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    Is Tracfone worth getting?

    Ok I use about 40 minutes a month and hardly ever text. I have been thinking of buying the new LG 3280 but I heard some people say that tracfone mins can get kinda pricey. My question is it worth get tracfone or should I look else where. Like I mention I can use about 40 mins a month, hardly ever text. Thanks

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    get tmo2go

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    Quote Originally Posted by ace587
    get tmo2go
    Don't have coverage where I live

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    Pretty simple decision. You'll have to spend $50 to get the phone, then $10 a month to keep it going, based on your planned usage. You're the type of customer that benefits most from TracFone... the type of customer that doesn't make them money

    It always amazes me how T-Mobilers fail to realize how small their world really is (spatially).

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave940
    Pretty simple decision. You'll have to spend $50 to get the phone, then $10 a month to keep it going, based on your planned usage. You're the type of customer that benefits most from TracFone... the type of customer that doesn't make them money

    It always amazes me how T-Mobilers fail to realize how small their world really is (spatially).
    They start at $14.95 at Walmart. Also TracFone has 29 % of the US prepaid market, so they must be doing something right... Watch for sales, I got my LG 3280 for $29.95 about a month ago at a Shopko store in Wisconsin. The LG 3280 is the first LG phone that I have come across that seems to have good RF.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dave940
    Pretty simple decision. You'll have to spend $50 to get the phone, then $10 a month to keep it going, based on your planned usage. You're the type of customer that benefits most from TracFone... the type of customer that doesn't make them money

    It always amazes me how T-Mobilers fail to realize how small their world really is (spatially).
    ya tracfone is good for minimal users, not for power texters on tmo, too bad tmo doesnt have coverage, coz if u get messed up on tracfne u can jst kiss ur money goodbye, tmo IMO is flexible and has excellent CS, plus they have roaming now, used to be on tracfone service sucked like D0nky b@ll$. never going back to tracfone again, its not even gsm friendly

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaBy_bLuE678
    Ok I use about 40 minutes a month and hardly ever text. I have been thinking of buying the new LG 3280 but I heard some people say that tracfone mins can get kinda pricey. My question is it worth get tracfone or should I look else where. Like I mention I can use about 40 mins a month, hardly ever text. Thanks
    If you buy the LG, and then ALSO buy one of the refurb'ed 2126 deals where they throw in two 60-minute airtime cards for $19.99, you would come out with:

    20 minutes on the LG for activation
    20 minutes on the 2126 for activation
    180 minutes from the two 60-minute cards (Add bonus code 54604 for 30 additional minutes to each of the 60-minute cards). Add these to the LG, NOT the 2126. Then call CS (be prepared to wait on hold awhile....) and have the 20 minutes transferred from the 2126 to the LG. Either throw away, give away, or fleabay the now inactive 2126.

    So, for the price of the LG ($50?) plus the $20 refurb deal, you will get 220 minutes of talk time on the LG with an expiration date that should be at least 6 months from now (2 months for the activation, plus 2 months each for the two 60-minute cards).

    There is no double-roaming charge on the LG. Keep the 2126 instead if reception is an issue more than roaming. IF you decided to keep the 2126, then don't even bother buying the LG in the first place, LOL! Many here will say that the 2126 is a better phone. I personally don't know.

    Tracfone has been sending selected customers text messages with offers of double airtime minutes for free with cards activated before a certain date (mine on my last Tracfone with 0 minutes remaining said 12/23, but others here have said into January). So the numbers above could add up to 340 minutes instead of 220, although you would have to wait to see if you get the text message offer before adding the 60-minute cards.

    There are other "issues" with Tracfone besides airtime cost that may make you want to think twice about buying into Tracfone, BUT if you are a very limited user like you described, that 220-340 minutes outlined above could get you prepaid cell service for 6 months for $20-70 depending on which phone you bought.

    My guess is that if Tracfone decides not to return their "refer-a-friend" deal, they will likely end up having to decrease their per-minute costs for the airtime cards or have other deals to maintain customer loyalty, so you likely won't see airtime prices rising for Tracfone anytime soon. That's just my personal guess, though.

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    What's the normal price on the LG at Shopko? I'm tempted to try one but don't see them available and even the website says they're not available yet and even if they were, the price is $50 or $60. Too spendy for testing. If I could pick it up on sale for $30, then I'd give it a try! (yes I realize the $30 was a sale price...)

    BTW, how is TF "not even gsm friendly"? I don't understand what you're talking about.

    FWIW, if you look at list price, TF is spendy per minute. But couple the deals and stuff, I'm paying about 7˘/min. I've had no problems with customer service the half dozen times I've called them. Never been on hold more than a minute or so and almost always treated with utmost respect. The one time I had trouble I got a supervisor on the phone immediately and she took care of things. I heard horror stories about CS but have found so far that's exactly what they've been - stories.

    I've thought about trying Tmo, but from what I see, Tmo is more expensive than TF to test out. I have nearly 7 hours of time racked up on TF so I don't need the minutes. I don't use many minutes anyway. For me to have to invest $130 ($100 card and $30 phone) to get 10˘/min when I'm paying that tops for TF, just doesn't make sense. I'm only interested in trying Tmo for coverage but if the LG gives comparable coverage, I'd be happy. And actually, so far the GSM has been fine. I just would like better coverage in West Central MN area for the few times I go there.

