Tracfone - Low Cost But No Service
ROANOKE, VIRGINIA -- I purchased a Tracfone about 6 months ago. Until a few weeks ago the service was satisfactory. During that time I added about 400 minutes of pre-paid service. Apparently the company has changed wireless providers (without notifying customers) and now there is no service in or around my area, making the phone worthless. The last time I called customer service I waited for an hour and then was bumped to another number where someone tried to sell me something. Believe the reviews about non-existent customer service.
There are other low cost providers, although the best services are still pretty expensive. If you are looking for a low cost provider first see who provides acceptable reception in your area. Then examine your own phone needs. If you do not use the phone much or very often then a pre-paid plan is probably the best option. Whatever you do avoid Trakphone as they have basically no customer service and unreliable phone service.
Best of luck.