It has recently come to my attention that TracFone has changed its policy with respect to certain CDMA handsets. In the early days of TracFone’s CDMA coverage, phones were assigned a “home” area based on the ZIP code in which the phone was activated. Calls made within that home area were charged at the normal rate of one airtime unit per minute talked.
If the phone was “roaming” outside of that home area, however, a phone call would cost twice as many units. Note that this applies only to older models, including the Motorola v120 and Nokia 1221, 5100, and 2285, as well as the popular Nokia 2126, which is not to be confused with the follow-up 2126i.
Within the last few months, though, users have been reporting that these older models no longer deduct double minutes for calls made from “roaming” territory. Apparently this is something that has happened without any action from the owners of these phones: they simply started working in this manner one day.
This probably won’t affect most people, but I figured it was worth mentioning either for those that do use one of those phones mentioned, or for people that used to have one of those models and really liked it, but switched to a new model to avoid the roaming chargers.
If you fall into this latter category, you may want to consider switching back to your old phone. Keep in mind that if you do, though, you’ll want to make sure you’re not switching from a phone WITH double minutes for life (DMFL) to a phone WITHOUT. In that case, you’d have to carefully consider whether making the switch will save you money.