The Best TracFones

by Andrea Sigust

TracFone is a wireless telecommunications company based in Miami, Florida, that was established in 1996 and has become one of the nation's largest prepaid mobile service providers. TracFone telephones are exclusively branded for TracFone by the manufacturers LG, Samsung, Motorola and Kyocera. The best TracFone telephones depend on what you're looking for; and fortunately, TracFone offers units in an array of designs, features and prices to accommodate a variety of customer preferences.

Brand and Design

If the choice of your best phone is determined by its brand and/or design, TracFone offers a selection of flip phones, sliders and basic non-flip/slider units. All TracFone flip phones are compact models with color-rich displays that include the LG 410G (silver in color and rectangular in shape), 420G (black and rectangular), 600G (black with charcoal and rectangular), 220C (black with silver and rectangular), 200C (black with silver and oval), 225 (black and oval with an external antennae), 3280 (silver and oval with an external antennae), and 231C (black and rectangular); the Samsung T155G (black and rectangular); and the Motorola W260g (black and rectangular), W376g (silver and rectangular), W370 (silver with black and rectangular), V176 (blue with silver, oval with an external antennae) and V170 (silver with black and oval). TracFone sliders include the LG 290C (charcoal and rectangular) and the Samsung T301G (black and rectangular). TracFone non-flip/slider telephones include the LG 100C (silver with black, 4.09 inches long x 1.8 inches wide x 0.5 inches thick); the Samsung T105G (black, 4.23 x 1.8 x 0.58 inches) and T101G (silver with black, 4.07 x 1.77 x 0.59 inches); the Motorola W175g (black, 4.45 x 1.65 x 0.55 inches), C261 (black, 4.3 x 2 x 0.6 inches) and C139 (black with silver, 4 x 1.8 x 0.9 inches); and the Kyocera K 126C (mid-tone gray).

Features

All TracFones offer basic features including voice mail, caller ID, pre-loaded ring tones and wallpapers, phone book, text-messaging, airtime balance display, calendar and calculator. However, if you're primarily interested in more advanced features such as digital cameras, Internet access or Bluetooth technology, they are not available on all units. Telephones that offer digital cameras include the LG420G, 600G, 290C, 225, and 231C; Samsung T301G; and Motorola W376g and C261. Internet access is provided with the LG 420G, 225, 231C, 600G, 220C, 100C and 290C; Samsung T101G, T155G and T301G; Motorola W376g, W370, and C261. Bluetooth technology is available on the LG420G, 600G, 290C and 231C; Samsung T301G and Motorola W376g.

Prices

If your phone selections are primarily driven by financial practicality, TracFone offers the following standard prices for their units (not including sales promotions): Telephones in the price range from $9.99 to $14.99 include the LG 100C; the Samsung T105G, T101G and T155G; Motorola W175g and C139; and the Kyocera K 126C. Units that range from $19.99 to $29.99 include the LG 410G, 420G, 220C, 231C and 200C; and the Motorola W260g, W376g, C261, V176 and V170. Telephones that range from $39 to $49 are the LG 600G, 290C, 225 and 3280; the Samsung T301G; and the Motorola W370.

Double Minutes

There are some TracFone telephones that automatically double the number of minutes added to your unit. (For example, you buy 60 minutes but 120 minutes are applied). Telephones that provide double minutes for the lifetime of your telephone include the LG 600G, 290C and 225; the Samsung T301G; and the Motorola W376g and W370.

About the Author

Andrea Sigust began writing professionally in 1994, authoring user-friendly manuals, reference guides and information sheets while working at a hospital. After years of working in industries ranging from health care to telecommunications, Sigust became a writer. She specializes in the sciences and holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Maryland.

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