Saturday, June 02, 2007

The Return of TracFun

First off, Tracfone just overhauled their website ast week. Things look a good bit snazzier now, and in my opinion clearer. Too bad it looks like Refer-a-Friend is very much history...no mention of it anywhere on the site anymore.

But to make up for this, I guess, Tracfone has introduced a super-duper-double-minute card, at $140, the price point that the old 300 minute double-minute card a while back was at. Except this one is a for-life double-minute card and includes 800 minutes. It's $10 cheaper than buying a 1-year card and a double-minute card, $10 more expensive than buying a double-minute card and two 200-minute cards (with half the expiration time). So while it has its niche, the niche is relatively small.

Tracfone also introduced Value Plans, which Jacques covered in an earlier post. Basically, you get a flat 20 cents per minute, applied to your phone automatically (unless you have an older phone). $10 a month gets you 50 minutes extra per month, and you can add additional lines of 30 minutes per month for another $6 per month. There's also a "Lifeline" plan that will add 30 days of service to your phone for $5 when your service time runs out. While these programs are nice,I'm really wondering if the would work with the double minute program. If so I'd buy a double-minute card and get the 10 cents a minute with these. Otherwise they're not really good deals. Oh, and you can add extra buckets of 20-cent minutes, in $10 and $20 increments, when you need them, if you have a Value Plan. Interesting, says I...

Another development is interesting...I saw, while surfing the Value Plan FAQ, mention of the LG 1300i. Implying that it will be out soon. Not the the 1300 is a new phone or anything, but I'm sure it'll be restyled for Tracfone (hence the i) and hey, it's another phone in Tracfone's lineup.

And, last but not least...certainly not least...Tracfone has reinstated the CDMA twofer deal with a different phone...the Nokia 2126! Granted, it's not the single-rate 2126i, but it's still a very solid phone, and if you don't roam or text a lot you're perfectly find on it. Certainly a HUGE upgrade from the digital-only, black-and-white, bulky Nokia 2285.

So yes, Tracfone has been quite newsworthy lately. Which is, in my opinion, good.The Return of TracFun

First off, Tracfone just overhauled their website ast week. Things look a good bit snazzier now, and in my opinion clearer. Too bad it looks like Refer-a-Friend is very much history...no mention of it anywhere on the site anymore.

But to make up for this, I guess, Tracfone has introduced a super-duper-double-minute card, at $140, the price point that the old 300 minute double-minute card a while back was at. Except this one is a for-life double-minute card and includes 800 minutes. It's $10 cheaper than buying a 1-year card and a double-minute card, $10 more expensive than buying a double-minute card and two 200-minute cards (with half the expiration time). So while it has its niche, the niche is relatively small.

Tracfone also introduced Value Plans, which Jacques covered in an earlier post. Basically, you get a flat 20 cents per minute, applied to your phone automatically (unless you have an older phone). $10 a month gets you 50 minutes extra per month, and you can add additional lines of 30 minutes per month for another $6 per month. There's also a "Lifeline" plan that will add 30 days of service to your phone for $5 when your service time runs out. While these programs are nice,I'm really wondering if the would work with the double minute program. If so I'd buy a double-minute card and get the 10 cents a minute with these. Otherwise they're not really good deals. Oh, and you can add extra buckets of 20-cent minutes, in $10 and $20 increments, when you need them, if you have a Value Plan. Interesting, says I...

Another development is interesting...I saw, while surfing the Value Plan FAQ, mention of the LG 1300i. Implying that it will be out soon. Not the the 1300 is a new phone or anything, but I'm sure it'll be restyled for Tracfone (hence the i) and hey, it's another phone in Tracfone's lineup.

And, last but not least...certainly not least...Tracfone has reinstated the CDMA twofer deal with a different phone...the Nokia 2126! Granted, it's not the single-rate 2126i, but it's still a very solid phone, and if you don't roam or text a lot you're perfectly find on it. Certainly a HUGE upgrade from the digital-only, black-and-white, bulky Nokia 2285.

So yes, Tracfone has been quite newsworthy lately. Which is, in my opinion, good.

3 comments:

Turk said...

First off: Congrats to you Ian on your graduation!...good luck to you.

Here is a mixed bag of information:

* A few entries ago, Sweeper said Family Dollar Stores were selling the Tracfone Nokia 2126 and 2126i for $10...he was right!...they are also selling the Moto c139 for $10...unfortunately, my one local Family Dollar Store use to sell CDMA phones, but I see now they have gone over to the dark-side and now sell only GSM phones.

* K-mart this week is also selling the Tracfone Moto c139 for $10...and also have a deal for Virgin Mobile: Buy a $20 card and get the Marbl phone half off.

* John has stated that the Nokia 2126 two-fer deal on Tracfone shows in the info that it is "single rate"...maybe it is a Nokia 2126i?

* If the LG 1300/1300i is one of the next phones coming out for Tracfone, it better be for GSM!!!.....I saw this phone many times when it was out for Cingular and I think its nothing great...reviews of it are bad all over the internet...the best phone for Tracfone GSM this year will probably be the Black LG 225.

* Tracfone Refer-A-Friend is dead...long live the Turk!...Wooooooooo!

Chris said...

I wouldn't say that the Lg CG225 will be the best. The reviews for it are also bad, its expensive, and hardly any memory. I really think the W370 will be the top seller. Much thinner, more memory, bigger screen, and more features.

But who knows.....

Tom said...

About the new "800 min, 365 day, double min" card...

If you already have double minutes on your phone, do you get 1600 minutes when using this card?
Or is there some sort of double minute restriction on it?

1600 mins for $140 sounds like a deal to me.
I notice there's no fine print or warning on the site that says the card can't be used on a phone that already has double minutes...