Tracfone BYOP Phone List

Your Guide to the 'Bring Your Own Phone' Program from Tracfone

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Tracfone BYOP Phone List
This page last updated 9/6/2016

What is the Tracfone BYOP program? How does 'Bringing your own phone' to Tracfone work?
What are the cell phones that will work with Tracfone BYOP?

These are questions we will hope to answer on this page covering all the details on the Tracfone BYOP program.

Tracfone created a program where consumers can bring certain smartphones to use with Tracfone service. They call this program 'BYOP - Bring Your Own Phone'. While Tracfone is adding a number of new Smartphones that customers can buy directly, there is still very convenient to be able to bring your own phone to Tracfone's prepaid service.

Below you will find general information and details for Tracfone's 'Bring Your Own Phone' program, followed by the general requirements for the phones, and lastly a list of phones confirmed to work with Tracfone BYOP.

Note - If you're just looking for the Tracfone BYOP compatible phone list, scroll down to the end.

What is Tracfone BYOP?

The Tracfone 'Bring Your Own Phone' program is an option for users where one can bring many different Android and Apple smartphones to use with Tracfone's prepaid cell phone service.

Tracfone already has several Android smartphones available for customers to purchase and use (and you can see them on our Cell Phone Reviews page), but this program opens the door to many more phone possibilities.

Smartphones in the BYOP program work similarly to Tracfone's Android offerings. They use Verizon 3G and 4G LTE, or they can also use AT&T 3G and 4G LTE. Minutes are put into three separate buckets for Talk, Text and Data, and roaming is (unfortunately) somewhat limited. (Users are reporting that when they don't have Verizon 3G service, they don't have any service - let's hope this is changed soon.)

Basically Tracfone BYOP is a way for consumers to have access to many more smartphones, compared to what Tracfone offers, while still using Tracfone's inexpensive phone service.

UPDATE: Tracfone recently expanded their BYOP program to include service for many 4G LTE devices that run on Verizon networks. Continue reading to learn more, or you can check out our recent blog post specifically detailing Tracfone BYOP 4G LTE.

UPDATE 2: Tracfone is now offering Activation Kits for both CDMA and GSM devices. It appears that you can bring GSM devices compatible with AT&T to use with Tracfone BYOP. Visit our new post on How to Get a GSM/CDMA Activation Kit for Tracfone to learn more.

General Information and Requirements for Tracfone BYOP

We will cover here the general requirements for phones that work with Tracfone BYOP, as well as some other pertinent information. Details are still not quite clear on everything, but we will provide information that is as accurate as possible. If you have new details, or can confirm requirements, leave a comment below.

At this time, there are some restrictions on which phones will work with Tracfone. If you already have a smartphone and want to see if it will work with Tracfone, visit the Tracfone BYOP page and enter the serial number/MEID to find out.

When Tracfone BYOP first became available (it started with only certain Verizon 3G compatible phones) there were many limitations on which phones would work. But now, there are actually very few phones that won't work as long as you follow the basic requirements, and ensure that you will have service in your area.

If you don't have a phone already, follow the basic requirements below for finding a phone:

Requirements for Tracfone BYOP:

  • Can be either a 3G/4G LTE CDMA (compatible with Verizon) phone, or a 3G/4G LTE GSM (compatible with AT&T) phone
  • Phone must be unlocked with a clean ESN (cannot be under contract, or reported stolen)
  • iPhone 4 through 6 plus will work - Read our Tracfone iPhone 4/4S post for details (must still be either Verizon or AT&T compatible)
  • Activation Kit and Airtime card or Credit/Debit card to purchase $9.99 network activation card or Activation Kit
  • Did we miss a requirement? Let us know in the comments.
Activating smartphones with Tracfone BYOP has slowly become easier as they have relaxed various restrictions, and become better at activating phones.

In my most recent activation test, I activated an unlocked GSM Moto G. I picked up the Activation kit online, and when I got it a few days later, simply inserted the SIM card and followed the directions. The phone was active less than 20 minutes later with no calls made to Customer Service!

We've created a full post on using the Moto G with Tracfone, so take a look!

You can also simply activate an unlocked version of the Moto G (either GSM or CDMA), but they usually cost $100-200.

The newest Moto G, the Moto G 4th Gen, is compatible with both networks, so you don't have to worry about selecting the right phone, you just need to follow instructions on the Tracfone website for activating a new BYOP smartphone (follow the link for our new guide).

BYOP Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

We generally see some of the same questions asked about Tracfone BYOP so we will provide some of the most common questions along with answers for them, and then some additional information below.

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Tracfone 4G LTE Activation Kit - $6.99
What do I need to Activate my Smartphone with Tracfone?

Assuming you already have a phone, then you will need an Activation kit (like the one Pictured). You can get this on the Tracfone website or online retailers, visit our post on Getting an Activation Kit for Tracfone BYOP for the link to the page to buy the kit, and to learn more.

You can also just visit the Tracfone BYOP page and begin going through the process and they will prompt you to purchase the SIM card or Activation Kit when you need to. The Activation Kit will include a Network Access Code for your phone.

Additionally, you can find the Tracfone Activation kit on Amazon.

Do BYOP phones come with Triple Minutes?

Yes! All Android smartphones, both BYOP devices and phones offered by Tracfone, come with Triple Minutes for Life with airtime split into calling minutes, texts and data. Basically, phones activated on BYOP act the same way as Tracfone Smartphones.

For example, if you get a 60 minute card, you would get 180 texts, 180 mb data and 180 calling minutes.

If you would like further details on the changes from older Tracfone devices, see our post on How Airtime Works for Android Tracfone Devices.

Note, smartphone only airtime cards do not triple.

Can I use Promo Codes with BYOP phones?

Unfortunately, no. Tracfone Promo Codes won't work on any Tracfone Smartphones, BYOP or other.

Will a (certain phone) work?

We see a number of comments asking about specific phones. If the phone meets the requirements, then it should work, but that is no guarantee. See our list below for some of the known phones that will work, but this list is by no means complete. You may want to post a comment with your question, or read some of the other comments.

How do I Check my Airtime Balance?

On older Tracfone devices, the airtime was displayed on the homescreen. But this is not the case on smartphones. You can track your airtime by going on the Tracfone website and visiting your account, or you can download the Tracfone app and use that to check your balance.

See our full post on How to Check your Airtime with Tracfone Smartphones.

How can I tell if I have Verizon or AT&T Coverage in my Area?

AT&T and Verizon are two cell phone service providers that Tracfone contracts through to use their cell towers. AT&T uses GSM technology while Verizon uses CDMA. Most phones can only be used on one or the other, so it is important that you know which kind of phone to get.

You can go on the Tracfone website and type in your Zip code while searching for phones (or on the BYOP page) and see if CDMA or GSM phones show up in your area. If you see phones with a 'C' at the end, you should have good Verizon coverage in your Area. You can also call Tracfone and check directly.

You will need to pay attention to which network you want to use when you buy a phone, and when you activate it.

Information You Should Know about Tracfone BYOP

These are some general points of information we think are pertinent and valuable if you are planning to switch to an Android smartphone with Tracfone.

First of all, there is currently little or no roaming with Tracfone smartphones, so if you go outside the networks service area, your phone won't 'roam' on other networks. We hope Tracfone will fix this issue sometime in the near future. Fortunately, Verizon and AT&T both have fairly large coverage areas, especially in more populated areas.

Triple Minutes is included for smartphones with Tracfone. So when you add a prepaid 60 minute card to your smartphone, you will get 180 talk minutes, 180 texts, and 180mb data.

When transferring your old phone number and minutes to your new smartphone with Tracfone BYOP, some users have reported experiencing some serious problems, ranging from losing their minutes balance, to even losing their phone number. So be aware that not all of the kinks and quirks have been worked out in the system and you may want to activate a new number first. As time goes on, things should get easier and run more smoothly. More recently, many users are reporting a smoother process in activating 4G devices with Tracfone. To be safe, keep some sort of record of your airtime balance before switching phones.

Activation can be done online, but may require you to call customer service if it doesn't go well, so have a phone handy to use for this purpose. You can use this number, 1-800-876-5753, to also check the MEID number to see if your phone will work.

Lastly, to check your minutes balance, there is an app you can download, or you can simply visit the Tracfone website and sign into your account to view your current balance. Your balance won't be displayed on the home screen of the smartphone.

Hopefully this gives you a better idea of how Tracfone's BYOP program works, and some of the pro's and con's for it. As we get more information, we will add it here.

Time for the list of phones that work with Tracfone BYOP!

List of Phones for Tracfone BYOP

Below are phones that are compatible with the Tracfone BYOP program. Remember to check the requirements listed above, so you know what you should be getting.

We will continue to add to this list as we get feedback on different phones - so let us know what phone you have successfully activated with Tracfone and we will include it!

TracfoneReviewer Recommended BYOP Phones:
Here are some phones that we recommend because they are either a good value, or a very good phone. If you're unsure what BYOP phone to get, these phones might be a good place to start. We've separated our recommended phones into budget friendly, and high end.

