Tracfone launched their first Android phone in 2013 they also introduced a new"triple-triple" billing system. Triple-triple has separate buckets for minutes, texts and data. For every minute of airtime you buy, you get 3 minutes, 3 texts and 3 MBs of data. So a 60 minute card gives you 180 minutes, plus 180 texts plus 180 MB of data. Triple-triple billing, which was initially only for Android phones, is also used with "bring your own phones" (BYOP).
Triple-triple is a pretty good deal for users provided they use roughly equal amounts of minutes, texts and data. Of course hardly anybody does that. With a smartphone its especially easy run out of data. From the start of triple-triple TracFone has sold data only cards that add 300 MB for $10, 750 MB for $20 or 2 GB for $50. But it's easy to run out of texts too leaving many users wishing TracFone would sell text top-up cards. That wish has been granted. You can now buy a 1000 texts for $10 card on the TracFone website. I suspect the text cards will show up soon in chain drugstores, mini-marts, gas stations and everywhere else that TracFone airtime is sold.
The text cards work like the data ones, they only add texts, not days of service. You still have to add the regular airtime cards every 30, 90 or 365 days, depending on denomination, to keep your TracFone account active. As with MBs added with the data cards, texts added with the text cards rollover and never expire as long as you keep your service active. Also, like the data cards, the text cards only work with TracFone Android phones and "bring your own phones" (BYOP), not with TracFone feature phones.
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