Expensive Phone – Cheap Cell Service

Today I wanted to tell you about one way you can afford an premium phone if you don’t use your cellular service all that much. I hear from many readers here that would like to buy an Apple iPhone X or Samsung Note 9 or Galaxy S9 but find the price too high especially after you add in the monthly cell service payment. If you use your phone mostly with Wi-Fi and don’t make many calls or rely on cellular data for internet, Tracfone Wireless might be a good option for you. Unlike monthly cellular plans with Tracfone, you pay for minutes, texts, megabytes of data, and service days. With Tracfone your minutes, texts, and data all rollover indefinitely as long as you keep your service active.

In January 2019 I noticed this option disappeared from tracfone.com as well as from Tracfone’s My Account. See Tracfone Discontinued $50 One Year Service Days Add On

With Tracfone you can add an additional 365 service days to your account for $50. You can pick any plan and when you add it to the cart online you’ll see the $50 add-on listed before you check out. You can combine this with a 30 day, 60 day, or 90 day plan to get 13, 14, or 15 months of service. If your tracfone account already has a lot of roll over minutes, text, and data you can simply delete the the plan from the cart and leave the 365 service days. I recently did this for one of my tracfone lines. For me, the one year of service days came to $53.11 with taxes and fees or about $4.43 per month.

While I am not getting any talk, text or data for that money, it keeps my line active and I can use the remaining rollover credit I have. What I like about tracfone is that it gives you a real mobile phone number, and the option to buy additional cellular data for $10 per GB. That way you’ll be able to use your iPhone with iMessage and have it activated with your phone number not just your email address.

While this is a good deal in you don’t talk on the phone too often and use Wi-Fi most of the time, Tracfone becomes expensive if you talk on the phone a lot, send many texts, or rely on cellular data for Internet. With tracfone, you can use the monthly savings on phone service to fund or pay yourself back for your premium phone.

So if you are considering an new iPhone Xs, iPhone Xr, Samsung Note 9, or Samsung Galaxy S9 take a look at Tracfone’s plans and see if you can make it work for you.

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  1. Barbara | | Reply

    Has anyone tried to put their new sim back into an old phone from Tracfone that we know worked, reactivating it, purchasing a few years at 50, then transfering it back to the new phone?

    I’m not sure if this would theoretically work, but it 100% carries over from the phone it is purchased on; that’s what happened when I bought the new phone. Figure jumping through a dumb hoop once every couple years wouldn’t be so bad if it works.

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