A reader Maggie, asks…
Thank You Bob, I watched your video from 2014 regarding a used iPhone and setting it up with an already existing tracfone phone number and “existing minutes with that phone #”. Can this action still be done today with a used Iphone 6 and does this used iphone 6 need to be “unlocked” or if it is a “used verizon iPhone 6″…..it will work even if not unlocked? Thank you so much for all 🙂
Yes, you can use the iPhone 6 with Tracfone Wireless. You can buy usea iPhone 6s or iPhone 6, or even iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, or iPhone 4 and use it with Tracfone’s Bring Your Own Smartphone Plan.
You can sign up for a new account, transfer your phone number from another phone company, and in your case transfer your existing Tracfone service from your current phone to a new or used iPhone. My 2014 videos, Using an iPhone for $7 a Month – Part 1 and Using an iPhone for $7 a Month – Part 2 are two of the most popular videos I have made and I am excited to say that in 2016 using an iPhone with Tracfone is even better than it was in 2014.
I also want to mention that my 2014 video was the only time I transferred an existing Tracfone account to a smartphone and the minutes did transfer. Several readers have told me that their minutes did transfer as well. If you do have concerns about this I recommend you contact Tracfone support to verify the details.
Back in 2014 you could only use a Verizon iPhone 4 or iPhone 4s with Tracfone’s BYOP program. And, you could only use it on Tracfone’s 3G Verizon network. Now in 2016 you can use any of the iPhone 6 or iPhone 5 models listed earlier and depending on the specific phone have your choice of using Tracfone’s Verizon CMDA LTE or Tracfone’s AT&T LTE network.
If you want to use Tracfone’s 4G Verizon LTE network, your specific phone needs to be eligible for use on the Tracfone’s Verizon network. To find out if you can use your specific iPhone you enter your phone’s IMEI number, a serial number, into the Tracfone website along with your zip code and they will tell you if your phone is eligible. Not all phones are, and Tracfone doesn’t tell us what makes a phone eligible or not so if you want to use the Tracfone Verizon network make sure you check the IMEI of the phone you want to use before buying it or that you can return the phone if you are unable to use it. Your best bet is to buy a used Verizon iPhone if you want to use the Tracfone network. All Verizon iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 models are SIM unlocked. But just because the phone is unlocked doesn’t mean it will be eligible for use on the Tracfone Verizon network you need to check the IMEI number.
If you want to use the Straight Talk AT&T LTE network, it’s even better. You’ll need a AT&T(GSM) iPhone. It does not need to be unlocked. In general, unlocked is better so if you have the option buying an GSM or AT&T unlocked iPhone is best. If you want to buy a T-Mobile iPhone it must be unlocked.
Additionally, since all Verizon iPhone 6 and iPhone 5 models are SIM unlocked you can use them with the Tracfone AT&T LTE Network. The only limitation is specifically with the iPhone 5, which will not get LTE service on the AT&T network because the phone itself doesn’t support AT&T’s LTE network. The iPhone 5 will work with voice, text, mms, and 4G HSPA data(but the status bar will show a 3G connection).All this may sound a bit complicated but if you take a moment to understand you’ll have the most options when choosing a network and shopping for a used iPhone.
Once you have your iPhone you’ll need to buy a Tracfone Bring Your Own Smartphone Activation Kit. You can order on online directly from Tracfone or try to find one at Walmart or Kmart.
Finally, I wanted to make you aware that in earlier this year a published a number of articles and videos about using Tracfone and an iPhone or android Smartphone in 2016. Below list of those articles.
All My Articles About Tracfone from 2016
Tracfone Bring Your Own Smartphone SIM Activation Kit at Kmart and Walmart
Opening a Tracfone Bring Your Own Smartphone SIM Activation Kit