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With Support for BYOP Tracfone Wireless Provides Great Value as Verizon/ATT MVNO: Get Over 500 MB of LTE Data with Talk and Text for Under $20/Month

Tracfone Triple Talk Text and Data
Tracfone Offers Triple Talk Text and Data to Smartphone Users

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Tracfone Triple Talk Text and Data
Tracfone Offers Affordable Cell Phone Plans as an MVNO on Verizon's Network with Triple Talk Text and 4G LTE Data for Smartphone Users

UPDATED: 7/27/2015 Tracfone Now Also Includes Service on ATT's Network Exactly as Described Below for Verizon Based Service

For those of you looking to switch over from Verizon, Tracfone may provide an excellent value for you.  Tracfone operates as a Verizon MVNO and if you're willing to dish out a good chunk of change up front Tracfone Wireless offers one of the best all around values on the market for low usage users seeking 4G LTE coverage on Verizon's network.  Although not spelled out clearly on its shop airtime page, all Tracfone Pay as you Go airtime cards when used with a smartphone include triple the amount of minutes listed on the card as well as the equivalent amount of text and 4G LTE data.  Let's take a look at exactly how this works.

How Does Tracfone Work?

As an example, when you buy the $199.99 365 day airtime card which includes 1500 minutes that automatically triples to include 4500 minutes, with 4500 texts and 4500 MB of 4G LTE data added on.  If used evenly during the course of the year you'd average out to having 375 minutes of talk, 375 texts, and 375 MB of 4G LTE data to use per month at a monthly cost of $199.99/12 = $16.67 (+tax).  Extra airtime and data cards are also available.  A 2GB data add on card (does not triple) is available for $50 $30 that would increase your total upfront cost to $249.99 $229.99 and monthly data allotment to roughly 546 MB of LTE (4500 MB + 2048 MB)/12.  With the data add on card your averaged out monthly cost would increase to $20.83 $19.17 + tax ($249.99/12) ($229.99/12).  At the time of this writing you can't get this much LTE data on the Verizon (or ATT) network elsewhere for less!

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UPDATED 8/3/2015: Tracfone is now offering a 4 GB data add on card for $50.  Purchasing that you could obtain for $20.83/month (which includes the 365 day airtime card) 716 MB of LTE data monthy.

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A breakdown of Tracfone's base 365 day yearly plans is explained in the following table:

TracFone Yearly Plans Summarized

All plans include carryover as long as service remains active

Airtime Card
(Minutes)
 Talk Text
4G LTE Data
(MB)
 Cost Buy Airtime
40012001200120099.99
800240024002400119.99
1000300030003000159.99
1500450045004500199.99

[su_row][su_column size="1/2"] [/su_column] [su_column size="1/2"]Tracfone also offers what they call monthly value plans.  The monthly value plans also include triple talk, text and data.  As an example one could purchase a $29.99 30 day card that includes 200 minutes of talk and receive 600 minutes of talk, 600 text and 600 MB of data when used with a smartphone.  If you have your payments set to auto refill you would receive an additional 10% off the price.  Monthly value plans as well as pay as you go  [/su_column] [/su_row]plans (30, 90, and 365 days) also include carryover, so any unused talk, text and data will get carried over to your next month of service.  A monthly value plan airtime card can also be used to supplement a pay go plan such as the 365 day plan previously described with additional talk, text and data.

TracFone Monthly Value Plans

Plans are for 30 days and all include carryover for as long as your account remains active

Airtime Card
(Minutes)
 Talk Text
4G LTEData
(MB)
Cost Buy Airtime
501501501509.99
12537537537519.99
20060060060029.99

You could also save more money on the yearly plans by just focusing on obtaining more data if needed and by simply using Google Voice or FreedomPop to make free phone calls and send free text messages as opposed to buying more minutes.  Those calls and texts would then be routed over your wi-fi or cellular data connection.

There are many other combinations of minutes and data that you can purchase through Tracfone, too many to actually list here.

