How to Get Minutes for Free on Prepaid Phones

With many of us eliminating our home land lines and using our cell phones exclusively, we often run through our monthly minutes well before the month is over. With budgets tight, it is understandable to look for an inexpensive solution. The good news is that there are several ways to find free minutes on prepaid cell phones.

Look for promotional offers when buying into a cell phone contract. Many cell phone companies offer you a free cell phone for signing a contract with their company. However, some also offer prepaid phone minutes when you sign a contract. If you are in the market for a new cell phone, ask about whether there are free minute promotional offers that you can take advantage of.

Ask about promotional offers when changing contracts. Cell phone companies want to keep your business. When your contract is up, you have the chance to either stick with the same company or move to a different cell phone company. You can negotiate the receipt of free minutes from your company in exchange for your staying with them and not moving to another company.

Join rewards programs. There are many rewards programs on the Internet that provide incentives for people to fill out surveys, shop online, or surf the web using special web browsers. The wonderful thing about some of these programs is that you get rewarded for doing exactly what you would be doing anyway. Sites such as Phone Lagoon and (see Resources for links) provide free cell phone minutes and free prepaid phone cards for simply completing some offers online or shopping at participating stores.

Use promotional codes. Websites such as RetailMeNot provide promotional codes for all types of websites, some of which involve cell phone minutes. Other websites, such as tracfone-minutes, a blogspot site, provide specific promotional codes you can use to get free cell phone minutes.