Budget Friendly Smartphones we Recommend

BLU R1 HD - A very budget friendly phone that still has great features and specs. Go with the 2 GB RAM/16 GB Storage version. Compatible with GSM networks (AT&T) and retailing for just $109.
Moto G 4th Gen - Compatible with both GSM and CDMA networks, this phone has a winning combination of specs while still retailing for only $200.
LG Google Nexus 5x - A powerful phone with very little 'bloatware' and good performance. Compare to the Moto G 4th gen. For use with GSM networks, and available for $249
Samsung Galaxy S5 (GSM - refurbished) - While it was released several years ago, the Galaxy S5 is still a great phone with features like a 16 MP camera and 5.1" display. It is compatible with either GSM or CDMA networks, depending on the model you purchase. Refurbished versions can be found for under $200 on both Amazon and eBay.
iPhone 5C and 5S - The 5S has some improvements over the 5C, but both offer the iPhone experience at a reasonable price. Both have stunning 12 MP rear cameras that are a big selling point. Refurbished versions of these phones can be found on eBay for $100-200. (Tracfone also recently released the iPhone 5S for just $199)

High End Smartphones we Recommend

Sony Xperia Z5 - Sony is an often overlooked phone manufacturer, but this phone has a 23 MP rear camera that easily grabs your attention. It also has 32 GB memory, and is compatible with GSM networks. Retails for about $500
Huawei Google Nexus 6P - Currently the best Google phone, it has a stunning screen, great performance and the latest Android OS. It is also fully compatible with both GSM and CDMA networks. Retails for about $500
Samsung Galaxy S7 - Samsung's flagship phone, the S7 carries on a history of great smartphones with a 5.5" HD touchscreen, Android 6.0 and water resistent design. Compatible with GSM networks, retailing for about $600
iPhone 6S - Running iOS and featuring a fingerprint sensor, 4.7" screen and stunning 12 MP camera that can capture 4K video. It is one of the best phones available, and compatible with both GSM and CDMA networks. Retail price is about $700
iPhone 6S Plus - Like the 6S but with a larger 5.5" HD  touchscreen for those who like a larger phone. Also compatible with both GSM and CDMA networks. Retails for about $700.
iPhone 7 (not yet released) - The newest iPhone, only recently announced and not yet available.

Our recommended list of smartphones is meant only to help clear through what can be an overwhelming list of phone options. Let us know your thoughts on these phones in the comments section. Below are many more great phone options for use with the BYOP program:

Tracfone BYOP 4G LTE GSM (AT&T) Phone List:
Samsung Galaxy S7 - various options on Amazon
Samsung Galaxy S6 - various options on Amazon
Samsung Galaxy S5 - 16 GB on Amazon and eBay
Samsung Galaxy S3 - 16 GB on eBay
LG G2 - 32 GB on eBay (refurbished currently $139)
LG G3 - 32 GB on Amazon and 32 GB on eBay (refurbished currently $189)
LG G4 - 32 GB on Amazon
Moto G 4th Gen (latest version) - 16 or 32GB on Amazon
Nexus 6p - 32, 64 or 128GB available on Amazon
Nexus 5x - 16 GB on Amazon
Motorola Moto X 4G LTE - 16 GB on Amazon
Motorola Moto G (1st gen) 4G LTE - 8 GB on Amazon
HTC 1X - 16 GB on Amazon
Blu Stdio 6.0 - 16 GB on Amazon
Asus ZenFone 2 - 16 GB on Amazon
BLU Studio C Super Camera - 8 GB on Amazon
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus - 64 GB iPhone 6 on Amazon - 64 GB iPhone 6 Plus on Amazon
iPhone 5s - 16 GB on Amazon
iPhone 5 - 16 GB on Amazon
iPhone 4/4s
Nokia Lumia 640 (Windows Phone)

And many more options, let us know in the comments what you are using!

Tracfone BYOP 3G and 4G LTE CDMA (Verizon) Phone List:
Motorola Moto G (4th Gen) 16 or 32 GB on Amazon
iPhone 6 - 16GB on Amazon (64GB and 128GB also available)
iPhone 6 Plus - 16GB on Amazon (64GB and 128GB also available)
iPhone 5 - 16GB on Amazon
Samsung Galaxy S5 - 16GB on Amazon
Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy Note II - 16GB on Amazon
Samsung Galaxy Note III
LG G2 - 32 GB on Amazon
LG Lucid
Nexus 6 - 32GB on Amazon
Nexus 6p - 32, 64 or 128 GB available on Amazon
Nexus 5x
Moto X 2013 Edition - Amazon
Motorola Droid Razr M
iPhone 4 - 8GB or 16GB - Find on Amazon and eBay
iPhone 4S - 16GB or 32GB - Find on Amazon and eBay
Motorola Droid 1
Motorola Droid 2 - Find on Amazon
Motorola Droid 3 - Find on Amazon and eBay
Motorola Droid X
Motorola Droid X2 - Find on Amazon and eBay
HTC Droid Incredible - Find on Amazon and eBay
HTC Droid Incredible 2 - Find on eBay
Samsung Fascinate - Find on Amazon
HTC Rhyme - Find on Amazon
HTC Trophy (windows phone) - Find on Amazon
HTC One M8 (windows phone)
Moto G - Find on Amazon  and eBay (we have one report suggesting a user got a used Verizon Moto G that had been active on Verizon prepaid for 6 months, and was able to activate with Tracfone, more feedback appreciated!)

This is our current list of phones that work with the Tracfone BYOP program, be sure to post in the comments any other phones that you find work.

If you have a phone already, you can test it on Tracfone's website and enter the serial number or MEID to see if it will work.

You will need an activation kit, which you can get through Tracfone, or through other sources which may be faster, like SaveOnTracfone.com.

The goal of this page is to create a resource for information on Tracfone BYOP in order to answer questions and better inform consumers about their options when choosing a phone and carrier.

We have more resources available, including our Cell Phone Reviews page, and Tracfone Promo Codes list.

You can also connect with us on Facebook and Google+ where we share the latest news and updates!

Note - At first, Tracfone only allowed consumes to bring CDMA smartphones to use on Verizon 3G, however, after some time, that is not the case anymore. Thanks for all the users that helped contact Tracfone and encourage them to branch out into both GSM and CDMA networks. 

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Anonymous said...

I activated a used droid x2 today via computer and everything went smoothly was done in less then 5 minutes chose to go with a new number at this time due to previous problems reported when activating i plan tranfering my number with tracfone as soon as I see how everything works out, I had previously tried a refurbished droid x2 but it would not allow me to, but I can say I did recive excellent customer service when I called concering the refurbished droid they were very helpful

Anonymous said...

PART 2 : Update porting my old tracfone # to the new phone was anything but smooth after 4 phone calls to customer service they could not complete it once the porting took place the droid x2 lost its 3g which stopped me from completing the needed steps ,customer service then told me there was nothing more they could do and I should contact Motorola,I was at wits end .I was originally told to dial *22890 when service was transfered everytime I called it would not work as I now had no 3 g service ,so instead of calling Motorola I googled the problem .where I found I could dial *228 select option 1 and that would reprogram the phone ,this worked for me after it was reprogramed I pulled the battery out for a minute then I restarted the phone and everything was working and all minutes and service end date was correct.I believe this could have been a smoother transition had their customer service known about this option. Just thought I would share what I learned through this transition

Anonymous said...

I had similar activation problems and solved it differently. Except for activation, porting my tracfone # from my Centura to Droid X2 went smoothly.

The activation instructions given by Tracfone seem to be generic and do not work for the Droid X2. After waiting a business day and then dialing *22890, the tracfone automated system kept telling me that my phone couldn't be activated. After reading forums and trying different things, I finally solved the problem by pressing the homescreen "Activation" button, waiting for the Verizon autosystem, dialing *22890, waiting while my phone was programmed, hanging up, waiting 15 min, the repeating the process. After the 2nd programming my phone was all set.

Kiev500 said...

Can anyone tell me if they know whether a vintage Nokia CDMA phone can be put on BYOP?

I have a box full of Nokia 3585i handsets. Some are branded US Cellular, some are Sprint, and some are Alltel. I tried to activate one of them. It was originally an Alltel phone, but Alltel was bought out by Verizon. Went on the BYOP web page, bought a network access code, also bought a minutes card, and did the process.

When the system asked me to enter the handset serial or MEID number, I entered the ESN number because there is no identifiable MEID number (on label under the battery) for these Alltel 3585i phones. The BYOP system took that, listed the phone in my online Tracfone account, and told me to dial *22890 for OTA programming. Tried that and got the message "we are unable to program your phone. Please try again later". Tried again next day, then tried again with Tracfone tech support coaching me on a landline. No dice. I continued to receive the "we are unable to program your phone" message.

Sadly, I asked Tracfone to delist the phone and refund me the charges for network access code and a minutes card. They claim to have done so, but I'm waiting to see a monthly statement.

Meanwhile, I saw a relevant post here, -excerpted below:

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I was originally told to dial *22890 when service was transfered everytime I called it would not work as I now had no 3 g service ,so instead of calling Motorola I googled the problem, where I found I could dial *228 select option 1 and that would reprogram the phone. This worked for me after it was reprogramed I pulled the battery out for a minute then I restarted the phone and everything was working and all minutes and service end date was correct."
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Does *22890 require 3G service? I think my Alltel-branded Nokia 3585i is a 1X or 1G phone. Does anyone know of a successful registration for one of these handsets using that trick (dialing *228 instead of *22890)? I might try again, but need some assurance.

Anonymous said...

My husband & I have been a Tracfone customer for a long time but have to use GSM (AT&T) service because of where we live. I have called, emailed, & commented on surveys numerous times to "please" include this service with the smartphones. I would love to have a smartphone but for some reason they only offer that service with CDMA/Verizon service. Does anyone have information on when they might offer this to their customers. If Straight Talk, & Net 10 can use it why not Tracfone?? I have a good bit of minutes built up & don't want to lose them. Makes one wonder what kind of deal they have with Verizon??

Anonymous said...

The minutes you have is tracfone minutes not at&t's so I do not see why it would not transfer to your smartphone.

Anonymous said...

The 22890 uses 1x. THERE isnt voice over 3G yet. All.calling and texting uses 1X.service

Kiev500 said...

Thanks. It appears Tracfone would have to provide me by email the appropriate data so that I could manually program the handset, -not something they are likely to do.

Has anyone received that kind of info from Tracfone for the purpose of manually programming a handset, or is there a web site hack that can produce the data for a user?

You see, I was only provided with the phone number Tracfone thought was assigned to my handset after I processed a cancellation order.

Anonymous said...

I bought iphone 4s used from amazon - e-mailed seller & they verified meid would work in my zip code. only 2 sellers would do this. Tried to do the online registration & port. The registration worked but when I tried to port my number from net10 it told me I needed a tracfone card pin. I didn't have a card so I called tracfone's number provided for paying by credit card. I talked to 2 different people. The 1st one hung up on me. The 2nd woman was very helpful but couldn't get it to work. She ended up telling me to go to the store & buy a tracfone card & call back. She gave me a direct # & pin. I called back & after the person couldn't get it to work she went to her supervisor & they said it worked. My old phone stopped working about an hour later but I couldn't get the new one to work with the * numbers they gave me. I had to wait until the next morning when they re-opened to speak to someone. They told me to try 2 different #s & when that didn't work they had me reset the settings on the phone, turn it off & back on. It then worked. So far it's working fine & iphone is great. It was worth the few hours it took to get it working on tracfone.

