Do I Have to Use TracFone Phones With The TracFone Service?
"Hi Keith, my question to you is can I use tracfone units with a cell phone that I currently own?
In November my contract with verizon expires and I am considering not renewing and trying tracfone
minutes for both myself and my daughters cell phones. Thanks for your time, Belinda"
Unfortunately, since TracFone phones have special programming in them to show your remaining airtime
and activation due date right on the screen on the phone, you have to use a TracFone phone with the
The ability to show that data on the phone is very handy, however, and is one of the features that makes
TracFones different from other prepaid wireless phones. With most prepaid plans, you have to call a special
number to find out how many prepaid minutes you have left and when they expire.
I suppose you might be able to send your old phone in to TracFone and have them reprogram it for you, but
they don't really advertise that at something they are willing to do. It might just depend on which
customer service rep you got ahold of, so it may be worth a call just to find out. 1-800-867-7183.
Another thing to consider is that TracFone quite often runs a special where you can get a refurbished phone
along with an airtime card for the price of the airtime card alone, so you are essentialy getting a used
phone for free that is already programmed for TracFone.
You can check out my
Where to buy TracFones
page to find links to the latest deals at the TracFone online store.
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