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    Cheapest way to start TracFone?

    I only need a handful of minutes a month, less than 30. virtually No texts or data. If it's at least $50 a year to keep a TracFone alive maybe red pocket's $50-60 yearly plan would be a better fit? I know nothing rolls over but 100m/100t/500mb data is plenty for me... I haven't had "pay by unit" prepaid in years. Do you find you're more careful with your buckets on TracFone i.e finding wifi instead of using your mobile data? Just trying to get some ideas, thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharp99 View Post
    I only need a handful of minutes a month, less than 30. virtually No texts or data. If it's at least $50 a year to keep a TracFone alive maybe red pocket's $50-60 yearly plan would be a better fit? I know nothing rolls over but 100m/100t/500mb data is plenty for me... I haven't had "pay by unit" prepaid in years. Do you find you're more careful with your buckets on TracFone i.e finding wifi instead of using your mobile data? Just trying to get some ideas, thanks!

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    The last time I had pay by unit, cell phones barely had usable data and no wifi.

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    Don't see how you could do it for $60 on TF. You need some minutes. If you get a TMFL phone, you could buy a 200min card + 1 yr add-on for $40+$50+tax. That would give you service for 15 months and give you 3x200/15 = 40 minutes per month at a cost of $6+tax per month or $72 per year. After 15 months, if you have minutes left over, then you can add another year at $50+tax. If you need minutes, maybe you can get by with a 120min card. That will still be $64 per month plus tax for the next 15 months.

    After that it's 2.5 years out which is basically forever in the cellphone business and who knows what things will cost by then. We will all be chauffeured around in self-driving cars with 5g implants in our head and TF customer service will be replaced by some sort of AI --- still clueless and aggravating.

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    This might be good for you. 1yr/1500min/150texts/and data, plus a new top featured smartphone for only $59.95. Minutes/text/data never expire. just re-up your service each year....all for one low price.

    link: https://www.hsn.com/products/lg-rebe...testex/8589615

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    Quote Originally Posted by rchang View Post
    Don't see how you could do it for $60 on TF. You need some minutes. If you get a TMFL phone, you could buy a 200min card + 1 yr add-on for $40+$50+tax. That would give you service for 15 months and give you 3x200/15 = 40 minutes per month at a cost of $6+tax per month or $72 per year. After 15 months, if you have minutes left over, then you can add another year at $50+tax. If you need minutes, maybe you can get by with a 120min card. That will still be $64 per month plus tax for the next 15 months.

    After that it's 2.5 years out which is basically forever in the cellphone business and who knows what things will cost by then. We will all be chauffeured around in self-driving cars with 5g implants in our head and TF customer service will be replaced by some sort of AI --- still clueless and aggravating.
    Nothing like a good, positive outlook!!

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    I was just thinking of buying a $50 TracFone starter phone that covers a year with 1k bundles and not worrying about it for a year OR a $55 year red pocket plan at 100 talk 100/text and 500mb and, basically I've had unlimited on prepaid for years and rarely use minutes, texts and little cellular data.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharp99 View Post
    I was just thinking of buying a $50 TracFone starter phone that covers a year with 1k bundles and not worrying about it for a year....
    But that $50 starter phone likely will have specs similar to or less than the Phoenix 2 which you called "low expectations"

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpham View Post
    But that $50 starter phone likely will have specs similar to or less than the Phoenix 2 which you called "low expectations"
    I'd toss the phone though. I have a Phoenix 2 I bought for under $20 around November.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharp99 View Post
    I was just thinking of buying a $50 TracFone starter phone that covers a year with 1k bundles and not worrying about it for a year OR a $55 year red pocket plan at 100 talk 100/text and 500mb and, basically I've had unlimited on prepaid for years and rarely use minutes, texts and little cellular data.

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    For years, I've bought one of the HSN or QVC bundles annually with 1 year plus 1200 minutes/text/MB. If one pays attention starting a month or two before renewal then deals like that linked by "bnwrx" above can be had in the under $70 range pretty reliably.

    The downside is that service has to be transferred to the bundled phone which can sometimes be painful. Also the phones in the cheapest bundles are often junk that is being cleared from inventory. My most recent renewal (about a month ago) was to a ZTE Quartz which was the buggiest phone I've ever had, so I transferred service back to the previous Tracfone (LG56).

    If the carrier matters in your area (Verizon is much better than ATT in mine) then it's important to select a bundle that will activate on that network.

    On Tracfone I'm conscious of how I use data on a regular basis (i.e. no streaming video) but I don't find the annual allotment to be a serious constraint.

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    eBay has a TracFone store, lousy selection imho about they do have a few $50 yearly plans bundled with some throw away phones. Seems like that's actually cheaper than buying a one year card with similar allotments of 1,000-1,200 each

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    I could get by with my FreedomPop Sim if it weren't for the VoIP only calling, I have a dual SIM phone, all I really need is a Sim/service that allows up to 60 minutes of real cellular service a month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharp99 View Post
    I could get by with my FreedomPop Sim if it weren't for the VoIP only calling, I have a dual SIM phone, all I really need is a Sim/service that allows up to 60 minutes of real cellular service a month.

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    As already mentioned above, the TF LG Rebel 3 with 1500/1500/1.5GB, which isn't limited to a set amount per month, for $59.95 from HSN is a solid deal. The LG Rebel 3 also seems like a pretty decent low-end phone for the Vzw network.

    For more total data, but limited to 500MB/mo, the Red Pocket $60 ($55) 360 day plan you mentioned would be the best deal.

    For more talk availability, the SpeedTalk Mobile $5/30 days paygo plan would give you up to 250 min/30 days, or any combination of talk/text/data at $0.02 per.
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    I have a Tracfone FLIP-PHONE as my secondary phone. You can get them at a lot of places, Walmart/Grocery Store/etc. It cost me $29.99. I have a $19 plan, (after auto-pay), that gives you 60 minutes for 3 months. So that comes out to about $6+ dollars per month.

    My main phone is an iPhone 7 on Verizon Pre-Paid. I have this Tracfone flip-phone (it is on the T-Mobile Network), as a backup, just in case.

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