Anonymous said...

I activated my iPhone 4s (Verizon) and transferred my old Tracfone phone # in about an hour. It went very smooth. Anybody know the name of the app to download and check minutes? All I could find was the StraightTalk app.

Anonymous said...

does any one know if you use an unactivated (not previously used on any network provider) smart phone for the BYOP program?

Anonymous said...

Try entering the MEID # on the BYOP page and see if it takes it.

Anonymous said...

http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php/1817171-Tracfone-BYOP?p=15513527#post15513527

Anonymous said...

That worked great, thanks so much! Now I can check the minutes on my phone.

Anonymous said...

I called Tracfone and tried to add my iPhone to our existing Family Value Plan as a secondary phone but they will not allow it. I had to sign up for a separate Value Plan.
Does anyone know how to add minutes from a card to the iPhone since there is no app?

Anonymous said...

You would have to go online, make an account (unless you already have one), click add airtime and then you can add the minutes from there. I do wish that Tracfone would create an app for iPhone since they are allowing them on their service now, it would make it a lot easier and faster.

Anonymous said...

Isn't that a HTC One in the Tranfone advertisement for bring you own phone, and isn't the HTC One a 4G phone. Or did they make a 3G only version that I don't know about.

If it is a 4G HTC One and they don't support 4G phones than wouldn't that be false advertising?

Anonymous said...

I bought a used Iphone from the Verizon store after checking the IMEI on the byop tracfone website. I have not been able to activate the phone despite 5 hours on the phone with customer service. Today, I tried to add a phone to my tracfone account and I got and got the message that the serial number is under another account (the number was in no way similar to the one on the phone). I went back to the Verizon store and they told me the phone was inactivated less than a month ago. Is there a period of time that the phone has to be off the Verizon network? Any suggestions? My Valet ZTE is constantly giving me problems and I want to switch. Help!!

Anonymous said...

From what I have read, the Galaxy S Fascinate is compatible with the service. But I am quite curious about activating the phone. It confuses me, what are the steps to activating the phone? Should I keep it shut off until activation is complete etc.?

Anonymous said...

If I buy a brand new Samsung Galaxy s Fascinate but it has no contract, and CDMA will it work?

Anonymous said...

will a HTC DNA work? its CDMA but the site wont let me check if i can plz help

Anonymous said...

Just called tracfone--they said the Galaxy Ace Style has been released but would not work in my zip code. We have Verizon coverage here. What is the story ?

M

Anonymous said...

Tracfone just told me they have released the Galaxy Ace Style but it would not work in my zip code. We have Verizon here so what is the story?

Anonymous said...

I went to Tracfone BYOP website Sat. Aug, 23, 2014 to activate & transfer my old tracfone #,text & data. to a iPhone 4s. (bought off ebay). After about 3 min. I was told to call their 800 number. I called the number and received a live person in about 1 min. About 15 min. later it was all done. Unbelievable !! After another 20 min. to allow the transfer to go thru, I was talking on the iPhone. Checked my min., text & data online to see if they were correct. All transferred correctly. I have had tracfones for many years and never had a transfer done so quick. Maybe Tracfone is getting better.

Anonymous said...

I am up and running on my refurbished Verizon unlocked htc incredible 2 that I bought on ebay. The whole process was great but now I don't have as good of service as I did with my regular tracfone android (Less bars) Figures, I might have to switch back. I just wish tracfone would sell better phones themselves, maybe one day they will

Jeremy Kowalski said...

where is the ace style available? it's not on amazon yet. although they did cut the price of the dynamic II down by $5

Anonymous said...

Warning! Samsung Galaxy S3, sch-i535 - doesn't work!

Anonymous said...

I was wondering if my LG Optimus Exceed 2 would work on Trafones BYOP program. Please reply :)

Anonymous said...

I just tried to activate a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which supports both LTE and CDMA. The tracfone website just fails (don't say no, gives a generic error) but the customer support rep told me the phone was not in their system and there was not supported.

Anonymous said...

If I use an I Phone will it act just like it does now or be slower? What about map quest will it work?

Anonymous said...

How long after I cancel my Verizon account wil I be able to join Trac fine?

Anonymous said...

amazon is selling blu studio 5.5s quad band that can be used at tracfone. is this true? anybody tried it yet?

Anonymous said...

Less bars on a different phone doesn't necessarily mean you don't have as good service. It just reads the signal differently. I've seen two identical phones on the same network at the same location show as much as two bars different signal strength.

Anonymous said...

Update: I finally got my iphone activated and it works great-however, when I transferred my minutes and account, the numbers are all wrong. I really don't have more that 1.5 million texts! On the "my account" page on the website, the numbers are correct, but the message that comes to the phone is incorrect. I tried emailing tech support, but they told me to call CS. I just can't face that again. Which will my account follow?

Anonymous said...

I have two Samsung Convoy U640s that are CDMA ready and 3G. Would I be able to transfer them to Tracphone? I like these since they are rugged and we have had them for several years.

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Convoy-Verizon-Wireless-Rugged/dp/B005DNSXGW

I use Verizon and get two bars and that works fine can I expect the same signal strength if I use the same phones at Tracphone?

Or would it be better in the long run to buy a flip phone at Tracphone since some of them have double or triple lifetime minutes?

I have thought about a smartphone to use for occasional navigation or in case of a break down to find a tow truck etc but when I read the reviews it says they are not allowed to roam and not sure if a smart phone wouldn't be reliable since it is not able to roam and find a signal.

The details for the phones are not very detailed. I want a phone that has better sound/clarity quality since I have hearing loss on the higher sounds and want to be able to adjust the sound.

I have talked with support people a few months ago but not that impressed with the knowledge these folks have of the products. I have been hesitant to deal with Tracphones problems and their support too after reading so many reviews but lately I don't think Verizon is any better : /

Anonymous said...

Anybody know if it is possible to port a phone number from a straight talk service to a tracfone service?

Anonymous said...

I'm getting the following message when trying to check an IMEI of a Verizon iPhone 4S -- "We are unable to process your transaction at this time." when I enter the number on the TF verification site.

I'm trying to verify an out of contract phone and I selected the "I want to upgrade my active Bring Your Own CDMA Phone to another Bring Your Own CDMA Phone" option and put in the MEID of my current ZTE Valet phone.

Anyone else had trouble verifying IMEI of iPhones on the

wmd61 said...

entered m eid # of my used x2 they (tracfone) asked me for activation code money so i assume this x2 will work i hope so, just ordered it from amazon (havent got it yet) when i get it i will pay the 10 bucks and it should(?) work

Anonymous said...

Will my 2 year old Net10 LG Optimus work as a BYOP, and has anyone figured out if the Triple your minutes applies to your BYOP or must you buy a new phone from Tracfone,

from sunny florida said...

Byop today i activated a HTC Incredible 2 I bought used on ebay on the tracfone BYOP program with one little glitch. I went to activate a clean esn phone out of contract and the tracfone message told me the meid was acceptable and to purchase the $9.99 activation fee to continue which i did. Then it told me my new HTC would only work as a phone because the data was blocked? I stopped mid registration. I called verizon to find out if the old owner had a previous bill which they did not. After a series of Q and A it was determined that I had to remove the sim card. I removed the sim card and went back to the tracfone site and continued and this time it registered the phone as a cdma 3 g acceptable phone and data no problems I transferred my 5000+ minutes 5000+ text and a lot of data and my old phone number ported easy peasy.It took 15 minutes total. I am up and running. I transferred from a Samsung Galaxy. So if you get an HTC incredible 2 and have problems with BYOP tracfone program try removing your sim card that comes with the phone. Everything working great and I put the tracfone widget on the home screen to check minutes downloaded from google play.

from sunny florida said...

BYOP Tracfone Bought used HTc tracfone on ebay. Entered Meid paid $9.99 activation. Told only phone portion would work in message and data was blocked. I stopped mid registration called verizon. After a series of Q and A it was determined that the old user did not have an unpaid bill and that I needed to remove the sim card that came with the phone. I removed sim card and restarted registration and it recognized that I was in the process. This time it worked and the message said phone and CDMA 3g. So if you have problems transfering this phone, try removing the sim card. I ported my old phone number from my Samsung Galaxy and 5000+ minutes, text and data from my old phone and was up and running in 15 minutes. Easy peasy

Anonymous said...

Triple your minute Works with all android phones as long as you can activate it

Anonymous said...

Will a Verizon iPhone 4s 64 gb work? The only ones listed are the 16 gb and the 32 gb.

Anonymous said...

OK, I think I want the impossible.

I have a relative who wants an Iphone but doesn't want to pay a regular carrier, and with her usage she would be perfect for Tracfone. The Iphone4 is just fine for her.

She currently has an old phone on Sprint, and would like to keep the number. She does not have a Iphone now.

I'm wondering if I can a) buy off of Amazon or Ebay a used Iphone4s that was used on Verizon, b) clean it of all the old Apple stuff to re-register it with Apple store c) activate this on Tracfone using her old phone number, and d) do this all by remote from another state from where the phone ultimately will be used.

Crazy?

Anonymous said...

Are there any Windows Phone that can be used with the BYOP program?

Justin said...

Apparently you can turn off 4G and just use 4G CDMA:
http://support.sprint.com/support/tutorial/Turn_4G_on_or_off_HTC_Onereg/47845-665

Anonymous said...

Not impossible. The Tracfone link http://www.tracfone.com/includes/content/questions/General.jsp?enId=FA10060&esId=FA10061
has most of the instructions. You would have to find a good iPhone, check the EMEI, pay for the activation, have a minute card and the required info in hand then call Tracfone. Use HER zip code, not yours. I did not do anything with Apple stores. Good Luck
Jim/Wiz1
Good Luck.

Anonymous said...

