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TracFone is one of the most established wireless cellphone service providers in the United States, having been originally established in 1996 under the name Topp Telecom and then evolving into the leading brand under the América Móvil umbrella. Although the TracFone company is also responsible for Net10, Safelink and Straight Talk brands, each service operates individually, has its own call charges and even uses different networks. The Tracfone prepaid cellphone service is one of the most versatile on the market and even though it does not offer a comprehensive unlimited service, offers one of the most flexible schemes available.
Pros of using TracFone Wireless
No activation or service fees.
Economic when utilizing the “Double Minutes” facility.
Domestic rates charged for selected international destinations.
Cons of using TracFone Wireless
Expensive text messaging service.
No support (yet) for hi-tech devices.
No comprehensive unlimited monthly plans.
The Tracphone Pay-as-you-go option uses a system whereby the more minutes that are purchased, the cheaper they become. A comprehensive range of prepayment cards are available from over 70.000 retailers nationally or online, and come in denominations starting at $9.99 which offer 30 minutes of airtime and 30 days of service. Thereafter, the options available for TracFone pay-as-you-go subscribers are as follow:-
The cards available for 60 minutes ($19.99), 120 minutes ($29.99), 200 minutes ($39.99) and 450 minutes ($79.99) all have an expiry period of 90 days. There are two prepaid pay-as-you-go plans available exclusively on the TracFone web site which offer 1000 minutes and 30 days of service for $149.99 and 1500 minutes over a year for $199.99, however all the above prepaid pay-as-you-go options can be enhanced by purchasing a “Double Minutes for Life” card ($19.99) which doubles the value of all future airtime refill cards and can bring the rate at which subscribers use their cellphones down to as low as $0.067/minute.
There are two further options that may appeal to prepaid pay-as-you-go subscribers who may only use their cellphones very infrequently or solely for emergencies. The “One Year” prepaid cards, include 400 airtime minutes, or 800 airtime minutes with future “double minutes” during the year, and cost $99.99 and $129.99 respectively.
Refills for all the above plans can be made from subscribers´ mobile phones once they are registered for the TracFone “Airtime on Demand” program, and all TracFone pay-as-you-go options include fre voicemail, call waiting and caller ID.
TracFone runs a unique domestic text messaging service, where rates vary according to the type of cellphone own by the subscriber. Generally it costs $0.30 to send or receive a message, although this can rise to $0.50/message depending on the style of cellphone. Media transmissions can be sent or received for the cost of “one unit” (approx $0.35) plus a charge for the data transmission, which like the web access facility costs 0.50 units per minute of browsing.
TracFone Value Plans
The prepaid Value Plans offered by TracFone Wireless represent some of the best options for prepaid cellphone subscribers of any service provider. From as little as $9.99/month subscribers receive a full month of service with 50 minutes of airtime. If the full 50 minute allocation is not used up, it automatically rolls over into the following month, or subscribers can top up using one of the additional minute bundles (at $0.20/minute) which can be purchased online.
For more frequent users, plans exist offering 125 minutes for $19.99/month and 200 minutes for $29.99/month. There is also a Family Value Plan which offers 50 minutes/month for $9.99 as above, but any additional cellphones (up to a maximum of 5) can be added for just $5.99/month – with each phone receiving an independent 40 minutes of airtime.
The “Double Minutes for Life” card can also be used on TracFone prepaid Value Plans, creating even greater value. TracFone Value Plans all require online registration, include voicemail, call waiting and caller ID and can be cancelled or amended at any time.
TracFone International Service
Long distance nationwide calling is included as standard on all TracFone prepaid plans, and the company also have a fantastic service for subscribers who wish to make overseas calls. International long distance calls are available to 60 countries at the same cost as they would be to make a call locally. Furthermore, the International Neighbours program allows family and friends in Mexico and Canada to call a local number and only the regular airtime is charged to subscribers´ accounts. There is also a Frequent Numbers speed dial service which enables subscribers to dial their overseas friends and family members without going through a complicated international dialling process.
As well as the generous offer of regular cost for international long distance dialling, TracFone do not charge (other than airtime) for 411 Directory Assistance and have toll-free customer support 24/7 plus instant help available through their web site. There are no roaming charges for TracFone subscribers using GSM cellphones, and all other devices are charged at double units for the duration of their call. A wide variety of compatible cellphones are available on the TracFone website from $9.99, some of which already include “Double Points for Life”.
Prepaid Cell Phones.net Rating. The TracFone prepaid cellphone service is one of the most comprehensive and least expensive available on the market. Regular cellphone users will find their services versatile and economic and TracFone have even included an option for minimal users. The value that can be gained from the incredible overseas call rates may not be of advantage to everyone, but which support for hi-tech devices just around the corner, TracFone gets the full five star rating.