Tracfone: Best budget prepaid plan
Get the amount of data, talk, and text that you need.
What we like
Tracfone might be the cell phone company that your parents first used in the ‘90s, but the ‘90s are back in fashion, right? Seriously, though, Tracfone’s low-tech cell phone plans have something to offer folks who don’t need a ton of data.
Low data options for cheap
Who needs an unlimited plan? Well, some people do. But your grandparents probably aren’t using Instagram all day, and your kids shouldn’t be. Tracfone’s cheap low or no-data plans could be perfect for either generation.
Take a look at these popular plans from Tracfone:
Tracfone plans by popularity
You might notice that Tracfone’s most popular plan is a bit . . . unconventional. It’s a yearly plan for $125 (that’s about $10.50 a month) with 1,500 minutes of data and 1.5 GB of data. But this is a perfect set up for someone who wants to call their family, use Google Maps every once in a while, and not deal with a bunch of bills.
Unlimited talk and text
A few years ago, you couldn’t even find a TracFone plan that included unlimited talk and text. Now you have three options that include unlimited talk and text, and they cost a whopping $20, $25, or $30 a month. You only pay an extra $5 or $10 a month to jump from 500 minutes and texts to unlimited. Unlimited is clearly more (and better) than 500.
Do yourself a favor and pay the few extra bucks for the unlimited talk and text.
What we don’t like
No large data options
As of right now, the plan with the most data available with TracFone maxes out at 3 GB. Data is life for many of us (or at least it feels like it is), and 3 GB won’t get us even close to our Pokemon Go and Netflix fix.
Check your data usage and think about how much you use in an average month. If you frequently use video streaming, mobile hotspot data, or play online gaming, this prepaid carrier might not work for you.
Only compatible with older cell phone models
Sadly, you cannot get the latest iPhone and Android devices and expect them to work on your TracFone prepaid plan. As Liz Lemon from 30 Rock would say, “That’s a dealbreaker, ladies.” Well, for some of you.
Here are some examples of phones compatible with TracFone plans:
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 7
- Samsung Galaxy J3
- Samsung Galaxy J7
- Samsung Galaxy S7
- LG Premier Pro LTE
- Motorola Moto G6
If you’re in the market for a new(ish) device, then Tracfone will sell you one. Here’s a gander at the company’s most popular offerings.
Sure, this lineup looks a bit like the cell phone version of a mid-2010s boy band (One Connection?), but they’ll get the job done.
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