Tuesday, April 10, 2007

SingleRate CDMA Demystified, Q & A

Q: Where will SingleRate CDMA Tracfones work?
A: Everywhere where CDMA Tracfones will work. To my knowledge, Tracfone, Verizon or anyone makes zero differentiation between the older CDMA phones and the new SingleRate (LG 3280, Nokia 2126i) ones. So have fun, and have it wherever you want?

Q: I heard something about a CDMA cameraphone flip for Tracfone...
A: I didn't. The only upcoming phones that Tracfone has announced are the LG CG225 (all those features except GSM), the LG C1500 (caller ID GSM color flip) and the Motorola w370 (cool-looking flip with external icons instead of a caller ID display). Not that Tracfone won't come out wit something soon...the LG 3280, to my recollection, came out with little notice\fanfare. We can only hope...if Tracfone got a CDMA cameraphone with web (1x data is WAY faster than the GPRS on the Moto c261) I'd be all over it...

6 comments:

Turk said...

Wouldn't it great if the next CDMA Tracfone to come out was the new Motorola KRZR!...I'd be all over that like a duck on a junebug...Woooooooooo!

Turk said...

Hi Ian...I was wondering if you know for Tracfones what extra minute promo codes are still available for a 60 minute card?...Thank you.

Ray said...

I have a question for you. If the LG3280 Tracfone is a single rate phone, why am I being charged 2 units per minute while roaming. My service is through US Cellular.
I went to Tracfone website and entered the ESN number and it said I would be charged 2 units per minute while roaming for the LG3280.
How can they do that if it is a single rate phone?

Ian said...

I can't give you a clear-cut answer here. I thought the 3280 was exclusively Single-Rate. But I guess that's incorrect...I'd check the phone packaging. If it said nothing about 2.0-unit roaming or 0.5 unit texting, Tracfone owes you a new phone. If it does, you got one of the very few 3280s that uses the old rate system.

Turk said...

I posted a comment awhile back about the Walmart guy saying "single rate" wasn't availible "yet" in our area, even though they sold the LG 3280 and the Nokia 2126i...maybe the walmart guy was right and maybe Ray's area doesn't have a "single rate" area yet...just my thoughts and I hope I'm wrong...good luck Ray

Ray said...

Thanks guys. I found out what the problem was. I called Tracfone tech support, and at first they told me it was a CDMA phone and that is why I was charged double rate for out of area calls, and I told her what you guys said in your forum and she put me on hold to talk to her supervisor. When she came back she said I was right, and I should be able to call anyone anywhere from any calling area and only be charged single rate. So after entering a prodigious amount of codes my phone was reprogrammed to charge single rate even while roaming. I also received 30 extra units for the ones I lost.