Tracfone Wireless Deals and Promotions

Introduction

Tracfone is a prepaid wireless company with a number of affordable single line plans offering by the minute, message, and megabyte talk, text, and data plans. You can choose between a number of low cost refills or monthly smartphone plans that include 30, 60, 90, or 365 service days. You can add an extra 1 GB of data for $10 and that data rolls over as long as your phone remains active. Tracfone offers service on the AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile networks so you can choose the network with the best coverage in your area.

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17 Comments

  1. BOBBY BURKE SR. | | Reply

    I CLOSED MY CURRANT PHONE I KNOW I HAVE TO BUY ABYP SIM CARD BUT THEN WHAT DO I DO?

  2. Thomas Millard | | Reply

    OK, here is my situation. I am looking at replacing my “dumbphone” with a “Smartphone”. As I am an Apple user from waaaay back (the early 90s), so I am naturally looking at the iPhones. I currently use 2x Macs/2x iPad Pros (both embedded with the Apple SIM allowing one to try several services at the same time) ect…..

    I have just been very reluctant of jumping aboard the Smartphone bandwagon, so with regards of Smartphones, so please forgive my lack of knowledge of the nuances of billing, contracts and so on… I found an Apple SE at Best Buy for $129.00, it is listed as a Total Wireless phone, so this price it is a no-brainer, save for one problem, I am a Tracfone user, have been for over 13 years. So the question is (and I can not get a straight answer from anyone), is this unlocked? (I suspect not, especially at that price, but would like confirmation). As I have some 1200 unused minutes, I am reluctant to sacrifice those minutes. Can I purchase this phone and have Tracfone remain my carrier or would I have to switch to Total?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Thomas,
      First thank you for a clear and well written description. The answer to your question is a qualified “maybe”.

      The simplest thing to do would be to buy the iPhone SE directly from Tracfone. See Tracfone Is Selling the Apple iPhone SE for $159. Check out that article and video.

      The Total Wireless iPhone SE is activation locked to Total Wireless meaning you can’t buy that discounted phone to use it with other wireless carriers like AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile or Sprint. BUT Total Wireless, Straight Talk, Net10, and Simple Mobile are all Tracfone brands and many readers have told me that have been able to buy Straight Talk iPhones and use them with Tracfone, and the other tracfone services so there is a chance this could work for you too. I bought a Straight Talk iPhone SE which should be delivered soon and I’ll going to try it with Tracfone so keep an eye on smartphonematters.com and my YouTube channel to see the results. You might also want to see

      My best recommendation is to buy the iPhone SE from Tracfone. They do sell out fast on tracfone.com though. While my readers have told me they are using Straight Talk (or Total Wireless) iPhones with tracfone because tracfone doesn’t have them in stock, I’m hesitant to fully recommend this for a number of reasons with the #1 reason being I can’t be 100% sure it will work for everyone now and in the future with each iPhone offer or model. The best I can say is whether I tried it and it worked for me and share what my readers report.

      As far as switching to Total Wireless, it’s only worth it if you need unlimited talk and plan to start using significantly more data. Also Total Wireless uses the Verizon network, where as with tracfone you may be using the AT&T, Verizon, or T-Mobile networks so that may be a factor. Do you know which tracfone network you are using? If tracfone is currently meeting you needs, it’s a deal that is hard to beat.

      I agree that the iPhone SE at $129 to $159 is an excellent choice for you. You are already familiar with iOS and being Mac and iPhone user I think you’ll appreciate the integration between the platforms. Having a 12 MP camera on your phone is going to be great for taking photos.

      I hope this helps, feel free to let me know if you have any more questions and let me know what you end up doing.

      • Thomas Millard | | Reply

        Hi Bob,

        Thanks for the quick reply, very useful. As for which network my Tracfone (LG model) is using, I can not honestly say. As I mentioned my knowledge with ‘smartphones’ and all details mentioned is very limited, but I learn fast. Seems I am a bit late on the Tracfone deal (I snoozed and, well, lost) as they are sold out. Again, I am happy with Tracfone and I would hate to lose those minutes (over 1200). As I talk very little and almost never text as I may have intimated, save for business, I rarely use my cell phone so the minutes add up. It is just getting more and more difficult to do day-to-day activities without a smartphone, a bit sad when you think about it..

        Again, thanks for the reply. I will subscribe to your YouTube Channel.

        • Bob Thompson | | Reply

          Thomas
          If you watch my Tracfone iPhone video I show you how to ask tracfone support a question over live chat. Just tell them your phone number and ask if your phone uses the AT&T, Verizon or T-mobile towers. Also since my last reply my Straight Talk iPhone was delivered so I will be trying it with tracfone soon. If you missed the tracfone iPhone SE make sure to choose the option to email you when they are back in stock. That promotion just began a few days ago, so it’s possible they will have more in stock in a few days.
          Regards

  3. Rhonda | | Reply

    Thank you Bob for all your help. I can wait to see what’s going to happen. I just want a phone that will work and last for a while. I will call tracfone and ask the questions.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      if you use a computer the online chat will be faster.

  4. Rhonda | | Reply

    I am wanting to buy a iphone, I can not afford to buy a IP7 but I am searching for a good deal on one that will work. I am a simple person do not do to many things other than talk, text, have pics and FB , and my grand kids want to facetime and send msgs to me, they have apple products and are on the Verizon net work not sure what my phone other than I know it is a LG and the LTE network. And i would like to switch my tracfone service over to it. I am so confused I have read so many things I do not know which way to go. I have had tracfone for yrs. Can you pleas help guide me in the right direction?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      sure, do you have a budget? show much are you looking to spend? Do you know what size phone you want? check out the iPhone 6s / iPhone 6s plus and iPhone SE. Switching your tracfone service to and iphone is pretty easy..

      • Rhonda | | Reply

        Thank you Bob. Yes I have a budget. The 6s or 5s I guess the plus are a bigger phone. I do not know what the SE is. Glad to here its easy. I ready do not want to spend a fortune . But I would like a good phone and not one I would have trouble with.

      • Rhonda | | Reply

        The permalink does not show any iphones. where can I look for a safe phone.

        • Bob Thompson | | Reply

          for some reason, tracfone sends me these links for the iphone but then they are not available online. Are you comfortable buying a used phone on eBay? its is definitely a good option. I ask because not everyone I talk to is, some have never bought anything from eBay ever. The iPhone 6s is a larger phone than the iPhone 5s. Sounds like the Plus size phones are too big for you? The iPhone SE looks every much like the iPhone 5s but the internals are similar to the iPhone 6s. Apple is expected to release three new phones within the next week or two, so used iphone proces should go down. are you in a hurry to switch.

          in the meantime, contact tracfone support via online chat. https://www.tracfone.com/contactus
          ask this question “Hi my tracfone phone number is 555-1212. Can you please tell me if my phone is using the AT&T, Verizon or T-Mobile towers?”

      • Rhonda | | Reply

        Bob – Finding a lot of phones on e bay that say locked to tracfone, or have service contract thru tracfone on them. ?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Ronda,
      Did you get your iPhone. Tracfone is currently selling a new iPhone SE for $159 dollars. That is a good deal I think. The phone is the same size and shape as the iPhone 5s but the some of the internals are updated to be more like the iPhone 6s. You can see the phone here: http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-7601551-13080192

      Apple iPhone SE Unboxing
      Or did you decide you want a larger phone?

  5. Debra collins | | Reply

    I currently have sprint network but coverage is very poor, always dropping calls, unable to use navigation and everything else for that matter. I would like to use my iPhone 6s phone with straight talk and have my original SIM card but want Verizon coverage is this possible

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