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    I was a tracfone user for about 6 years...in that time, I had nothing but trouble with their CS, and issues with roaming while I was within my own area. If you are lucky enough to get a CS person that you can actually understand, it would be a miracle. For me, it ended up being way more expensive than it should have been, but being that they were the ONLY prepaid service when I bought in, I didn't have a choice. I've since moved to Virgin Mobile prepaid, and love them. The phone is awesome, the CS is great, they are based in the US, and I've NEVER had a problem with anything with them. The have a number of plans that can be good for just about anyone, so if you are only using about 40 minutes a month, it would cost you no more than $20 every 90 days to keep the service, + whatever minutes you use. ($7.20 if you use 40 minutes a month.) Econonmically, it was better for me...in the long run I learned that you DON'T have to deal with crappy CS...check out all the other forums before you buy into Tracfone. You'd be surprised how much information you can get...Personally, I will NEVER NEVER go back to Tracfone, after the fiasco they put me thru...(they disconnected my phone for no reason, dumped my #, took away 193 of my minutes without explaination, and cut off my double minute plan that still had 5 months left on it, and after weeks of trying to straighten it out, all they gave me was "sorry for the inconvenience!") but that's just one person's story...I vote no...

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    Quote Originally Posted by HATMAN
    Also TracFone has 29 % of the US prepaid market, so they must be doing something right...
    Is there an article somewhere which states this? I would be interested in reading it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HATMAN
    They start at $14.95 at Walmart. Also TracFone has 29 % of the US prepaid market, so they must be doing something right... Watch for sales, I got my LG 3280 for $29.95 about a month ago at a Shopko store in Wisconsin. The LG 3280 is the first LG phone that I have come across that seems to have good RF.
    Try the Tracfone website if you are not fussy on the model of phone. A Nokia 2126 (not the internet-capable version) with two 60 min. cards is $19.99 plus s&h and tax. The LG is $49.99, has a speakerphone and is a flip model (for those who read this and are looking).

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    Quote Originally Posted by EdwardP
    Is there an article somewhere which states this? I would be interested in reading it.
    http://www.americamovil.com/index_eng.htm

    Click on About America Movil
    Click on footprint
    click on United States...

    P.S. This web site is very difficult to get into at times.
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    I first got Virgin Mobile nearly 2 years ago and was very pleased with the service overall but disappointed in the coverage. I used it a year and a half and I liked the 8610 phone I had. People trash talked it but I like the phone, it's got great features and is a solid workhorse and 10 times the phone the Moto v170 is. (just wish they'd roam...) Used Beyond and didn't like the clarity, plus didn't like paying the extra minute per call while they slowly told me my balance. Then got Tracfone and coverage is pretty good (GSM) and got an invite to reactivate the Virgin and would get $20 credit for activating & adding $20 so this dropped the cost in half. I missed the phone so I reactivated and having the second phone is nice. Less than 10˘/min and hey, I can handle that. You can register a cc btw with Virgin and autopay $15 every 90 days. This makes it $5/month to have it and at the 18˘ rate that gives you just short of 28 min/month of time included.

    FWIW, Virgin is pretty good at responding to email questions in a timely manner. But I must say I've never had problems with TF either and never had need to deal with Beyond. So I guess I've been lucky. And as long as I can keep costs under about $5/mo per phone and around or under 10˘/min, I can justify cell phones. I just don't use them that much so I can't justify a postpay.

    Oh, in another thread, I saw the LG3280 is on sale again at ShopKo for $29.99. It's through this week (ending 1/6/7 I'd assume). A good way to get cheaper TF minutes is to buy the phone specials. Right now the 1100 and the CDMA Nokia are $20 with two 60 min cards. This makes the per-minute rate about 11˘ when you add the bonus code. If you want to play a bit, activate the phones, add a card and get another 30 bonus minutes and transfer the time to your favorite phone. Newly activated phones now get an extra 30 minutes of bonus time to any card added after you've added two cards. So by the third card, a 60 minute card becomes 120 minutes with that bonus and a bonus code. So if you buy the cards retail, yes, they're spendy but there's ways to get time much cheaper. All in how much you want to do to get it.

    Everyones mileage varies but these are my experiences and thoughts.
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    Actually if I was gonna go prepaid right now I would get Amp'd. 10 cents a minute flat rate, more data features when on vzw, much better phones. Runs on Verizon, and it roams for free on Alltel, USCC, and probably others.
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    Tracfone can be a good deal and there are still some refer-a-friend deals out there, some of them are being auctioned off at ebay, but I got mine for free from someone...and no I don't think he can do anymore. But the auctions are like $1.50 or so, so that makes it a good deal and my LG also has a 30 minute bonus for each card added after the first one PLUS I signed it up for the Tracfone insider that will give me a 20 minute bonus on my first refill.

    Then there is also the 2 60 minute cards I got on *bay for $25.49 total from someone there that still has 90+ of them at that price. So on the first refill I'm hoping to get 110 minutes from the card...so after it's all said and done, I should have 310 minutes and 4 months on the phone for a total price of around $45, not a bad deal with another 60 minute card of $12.75 in reserve that may get me another 120 minutes once the bonuses are added in.

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