Hi! So what if I bought a Apple iPhone 4S 16GB - Black (Verizon) Clean/Good ESN would it work on tracfone's BYOP? Thank you

Anonymous said...

My Samsung Galaxy i535 I just ordered for Tracfone is verizon cdma and says it is 3g and 4g. Because it has 3g will it work?

Anonymous said...

I have the HTC Trophy which runs Windows Phone 7.5 and it activated and works with no problems.

Anonymous said...

AnonymousSeptember 3, 2014 at 8:23 AM
Warning! Samsung Galaxy S3, sch-i535 - doesn't work!

ReplyDelete

Anonymous said...

in your browser type mobile.tracfone.com/view/page/p/103249/tracfone-homepage on iPhone save as favorite, on Windows7.5 IE save as favorite and pin to start and you will have a direct link to check balance, add/buy airtime, add to your plan.
Jim/Wiz1

Peter Vanosdall said...

I believe it needs to be a used phone, but yes it should work. However, not all phones that meet the requirements work with Tracfone BYOP, and sometimes phones that didn't get accepted at first, were accepted after additional tries.

Anonymous said...

Hi! So I just wanted to say I went to eBay and searched for iPhone 4s tracfone and I was in luck there was a iPhone 4s already on tracfone with 16gb! I bought it for 130.00 dollars and it was prefect I did have to buy the Network Carrier $10 when i called tracfone but that went very well :) I didn't have any problem with getting it started only had to call once. I will leave a link to some iPhone 4 already with tracfone (dont forget you have to pay $10 dollars for the Network Carrier, that means you do have to call) very simple. I was lucky to find the iPhone 4s when i did right now i only see iPhone 4 for you guys.

LINKS TO EBAY IPHONE 4 (TRACFONES) ( lowest prices I could find) #BuyItNows
~ ($ 124.99) http://www.ebay.com/itm/Apple-iPhone-4-Straight-Talk-Net-10-Tracfone-Verizon-Prepaid-Page-Plus-/171483880780?pt=Cell_Phones&hash=item27ed3c5d4c

~ ($119.99) http://www.ebay.com/itm/Apple-iPhone-4-Straight-Talk-Net-10-Tracfone-Verizon-Prepaid-Page-Plus-/171475778137?pt=Cell_Phones&hash=item27ecc0ba59

(IF YOU REALLY WANT AN IPHONE 4s) ~( $224.99) http://www.ebay.com/itm/Apple-iPhone-4s-Straight-Talk-Net-10-Tracfone-Verizon-Prepaid-Page-Plus-Extra-/171484183610?pt=Cell_Phones&hash=item27ed40fc3a

Anonymous said...

Will iphone 6/6 plus work?

Anonymous said...

No, it's not 3g .

Anonymous said...

I have heard of iphone 5c to work because its with 3g capability :)

Anonymous said...

so all statements are not true to all extent i bought a new droid x2 "mb870"? no contract phone witch according to this post wont work anyway my steps to make it work step one set up with tracfone this alone wont work it will get activated to your account but the phone will not go through the activation to get that to work i had to call the (verision prepaid activation number "*number" when i did this i receaved my telle (to let you know at this point i was completely pssed with tracfone and was just going to go to vrw) when i got my numbet i thought at first it was a vrw # so i went to the vrw site and entered the number but it said it wasn't a vrw number so i called back the tracfone support they said this is a tracfone number my best guess is that when i called the vrw act number it sent the unlock code well after a few min with tracfone the phone works. sory for bad English not my native laungage

Anonymous said...

Unlocked post paid verizon Moto G worked no problem. I am guessing this phone was flashed by ebay seller. It was advertised as being good for "PagePlus" also

Anonymous said...

Does it work with the iPhone 5?

Anonymous said...

Would be interested in having a response to this question as well. It worked for my Iphone 4 but I could not update to ios 8 with iphone 4, so I am looking for a version 5 now.

Anonymous said...

Would this MOTO G work with Tracfone?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/221586913398?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

Anonymous said...

Anyone know if BYOP on Tracfone will work wiht an older Jitterbug (5 years old) that was on a Verizon network? Jitterbug is not a Smartphone with no text or data plan that was connected to it. Just deactivated last month after 5 years with Jitterbug.

Anonymous said...

http://www.amazon.com/5-Inch-Windows-Camera-Unlocked-Phones/dp/B00NQGFQ7C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1414746103&sr=8-1&keywords=blu+win+hd

Does anyone know when we will be able to use the Blu Win HD on Tracfone? also, does anyone know when it will be sold on Tracfone? I would prefer using a window phone.

Anonymous said...

I was talking to tracfone customer service about the zipcode that's required when you sign up to look at activation. I started talking about using the data portion while away from that zipcode and was told that the data option could only be used in the zipcode the phone is activated in. I travel to other city's, and states and if this is the case the tracfone would be useless to me. Can anyone shed some light on this. It is a 3g use versus Wi-Fi??

Anonymous said...

I have been trying to get a Moto G that works on Tracfone where I have a lot of time stored up and I found something out, that there are Page Plus phone that are usable, like Moto G Verizon and Page Plus that I probably Can use with Page Plus. I will loose my mins. and time but I will have a phone I want. I was told by Customer service that the phone numbers are transferable.
I will keep you posted. I going to try Tracfone again but if that fails, then HELLO Page Plus.

Anonymous said...

I tried the BYOP on Tracphone for my 3 year old? IPhone 16 GB. It only lists an IMEI number and no MEIM number. Tracphone responded that they could do the check to see but it never said specifically that the phone was not transferable. Do you know off hand if this older IPhone will even work with Tracphone at all? Want to give it to my son to use.

Anonymous said...

Update on:November 2, 2014 at 3:38 PM My Moto G came today and I am on Tracfone, no problems and did it on-line too. This is a fantastic phone clear picture loud sound and it is like greased lightning. $9.99 for BYOP transfer and if you have an account just pick transfer you number to new phone. Look for Moto G refurbished and Verizon and Page Plus, clean ESN and right now going for less than $70.00 on Amazon. What a buy! Now it is learn how to operate this baby!

Anonymous said...

The numbers on the Text are not correct. Check your balance on website.

Peppa_pot said...

Thanks for the info. I'm tempted to give it a try, but can a flashed phone benefit from the Lollipop update? I would guess not so I might wait for the Moto E and then decide.

On a side note, we don't even know if the Moto E is actually going to get the Lollipop update. It's confirmed on other carriers but tracfone is a whole different story.

Anonymous said...

I wanted be better phone, like Moto G. I read some comments that some people bought "Motorola Moto G Smartphone - 8GB - For Verizon and Page Plus" from Amazon, they could transfer their number by BYOP program. They mentioned they bought refurbished for $70 (but now it is $90) from Mango Wireless. However, I wanted try the ones that claims new phone. I sent emails to all the sellers, asking MEID to check it with my carrier (Tracfone BYOP website). Only one of them sent me MEID, and I checked it, and it was accepted in the website. I ordered the phone for $103 as new (which is not in original sealed box for sure) and send an email to seller to send me exactly the same MEID number. I got the phone, which is not in original box, but it looks like a new phone. I transferred my number, minutes and days to new phone, however I had to have a airtime code to do the transfer because I was transferring from a smartphone (Samsung Centura) to BYOP, CS said. Any way, my number was transferred but the new card I added during transfer didn't add up. However, problem solve with a few calls to CS.
My phone is KitKat 4.4.2 and now the phone downloaded KitKat 4.4.4 over wifi and ask me to update it. I am afraid the phone is a flashed boost mobile, and updating it may break the flash and phone may not work on Tracfone any more. I contacted the seller, and got answer the He GUESSES it would be ok, but double check with pageplus. Does anyone have been in this situation?

heattransferproducts said...

What did you do for a new sim card, did it come with one?

Anonymous said...

Yes indeed, the BYOP program is the best thing to come along to Tracfone. Now for the question for the year??? Check out this web page for yourself. http://www.saveontracfone.com/Phones/ Am I the only person to wonder how a Tracfone reseller can offer a 4G phone (Samsung S3, 4,or 5 4G LTE or a iPhone 5 4G LTE) over the same Tracfone network interface? Then Tracfone doesn’t invite the same phones into their BYOP program. The first thing I noticed is that Quality One Wireless does not mention anything about which carrier is used. Hummm, no mention that all phone must have come from a Verizon provider. Is this a royal web page screw up or does this mean that Tracfone has expanded their smart phone network affiliation and not told anyone? Or is Tracfone throttling back the LTE access and not saying anything? I sure would like to hear more information from anyone in the know.

Personal Private said...

Do you get "triple" minutes with 'BYOP'?

Eugene Oliver said...

Just switched my iphone 4s 16gb over to the BYOP at tracfone. Here are a few tips to save yourself some headaches and save a few bucks (actually...quite a few)!

First:
http://www.saveontracfone.com/TracFone-CDMA-Activation-Kit.html

Use this link to purchase a network activation card. The actual tracfone site offers to ship a card to you for use. The site above will email you a code within an hour after purchase. Its $7 and worth it in the time you will save.

Next:
My call to Verizon requesting an unlock went surprisingly well. Literally... just request your phone to be unlocked from the call rep. Most likely they will try and sell you on another plan...but stay strong and don't take the bait lol.

The port and conversion process took about an hour....it was pretty painless.

Next steps....very important!...Choosing a phone plan!

https://www.tracfone.com/direct/Purchase?app=TRACFONE&lang=en&fromPopup=yes&payGo=true&promoId=69980&cardType=TSAPP4001Y

Tracfone is currently running a promotion that doubles your airtime minutes you purchase. I purchased two of the 1 year plans at $199....I also purchased a $20 double your minutes on future purchases card (also listed on the page)

That's a total of $420.....this is where it gets interesting. At this point..I'm sitting at 3000 minutes and two years of continuous service. BYOP members get triple the points though, correct? So I was actually credited 9000 minutes and even more text messages (somewhere in the millions) lol.

