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Total Wireless review

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Unlimited talk and text comes with no contracts or hidden fees.

When digital upstarts came to the wireless market offering no contracts and no hidden fees, major carriers responded by relaxing their stance on contractual obligations. Still, these plans aren’t so easy to find or understand, especially if you stick with the “big four” providers.

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DataStarting at 5 GB
MinutesUnlimited
TextsUnlimited
Can I bring my own phone?Yes
Cell phone plans starting at:$25

What is Total Wireless?

Total Wireless is a pay-as-you-go wireless provider offering prepaid service without the long-term contracts that are all but standard in the industry. Signup comes with no credit checks, no activation fees, no monthly bills — it’s all prepaid — and no age limits on service. And you can do it online or through your local Walmart store.

Total Wireless offers good value and solid coverage. Bring your own device or choose from plans that include phones — and all plans come with unlimited talk and text.

Total Wireless maintains a few notable, global relationships with major manufacturers, such as Motorola and LG, enabling them to offer high-quality devices and features that most new customers are looking for at decent prices. Phones purchased for use with Total Wireless plans range from $9.99 to $399.99.

What services does Total Wireless offer?

Total Wireless offers both single-line plans and shared family plans.

Single-Line Plans

  • $25 a month for unlimited talk and text
  • $35 a month for unlimited talk and text plus 5GB data
  • $50 a month for unlimited talk and text plus 25GB data

Shared Family Plans

  • $60 a month for unlimited talk and text plus 15GB data shared on up to 2 devices or lines
  • $85 a month for unlimited talk and text plus 20GB data shared on up to 3 devices or lines
  • $100 a month for unlimited talk and text plus 25GB data shared on up to 4 devices or lines

Are there any other features I should know about?

Customize your Total Wireless to your specific needs with add-ons, accessories and other features.

  • Add-on cards available. Add-On Carryover Data Cards and $10 Global Calling cards can extend your data or combine international calling.
  • Autopay discount. Get 5% off your monthly charges by enrolling in automatic refills.
  • Mobile Hotspots. Get Internet on the go in specific ZIP codes.
  • Total Wireless uses Verizon’s network. Enjoy the coverage that comes with being on one of the major four networks.
  • Bring your own device. Select from high-quality devices for purchase, or check the compatibility of your current one for further savings.

What to watch out for

Pay-as-you-go providers effectively resell the talk, text and data of big carriers — which comes with a few key differences.

  • Limited speeds. Total Wireless is an MVNO that uses Verizon’s network, so don’t be surprised by typical speeds of 5 Mbps for downloads and 2 Mbps for uploads.
  • No international texting. Total Wireless does not support this service.

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What is an MVNO?

Short for mobile virtual network operator, an MVNO is a smaller companies without its own wireless network. Instead, it buys talk, text and data wholesale from big-name carriers to resell under its brand to customers. MVNOs are effectively one of the “big four” carriers — AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon — running under a different name.

Nearly all prepaid plans and providers are offered through an MVNO.

How do I sign up for Total Wireless?

Buy a service plan with Total Wireless online or at a participating Walmart location. You can check the compatibility of your current phone and add on features as part of signup.

Bottom line

Total Wireless may be your cheapest option for data on Verizon’s network — among the most trusted networks for solid coverage. Plans come with transparent costs and no contracts with the option of adding a few “extras” typical of major carriers.

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4 Comments

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    Bj
    April 8, 2019

    Does what I got left on the 25gb data plan roll over to the next month or do I lose the remainder of the gbs I paid for?

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      nikkiangco
      April 8, 2019

      Hi BJ,

      Thanks for getting in touch! Total Wireless allows unused data to be carried over and data doesn’t expire as long as a customer has active service, so consumers can keep that additional data they buy. Data purchased through an Add-On Data Plan is not forfeited at the end of your monthly plan cycle and may continue to accrue or rollover until it is completely used or your Account is inactive for more than thirty (30) days and deactivated.

      Hope this helps!

      Best,
      Nikki

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    Jo
    December 22, 2018

    Does total wireless have hotspot included in $35 plan?

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      Jeni
      December 22, 2018

      Hi Jo,

      Thank you for getting in touch with finder.

      Total Wireless currently has no mobile hotspot feature on any plans. On this page, you may click on the Go to site button to be redirected to their official page and learn more on their plans.

      I hope this helps.

      Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any other enquiries.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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