The Prepaid model that Tracfone uses is the Cost per Minute structure. You purchase minutes and at the same time you will get a service period to use those minutes.

You will start by buying a Phone and a Tracfone Minute Card. You can only use a Tracfone Phone for Tracfone service, you cannot use a Verizon, At&t, T-Mobile, Alltel, Net10 or any other phone with Tracfone Service.

Then you activate the phone by calling Tracfone on a land line or by using the web.

You will have to key in some numbers into your phone and then it is active. It is really easy.

Adding a Tracfone Minute card is even easier. You can add Tracfone minutes directly from the phone or from the Tracfone website. You will add the 15 digit PIN code into your phone.

I have gotten a lot of extra minutes on my Tracfones by using Bonus Codes. Tracfone Bonus codes are a five digit number that will increase the number of minutes you get when you are adding a card to your tTacfone.. Check out the Tracfone Bonus Codes.

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Tracfone Service Time

Most Tracfone cards will put 90 service days onto your phone along with the minutes. If you do not have service time left on your phone it will not work even if you have minutes left.. The remaining Tracfone minutes always show on the display of your phone. The Service end date will also scroll onto your screen. It normally says “Add Airtime by 12/21/10 or service ends.” hwtracwrks

Buying Tracfone Cards

Phone cards for Tracfone come in different denominations. The different options are $20, $30, $40, $80, $100 and $200. As you spend more money on the card you get more minutes per dollar. With the first four cards you will add 90 days of service time with the card. The twenty dollar card costs you three minutes per dollar and the eighty dollar card gives you 5.8 minutes per dollar. These numbers double with Dmfl installed. The $100 and $200 Tracfone cards add a full 12 months to your service time.

Tracfone Double Minutes for Life Card

Be sure to check out what Tracfone DMFL is before you pay for your Tracfone. Here is a great article on Tracfone DMFL. It is an expensive mistake to add a phone card to a Tracfone without DMFL.

Tracfone Service Time and Minutes Roll Over

With Tracfone your minutes and service time will add on to your current balance. For instance if you have 20 minutes and 60 days left on your Tracfone and you add a 120 minute phone card you will end up with 140 minutes and 150 days left. With Double Minutes it would be 260 units (2+120+120) and 150 days of service.

The Most Costly Tracfone Mistakes

Check out my article on The Most Common Tracfone Mistakes.

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Here is a great article on How Tracfone Prepaid Works.