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|Guide to Tracfone Auto-Refill and Value Plans|
On Smartphones, your airtime balance isn't automatically displayed on your phone, so it can be a little harder to keep track of your talk, text and data.
Fortunately, Tracfone offers several options for automatically refilling your airtime, and we are going to cover how it works, and which options are best for you.
What is great about these auto-refill options is that they also come at a small discount from regular airtime cards, making them a better deal. But which one is the best deal? We share that, and more, below!
What is Tracfone Auto-Refill? (and How to Sign Up)First of all, there are two main options for automatically adding airtime to your phone:
Tracfone Auto-Refill - Various airtime cards that are automatically added to your account at regular intervals depending on the card you choose. Up to 10% discount on regular price.
Tracfone Value Plans - Monthly minutes(50, 125, or 200) and service days added to your account.
The Value Plans have been available for a while, and triple on all smartphones. The Auto Refill is just various airtime cards, including both regular and smartphone-only cards, that Tracfone adds to your account automatically at a small discount (usually 5-10%).
Let's take a look at the chart below which compares the various options:
|Tracfone Auto-Refill and Value Plan Options|
To sign up for Auto-Refill or a Value Plan:
-Select 'Auto-Refill' or 'Value Plans' from the Airtime drop down menu
-Follow the prompts which allow you to choose from several options.
-You will need a valid credit or debit card to compete the transaction
But which auto-refill option is best? Keep reading to find out!
What is the Best Auto-Refill Plan from Tracfone?Now we want to look at which auto-refill plan is the best deal. There are two scenarios most people fit into:
Scenario 1: You have lots of minutes on your phone, but are low on service days. What you need is the lowest cost for additional service days
Scenario 2: You have lots of service days, but are low on minutes (talk, text or data). What you need is the best deal on minutes.
Now let's see the next table, which shows the monthly cost, along with monthly airtime amounts.
|Monthly Cost and AIrtime Amounts for Tracfone Auto Refill and Value Plans|
The 60 Minute Card is the clear winner for cheapest monthly plan. If you're in scenario 1, you will probably want to choose this option.
But what is the best deal on minutes? For that, we calculated the cost per minute (per month) for each auto-refill option.
Taking a look at the numbers in the table below, we see that the 500 Minute Smartphone Only airtime card is the cheapest in terms of cost per minute of talk time (once all other costs are factored out) at just 1.08 cents per talk minute!
|Best Value on Tracfone Auto-Refill - 500 Minute Smartphone Card|
We calculated the cost per minute by doing the following:
- Subtracting the cost of service days (where 365 service days equals $50)
- Subtracting the cost of data (where 1 GB (1000 MB) equals $10)
- Subtracting the cost of texts (where 1000 texts equals $5)
- Making the final number in cents (so it is easier to read)
(if we made any errors, please be sure to let us know in the comments below!)
Best Deal on Service Days: 60 Minute Card (just $6 per month)
Best Deal on Minutes: 500 Minute Smartphone Only Card ($11.88 per month and lots of airtime)
Here is a graph for those who would rather see a visual representation of the numbers. Notice that the 1500 Minute Smartphone Only card is the worst value.
|Graph showing cost per minute for auto-refill plans from Tracfone|
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