I’ve had it with cell phone contracts. Seriously. They’re very attractive; they offer you awesome phones at awesomely low prices – but then you have to sign this multi-page document, you suddenly have to pay all these fees no one told you about, and when you try to break your contract you have to pay a hefty fine.
It’s not worth it to me to be that close-knit with a wireless provider – which is why I urge folks to opt for alternatives to wireless contract renewal. One of those options is to go with a pre-paid wireless provider like Tracfone.
When you use Tracfone, there are no contracts, no credit checks, no activation charges or cancellation fees. You buy the phone, you buy a phone card with the minutes and plan you need, and you’re good to go. You can change things up at any time.
There are monthly plans: Pay as you go online, or with cards that are available at thousands of retail stores across the country.
You can also get a one-year service card that gives you double-minutes for the life of your TracFone, and 800 minutes, for $119.
There are a number of monthly plans available: from as low as 30 minutes for $9.99, to 200 minutes for under $30, to a one-year service card that gives you double-minutes for the life of your TracFone, along with 800 minutes, for only $119.
While some phones come with the double-minutes plans, the feature can also be purchased separately for $19.99.
If you need to make international calls TracFone is the only wireless service that allows international calls for the same price as any other call.
You can get simple phones with the bare necessities for as low as $10, you can get so many features with their Samsung T301 slider phone, and even phones with features like camera/video recorder, web access, apps, mp3 players and full QWERTY keyboards for as low as $29.99.
Keep in mind: While they do offer smartphone-type functions like full keyboards, bluetooth and touchscreens, none of their phones have the three most popular smartphone operating systems. So you won’t have app store or marketplace access to some of the more popular smartphone apps. Still, these are quality phones made by quality manufacturers such as Samsung, Motorola and LG.
The two best features of a TracFone are control and peace of mind. If you are a parent and you want to teach your kids the responsibility with owning a cell phone, you can hand your kid one of these phones and be secure in knowing they won’t go over their minutes. They can’t!, unless they purchase additional minutes. As a former American Teenage Daughter who was frequently scolded for running up the long distance bill, I can say this could prevent future groundings.
But enough rehashing of teen rebellion. Check out this video featuring real TracFone customers to see what they have to say:
This is my advice: Get the phone you need. And if you’re looking to get a phone for the kids or the parents or grandparents, research as much as you can, make sure you know what you’re getting into, and investigate if TracFone is right for you.