January 9, 2013

How Many Minutes Does Texting Cost for TracFone?

How Much Does Texting Cost for Tracfone?

This is a relatively common question many people have when looking at buying a Tracfone cell phone.

Fortunately, it has a very easy answer.
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Texting, or SMS, costs 0.3 units (or minutes) each

Sending an MMS costs 0.5 unites, and pictures cost 1 unit.

Texting with Tracfone is very reasonable, although if you send thousands of texts per month, you may want to look for an unlimited plan.

Or, read Tracfone Reviewer's top 3 cell phones for texting from Tracfone.

There are several other costs that you should be familiar with.

Surfing the web browser costs 0.4 units per minute

on newer Tracfone Cell phones, such as the LG 840G, using the web browser costs differently based more on the amount of data used, instead of time online.Additionally, the LG 840G also has WiFi connectivity, which is free to use on the phone when in places with WiFi.

Using Tracfone prepaid cell phones is great for those who want an emergency phone, don't use their phone too often, or just need a phone in a hurry. And with many of the newer phones including Triple Minutes for Life, they have become even more economical for daily use.

To learn more, read our Overview of Tracfone or visit our Cell Phone Reviews page.


  1. Simply don't understand the texting requirements for this ZTE Valet. Do I need a separate card for texting? Or a separate credit? Why can't I text using existing minutes?

    1. With a 200 min talk,text and web tracfone card you get 600 talk minutes, 600 texts and 600mb data for the zte valet. I don't like the limited 600 texts per $29.99 card. The old way was better in that talk and text minutes where in one pool.

  2. So how do you add text?

  3. You can't! You must add an airtime card- I just spoke with "Sergio" at Tracfone because I had plenty of talk & data, but 0 texts. You cannot buy text only minutes.

  4. I bought an LG tracphone at a local Walmart. I have been satisfied with it but I am getting 2 texts per min. instead of 3 like it says on the box. What do I do to change this or who do I need to talk to ?

  5. What a silly business practice. Why not let your customers purchase text minutes only?! I am going to shop for another company. I have been a customer since 2007. You guys blew it.

  6. with my old LG tracfone I was charged for texting in minutes. I got a new Huawei tracfone and now I am charged separetly for talk text and data. example my currant balance is 624 talk minutes 19 text messages and 1215.68 mb of data. this is unfair I shoudnt have to buy more minutes to text. please change this procedure.

  7. what happens if you text when you are out of texts and still have lots of minutes and data?

  8. What am I doing wrong? I can text anyone and they get it except my wife. She can text anyone and they get it except one other person and me. What should my text setting be? (or hers).


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