How to Play the Match & Win Contest from TracfoneIn this post by TracfoneReviewer we share information on a contest offered by Tracfone between October and November of 2015. We hope this information will be useful and help you win some prizes!
|Learn about the Tracfone Match and Win Contest here!|
I immediately thought it might be a scam and didn't click the link, and soon forgot about it. Then a few days ago I was on the Tracfone website and noticed a promotion for the Tracfone Match & Win contest there.
Following the steps I quickly learned that it was a legitimate contest from Tracfone offering the chance to win prizes for Tracfone users. The text I had received about the contest looked like something that followed the general scam pattern - 'Win something great, just click this link/give us your information'. I'm confident in confirming now that it is not a scam, and is a real contest form Tracfone, in case anyone was concerned about that.
But what is this contest, how does it work, and how long will it be available? We'll share our answers to these questions and more below!
For those who might not know, Tracfone is a low cost cell phone carrier that contracts with other major carriers like AT&T and Verizon to use their cell towers for providing prepaid coverage. Tracfone is great for consumers who would prefer to be charged based on how much they use their cell phone, rather than a flat fee.
Tracfone offers a variety of cell phones to use with their prepaid service, and you can visit our Cell Phone Reviews page to see many of them reviewed by us. You can also bring your own phone to Tracfone with their BYOP program. Follow the link to learn about which phones will work.
Now let's start sharing details on what this Tracfone contest is all about.
What is the Match & Win Contest from TracfoneThe Match & Win contest is a promotion sponsored by Tracfone that runs from October 8th, 2015 through November 25th, 2015.
This contest is put together by HelloWorld Inc, a company that specializes in social media and web marketing.
To be eligible to win prizes, contestants must be at least 18 years old, and live in the United States. You will also need to have a Tracfone account.
You can take a look at the full contest details in this PDF.
There are quite a few prizes for this contest, although many of them are of lower value.
- Grand Prize - 14 winners get a $100 gift card to retailers of winners choice, selected from a list of options
- First Prize - 200 winners get a magazine subscription of winners choice, selected from a list of options
- Second Prize - 125 winners get a $25 gift card to retailers of winners choice, selected from a list of options
- Third Prize - 313 winners get a $10 gift card to retailers of winners choice, selected form a list of options
- Fourth Prize - 250 winners get a $5 gift card to retailers of winners choice, selected form a list of options
There's almost $15,000 worth of gift cards and magazine subscriptions available for contestants to win, but there is a limit of only once prize per person.
For those who are already Tracfone customers, it doesn't cost anything to play this contest once a day, and possibly win a gift card, even if it is only worth $5.
How to Enter the Match & Win ContestTo enter the contest simply visit the Match & Win website and start from there. You will be required to register the first time you play the contest, by entering your first and last name, the email address connected to your Tracfone account, and your Tracfone telephone number.
Each time you return and play (which you can do once every day) you will have to confirm your phone number.
So if you don't have an account with Tracfone already, you will need one for this Contest. Obviously, if you don't have a Tracfone phone number, you can't play.
No purchase is necessary for this contest, and you can return to the contest page everyday for a chance to win until the contest closes.
Once you are registered and logged in, you will be directed to a page with three options to click, and you get to choose one.
So far in our testing, if you have multiple phones under one account, you only get one play for the entire account.
Let us know if you win! We want to hear if anyone wins anything, and if so, what did you win. We've played three times, and won nothing so far.
Is the Match and Win Contest Rigged?One user posted on the Tracfone forums their concern about the contest possibly being rigged.
|'rigged' contest' forum post - click to enlarge|
The user took a look at the source code for the contest page, and pointed out that it has already determined he hasn't won, before he selected anything.
This could suggest that, either no winners will be allowed at all and this contest is rigged, or that a winner is determined when the page loads, not when one of the three options is selected.
It would seem more likely to us that the second theory is correct, but we don't have any proof, nor are we experts in coding. What may occur is, every so often, the page loads a 'winning' page, giving contestants the chance to win, while the majority of the time it is just loading pages with no winners.
The interesting thing about this is, you can check before you select an option, whether any of the options are winners if you know what to look for in the source code. We're not suggesting you try this, or that it will work, it's just an observation.
We'd really love some input from those of you who might have experience with coding, and can confirm/explain what is going on here. Also, if we do start getting comments from people who are winning, that would confirm the contest is working properly, and assuage most concerns.
When the contest concludes, there is supposed to be a list of winners published.
Check back, as we will be updating this as we learn more.
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