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Should I Switch to Reach Mobile?
Reach isn’t the cheapest or fastest carrier, but its charitable giving will appeal to plenty of customers.
Reach Mobile is a new and unique cell phone company that’s making waves with its cheap promo prices and charitable giving. But no carrier is perfect for everyone. So how do you know if Reach Mobile is right for you?
Here’s the short answer: Reach is great for those who want amazing nationwide coverage, don’t mind slower data speeds, and are down to pay a bit extra for a good cause. If that sounds like you, you can sign up online in just a couple of minutes.
Reach helps you help others
There’s one feature that really makes Reach really stand out in a market full of cheap carriers: its charitable giving.
“Get a plan, give a plan” is one of Reach’s philosophies. The company teams up with charitable organizations across the globe to provide cell phones and plans to women in poor and rural areas.
While this might sound like a simple corporate marketing ploy, the company is serious about letting you know where your money is going. You can use the Reach Mobile app to track how much talk, text, and data you’ve provided through your plan.
Source: Reach Mobile
Reach Mobile has four plans from $15 to $32 a month
Reach may sound like a nice company, but whether it's right for you or not comes down to one thing: is there a plan that gives you everything you need? Take a look at this chart of the company’s four plans.
Reach’s plans start at just $15 a month! That will get you unlimited talk, text, and 3 GB of data. You can pay more to go up to 8 GB, 12 GB, or unlimited data from there. Each plan comes with Verizon coverage and mobile hotspot data.
These plans are pretty much “what you see if what you get.” Besides the hotspot data, there aren’t any special features, perks, or privileges that come along with Reach’s plans. (If you’re looking for perks then check out T-Mobile or AT&T).
One other thing to note about Reach’s plans is that the unlimited data option has a low data cap of 20 GB. Once you reach that cap, your data speeds can be slowed down significantly.
But Reach's prices go up after a promotional period
If you were wondering how Reach managed to have such low prices and give money to charity, here’s the answer. All of those prices you see in the chart above are just promotional. After your first three months of service, they will double in price!
That unlimited data plan suddenly goes from a cool $32.50 a month to a pricey $65.00. Yikes.
To be fair to Reach, this is sort of standard practice for many discount carriers. Mint does it. Visible has been known to do it, too. This is why you should always read the fine print before you sign up!
You can read our full Reach Mobile review to learn more about how it compares. Basically, the company’s promotional prices are among the best in the industry. But once the prices go up after three months, it’s among the most expensive of the B-list carriers.
Reach operates on Verizon’s powerful network
Reach is what we call a mobile virtual network operator (also called an MVNO). MVNOs are carriers that don’t operate their own cellular networks. Instead, they lease bandwidth from other, larger companies. In this case, Reach uses Verizon’s network.
This is good news for Reach customers because Verizon has the best 4G LTE network coverage in the country. See how the coverage is in your area with this map.
Reach (Verizon) coverage map
Verizon’s network isn’t just large. It’s also fast. Verizon has some of the fastest data speeds and a rapidly expanding 5G network. But, unfortunately, Reach customers won’t get 5G network privileges, and even their 4G data speeds can be slowed. This brings us to our next point …
Reach customers’ data can be deprioritized
One of the biggest issues with Reach Mobile (and other MVNOs) is data deprioritization, which basically means that your data speeds can, and will, be slowed down when the network is congested.
Unlike data caps—which limit the amount of full-speed data you can use on an unlimited plan—deprioritization can kick in at any time, making it hard to log in to your work Zoom meeting or PUBG Mobile game.
Reach doesn’t really do family plans
We’re big fans of family plans. They come at steeply discounted prices and often give you additional perks. Sadly, Reach Mobile doesn’t really have family plans.
Technically, you can put additional lines on your Reach account. But you won’t see any discounts or extra features for doing so. In fact, you’ll end up paying more than if you bought separate individual lines because of the company’s weird promotional pricing.
Here’s a look at a Reach plan with four unlimited data lines for a whopping $167.50!
Reach Mobile plan with four lines
Recap: Is Reach right for you?
Now it’s up to you to decide if Reach is right for you. Here’s a very short bullet-point recap to help make up your mind.
- Reach Mobile’s promotional prices are cheap.
- But they double after the first three months.
- Reach has great coverage through Verizon.
- But your data speeds will be slowed because of data caps and deprioritization.
All in all, we think Reach is great for those who don’t need fast data speeds and don’t mind paying a bit extra for charity. Everyone else should probably look elsewhere.
Signing up for Reach is simple
If Reach seems like the right carrier for you, then can go ahead and sign up online. It’s simple.
Just go to Reach’s website and choose a plan. Or, if you're ready now, just use this table of Reach mobile plans.
After you choose a plan, you’ll need to create an account, choose your number preference (get a new one or keep your old number), and enter your payment information. Your Reach SIM card will show up at your door a few days later.
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