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April 2, 2007 17:12 - TracFone settles with Missouri Attorney General br>
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Here in Missouri, residents can register their residential phone numbers for the "No-Call List." Keith and I have been registered for a few years. Since we are on this list, telemarketers are supposed to leave us alone. If they don't, they can be heavily fined.

TracFone recently was made to pay $50,000 to the state of Missouri for violating this law. In other words, Missouri residents who were registered for the No-Call List received unwanted calls from TracFone. What made these calls especially irritating is that they were long recorded messages, not a real people. If it had been a real people calling, the Missourians could have informed of them of their No-Call status.

We never received one of these calls from TracFone. Of course, since we are current customers of TracFone, if TracFone did call us, it would not be in violation of the No-Call law. We wonder if the people Tracfone was calling were former customers of TracFone who had not been removed from the records.

In any case, we hope TracFone stops bugging these people and continues providing good service to those of us who are customers!

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April 2, 2007 18:19 - Will a TracFone activated in PA work in GA?

Here's a TracFone question I received today:

Keith: I am an 82 year old widow and interested in the Tracphone because I plan to visit my daughter in Woodstock, GA. I live near Pittsburgh PA and would use my area code or zip code to enroll, but I want to know when I arrive at the Atlanta airport if I could phone my daughter upon arrival. Would the phone work there? You said in your web site that your grandmother uses the Tracphone, so I thought you could give me some advice on using it. I visited that site and could not get a clear answer as to whether the phone which would be registered in PA would work in GA.

Here was my reply:

The answer is yes, a TracFone that you register in PA will work at the Atlanta airport. TracFone leases airtime from cellular towers all over the country, so as long as your not going to be in a very rural area, your phone should work all across the country. The Atlanta airport is definitely not rural, so you will have no problems getting reception there!

I hope you have a nice trip!

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April 4, 2007 20:10 - Saving money with TracFone

Many American families spend more than they make, and eventually find themselves in debt. Tricia and her husband, both 30, and their five-year-old son, are no exception.

What sets Tricia apart from most people is that she is making a concerted effort to get her family out of debt, and she is blogging about it on Blogging Away Debt. Her books are open for the world to see as she reduces her family's debt month by month.

In this post, Tricia mentions that they use TracFone for their cellular service. She had been buying an airtime card every two months to keep her phone active, but found that she can save $21 a year by getting a yearly plan. It might not seem like much, but I'm glad to see Tricia cutting costs wherever she can.

TracFone is great for people like Tricia, who are really trying to cut costs, or for people who simply don't talk on their phones that much but still want a cell phone to use occasionally. With TracFone's prepaid plans, you have the security and convenience of a cell phone without binding contracts and huge monthly bills.

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April 6, 2007 21:15 - TracFone Motorola C139 at Wal Mart

I was in a local Wal Mart today, and I noticed that they had dropped the price on the TracFone Motorola C139 to $14.88, which is 11 cents cheaper than what they are on the TracFone website.

The TracFone website does, however, currently have a much better deal where you can get a TracFone Motorola C155 plus two 60-minute airtime cards for $19.99. Granted it's not the same phone, but it's really a no-brainer to spend the extra 5 bucks to get a phone PLUS two airtime cards.

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April 12, 2007 20:30 - TracFone Handy on Trip from Springfield, MO to Chatham, IL

One time that TracFones in particular, and cell phones in general, come in really handy is when your on a road trip. They're especially nice to have on hand if you're meeting up with someone along the way. Such was the case this past weekend when we packed up the car and headed up to Illinois to visit my wife's parents for Easter.

We had told them we would be there about 2:00, but our 6-month old daughter and Murphy's Law had other ideas. We stopped in Rolla, MO to feed our daughter, but she just wasn't that interested in eating. Less than an hour later, of course, she suddenly became much more interested in eating, so we stopped again in St. Clair, MO.

We still weren't too far behind schedule until we reached St. Louis. The traffic to get over the bridge into Illinois was backed up as usual, but when we reached the bridge we were dismayed to find that they on-ramp was closed! A quick check of the map showed us that we could follow roads along the Mississippi River to get to I-270 and cross the bridge into Illinois there.

Since we were seriously behind schedule now, we pulled out the TracFone to call her parents to let them know not to fret, and that we'd probably be there by 3:30. If we didn't have our phone, we either would have had to pull over somewhere to use a pay phone, or just let her parents worry that we'd been in a wreck or something. Neither of those thoughts are very pleasant, so I'm glad we had the phone.

