My Take on the Verizon Takeover of TracFone – September 15, 2020

Per my post last night – Verizon’s Acquisition Of Tracfone Could Be Devasting To The Prepaid Wireless Market — BestMVNO, I decided to give my take on Verizon purchasing TracFone. There’s always the possibility the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will do something like it did before approving the Sprint purchase by T-Mobile. In that case, T-Mobile had to sell off Boost Mobile from Sprint to get permission to buy the rest of Sprint

I have a TracFone number. It’s a Pay As You Go (PAYGO) plan. When checking my account, I don’t know if my current TracFone account is a Verizon account or not. It doesn’t sound like I have to be concerned until the second half of 2021. Worst case scenario is I port out my number to another PAYGO provider or possibly a cheap plan with either an MVNO or cell phone company. In that case, I would need a new phone if my phone isn’t compatible with the new company. If it is a Verizon number, then I expect Verizon will increase my costs. If it’s one of the other cell phone companies, then I think the FCC may require Verizon to sell off those not using Verizon to another cell phone or MVNO provider.

In addition, I noticed there is a TracFone Rewards option. It’s free and I was able to sign up for it with my TracFone PAYGO phone. I have a few people who won’t call me on my Tello phone which is why I have kept the TracFone number. The amount of times they call me is very limited and it barely impacts my limited amount of talk minutes. I have a little bit over 3,300 talk minutes. The current expiration date is early April 2021. I started with TracFone back in early 2013 and loved how they used to triple Talk, Text, Data (TTD) for a long time. I lost that benefit last year, but I used HSN to purchase a combined year extension to my expiration date and gained a lot of TTD as well as a new phone for a lot less than it cost if I wanted to add a year extension to my expiration date without a new phone.

Plus, I am now able to extend the expiration date on unused TTD by buying a new phone on HSN. It appears QVC also offers similar deals on combined TTD and new TracFone phones as well.

About Wichita Genealogist

Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi. Live in Wichita, Kansas now. I suffer Bipolar I, ultra-ultra rapid cycling, mixed episodes. Blog on a variety of topics - genealogy, DNA, mental health, among others. Let's
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