9000 minutes for $420 is a deal unmatched anywhere! To put this in perspective I used the data from my old Verizon account:
On average I use 300 minutes a month talking on the phone. Over 1yr that is 3600 and 7200 over a 2yr period. My bill was $130/mo or roughly $1500 yearly. I literally purchased 3 years of minutes with tracfone ($400) for roughly 3 months worth of Verizon contractual service($390). Lol...so insane! The tracfone staff my not be the easiest crew to work with...but the headache has a huge payoff!

Thank you for reading....hope this helps someone out there!

Anonymous said...

They changed the "Bring your own phone" sign up page.
Has anyone found a way to check if they phone's serial number that they want to use is accepted or rejected by tracfone?
Thanks,
.

Anonymous said...

Yes they did. They also lowered the price to get activation code. But until they fix the site, you can use http://www.saveontracfone.com/Bring-your-own-phone/ to check you MEID or ESN. then, if it is good, use the tracfone site, buy your code, and set up your phone.
Jim/Wiz1

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the reply and instruction, will do.

Anonymous said...

Successfully registered a pre-owned Verizon iPhone 4s online last night. I entered the MEID and paid $10+tax during registration to get an activation code. Note that the MEID number should be entered as the serial number for Tracfone, not the serial # in the phone, otherwise you will get an error. I had to enter the MEID more than once during registration and activation. It gave me the option to get a new phone number for my area, transfer an existing number from another Tracfone, or transfer a number from another carrier. You'll need to enter an airtime card to complete the activation. I purchased a 1000-min card from Tracfone's website for $160 and everything was tripled to 3000 minutes, 3000 texts, and 3000 MB data. That's still an unannounced deal that works with Android smartphones and apparently iPhones too. Great deal, everything done online, very happy.

Anonymous said...

Any one being told can not get on? have Tracfone with Verizon service now. the iPhone I have is good with Tracfone on web site and by phone but told not available in my zip

Anonymous said...

I'm planning on getting used htc droid incredible from verizon but i'm not sure how the byop works. i have over 2500 mins on my current tracfone and i'm afraid that i'd loose it. can someon please tell me the steps/process on how to transfer from tracfone to htc. thanks!

Anonymous said...

has anyone registered sprints CDMA devices yet? i just chatted with tech support and they didn't say ANYTHING about how it only has to be verizons phones and that it needs to not have LTE... i've been looking at the sharp aquos crystal, and its a CDMA phone so according to the restrictions on the website, its fair game...

Anonymous said...

Is it true you can get a Galaxy s3-s5 through tracfone byop? I saw it on a website.
The link is: http://www.saveontracfone.com/Samsung-Galaxy-S5-4G-LTE.html
Or: http://www.saveontracfone.com/Phones/

Thanks.

Barry F said...

I have gotten a Galaxy S on the Tracfone network. I bought it on eBay. It was previously a Verizon phone. I needed to buy a $9.99 network certificate from Tracfone. The Tracfone folks told me I needed to go to a store and buy one. They were oblivious to the fact that it could be done online.

After that, I put the Galaxy S on Tracfone.

However. Verizon problems ensued. Verizon hobbles this phone with their firmware. I couldn't install any sort of streaming audio like TuneInRadio. I couldn't go to a website and stream any audio. Ironically, I could run Netflix which is many times the bandwidth.

Verizon had a policy a while ago where they would have phone manufacturers install "special" firmware that disabled features that were standard in phones. I still have a Verizon flip phone where they disabled USB charging, USB up/download of photos and the likes for profit. The standard Motorola phone had the function but again, VZW disabled it for profit.

The Galaxy S has similar firmware in that you can't even go to a website and stream their audio.

I tried re-flashing the Operating System to Cyanogen Mod (7, 9 and 10). NONE of them would allow Google Play to run. I could install it successfully but it wouldn't show up in Apps. I've done this successfully with tablets so I know how to do it but a "previous Verizon phone" won't allow a CM OS to co-exist with Google Play.

So here I am again. Only crappy choices of "smart phones" with Tracfone.

I don't understand why Tracfone won't allow premium phones to be bought for a price, only bottom of the line phones.

Perhaps that's their business model. If they had good phones, more people would use them. Or... perhaps because they're "in bed" with Verizon with their CDMA towers, Verizon doesn't want the competition.

Thomas Aston said...

DOUBLE DUCE

I HAVE A IPHONE 4S WILL IT WORK IN THE 44039 ZIP CODE AREA?

Anonymous said...

Yes, you get 3x minutes 3x text and 3x data with BYOP Tracfone.

Anonymous said...

Activated two refurbished Moto G phones from:
ebay seller cellularstream. They were like new - Very Nice Phones
Paid $50 each and then $10 each to activate less than $6 for nice DURA-FROST Fosmon cases from Amazon - Buy 1500 minutes online trippled to 450 minutes - Best deal going for Tracfone!

Happy Holidays

Anonymous said...

http://tracfonewireless.com/byop/ is working properly again on 17 Dec 14. Go to that link, enter your ESN (MEID) and your 44039 zip. If both are good it will tell you and ask if it is active. Your NORTH RIDGEVILLE, OH area is covered for service according to Tracfone.
Good Luck
Jim/Wiz1

CircuitsMan said...

I went perusing through PhoneArena's list of Verizon phones and filtered it to "budget" android phones. Almost all of the phones are 4G but there was one I found that may not be. It's the LG G Vista. According to one comment on Verizon's website it is a 3G phone. It has a 5.7" screen with a quad-core processor.

http://www.phonearena.com/phones/carriers/Verizon
http://www.phonearena.com/phones/LG-G-Vista_id8737
http://www.verizonwireless.com/smartphones/g-vista/

CircuitsMan said...

Never mind. I just watched a video review which says the G Vista is 4G LTE and it even says so on the back of the phone.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCEfTauE5eg

CircuitsMan said...

I'm trying really hard to find a way to get a better phone than Tracfone's current offering. Has anyone tried using a 4G phone but turning 4G off? http://teckfront.com/force-3g4g-android-4-4-kitkat-device-commands/

Anonymous said...

Edit: 1500 minutes tripled to 4500 minutes plus 4500 texts and 4.5 GB data from Tracfone website

Merry Christmas

Eugene Oliver said...

I never took my SIM card out of my 4s. Everything works fine.

Anonymous said...

WILL A NET 10 SIM CARD WORK ON A TRACFONE BYOP?

Anonymous said...

Sadly no, because Net10 uses the GSM network, while tracfone uses cdma technology which is imbedded on the phone itself. Largely depends on the phone and what you are trying to activate.

Anonymous said...

Is this link true? http://www.phonerated.com/new-tracfone-phones-and-plans

Moto X and Samsung galaxy J are listed here as new 2015 phones.

Anonymous said...

Samsung Galaxy J DoCoMo is a great phone, but at $350-$400 ?
We're talking Tracfone where $35-$40 is more the real world norm.

Anonymous said...

Do you guys think that Project Ara (Google's modular phones) will work with tracfone? I read somewhere that you would be able to choose between 3G and 4G chips, so to me it looks like it is possible.

Anonymous said...

I tried to activate a used/refurbished iPhone 4S; the experience was frustrating, time-consuming, and unsuccessful. I started with TracFone's web site. Upon entering the phone's serial number, I received the go-ahead and entered the number of my current TracFone (LG Android). The next step would have been to port the number, but I received a warning that there was no "data service" in my area. I found that odd; the LG Android phone transfers data via Verizon. So, I stopped and sought tech advice from TracFone. The tech advisor was helpful, but the process was almost endless because of time needed for him to download some info. In the end, he told me to ignore the on-line info because it pertained non-smart phones (not sure about that). He then offered to complete the process on the phone. However, when he did it, he said that TracFone would not accept the iPhone's serial number. So the process stopped. I decided to try again on-line, but when I entered the iPhone's number I was informed that it was already registered. Yes, I'd registered it, but apparently it was not possible to go back and start anew with that number. I'm sending the phone back to Amazon, but might try again. The phone was too nice not have it.

Anonymous said...

Original Message Follows:
------------------------

Mark: I have a HTC Droid Incredible 2 That your online tool says is
compatible with Tracfone, but I don't want to switch unless I can get
triple time, text & Data like you're offering on website to people who
upgrade to an Android phone!
Mariam: Hi Mark.
Mariam: Thank you for visiting TracFone Wireless.
Mark: Good morning
Mariam: Good morning.
Yes, with our Bring Your Own Phone Program you will be able to get
Triple Minutes benefits. Every time that you add an airtime card to your
phone you receive Triple Minutes, Text Messages and Data.
Mark: That is a definate Guaratee
Mariam: Yes.
Mark: guarantee
Mark: Kool, thanks so much for your help
Mariam: You are welcome.
Mariam: Thank you for chatting with TracFone Wireless. If you have any
further questions or concerns, please contact one of our customer care
representatives at 1-800-867-7183. For your convenience, our
representatives are available Monday-Sunday from 8:00 AM to 11:45 PM
EST.
Mark: can this chat go to my email
Mariam: Yes, I will send you the transcript to your e-mail.
Mark: thanks so much, Happy New year
Mariam: You are welcome.

Peter Vanosdall said...

Thanks for sharing confirmation on this!

Anonymous said...

Second time was the charm. The process was quick and seamless. My TracFone number ported to the iPhone 4S in less than an hour. Process of syncing email accounts, calendars, contacts, etc. all accomplished in short order. I learned that voice mail is accessed via *86 not "1" as with the LG. Cheers.

Anonymous said...

Regarding network activation: The activation card BYOP is $10.50, not $9.99 aa stated above.

Anonymous said...

I recently activated an iphone 4 through the bring your own phone program and transferred my number and units from an older double minute tracfone. No additional airtime was purchased. After the transfer, all the units transferred to my new phone, only now they were labeled voice, text and data. Will the direct transfer of my number cause the byop iphone 4 to use double minutes instead of triple minutes?

Anonymous said...

Just added my 80-year-old mom's Jitterbug (MEID) phone from her previous Tracfone Big Easy Alcatel phone and it transferred easily --- all done online in 30 minutes or less! Since Jitterbug is simple it doesn't have a text or email feature but I set her up a Tracfone account prior to the transfer and verified the minutes balance and they carried over accurately plus it gave the account an additional 30 days!

