I bought a TracPhone for my wife to use. She has never been able to make a call last longer than 5 minutes.
The phone randomly hangs up and you cannot call out again for awhile. After many complaints to TracPhone they sent another phone. Same results. I tried both local calls and long distance.
Called my landline in my house same result. Called my cell phone (Sprint PCS) same result. I also called the other direction i.e. use other phones to call the Tracphone.
The same type of failures. The phone just dies at anytime after the connection is made.
It seems the only time the phone really works is when TracPhone sends sales messages to the phones mailbox.