What Is Simple Mobile, and Is It Worth It?
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Finding the right wireless carrier for your mobile phone should be simple. Or at least, that’s how the ambitiously named Simple Mobile hopes to make it all seem.
With advertisements proclaiming “Truly Unlimited” high-speed data, talk and text at a monthly price lower than what you’d pay at a big-name carrier, Simple thinks picking its service to power your smartphone is a no-brainer. But sifting through the details of those plans isn’t as simple as advertised.
Here’s what you need to know about Simple Mobile.
What network does Simple Mobile use?
Owned by TracFone Wireless (the same company that operates fellow discount carriers Page Plus and Straight Talk among others), Simple Mobile is a mobile virtual network operator, or MVNO. That means it doesn’t actually own and operate cell towers of its own. Instead, Simple Mobile leases space on the network of a carrier that does have its own towers. That would be T-Mobile in Simple’s case.
In theory, that’s good news. T-Mobile ranks highly in network performance, finishing with roughly the same speed as AT&T in our recent tests of LTE network speeds. (Verizon is faster than both those carriers, incidentally.) So Simple customers should reap the benefits of T-Mobile’s network, and, according to some independant Simple Mobile speed tests found around the web, they do.
Still, Simple Mobile warns that “actual availability, coverage and speed [of its network] may vary” from what T-Mobile customers see. In other words, if there’s a lot of congestion on T-Mobile’s network, Simple Mobile customers will see their speeds slow down. That’s not an uncommon practice for prepaid carriers (T-Mobile-owned Metro carries the same caveat), but it’s something to be aware of.
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You can expect video streams to be restricted to 480p resolution with Simple Mobile’s Truly Unlimited plans. That means DVD-like quality, which should be good enough on a smartphone-size screen but more noticeable if you’re using a casting device to beam content to a larger display like a TV. Note that T-Mobile also limits video streaming to 480p resolution on its T-Mobile Essentials and T-Mobile One plans.
What phones can you use for Simple Mobile?
Because Simple Mobile operates on T-Mobile’s GSM wireless network, you’ll need a GSM-capable phone. The good news is that most every unlocked phone works on GSM. Simple Mobile has a compatibility checker on its website, though it doesn’t feature the ability to plug in your phone’s IMEI number; instead, you’re simply asked if your phone works on a GSM network.
Keeping your current phone means buying a Simple Mobile SIM card for 99 cents, found everywhere from Best Buy to CVS or online at the company’s website. You can then pop it into any unlocked phone that can work on a GSM network.
If you don’t want to bring your own phone to Simple Mobile, you can buy one from the wireless provider’s website or one of its authorized stores around the country. On offer are new and open-box-discounted models of everything from budget Android devices to the new iPhone XS. Phones cost about the same as they do at other carriers, but be sure to buy your phone outright, as Simple Mobile’s installment plans include a financing charge. The carrier charges $749 for an iPhone XR, for example, which is its typical asking price, but the monthly payments of $37.03 for that same model add up to $888.72 over 24 months.
What are the best Simple Mobile plans?
“Simple” may be part of the carrier’s name, but that description doesn’t really apply to its array of plans — especially with a number of limited time promotions boosting how much data you get.
Like other MVNOs, Simple Mobile splits its offerings between unlimited high-speed data and tiered plans that give you an allotment of LTE data. Run through that allotment, and you’ll be slowed to 2G speeds for the remainder of the billing period.
Tiered plans normally start at 1GB for $25 a month, but that’s been raised to 3GB through March 31. That means Simple Mobile’s $25 plan currently gives you more data than its $30 monthly plan, which offers 2GB of LTE data. A Simple Mobile rep told us that when you re-up your plan after March 31, that extra data won’t be an option.
A third-tiered option lists 10GB of data for $40 a month, which appears to be a permanent increase from the previous allotment of 6GB of data. Simple Mobile had boosted that tiered plan to 12GB for a while, but that was part of a limited-time promotion — something that seems to happen a lot with Simple’s assorted plans.
