When most people think of TracFones, they think of nearly disposable cell phones that are prepaid and only good for simple calls. However, there are many tips and tricks that you can use to get more out of your TracFone. These tricks can make your TracFone seem almost like a smart phone, without the expensive charges a regular phone requires.
Running Searches With Google
Thanks to Google, you can make your TracFone smarter with just a few easy steps. In your contacts, create a new contact named "Google Search" with the phone number of "466453." Send a text to this number to perform different tasks. For example, send a text to Google Search with the phrase "Movies 90210," but replace those five digits with your ZIP code. This will return a text to you with the movies playing in your area.
For an entire list of commands you can use with Google's SMS service, see Resources or text "Help" to that contact to receive a list of various commands right on your phone.
Send and Receive Email
First, you will need to know what carrier TracFone "piggybacks" on in your area. Get this information by calling TracFone and providing them with your ZIP code. Typically, they will use one of the major cell phone carriers in your area.
Find your text-to-email gateway with the provider with which TracFone piggybacks (see Resources). For example, if the local provider is AT&T, your text-to-email gateway would be "email@example.com." This will be your phone's email address. To send an email to your friends, ask them who their wireless provider is and go through the same steps to get their text-to-email gateway information. Add this information into your contact data for that person.
Select your contact, and then type in a text first using their email address with a space following the ".com." So, your text would look like "firstname.lastname@example.org How are you doing today?" Hit "Send."
Tweet with Your Tracfone
Twitter has quickly become a popular means of communication, and now even TracFone users can send tweets to their followers. Create a new contact in your phone named "Twitter" with the number "40404." Send a text message to this contact with your tweet and make sure to include your Twitter user name with the "@" symbol in front on it. Hit "Send."
You can also use this feature to send direct messages to other Twitter users. Put a lowercase "d" in front of their user names and then type your message. You will type "d twitteruser your direct message here."