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    Best option for lowest cost per minute on Tracfone

    Only considering voice minutes and disregarding texts, data and service time, what is the best option towards achieving the lowest possible cost per minute on Tracfone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by josephf View Post
    Only considering voice minutes and disregarding texts, data and service time, what is the best option towards achieving the lowest possible cost per minute on Tracfone?
    Disregarding any taxes or fees that might be applied and assuming the minutes are being tripled, the lowest cost for talk minutes is the $200 refill that gives 1500 minutes (4500 after tripling). What have you being refilling with to date?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tfu2215 View Post
    Disregarding any taxes or fees that might be applied and assuming the minutes are being tripled, the lowest cost for talk minutes is the $200 refill that gives 1500 minutes (4500 after tripling). What have you being refilling with to date?
    So far still using up the HSN Galaxy Sky included minutes.

    What would be one step below spending $200, for the next lowest net cost per minute?

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    Quote Originally Posted by josephf View Post
    So far still using up the HSN Galaxy Sky included minutes.

    What would be one step below spending $200, for the next lowest net cost per minute?
    The $35 Smartphone refill card. But, it's like has been mentioned on here before, to minimize your costs you need to figure out your usage pattern. If you're planning to leave Tracfone when your 365 days of service expire, go for the $200 refill or the $35 refill if you'll actually use the talk minutes.

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    Yes, not possible to figure optimum cost without knowing the usage.

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    Usage is voice only. No texts and no data.

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    Quote Originally Posted by josephf View Post
    Usage is voice only. No texts and no data.
    Yes, the $35 smartphone card is very close to the $200 Paygo card for minute cost. Calculator broken?

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    Anyone have those TracFone airtime spreadsheet links handy? OP needs that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tfusr19 View Post
    Anyone have those TracFone airtime spreadsheet links handy? OP needs that.
    For what he wants spreadsheets are overkill.

    He's discarding the text and data values.

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    You must not be much into spreadsheets . Cost and minutes are already there. Create a new formula if it's not already there and paste it to a new column.

    josephf,
    The spreadsheets have both smartphone and basic refill options and are great comparisons and adding your own tweaks as necessary without starting from scratch. Some updates or additions may be necessary depending upon how old the spreadsheet is.

    Quote Originally Posted by ST Dog View Post
    For what he wants spreadsheets are overkill.

    He's discarding the text and data values.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ST Dog View Post
    For what he wants spreadsheets are overkill.

    He's discarding the text and data values.
    Agree! Calculator or the back of an envelope is all he needs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by josephf View Post
    Usage is voice only. No texts and no data.
    If that is the case then you should be looking at true PayGo services that draws from your pre-paid balance and not a three bucket system such as TF.

    There is no comparing costs if you do not factor in Text/Data/Days of service and Roll Over

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    Quote Originally Posted by tfusr19 View Post
    You must not be much into spreadsheets .
    Use them all the time, especially for date calculations. Even built transistor models with them for modeling effects most simulators ignore.

    Just think the ones with all the different price calculations would confuse more than help.

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    Here is one: http://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/...tmlview?pli=1# .

    I'm not sure about the link for the other one.

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    Where do you order the 4500 minutes/units option for $200? (I don't see that as an option in the Tracfone app under paygo plans.)

    Thanks for the spreadsheet.

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