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 07-22-2017 04:56 AM
kevdogg32901
 
Thought I would share this on its own thread. With one of the 1gb bonus codes it makes the take text and service days free

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 07-22-2017 12:35 PM
 bw01
 
Originally posted by kevdogg32901:
Thought I would share this on its own thread. With one of the 1gb bonus codes it makes the take text and service days free

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I saw you mentioned this in another thread. I'm glad you started its own thread. At least this makes the $15 smartphone more tolerable as far as the value it provides. I was surprised at the number of people posting that they were using the $15 card instead of the $25 or $35 cards which seems to me to make more sense as far as the value they provide.

I wonder if this only affects the $15 card purchased online and what happens if you get a physical card from a store, and will they reissue new physical cards?

It seems like this is a rare change. Has TF ever changed the amount of minutes (or text or data) that a card provides? I've seen them get rid of all the different data cards ($10 for 300 MB, $30 for 2 GB, $50 for 4 GB) and replace them all with $10 for 1 GB and lowered the price of 1000 texts from $10 to $5, but changes to their minute cards was by adding double and then triple minutes, at least as far as I've seen.
 
 07-22-2017 05:03 PM
tfu2215
 
Originally posted by bw01:
I saw you mentioned this in another thread. I'm glad you started its own thread. At least this makes the $15 smartphone more tolerable as far as the value it provides. I was surprised at the number of people posting that they were using the $15 card instead of the $25 or $35 cards which seems to me to make more sense as far as the value they provide.


The addition of the extra 300 Megs of data has significantly improved the relative value of the card compared to the other refills. With respect to people buying the card rather than the better valure cards, some of the $15 card purchases recently may have been to use the 1G data promo codes. The $15 card was the lowest cost/best value way of using the codes since the codes did not work with the $20 smartphone refill.
 
 07-22-2017 05:22 PM
tfusr19 
 
Precisely.... All depends on the needs of the buyer at the time of purchase.

Originally posted by tfu2215:
The addition of the extra 300 Megs of data has significantly improved the relative value of the card compared to the other refills. With respect to people buying the card rather than the better valure cards, some of the $15 card purchases recently may have been to use the 1G data promo codes. The $15 card was the lowest cost/best value way of using the codes since the codes did not work with the $20 smartphone refill.
 
 07-22-2017 05:57 PM
 bw01
 
Comparing value:

Old $15 smartphone card:
200 minutes = x
500 texts = $2.50
200 MB = $2
30 days = $4.10

Solving for x = $6.40 or 3.2 per minute

$25 smartphone card:
500 minutes = x
1000 texts = $5
500 MB = $5
60 days = $8.20

Solving for x = $6.80 or 1.36 per minute

New $15 smartphone card:
200 minutes = x
500 texts = $2.50
500 MB = $5
30 days = $4.10

Solving for x = $3.40 or 1.7 per minute

Obviously everyone has to do their own analysis and will place different values depending on their own situation. And some I'm sure were just wanting to spend as little as possible to get the free 1 GB bonus. But if they're looking for just the extra data, $15 is too much to pay for 1200 MB.

Anyway it's a much better value now and as the OP pointed out the 1 GB bonus is like getting the minutes, texts and days for free (less taxes/fees).
 
 07-22-2017 06:15 PM
alluringreality
 
I think this spreadsheet should be current for the various plans available with smartphones or BYOP that have the triple feature. The increase on the $15 card seems to make it a more reasonable consideration than the prior amounts. That leaves the $125 option as the only particularly bad value out of the smartphone plans in my opinion, but that's primarily because the 50 minute value plans with the triple feature offered more service for similar money and smaller payments. The value plans are no longer on the current site, but mine continues to auto-refill. There is still a question about value plans in the FAQ, which indicates calling the Customer Care Center at 1-800-867-7183, so I'm not sure if it's possible for new customers to sign up for a value plan or not.
 
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