February 28, 2014

What is Tracfone?

What is Tracfone Wireless?

What is tracfone
Tracfone Company Structure
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This is a question we see from time to time, and while the short answer is that Tracfone is a prepaid cell phone company, it does get a little more complicated.

We want to provide here a quick and concise explanation to help everyone understand who Tracfone is, and what they do. Let's get to it.

Tracfone Wireless INC is a company under one of Mexico's largest telecommunication companies called American Movil. Tracfone then also has other wireless cell phone companies under them. There are quite a few:

  • TracFone
  • Net10
  • Straight Talk
  • SafeLink Wireless
  • Telcel America
  • Simple Mobile
  • Page Plus Cellular

Each of these companies is different, offering different phones, minute plans, etc. So it can be easy to think they are all the same, because they are all owned by Tracfone, but they are actually all very separate.

Straight Talk and Net10 each offer various monthly plans, while Tracfone is more geared towards minute refill cards and super cheap phones.

It is important to recognize that these are similar companies, but not the same, so a phone from Straight Talk will probably not work with Tracfone. Also, Tracfone Promo Codes are specifically for Tracfone.

When thinking about which service you would want to use, you can just evaluate what your needs are. Straight Talk and Net10 have more unlimited options, while Tracfone is more for pay as you go.

We hope this gives some clarification on Tracfone, and on the other brands which seem similar. Be sure to leave a comment if you have further questions on this.

For more about Tracfone, just read our Overview of Tracfone. Also, you might be interested in our Cell Phones Review page.

If you haven't heard about bringing your own smartphone to Tracfone, including iPhone's, visit our Tracfone BYOP page to learn more.

Thanks for visiting!

1 comment :

  1. Hi Peter,
    Maybe you can help me. I bought a LG Opt Dy II at Amazon, activated it with Tracfone, and am very pleased. My newbie to tech friend wants to buy one on Amazon so I can help her learn how to use it, but I am concerned why they are not showing the L39C at Tracfone.
    She called Tracfone and they said they don't offer it and why was Amazon selling it?
    Please help me so I can help her. I wouldn't want her to buy it and find out there is a problem.
    Thank you so much for your column and help.


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