We had smooth sailing until we got about 15 miles south of Springfield, IL and the traffic slowed to a crawl on I-55. Not able to do much other than simply crawl along with it, we chuckled at how this trip was taking FOREVER. The traffic didn't show signs of speeding up anytime soon, so we pulled out the TracFone again to call her parents and let them know we were almost there, but it was looking like it would be closer to 4:30 now.

The traffic jam finally freed up, and it appeared that the cause was nothing more than the state troopers had pulled over a few speeders, and everyone was trying to slow down and get over into the left lane, which caused everything to bottleneck.

We finally made it to Chatham, and life was good. Could we have made it without the TracFone? Of course, but it sure was nice to have it on hand.

Some friends of ours were travelling from Tulsa to Chicago for Easter, and they were going to meet up with us on the way home. They were running a little late, so they called me on my TracFone to let us know. Again, a very nice convenience.

For what it's worth, we had good coverage the whole way along I-44 and I-55 with my Nokia 2600 single-rate phone.

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April 14, 2007 17:52 - A Grandma Recommends TracFone

TracFone is a great choice for people who don't feel quite at ease in our technology-filled society.

According to a story in the Morris County, NJ Daily Record, Barbara Thompson Landini was recently gathered with seven former classmates at the Dover High School 1945 class reunion. As the group of ladies, called the "Kindergarten Klub," discussed how the information age has changed our culture, Barbara stated the she would never "cave" and get a cell phone.

Her friend Beverly Gustin Lommatzch encouraged her to try TracFone. Apparently Beverly has discovered that TracFone is easy to use, even for those who don't rely on the latest technology for all their day-to-day correspondence.

We don't know if Barbara decided to get a cell phone, but if she does, we found it interesting that one grandma recommendedTracFone to another grandma!

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April 14, 2007 19:29 - My TracFone Nokia 2285 has over 3000 minutes!

While I like my TracFone Nokia 2600 better, I've still hung on to my trusty old Nokia 2285 for a couple of reasons. One reason is that it's an older standard-rate TracFone, and I can use it to check coverage areas when I'm out travelling.

The main reason I've hung on to it, however, is that it still has 3040.0 airtime units on it. Yes, I said 3040.0, and it used to have over 5000 minutes on it. You're probably wondering why I would pay for that much airtime, and the answer is that I didn't. Virtually all of these minutes came from TracFone's now suspended refer-a-friend program.

The way it worked was that if you referred someone to TracFone, you and your friend would each get 100 free minutes when they bought and activated a new TracFone. Since I run a website about TracFones, I ended up having people ask me to refer them so they'd get the free minutes. A LOT of people as it turned out.

In fact, I quite honestly lost track of how many refer-a-friends I submitted. I put most on my Nokia 2285, some on my Nokia 2600, some on my wife's Motorola V170, some on my brother's Nokia 2285, etc. It was kind of a pain submitting all of those referrals becuase the TracFone's website didn't always work right, but it was nice getting all of those free minutes!

I think part of the reason TracFone suspended the refer-a-friend program is that they were changing the airtime cards anyway to have 90 days instead of 60 days, plus you can now extend the due date on your phone indefinitely. They may also want to see how it affects sales, if at all. I wouldn't rule out them brining it back, but I bet it'll have more restrictions next time around such as adding the minutes but not extending the due date.

Anyway, since we have so many minutes on the 2285, we use it as our long-distance phone. I also used it to call home when I was in Las Vegas, even though it was roaming and therefore deducted 2 units per minute.

I would never recommend actually buying this many minutes for a TracFone because if you lose the phone, you lose the minutes. Actually, this almost happened to us.

I had brought the 2285 to the hospital with us when our daughter was born in Sept. of 2006 so that we could call out-of-town friends and family. After we got back home, the phone was nowhere to be found. I searched three times through every bag we'd taken to the hospital, but it was gone. Over 3000 minutes gone, and now we'd have to pay for long distance! Oh the tradgedy!

But wait, there's more! In March of 2007, I dropped my Nokia 2600 between the seat and the console in our Prius. While I was fishing around for it, guess what I found? That's right, the long lost 2285, and it still had a couple of weeks before it expired, so I hadn't lost the minutes. Hooray!

Don't you just love a happy ending!?

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April 16, 2007 21:44 - TracFones on Sale at Kmart

The local salebill for Kmart from the Sunday paper shows the TracFone Motorola V170 flip phone on sale for 24.99, and the TracFone Motorola C261 camera phone on sale for $29.99.

