more, hard data cap, and don't want to deal with AM/TF terrible customer (no) service.

    "This being said, to get the best you have to pay a premium. I'm not now willing to do so, nor are more than half of wireless customers. So we choose one of the lesser compromises."

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  16. Dennis is it a year or 6 months before Tracfone /Total Wireless unlocks the phone? Also, Total Wireless is a newer sub brand of Tracfone are they any better than the other sub brands in your opinion?

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    1. TracFone says they will unlock their phones after 12 months of service on that phone.

      Total Wireless is better than something from another TracFone brand if it meets your needs at a lower price than the alternative.

      I would not expect network performance, billing or customer service to be any better or worse than that any other TracFone brand.

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  17. Total Wireless' terms and Conditions have been updated. Version 201605

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  18. As far as doing group plans with family and friends DON'T DO IT!! I had this happen 3 Times and ALL THREE times I heard the usual "I PROMISE I'll pay and make sure you don't lose your phone. I Run A RADIO STATION on the Internet and can't afford to lose the phone. Yet every time the bill came and it was $200-300+ they all said it was TOO MUCH and left ME HOLDING TEH BAG!!! Don't do it unless you have bookoo bucks to pay the bill when they all dodge you if they live in the same household as you.

    As for Cricket: I just switched my number from Sprint to Cricket and got a Motorola Nexus 6 phone. It worked when I got out of the store, but after the porting was done I can't make or receive calls. It says Dialing... and hangs up. I get Data and even get half the triangle let with signal strength. My Data is about 8Mbps Down and 2 Mbps up. Plenty for Internet Radio. Even if my net acts up I can broadcast using the PDANet app to tether as I've tried just for a speed test.

    Has anyone else had port issues with Cricket? They tell me it will take 72 hrs to get the issue cleared with cricket. My phone does something weird too. When I try and make a call the indicator switches from LTE to H and the bars drop. When I check to see if the call forwarding is on it says Network or SIM error. What gives with this?

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    1. It's prepaid. Make them give you the money 3 days before the bill is due. If anybody doesn't pay their share, drop their line from the plan.

      The cost per line will go up for the remaining lines, but that's better than footing the whole bill and letting the cheaters win.

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    2. H does not stand for cellphone Hell. It's HSPA+, the other 4G mobile data service. It means the LTE network is too busy for Cricket users, or too weak a signal for you to use.

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  19. "Total Wireless, Total Confidence" ad on rop right. LOL

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    1. "Total Wireless, Total Con"

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  20. I was curious how Total Wireless would work so I went to Walmart and purchased the TW ZTE Stratos LTE phone for $100. The phone is not that good and the screen is horrible. But, I wanted to try out the LTE service on Verizon. I've been on AT&T for the past three years with Aio, Cricket and AT&T contract(work).

    I activated the Sim card online and it cost me 33.20+2.32tax+0.50fee+0.07fee for a total of $36.09. You can check auto payment while purchasing your first month and they discount the plan. The activation went fine via online, no problems. I powered up the phone and it took a couple of minutes to complete the activation.

    The phone connected to the 4G network. I'm not impressed with the speeds where I'm located. I am on Band 13 with a max speed of 2Mbps. My Cricket AT&T service gives me 8Mbps. I have a brand new Verizon Prepaid Moto E LTE phone that was never removed the box. I put the TW sim card in the Moto E and powered it up. The phone connected to the 3G network and data worked. After about ten minutes I noticed 4G service. Apparently the phone was toggling back and forth between 3G and 4G service. The speed test on the 3G was actually faster than the 4G. I went outside and service locked on 4G but the speed test was not much better than previous tests.

    Tomorrow I will take the phone on the road and perform some more 4G speed test. I'm planning on returning the phone which is garbage. Recently you could buy the Idol 3 on Cricket for under $100. I've used the Idol 3 and it is ten times better than this phone.

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    1. Why all the cricket worship? Total wireless has nothing to do with At&t service. Go chirp elsewhere

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  21. Total wireless 4G LTE BYOD Sim Card available for $9.99 in Walmart stores now

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    1. Total Wireless CDMA Compatible Universal SIM Activation Kit are now available through Walmarts' website. $9.99 plus tax.

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  22. Is the coverage native Verizon only, without roaming?

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    1. Yep. If you want Verizon with roaming I'd recommend Selectel Wireless. I've only been on it for a month but I've had no problems.

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  23. I was on Selectel to but didn't need the roaming. If you have Verizon even with native coverage, you are better than most with other companies. Of course if you live in an area where you need to roam, obviously you would need Selectel. I don't need to roam and can really use the extra GB's that total wireless gives me for less money.

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    1. Selectel is a great company but something inside tells me they will become the next mvno casualty.

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    2. "Selectel is a great company but something inside tells me they will become the next mvno casualty."

      It could happen. After PTel went out of business and kept its very short "leave the company now" deadline secret from its customers, I wouldn't trust any fly-by-night if you want to keep your number. If you aren't worried about Selectel destroying your number by suddenly vanishing, then stick with them.

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  24. Just seen a Total Wireless iPhone 6s @ Walmart priced @ $649.99.

