TracFone Android smartphone users can now add text messages to their prepaid airtime. The carrier has added a 1000 Text Message Card for $10 to its prepaid offerings. The card does not expire since it doesn’t add service days. Still, the $10 text card can be added only on active accounts meaning that customers must add airtime that includes triple minutes, texts and MBs of data. Read more
T-Mobile MVNO Simple Mobile has lowered the cost of two of its high-priced 10GB plans, the $60 Unlimited Plan and the $70 Unlimited International Plan. The $60 plan that includes unlimited talk, text, international texting and data with first 10 GB at high speeds now costs $55 per month. The $70 unlimited international plan that comes with unlimited talk, text, international texting and data with first 10 GB at high speeds (LTE data) plus unlimited calls to 10 unique numbers per month to landlines in 47 countries and to mobiles in China and India is now available for $65 per month. Simple Mobile has also recently added unlimited mobile-to-mobile calls to Mexico, also unlimited only for up to 10 unique numbers. Read more
America Movil’s US subsidiary TracFone Wireless has improved its international prepaid offering by adding a new $10 Global card. The new international card can be used only with active service. With it, customers can call mobile and landline numbers anywhere in the world. Read more
New Android smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Stardust, has become available with TracFone’s prepaid service. The Stardust (S766C) is quite similar to Samsung Galaxy Ace Style which is sold through TracFone’s subsidiaries Straight Talk ($129.99) and Net10 ($99.99). TracFone Samsung Galaxy Stardust is available with 1200 minutes good for a year that provides 1200 voice minutes, 1200 texts and 1200 megabytes of data. Currently, it can be purchased at QVC for $109.82 while QVC’s regular price is $120. Read more
TracFone Wireless, a subsidiary of America Movil, has officially started activating CDMA 4G LTE phones on its Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. For the past month, there have been some reports that users were able to activate Verizon-compatible smartphones on TracFone BYOD but it wasn’t working for everyone. Now that it’s official, hopefully, it will work properly. Read more
This week, starting May 5, 2015, TracFone phones on sale can be found on Amazon.com, TracFone’s website, RadioShack, ShopCellDeals, Target, BestBuy, Walmart and HSN.com. Amazon.com, ShopCellDeals and BestBuy offer free shipping, TracFone offers free shipping on $19.99 purchases and over, Target offers free shipping on orders over $50, RadioShack charges it $6.99 unless otherwise indicated, Walmart offers free ship to store and HSN charges Shipping $7.95 unless indicated.
TracFone’s subsidiary Net10 has recently introduced new phone upgrade plans, according to their Facebook page and website. Net10’s Unlimited with Upgrade plans allow earning points toward a phone upgrade that can be after 6, 12 or 18 months. Customers need to earn 18 points in order to be able to upgrade to a new phone. Net10’s Unlimited with Upgrade plans include: Read more
Verizon Wireless has the largest and most reliable network of all major carriers in the U.S. Verizon uses CDMA technology, which means that a phone swapping is not as easy as with GSM-based phones if customers are not happy with service or the phone itself. Verizon’s service is primarily focused on postpaid customers but in recent months they made quite a few changes to its prepaid offerings which made them more appealing to existing and potential customers. Biggest change is that Verizon has allowed access to LTE to its prepaid customers on July 17, 2014.
America Movil’s US subsidiary TracFone has launched Total Wireless, a new mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that uses Verizon network for providing prepaid wireless service. The Total Wireless focuses on providing family-type service plans very similar to Virgin Mobile’s recently added Data Done Right data sharing plans that are Walmart exclusive. Total Wireless service is also available at Walmart. Read more
The Federal Trade Commission has fined the TracFone, U.S. subsidiary of America Movil, for throttling or completely cutting off data to customers who have signed up for unlimited data. False advertizing of unlimited data from 2009 through 2014 will cost them $40 million. Customers who have been misled by TracFone subsidiaries as Straight Talk, NET10, Simple Mobile and Telcel America in any way, whose ‘unlimited data’ were throttled between 1 and 3 gigabytes without any explanation, whose data were cut off entirely after reaching 4 or 5 gigabytes or for even losing their service completely (talk, text, and data) in some cases, are eligible to getting their money back. Read more