Anonymous said...

New Tracfone cell phones. Alcatelonetouch.us shows Tracfone to have one 4 g LTE, one LTE, and 4g cell phones. The cellphone store opens on January 28, 2015. Question, how soon does Tracfone offer 4g service? Then we should be able to bring other 4 g cell phones.

Anonymous said...

Looks like there will be a new phone for tracfone by LG. It's call LG Access. This phone will have a 4.5 inch screen, Android 4.4, 1.4 Dual Core.

The link you can view is: http://www.lg.com/us/cell-phones/lg-L31L-access-lte

Anonymous said...

I have an Alcatel one touch, it works great but it is the 3g tracfone version.
They, Alcatel might make a 4g version, but it's not the tracfone Verizon version

Anonymous said...

Interesting !
The carrier is listed as Tracfone, but the technology is listed as GSM, LTE.
Tracfone might be up to something new.

Your Mama said...

This service should be called Ruin Your Own Phone.
I had a perfectly good Verizon iPhone 4s with a clean ESN that I tried to transfer to TracFone. Have been a long time and loyal Tracfone customer. Called to activate the iPhone and transfer my existing pre-paid TracFone plan with over a year of service left on it and the end result was that TracFone registered the ESN with Net10 (one of their sister companies) and tell me that it can not be undone. So my previously perfectly good and sellable iPhone 4S is now a worthless piece of shit. Thank's TracFone.
This appears to be nothing more than a bait and switch marketing plan, making TracFone customers loose the balance of their prepaid TracFone service and 'upgrading' them to a crappy $35/mo Net10 service plan.

ipad2user said...

Will an ipad2 with 3G and CDMA work under the Tracfone BYOP program?

Anonymous said...

I just switched over from an LG420 (flip) to a 64gb iphone 4s. This phone was a used Verizon that had no service when I received it. The hardest part was locating the 'code' on my old phone to plug into the website. I did everything online and it took about an hour after I got offline for the service to drop on my old phone and be picked up on my new phone. pretty seamless. I got the phone off ebay and though a lot of people absolutely refuse to send the IMEI or MEID number to the phone that they are selling, there are more than plenty who will, so don't get upset, just move on to the next one. At one point, I was watching 12+ iphones that would work on the tracfone network. Oh, and UNLOCKED is no guarantee that it will work on the tracfone network. Just verify the number before you buy, and you're good. Most people would think that a 3.5 inch screen is pretty small, but coming from a screen that was only 1.75, this is more than enough for me.

TracfoneiPhoneUser said...

I am currently using an iPhone on the BYOP plan, but am looking for an android option as well. I'm looking at the Samsung Galaxy S5, and read a review on Amazon that said it is NOT a 4G device. Has anyone tested to see if it can be activated on Tracfone?

Anonymous said...

I was able to activate a Moto G 1st Gen on Tracfone.Works great!

Anonymous said...

I was able to upgrade my old LG 800G phone to HTC Incredible 2 on Tracfone using their BYOP web page with no problems. I got the phone unlocked with a clean MEID on Ebay. I was able to keep my same phone number by just transferring my existing account to the new phone upgrade. The only problem with the transfer was that I lost a ton of minutes (over 1400 min) down to 178 min. during the process. I am currently trying to contact Tracfone Customer support on this matter.

Anonymous said...

"Tracfone" as a carrier also means Straight Talk and Net10. They are always ahead of native Tracfone on changes and new models. This phone is already available there and a Verizon 4G LTE network variant the L30L is coming soon.

It'd be great if Tracfone would get them soon though!

Anonymous said...

Activated a Motorola Moto G 1st gen to Tracfone BYOP. Simple and quick!

Anonymous said...

Yes, because it is 4G too! Unless you decide to go only the 3G route and never activating it.

Anonymous said...

I just purchased a Moto G which was used barely over 6 months. I had no problem activating it transfering my Tracfone number to it. It works great with tracfone now.

Anonymous said...

Bought a new iPhone 4s from BestBuy. Called Tracfone to set it up, Tracfone customer service, sorry, but useless and told me to call Verizon because they couldn't "find" my phone. Called Verizon, and they actually ended up going on the Tracfone website and walked me through. If it was worth it for me switch I would've. But you just have to type in your EISN number, go through the tutorial, and pay the $9.99. Try to go through the website, and not call customer service, and you can set it up fine, as long as it's a Verizon or unlocked phone.

Brian Truskey said...

I received this email from Tracfone today:

Thank you for your interest in TracFone Wireless. We are responding to your recent inquiry.



You can bring a 4G LTE phone but you will not get the 4G LTE network since we only offer 3G.

For further information please go to www.tracfonebyop.com.





If you have any further questions or concerns, you may contact us via Chat or contact one of our customer care representatives at 1-800-867-7183. For your convenience, our representatives are available Monday-Sunday from 8:00 AM to 11:45 PM EST.



Thank you for being a TracFone Wireless customer. We appreciate your business.



Sincerely,



TracFone Wireless


I also had it confirmed in a chat, after they first told me no, but then checked for updates.

Can anyone actually confirm it with a 4G LTE phone?

wizzer said...

FLASH!!! I was just on the TF site. They changed the BYOP page. It now shows 4 colored boxes.
Box one says "at&t compatible or unlocked" (blue)
Box two says "T mobile comp. phone" (purple)
Box three says "Sprint comp. phone" (yellow)
Box four says "other carrier/don't know" (red)
Looks like TF now accepts phones by other carriers other than Verizon!!!!!!!!!!
I'm worried. No mention of Verizon.

Anonymous said...

I activated a used Moto G (Verizon non-contract) phone to the TracFone service. My account and phone number transferred over with the use of customer service (15 minutes) and TracFone added 2 months of service time (no additional time though).

Anonymous said...

How did you get the MEID number before you bought the phone? Who was the seller?

Anonymous said...

Yes. I activated one for my wife. Just check the MEID first.

Anonymous said...

It looks like Tracfone is going 4G LTE, I just saw this in a popup-tracking Ad.
http://www.saveontracfone.com/Phones/
Anyone know what's going on with Tracfone?

Anonymous said...

This forum needs an update as some 4G LTE phones qualify for BYOP.

Anonymous said...

Tracfone now has 4G LTE available, has anybody tried it?
Which phone did you use?
http://tracfonewireless.com/byop/

Anonymous said...

I just purchased an iPhone 6 unlocked. Finally found the Sim card for 4G LTE at www.saveonTracFone.com. Should arrive a couple of days I will up date this site after I get it installed . I did find someone on YouTube that successfully installed TracFone on a iPhone 6+ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MPm933snRU

Richie G said...

Wouldn't any VZW CDMA phone work? I know there is a Verizon CDMA Galaxy note 4...

Stephen Youhanaie said...

i bought a used 1st gen moto g verizon prepaid phone, and just switched over to tracfone...piece of cake!!!

Edwin Martin said...

Can someone explain the difference between "must be a Verizon phone" and an unlocked 3G or 4G phone that may work on BYOP? Can an unlocked, former Verizon phone be activated without getting locked back ?? I have a Droid3 3G phone which works fine except I would like to still be on tracfone but have it unlocked to use when I travel outside the US. I found out last year in England that it is still locked so was of no use except on wi-fi.

Unknown said...

Any recommendations for reputable sellers on Amazon for a Galaxy S4 of S5 for BYOP?

Anonymous said...

Filing got my iPhone6 up and running on TracFone. One problem is there is no app for iPhone to check your time and data usage. So I downloaded a android tablet on my PC: Called Andy.and installed the TracFone app. Which works fine. it Pings my iphone and give me up-to-date minute and data left. Unknowingly I purchased a Sim card from TracFone with a new number to make sure the phone was going work before transferred my existing TracFone number to the iPhone6.
During the whole process with TracFone Tech support did not mention that the transfer my existing phone number that they had to send me another Sim card!!

TracFone Teck support is pretty bad !!! hard to under stand. One other problem I ran into was they suggested that I using WY-Fi for data to turn off the cellular connection. I was trying my voice mail and wasn't getting a response on the iphone for messages. Come to find out that cell phone data has to be on to receive Voice mail messages.
I hope this information helps.

Personal Private said...

Will the One Plus One every going to work with this program?

Private Phone said...

My gsm900v is great but tracfone apparently doesn't know how to activate it on the Verizon network where I live. I got a sim from them but they tell me there is an error transferring my service from my old Huawei glory to the new s5. First they thought there was no coverage but found out verizon had the best coverage and there were towers in my area. Now the fourth 24 to 48 hours later phone call I didn't even get a ticket number for my problem. Maybe I can find out how to contact the ceo with my issue and tell him to hire people whose FIRST language is ENGLISH so that they understand me an I them. Something needs to give here. Is there a better CS number to call for the higher departments as tracfone says they are referring my issue to? Any help is greatly appreciated.

Anonymous said...

Where did you purchase it from? I am thinking about purchasing an iPhone plus unlocked from apple would that be compatable?

Anonymous said...

Hello, I checked compatability for my LG 2, no luck. I would appreciate any ideas from those you had success with LG 2. Tracfone would only say the software was not compatable

Danse DeMorte said...

I've had nothing but trouble trying to get a sim card purchases through tracfone for my Moto Razr M 4G LTE. Their website will let you submit an incomplete form by accident and to top it all off none of their phone or chat support seem to know anything about this process still. I'd maybe go somewhere else, but then customer support in this country is below techsupport when it comes to their corporate budgets...sigh

Anonymous said...

I bought a manufacturer refurbished Droid Mini on Ebay and got it working perfectly with Tracfone

astronwolf said...

I got a Moto X to work. It was a hassle, and took a whole week from the time I received a SIM card from Tracfone. They sent me the wrong size SIM card, so I had to cut it down. Getting past Tracfone's customer support staff to a technician was a chore, but that's what I needed to do to get the SIM card activated. Then I had an SMS problem, but they fixed that after a couple days. If you are not patient, Tracfone's BYOP program may not be for you. In the end, Tracfone came through and fixed everything for me. Everyone was very polite and tried to be as helpful as they could be. I have a working phone now.

