January 16, 2013

How to Set Up the Tracfone Family Value Plan

The Tracfone Family Value Plan is A Great Deal

But how do you set it up, and how much does it really cost, and do you get double or triple minutes added as well? All these questions and more answered below!

How To Set Up the Tracfone Family Value Plan

To begin, if you don't already have an account on the Tracfone Website, then set that up for your phone. It is easy to do and just requires a few bits of information like phone number and email.

Next, add the other phones you want to put on the family value plan onto your online account on the Tracfone Website. If you don't have all the details on these phones, you can call up Tracfone and have them do it as long as you have the phone number for these phones.
Cell phones on the Tracfone Family value plan
Cell Phones By  Dru Bloomfield

Now that all the phones you want on the value plan show up on your account with Tracfone you can begin purchasing the family value plan.

The first phone added to the plan (located under Buy Minutes Online> Plans> Family Value Plan) will cost $9.99 and get 30 days of service and 50 minutes. All others added to the plan will get 30 days of service and 40 minutes for $5.99.

If your phone as double or triple minutes for life, you will get 100 or 150 respectively. Others on the plan will get 80 or 120 minutes, depending if the have double or triple minutes.

To choose which phone will get the 50 minutes per month, and cost 9.99, simple add it first and purchase the Family Value Plan. Proceed to checkout and complete your order.

Then do this process over again, but when you select the Family Value Plan, the website should recognize it is for 40 minutes at $5.99. Checkout and repeat this for each additional phone you wish to add.

 How Much Does it Really Cost?

You might be wondering, how much does this value plan really cost, it can't be this cheap for a prepaid cell phone plan can it?

Well, it really does only cost $10 for the first phone, and $6 for each additional phone. Of course, there are some taxes etc. which add a dollar to the final cost, but in the end you could have a family of four each with cell phone service for less than $30 a month. If that isn't incredible, I don't know what is.

$30 a month is half what most consumers pay for a single cell phone service plan.

So, how much could you save?

Read our Cell Phone Reviews to start looking at phones with Triple Minutes for Life!

Are There Any Drawbacks or Other Information?

The first drawback is that if you have people in your family (such as teenagers) who use their phone a lot, they may run out of minutes. But you can always purchase more minutes while on the Value Plan.

Perhaps this would be a good way to help younger people manage their resources, by giving them 40 minutes and 30 days of service each month, but anything over is up to them to pay.

For the Family Value Plan there are no hidden fees, no cancellation fees, and the payment is automatically charged to your account each month on the day you enrolled in the plan.

Cancelation is pretty easy, all you need to do is call the Tracfone customer service, or you can even change which phones are on the plan on the Tracfone website, in your account area.

Got any further questions about the Value Plan? Ask them in the comments section below and we will try to get back to you!

33 comments:

  1. Are the phones on the Family Plan required to normally reside in the same household? Same area code? Same office code?

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    1. As far as I know, there are no requirements. I recently set up a family plan with three phones each from different parts of the US and with different area codes. It all worked just fine. The only requirement is to put all the phones on one account, as mentioned in the post above. But that is easy to do.

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  2. Do any unused minutes carry over to the next month?

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    1. Yes, they do! Which is very convenient! So if you don't use your phone very much in one month, anything left over will carry over to the next month. Or if you use a lot of minutes, you can just buy an extra minutes card, and add it to the phone.

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  3. Do you have any idea how to cancel a value plan with Tracfone?

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    1. I believe you can do it both online at the tracfone website, and by simply calling them.

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  4. In order to add a phone to the family value plan, what is the process and by what date do I need to add it to beginning receiving service?

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    1. I would suggest simply calling customer service, you can find their phone number on the Tracfone website. They will be able to add another phone to your plan, and answer any other questions.

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    2. Just did it - you can sign up on their site. Just make sure your phones are activated and you have the number. Then as you make the Family Plan selection, you can check the box for the phones you want to add to the plan.

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  5. How do you COORDINATE and AFFECT (details please) each of the followng: buy (2) new Tracfones, activate (2) new Tracfones, port old NET10 numbers to (2) new Tracfones, buy Family Value plan for (2) new Tracfones?

