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Net10 Wireless looks like it is now bundling an unlimited LTE data plan with the purchase of a Samsung Galaxy On5. Last time I saw a TracFone owned brand do this was with Straight Talk Wireless. At that time Straight Talk was offering an unlimited LTE data plan with the purchase of any Samsung Galaxy phone. It was the only way you could get unlimited LTE data on the network. A few months later Straight Talk made the plan available to all comers. I expect the same thing to happen here.
Net10 Wireless regularly sells the Samsung Galaxy On5 for $29.99. However, when purchased with Net10's $50 wireless plan, the price of the phone gets reduced to $9.99. Net10's $50 plan includes unlimited talk, text and data with the first 8GB of data at 4G LTE data speeds. As part of this promotional bundle, when customers subscribe to the $50 plan they'll automatically get upgraded to unlimited LTE data.
Net10's unlimited data plan will have video streaming limited to a resolution of 480p. Service will be provided by T-Mobile's network. Details are lacking as to if there is a data prioritization policy in place. Straight Talk Wireless which is a sister brand to Net10, does not have a typical data prioritization policy in place but rather says it may cancel your service if you use more than 60GB of data during a billing cycle. I suspect the Net10 offering will come with the same restriction.
The promo is set to be available "while supplies last." Subscribers must keep their line active on the $50 plan to maintain the benefit.
I surmise that you can use any T-Mobile compatible phone with the SIM card that you'll get when you purchase the Galaxy On5. The Galaxy On5 won't be suitable for power users as it is a budget device that features the following specifications:
Samsung Galaxy On5 Features
- 5" 720p display
- 5 MP main camera with a 2 MP selfie camera
- 8GB of internal storage
- 1.5GB of RAM
- 2600 mAh battery
I actually went through a mock purchase of the device and plan to see if unlimited LTE data would show up in my shopping cart. It did not. According to a SlickDeals post, your plan is supposed to automatically get updated after you make the purchase and activate. When I attempted to contact a Net10 Wireless support agent via chat about this, in typical TracFone support fashion, they were not informed about this promotion. This despite it being highlighted in red on their own website. The agent told me it will only come with 8GB of data and that I would have to call customer support for more help. Sigh.
I'm sure the plan does in fact convert to an unlimited LTE data plan once activated, but if you want to be a guinea pig, let us know how it works out for you in the comments below.
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