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tinyurl.com/ATTMVNOSLTEComparison of Wireless Services on AT&T's Network that Offer LTE Data
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Ratings are based on coverage, features, and cost.Cost Comparison is for 4 Smart Phones, On One Account (if possible), With at Least 500 Minutes, 500 Texts, and 500MB of Data Per User Per Month.
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AT&T Native Coverage Map: att.com/maps/wireless-coverage.htmlClick on "GoPhone® Service"
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AT&T Native Coverage + Roaming Map: att.com/maps/wireless-coverage.htmlClick on "Voice"
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AT&T's LTE MVNOsAT&T Owned Services (All Provide LTE)
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Consumer CellularStraightTalk (AT&T)Net10 (AT&T)GoPhoneCricketMobile ShareMobile Share Value
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Service TypeDeluxePremiumPremiumBasic+BasicSuper-DeluxeSuper-Deluxe
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Web Siteconsumercellular.comstraighttalk.comnet10wireless.comatt.com/shop/wireless/gophonecricketwireless.comatt.com/shop/wireless/plans/mobilesharehttp://www.att.com/shop/wireless/data-plansLegend
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Owned By:John Marick and Greg PryorAmérica Móvil (Carlos Slim)América Móvil (Carlos Slim)AT&TAT&TAT&TAT&TExcellent
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Prepaid or PostpaidPostpaidPrepaidPrepaidPrepaidPrepaidPostpaidPostpaidVery Good
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Family Plan or Multi-Line Discount?YesNoYesNoYesYesYesGood
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Minutes1500 Shared$30$180$165500$160$100$70$75Fairly Good
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Texts$30
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3G/4G Data3GB Shared3GB each2.5GB each500MB each2.5GB each4GB Shared7 GB Shared
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Cost per line * number of lines on Family Plan (if available)
1 included then $10 each
$30No Family PlansDiscount built into pricingNo Family PlansDiscount built into pricing4 at $40 each$1604 at $15 each$60
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Where to Buy?Sears, Target, OnlineWalmart, OnlineOnline, RetailersAT&T Stores, Many retailers, OnlineCricket Stores, OnlineAT&T Stores, Many retailers, OnlineAT&T Stores, Many retailers, Online
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LTE Data On Native Network?UnthrottledUnthrottledUnthrottledUnthrottledThrottledUnthrottledUnthrottled
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Subsidized Phones?NoNoNoNoNoYesAvailable for $25 per month extra
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Unlimited Low Speed Data After 3G/4G Data Used Up?
NoYesYesNoYesNoNo
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Native Network CoverageAT&TAT&T (avoid T-Mobile version)AT&T (avoid T-Mobile version)AT&TAT&TAT&TAT&T
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Total Voice/Text Coverage (including roaming)Very Good (roaming alllowed)Very Good (roaming alllowed)Very Good (roaming alllowed)Fairly Good (no roaming)Fairly Good (no roaming)Very Good (roaming alllowed)Very Good (roaming alllowed)
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Total Data Coverage (including roaming)Very Good (roaming alllowed)Fairly Good (no roaming)Fairly Good (no roaming)Fairly Good (no roaming)Fairly Good (no roaming)Very Good (roaming alllowed)Very Good (roaming alllowed)
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Voice RoamingIncluded, ≡AT&T PostpaidIncluded, ≡ AT&T PostpaidIncluded, ≡ AT&T PostpaidNoNoIncludedIncluded
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Text RoamingIncluded, ≡AT&T PostpaidIncluded, ≡ AT&T PostpaidIncluded, ≡ AT&T PostpaidNoNoIncludedIncluded
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Data RoamingIncluded, ≡AT&T PostpaidNoNoNoNoIncludedIncluded
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Purchase Additional High Speed Data During the Month?
1.5¢/MB ($15/GB) on 4GB planNo, Choose Bigger PlanNo, Choose Bigger Plan5¢/MB ($50/GB) (100MB increments)$10/GB (1GB increments)$15/GB (1GB increments)$15/GB (1GB increments)
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TechnologyGSM/W-CDMA/LTEGSM/W-CDMA/LTEGSM/W-CDMA/LTEGSM/W-CDMA/LTEGSM/W-CDMA/LTEGSM/W-CDMA/LTEGSM/W-CDMA/LTE
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LTE Bands2, 4, 5, 17 (1900. 1700, 850, 700)2, 4, 5, 17 (1900. 1700, 850, 700)2, 4, 5, 17 (1900. 1700, 850, 700)2, 4, 5, 17 (1900. 1700, 850, 700)2, 4, 5, 17 (1900. 1700, 850, 700)2, 4, 5, 17 (1900. 1700, 850, 700)2, 4, 5, 17 (1900. 1700, 850, 700)
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LTE SpeedExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellentGoodExcellentExcellent
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Ping TimesVery GoodGoodGoodExcellentFairExcellentExcellent
