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    FD deal Airtime card expiration

    From what I've read, many speculate the these airtime cards will expire 1 year after purchase (and activated at the register). A few thought they will not expire.

    The first ones I got were purchased 10/7/2016, so I plan on keeping 2 or 3 that I purchased on that date and try to use them on 10/8/2017 or 10/9/2017.

    The only problem is that the rest were purchased on 10/10 or 10/11, so that doesn't give me a lot of time to use the others if those 2 or 3 don't work on 10/8 or 10/9.

    What do you think?

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    It's been too long but was there anything on the receipt as far as activation? Like when you buy an E4 from Target they activate the phone and the phone won't work unless activated. If there isn't any activation listed on the receipt how would they know it's been a year?

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    Yes, there is an activation at the register. Here is a sample:
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    Makes sense else people could five finger discount them.

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    No one has ever posted that airtime was rejected after it was over a year old. There have only been reports of it being accepted. But holding an airtime card for more than a year has been a very rare occurrence. Also Tracfone`s policies are ever changing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tracfancier View Post
    No one has ever posted that airtime was rejected after it was over a year old. There have only been reports of it being accepted. But holding an airtime card for more than a year has been a very rare occurrence. Also Tracfone`s policies are ever changing.
    I posted last year that one of my airtime cards was rejected because it was more than one year after the purchase date. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one.

    It was a normal card, not part of a SIM card package.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tracfancier View Post
    No one has ever posted that airtime was rejected after it was over a year old. There have only been reports of it being accepted. But holding an airtime card for more than a year has been a very rare occurrence. Also Tracfone`s policies are ever changing.
    Quote Originally Posted by millept View Post
    I posted last year that one of my airtime cards was rejected because it was more than one year after the purchase date. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one.

    It was a normal card, not part of a SIM card package.
    As I figured, clear as mud. There is nothing in the packaging or on the card about expiration, so I'm hopeful that they won't expire.

    How did you end up with one that was more than a year old?

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    A long time ago (circa 2007), there was a time limit printed on the back of the card.

    Nowadays, the only problem that people had when redeeming a card seemed to be those that were sold by ShopCellDeals and TF voided them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by millept View Post
    I posted last year that one of my airtime cards was rejected because it was more than one year after the purchase date. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one.

    It was a normal card, not part of a SIM card package.
    Where had you purchased that card?

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    Quote Originally Posted by millept View Post
    I posted last year that one of my airtime cards was rejected because it was more than one year after the purchase date. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one.

    It was a normal card, not part of a SIM card package.
    Do not recall your post or anyone else's, what I do remember are a few occasions over the years where people reported cards well over a year old working without a problem.

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    Wonder what TracFone chat CSRs would say about this and where's AlexTrac? He could answer this too .

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    Quote Originally Posted by tfusr19 View Post
    Wonder what TracFone chat CSRs would say about this and where's AlexTrac? He could answer this too .
    Would you believe anything either says?

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    Depending on what they say and it would be interesting mostly for the entertainment value

    Quote Originally Posted by bw01 View Post
    Would you believe anything either says?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tfusr19 View Post
    Depending on what they say and it would be interesting mostly for the entertainment value
    Ask three and you'll get 3 different answers, even if there are only 2 possibilities.

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    I decided to try chat and see what they say (for whatever it's worth):

    You : I have some PINs that I purchased last year and I would like to use them later this year to start service for a family member. Do the PINs expire?
    Rhey : I'll be more than glad to answer your question.
    Rhey : Before I will answer your question, are you referring to the phone number that ends with xxxx?
    You : I won't be using the PINs on an existing phone.
    Rhey : Okay.
    Rhey : There is no expiration for airtime card PIN. you can still use it to activate your other device.
    You : OK thank you.
    Rhey : You're welcome.


    I don't know what my phone number had to do with anything.

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