TracFone customers can add airtime minutes to a TracFone phone by purchasing an airtime card or by buying airtime online. Customers can also add airtime directly through the phone. There are also autopay options available through which customers purchase and add minutes automatically each month.
TracFone airtime cards are available for purchase at over 80,000 locations across the United States as of 2015. These cards allow a user to purchase as few as 30 minutes or as many as 1,500 minutes. TracFone also offers an Airtime on Demand service at no cost. Once a user signs up for this service, he is able to add airtime directly from his phone. Airtime is available for purchase on the Tracfone website by logging in with the user's phone number and then selecting the amount of airtime desired.
Minutes expire after a specified length of time ranging from 30 days to one year, although the minutes carry over with additional airtime purchases. Pricing for text messaging varies by plan. Lower text message rates are available with the purchase of a separate texting plan. Customers with smartphones must also purchase a separate data card in order to access the Internet. The texting plans and data plans roll over.