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|Plan||Monthly Price||Autopay Discount||Notes|
|1GB||$20||$5 for first 3 months, then $1.25||Plan increased to 3GB of data through March 31.|
|10GB||$40||$2.50||Plan used to offer 6GB of data|
|Unlimited||$50||$5||Currently includes 10GB of hotspot data as part of promotion; video streaming limited to 480p resolution|
|Unlimited with 10GB of hotspot data||$60||$3||Video streaming limited to 480p resolution|
But wait — it gets more complicated. Like some other carriers, Simple Mobile offers discounts on your monthly rate when you enroll in its automatic-payment program. But the size of these discounts varies with each plan, and Simple Mobile offers promotional discounts on some plans that expire after a few months. Autopay enrollment reduces the cost of the carrier’s $40 monthly plan to $37.50, while the $30 plan gets a $1.50 discount to $28.50. The entry-level plan enjoys a $5 autopay discount, but only for the first three months — after that, you’ll pay $23.75.
Simple Mobile’s two unlimited plans have their own complications. You can pay $50 for unlimited high-speed data, with video streaming restricted to 480p resolution. Adding $10 per month gets you 10GB of mobile hotspot data. However, yet another promotion adds that 10GB hotspot data perk to Simple Mobile’s $50 plan, at least through March 31. Throw in a more generous autopay discount — you can knock $5 off the $50 plan with autopay versus $3 for the $60 plan — and it’s clear what the better unlimited option is, at least for now.
Even for unlimited data plans, each carrier reserves the right to throttle your speeds after you cross a certain threshold. Simple Mobile sets that limit at 60GB a month, a company representative said. In comparison, T-Mobile sets the bar at 50 GB, which is pretty tough to hit under normal usage.
Unlike some carriers — Boost and Metro, notably — Simple Mobile’s monthly rates don’t fold in taxes and fees.
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Simple Mobile also factors in discounts if you add additional lines to a plan. Adding a second line with 3GB of data costs $20 a month, a $5 discount off the regular rate. Another line with 12GB of data or unlimited data cost $25 a month — a significant discount for families who want unlimited data. Compare that with Metro, which charges the same $50 as Simple Mobile for its lowest-cost unlimited plan but lets you add additional lines for $30 each. That means a family of four would save $15 a month on their bill by opting for Simple Mobile’s unlimited plan.
What special features does Simple Mobile offer?
If it’s important to you that your cell carrier features a lot of bells and whistles, then Simple Mobile may not be your answer. At T-Mobile, for example, the T-Mobile One plan includes its free international data and texting in 210-plus countries. In contrast, Simple’s service offers some modest international options for calling (to 69 destinations) and roaming (in 16 Latin American countries).
While some discount carriers offer a few perks to pull in customers — think Metro’s 100GB of Google One storage — Simple Mobile offers only the occasional deal for a free budget Android phone when you start a new line of service. With this carrier, the “Simple” name means just simply cell service. And at the price you’re getting it, that could be acceptable to you.
What do customers say about Simple Mobile?
The chatter online about Simple Mobile is mixed at best, with most negative reviews by bloggers and customers alike complaining about the company’s customer service. The most common complaints involve time-consuming complications with getting service started, but there were also gripes about the functionality of the Simple Mobile smartphone app, which is used to change plans or add more data if you don’t go the unlimited route were also leveraged.
On Yelp, complaints about service add up to a 1.5-star rating for Simple Mobile. But the carrier also gets some good notices online, with helpful YouTube hands-on videos that show the service actually works and offers good download speeds. Reviews.org gives Simple a 2.5-star rating, praising its pricing, but criticizing the carrier’s unlimited offerings.
Simple Mobile’s pricing makes it an option to consider if you’re looking to save on your monthly bill, particularly if you can take advantage of the carrier’s promotions to get more data. That 3GB for $20 deal tops what other low-cost carriers offer, as does the supersize 12GB plan. Now that carriers like TextNow and Visible are undercutting Simple Mobile’s unlimited plan pricing — both carriers offer $40 unlimited plan — that Simple Mobile option becomes less compelling.
If you live in an area that’s well-served by T-Mobile’s network and you don’t need a lot of perks with your cellular service, you should at least look into Simple Mobile. And the carrier’s month-by-month approach makes it easy to move on should Simple Mobile not deliver on its promised simplicity.
