reported last week, Total Wireless, a TracFone owned Verizon MVNO that's sold exclusively online and at Walmart, now has LTE. Phones supporting LTE started showing up on the Total Call and Walmart websites a week ago. But for customers who wanted to use their own Verizon compatible phone there was no obvious way to purchase a Total Wireless SIM. Several Howard Forums members were offered, and actually received, free SIMs after validating an LTE capable Verizon phone's serial number on the Total Call site. But that's neither obvious or intuitive.
It turns out that there's now a more straight forward, but more expensive way, way to get a Total Call BYOP SIM. Walmart stores are now selling "Total Wireless CDMA Compatible Universal SIM Activation Kit" for $9.99. The kit contains a two in one mini/micro SIM and a separate nano SIM. You can check if the kit is available at a local WalMart using the item ID 51413991 on Brickseek's Walmart inventory checker. The kits are also available on the Walmart website for the same $9.99 plus $4.97 for shipping. Ship to store is free.
So what's the big deal about Total Wireless LTE? Simply that it's the least expensive choice for unlimited talk and text, and optionally data on Verizon using an LTE phone. Plans start at $25 per month for unlimited voice minutes and messaging. If you want data, the following plans 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
Total Wireless' data limits are hard capped, when you reach the limit data is cut off until the plan renews or you add the $10, 3 GB add-on. Like all Verizon MVNOs, LTE data speeds are limited to a maximum of 5 Mbps. Also, like other Verizon MVNOs, only new or used Verizon phones or "universal" phones like the iPhone 6 and later, Nexus 6 and later or the Moto X 3rd generation Pure Edition cam be activated on Total Wireless. Verizon Prepaid phones must first be activated on Verizon Prepaid and the first month of service paid for before they can be used on a Verizon MVNO like Total Wireless.
Sources: Total Wireless, HowardForums