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Trackfone - Secrets To Getting Free Minutes on your Trac Phone

Updated on September 20, 2014

Trackfone - Secrets To Getting Free Minutes

Read on if you want to learn the secrets of getting free Trackfone minutes. I can teach you how to get much cheaper trackfone minutes.

If you want to get free Tracfone minutes right away, click the link below. If you want to learn more about Trackphone and learn how to get even more free Tracfone minutes, be sure and read all the way to the bottom of the page.

Everyone these days seems to have a cell phone. Not everyone can afford the latest and greatest technology. If you're like me, you just don't care about the latest and greatest and a prepaid cellular service like Trackfone suits your needs perfectly.

Lets assume that you don't know anything about cellular phones for a minute. That way I'll be sure to cover everyone. If you're already an advanced cell phone user, just bear with me for a minute.

If you want to buy a mobile phone, you'll first have to choose a service provider. There are several cellphone service providers to pick from. Some that you may be familiar with are Verizon, US Cellular, Sprint, Vonage, and of course Trackfone.

The process of buying a cell phone is pretty simple. You choose the service provider that you want to go with. You choose a monthly plan that is in your budget. For example, you might choose a plan for $50 a month that gives you 700 minutes per month of talk time.

The service company does a quick credit check to decide if you qualify. If your score isn't high enough, they send you out the door without a phone.

If you qualify, then you have to choose a cellphone. These can range from $50 to $500 depending on what features you can't live without.

They activate your phone, give you a phone number, and smile as you walk out the door. Of course there are some additional catches. Use too many minutes and you'll quickly run up a bill that is likely to wipe out your children's college funds. Cancel your service and you'll have to fork out a couple of hundred dollars for breaking the mandatory two year contract.

There are several advantages to using Trackfone over using a traditional cellular phone carrier. With Trackfone you don't have to pass a credit check. You don't have to sign any contracts. You can never use too many minutes and get a whopper of a surprise bill at the end of the month.

The process of getting a Trackfone prepaid phone couldn't be more simple.

  1. March on down to your local Walmart or similar store.
  2. Find the Trackphone isle and pick out a phone that Trackfone that meets with your approval.
  3. Buy a tracfone minutes card. They come in 60, 90, 120, 200, 400, etc denominations.
  4. Charge the cell phone battery fully.
  5. Call the 1-800 number on the phone and they'll have you enter a few codes into your phone to activate it. They'll tell you what your new phone number is at this time.
  6. Wait about 10 minutes for the phone to be activated and you're a proud new cell phone owner.

With Tracphone, it doesn't matter if you're rich or poor, black or white, tall or short. young or old. Anyone who want's a phone can have one.

It's worth mentioning that the minutes on your phone carry over from month to month. If you buy a 60 minute card, those minutes will expire in 3 months unless you buy another card. You get a 3 month extension for every card you buy.

Let your phone run out of minutes and past the expiration date and you loose your number. You can always add minutes and reactivate the phone later but you'll be given a different number.

Trackfone Secret To Getting Free Minutes

If you buy your phone on the Trackfone website, they often have special offers that you can take advantage of. Of course you have to use a credit card to purchase it and wait about a week for the phone to arrive but you can get some great deals.

A deal that they nearly always run is a phone and a double minutes for life card. The package usually costs $49.99. I've bought several of these phones and have always been very happy with them. It's really their best deal. If you buy a 60 minute card for $20, you actually get 120 minutes for the same price. That means that each minute you use the phone will actually only cost you 17 cents instead of 34 cents per minute.

Another thing that you can do is use promo codes. Trackfone will frequently send you text messages that include special promotional codes that will entitle you to free minutes if you use the promo code when you activate the minutes. It's quite common for them to issue 60 free minute codes when you buy a 120 minute card. Of course there are other codes as well. Look for the best code for the card that you are buying.

I usually do a Google search to find a current promo codes to use when I add minutes. I usually buy the 120 minute card for $29 and I have double minutes for life so I actually get 240 minutes. I use a promo code to get an extra 60 minutes free so I get a total of 280 minutes for $29. This works out to only 11 cents per minute.

You can add minutes directly from your phone but I always recommend adding minutes on the Internet. You're only allowed to use a promo code one time per phone. By using the Internet to add your minutes to your trackfone, you can try several promo codes if one doesn't work on your phone. If you add minutes from your phone, you're out of luck if the code doesn't work. You don't get a second chance to add a different code that might work on your phone.

Trackfone Quality

Some people may be reluctant to buy a trackfone because they are worried about the coverage that they will get with the phone.  There really isn't anything to worry about.  Trackfone actually uses other companies cell phone towers.  In my area, they used to use Cellular One towers but I think they've changed to Verizon towers.

My family has been using trackfone prepaid wireless for five years now and we've always been very happy with the service.  It's a great way to budget the amount of time that your kids can talk on the phone. 

No more surprises at the end of the month when you find out that your kids used so many minutes that you can't afford to make  your house payment.

Buy a phone from Trackfone and I'm sure you'll love it.

Trackfone Text Messaging

You can use your trackfone to send text messages just like any other mobile phone.  You will be charged .30 minutes for each text that you send or receive.  In my case that works out to about 4 cents a text message.  If you don't go crazy, that's plenty cheap for almost any budget.

Other Trackfone Features

You might be surprised to know that you get free voicemail, free call waiting, free call forwarding, and free long distance in the US with your track phone.

Are You Happy With Your Trackfone Service?

