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Tracphone

Discussion in 'alt.cellular.verizon' started by Steve and Janet, Dec 9, 2003.

  1. Hi, we are located in Central PA and were wondering if the Tracphone uses
    ATT or Verizon in this area? Is there a way to know? Thanks in advance!



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  2. Josh III

    Josh III Guest

    ATT uses TDMA mode.
    Cingular uses TDMA mode.
    Verizon uses CDMA mode.

    Cingular and Verizon are TracFone carriers, ATT is not..

    I doubt TracFone(s) can even use the ATT network and TracFone(s) do not use
    ATT assigned cellphone numbers.

    To see if you local area is TDMA or CDMA, just go to the www.tracfone.com
    website and pretend you are going to order you phone online. If it comes
    back and offers you a Nokia 5180i or Motorola 120c, then your area is CDMA.
    If it comes back and offers you a Nokia 5125 or Moto 120t, then your area is
    TDMA.

    If your area is TDMA, chances are your carrier will be Cingular. If you
    area is CDMA, your carrier will probably be either Alltel or Verizon.


    Hope this helps!

    Josh III
    upstate south carolina
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tracfoneusers





    "Steve and Janet" <steveandjanet@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:vtbm52a19bmm9c@corp.supernews.com...
    > Hi, we are located in Central PA and were wondering if the Tracphone uses
    > ATT or Verizon in this area? Is there a way to know? Thanks in advance!
    >
    >
  3. Thanks so much, it does really help!
    Janet

    "Josh III" <lipizzan@Xhotmaill.com> wrote in message
    news:br4ng0$m2q$1@news.chatlink.com...
    > ATT uses TDMA mode.
    > Cingular uses TDMA mode.
    > Verizon uses CDMA mode.
    >
    > Cingular and Verizon are TracFone carriers, ATT is not..
    >
    > I doubt TracFone(s) can even use the ATT network and TracFone(s) do not

    use
    > ATT assigned cellphone numbers.
    >
    > To see if you local area is TDMA or CDMA, just go to the www.tracfone.com
    > website and pretend you are going to order you phone online. If it comes
    > back and offers you a Nokia 5180i or Motorola 120c, then your area is

    CDMA.
    > If it comes back and offers you a Nokia 5125 or Moto 120t, then your area

    is
    > TDMA.
    >
    > If your area is TDMA, chances are your carrier will be Cingular. If you
    > area is CDMA, your carrier will probably be either Alltel or Verizon.
    >
    >
    > Hope this helps!
    >
    > Josh III
    > upstate south carolina
    > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tracfoneusers
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > "Steve and Janet" <steveandjanet@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:vtbm52a19bmm9c@corp.supernews.com...
    > > Hi, we are located in Central PA and were wondering if the Tracphone

    uses
    > > ATT or Verizon in this area? Is there a way to know? Thanks in advance!
    > >
    > >

    >
    >
  4. Would you consider Tracfone a better deal than verizon Pre-paid?
    Thanks
    Janet


    "Josh III" <lipizzan@Xhotmaill.com> wrote in message
    news:br4ng0$m2q$1@news.chatlink.com...
    > ATT uses TDMA mode.
    > Cingular uses TDMA mode.
    > Verizon uses CDMA mode.
    >
    > Cingular and Verizon are TracFone carriers, ATT is not..
    >
    > I doubt TracFone(s) can even use the ATT network and TracFone(s) do not

    use
    > ATT assigned cellphone numbers.
    >
    > To see if you local area is TDMA or CDMA, just go to the www.tracfone.com
    > website and pretend you are going to order you phone online. If it comes
    > back and offers you a Nokia 5180i or Motorola 120c, then your area is

    CDMA.
    > If it comes back and offers you a Nokia 5125 or Moto 120t, then your area

    is
    > TDMA.
    >
    > If your area is TDMA, chances are your carrier will be Cingular. If you
    > area is CDMA, your carrier will probably be either Alltel or Verizon.
    >
    >
    > Hope this helps!
    >
    > Josh III
    > upstate south carolina
    > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tracfoneusers
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > "Steve and Janet" <steveandjanet@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:vtbm52a19bmm9c@corp.supernews.com...
    > > Hi, we are located in Central PA and were wondering if the Tracphone

    uses
    > > ATT or Verizon in this area? Is there a way to know? Thanks in advance!
    > >
    > >