Anonymous said...

will a moto g 2nd gen and a moto e 2nd gen work

senior citizen said...

I bought a verizon iphone 5 off ebay. The meid number is ok and so was my zip code. I got an activation kit from tracfone. I put in the new sim card and got an error. I called several reps and they got errors. If I try to make a call it says not activated with verizon. Do I need to unlock from verizon? If so, how do I do that? I am willing to pay reliable party to get it done.

Anonymous said...

Will Verizon LG Lancet work on Tracfone BYOP?

Anonymous said...

I bought a new unlocked Verizon Galaxy S4 and connected it to Tracfone. No problems getting it hooked up. I now get 4G.
Only problem thus far is determining balance of minutes/data. Tracfone"s My Account application does not work. When I check my balance online the numbers displayed are different than the amount texted to me.
IMHO the quality of the phone overrides this inconvenience.

Anonymous said...

I purchased a new Moto G phone and was told by a Tracfone Customer Representative that it will never work on Tracfone. I asked if I used it on a Verizon Program for 6 months then could I use it on Tracfone. They emphatically said No! This goes against everything I have read on their websites.

Anonymous said...

How did you do that??? I just talked to a tracfone representative and they told me I could never use my new Moto G on tracfone even if I had it on a Verizon program for six months.

Shawnte Sims said...

I just activated a samsung galaxy S3 and it works great, the only problem is the my account app doesn't work. I got my sim on ebay for $3.99 just type in tracfone 4g.

Anonymous said...

Any GSM Smartphones that will work with the BYOP service?

I do not see any for sale other than old LG 306 that is not even an Android phone.

I see on the site it says only CMDA phones, but when I talked to a rep they said I could bring an unlocked GSM phone. As you know reps do not always have things straight. I am looking to buy a smartphone to use instead of my Alcatel One Touch Pop that worked fine in Texas, but in northern Wisconsin not getting any service near home. Wife has a basic GSM phone on Tracfone that works fine in home area.

Anonymous said...

Is anyone using a Verizon Iphone5 on TracFone?
Cust Svc tells me that I cannot get Triple min for this non-android byo phone.
Not only that, the $20 double minutes card will not work either.
Is this true?

Jeremy Bailey said...

It wasn't on the list, so I wanted to post that I recently activated a Verizon Galaxy S3 as a 4G LTE phone. It's working great, and my number and balance carried over fine (though my balance was rounded down to 300 each of texts, minutes, and MBs of data from about 360; maybe because I was coming from a flip phone without data?). I got the phone for $100 on ebay, and it's pretty great.

dr bug said...

New Windows Phone Activated on BYOP

I just wanted to share a happy outcome. After wondering about using a Windows Phone on BYOP, I invested in a "Bring Your Own Smartphone Sim Kit" for 4G LTE phones through the online store for $6.99 which was delivered to my New York address via Fed Ex with free shipping

I had researched registering a new Go Phone (GSM on AT&T) or an unlocked new phone Windows Phone (Microsoft Lumia 935) via chat with two Tracfone representatives and both confirmed that this will work. My long term experience (good and bad) with Tracfone representatives left me a little dubious.

I called a couple of stores selling Go Phones to inquire and got answers that suggested this would not work, but I thought about it and realized I could return the phone within 14 days if things did not go well so I decided to give it a try

I ended up at a Walmart store in the Middletown, NY area where I found and purchased Microsoft Lumia 640 Go Phone (GSM), a newer and a larger model for $79.86.

I used the web site to transfer my service and number. Within a few minutes, the SIM card showed up in my Tracfone account as a transfer in progress and my old phone was already showing up as inactive.

About two hours later, the phone was active and I was able to make calls and connect via WiFi. My phone number and minutes were successfully transferred as well. When I signed into may Tracfone account, because it is not a "Tracfone", the entry shows as a registered SIM card (with image) with the nickname I selected.

To summarize, you can buy a brand new cellphone and use it with an existing or new account on the Tracfone network. It does not need to be unlocked and may not need to have been activated (my phone was brand new (unopened) and was not previously registered with AT&T). Based on my experience, the list of compatible phones is now much larger that suggested.

As for the phone itself, in this case, this AT&T Go Phone with Tracfone's SIM card boots up with the AT&T logo and had AT&T apps pre-installed for used on this Windows which is uses Windows Phone 8.1 OS and will be upgradable to Windows 10 Phone. If you never looked at a Windows Phone, you may be pleasantly surprised compared to Android or even IOS. Note that there is no Windows Phone app for Tracfone, but I was able to check on my account by going to the web site and logging into my Tracfone account on the phone via WiFi (saved as a favorite).

I had looked for others writing about upgrades to the BYOP program that began at about the end of June, 2015 to support 4G LTE phones and found nothing. I'm hoping this post will encourage others to consider phones other than those offered by Tracfone to find one that you really want whether it's an Android, Apple or Windows phone.

dr bug

Anonymous said...

Will this phone work on Tracfone service ?Samsung Galaxy S3 SCH-S968C 16GB - Carrier Tracfone..

Pearce Picard said...

Successfully setup my droid DNA with tracfone! Was just 94 dollars on eBay! Refurbished excellent condition.

Anonymous said...

Can't get from a May 4, 2014 @ 8:18 PM entry to the next page that you supposedly push "Load More" and it changes to "Loading..." and never goes anywhere! It has been like this for at least 5 or 6 days now . . . PLEASE HELP Someone!

Anonymous said...

Any GSM byop's???

Pearce Picard said...

Yes worked for me is what I'm using now.

Anonymous said...

Connected an unlocked AT&T iPhone 3GS, successfully transferring the account from a Tracfone Umax Patrioit. Everything working connected to a tower called "HOME" everywhere here in NE Ohio. Only thing not working is MMS Pictures...but I can live with that, I will just send them via WIFI. Process took ~6 hours once I requested it via the Tracfone BYOP WWW page, tech support was useless to make it happen.

Anonymous said...

I have a current tracfone. Want an Iphone 6. Will minutes still triple on an Iphone 6? Will existing minutes and phone number move over to the Iphone 6?
Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I have an iPhone 5 on the tracfone BYOP that has been recalled due to the defective sleep/wake button, has anyone had any luck with converting back to their old phone or knows whether it is possible!

Anonymous said...

The iPhone 5 works great, you still get the triple minutes, you just aren't able to view them on your phone, your have to access your balance on the website!

Anonymous said...

I have a iPhone 5s unlocked, will it work with the byop, and will i get triple minutes?

Anonymous said...

does tracfone work with a Samsung galaxy edge s6 unlocked.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone tried to activate an Amazon FIRE phone, AT&T GSM on tracfone ? Did it work ?

Franis Engel said...

As far as I know, a few GSM phones that work on AT&T networks (as opposed to Verizon's) they just came out for Tracfone. But, you cannot buy them on the tracfone site - yet.
One I considered is: LG L31 Access LTE, (L31L) Am not sure if it only runs on GSM 4G or if it also runs on 3G? But, it doesn't have much memory, etc. so I am here considering getting a better phone and attempting to BYOP.
So far I've collected...
Tracfone Bring your own 4G LTE GSM Phone List:

Samsung Galaxy S5 - 16 GB
Samsung Galaxy S3
LG G3 - 32 GB
Motorola Moto X 4G LTE - 16 GB
Motorola Moto G 4G LTE - 8 GB
HTC 1X - 16 GB
Blu Stdio 6.0 - 16 GB
Asus ZenFone 2 - 16 GB

Good luck!
( haven't made my decision on this yet so far. Want a phone that will work both on 3G AND 4G...)

Anonymous said...

I'm writing this comment on a Nokia Lumia Icon over Verizon LTE with Tracfone BYOP. There's no real distinction at Tracfone between Windows phone and Android, so you can just go through the regular Android procedure to activate one. Don't expect help from tech support if you break something, but it all just works if you go through the procedure correctly.

The first sim card I got didn't work for some reason (I think it might actually have been hardware damage), but I called Tracfone and they sent me a free identical replacement. The replacement worked out of the box - I activated the sim online, popped it I the phone, and 30 seconds later I had 4g LTE service through Tracfone.

You don't get the Tracfone app with Windows Phone, but the Tracfone app never worked very well for me anyway. I just pinned the websites that let you check your balance and add airtime to my start screen, and it's been working fine so far. Data sense lets you manually enter a data limit, so I just type it in every three months when I add a card.

Data speeds have been as advertised, call quality has been acceptable, text messages have come through reliably and on time, and voicemail works just like you would expect it to. MMS can be a little dodgy at times, but it was dodgy when I had an android Tracfone as well, so it may just be a network issue on tracfone's end.

Overall, Tracfone BYOP works just fine with a windows phone. Be aware that tech support probably can't help you if you have a problem, but I've been using it for a few months now without any major issues.

Rick Sear said...

I just activated a Moto X Pure Edition on Tracfone. It took a bit of finagling, but it works really well now.

Mitchell James said...

does this phone work it says its only lte bands but i want to know
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K15KRV6/ref=psdc_2407749011_t1_B00K15Q2B0

Anonymous said...

My Galaxy Note 3 (Verizon) works like a charm with Tracfone! I bought my own Tracfone activation kit from www.saveontracfone.com (which comes with a micro-sized SIM card) and just followed the steps in the manual for activation. The only problem I encountered was that I lost my minutes, texts, and data. However, I was prepared for this to happen and had already taken a picture of my account balance on my old phone. I contacted Tracfone's online customer service and sent them the picture along with my explanation. Not only did I get my minutes, texts, and data back, but they DOUBLED the amount! Plus, I was able to keep my old phone number. I'm also loving the Note 3. It may be a couple generations old, but it's a HUGE upgrade over the LG Ultimate 2 (1080p video playback, high screen resolution, 32GB space, 4G, and more). The only drawback is that you can no longer use the Tracfone app on a BYOP phone. You have to check your account balance on the website from now on. I encourage others to give the BYOP program a try! :D

Anonymous said...

Has anyone with a Verizon Moto G (1st Generation) running on Tracfone been able to upgrade Android to KitKat or beyond? My phone always tells me my version is current. Will it upgrade over WiFi or do I have to used Tracfone's wireless connection?

