TracFone offers phones and plans to fit the needs of every family member: from kids to grandparents! That’s why I am proud to be a brand ambassador for TracFone and a member of the “TracFone Family”. My daughter is just starting middle school this year and we decided to get her a first mobile phone. In this post I will answer, “What is a tracfone?” I will also share with you the experience of going in store to purchase her cell phone and tracfone activation.
TracFone For Kids
I first heard about TracFone from my friend. She was saying that she was getting a TracFone for her daughter because they don’t have a home phone but they want their daughter to have access to a phone when she stays home alone. She told me TracFone is great because you just pay for the minutes you use so it is very affordable and perfect for her situation.
That got me thinking, we don’t have a home phone land line either. I don’t really leave me kids home alone yet but maybe sometime soon. I thought of several ways the TracFone could come in handy for us. It would be great to have a phone to offer any visitor, like my father-in-law who usually stays with us for a month at a time from Italy. Also, the TracFone will come in handy for letting my kids play in the neighbor’s yard and being able to call them home when dinner is ready. So I did a little research on the contract options. Turns out TracFone is one of America’s largest no-contract wireless provider.
What Is TracFone And How Does The TracFone Wireless Service Work?
TracFone has No Contracts, No Bills, No Overages, No Credit Checks, & No Activation or Cancellation Fees.
TracFone no-contract wireless service is available at major retailers (like Walgreen’s, Sears, Publix, and Kroger) and you get unbeatable nationwide coverage on America’s largest and most dependable networks. Plus, you can keep your existing number, if you have already have one.
Oh, and here is my favorite part- with Unlimited Carryover® from TracFone, customers get to keep their unused minutes, texts, and data as long as their service is active and in use within each six month period. Tracfone customers can chose the perfect wireless plan to suit their needs from pay as you go text smartphone plans to unlimited plans with unlimited talk. No long term contracts required.
This is my daughter’s first cell phone so I chose to go with the 90-Day Android™ Smartphone Talk, Text and Data plan. I got the one that starts at just $19.99, an average monthly cost of only $7. Pretty sweet! I am not sure exactly what to expect with how many minutes she needs but it is great to know that TracFone has a variety of airtime refill options available so I can add minutes at any time and she can’t go over by mistake. Data Cards and Add-On Text cards are also available online at TracFone.com.
TracFone Mobile Phones
Next, I had to decide on a perfect phone. I brought my daughter into Kroger and found they had the air time cards at the checkouts and they had a display by customer service with the TracFone cell phones. At first my daughter talked me into a $70 model because she wanted the fancier camera and the apps. However, I came to my senses and talked her into the $19.99 simple mobile phone because I want her to prove that she is responsible and that she won’t lose it before I get her an upgrade. Then her little brother can have her old one.
Note, if you don’t need a new phone, you can keep your current phone when you switch service providers to Tracfone.
If you have a boy, you might want to check out the special Back-to-School Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Bundle to give kids the perfect introductory smartphone that has parental control options and features.
Activation of Tracfone
After we selected the phone, we just brought it home and got it out of the packaging. Then my daughter followed the directions to get the phone turned on while I called to activate the phone.
2 Way To Activate A Tracfone
You can do your activation of Tracfone by phone or online. Here is how to activate your tracphone:
I did my Tracfone activation through the TracFone’s Customer Care Center at 1-800-867-7183. First, I gave the customer service representative the serial number on the phone. Then she activated it on her end and instructed me to turn the phone off. After a minute she said to turn the phone back on and it was activated and worked to make calls. She provided me with a phone number. Easy peasy!
You can also activate your service online if you prefer at Tracfone.com/activation. They will ask you if it is a new phone you’ve purchased through Tracfone or if you want to keep your own phone (an unlocked phone you’re bringing to Tracfone).
In most areas, your service will be active instantly, as mine was. In some other areas, it may take up to 24 hours. Then to keep your Tracfone active, purchase and add an airtime Service Plan before your service days expire.
Then my daughter started customizing the screen color and the ring tone. She is so excited to have a TracFone phone. Now we are a #TracFoneFamily and I am excited to share with you more later about how it is all going.
She refills her minutes when I give her a new card each month. She just inputs the airtime pin to activate it.The AirTime service Plan PIN is set of numbers located on the back of your Tracfone AirTime Card and on your receipt.
You can go online to shop TracFone devises and plans, head into a store like Walgreens, CVS, or Kroger. Learn more on Facebook or YouTube.
You can also join Tracfone Rewards to get free perks. Reward Points can only be applied towards an eligible Tracfone plan when you accumulate the total amount of points needed.
If you need international long distance service, you can buy an add on card called a $10 GLOBAL CALLING CARD. This card is for international calls originating in the United States or Puerto Rico only. It does not offer international roaming. Cost of international call offers tates as low as 1¢ per minute!
I hope this answers some of your questions about Tracfones and how to activate service. Are you thinking about getting a TracFone? What is your favorite part about their no contract wireless service?
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Nikki @ Tikkido says
We just went through exactly this set of decisions! Wish I’d read about this before we bought Ainsley her phone (that she just cracked this week, oof).
This sounds great for my teens! I hate having a contract