TracFone Compliment - Tracfone - good prepaid cell phone choice for visitors to the States
Recently got a Tracfone prepaid cell phone while visiting family in the States. We wanted something cheap and easy because we would only use it for the two weeks while back in the States. A family member recommended Tracfone because the handsets themselves were so inexpensive and minute cards were readily available. I also heard from a friend of the family they have good network coverage.
What I saw during the two weeks the phone was in use, astounded me. When I used to live in the States I would never have even considered getting a prepaid phone - cell contracts were just how everybody did it back then. Now I'm not sure why anyone still bothers with contracts anymore.
First of all: the network coverage is exceptional! It was painfully obvious to everyone that the Tracfone had better signal than any of the three other phones (two on contract, one other prepaid) in our party. We were on the road a lot of the time and saw some of the phones lose all bars for long periods at a time. The Tracfone was the most reliable in remoter areas and the most consistent with signal strength. When actually using the phone the calls were clear sounding with minimal interference and almost no dropped calls.
Tracfone also actually enables you to place calls to many countries at the same rates as local calls! That's right, there is no extra charge for international calls to many overseas numbers. I was told it isn't to all countries in the world but we placed calls to Australia, Uk and France at no extra cost! That is phenomenal value for money right there. I know of no other carrier, contract or prepaid, who gives that as a standard feature. Normally you have to sign up for an international calling bundle just to avoid paying like $2 to $3 per minute.
The call rates were low although not the lowest available on the prepaid market over there as I understand it. Still, Tracfone proved to be very good value for money.
The handsets I saw on display were the simpler, older types but at least they were cheap.
I will definitely look at Tracfone as an option when next time we visit the States. Based on my personal experience I would recommend this prepaid option.