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Old 08-25-2019, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Norfolk, VA
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New Tracfone plans provide unlimited calling and texting with unlimited carryover. Basically this means you can just sit on your data for a change. How many billing cycles the data carries over I don't know, but I like the unlimited calling and texting part.

This is interesting. I'm on AT&T Prepaid and I have to pay $35 a month to get 1 GB of data. That data carries over one billing cycle. I'm on the unlimited plan, which is $65 a month, which I'll stay on because I always use the data but I can see where the Tracfone plan would be attractive to someone because you only have to pay $20 a month with them and you can get that same 1 GB a month. That is the cheapest 1 GB available that I know of.

Cheapest AT&T Prepaid scenario is their deal with WalMart where you get 25 GB for the same price they give everyone else 8 GB. That still requires a commitment of $50 a month.
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Old 08-25-2019, 03:54 PM
 
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Tracfone has "unlimited carry-over", so all minutes/texts/data carries over on all their "plans". You can buy extra data separately for $10/GB, which also carries over forever so you keep it until you use it. Nothing is ever lost unless your phone is deactivated due to not being used once every 6 months or if you run out of service days.

And Tracfone offers Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile networks, so you can choose which network works best for you.
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Old 08-25-2019, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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New Tracfone plans provide unlimited calling and texting with unlimited carryover. Basically this means you can just sit on your data for a change. How many billing cycles the data carries over I don't know, but I like the unlimited calling and texting part.

This is interesting. I'm on AT&T Prepaid and I have to pay $35 a month to get 1 GB of data. That data carries over one billing cycle. I'm on the unlimited plan, which is $65 a month, which I'll stay on because I always use the data but I can see where the Tracfone plan would be attractive to someone because you only have to pay $20 a month with them and you can get that same 1 GB a month. That is the cheapest 1 GB available that I know of.

Cheapest AT&T Prepaid scenario is their deal with WalMart where you get 25 GB for the same price they give everyone else 8 GB. That still requires a commitment of $50 a month.
I don’t see any huge savings. We have two lines with Verizon. 4gigs unlimited talk and text for $90 a month. Meets our needs. But I guess if you were on welfare, saving $10 a month would matter
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Old 08-25-2019, 10:12 PM
 
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You can buy extra data separately for $10/GB, which also carries over forever so you keep it until you use it.

Obviously Tracfone is not going to sell you a 20 GB or 30 GB plan since they make their profit on the $10/GB.

$30 30 SERVICE DAYS Unlimited TALK & TEXT 3.0 GB DATA
$25 30 SERVICE DAYS Unlimited TALK & TEXT 2.0 GB DATA
$20 30 SERVICE DAYS Unlimited TALK & TEXT 1.0 GB DATA

However, if you are disciplined and only used data for e-mails, and directions, and some web browsing, that is a terrific deal.
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Old 08-25-2019, 10:52 PM
 
Location: in my mind
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Red Pocket Mobile has very competitive rates to that - and you can also choose which network you want (ATT, Verizon, etc).

$15 1000 talk/ unlimited text, 1GB data
$19 Unlimited talk/text 1GB
$30 Unlimited talk/text 5GB
$40 Unlimited talk/text 10GB
etc....

They also offer cheaper options via Ebay and Amazon if you pay for a year at a time. For example, you can get the 5Gb plan listed above for $20/mo if you are willing to pay $240 at once for a 365-day card on ebay. Or the $19/mo plan for $14.08 with a yearly card.

https://www.redpocket.com/plans
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Old 08-26-2019, 03:00 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Tracfone has "unlimited carry-over", so all minutes/texts/data carries over on all their "plans". You can buy extra data separately for $10/GB, which also carries over forever so you keep it until you use it. Nothing is ever lost unless your phone is deactivated due to not being used once every 6 months or if you run out of service days.

And Tracfone offers Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile networks, so you can choose which network works best for you.
Even then you may not lose it. I missed the date once and ran out of days but when I reinstated, all my accumulated minutes were added back
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Old 08-26-2019, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Norfolk, VA
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Obviously Tracfone is not going to sell you a 20 GB or 30 GB plan since they make their profit on the $10/GB.

$30 30 SERVICE DAYS Unlimited TALK & TEXT 3.0 GB DATA
$25 30 SERVICE DAYS Unlimited TALK & TEXT 2.0 GB DATA
$20 30 SERVICE DAYS Unlimited TALK & TEXT 1.0 GB DATA

However, if you are disciplined and only used data for e-mails, and directions, and some web browsing, that is a terrific deal.
Thank you. The sarcasm and cynicism on the smartphones forum, I don't even know why I bother. I just wanted to make people aware of it because for some people, that extra $10 does matter. I've been in that situation before. Clearly, for those looking at prepaid, $20 compared to $35 is a big deal.
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Old 08-26-2019, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Norfolk, VA
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I don’t see any huge savings. We have two lines with Verizon. 4gigs unlimited talk and text for $90 a month. Meets our needs. But I guess if you were on welfare, saving $10 a month would matter
Since you decided to take it there chances are someone on welfare has unlimited data and paying more than you are for 4 GB per line. Most people on welfare have better phones than I do.
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Old 08-26-2019, 10:48 AM
 
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Even then you may not lose it. I missed the date once and ran out of days but when I reinstated, all my accumulated minutes were added back
Good to know. I had heard that there is a grace period within which you can reinstate your account and recover your bucket balances (min/texts/data), but I'm not sure how long that grace period is.
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Old 08-26-2019, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Norfolk, VA
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Tracfone has "unlimited carry-over", so all minutes/texts/data carries over on all their "plans". You can buy extra data separately for $10/GB, which also carries over forever so you keep it until you use it. Nothing is ever lost unless your phone is deactivated due to not being used once every 6 months or if you run out of service days.

And Tracfone offers Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile networks, so you can choose which network works best for you.
You're referring to Tracfone's classic plans. This is probably aimed at people that are likely to jump to VoIP providers like TextNow, Republic Wireless, or Ting, than anyone dealing with the cellular providers directly.
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