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TracFone Cuts Smartphone and BYOP Data Price to 1.22¢/MB ($12.50/GB)

TracFone has reduced the prices of its higher value data add-on cards and added a new 4 GB card. Here's the what's now available: 
  • 300 MB for $10 (no change) 
  • 750 MB for $15 $20 (was $20 no change) 
  • 2 GB for $30 (was $50) 
  • 4 GB for $50 (new) 
The lower prices for the 750 MB and 2 GB cards first showed up as sale prices at Walmart several weeks ago. Now they are on the TracFone site as the new regular prices.

Update 7/24/15: Overnight TracFone raised the price of the 750 MB card back up to $20. Walmart Still has it for $15.icon

TracFone data rolls over and never expires as long as the account stays active. That makes TracFone data a great alternative to the "use it or lose it" data buckets that are typical with postpaid and prepaid "Unlimited" plans. Most operators require you to pay for unlimited talk and text, whether you need it or not, to get reasonably priced data. Then they encourage you to buy a plan with a bigger "use it or lose it" data bundle than you need to make sure you don't run out of data.

With pay as you go plans like TracFone's you only pay for the data, minutes or texts you actually use. The problem with pay as you go data has traditionally been high per MB pricing. 10¢/MB ($102.40/GB) is typical. TracFone's new 4 GB data card costs just $12.50/GB (1.22¢/MB) which is by far the best price I've seen yet for rollover data. Of course you do have to factor in the cost of keeping a TracFone account active which is about $6.67 per month using a $19.99 top-up every 90 days. The $19.99 isn't a total loss however as it adds 180 voice minutes, 180 texts and 180 MB of data to the account, all of which rollover.

It looks like TracFone is now by far the best deal for anyone who needs only a modest amount of data, voice minute and texts per month. Plus, TracFone smartphones and BYOP use AT&T or Verizon, the two networks with the best coverage nationwide.

Source: TracFonevia HowardForums

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  1. Set up an account and enroll in Auto-Refill and save an additional 10% on Pay As You Go(top-up) airtime cards.

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    1. I'm pretty sure a GB is 10e9 bytes, not 2e30. Telecom has never used the bastardized "computer random access memory" definition, which even hard drive and flash storage manufacturers have long since abandoned.

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    2. Anyone know if the Alacatel One Touch Idol 3 works on Tracfone? If it does, and if buy a 60 min pay as you go card, does it triple to 180?

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    3. The unlocked Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 can be used on TracTone GSM BYOP. All Tracphone BYOP devices get triple-triple minutes, texts and data.

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    4. I just added the 4 GB card and received 4096 MB, so GB is defined here as 2^30 bytes.

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  2. Wow - I think this might make it so I can consider using a single SIM phone again. I currently use a Lyca SIM for cheap voice/text and some other SIM that varies every few months depending on what's cheap for data. This works well enough, but the drawbacks are that I have to keep working at researching where the data bargains are and that my dual SIM phone is nice but there are times when I'd like a better camera.

    I generally use less than 500MB per month of data which would cipher out to less than $6 a month with the $50/4GB data add-on. I could probably get by with spending under $15 a month for all the voice/text/data I'd need. That's actually a bit more than I spend now, but it's still dirt cheap and I think my life would be simpler.

    T-Mo coverage hasn't been a problem for me, but from what I understand, AT&T should be less of a problem (except maybe in Nebraska).

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    1. You apparently have much more time than money.

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    2. Everyone needs a hobby. And my hobby is not paying a bunch of money to Verizon.

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    3. You can get creative and save money on AT&T TnT if you have an extra pocket:
      1. PureTalk Simple Advantage (if you qualify) $5/month for up to 120 or 360/month (90+90/mo.). $10/month gets you up to 375 or 1125 (280+285). The regular Simple plans provide 1/3 less TnT.
      2. FreedomPop LTE hotspot, 500mb/month “free.” You can buy extra data @2c/mb, with a cash balance that rolls over.

      If you have a dual-SIM phone and want more talk and text at little or no extra cost, add the Truphone SIM for free incoming talk and text. You also get backup data on T-Mobile and AT&T (9c/mb).

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  3. Are the 30 day auto pay and family plans allowed on triple-triple billing BYOP and smartphones?

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    1. Don't trust Tracfone with your credit or debit card. Not worth the hassle.

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    2. Yes, no, maybe?

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    3. The 30 day value plans have been reported to work with BYOP and smartphones. I haven't heard anything about the family plans but I suspect they will too.

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  4. Wow. That's not a bad deal. I'm looking to add a second phone for work. The $50 4GB of data and a 1 year card would be perfect.

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  5. Am I the only one that thinks this kills Airvoice and H2O Paygo plans?

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    1. Probably you are the only one who thinks that.

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    2. It is close to the new Airvoice $20 plan. Depends on your personal mix of talk/text/data. Hard to beat unltd t&t for $20. Glad to see Tracfone offer these competitive moves.

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    3. I think the only scenarios where another operator's pay as you go beats TracFone triple-triple on price are voice-only use (Lycamobile is cheaper) and for very light "glovebox phone" usage where Lycamobile, T-Mobile Prepaid, H2O, Ptel, PagePlus and Airvoice have lower minimum monthly cost than TracFone's $6+.

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  6. Since your screenshot they raised the price of the 750mb card back to $20. Strange.

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  7. The 20MB card is back to $20.

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  8. Walmart.com still has the 750 MB Tracfone Data Card as a Rollback priced @ $15.

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  9. Too bad Tracfone does not allow phones to be used as a mobile hotspot, as this would be a great backup for those times when your Internet goes down.

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    1. I completely agree. Verizon allows it with their prepaid phones. Data is data and it's already paid for and never expires, so why not? Come on, Tracfone - please step up and change your terms and conditions.

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    2. If you use a TracFone SIM in an AT&T or unlocked phone. I doubt that hotspot would be blocked.

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    3. That needs to be tested. IPhones download a carrier profile that can block hotspot if the operator desires. Since Kit Kat, Android phones notify the carrier when you try to enable the native hotspot function and allow the carrier to disallow it.

      There are ways to get around most hotspot blocks, but I wouldn't assume that the operator couldn't or wouldn't block hotspot even on factory unlocked phones.

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    4. Since the data allocation rolls over, why would Tracfone care about hotspot use? I'm not saying they don't, I just don't understand why they would care.

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  10. All good points. Another is that sooner or later the new net neutrality rules will have to address whether or not operators are allowed to prohibit hotspot use.

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  11. Hopefully the next administration will kill "net neutrality," and we can get back to a market driven by innovation and competition, not political appointees and jr. lawyers with no business experience.

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  12. On the contrary, Net Neutrality requires that all traffic on the internet be treated equally encouraging innovation and fair competition. Without it businesses that control access to the Internet could censor, block or slow down traffic from competitors and startups that they feel threatened by.

    Net Neutrality is not new and was conceived by and fought for by technologists and entrepreneurs, not politicians. The commercial Internet has operated under Net Neutrality principles since the 1980s. The Open, Net Neutral Internet has encouraged incredible innovation and wealth creation and made the success of companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon and thousands others possible.

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