The V170 is not as nice as the V176 that's for sale on the TracFone online store, but at less than half the price it's an inexpensive flip phone. The C261 is $10 less at Kmart this week than on the TracFone online store, so that's definitely a good deal if you want the camera phone.

The TracFone online store is still running their special where you get a Motorola C155 phone plus two 60 minute airtime cards for $19.99 (before tax and shipping). If you're not particular about your phone, this is defintely the best deal going right now.

In fact, I'm thinking about ordering a couple of those specials myself just for the fact that it's cheap airtime. Hmmm...

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April 19, 2007 20:52 - A Post for TracFone Owners Who Watch Deal or No Deal

The TV game show Deal or No Deal allows viewers to play along by sending a text message on their cell phones. Television watchers with regular cell phones (meaning they have a contract and a monthly bill) are charged 99 cents per call.

What about TracFone users? Text messaging normally deducts 0.3 units of airtime on a single rate phone, or it deducts 0.5 units of airtime on standard rate phones. In either case, a text message costs much less than 99 cents. TracFone is a prepaid service, but does it have any way to charge people extra for these game show text messages?

This is exactly what one TracFone user asked on cellphoneforums.net. Another member of these forums replied that no, TracFone has no way to bill you AFTER you have made a call or text message, and I agree.

It sounds like using a TracFone for text messaging is a great, affordable way to play along with Deal or No Deal! If you are REALLY into texting game shows and such, it might even make sense to buy a cheap phone from the TracFone online store just to use for that purpose!


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April 20, 2007 20:00 - TracFones for RVing

Tioga and George are a couple of blogging RVers with a TracFone. They found that their Tracfone works fine in the San Diego area. They plan to use their TracFone for "support problems and occasional calls to family."

TracFones are good for RVing, because you don't have a contract, they work all across the country, and you can buy the airtime just about anywhere, including online. Plus, it's nice to have the extra security of a cell phone when you're on the road so much.

Happy Trails, TracFone users!


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April 24, 2007 20:57 - Free Shipping on TracFones

The TracFone online store is running a special where you get free ground shipping on any orders of $19.99 or more. This offer expires on Mother's Day, which is May 13.

Ground shipping is normally $4.95, so this isn't a huge discount, but hey, every little bit helps! Another nice thing is that you don't have to enter any type of promo code to get the free shipping. The shipping is FedEx 3-day, but remember that it usually takes them a couple of days to actually ship the phone once you place your order, so it may be 5 or 6 days before the phone actually gets to your house.

Now for the best part: the free shipping works on the special offer TracFone is running where you get a reconditioned Motorola C155 plus two 60 minute airtime cards. I just placed an order for that special, and my total with tax came out to $21.31.

Remember that you'll get 20 free minutes when you activate the new phone online, so you'll get a total of 140 minutes for around $22 (depending on what the taxes are for your area), which comes out to about 15 cents/minute. Not bad!

I have heard that promo code 51823 still works, which is spposed to give you another 60 free minutes. Just remember that the promo code can only be used one time per phone.

I'll post again when I get the phone to give you an update.

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April 24, 2007 21:30 - TracFone promotional code 55698

I got an email from TracFone the other day wishing me a happy 60 day anniversary. To be honest, I had no idea what they were talking about since I haven't bought any new TracFones in over a year.

When I opened the email, however, I found that it had been 2 months since I had added a 1-year card to my TracFone, and they were thanking me by giving me promo code 55698, which is good for 20 bonus minutes when I add a 60 minute card or greater, but it expires on May 19, 2007.

I don't think that TracFone issues promo codes for specific phones, so I'm assuming that this code will work on anyone's phone, though I'm not sure on this. If anyone does try out this promo code, I'll be interested in hearing from you on whether or not the promo code worked for you.

Regardless, I plan on trying it out on the reburbished Tracfone Motorola C155 that I just ordered tonight.

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April 30, 2007 20:40 - TracFone Motorola C139 on sale at Kmart

I noticed the local Kmart salebill has the TracFone Motorola C139 on sale for $15, with the regular price being $19.99. It sells for $14.99 on the TracFone Online Store, so it seems to me that this "sale" just brings it down to the price it ought to be.

One interesting thing I noticed is that the TracFone Online Store now has a pink Motorola C139 for sale (for my zip code at least). I hadn't seen the pink model before, but I can see how it might be attractive to a certain demographic of TracFone shopper.

Another note of interest is that the Kmart salebill also showed that they have the 30 minute TracFone airtime card for $9.99. I guess this is a good sign that these cards are now available in stores.

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