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Is TracFone Compatible With Simple Mobile in 2023?
The other day, we looked at the various phone carriers compatible with Simple Mobile prepaid service. In the article, we the mobile virtual network operator, or rather MVNO can use T-Mobile phones since it runs on its infrastructure. Nonetheless, is TracFone compatible with Simple Mobile considering it’s its subsidiary?
Well, a quick answer is a Yes and No. True, the other post did mention Simple Mobile can use TracFone phones, but there are exemptions we didn’t highlight. Hence, the reason we’ve decided to do this second part of the topic, to ensure you make the right decision when the time comes.
TracFone vs Simple Mobile: A quick Summary on the Phone Carriers
|Feature||TracFone Wireless||Simple Mobile|
|Carrier Network||AT&T VerizonT-Mobile||T-Mobile|
|Basic Smart plans||$15||$25|
|Video Streaming||YES[at 480p]||YES[at 480p]|
TracFone Wireless is one of the best choices if you’re looking for the least expensive cell phone plans for seniors, or even yourself. It has various phone plan structures to choose from, including the “Pay As You Go” for only $9.99. Then, they all include unlimited rollover for your unused minutes, texts, and data (if included).
As was mentioned, TracFone Wireless is an MVNO, or rather mobile virtual network operator. In simple words, this means the prepaid provider doesn’t have a network infrastructure of its own. It has partnered with the Big Three, T-Mobile and Verizon and AT&T, in which case you can get service from any location.
Furthermore, TracFone has several prepaid and free Government cellphones providers under its wings, including our Simple Mobile.
Simple Mobile is also a prepaid MVNO, and a good one if you don’t want to pay the high rates of the main carriers. Yes, it’s not as low as its parent company, TracFone, but does save you few dollars that you’d have spent on T-Mobile.
Speaking of T-Mobile, Simple Mobile uses the carrier’s network to get service to its subscribers. So, it also inherits the GSM technology, which, no doubt, is a big bonus as you can easily interchange your SIM card with most unlocked cell phones.
More on that, Simple Mobile does have T-Mobile’s unlimited everything plans, including high-speed data with no caps.
Is TracFone Compatible with Simple Mobile in 2023?
First of all, the reason for checking carrier compatibility is if you want to migrate or leave with your phone. This is so as carrier-locked phones are usually limited to that particular carrier service, though there are exemptions for the Big Three.
If a phone is locked to either of the Big Three carriers, it can work with that particular carrier, as well as most MVNOs under it. So, it shouldn’t be an issue to use your Simple SIM card with T-Mobile phones.
When it now comes to virtual network providers, many of them are usually under the main carriers. In this case, the locked phone particular only works on that carrier until you unlock it for other carriers.
Nonetheless, TracFone happens to be an MVNO and also the “parent” of Simple Mobile. So, do that mean handsets locked to its network are open to Simple Mobile or not?
Well, first of all, TracFone leases its networks from all the Big three (now that Sprint has merged with T-Mobile). As such, its devices can either be GSM (T-Mobile and AT&T) or CDMA (Verizon) compatible.
TracFone With GSM or CDMA
Of course, some of the latest devices now have dual-band technologies that you can use with either GSM or CDMA service. But then, CDMA features the user data like phonebook and scheduler information on the operator’s database. So, you’ll always have to go through the carrier if you wanted to switch to a new phone.
Meanwhile, the GSM technology features SIM (subscriber identity module) cards that store the information on the user. So, you can switch to a new handset with no hassle, or without involving the operator.
Anyway, back to Simple Mobile, select GSM TracFone phones are compatible. So, you can simply insert your SIM card and continue to make calls. In case the phone is on TracFone-CDMA but does support GSM bands, you can also use it with your Simple SIM. However, you’ll need to call or text the customer service number “611611” to activate it.
While you might be able to use a TracFone phone with Simple Mobile service, the function can’t work the other way round. The same goes with other carriers, which, in other words, means you can’t also use Simple phone with T-Mobile. If you have the Simple phone carrier-unlocked, though, it should work with T-Mobile and TracFone-GSM
Here are some of the best TracFone smartphones under $200 that you can use with Simple Mobile service.
