Looking for a Talk and Text Plan for a Second Phone

Recently, YouTuber, Beezy, asked about finding a plan for a second cell phone, primarily for use with talk and text. I decided to respond here rather than in the YouTube comment section.

Hi Beezy,
My best advice is to pick the network you want to use, then figure out if how much talk and text you need, and then look at your options for a phone you can use with that plan.

You did not mention what type of Tracfone you have. Tracfone typically uses the AT&T or Verizon networks so technically the phone is compatible with one of those two networks. Unfortunately most tracfone’s are restricted to use only on tracfone and the company doesn’t really want to be selling phones to people to use on other wireless networks.

You mentioned that you are using Boost on your primary phone which uses the Sprint network and a preference for the Sprint or Verizon network for your second phone.. You could try to find a phone and service that uses the Sprint network for your second phone or choose one that uses Verizon. That would give you coverage on two different networks in the case you end up someplace that either Sprint or Verizon do not have coverage.

If you want to go with the Verizon network, you might want to check if the tracfone you bought uses their Verizon network or their AT&T network. If it uses the Verizon network, this could be an option for you. Picking a tracfone plan can be confusing when you are trying to pick a plan because some plans have double or triple minutes. The 400 minute plan you are looking at is probabally triple minutes meaning your get 1200 minutes, 1200 texts, and 1200 mb of data for one year. If you only plan to use this phone occasionally you may be better of with with a by the minute plan like tracfone.

If you need to bee on the phone all the time, you may want to find a unlimited talk and text plan that uses the Verizon or Sprint networks. Typically these plans cost $25 to $30 a month. One interesting option is TextNow which uses the Sprint network and offers unlimited talk and text for $14 a month. I haven’t tried it yet but it does look interesting.

If you need to use group texts and picture messages, you’ll want to check if the plans you look at support MMS. Some prepaid talk and text plans do. Others count MMS usage into your data quotas and sending pictures may not work or get really slow if you use up your allotted data. I know you said that you don’t need data, but it could turn out that the best plan for you happens to include some data.

I hope this helps.

7 Comments

  1. Beezy | | Reply

    Wow thanks for all the info. Sorry I’m just getting back to you. I’ve been real busy. I will check out his video and also check the MEID with RedPocket. I think i might have stumbled onto something even better and cheaper than Red Pocket. I want you to check out the website for me and tell me if you’re ever heard of this service at all.
    https://www.usmobile.com/plans I just provide a phone that uses a Sim card in it and I’m good. I’m think of getting the 250min. a month and 250 text msgs a month. That would be perfect for my lil second phone. I won’t get any data. It’ll only be $10 a month. Please tell me what you think about this.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi,
      I have not tried US Mobile so I can’t tell you how reliable they are. It looks like they use the T-Mobile network though, and that may be an issue for you depending on how when t-mobile works in your area. There are dozens of smaller prepaid phone companies that use the T-Mobile network. Go the prepaid phone section of any store and you’ll usually see a few phone companies that you never heard of that use the T-Mobile network.

      If the network works well for you, the next issue is the cost. if you look at their plans page again, it says the prices don’t include taxes and fees. You’ll pay state sales tax on most prepaid wireless services, but some add additional fees (911, universal services…). Those fees might add a dollar or more to the cost. The final issue is support, how good is it and how often do you really need it?

      So consider the network and cost. If your ok with that you could try the service and decide if works well for you. If not, you could move to a different service. That is the one big benefit of prepaid wireless. If you do this though, you’ll still need to deal with getting a phone that works the network. Depending on your budget, you might want to consider an unlocked phone that works on all four networks.

      • Beezy | | Reply

        Yes I will def. check out the service. But as far as price. I’d be satisfied with $10 a month. I mean i will have another phone anyways. This is just an extra phone to have. I most likely won’t even make more than 5 calls a week on it. Me buying a phone won’t be an issue at all. I’ll just get an unlocked phone on eBay for really cheap. Thanks for your help. I checked out that guy you told me about that reviewed the TextNow plan. I liked his videos. I subscribed to him and you as well.

        • Bob Thompson | | Reply

          Glad it helped. If you have a chance, let me know how it works out for you. If you have any more questions, let me know. Dwight, iTechUOutGuy is a good guy, I’m sure he’d any questions about TextNow for you too.

          • Beezy | |

            Ok I will. It will be around the first of the year when I do it. Just researching now since it’s getting close.

  2. Beezy | | Reply

    The tracfone i have is an LG Rebel LTE smartphone. It’s 3x talk + text + Data. That would be 1200minutes but that’s 3minutes a day. I’m going to need more minutes than that. That’s why the Red Pocket mobile deal was a better solution for me with 1000min. a month and 129.99 for the whole year. Do you think this phone would be able to work on the Red Pocket moble?

    I also like that other plan you told me about for $14 a month on TextNow plan with unlimited minutes and text. If i can’t get Red Pocket Mobile on this phone i have i’ll just sell it and get a little cheap sprint phone and get the TextNow plan. Is the TextNow plan a contract plan? Cause i may want to switch phones and numbers through out the year. Thanks for helping me out.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi,
      I don’t know much about the RedPocket $130 per year plan. I could not find it on their website. I found this article saying that it was available from an eBay seller. http://www.prepaidphonenews.com/2015/09/red-pocket-now-selling-one-year-plans.html

      That article is pretty good. In order to use it with the Rebel, you’ll need to check the MEID with RedPocket to make sure they can register the phone on their Verizon network. I doubt you can use it on the Sprint network and if you could you’d still nned to find a Sprint SIM card somewhere. You can do that here. https://goredpocket.com/activate

      Also keep in mind, with RedPocket your paying for a full year up front.

      I haven’t tried textnow myself, but I can tell you it is prepaid and there are no contracts. You’d have to check with TextNow to see if the Rebel is eligible, but given it isn’t a T-Mobile or Sprint phone I’d doubt it.

      YouTuber iTechUOutGuy has recently tried out textnow, https://www.youtube.com/user/AndroidTransformer. Check out his videos and you can ask him questions, he is a pretty nice guy.

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