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      ron rushfor 4 years ago

      So far i've gotten a tracfone from my brother Johnny and bought two different tracfones for my sister and I,all three we're also different tracfones,cost between ten and twenty dollars and all three came with double minutes for the life of the phone, so I think that part is just a gimmick to get you to buy their phones.As for the free minutes crap above, you have to buy minutes to get free minutes, so yeah, I wouldn't actually call them free...

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      susan 5 years ago

      Trac phone is horrible. I called three times, and hold the phone for 2 hrs each time, and no one ever came and help and phone get disconnected after 2 hrs of hold time. When someone came the third time, he did not know how to help and put me on hold for another hr so i hang up. It is horrible service.

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      Leroy 5 years ago

      I have a TracFone. Had tracfones for 15 years. I love my phone, I get tripele minutes. I put min.on the phone every 5 to 6 months. never had any trouble with any part of the phone. Love it.---------------------

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      Michael 5 years ago

      Do I need to buy minutes to keep phone activated or can I buy service time to keep phone active?

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      tipstoretireearly 5 years ago from New York

      TracFone does offer some terrific deals, but you need to search for them. Great hub!

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      armida lopez 5 years ago

      my phone is blocke cant ublocke it and i need help

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      TRACFONE OK 5 years ago


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      Liz 5 years ago

      I totally agree with Lisa on everything and another thing that sucks about tracfone is that it deducts minutes to listen to a DAMN voice mail it aint our fault someone left us a message why should we have to pay for it....tracfone is nothing but a rob shop and its a shame they also think of stupid ways to rob me to make as much money as they can...and i hope tracfone sees this comment and considers the things i said, and maybe they'll start thinkin about the people that can barely affored stuff and the people that reach out to them to have cheap plans so we can atleast have a way of communicating when on the GO! thankyou

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      lisa 5 years ago

      tracfone's service is seriously so expensive and i hate that it deducts minutes to receive texts i understand the sending but to receive i hate it!!!!!! it totally sucks and i hope someday they will consider changing that! for me since i text a lot for work and suck it costs me just as much for tracfone as it would to jion my parents verizon plan!!!!!!!!! and when i run out of airtime and get emergency calls or texts i cant open thm because i have to wait till i get money for ANOTHER 200 minute card (witch are the only ones worth me buying) But yes i think it SUCKS and i want tracfone to know that

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      Debra Buchanan 6 years ago

      I have a trackphone for sale that has 1098.00 min. Is anyone interested in making me an offer?



      503-858-8863 please text me with your offer, thanks!

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      lexi 6 years ago

      i bought my tracfone like a month ago and i already hate it,not only does the mins run out fast but the mins cost a fortune,now days people dont realize how much things cost......i mean seriously,who wants to pay 20$ just for a 60min card?????if only there was a way to just buy a tracfone and get free mins FOREVER!!!!!that would be better.....and btw,isn't tracfone supposed to be the cheapest?????this is just plain bullcrap!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Cindy 6 years ago

      I thought that when I called customer service, especially if the issue at hand was no fault of mine, I would still be using minutes for any call to them. I have to hand it to the two reps who drug the conversation out for 11 minutes - 9 of which were spent trying to understand each other. I don't know if my accent was as difficult;t for her to understand as hers was for me, but I pleaded to be allowed to use the web to communicate with customer service ending the call. Now,several hours later, a call came in to my cell, and it was a toll free number - and I actually recognized it as tracphone's customer service number. I had a few seconds of hesitation - surely if THEY were calling me, it wouldn't use my minutes, right? Hmmm, think again, I thought - and in a moment of clarity I asked if her call to ME was using my minutes. So, just smile and take it - and be sure to end the call. Mission - not accomplished.

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      kamaya harrington 6 years ago

      my minuits run down fast i want a 1 year card for my birthday

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      jennifer 6 years ago

      i just wish they wouldn't take a min off your phone even if your on for only a couple sec. i wish i would deduceted what you use. such as sec, instead of mins.

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      sam 6 years ago

      why I can not use my track phone eventhough I do have plenty of minutes?!

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      davidpetrillo 6 years ago

      i really like my tracfone have had them for 5 yrs with few problems only thing is i cant use it in canada

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      Patty Hahne 6 years ago from Oregon

      You can buy them in the store.

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      patricia gould 6 years ago

      Do you have to get double minutes cards on line or can you buy them at a store

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      DON V. 6 years ago


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      Dan 6 years ago

      Some coverage issues out in the sticks (country) but its the best deal

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      tracimulholland 6 years ago

      they need to come up with a plan and phone that allows internet service but cheaper the straighttalk

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      Mike Smith 6 years ago

      We have used tracfone for years,its a great value for seniors,double minute phone along with double minute cards gives seniors all the talk time we need.

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      Teresa Lowery 6 years ago

      do you offer any phone that has free nights and weekend for calling or text messages.if so which phones are they.If not have you guys thought about adding this to anyphone card or phones.

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      BPP 6 years ago

      has anyone used the touch screen phone yet i was just wondering how it would compare to other touch screens

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      Marty Schwartz 6 years ago

      You do know that it's spelled Tracfone, right? LOL!

      Anyway, I see they now have a touch screen and a qwerty phone. That's pretty modern for them.

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      Mickey Bitsko 7 years ago

      I like my Tracfone (the correct spelling, btw) and am amazed that the coverage is always rock-solid. They use Verizon and AT&T I heard.

      The price is right, too.


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      joseph 7 years ago

      yeah they need a new phone with a full keyboard. i am very happy with my tracfone, its cheap and has one of, if not the best coverage than any other companies, cause they just use whatever tower is closest whether it be att or verizone etc.

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      JohnA 7 years ago

      Not fancy but good regular service. It would be nice if they had a phone that was more text friendly.