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Katy1960  (Level: 35.5 - Posts: 4)
Thu, 18th Oct '07 2:14 AM


are trac phones good?

Suzer22  (Level: 166.3 - Posts: 1982)
Fri, 19th Oct '07 12:46 AM

What the heck is a trac phone??

Sargon  (Level: 112.9 - Posts: 1256)
Fri, 19th Oct '07 3:47 AM

Go to Google and search tracfone reviews. There seem to be a lot of complaints about costumer service.

Tracfone is a prepaid cell phone plan for people that use very few minutes each month.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Sun, 21st Oct '07 1:34 PM

I have tracfones for my two youngest children. Its cheaper than getting them real phones with a service plan. So far we haven't had any lost phones for any great length of time but the reason I wanted to go cheap with them is because they are 10 and 12 and can't be trusted with expensive phones.

For those of you who may be wondering why my kids have phones - I work in a different town than where I live and where my kids go to school. There have been a couple of times where I was headed over to pick up my kids, got stuck in traffic, and they stood out on the street waiting for me. It was an awful feeling for all of us. They thought I wasn't coming, and I was stuck knowing they were standing there alone. They keep these little cheap phones in their backpacks so we always have a way to communicate. They aren't used for anything else; they don't call their friends or text message, etc.

I got a great deal through tracfone for them. If you bought a 60 minute phone card, they threw in a reconditioned tracfone for free. Cost was $19.99. Our biggest issue is if you don't use the minutes in the time alloted, you lose them and can't get them back. So you keep buying more minutes. However, if you do a search on the internet for tracfone promotional codes, you can find ones that also add like 90 days of service in addition to the 60 days you get with each minute plan. They also have a plan that for $4.95, they will automatically add days or time to your phone so that it won't expire.

I think if you are a big cell phone user, tracphones are not cost effective as the per minute rate is much higher. However, if you are using them only in case of emergency, the overall monthly cost is much lower than a regular plan.

Hope this helps.


Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5426)
Sun, 21st Oct '07 3:11 PM

Lodi, no need to explain why your young children have cell phones. In today's world, for the very example you gave, cell phones have become almost a necessity. My grandchildren go to a small school (under 50 students preschool-8th grade) so if we're late picking them up, there's no way the teacher would go home and leave them alone. But in a large city school .... I'm not sure. And, unfortunately, today's world is not the same as the one most of us grew up in. I hadn't heard much about Tracphones, but they sound like a good deal in the circumstances you mention.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Sun, 21st Oct '07 4:07 PM

Yeah I know. But I just knew somebody was going to jump on the "kids don't need cell phones" soapbox and I wanted to make it clear that my kids have them for their safety, not because they are privileged.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Sun, 21st Oct '07 8:01 PM

Make sure you register online and that you look up additional promotional codes online. They will give you more minutes (if that's what you want) or more time whenever you add time to your phone.

Here's an example:

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Fri, 26th Oct '07 11:04 AM


Chyenn  (Level: 210.7 - Posts: 1332)
Fri, 26th Oct '07 3:21 PM

"bumping" a thread will bring it to the top of the list so more people are likely to see it.

Zeedee  (Level: 235.6 - Posts: 1088)
Sat, 27th Oct '07 9:01 AM

I gave my dad a TracFone because he wanted a phone in his vehicle for emergency use. But he is very NON-technosavvy, and he is not able to add minutes or service to the phone. (Not that he couldn't learn--but he's over 80 and just doesn't want to.) So I have to keep track of it for him. To add minutes online, you need to be able to input some pretty long codes into the phone. It would be difficult for someone with a visual impairment, for example.

He is satisfied with the phone, though, and has had it now for several years.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Sat, 27th Oct '07 1:48 PM

Have you added minutes recently? The last few times I have, it just automatically updated the phones without having to input anything. I think when you update online, you must make sure your phone is on and then it sends the info to your phone without anything having to be done on your end. And they also now have that service where it will automatically update your phone with minutes and/or time when you either run out or come to the end of your time.

Zeedee  (Level: 235.6 - Posts: 1088)
Sat, 27th Oct '07 11:02 PM

No I haven't added any recently. The last time we added some it was some super-duper year of service/double minutes combo birthday special or something equally ridiculous. I'm glad to hear they are updating the service! Thanks.

Stone  (Level: 35.0 - Posts: 259)
Sun, 28th Oct '07 12:21 AM

My Trac phone doesn't let me text. That's not a problem for me. Pre-paids are great for people who don't want long contracts, etc.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Sun, 28th Oct '07 3:37 AM


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