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March 8, 2007 20:51 - TracFone Talk Ready to Go! br>
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Ok, I've finished configuring my TracFone blog by setting up the permalink feature. I've decided to name my blog, TracFone Talk - The Unofficial TracFone Blog, which I thought was kind of a catchy name, if I do say so myself.

After a bit of deliberation, I've decided not to implement the comments feature of the blog primarily because Sitebuildit! is coming out with a feature called Content 2.0 that will allow me to add a mechanism my site visitors to add their TracFone insights to fone-review.

I'm not sure when Content 2.0 is coming out, but I think it's supposed to be within the next couple of months, so I'm better off waiting to see for sure what it has to offer before adding the comments feature to the blog.

OK, enough about the details of setting up the blog, let's have some Tracfone Talk!

When I was first looking into buying a TracFone, I figured that I would mainly keep it in my glove box and only use it on special occasions. What I have found, however, is that it comes in quite handy in a variety of daily situations.

Yesterday, for example, I was a little late getting off work, so I wanted to call my wife to let her know. Now, I could have called from my desk, but that would have delayed me WAY too much, so I whipped out the TracFone and called her while walking out to the our purple 1996 Chevy Cavalier (the Purple Grape) that I get to drive to work most days. It was a just a short call, but she appreciated knowing that I was running late, and I don't have to pay $40/month or more to keep up a traditional cell phone contract. My wife appreciates that too!

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March 9, 2007 20:16 - TracFone Class Action Lawsuit

I received a white booklet in the mail yesterday from Wagner Settlement Administrator addressed to TRACFONE CUSTOMER. I curiously opened the booklet and discovered that it had info about a class action lawsuit that has been brought against TracFone by a woman (and her lawyers of course) named Jeanette Wagner.

Apparently the dispute has to do with the older TracFones that would charge 2 units per minute when roaming. It seems that they would sometimes charge for roaming, even when within the home coverage area, hence the lawsuit.

To be honest, I don't think this was an intentional scam by TracFone, but rather has to do with the way they lease airtime from various cellular providers, and with the fact that maybe their coverage maps weren't totally accurate. But intentional or not, people were charged more airtime than they should have been.

As a result of the lawsuit, the lawyers are getting up to $2,000,000, Ms. Wagner is getting up to $7,000, and qualifying TracFone owners who return the claim form get 20 free airtime minutes. I knew I should have gone to law school! TracFone is also adding some disclaimers to the coverage maps and adding language to the standard disclosures to remind people that when their phone says ROAMING, they are charged roaming rates, even if they are within their home calling area. Fair enough, I guess.

Anyway, to qualify for your free airtime you must have purchased your TracFone between February 21, 2001 and June 13, 2006, but your phone can NOT be on the following list:
Nokia Models: 3390, 1100, 2600, 1112, 1600
Motorola Models: C155, V170, V171, C139, C261, V176

You can read more about the lawsuit and fill out your claim form at

I have a TracFone Nokia 2285 that qualifies, so I think I'll go fill out my form right now...

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March 10, 2007 20:15 - Good Changes to TracFone Airtime Cards

TracFone has recently made some changes to their airtime cards that every TracFone owner will like. The biggest change is that redeeming an airtime card will now extend your due date 90 days instead of 60 days, which is a marvelous improvement.

The due date extension is especially nice if you are the type that has to buy airtime cards to keep your phone active, not because you are running low on airtime. This change means that you will only have to buy TracFone airtime cards 4 times per year instead of 6 to keep your phone active. Thank you TracFone!

There is a new 30-minute card for $9.99 that will only extend your due date 45 days, but this is a nice option to have when money is tight. They've also added a 200-minute card for $39.95, which like the 30-minute card, is a web exclusive so you won't find them in stores.

Another nice change is that there now seems to be no limit to how long you can extend your due date. They used to limit you to 120 days on the normal airtime cards and 730 days on the 1-year cards. But now redeeming and airtime card will extend your due date no matter how far out into the future your due date already is. Again, thank you TracFone!

