How to get free Tracfone minutes

Here's how to get free tracfone minutes when you buy, activate or port a phone or buy airtime minutes.

Activation

You will get about 20 minutes for activating any Tracfone that is not a smartphone. You can use these minutes to make sure your phone is working by making a one or two short calls and sending a couple of text messages. For the other phones, you are protected by their guarantee.

Once you're good to go, you can add your airtime PIN. Sometimes you can get an extra airtime card by shopping online for . . .

Airtime Bundled with Refurbished Phones

Tracfone has run various promotions online for refurbished phones and free airtime cards. This often lets you get the phone for the cost of the airtime or vice versa.

If you want to budget for the year, choose a phone and 1-year card deal. If you want it just for a short time, then choose a double minutes phone and 60-minute card deal.

Before you activate your airtime you should look for any current . . .

Free Minutes using Promo Codes

You can use a Tracfone promo code to get some bonus minutes when you buy and add airtime. For the one-year cards, it makes the difference between a so-so deal and a good deal as long as you have a double-minutes-for-life phone.

Porting your number

You can get 100 free Tracfone minutes for porting your existing numbers from another service to them and buying a 1-year airtime card or double-minute card. Unfortunately, I didn't take advantage of this when I dumped my old cell phone and got a Tracfone with a different number.

Get a Triple Minutes Phone

The best, long-term way to get extra minutes for your cell phone is to buy a triple minutes handset. For every airtime card you buy, you get triple the number of minutes. Some handset only offer double minutes. With a 3X phone, you get 50 percent more minutes per airtime purchase.

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If you don't want to go through any hoops to get free minutes, you can pick a plan that offers a certain amount of minutes at a flat rate or at a lower cost.


The Real Paygo plan from PlatinumTel charges a flat 5 cents per minute. They also have monthly plans for higher airtime and data needs.