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Simple cell phones at a low cost

Is low cost a high priority? And high-tech features a low priority? Then TracFone may be a good solution for you.

TracFone has cell phone plans that cost as little as $5 or $10 per month including all taxes and fees. Although the phones don’t have all the features of a smartphone you can still do texting and limited web access.

Aside from low cost, one other big advantage of TracFone’s prepaid plans is that you only pay for the minutes you use. Any unused minutes remain available as long as you keep the phone active.

What does it cost?

Calls are charged per minute, which are called “units” in TracFone lingo. Text messages cost 0.3 “units” per message.

To pick the lowest cost plan: estimate how many minutes you will use each month and add 0.3 times the number of text messages you’ll send or receive per month. Then look at the chart to find your monthly cost and the least cost plan.

For example, if you expect to use 60 minutes per month plus 100 texts that would be 90 units/month (60 + 0.3 * 100). Reading up from 90 you’ll find that this will cost about $9/month and the plan code you should choose is “400m365d” (see below for how to add minutes with this plan code).

How do I get started?

The first step is to buy a phone. TracFones can be purchased at Walmart and other retailers. One that I recommend at Walmart is the Motorola W376, which costs about $20 and includes “Double Minutes for Life.” An “Airtime Card” isn’t needed – you can buy any of the minutes/days packages on the TracFone web site.

Create a TracFone account

To create an account on the TracFone web site click on TracFone account creation page. After you have created your account and activated your phone it’s time to buy more minutes… which is in the next section.

How do I buy minutes?

First check for available “Promo Codes”. TracFone offers “bonus minutes” each time you buy minutes. For one of the best lists of Promo Codes click on PrePaid.com TracFone promo codes. Under current Current Valid Codes click on the number of minutes you plan on buying and then write down the Promo Code with a high number of Bonus Minutes.

Then sign in to your TracFone account, click on the “BUY AIRTIME” link, then “Buy Airtime Online.” Then select the option as noted below. Don’t forget to enter your Promo Code before clicking on the ”CONTINUE” button in the next step.

  • 60m90d+365d - Find “60 Minutes & 90 Days of Service” and enter quantity of 1. You will also add 365 days in the next step.
  • 200m90d+365d – Find “200 Minutes & 90 Days of Service” and enter quantity of 1. You will also add 365 days in the next step.
  • 60m90d – Find “60 Minutes & 90 Days of Service” and enter quantity of 1.
  • 400m365d – Find “400 Minutes & 365 Days of Service” and enter quantity of 1.
  • 1500m365d+365d – Find “1500 Minutes & 365 Days of Service” and enter quantity of 1. You will also add an additional 365 days in the next step.
  • 1500m365d – Find “1500 Minutes & 365 Days of Service” and enter quantity of 1.

IMPORTANT Enter your Promo Code in the “Promotional Code” field and then press “CONTINUE”.

On the next screen if the plan you selected includes “+365d” in the name, mark the checkbox “365 extra days” under the “SUPERSIZE YOUR PURCHASE” heading.

That’s it. You can enter your credit card information and click on “CONTINUE” to complete your purchase of additional minutes.

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