I've been hearing complaints from dealers who were already unhappy with TracFone for texting their customers encouraging them to top-up online on a TracFone owned site and offering them discounts for signing up for autopay. I expect to see dealers dropping TracFone in favor of more dealer friendly MVMOs.
The already high attrition rate among dealers is likely to increase. I realize that many PrepaidPhoneNews readers are online savvy and probably don't use prepaid dealers for their refills. However, dealers are am important part of the prepaid ecosystem. They provide mobile service to customers who prefer to shop locally and/or may not have Internet access or bank accounts. Losing dealers will be a blow to the communities they serve, and fewer TracFone dealers is likely to hurt TracFone in the long run.
Online shoppers will be affected too. If the commission cut goes through, expect to see all those 5%, 6% and sometimes 10% discounts on TracFone airtime from online dealers disappear.