    >
    >
  5. Josh III

    Josh III Guest

    What is the most important to you?
    Minimum cost per month or
    Free weekend minutes and nights or
    No roaming charges or
    Lowest cost per minute or
    Best overall US coverage


    Verizon prepaid vs. TracFone Trade Study Follows:

    Verizon prepaid requires you to buy a $30 airtime card every 2 months, where
    TracFone requires you to buy a $18 airtime card every two months.

    With Verizon you get more minutes than with TracFone, because with Verizon
    you get soo many free weekend minutes, etc. that you don't get with
    TracFone.

    Verizon deducts minutes when you or anyone logs into your voicemail box,
    where as with TracFone, voice mail is free. With TracFone you can check
    your messages using any land line phone and there is no charge. Anytime you
    check your voice mail with Verizon, there is a deduction regardless of phone
    you use.

    Verizon prepaid plan (Free-Up) allows you to roll minutes over if you add
    more airtime before your due date every 60 days.
    TracFone minutes roll over as well, but with both prepaid plans, you are
    required to add airtime every 60 days (minimum) whether you need to add more
    or not.

    Verizon prepaid has no roaming as long as you stay on the Verizon network.
    TracFone roaming rate is twice their local rate.

    TracFone's coverage is slightly better than Verizon's because TracFone uses
    Verizon and Alltel towers. But Verizon coverage is good in 98% or the US
    anyways, so it might not be saying much to be better than 98% . :)

    If you need a phone just for emergencies, Tracfone is the least expensive
    per month. If you plan to use it every day for several minutes a day, the
    Verizon prepaid is going to be better for you.

    Have you considered ATT prepaid and CallPlus prepaid? CallPlus uses the
    ATT network.

    I have had a TracFone 5180i for 2 years. I use it for emergencies basically,
    so my airtime bank is building up over time. I use a cellphone less than 15
    minutes a month.

    I would already have a CallPlus prepaid phone as a backup for my TracFone
    for when I need to make calls in a roaming area of TracFone. I can not get
    a CallPlus phone with a local areacode, and that is reason I don't already
    have one. CallPlus does not have a roaming charge. CallPlus only requires
    you to add $10 (minimum) airtime card every 90 days, so for emergencies only
    use, that averages out to $3.33 per month.

    TracFone has year service cards for $95 with 150-250 minutes, that allow you
    to forget about your cellphone for a whole year (for keeping emergency phone
    in glove compartment of car for example). CallPlus or Verizon prepaid don't
    offer a long term airtime card.

    Verizon customer service is good. TracFone customer service is good.

    Decisions, decisions, decisions! Good Luck!

    Josh III
    upstate south carolina
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tracfoneusers
















    Guess the bottom line is, how many minutes will you need each month? If you
    require over 15 mins airtime a month, per month



    "Steve and Janet" <steveandjanet@nospam.hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:vtbr7h7itn2m10@corp.supernews.com...
    > Would you consider Tracfone a better deal than verizon Pre-paid?
    > Thanks
    > Janet
    >
    >
    > "Josh III" <lipizzan@Xhotmaill.com> wrote in message
    > news:br4ng0$m2q$1@news.chatlink.com...
    > > ATT uses TDMA mode.
    > > Cingular uses TDMA mode.
    > > Verizon uses CDMA mode.
    > >
    > > Cingular and Verizon are TracFone carriers, ATT is not..
    > >
    > > I doubt TracFone(s) can even use the ATT network and TracFone(s) do not

    > use
    > > ATT assigned cellphone numbers.
    > >
    > > To see if you local area is TDMA or CDMA, just go to the

    www.tracfone.com
    > > website and pretend you are going to order you phone online. If it

    comes
    > > back and offers you a Nokia 5180i or Motorola 120c, then your area is

