A TracFone works differently than many other cellphones in that the user purchases time in advance, rather than signing a contract. This eliminates hidden charges, roaming fees and credit checks. The customer pays for only as much time as he needs. When he makes a call, he uses or spends his minutes. In addition to getting basic cellphone service, TracFone owners can tap into some beneficial programs just by knowing a few handy “secrets.”
International Long Distance – TracFone owners can make international calls to dozens of countries around the world for the same cost as that of making local calls. In some cases you can call cellphones in other countries, but in other cases you can only call landlines. The official TracFone web site has a list of which countries can be called under this program, including which ones you can call with cell phones. The list is updated on a regular basis as TracFone adds countries.
In order to call an international number, a user must first dial a TracFone access number. This takes the call into a phone menu which provides dialing directions. After a brief wait, the call is connected. To make connecting easier, you can store the access number as a speed dial number. All TracFones can use this service, so there is no need for users to sign up again. New users need to wait 48 hours for the service to be available to them.
Mexico and Canada – Users with friends and family in either Canada or Mexico can apply to be issued local numbers for different regions of those two countries. For example, if a TracFone user in the U.S. has relatives in Mexico City, he can request a number for his TracFone that is local to Mexico City.