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Handset SelectionAT&T or unlocked GSMAT&T or unlocked GSMAT&T or unlocked GSMAT&T or unlocked GSMAT&T or unlocked GSMAT&T or unlocked GSMAT&T or unlocked GSM
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Puerto Rico Included?YesNoYesYesYesYesYes
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Standard International Calling Format (+ or 011 .....)YesNo, Access Number or AppNo, Access Number or AppYesYesYesYes
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International Calling RatesLowLow ($10 at a time)Low ($10 at a time)Varies from low to expensiveModerate or $10 extra for unlimitedVaries from low to expensiveVaries from low to expensive
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International Texting CostNo International TextingNot on this PlanUnlimited (>100 countries)$5/month for unlimited or 20¢ eachUnlimited (>100 countries)Unlimited (>100 countries)
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International Roaming (Extra Cost)Canada, Mexico (yes, no, maybe so)NoneNoneCanada, MexicoNoneMost GSM CountriesMost GSM Countries
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Create Wi-Fi Hot Spot from Cellular Data (tethering)YesNoNoYesNoYesYes
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AT&T Wi-Fi Hotspot AccessYes, Phone Only??Yes, Phone & LaptopNoYes, Phone & LaptopYes, Phone & Laptop
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Customer ServicePhone, e-MailPhone, e-MailPhone, e-MailPhone, AT&T StorePhone, Live Chat, Cricket StorePhone, AT&T StorePhone, AT&T Store
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SIM Card CostNone (or Credited Back)$7$7$10$10None (included in activation fee)None
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Activation FeeNoneNoneNoneNoneNone Online ($25 in store)$40 [per line)None
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Sub-Total (four lines)$90$180$165$160$100$230$135
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DiscountsAARP 5%-$5None$0Includes Autopay$0Calling Mart 10%-$16None$0(various corporate)$0(various corporate)$0
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Taxes and feesestimate 18%$16No Sales Tax Online$0No Sales Tax Online$0Included$0Included$0estimate 18%$41estimate 18%$24
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Total$102$180$165$144$100$271$159
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Average Cost Per Phone Per Month with four phones$25.43$45.00$41.25$36.00$25.00$67.85$39.83
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Other Plans and Numbers of Lines
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Single Line with minimum of 500 minutes, 500 texts, 500MB
$44.84$45.00$40.00$36.00
(autopay discount applied)
$35.00$112.10$76.70
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One Line with minimum of 1000 minutes, 1000 texts, 1GB
(1.5GB)$56.05(3GB)$45.00(2.5GB, Autopay)$45.00(1GB)$40.50(2.5GB)$35.00(1GB)$112.10(2GB)$76.70
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Two Lines with minimum of 1000 minutes, 1000 texts, 1GB
(3GB Shared)$89.68(3GB/line)$90.00
(2.5GB/line, Autopay)
$85.00(1GB/line)$81.00(2.5GB/line)$70.00(1GB/line)$165.20(5GB/line)$153.40
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Three Lines with minimum of 1000 minutes, 1000 texts, 1GB
(3GB Shared)$120.51(3GB/line)$135.00
(2.5GB/line, Autopay)
$125.00(1GB/line)$121.50(2.5GB/line)$90.00(1.33GB/line)$224.20(3.33GB/line)$171.10
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Four Lines with minimum of 1000 minutes, 1000 texts, 1GB
(4GB Shared)$134.52(3GB/line)$180.00
(2.5GB/line, Autopay)
$165.00(1GB/line)$162.00(2.5GB/line)$100.00(1GB/line)$271.40(2.5GB/line)$188.80
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Basic Service with at least 200 minutes and 200 texts per month
$20.83$30.00$40.00$22.50$25.00$82.60$53.10
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Summary
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Overall Rating, FeaturesVery GoodGoodGoodGoodGoodExcellentExcellent
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Overall Rating, Value (four lines)ExcellentVery GoodVery GoodVery GoodExcellentPoorPoor
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Overall Rating, Value (single line)FairVery GoodVery GoodExcellentExcellentPoorExcellent
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Overall Rating, Voice/Text CoverageExcellent (roaming included)Excellent (roaming included)Excellent (roaming included)Good (no roaming)Good (no roaming)Excellent (roaming included)Excellent (roaming included)
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Overall Rating, Data CoverageExcellentGood (no roaming)Good (no roaming)Good (no roaming)Good (no roaming)ExcellentExcellent
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Analysis and NotesConsumer Cellular is most like AT&T postpaid service. They are the only AT&T MVNO, or AT&T owned prepaid service, with both roaming (voice, text, and data) and LTE data (not throttled).

