Because TracFone pricing wasn't already complicated enough, the company has created a new type of airtime refill card. The new refills, which are for smartphones and bring your own phone (BYOP) devices only, come in four denominations:
- $90 adds 3000 minutes, 3000 texts, 1.5 GB of data and 90 days of service
- $75 adds 2000 minutes, 3000 texts, 1 GB of data and 90 days of service
- $50 adds 1000 minutes, 2000 texts, 500 MB of data and 90 days of service
- $35 adds 500 minutes, 1000 texts, 400 MB of data and 90 days of service
Up to now TracFone's highest value 90 day refill was the so called "450 minute" card priced at $69.99 that adds 1350 minutes, 1350 texts and 1350 MBs to a smartphone or BYOP device.
These new refill denominations do look like a somewhat better value for customers who run out of minutes before they run out of data. However they still don't solve the biggest pain point with TracFone smartphone/BYOP billing, the inability to buy minutes only.
Smartphones and BYOP devices have separate buckets of minutes, text and data. There's no way to swap units between buckets. TracFone does have cards that add data only, days of service only and texts only. The one thing that's still missing are true minutes-only cards that don't also include texts and data that the user may not want or need.
With this latest wrinkle there are now 18 different denominations of TracFone refills, 17 of which work on smartphones and BYOP. See the Plans and Pricing section of our TracFone Prepaid Operator Profile for all the gory details of TracFone pricing.