Net10 discontinues unlimited service

Straight Talk, there was the Net10 unlimited plan. Launched in July of 2008, it seemed like a great plan at the time. It offered unlimited calling, texting, data browsing, and 411 calls for $79.98 per month, which at the time undercut the competition. Postpaid carriers had just introduced $100 unlimited plans, and Virgin Mobile had unveiled one of its own, but none of them included any features other than voice. Net10 jumped ahead of the pack, albeit quietly, with their comprehensive offering. With Straight Talk taking off, however, it appears that America Movil, the parent company of Straight Talk, Net10, and Tracfone, sees no more use for Net10’s unlimited plan. It is officially dead. A Howard Forums user alerted me to the development, though it came as no surprise. I’m not sure when the deal ended, even. Net10 made no announcement. They simply removed it from their site, and it took someone actively looking for it to determine that it is no longer available. So we officially bid it farewell. Many services, including Straight Talk, now offer similar features for much cheaper, so Net10’s unlimited plan was already out of date, anyway. Still, it was an unlimited plan for the Net10 GSM markets. I wonder if the Straight Talk deal with Verizon precluded the Net10 unlimited plan, which ran on AT&T’s network. ]]>

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  1. mike freeman on December 22, 2009 at 4:09 am

    They should’ve just lowered the price to $40 or 45 but I bet Att wouldn’t give them the necessary rates that Verizon did to compete with Straight Talk. ST is doing terrific anyway so Net10 unlimited dying was no real surprise. W/o changes, it was not a matter of if but when.

  2. lester on December 22, 2009 at 5:29 am

    The silent exit is a bit strange. I’m on the Straight Talk unlimited plan and it is awesome. I’ve had nothing but great service at a great price!

  3. Lindsay on December 26, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    I’m on the Straight Talk unlimited plan as well and have saved tons! My daughter who just turned 25 made this prepaid plan her new years resolution to save money. She has the $30 a month plan and will end up saving over $500 a year!!!

  4. Frank on December 31, 2009 at 4:46 am

    Straight Talk is awesome. I agree. I just bought it for my mom. But seriously, how long will it be before all the big companies like Verizon, Sprint, At&T and T-Mobile are done squeezing the last penny out of this market before succumbing to a low-fee unlimited? I remember, million of years ago, when the internet service provider Prodigy charged $5 an hour for dial-up internet access. This weird company, America Online, already was… scroll a few years forward and all those companies were offering unlimited internet for $19.95 a month and the price only kept going down (until broadband arrived) And all the who’s who of ISP startups (Pipeline, Mindspring…) were swallowed up by the big few. I think we’ll see something similar soon.

  5. mike freeman on January 1, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Today, January 1st, 2010, this was sighted:
    A new version of Net10 unlimited has been launched. Three phone models have been packaged for this. Preliminary reports indicate a possible presence at select brick and mortar Target stores.
    No other details are available at this time except the website itself.
    It is now $50 unlimited everything.
    Great way to start the new year!

  6. Nick Brungardt on January 2, 2010 at 2:49 am

    I have seen the new site and it is legit. I did a whois and it points to the same name servers as the rest of the Tracfone services. I have a feeling the regular old 10¢ a Minute plans may be on the way out. Plus last month Straight Talk launched the new touchscreen Samsung phone, I am betting a new range of phones will come to Net10 as well once the new Unlimited Plan launches. I think that it will give people more options.

  7. Kim on January 30, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    I heard the Net10 Unlmited is now available exclusively at Target but their website doesn’t say anything. Anyone?

  8. Keran on March 14, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Net10 Unlimited stills exists. I’ve had the service for about 2 months and I like it. I’m saving 2 thirds of what I was paying with my previous carrier and so far I haven’t had any dropped calls.
    Yes, net10 sells phones at Target, but you can also purchase online. I bought my phone at Target for about $80. It was a bargain.

  9. myrna on June 22, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    This is a shame…funny that where we live, we JUST NOW saw the unlimited plan. We thought it was a new deal from Net10. My husband decided to wait & now he wants the unlimited, well too late now. Net10 has the best coverage of any mobile service…big shame that we Net10 users are stuck w/prepaid.

  10. Rebekah on October 16, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Good news..Net10 is bring back the unlimted plan and it’s now better than ever. Instead of the old price of $79.98, it’s only $50 for unlimited min/text/web, free 411 and nation wide coverage. I highly recommend to anyone who’s a heavy user like me 🙂

  11. Jesseke on November 29, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Most certainly Rebekah! This article gave me quite a start there. My sister told me about her taking the unlimited leap with net10, and only because she wasn’t obliged to do the same thing the following month. She could, if she wanted to, choose the lowest $15 plan if she so wanted to. So NO. Net10’s unlimited plan is not buried.

  12. Joe on November 30, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Guys, Net10’s unlimited plan has been back for a while. If you look at the date, this article is almost a year old.

  13. ROBERT on February 18, 2011 at 12:46 am


  14. PureFruit on March 1, 2011 at 5:08 am

    I agree with Joe, this article is old I sometimes use the unlimited plan and if it has been discontinued then how has me using it been possible…….lol! But must say that NET10 is flexible enough to change between options as required. But my absolute FAV is NO MORE DROPPED CALLS as NET10 uses Verizon and AT&T networks……….YEAH!