Shared pool of minutes, texts, and data can be good for families with uneven usage among users.

A good deal for a family plan with three or four phones, a bad deal for a single line.

Not for heavy data users since the largest plan is 4GB shared among everyone on a family plan.

It's postpaid which can be more convenient than prepaid, but can also lead to big overages.

If you're about to exceed your allocation of voice minutes, texts, or data, Consumer Cellular will notify you and let you switch to a larger plan in the middle of the billing month.

Extra data is sold in 1MB blocks which is nice and it's not excessively priced (on the 4GB plan).

Customer support representatives are not all that knowledgeable calls have very long wait times but it may not be any worse than other MVNOs. No chat function for support.

Apparently, roaming is available in Canada and Mexico but they have no details on their web site regarding the cost. Their website states "Outside of the U.S., your phone will work in parts of Canada and Mexico, but you will be charged a roaming rate.Their customer service representatives are clueless. I got a similarly vague answer by e-mail.

SIM cards can be purchased at most Sears stores and they credit your account for the cost of the card (but not the sales tax).

Limited selection of handsets sold directly by Consumer Cellular but any AT&T or unlocked GSM/LTE handset (with support for AT&T GSM and LTE bands) can be used.

Consumer Cellular is the AT&T provider to choose if widest possible GSM coverage is important.

Others have received 5% discount with AARP associate membership which is not age restricted.

Consumer Cellular markets their service to seniors but don't let that scare you away.

On March 1st, 2015 there will be increases in allocations for many tiers. The 2.5GB data tier goes to 3GB, and a new tier with 4GB/unlimited texts will be added for $40/month. No great deal compared to Cricket, but you do get some stuff on CC that you don't get on Cricket.
No plans for moderate data usage but a good plan for high-data users.

Unlimited low-speed data when high speed allocation exhausted is a plus.

No family plans. No data roaming, but voice and text roaming are included which is more than you get from GoPhone or Cricket.

Supposedly no Puerto Rico coverage but this may be an error on their web site.

Sold at Walmart and walmart.com.

Get AT&T version, not any other carrier version.

Buy refills on eBay to avoid sales tax.

Approximate 6 or 9% discount for six month and twelve month refills respectively.

