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TracFone LG 840G

Updated on August 10, 2016

Our family has three Tracfones. Its amazing how we each have a phone and yet if we were to go with the standard contract there would only be one smartphone. OK there would be none as the price would be too high.

Lets start with the over all costs. Most contracts are usually for two years. With the Tracphone it is a 90 day card that has different amounts of minutes on them. Our family usually goes with the 60 unitcards that have the 90 days with them. These cards usually run for $19.95 a piece. This breaks down to $6.65 per month per device. (Sorry I get yelled at if I call them phones.) That's assuming that all the units are not used up before the end of those 90 days. And myself and the wife have never done that. The daughter on the other hand...

Another thing that plays a hand in the fact that we only get the 60 unit cards is that two of our devices have the double minutes with them. This means that if we buy a 60 minute card it gives us 120 minutes. Our daughters device came with the triple minutes. Thus the reason this is the smartphone that is being reviewed. It beans if you purchase a 60 minute card your device will then get 180 minutes. That's like getting a 60 minute card every month. Or put another way you would be paying $60 dollars for all those minutes instead of just $20.

A little side note on the minutes. Talking and text will use different number of minutes. The test will us about 1/3 the amount of minutes as a call. OK so that means 1/3 of a minute for each text sent. Receiving calls and text does not reduce your minutes. This a good thing to know.


A Great Story About My TracFone

I only had my Tracfone a short time. In fact I was still on the first 60 minutes. I was coming out of work to go home late in the evening. When lo and behold there was a flat tire. I remember hitting a pothole but the tire was fine at that time. Anyway I pulled out my new Tracfone and my AAA card and called. I was able to use my new device to get help. This was the main reason that I had gotten the Tracfone in the first place. For emergency calls. Its amazing how soon this new device paid for its self. The tire was able to be switched with the spare tire and I was able to get home that evening. A new tire gotten the next day with no problems.

Even with all the time I spent on my device I still had enough minutes to call the wife and giver her a heads up. And then a second call to say all was well and I was on my way home.


A comment on their customer service.

Shortly after my wife got her Tracfone the battery went. We called the toll free customer service number and they shipped us out one. All we had to do was make that call. The only question they gave us was how long have you had your new TracFone? I was able to quote the exact date, time and location of the sale. Again they were not pushy but sent us out the new battery and it has worked ever sense. At that battery has worked for a few years now.

A Smile as my TracFone is Over Seven Years.


In Conclusion

The TracFones are a great way for our family to stay in touch. Both person to person and in case of an emergencies. I also know that both of our devices are not the one listed here but the daughters is. The way she will text her friends, the triple minutes have comes in handy. I also know that there are other features with this device but for us those are not as important. The amount of talk and text that is available are.

Here are a couple of useful items to go along with your Tracfone.

Combo Rapid Car Charger + Home Wall Charger + USB Data Charge Sync Cable for LG 800G
Combo Rapid Car Charger + Home Wall Charger + USB Data Charge Sync Cable for LG 800G

The car charger alone is worth the price of all these items. Trust me on this one as I use it 9 out of 10 times to charge my track phone.


Here is a little review of the Tracfone LG840G.

So the question is which one would you use?

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      PaigSr 2 years ago from State of Confussion

      @ajgodinho - Thanks on the complement. And the Wi-Fi comes in handy for shooting an email similar to the emergency calling.

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      Anthony Godinho 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is the first time I'm hearing about Tracfone. I'm used to the Android phones, but for those who need a phone for emergencies, the Tracfone seems to be a very good option. I like that it has Wi-Fi capability as well. Good review!

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      PaigSr 3 years ago from State of Confussion

      @SusanDeppner: For emergencies alone they are more than worth it. Glad to know you have a good use for yours.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      My husband and I have Tracfones, too, for use when we travel or for an emergency when we're out. Tracfone is definitely the most economical service for us, no doubt about it. As much as I'd love to have a super-smart smart phone, I don't need one. Tracfone works for us!

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      PaigSr 3 years ago from State of Confussion

      @RinchenChodron: Glad to give you an option to think about.

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      RinchenChodron 3 years ago

      I use a Jitterbug but it's not smart. Maybe I'll reconsider. Thanks