What Is the Difference Between a GoPhone & TracFone?

By Jennifer Lott

The GoPhone is a prepaid cell phone that runs on and is owned by the AT&T Wireless network. TracFone is a different prepaid company that has an agreement with AT&T Wireless as well as T-Mobile to carry its service.


One difference between TracFones and GoPhones is the price of the plan and minutes. The TracFone's least expensive plan starts at $9.99 for 30 minutes of service which expires in 30 days and goes up to $199.99 for 1,500 minutes which won't expire for 365 days. TracFone also offers monthly plans starting at $9.99 per month for 50 minutes and increasing to $29.99 per month for 200 minutes. GoPhone offers monthly service plans. One plan charges $2 per day for unlimited talk and text and the user is only charged on days the phone is used or $60 for unlimited talk and text per month. GoPhone also offers a plan for $75 per month with unlimited talk and text and 200 megabytes of data.

Text Message Charges

TracFone charges 1 minute for 3 text messages. GoPhone offers monthly plans with unlimited text messages that do not eat at your bucket of minutes.

Customer Service

TracFone has a customer service team separate from AT&T Wireless and T-Mobile (the two companies it buys cell phone tower time from). GoPhone uses AT&T Wireless's customer service. This means that there is a dedicated AT&T team to speak to with the wireless division.

Phone Selection

TracFone features phones which are catered to talk and text and not data. There are GoPhones that are also smartphones and have data plans that go along with the smartphones which are tiered up to $25 per month for 500 megabytes of data.