High latency makes it a poor choice for VOIP or gaming.
Very simiilar to Straight Talk except Puerto Rico is included (it may be included on Straight Talk too, but the Straight Talk web site lacks detail). As with Straight Talk, there is no data roaming but voice and text roaming is included, something that you don't get from GoPhone or Cricket.

A little lower price and a little less high speed data than Straight Talk.

No plans for moderate data usage but a good plan for high-data users.

Unlimited low-speed data when high speed allocation exhausted is a plus.

No data roaming, but voice and text roaming are included which is more than you get from GoPhone or Cricket.

Get AT&T version, not any other carrier version.
No roaming hurts an otherwise good service.

No family plans but the individual plan price is competitive. Once you get to three lines the Mobile Share Value Plan may be a better option since it's not de-featured like GoPhone, plus part of the cost is discountable with company or other discounts.

Good ping times.

If you need roaming then Consumer Cellular is a better option.

Mexico and Canada roaming is a big plus that is not available on Straight Talk, Net10, or Cricket., or possible Consumer Cellular.

Support is available at AT&T stores.

Additional data is very expensive, on this plan, compared to other providers (more expensive GoPhone plans have a lower cost for extra data), so those may be a better option, but if you can be on a family plan then AT&T's Mobile Share Value plan may be a better deal.

Since there is no off-AT&T roaming consider carrying a backup phone on Page Plus (Verizon plus roaming) for $2.38/month) for areas where there is no AT&T native coverage.
AT&T-owned. No roaming. LTE is throttled but fast enough tor most anything you'd do on a phone. Cricket's value advantage is large amounts of data for a low price.

No tethering, so no connecting tablets or laptops to your phone to use data (this is common restriction when there is unlimited data, even low-speed unlimited data).

Unlimited low-speed data when high speed allocation exhausted is a plus.

Good family plan.

A few stores but an extra $25 per line to get activated at a store. Some Game Stop stores will also do activation for $25.

Lots of horror stories about customer service.

The fifth line on the $40 plan is $40 off so the price for four lines or five lines is the same.

If you don't mind the throttled LTE data and the lack of roaming, and the lack of tethering, then it's a good deal for a lot of lines.
If you travel to, or through the areas in the 20 or so states that have roaming, then it should be avoided.

Universal SIM cards cost $9.99 at Walmart (standard, micro, nano).

If signing up multiple users it's better to buy all the SIM cards in advance before contacting them with the IMEI numbers and your bill for activation and porting.

Cricket recently increased data allocations by a significant amount.
Best choice if cost doesn't matter and you want a subsidized smart phone.

U.S. and foreign (extra cost) roaming.

Subsidy value is about $17/month ($400/24 months), for which you pay about $25 per month in additional cost, So the carrier is basically lending you $400 for 24 months and you are paying them $600, an annual interest rate of 50%.

Remember that other than the per-line access fee, the charges are discountable by various corporate, educational, and military discounts which can be up to 25% but are more typically in the 15-18% range.
A good deal for full-featured AT&T service if you are good at math and are willing to bring or buy your own smart phone.

Note that the per smart-phone charge falls to $15 when you go to 7GB (or more) shared. So 4 phones sharing 7GB would be about $40 per month while four phone sharing 2GB would be about $41 per month.

You can add $25 per line and get a subsidized phone but this exceeds the value of the subsidy by about $100/year.

U.S. and foreign (extra cost) roaming.

Fast ping times.

Remember that other than the per-line access fee, the charges are discountable by various corporate, educational, and military discounts which can be up to 25% but are more typically in the 15-18% range.
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Do you need roaming off of AT&T:? Some states have a lot of off-AT&T roaming so GoPhone and Cricket won't have any coverage in those areas. Some states have just a little roaming, in very rural areas.

The following 22 states have roaming areas on AT&T: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Oaklahoma, Oregon, Maine, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Utah, Vermont.

The following 28 states do not have any roaming areas on AT&T: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia.
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