    > CDMA.
    > > If it comes back and offers you a Nokia 5125 or Moto 120t, then your

    area
    > is
    > > TDMA.
    > >
    > > If your area is TDMA, chances are your carrier will be Cingular. If you
    > > area is CDMA, your carrier will probably be either Alltel or Verizon.
    > >
    > >
    > > Hope this helps!
    > >
    > > Josh III
    > > upstate south carolina
    > > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tracfoneusers
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > "Steve and Janet" <steveandjanet@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > > news:vtbm52a19bmm9c@corp.supernews.com...
    > > > Hi, we are located in Central PA and were wondering if the Tracphone

    > uses
    > > > ATT or Verizon in this area? Is there a way to know? Thanks in

    advance!
    > > >
    > > >

    > >
    > >

    >
    >
  6. Peter Pan

    Peter Pan Guest

    Definitely tracfone. Contrary to the MAJOR MAJOR errors in what is posted
    below, you can buy a tracfone card that is good for a YEAR (rather than have
    to buy a new one every two months as the person stated IE with tracfone you
    do NOT need to add minutes every two months) and recharge it at will. check
    it out at their website at http://www.tracfone.com let's see, 1 year of
    service with no charges, no contracts, no credit checks, rollover minutes,
    no monthly bills, nationwide service, no long distance charges, double
    minutes... As for coverage, I have on and travel full time in my RV. Haven't
    found a place it doesn't work yet (doesn't mean there aren't any, just
    haven't found any) sounds like a pretty good deal to me. You do NOT get free
    n&w with verizon, you only get a few hundred free weekend minutes a month
    (see http://www.verizonwireless.com/ics/plsql/prepay.intro ).



    "Josh III" <lipizzan@Xhotmaill.com> wrote in message
    news:br575p$ppl$1@news.chatlink.com...
    > What is the most important to you?
    > Minimum cost per month or
    > Free weekend minutes and nights or
    > No roaming charges or
    > Lowest cost per minute or
    > Best overall US coverage
    >
    >
    > Verizon prepaid vs. TracFone Trade Study Follows:
    >
    > Verizon prepaid requires you to buy a $30 airtime card every 2 months,

    where
    > TracFone requires you to buy a $18 airtime card every two months.
    >
    > With Verizon you get more minutes than with TracFone, because with Verizon
    > you get soo many free weekend minutes, etc. that you don't get with
    > TracFone.
    >
    > Verizon deducts minutes when you or anyone logs into your voicemail box,
    > where as with TracFone, voice mail is free. With TracFone you can check
    > your messages using any land line phone and there is no charge. Anytime

    you
    > check your voice mail with Verizon, there is a deduction regardless of

    phone
    > you use.
    >
    > Verizon prepaid plan (Free-Up) allows you to roll minutes over if you add
    > more airtime before your due date every 60 days.
    > TracFone minutes roll over as well, but with both prepaid plans, you are
    > required to add airtime every 60 days (minimum) whether you need to add

    more
    > or not.
    >
    > Verizon prepaid has no roaming as long as you stay on the Verizon network.
    > TracFone roaming rate is twice their local rate.
    >
    > TracFone's coverage is slightly better than Verizon's because TracFone

    uses
    > Verizon and Alltel towers. But Verizon coverage is good in 98% or the US
    > anyways, so it might not be saying much to be better than 98% . :)
    >
    > If you need a phone just for emergencies, Tracfone is the least expensive
    > per month. If you plan to use it every day for several minutes a day, the
    > Verizon prepaid is going to be better for you.
    >
    > Have you considered ATT prepaid and CallPlus prepaid? CallPlus uses the
    > ATT network.
    >
    > I have had a TracFone 5180i for 2 years. I use it for emergencies

    basically,
    > so my airtime bank is building up over time. I use a cellphone less than

