Tracfone has new unlimited talk and text plans with rollover data. I recently noticed this new plans were added to tracfone.com so I thought I’d tell you about it here. Tracfone added three new 30 day plans, each includes unlimited talk and text as well as a fixed amount of data. The $20 plan includes 1 GB of data. The $25 plan includes 2GB data. And the $30 plan includes 3GB of data. With all these plans any unused data will continually roll over to the next month provided you phone remains active.
These plans do not include unlimited 2G data after you use up your high speed data that other prepaid carriers offer. However most people find the 2G data too slow to use. If you use up your high speed data you can buy additional 1GB data add-ons for $10. The add on data does not expire with active service.
If you buy a phone from Tracfone it will most likely use their Verizon towers. If you sign up for Bring Your Own Phone, you’ll have the choice to use their AT&T or T -Mobile towers. The actuall towers you can use will also depend on what areas you live in and the phone you want to use.
I am not sure what to make of these plans. It looks like Tracfone did not remove any of the older plans so I suppose more choice is good. This move clearly makes Tracfone an option for people that need unlimited talk but have limited data needs.
For a reference I’d thought I’d compare to the lower priced plans from several of the other Tracfone brands. I’m only comparing this with the other Tracfone brands because I find that the service is the same across this plans provided you are using the same towers and where they differ is in the plans.
First up, is Net10 Wireless. They have a $20 plan with unlimited talk, text, and 1GB of data. You’ll get unlimited 2G data after using up your high speed data. The high speed data does not roll over. You can buy an additional 500Mb of data for $5 or 1GB of data for $10. The add on data does not expire. With Net10 you’ll also be able to use either theVerizon, AT&T, T-Mobile or even the Sprint network depending on your choice of phone and your location. I think the Tracfone plan may be a better option here.
Next, Total Wireless. Total Wireless uses the Verizon towers only. They have a $25 plan with unlimited talk and text only. For $10 you can add 5GB of data. The data does not expire with active service. That’s $2 per GB of data. Some of the best prices I’ve seen for add on data. In this case, Tracfone is the better deal if you use 1GB of less of data per month. If you use more than 1GB of data, and the Verizon network has coverage in your area than Total Wireless looks better.
Next, Simple Mobile. Simple Mobile uses the T-Mobile towers. For $25 per month you’ll get unlimited talk, text, and 3GB of data. The price drops to $23.75 if you sign up for automatic payment. You’ll have unlimited 2G data if you use up your high speed data. You can add 2GB of data for $5 or 5GB of data for $10 if needed but the add on data expires at the end of your current service plan. The price is good at $2 per GB but the fact that the data does NOT roll over isn’t good. Also note that Simple’ Mobile offers mobile hotspot and visual voicemail two features the other Tracfone brands do not. If T-Mobile has coverage in your area, Simple might be a better option.
Finally, Straight Talk which uses either the Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile or Sprint towers. Straight Talk has a $35 plan with unlimited talk text and data. and 3GB gog high speed data. If you use up your high speed data you’ll have unlimited 2G data. You can add 1GB of data for $5 or 2GB of data for $10. I think the Tracfone plans are better. Straight Talk is a better choice for people looking for large fixed amounts of unlimited data each month.
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