TracFone Motorola Moto E6 Prepaid 32GB Smartphone
- Android 9.0
- 5 5″ Max Vision HD+
- 32GB memory, 2GB RAM
- 13MP camera, [email protected]
- 4G LTE cellular Technology
If you need a simple smartphone without many extra bells, Motorola happens to be a great place to start. The Moto E6 is a perfect example, first, because you can own at less than fifty dollars. Then, it includes almost everything you would need in a basic smartphone.
For instance, the phone supports up to 4G LTE bands, which not only brings you extra fast downloads and smooth streaming. But also you won’t need to worry about losing service when T-Mobile shuts down 2G and 3G.
More on that, the Motorola handset has 32GB built-in memory, which you can expand with up to 256GB MicroSD card. It also has a pretty decent rear camera that you can even record crisp HD videos at up to 30fps.
TracFone Samsung Galaxy A10e 32GB 4G LTE Smartphone
- Android 9.0 (upgradable)
- 5.8-inch capacitive display
- 32GB ROM, 2GB RAM
- 8MP camera, [email protected]
- Up to 4G cellular frequency bands
The Samsung Galaxy also falls in the low-end category if you need something simple for basic functions. Just like the Moto E6, it comes locked to TracFone service, but you could activate it with your Simple Mobile SIM card. However, is the phone really worth it?
Well, first, the phone does features a compact size that’s easy to hold and carry in the pocket. It’s also compatible with up to 4G bands and WiFi connectivity (if you have it at home).
Furthermore, the A10e has 32GB internal memory and supports up to 512GB MicroSD card. It also has a 2GB operating memory and the Exynos 7884 processor, which, of course, isn’t the best but will bring you more than average performance.
TracFone Rebel 4 16GB Basic Smartphone
- Android 8.1
- 16GB built-in memory
- Supports 4G LTE bands
- 8MP rear camera
- 5-inch HD capacitive display
If you’re no heavy gamer, this phone is also simple and affordable. However, this doesn’t mean it’s limited to only making calls and texting. No. You can also stream videos from YouTube, and seamlessly with a fast 4G LTE network. It also does have WiFi capabilities in case you’d want to stream your favorite shows in your hands. Then, you can also access Facebook and other social network platforms if you’d like to meet new friends.
Furthermore, the LG device has a simple-yet-decent camera system that you can use to capture some of your favorite moments. But again, it has 16GB built-in memory and 32GB MicroSD support, which is pretty less.
TracFone Samsung Galaxy A21 32GB Prepaid Smartphone
- Android 10
- 4G LTE cellular technology
- 13MP quad camera system
- 6.5” HD+ capacitive display
- Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor
- 32GB internal, 512GB MicroSD
At a tag of around one-seventy, this phone is all worth it when you look at all the features and functions available. First, it has an extra-wide, edge-to-edge display that brings you a cinematic crystal streaming and gaming experience. It’s WiFi capable and also supports up to 4G LTE for fast downloads.
Even better, the Galaxy device has a powerful quad-camera system that you can capture crisp and detailed images. Alternatively, you can record up to 1080p quality videos at a frame rate of 30fps. And considering the 32GB internal and up to 512GB MicroSD card support, you can record as many long footages as you want.
Motorola Moto G Fast Unlocked (2020 Edition) Smartphone
- Android 10
- 32GB ROM, 3GB RAM
- Snapdragon 665 processor
- 16MP camera, [email protected]
- 6.4” Max Vision HD display
If you have always desired a high-end mobile experience, the Moto G Fast offers it at a fraction of the price. Like right now, the phone is going for $170, but from the look of it, it has far more superior specs than the Galaxy A21 above.
For instance, the Motorola G Fast runs on Snapdragon 665 processor, which is equivalent to that of the Sony Xperia 10 II (cost $360). The good thing with this kind of chip is that you can enjoy a superb performance without greatly sacrificing your device’s battery life.
Another thing, the smartphone has a 16MP Triple camera system that you can use to record vibrant videos in [email protected]. You can also opt for the [email protected] recording if you’ll be capturing activity in motion.
