Optimum Mobile vs. TracFone, A Closer Look

Shopping for a new mobile service provider?

There are a wide array of mobile service providers out there, so weighing the pros and cons can be both stressful and time-consuming. To assist you with this task, we’ve broken down the qualities of both Optimum Mobile and TracFone to help you decide if either might be the right fit for you. In this article, we will be sharing the features, data speeds, pricing, and more to help you make an educated decision. 

What is Optimum Mobile and TracFone? 

Optimum Mobile, formerly known as Altice Mobile, is the mobile brand affiliated with Altice, and both the Optimum and Suddenlink brands. Altice USA has over 5 million customers located across 21 states. Optimum and Suddenlink services are available in the tri-state area, the west, and through the mid-Atlantic states. Additionally, their mobile service runs on the T-Mobile network.  

TracFone Wireless, Inc. is a prepaid American mobile phone provider with absolutely no contracts. TFWI is a subsidiary of Mexico's largest telecommunications company, América Móvil, which offers products and services under various brands. 

How much do their services cost? 
Optimum Mobile offers 1 GB, 3 GB and unlimited data plans, all of which include unlimited talk and text. The 1GB plan is $14/month, the 3 GB plan is $22/month, and the Unlimited data plan is $45/month. These plans all offer flexibility to switch at any time, as well as a free mobile hotspot, nationwide coverage, 5G access, and no multi-line commitments.  

TracFone offers various prepaid plans, the most popular ones include 1GB of data for $20/month, 2 GB of data for $25/month, 3 GB for $30/month, and 8 GB for $40/month. All of these plans include unlimited texting and a drop in price by $5/month if you set up auto-pay. Their crowd favorite is 12GB of data for $199/year.

Optimum Mobile Plans & Pricing TracFone Plans & Pricing 
1 GB for $19/month 1 GB for $20/month
3 GB for $32/month 2 GB for $25/month
3 GB for $30/month
Unlimited data for $60/month 8 GB for $40/month
12 GB for $99/year

What deals do they offer? 

Optimum Mobile advertises that their phone service is up to 40% cheaper than other phone plans. You can go onto the Optimum site and enter the monthly rate of your current mobile provider to find out how much you would be saving if you switched to Optimum mobile. 

TracFone offers generous discounts on both refurbished and brand-new phones if you pay for their service.

What else do they offer? 

Optimum does not require any contracts or multiline commitments. You can upgrade, downgrade or cancel your service at any time without any penalties. They offer unlimited talk and text, a free mobile hotspot, nationwide coverage, and 5G access. 

TracFone also doesn’t require contracts of multiline commitments. They also allow you to add international calls to any plan for $10/month. Any unused portion rolls over to the next billing cycle, so it never goes to waste. You can also add data each month if you run out of data. For an extra 1GB, it’s $5/month and $10/month for 2GB. 

We hope this article assisted you in deciding on which mobile service might be worth trying. As we discussed, Optimum Mobile and TracFone don’t lock you into their services, so you can try either one risk-free and decide if they’re worth keeping for the long -term. 

Good luck with your Mobile Service Search. Happy Shopping!  

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