The prepaid cell phone market is competitive, and it's nice to see TracFone taking these steps to make their service even more affordable and attractive.

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March 10, 2007 20:54 - New TracFone promotional codes

The other day TracFone text-messaged my phone stating that promotional code 51283 will give 60 free minutes with the purchase of a 60 unit card.

Also, I've heard that promo code 57676 will give you 30 extra days, but no extra minutes, on a 60-unit card.

I don't know how long these TracFone coupons are valid, but it never hurts to try because you will know before you finish with the checkout whether the code "took" or not. If not, it will tell you it's an invalid code and you can cancel the transaction.


Update 3/28/07:
I read that the 57676 TracFone promo code expires 08/08/07. Click here for the latest specials on TracFone phones and airtime

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March 12, 2007 22:02 - TracFone and Daylight Savings Time

It looks like the early onset of Daylight Savings Time was pretty much a non-event with probably the biggest headache being that Microsoft Outlook users having some of their calendar appointments an hour off.

As far as Tracfone is concerned, since they lease time from other cellular providers, there wasn't much they could do about preparing the phones for the time change. My Nokia 2600 TracFone doesn't ever seem to automatically set the time, so I simply manually moved it ahead an hour last night. Easy and quick.

I just checked my wife's TracFone Motorola V170, and it did not automatically adjust for the time change either. It took me a minute to figure out the menu, but you go to Settings, Other Settings, Initial Setup, Time and Date. It's kind of hidden in the menus, but once your there it's easy to actually do the time change.

Interstingly enough, my older Nokia 2285 TracFone DID automatically update its time. Since it's a standard-rate phone, it's on a different carrier (Alltel) than my single-rate phones (Cingular), which is why it's not surprising that the different phones behaved differently. I would have thought the newer phones would have updated and not the older phone, but sometimes the older technology actually works better!

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March 13, 2007 22:07 - Update on TracFone Promotional Code 51283

In preparation for a business trip I'm taking to Las Vegas soon, I decided I'd better add some airtime to my TracFone so that I'll have plenty for the calls home. Since my TracFone expiration date was already at 6/11/2008, I thought that it would best to use promo code 51283 to get the extra airtime, instead of 57676 to get the extra service days.

Well, I guess I waited too long, because 51283 didn't work for me. The TracFone website gave me an error message saying that promo code 51283 was not valid. Ooops. Oh well, I used promotional code 57676 instead to get an extra 30 service days.

So my order was the $39 for 200 minute web-only special, plus I added the $10 for 60 minutes option at checkout. With tax my total order was $53.29, which gave me 260 minutes plus 120 (90 + 30) extra service days. That seems alright to me.

By the way, back in the day you used to have to type in several long strings of numbers to add airtime to your TracFone, but now they just text message the airtime to the phone somehow. A couple of minutes after I completed the order, my phone beeped and there was my airtime and service days. It's a LOT easier now!

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March 14, 2007 20:40 - TracFone Promotional codes 55698 and 59923

I came across a couple of other TracFone promotional codes tonight that might be of interest.

The first one is 59923 which will give you $10 off the purchase of the 400 minute 1-year TracFone airtime card online. This one expires April 11, 2007.

The second TracFone promo code is 55698, which will give you 20 bonus minutes on activating a 60 minute card or greater. According to the tracfone_users yahoo group this code was used successfully on a 90 minute card on March 12, 2007. Nobody seems to know for sure when the expiration date is.

I wish I'd found that one before I added airtime to my TracFone Nokia 2600 last night!

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March 26, 2007 20:57 - TracFone Coverage in Las Vegas, Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon West

Last week I took my TracFone on a business trip (really it was!) to Las Vegas, and while I was there I had the opportunity to visit Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon West.

As I expected, the TracFone coverage in Las Vegas was excellent. We drove around town a bit, and I never noticed the coverage being less than full bars.

To my surprise, the coverage was also excellent at Hoover Dam. I had expected the coverage to be weak there, but the only time I couldn't get a signal was when we were on the tour to see the generators. Hmmm, something about being under several hundred feet of concrete made the cellular signal non-existant.