Other amazing features in this Moto G Fast include carrier-unlocked, 3GB RAM, up to 512GB MicroSD support, rear-mounted Fingerprint reader, and others.
If you need a TracFone phone compatible with Simple Mobile, you might want to consider one that operates on GSM technology. You can also use the TracFone devices locked to the CDMA network but will need to call or text the Simple customer service number to activate it.
Even so, TracFone Wireless has far more affordable cell phone plans than most carriers, including its subsidiary, Simple Mobile. It also has access to the Big Three, namely T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon, phone towers. So, you’ll always get a signal regardless of the state you’re in.
But again, TracFone lacks unlimited data allotments and the Mobile Hotspot feature at this time. So, Simple Mobile might be the best option if the internet is very crucial and wants to keep your phone bill as low as possible.
If you’re a heavy data user, however, you might want to consider T-Mobile or any of the other two main carriers. Why? The main carriers usually lease their network infrastructure to the MVNOs with some restrictions.
For instance, like Simple Mobile, you’ll get unlimited data with no caps, but you might experience slower speeds when the network is too busy. Meanwhile, a T-Mobile user can continue to enjoy streaming, gaming, or downloads in high-speed data.
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Available and working. Let’s face it, everyone needs a disposable phone these days, whether you’re contacting cheap sluts or calling with an illegal offer. Buy it now before Facebook traces your real number and reveals your secret life.
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Vincent B. Blitz
I bought this device to replace my husband’s old Tracfone flip phone. After I didn’t activate it by following the instructions, I spent 1 hour 45 minutes in customer service – 4 different agents. Nobody could make the phone work. Maybe he was wrong? I don’t know – in the end I returned it and the last representative answered my husband’s old phone.
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Jason D. Dahlkemper
Since my husband’s previous phone was supposed to stop working later this year, we decided to buy another one for him via this phone -the flip phone he tried he didn’t care BUT he had to use it and was only used for 2 weeks IF he and the battery was constantly dying not what he expected from a flip phone he had a year ago and he he liked it very much, and now he had to buy another one, but there was not enough money for this one.
Very good price
Good phone – cell phones
Charles M. Mathews
I can’t comment on battery life or durability as I only got the phone on Wednesday but the sound quality is very good as is the reception in my area. I was able to activate it through Tracfone.com without any problems. It was well protected in transit. First on the box in which he left the factory, and then on an additional mailbox. It arrived in excellent condition. I would recommend it to anyone looking to get a new phone.
Not as thick as other options
This is a smartphone in disguise
Jeff C. Clites
United States of America, Akron
We are tech savvy and fully involved in the online world with different computers. We ordered this phone based on the fact that it is a regular mobile phone designed only for calls. However, after charging, the first pop-up screen is a lengthy user agreement that must be approved before the phone can be activated. This phone is a Chinese-made KaiOS and according to their Wikipedia page, it is completely…
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Perfect for our needs
Jon B Bishop
My +1 doesn’t need or want to be in constant contact. He had an old cheap droid that he didn’t like from day one. He stopped working. This phone with Tracfone service suits him. It’s a bit tricky to program as there is no “keyboard” but I knew what was going on. I set it up, added it to my favorites, and it was ready to use. I made several calls with it and the calls were clear with no hiccups or dropouts. The battery lasted well despite not…
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Larry G. Gaines
Pros: It has large buttons and is loud enough for older people. And it will work after January 1, 2020. Cons: NO display of minutes or days of service and Tracfone doesn’t care. There is NO menu item showing minutes or days of service and Tracfone doesn’t care. call) to get the remaining minutes or days of service, which is difficult for most seniors and Tracfone doesn’t care. online. This is NOT an android phone so you can’t download the app…
Not bad, disappointing KaiOS performance
Brandon H. Hayes
Finally a simple Wi-Fi phone. KaiOS should also be better than all cheap phones, and the 1GHz processor sounds amazing. Unfortunately the web browser is terrible and I’m not sure why it doesn’t work better. First, even though it has a “search” label, when you open it it just redirects you to the URL bar and still assumes you just want to enter a URL. You can’t enter spaces or switch to predictive text input…
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