Tracfone is now officially on Sprint’s network. It’s a change of plans for Tracfone, whose plans were set to expire at the end of 2012.
Previously, Tracfone had not offered any plans on Sprint’s network, as it was one of the last network-licensed prepaid providers that had not made any of its offerings available on Sprint’s network.
As of this month, however, Tracfone is now offering service in the new “Tracfone” brand on Sprint’s network.
From this month onward, Tracfone has officially removed all Sprint-specific information from its websites, which now refer to Tracfone as a “brand of the cell phone company, Tracfone Wireless, Inc.”
From now on, Sprint’s service site will simply refer to Tracfone as a “network provider.” As a result of this, Tracfone plans from Sprint will remain in effect and can still be picked up in stores.
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Sprint’s coverage of Tracfone means that the network can offer customers a way to make purchases at millions of locations. However, this is also only a temporary benefit, as Tracfone’s contract with Sprint is set to expire at the end of the year.
Following the expiration of Tracfone’s contract, Sprint will be able to offer customers its own prepaid offerings, though there has been no indication as of this writing of a transition plan.
Tracfone’s decision to move to Sprint is due to concerns over the company’s “ability to survive and thrive in the long-term,” the company says. This is due to Sprint’s limited contract terms, as well as Sprint’s plans to discontinue its contract with Tracfone once the contract ends in 2014.
“Since 2003, we have experienced continuous growth as a technology leader in mobile communications,” says Travis Schneider, President of Tracfone Wireless.
“As a result, we have continued to expand our footprint beyond the traditional prepaid market to include wireless services, digital services, and electronic payment services.
Today, the future of mobile communications requires further expansion in every direction and we intend to explore these opportunities.”
Following its Sprint transition, Tracfone’s plans will return to being offered on AT&T’s network.
Besides its contract with Sprint, Tracfone’s new plans also feature some smartphones that are not on other prepaid plans from Sprint or AT&T. For instance, Tracfone’s newly launched “unlimited” plans come with 3 GB of data.
But these plans are only available for those customers who buy a new “Tracfone Unlimited” smartphone and sign up with Tracfone on a 2-year contract. Other prepaid providers don’t offer unlimited plans, though AT&T does offer the 8 GB, unlimited data plan to new customers.
However, Tracfone does offer its own “unlimited” smartphone plan to “Tracfone customers who are not on other provider’s plans.”
This plan includes unlimited data, unlimited domestic talk, and unlimited domestic SMS. However, AT&T’s definition of “unlimited” includes throttling.
That is, AT&T may still slow down the speed of this unlimited plan, and the amount of data it provides. This means that consumers may find this “unlimited” plan to be a bit slower than they are accustomed to with other prepaid providers.
T-Mobile is also not known for offering unlimited plans, but it has recently increased its data limits in its 4 GB plan.
That plan originally offered 4 GB of data, but T-Mobile’s recent upgrades mean that customers now get 8 GB of data instead. The 4 GB plan also offers users 100 minutes of text messaging and 250 minutes of international text messaging.
Other prepaid providers that offer higher data allotments include Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile.
Perhaps the biggest difference between Tracfone’s new “unlimited” plans and the traditional unlimited plans offered by other carriers, though, is that Tracfone does not require its customers to sign a contract to use these new plans.
With its traditional unlimited plans, these plans are subject to limits on the amount of data that customers can use. However, these unlimited plans still require that customers purchase a second smartphone to make purchases at certain stores.
Tracfone’s new plans are not limited to smartphones and tablets. Tracfone’s new offerings also include over-the-top hardware devices such as wireless routers.
For example, the company’s newly introduced “Universal Mobile Combo” plan comes with two 2 GB smartphones, a Tracfone LTE router, and a Tracfone USB modem.
Tracfone Wireless does not charge the customers any device activation fees. Instead, Tracfone is now offering those customers one month of free unlimited LTE data, as well as 10 GB of free data for connecting to the Internet.
In addition, Tracfone Wireless says that it does not charge customers for devices themselves. The company’s new unlimited smartphone plans can be used with all of Tracfone’s smartphones and tablets, as well as smartphones and tablets that are not sold through the Tracfone Wireless network.
The prepaid wireless provider’s plans come in at all different price points. The plans for 2 GB of data are as low as $40 per month, while 3 GB of data plans are available for as low as $60 per month.
Some of Tracfone’s more expensive plans include 5 GB of data for $70, 12 GB for $110, 20 GB for $160, and 30 GB for $190.
When it comes to hardware, Tracfone Wireless’s unlimited smartphone plans can be paired with some of Tracfone’s unlimited Wi-Fi routers.
This can be helpful for consumers who have Wi-Fi at home and one of Tracfone’s unlimited smartphone plans at the office. These routers come with several features, such as Wi-Fi Calling, 2 GB of wireless hotspot data, and 500 GB of data.
The cheapest router, the Mobile Wi-Fi Router, is priced at $80, while the Universal Wi-Fi Router and Universal Wi-Fi Combo Router cost $120. The 2 GB Wi-Fi Router is priced at $50.
Features and plans
The Tracfone Wireless unlimited smartphone plans come with all of the features that a typical unlimited smartphone plan offers. Tracfone Wireless’s new plans seem to mirror some of AT&T’s new “unlimited” offerings.
AT&T’s new plans feature all of the traditional unlimited features such as unlimited messaging and unlimited data.
However, AT&T’s “unlimited” plans do not come with any mobile data restrictions, making this one of the more difficult prepaid providers to compare to AT&T.
Tracfone’s unlimited smartphone plans also offer some of the most important features that other prepaid providers offer. For example, Tracfone’s unlimited smartphone plans are limited to only 2 GB of monthly data, and they cannot be used with unlimited domestic texting.
However, Tracfone’s unlimited smartphone plans offer unlimited mobile hotspot data as well as 5 GB of mobile hotspot data. When compared to AT&T’s unlimited plans, Tracfone’s unlimited smartphone plans offer 2 GB more mobile data than AT&T’s unlimited plans, as well as unlimited mobile hotspot data.
Tracfone’s unlimited smartphone plans also come with unlimited international messaging and 10 GB of mobile data for connecting to the Internet.
When it comes to specific benefits, Tracfone’s unlimited smartphone plans do not feature unlimited voice calls. However, the company’s unlimited smartphone plans do allow customers to call other Tracfone wireless subscribers and text to any mobile number that they want.
Tracfone’s unlimited smartphone plans come with unlimited data that is fast enough to receive streaming videos and music.
As a result, Tracfone’s unlimited smartphone plans can be used with any device that uses Tracfone’s unlimited data.
Tracfone’s unlimited smartphone plans can be used on any carrier that Tracfone’s unlimited data is not on, such as T-Mobile and Verizon.
Tracfone’s unlimited smartphone plans include unlimited calling to any of Tracfone’s 57 million Tracfone prepaid customers.
Some of Tracfone’s unlimited smartphone plans also offer the same number of minutes as their unlimited basic plans. However, Tracfone’s unlimited smartphone plans also include unlimited outgoing minutes.
This allows customers to make unlimited outgoing calls to anyone within Tracfone’s network.
Tracfone’s unlimited smartphone plans also come with unlimited national SMS. Tracfone’s unlimited smartphone plans include unlimited national messaging.
These plans do not include Tracfone’s unlimited data, so customers are limited to sending and receiving text messages up to 3,000 per month.
Tracfone’s unlimited smartphone plans also come with unlimited data that is fast enough for online activities such as streaming video, gaming, and more.