On the flight on Grand Canyon Airlines the coverage held on for a while, but there was no signal out at Grand Canyon West Airport. Once I noticed that there was no coverage at the airport, I knew I also wouldn't have coverage after taking the Papillon Helicopters ride to the bottom of the canyon, which was a blast by the way.

Of course, this is a lesser travelled, though still fascinating, part of the Canyon, and I suspect that there is TracFone coverage out at the Grand Canyon National Park. If anyone knows for sure, please let me know!

On 3/28/07 I got this question from T.C.
had a question about your phone for your trip out west to vegas and the grand canyon etc. what model of tracfone did you take. We have been to the south rim with cdma tracfones which work, in fact most of the country (U.S.) our cdma phones have worked , but in Michigan if you travel to the northern part of our state and the upper peninsula without cdma you will have little or no coverage at all. If you are in the Southern areas/ near freeways the gsm phones work fine, so was just curious as to what phone you took with you, thanks for your reply tc

Here is my reply:
Actually, I had both my Nokia 2600 gsm phone and my Nokia 2285 cdma phone, and I never noticed a time where one worked but the other didn't. They both worked in Vegas and at Hoover Dam, and neither worked at Grand Canyon West.

My wife and I honeymooned at Mackinac Island in 2004, and my cdma TracFone worked fine up there, but I didn't know that the gsm phones did not.

Also, thanks for the update on the fact that cdma TracFones work at the south rim. Now I need to go update my blog...

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March 27, 2007 20:11 - TracFone stories in the news in the Twin Cities and in San Diego

The Pioneer Press in the Twin Cities ran a story recently about customer service with cellular companies, and one of the examples they gave was TracFone. Basically, a TracFone customer had a hard time getting help from TracFone's customer service department.

TracFone has millions of customers, so it's not surprising that their customer service falls short at times, but if this ever happens to you, be sure to read my page on how to get good TracFone customer service.

The San Diego Union-Tribune had a recent column about frugal living in which TracFone was mention as a way to save money on your cellular bill.

The article also talked about a Cingular Go Phone special where you can get a phone, 100 minutes of airtime, and 3 months of service for $25.

Out of curiosity, I checked the TracFone website, and found that they are currently running a special (for my zipcode at least) where you can get a phone, 120 minutes of airtime, and 180 days of service (because they send you two airtime cards) for $20, which is a much better deal in my opinion.

OK, so the phone is a reconditioned TracFone, but I have bought a couple of reconditioned phones for family members, and they worked fine, plus you still have a warranty if you happen to get a bad one. If you're really wanting to save money, and you don't use your phone a lot, you can't beat getting nearly 6 months of service for only $20. That comes out to less than $3.50/month for the peace of mind of having an emergency cell phone with you. Pretty cheap if you ask me.

Even if you already own a TracFone, this special is a great way to get cheap airtime for your phone. Think about it, you are saving $10 off the cost of a 120 minute airtime card, plus you get 180 days of service instead of 90 because they send you two 60 minute airtime cards. Plus you are getting a free phone to boot. You can activate the phone and get the 20 free minutes for activating online, then transfer the airtime to your phone, then either try to sell the phone or donate it to a charity.

TracFone rotates their specials every so often, and I don't know that they are offering this special everywhere in the country, but it's a great deal if you can get it.

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March 28, 2007 21:05 - TracFone promotional codes 55094 and 50809 for extra minutes on one-year airtime card

I have come across a couple of promo codes that give you extra airtime on the TracFone one-year airtime card.

The first is TracFone promo code 55094, which gives you an extra 100 minutes on the 400 minute one-year card. I'm not sure when this one expires.

The second is promotional code 50809, which gives you 50 additional minutes on the 400 minute one-year card. This one is set to expire on 5/31/07.

The thing to remember with TracFone promotional codes is that they are not stackable, so you can only use one on a given purchase. Also each code will only work one time per phone, so once you used a given code for your phone, you can't use that code again for that phone.

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