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What I've instead done is just give a few examples of plans that would qualify for my cheapest plans table if they were true monthly plans rather than 365 day pay in advance/pay as you go plans.

Currently Tracfone is running a promotion where you can receive $15 off your 365 day plan through June 17th, 2015 by using promo code 99138.  A 10% discount is also offered to those who keep their accounts on auto-refill.

Tracfone supports bring your own phone (BYOP) and you can activate Verizon postpaid phones as long as they have been paid off and are free from contract.  They also offer a limited selection of phones that you can purchase.  As previously described, pay as you go and monthly value plans both come with triple talk, text and data.

Like with all Verizon MVNOs, LTE download speeds are limited to 5 Mbps, and upload 2 Mbps.  An LTE sim activation kit, and a Network Access Code (NAC) are needed to obtain 4G LTE service with Tracfone.  Also be aware that the double minutes for life cards listed on the Tracfone website do not apply to Tracfone smartphone users. That is, you cannot by a double minutes for life card and have your Tracfone service minutes, text, and data get increased 6 fold it will only stay triple minutes talk, text and data.

Get a CDMA LTE Activation Kit + 120 Minute Card for $30.98 at TracFone Wireless!

Tracfone also offers 90 day pay as you go plans as shown in the following table:

TracFone 90 Day Plans

Include carryover for as long as service remains active

Airtime Card
(Minutes)
 Talk Text
4G LTE Data
(MB)
 Cost Buy Airtime
30**9090909.99
6018018018019.99
12036036036029.99
20060060060039.99
45013501350135079.99

**=30 day airtime card
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JPReisender
JPReisender
4 years ago

I decided to try the Tracfone BYOP option. The way the web site worked for me, the Triple Minutes deal was NOT an option. Only the 90 day plans were offered, and the least expensive one was $35 for 500 minutes of talk, 1000 texts and 400MB data, and it is non-refundable. The only plus is the carry-over feature. The SIM card cost $6.99 and is non-refundable, and even though the web site stated there would be no shipping charged if the SIM was purchased with the air time, I still got charged $4.95 plus tax on top of everything.

To make everything more frustrating, I purchased an AT&T/Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE GoPhone on Black Friday and followed the information from another article on getting it unlocked. I received the unlock code and instructions from AT&T just like the article explained, but the phone never displayed the SIM unlock window as described in AT&T’s instructions. A 2-hour phone call with AT&T support was no help. A 1-hour phone call with Microsoft was no help. And another 2-hours with Tracfone was a complete and utter waste of time!

Bottom line: I returned the phone to Microsoft this morning. I’m out $50.34 to Tracfone (remember those non-refundable items) AND had to call Tracfone again because somehow or another, the first person I spoke with managed to deactivate my flip phone so I was unable to make or receive calls. I also purchased earbuds for the phone because it didn’t come with any, and a 64GB microSD card to use as expandable storage in the phone. Maybe I’ll be able to use the earbuds and microSD card in the future. I’m none to sure about ever attempting to try to upgrade my phone with Tracfone.

Apparently the only way to get the Triple Minutes deal is if you buy a phone from Tracfone, and their selection is pitiful.

Anup
Anup
5 years ago

So the 1500 minutes plan for one year , does not really include any separate data. Does it ?
So you can either use 1500 minutes or use part of it for talk, part for text, and part for data.

I feel the new puppy wireless plans (750 talk/750 txt/ and 1 gb data) are more interesting than tracfone plans

ShadowFlare
ShadowFlare
5 years ago

That “800 minutes” card is really 400 minutes and adds the double minutes for life feature, so you really get only 1200 on a smartphone if you put it on one (400 minutes tripled to 1200).

salocin411
salocin411
5 years ago

This is really great info… I just picked up some MOTOe’s Verizon prepaid during a recent Best Buy Sale…. I wonder if I could use that phone with the 1500 Tracfone plan… 199 is a bit steep. But no more bills for the rest of the year is pretty darn good. Especially on the best NETWORK (sorry Cricket/ATT. your only marginally better than sprint in AZ).