Anonymous said...

So the Samsung galaxy 3 MINI would connect ?

Hoody said...

OK I have a question,

This phone is on your list, its one I'm looking at

Tracfone BYOP 4G LTE GSM Phone List:

Samsung Galaxy S5 - 16 GB on Amazon

Now here's my question, (btw TF can't seem to answer it in a clear cut manner.)

On the TF site it says, "Compatible OR unlocked" I'm still trying to pin down what the hell "compatible OR unlocked" means to TF when it comes to a GSM At&T phone for their BYOP program Does it mean the same thing or not. I know about the SIM kits, but I need a verification from TF that ANY GSM At&T weather locked or unlocked phone can be registered and used on TF.

IF TF had compatible AND unlocked, that would be clear enough, so I assume even if the phone is "locked" to At&T, it's considered "compatible" and should work.

I see the Samsung s5 on this list , now my question is, was this for a GSM At&T "locked" phone, or did it have to also be "unlocked" to work with a kit?

I have seen Samsung S5 900A's listed as locked to At&T and also listed as unlocked, I need to know which TF will accept.


Anonymous said...

I just set up using the BLU Studio C Super Camera phone (4G GSM). It only took 5 minutes to set it up. Awesome phone with a fantastic camera!

Joyce said...

Well this just blew my hopes. Been looking at IRULU's great new v3 victory, 100% unlocked phone with a 6.5 screen and appears it's not gonna work with Tracfone. I've been very satisfied with their service for many years but trying to find a great phone I really like is impossible if I stay with them. Thanks guys, and ladies for helping clear up some of the mess.

Anonymous said...

Someone have Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge? Whatever GSM or CDMA.
I don't find this phone Unlocked CDMA.

Unknown said...

I successfully purchased a Verizon LG G2 and got it on tracfone. Thank you very much for the articles and forum!

How does this phone get Android updates now? I'd like to get 5.1.1 as there are some Lollipop bugs on the phone.

Unknown said...

I am confused, my phone is a nokia lumia 635 Windows phone, previously with tmobile, now unlocked. I have called Tracfone multiple times and have never gotten the same answer. I am told yes Tracfone will work and I have been told no. Also if it's eligible for double or triple minutes, and the same answers. What do you think?

Lori Crabtree said...

I recently activated an LG V10 on Tracfone's BYOP 4G LTE CDMA service. I had to purchase through Verizon wireless. Paid retail price upfront and had to make a decision on a month to month phone plan. Once I received the phone, I activated it through Tracfone and canceled my service with Verizon. LOVE THIS PHONE!

Anonymous said...

Tried calling TracFone (USELESS). I want to upgrade to the iPhone 5S but want to know if I can still just buy regular TracFone airtime cards, or will I have to sign up for Straightalk or other monthly service for $45.00 a month?
Also, I will be buying this used unlocked iPhone 5S on eBay. TracFone said I need to know who the "previous service provider" was (Verizon, ATT, Net10, Sprint, etc) in order to find out if I can use it with TracFone.
I don't know who the previous service provider is.
I haven't bought the iPhone yet.
I need to know this BEFORE I buy it (so I know which one to buy). For some reason, the TracFone agent said he can't tell me who the previous service provider must be until AFTER I buy the iPhone(???).
Surely I don't have to "cross my fingers" and hope the used unlocked iPhone 5S I buy on eBay will work with TracFone lol! So FRUSTRATED!

Anonymous said...

Recently transferred phone number and minutes from another android 3g phone to a used Verizon G3 cdma 4g lte. Transference was flawless and fast. Couldn't be happier with the process. Highly recommend.

Daiunique Richardson said...

Did you ever get it to work?

ricky g said...

Can I buy a Verizon gsm lg g4 and put it on tracfone service?

Howard Richman said...

Thanks to the advice from this website, I just upgraded from my ZTE tracfone to a Samsung Galaxy S5, and everything worked right away. Let me tell you what I bought and what I did.

1. I bought the Tracfone Galaxy S5 for Verizon used from Amazon.com.

2. I bought the Tracfone Verizon 4G LTE Activation Kit from saveontracfone.com. It came with GSM (AT&T) or CDMA (Verizon) and all sizes of sim cards. I punched out the Dual SIM CARD Micro for use with CDMA LTE Compatible devices.

3. I didn't put the sim card into my phone right away.

4. I Charged the battery on the Samsung and mostly set it up my new phone just using WiFi.

5. I was able to transfer over my apps and content, partly by moving my 32 Gig SDE memory card over from the ZTE to the Samsung.

6..I called Tracfone (1-800-706-3839) and told them I wanted to transfer my minutes and phone number from the ZTE to the new Samsung. Most of the numbers that I needed were in the activation kit. I found the IMEI number under the battery in the Samsung.

5. About 20 minutes after I hung up, my ZTE stopped being able to make or receive phone calls. That's when I installed the SIM card in the Samsung and tried making a phone call and everything worked.

Lori Crabtree said...

I left a comment almost a month ago, but it hasn't appeared yet? I used the BYOP and added an LG V10, bought new through Verizon. Transfer of service was easy and I love my new phone!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I've wanted to use an iPhone on tracfone and I would really like to use a 4G LTE phone. I've never owned an iPhone before and I've never used the BYOP plan before. I'd probably go with the iPhone 6 now that I can. But with a newer phone is the price still $7 a month on the tracfone plan? Or does it cost extra? Also would an iPhone 6 have to be unlocked to use it on the plan?

sgams said...

Just checked my IMEI for a new unlocked iRULU V3 on tracfone's BYOP site..they SAY it will work..I will update if I decide to use their service.

Anonymous said...

If I BYOP, do I still buy the minutes on the tracfone site (or purchase a card) like I normally would? Also, do the BYOP's qualify for triple minutes/data/texts?

Neenah Guy said...

Non Android CDMA phones CAN be used with the BYOD program! I had two older Samsung Juke phones that Page Plus was no longer able to activate anymore. So, I thought as a last resort. I'll try Tracfone. I tried one at a time. And yes, I had to buy the activation card for around $10. So, they transferred my regular cdma Tracfone minutes and due date to the 2006? Samsung Juke. It took minutes. And the minutes I had were placed into the 3 different "buckets" that Tracfone does when one buys minutes for androids....Only drawback is (as was with Page Plus), is that only talk and text features will wor on a "regular" cdma phone. Even though they send an amount to your data bucket it is useless as you are unable to use Verizon's features, like music player etc. And Tracfone's CSR's think you are using an android or some other Smartphone. So if you ever decide you want to switch back to another phone...you have to get lucky and hope the CSR you speak with will understand you are not using an android phone. Tracfone, for some unknown reason, will NOT allow you to get your android minutes BACK if you want to go back to a regular phone. You have to beg. You have to try and convince them that you are unaware of this "policy" they have. Sometimes you just have to hang up on a CSR that is not "working with you" and call back. Then pray that this new CSR will actually permit you to have the minutes you are entitled to BACK!

Anonymous said...

Any1 know if the new nexus lg 5x can work on tracfone its
299 not bad for a cell thats 16gb any tried making it work

Anonymous said...

I purchased a Nexus6 64GB UNLOCKED phone to use with Tracfone BYOP. This phone works on both the Verizon CDMA and AT&T GSM services. The AT&t set up was easily done online, but I wanted to use Verizon CDMA towers, for some reason I kept getting an error when trying to set up for Verizon. I called TracFone Customer service and they had my phone service set up for Verizon CDMA in about 5 mnutes!

Neenah Guy said...

Just remember everyone, if you've never had smartphone or use one and decide to go back to a simple talk and text Tracfone for whatever reason Tracfone will not transfer any minutes back to a regular cdma "old skool" device. They can and will transfer your phone number, but that's it.No minutes. They say "that's their policy"!!!! On another positive note though they were able to transfer my minutes and number to an older model Samsung u-470 JUKE phone....I had to by a byod card for $10, but the transfer worked...please note you'll only get talk and text features, but Tracfone DOES make it a TMFL phone!!!.......for what it's worth .

Don ( Rochester, NY) said...

Earlier today I purchased a Moto G 3rd generation unlocked cell phone at Best Buy. Using a Tracfone BYOP sim kit I was able to activate the phone using the Tracfone website and following instructions. The only problem that I encounted related to installing the micro SIM card upside down and getting " No Sim Card. Emergency calls only" message on the phone screen.

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I have successfully activated and used a Pantech Flex P8010 AT&T phone with Tracfone

Richard J Conrad said...

Greetings everyone, does anyone know if a Nexus 5 D5820 32GB REFURBISHED phone will qualify for the Tracfone BYOP program? So, two separate questions really. Will a Nexus 5 D5820 work, second will a refurbished work. Thanks for your help. Love the site!

Anonymous said...

are you allowed to use a old nokia flip phone on this service that is unlocked and att not blacklisted.

Josh said...

Will I be able to keep my number if I change from my cdma s3 to a gsm blu phone?

Anonymous said...

I have a galaxy s4 straight talk phone and was told I couldn't use as a tracfone, but when I turn on the phone it has the tracfone logo?

Hal Dorr said...

Considering giving my iPhone 6 a try, but I'm unsure if I will retain all the functions that I currently have, Call Forwarding, Text with Pictures etc...

Have any out there made the jump with an iPhone 6?

Hal Dorr said...

I was considering moving my iPhone 6 to the BYOP, but I'm still unsure about losing any of the features that I now have... It is unlocked. Is Anyone out there using the BYOP with a iPhone 6?

levine1944 said...

I have a similar problem with an unlocked Verizon Moto E bought on Ebay. The Tracfone website said that it was compatible, and as a matter of fact they sell a Tracfone Moto E on their wesite. However, they do not say if it is Gen 1, which I suspect it is. Mine is a Gen 2. I have had several trouble tickets and discussions with various customer service people. Besides the ridiculous statements they make, they have not yet been able to activate this telephone. Although it was originally noted as compatible via their website tool, they now seem to be saying it is not listed. I just can not understand their problem. I will try again in a few days. Maybe they will figure out what they need to do.

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