1. purplefish212's Avatar
    Leaving for Verizon and want to buy the Leap from shop.Blackberry unlocked, and am looking for which MVNO that runs on ATT's towers is the best for someone looking to get 3-5 gigs of data.

    Thanks!

    Envoy par mon Z10
    11-15-15 03:49 PM
  2. raino's Avatar
    I would say Cricket would be the cheapest for 3ish GB. 2.5GB high speed+unlimited 2G is $40 ($35 on auto-pay.) For 5GB+unlimited 2G, Straight Talk is $45, while Cricket is $50 ($45 with auto-pay.)

    Cricket's biggest, well known shortcoming is that speeds are capped: 4mbps for 3G/HSPA+ and 8mbps for LTE.
    11-15-15 04:44 PM
  3. purplefish212's Avatar
    How significantly is that capped? What difference would that speed be with like Net10?

    Envoy par mon Z10
    11-15-15 06:43 PM
  4. raino's Avatar
    How significantly is that capped? What difference would that speed be with like Net10?
    Net10 doesn't cap their AT&T service, so theoretically, speeds should be faster on Net10 (assuming normal congestion.)
    11-15-15 08:29 PM
  5. purplefish212's Avatar
    Is there any big difference between Net10 and AT&T GoPhone? It seems that GoPhone is just pricier...

    Envoy par mon Z10
    11-15-15 11:55 PM
  6. raino's Avatar
    Is there any big difference between Net10 and AT&T GoPhone? It seems that GoPhone is just pricier...
    There are tiers to data prioritization on each carrier. Postpaid customers are Tier 1, prepaid customers of branded service (GoPhone, in this case) are Tier 2, prepaid customer of unbranded service (Cricket) are Tier 3, and Tier 4 are MVNO customers (Straight Talk, Net10, etc.) So when a tower is under stress, MVNO customers are going to get de-prioritized first, which means they will be the first ones to see drastic slowdowns in their data speeds. Next will be Cricket customers and so on.

    Other differences may be roaming and customer service. Prepaid in general has poor roaming (almost never for data, and no voice/text is common too.) I don't know specifically what Net10 gets or doesn't get access to coverage-wise, but at best, it's going to be as good as GoPhone. When it comes to customer service, if necessary, you'd be dealing with AT&T for GoPhone, and TracFone Wireless, inc. for Net10 and other brands.

    And in the end MNO carriers are pricier than MVNOs. That's just how it is.

    This would be a good resource for you to look at: http://www.prepaidphonenews.com/2011...-compared.html
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    11-16-15 02:32 PM
  7. purplefish212's Avatar
    Thank you so much for your help!

    Envoy par mon Z10
    11-16-15 09:06 PM
  8. elcheapodeluxe's Avatar
    I posted some observations here which you may want to read as well. I left Cricket to go to Consumer Cellular after getting stuck in some areas where Cricket phones don't work but native AT&T phones do (roaming agreements).

    http://forums.crackberry.com/other-u.../#post12216022
    01-18-16 04:30 PM
  9. LoneStarRed's Avatar
    Take a good look at Harbor if you have a business or EIN.

    "I don't think that word means what you think it means."
    01-18-16 07:11 PM
  10. elcheapodeluxe's Avatar
    Wow - Harbor looks excellent. I may give them a try!
    01-22-16 03:29 PM

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