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    1. I would suggest buying the cell phones, whichever kind you want, form the place that offers them for the best price. View our cell phone reviews page at the top navigation bar to learn more.

      Then your best move might be to call Tracfone and have them do the things you want. It may take some patience, but they should do all you need.

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  6. I signed up for a family value plan and the Tracfone website showed that the purchase amount is $18.53 but my credit card was charged $19.53. Upon calling customer service to discuss the discrepancy, they said the Wireless E-911 charge they see is $2.00 (the website showed only $1.00)and that's because I enrolled 2 phones.

    So heads up to those interested in the plan, each phone gets billed $1.00 for E-911. Well, at least that's what the customer service told me in the end to explain the credit card charge, although she didn't seem to be aware of that in the beginning of our 20-minute phone call.

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  7. unlimited text? The website it pretty vague. Just ordered an LG 840G from Amazon for 30 bucks. Currently on T-Mobile prepay and wanted to try something different. I see they have one for 19.99 a month for 125 minutes and the phone I bought comes with triple min for life. But I am a heavy "texter" and the plan would be ideal if texting is unlimited. Please let me know. Thanks, Mike in Florida

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    1. Tracfone's value plan, and family value plan, does not have unlimited texting. Hope that answers your question.

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    2. The LG840G is a triple minutes for life phone. Given that one text costs one-third of a call time minute, a 120 min card (tripled to 360 min) will give allow a total of 1080 basic texts in the 90 day life of that 120 min card.

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  8. How many phones can be on one family plan account?

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  9. Can I sign up for the family plan with the new android phones?

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    1. I have heard reports that no, you can't at this time. Let's hope sometime soon they will change that!

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  10. Assuming that I will add my family members on a Family plan. When I will talk with them, both phones will be charged?

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    1. Yeah, both phones will still be charged. You don't get any free calling between phones on the family plan unfortunately, but it is a really good deal.

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  11. family plan of 2 phones if we both have phones with tripple minutes will the innitial minutes be tripled? 150 min for phone #1 and 120 min for phone #2 for the cost of $16?
    Second Question. can you explain minute bundles. If I use all my minutes I can add more but what is the cost of the smallest cards I could buy. and would it be applied to one phone or both. and would they be tripled?

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    1. Good questions. Yes, with the family plan and triple minutes, you will get the 50 minutes tripled to 150, and 40 min to 120. It is a pretty good deal with Triple Minutes for Life.
      If you run out of minutes while on the family value plan you can simply buy a refill card and add it to your phone. Only the phone you add it to will get the minutes, the cheapest is a 60 minute card, that will triple to 180 for $20. I believe it is also possible to just buy minutes online at the tracfone website, and these will be added to your phone and tripled.
      Not sure what the limit is for how many phones on one plan. I know four will work, but that might be the limit.

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  12. is there a limit to how many phones can be on a family plan?

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    1. I think there is, but i know at least four phones will work.

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  13. My family has 2 tracfones, both have over 1,000 minutes, if we switch to the family value plan cards will the minutes we have be lost?

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    1. Nope, you should be able to keep your existing minutes.

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  14. So say my daughter who is on the same family plan as I am were to run out of minutes. Could she go buy one of the prepaid cards from the store and add it to her phone without it messing up the automatic refill on the family plan each month?

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    1. Yes! In fact, if you go on the Tracfone website and go to your account, you can buy just extra minutes if you already have plenty of service days!

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  15. A couple of (newby) questions:

    1) Does Web=data when looking at cell phone plans?

    2) "If" smartphones are allowed on the family value plan, and I understand they may not be, how are minutes deducted for data usage? E.g., if I use an app that connects somewhere and downloads data, how are the minutes to be deducted calculated; so many minutes per megabyte of data, or a minute for minute deduction for time connected to the data source, or something else?

    Thanks,
    Anon

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  16. Can you sign up for the family plan with only one phone?

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  17. So I see that minutes roll over, do texts and data roll over also? Thanks so much :)

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  18. Can the tracfone be connected to my router so I can browse free?

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    1. Yes, if the phone has WiFi capabilities.

      No if the phone is one of the older models that does not have WiFi.

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