When cell phones started becoming common, we had cell phones with AT&T and paid a pretty high monthly fee every month. We never have spent lots of time using cell phones. The bills were just too high for what we used.
Then in 2009, when our contract expired, we switched to Tracfone, their phones are cheap but work fine, they don't require contracts and the charges for use are really low.
With tracfone, my husband and I each spend roughly $100 a year for the phone and service. Our old plan was about $80 every month. $200 instead of $960 a year for cell phones that we don't use much is much better.
Just before Christmas, my basic tracfone was a year old and I was having a hard time hearing on it. (It had been probably been dropped by me or a grandchild just a few too many times)
Many stores now take coupons on smartphones and I like to use coupons. So we did some research and ordered a Tracfone LG Optimus Dynamic for me from Amazon.
Once it got here, we liked it so much, my husband got one too. He ordered his from QVC.
These will probably end up costing us each $150 or a little more a year. Still much better than the $960 we used to spend.
The text messages show up in bubbles on a scroll so it is easier to follow a conversation.
It also takes photos and movies, goes to any website and probably does lots of other stuff that I don't know how to do or even want to do.
Tracfone used to activate their phones through a call center that I think was in India. That was difficult but now, all activations, questions and number changes can be done though their website and it is very easy.
If you do buy a tracfone, we recommend you buy one with triple minutes for life. Anytime you buy minutes, you will get triple and that makes them cheaper in the long run.
This model does not have lots of storage so we added a big memory card to each one.
If you are a heavy IPhone user, I don't think you would be happy with this one.
But if you are not big time cell phone users and just want a smart phone with minimal cost, we think these Tracfones are great.
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