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Tracfone vs. Net10

January 5th, 2009 at 07:56 am

I've been using minutes a lot faster than I realize, and it's got me looking at my cellphone situation again.

Again, the best rates comes down to Tracfone and Net10. Carlos Slim owns both of these, and is probably why they are so similar.

Although the differences are subtle, Tracfone typically costs a bit more, whereas Net10-- as their name implies-- guarantees no more than $0.10 per minute, but at the cost of your length of service.

I originally went with Tracfone because it's ideal for someone who rarely uses the a phone (thus favoring length of service over a slightly lower rate). However, since I am using more minutes than I thought, it would seem that Net10 would be a better fit (since a better rate is more important than length in this case).

So, once the minutes are used up on this phone, I am thinking of transferring my number over to Net10 instead. We'll have to see. In fact, if I get Net10's highest minutes (4000 for $400), they'll add an additional 1000 minutes, making it the cheapest rates of them all (at $0.08 per minute). The only slight downside is having to pony up $400 up front, for a pre-pay phone.

Anyway, just thinking out loud. Anybody know of an even better deal than this?

4 Responses to “Tracfone vs. Net10”

  1. LuxLiving Says:

    What happens if you lose your phone with all those minutes on it????

  2. Broken Arrow Says:

    Weeeell, hmm, you may have a point there. So, I should probably settle for a lower plan.

  3. Aleta Says:

    I still like tracfone. They have many specials especially around your birthday. I paid for yearly plan and get about 400 minutes extra. You can also get the yearly plan and the chance to buy double minutes at the regular price. I used to buy my minutes every two months when I didn't buy the year plan and now I love not having to renew it every two months.

  4. Broken Arrow Says:

    Yeah, I was looking at the minutes again, and if I'm not going with the largest Net10 minutes (with the 1000 bonus minutes) I was thinking I might as well keep my Tracfone. My phone is already double minutes lifetime, and I'd be able to get 900 minutes for $80, or a hair shy of $0.09 per minute....

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