From within the United States, you can make international calls from your Tracfone at the same rate of one unit per minute, including calls to Canada and Mexico. You can either dial an international access number each time or set up special "800" numbers corresponding to your most frequently called numbers. These "800" numbers can be added to your list for easy dialing.
1 - International Calling
Tracfone has teamed up with Auris Technology to provide this service. Once you’ve purchased and activated your handset, you dial the international access number and then dial the international number. As long as you call to one of these countries there are no additional charges.
The new $10 Global airtime card adds a new set of global destinations to those available on the basic international calling plan.
Because it is cumbersome to have to dial the access number every time, you can designate up to ten numbers as Frequent Numbers for your international calls. Tracfone then assigns a special "800" number for each of those Frequent Numbers. Then when you dial the 800 number, you are connected to your international calls.
With the International Neighbors feature, you can create up to three local Mexican phone numbers for your friends or relatives. When they dial the local number, the call connects to your Tracfone. They pay for the local call, and you are charged at the standard rate of one unit per minute.
Signing up for a local number is easy.
You can dial landlines in the UK but not mobile phones. For example, a test call was made successfully to the public number for the Queen of England to congratulate her on a recent happy occasion!
International calls, while no more expensive than regular Tracfone calls, are still not cheap compared to international calls made on a landline with an international calling plan. For example, calls to the UK landlines usually only cost a few cents a minutes, which is still cheaper than what one Tracfone unit/minute usually costs. If you have access to any landline, it may be cheaper, though less convenient, to use a prepaid international calling card.
When it's an emergency, or if you just NEED to make a call, then being able to make the international call from your Tracfone is a great convenience. For example, if you're on vacation in the USA, and you've gotten a Tracfone for the few days or weeks you'll be here, then being able to make calls back home on your Tracfone at the same rate is fantastic.
There is still no international texting available on the recent Tracfones. The people who report success seem to be using some of the older phones that allow it due to some technical glitch.
Currently International Texting in the Tracfone "family" is only officially supported on the Net10 or Straight Talk Android phones with an unlimited plan.
In the end, international calling is a nice feature that Tracfone has added, especially as there are no additional charges.