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CallingMart Now Charging a 2% Surcharge on TracFone and PagePlus Airtime

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It looks like discounts on prepaid airtime for the TracFone brands, including PagePlus, Simple Mobile, TelCel America and Net10, are drying up. Last month, online airtime vendor CallingMart stopped offering discounts on top-ups for any of the TracFone brands. CallingMart blamed the change on a commission decrease by TracFone. This week Callingmart started adding a 2% surcharge to the price of airtime for TracFone brands.  The reason; yet another commission decrease by TracFone. Here's the email CallingMart sent to its TracFone auto -refill customers;

"We regret to inform you of yet another price increase rolled out by Tracfone company (owner of PagePlus, Simple Mobile, TelCel America, Net10 and Tracfone products) effective September 27, 2016. Given the already very slim profit margin given to us resellers, we will be charging 2% surcharge in order to cover our costs and be able to continue selling these products online for your convenience. As a subscriber to our Auto-Purchase program, you will still get 1% off our retail price without sales tax and other processing fees. 
Thank you for your business and we hope for your understanding. Please feel free to contact us should you have further inquiries on this matter."

Callingmart doesn't charge tax on airtime and until recently, had been offering discounts of up to 7% on TracFone airtime. But as TracFone reduced its commissions to online dealers the discount dropped, to 5%, then to 3%, then to zero and now to a negative 2%.

I checked a few other online sellers and none of them seem to be offering discounts on Page Plus or TracFone topups.  At least PrepayRefill.com and Babblebug.com are still selling top ups at face value without a surcharge.

It looks like the only way to get a discount Trac airtime anymore is through TracFone itself or at Target stores. TracFone offers a 10% discount for customers who use auto pay. Target Red Card get a 5% discount on airtime and Traget has 5% off sales on airtime almost every month for a total discount of 9.75% when using Red Card during a sale. However both TracFone and Target charge state and local sales tax and TracFone adds another 1.7% for "Regulatory Cost Recovery" and the Federal Universal Service Fee. That means that even without a discount, buying airtime online tax free can still be cheaper. Of course, in most states you are supposed to pay any uncollected sales tax on inline purchases when you file your state tax return, wiping out any savings.

Source : Howard Forums

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  1. "...Slim profit margin..."

    Sing it, Carlos!

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  2. Tracfone keeps pricing themselves out of the market. Ringplus won't activate my Boost Moto E. Can you suggest some other options for a low use phone? They talk 20-30 minutes a month now.

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    1. Try Freedompop, 200 minutes texts and some data for free each month.

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    2. FreedomPop is a lot more expensive than RingPlus. You would save money by getting a used Moto E that WILL activate on RingPlus instead of going with FreedomPop.

      FreedomPop is also famous for policies to try to trick you into paying for something you don't want and never ordered. Whatever RingPlus's flaws, they don't tend to do this.

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    3. Lycamobile, Real Mobile, T-Mobile, H2O or PagePlus would be the cheapest for 20-30 minutes/month. See Updated: The Best U.S. Prepaid Talk and Text Only Deals for details

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  3. Anymore word on the android flip phone for tracfone?

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    1. Has not been spotted for sale yet.

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    2. UPDATE: Appears to be coming soon. On Best Buy website now, but maybe not available just yet:
      http://www.bestbuy.com/site/tracfone-zte-cymbal-t-lte-4g-lte-with-3gb-memory-prepaid-cell-phone-silver-gray/5581014.p?skuId=5581014Reply

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  4. No MVNO, and gimmick providers like RP are going to satisfy everyone.

    With my low usage pattern and accumulated TracFone service/rollover, nothing beats TracFone prices and AT&T/Verizon prepaid coverage area for me currently.

    If you're new to TracFone, check out the phones bundled with service at HSN.com and QVC as a cheap way to try it or get in. Since TracFone BYOP supports Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile 4G LTE phones, you are not limited to TracFone branded offerings if you want to use your existing phone.

    Paired with Google Voice/Hangouts Dialer, I can make calls and text for free when I have WiFi.

    Having said all that, TracFone won't be economical for everyone's usage pattern :) .

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    1. Yes, on paper, TracFone looks great.

      But then there are the atrocious but anecdotal stories of bad support.

      Still, they serve the very vast majority of customers well (which is why they are so popular). And the customer service ratings form Tracfone are objectively in line with those from other carriers.

      (It might be similar to Walmart: hugely popular with customers and especially workers. But since there are a 2 million workers, it's easy to find workers' horror stories, even if they are statistically almost nonexistent and have nothing to do with the experience of almost all workers.

      When a company is hugely popular, you can fill headlines and blogs with horror stories about individuals' experience from here to kingdom come.

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    2. Agree with you 100% that TracFone support needs some serious work! Slim needs to invest in CSR training if he wants to grow TracFone.

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  5. No way Calling Mart be willing to sell TracFone cards at a -2% commission?!? How are they making their money? On volume?!? haha

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  6. so glad that no longer on tracfone because tracfone is horrible. if you are on tracfone, just pray that nothing goes wrong with your account. when things go wrong, tracfone can be a horrible pain to deal with. you will end up losing money. tracfone often did NOT fill my triple buckets when doing refills. and then dealing with tracfone customer service to fix the problem whether by phone or chat or email is horrible. tracfone is only good if you are a really old person using a dumb flip phone buying tracfone refill pin cards at walmart. but stay far away from tracfone if you want to use a smartphone.

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  7. Wow, the list of carriers with discounted PINs keeps shrinking and so does the discount. No more Tracfone-owned companies (Tracfone, Net10, Page Plus, Simple Mobile).

    And didn't the Verizon prepaid discount used to be 7% not too long ago?

    And more and more prepaid carriers are charging taxes and fees now :(.

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    1. The phone companies are trying to increase profits in a very competitive environment without directly raising retail prices.

      I guess it will only be a matter of time before they pluck all the low hanging fruits and have to resort to other profit increasing tactics.

      God help us all :) .

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  8. People, just stay away from any MVNO that is associated with Tracfone and America Movil. No brainer!

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    1. For some, that's not economically viable.

      Which non-TracFone MVNO currently serves your needs better over TracFone companies?

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    2. Name a network & usage and pretty much any Movil "brand" can be beat.

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    3. It depends. "Page Plus" is one Movil brand that is given high ratings.

      I have several friends who have Straight Talk and it suits their needs very well.

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    4. On TracFone via HSN.com bundles, a smartphone with either Verizon or AT&T prepaid map coverage, 1 year / 1200 each voice, text, and data - includes unlimited rollover with active service. With my current usage pattern, I have left overs to roll over from year to year. Free Google Voice texting and calling is a big part of keeping my actual carrier usage below the 1200 each limits.

      I'm not interested in limited coverage Sprint based options.

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    5. I forgot to mention TracFone 1 year / 1200 x 3 option with phone from HSN.com costs about $100 depending on the phone selected.

      Otherwise airtime/1 year itself is $100 + taxes +fees from Tracfone.com or retail stores.

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  9. Callingmart - Halloween 2016 Discounts NOW Available.

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