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  25. Just tested a Moto X on pageplus, 2 bars reception, 4.96Mbps down 1.73Mbps up.

    Very curious how Total Wireless 4G would perform with this phone. If speed was decent myself and 3 others could switch from 39.95 pageplus to $25 Total Wireless plan.

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  26. Can you tether data to a laptop from the ZTE Stratos LTE on Total Wireless?

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    1. Total Wireless terms of service prohibit tethering. Tethering is blocked on all Total Wireless phones. You may be able to find a hack or app to enable tethering but you will need to do some research and experimentation to accomplish that.

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    2. What are your normal upload/download mbps speeds with Verizons Total Wireless?? Are they any better than Cricket Wireless??

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    3. Speeds on all Verizon MVNOs, including Total Wireless, are throttled to 5 Mbps up, 2 Mbps down. Speeds on Cricket are throttled to 8 Mbps up and down.

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    4. Dennis:

      On Cricket, officially yes. But as you know many report average speeds of 3 or so on Cricket.

      Going the other way, the "8mbps up and down" cap on Cricket is stated, but is not absolute.

      Whenever I check Cricket, I get higher speeds.

      I get 8.3 down, and 9.5 up at this time.

      Or higher (when I re-test).

      Good stuff!


      Whenever I

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  27. Dennis: Its actually throttled at 5mbps down and 2 up.. Cricket is 8down & 5up..

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    1. You're right, Verizon MVNOs are throttled to 5 down, 2 up. For Cricket, it's 8 down for LTE, 4 for HSPA+, as stated in Cricket's T&Cs. Cricket doesn't specify an upload throttle, AFAIK. Is 5 up based on personal experience?

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    2. I've been on Cricket for 2 yrs now and my highest upload has been 9. Other Cricket users have reported much higher. I don't think there is any cap on upload speeds.

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  28. Does anyone know if the Moto G Plus phone will work with Total Wireless

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  29. OK what's the secret to activating a Motorola g4 plus with Total Wireless. Their website tells me this phone can't use their network.

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    1. That is a blessing, don't waste your time, money, sanity dealing with Total or any other Trashfone/America Movil brand customer circus.

      Activate that nice new phone on Boom, Selectel or Redpocket Verizon MVNOs.

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    2. The easy way to get the G4 Plus on Total Wireless is to activate the SIM in a different Verizon LTE phone and then move the SIM to the G4.

      The hard way is to fight with Total Wireless' clueless and ineffectual support. If you want to do that chat tends to work better than calling.

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  30. Total Wireless is Total Rip-off. For two months now they have taken my data away after using only 500MB out of my 5GB and tell me i've used it all. Now they want me to buy a new data add on. I have set my cell data usage on my phone when my plan begins and it currently says that I've used 489MB however Total wireless tells me I used it all but cant tell me how or when. I think they are running a scam business there.

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    1. The modus operandi of Trashfone/America Movil is to profit from scamming the unsuspecting customer. If you are a customer of one of the below Movil brands it is not a matter of if you will get scammed/ripped off and leave screaming with money left behind and maybe losing your phone #, it is just a matter of when. Shaming them on facebook helps occasionally. If you value your time and money you will heed the advice -

      Do not do list:
      Family Mobile
      GoSmart
      NET10
      Page Plus
      SafeLink
      Simple Mobile
      Straight Talk
      Telcel America
      Total Wireless
      TracFone

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    2. That's what their customer service told me. They said you're just gonna have to buy more if you want data. I was appalled at how I was treated as if I was asking for a favor when I asked for them to reinstate my missing data.
      I'm going to switch to Verizon prepaid and never think about these fools again. Please don't fall for their scam.

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    3. To Anonymous September 23, 2016 at 5:03 PM

      You may want to check out Boom and Selectel before fleeing Total to Verizon pre-paid. You actually get better Verizon post paid network coverage for voice & text (both Boom & Selectel) & data (Boom) than Verizon pre-paid. The big BUT is that data is throttled (as on all Veizon MVNOs) vs. Verizon pre-paid.

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  31. Thank you, I was with Red Pocket but I do want to try Selectel or Boom. Ive read rave reviews about both. I don't care about the speed because I don't use that much data and Im mostly into WIFI coverage. I mostly use for talk and text and MMS. I just want a provider who is not gonna steal my data and then blame it on me.

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  32. You can not talk on phone, and use data or internet at the same time with Total Wireless... You can with Cricket

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    1. You can talk & use data with Verizon MVNO Boom if on LTE and on a VoLTE device.

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    2. Not yet. VoLTE is coming to Boom "around the first of the year" according to Boom president and co-founder Jeff Holley on HoFo.

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    3. You can talk and text. Maybe check your settings. We have TW on 4 phones but had to redo a few settings to make it happen.

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    4. We switched 4 phones to TW this month. Yes, the porting process was a bit exasperating! But, we are getting great service! We are saving a ton. Sooo much better service than with T-mobile!

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  33. I love all the whiners here. They were probably doing something wrong and got caught. Have had ST for a couple of years now. CS isn't great, but we've NEVER had a Data problem, or been told we're over. We use about a gig or 2 a month without issue.

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    1. You are over due then, your luck will run out then you can join the "whiners". Good luck.

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