The first cell phone I ever had was a paid contract through one of the local cell phone companies here in Maine. My hubby and I had just moved and we were living in temporary housing so we didn't want to bother hooking up a phone. Once we were in a more permanent home, I ended up giving up the phone simply because we couldn't justify the monthly bill.
A few years after that I finally decided that having a cell phone would be helpful for when I was traveling with my boys. I was driving an old truck and it would break down on occasion. That's not a lot of fun when you have three young ones with you! So I asked my hubby for a cell phone. I specifically asked him to get me a Tracfone.
Tracfone allows me to add the minutes I want when I need them. I can pay as I go and I'm not tied down to a contract. I also typically get service when many others can't. It was only in the last year that we had cell coverage at our home here in the boonies. Prior to a tower going up nearby, I could still get at least one bar of service here at home. Now that the new tower is up, I get almost full coverage.
So many features come with Tracfone phones that you really shouldn't feel "deprived" by not having a different type of plan. It allows all of the same features as any other plan out there. In fact, I'm even eyeing an upgrade. My phone is a tired old Nokia that only allows me to talk and text. I'd love to get a phone that allowed me Internet access as well and Tracfone sells "unlimited talk, text, data" cards for only $45 a month. Very budget friendly.
Real TracFone customers agree that it's a super easy way to have the convenience of a cell phone in a very budget friendly way.