    15
    > minutes a month.
    >
    > I would already have a CallPlus prepaid phone as a backup for my TracFone
    > for when I need to make calls in a roaming area of TracFone. I can not

    get
    > a CallPlus phone with a local areacode, and that is reason I don't

    already
    > have one. CallPlus does not have a roaming charge. CallPlus only

    requires
    > you to add $10 (minimum) airtime card every 90 days, so for emergencies

    only
    > use, that averages out to $3.33 per month.
    >
    > TracFone has year service cards for $95 with 150-250 minutes, that allow

    you
    > to forget about your cellphone for a whole year (for keeping emergency

    phone
    > in glove compartment of car for example). CallPlus or Verizon prepaid

    don't
    > offer a long term airtime card.
    >
    > Verizon customer service is good. TracFone customer service is good.
    >
    > Decisions, decisions, decisions! Good Luck!
    >
    > Josh III
    > upstate south carolina
    > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tracfoneusers
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > Guess the bottom line is, how many minutes will you need each month? If

    you
    > require over 15 mins airtime a month, per month
    >
    >
    >
    > "Steve and Janet" <steveandjanet@nospam.hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:vtbr7h7itn2m10@corp.supernews.com...
    > > Would you consider Tracfone a better deal than verizon Pre-paid?
    > > Thanks
    > > Janet
    > >
    > >
    > > "Josh III" <lipizzan@Xhotmaill.com> wrote in message
    > > news:br4ng0$m2q$1@news.chatlink.com...
    > > > ATT uses TDMA mode.
    > > > Cingular uses TDMA mode.
    > > > Verizon uses CDMA mode.
    > > >
    > > > Cingular and Verizon are TracFone carriers, ATT is not..
    > > >
    > > > I doubt TracFone(s) can even use the ATT network and TracFone(s) do

    not
    > > use
    > > > ATT assigned cellphone numbers.
    > > >
    > > > To see if you local area is TDMA or CDMA, just go to the

    > www.tracfone.com
    > > > website and pretend you are going to order you phone online. If it

    > comes
    > > > back and offers you a Nokia 5180i or Motorola 120c, then your area is

    > > CDMA.
    > > > If it comes back and offers you a Nokia 5125 or Moto 120t, then your

    > area
    > > is
    > > > TDMA.
    > > >
    > > > If your area is TDMA, chances are your carrier will be Cingular. If

    you
    > > > area is CDMA, your carrier will probably be either Alltel or Verizon.
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > Hope this helps!
    > > >
    > > > Josh III
    > > > upstate south carolina
    > > > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tracfoneusers
    > > >
    > > >
    > > >
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > "Steve and Janet" <steveandjanet@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > > > news:vtbm52a19bmm9c@corp.supernews.com...
    > > > > Hi, we are located in Central PA and were wondering if the Tracphone

    > > uses
    > > > > ATT or Verizon in this area? Is there a way to know? Thanks in

    > advance!
    > > > >
    > > > >
    > > >
    > > >

    > >
    > >

    >
    >
  7. N9WOS

    N9WOS Guest


    > You do NOT get free
    > n&w with verizon, you only get a few hundred free weekend minutes a month


    I think he may have been getting confused with the free weekends that
    cingular offers.
    That is the only one I know that offers free weekends.
    But I don't know of any that offer free weekday nights.
  8. Josh III

    Josh III Guest

    Sorry, I didn't mean weekends were free with the "soo many free weekend
    minutes" comment.

    The last Brochure I got about the Verizon Free-Up plan (brochure is a year
    outdated at least) states you get 200 Weekend Minutes everytime you add an
    airtime card of $50 or more.

    Plans are changing month to month (just about) carrier to carrier.. So its
    really a prepaid jungle out there now. With Virgin Mobile, CallPlus, ATT,
    Verizon, TracFone, T-Mobile, you name it.

    Josh III
    upstate south carolina
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tracfoneusers


    "Josh III" <lipizzan@Xhotmaill.com> wrote in message
    news:br575p$ppl$1@news.chatlink.com...
    >
    >
    > <snip>
    > With Verizon you get more minutes than with TracFone, because with Verizon
    > you get soo many free weekend minutes, etc. that you don't get with
    > TracFone.
    > <snip>
    >

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