TracFone offers mobile phone service without requiring contracts, credit checks, activation fees or cancellation charges. The TracFone brand is geared toward consumers who want low cost services but are considered light users. NET10, is geared more toward heavy to medium users who need more minutes and StraightTalk is geared more toward those needing “Unlimited” plans. Safelink, is the brand of the US government supported program for low-income eligible consumers.
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- Family Plan
- Phone Selection
- Bring Your Own Phone
|Tracfone offers some of the most competitive plans in the market, especially for low data and phone users. Usage is bought in minutes, and can be used within a 30 day period starting as low as $9.99 per month. With the addition of Android powered smartphones, Tracfone has become one of the better non contract smartphone carriers available.|
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Tracfone Android Smartphones as of November 2014
TracFone prides itself on a huge service area. They are known to use different companies to supply their service, depending on the location of activation. Their CDMA phones use US Cellular, Verizon or Claro. Their GSM phones can use either T-Mobile or AT&T. Reliability varies on a person to person basis, but it has been said that their AT&T based smartphones roam much more reliable than the T-Mobile based phones. Also, the Verizon based TracFone smartphones are known to roam on all CDMA companies towers.
Although there are no contracts with TracFone products, they do offer monthly plans which can guarantee service as long as you don’t exceed the maximum amount of purchased monthly minutes. The monthly cost is automatically deducted each month from a major credit card or debit card with the Visa or MasterCard logo.
• TracFone Individual Value Plans – TracFone offers 50, 125 and 200 monthly minute plans. The costs are $9.99 for the 50 minute plan, $19.99 for the 125 minute plan and $29.99 for the 200 minute plan respectively. All plans include access to Talk, Text, Email and Web. If there happens to be a month in which all of the monthly minutes are not used, they can be “rolled over” into the following month. If by any chance you run out of minutes during a month, you have the option of purchasing more minutes to use until your renewal period.
• TracFone Family Plans – TracFone offers the Family Value plan which is $9.99 for the first phone and an additional $5.99 for each additional phone. Within this plan, 50 minutes are included for the first smartphone, and 40 minutes per month for each additional phone.
The TracFone Pay as you go option is based on the pre-purchase of minutes in blocks that vary in price dependant on the number of minutes offered. Web access and/or text messages are taken as fraction of these minutes (also known as units).
TracFone Pay As You Go
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TracFone also offers several promotions from time to time, including Double Minutes for the life of the phone and one year minutes. These types of promotions, along with the pre-purchase of minutes can add up to maximum value for customers. Check out the TracFone website for details.
TracFone has now began to offer Android capable phones under the TracFone brand! The smartphones available may depend on the area of activation. For the most up to date and current information, it is advisable to check out the TracFone website directly.