TracFone has made significant changes to the prepaid airtime cards it sells online. The biggest change is with the data-only cards for TracFone branded smartphones and Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP) devices. TracFone has discontinued the $15 750 MB, $30 2 GB and $50 4 GB refills and replaced them with a single $10 1GB card. This is significant because it reduces the price of data to just 1¢/MB compared with between 2¢ and 1.25¢/MB with the old refills. 1¢/MB is a great price for pay as you go data, most other PayGo operators like Selectel, Airvoice and H2O charge between five and 10 cents per MB.
At this time the TracFone website is the only place the $10 data refill is available but I expect it will eventually replace the old $15, $30 and $50 topups sold at stores and by online airtime vendors like CallingMart.
Another change is a complete revamping of TracFone's "Smartphone and BYOP Only Plans" that are only sold on the TracFone website. TracFone has discontinued the following Smartphone and BYOP refills:
- $35/90 days - 500 minutes, 1000 SMS, 400 MB
- $50/90 days - 1000 minutes, 2000 SMS, 500 MB
- $75/90 days - 2000 minutes, 3000 SMS, 1 GB
- $90/90 days - 3000 minutes, 3000 SMS, 1.5 GB
- $15/30 days - 200 minutes, 500 SMS, 200 MB
- $25/60 days - 500 minutes, 1000 SMS, 500 MB
- $35/60 days - 750 minutes, 1000 SMS, 1 GB
- $125/365 days - 1500 minutes, 1500 SMS, 1500 MB
TracFone has also discontinued its Double Minute For Life (DMFL) cards which convert Single Minute feature phones to Double Minutes. I don't think anyone will miss the DMFL cards as TracFone hasn't sold a Single Minute phone in several years. Also discontinued are two high value minute cards that were only sold online. Gone are the:
- $159.99/365 days 1000 minute card
- $199.99/365 days 1500 minutes.
The Minute cards and Value plans above can be used with all TracFones and BYOP devices. The included minutes are doubled on Double Minutes For Life feature phones and tripled on Triple Minute for Life ones. On Smartphones and BYOP they "triple-triple" giving triple their face value of talk, text and data,. For example, a 60 minute card provides 180 minutes, 180 texts and 180 MBs of data on a smartphone or BYOP.
The Smartphone and BYOP only cards listed below only work on TracFone smartphones and BYOP devices. They provide the amount of minutes, texts and data listed below and do not double or triple.
|Cost||Minutes||SMS||Data||Days Of Service|
Unused TracFone minutes, texts and data roll over indefinitely provided the account is not allowed to lapse by running out of service days.
TracFone operates as an AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon MVNO offering a different of phones for each of the three networks. BYOP is available on AT&T or Verizon.
Update 6/6/2016: TracFone today cut the price of the 1000 text card from $10 to $5 and instituted a 5-10% auto-refill discount program. To receive the auto pay discount customers need to enroll a credit or debit card on the TracFone site and select a Pay As You Go card or a Smartphone/BYOP card that includes minutes, texts and data card as their "Plan". Customers who select a Pay As You Go card get a 10% discount, customers who choose a Smartphone/BYOP card get a 5% discount. There is no discount on the text-only and data-only cards.