Tracfone buys blocks of time from Verizon and resells it using Walmart as it's marketing arm. So you get the quality of the Verizon network but at a bargain price with no contract to tie you down.
I've been with Verizon for years now and I figured that this is a no brainer. I was paying Verizon $99/month for unlimited talk. Text would have been an additional $10 and data an additional $10. With Straight Talk, I get unlimited talk, text and data. I guess the only negative might be that the phone selection is limited and there isn't any big discount on the phones. I just had a very basic phone so the Razor, $99, was a step up for me.
The switch over was pretty easy. I went to Walmart and bought my phone and service plan. I logged onto Straight Talk and keyed in some numbers along with my current Verizon account number. In seconds, my current phone number was ported over to my new phone. I had to make a simple call to activate it and I was done. I quickly set up a new voice mail messege and I was back in business. It took me maybe 5 minutes to get it all up and running.
Fifteen minutes of work could save you a lot on your cell phone bill.