How To Use An iPhone with Tracfone Wireless

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″… will work even if not unlocked? Thank you so much for all 🙂

Hi Maggie,
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

Choosing a Tracfone Network

Signing Up For Tracfone Bring Your Own Smartphone GSM LTE Network

Tracfone Bring Your Own Smartphone ATT GSM LTE Network Demo

SpeedTest Results for Tracfone’s ATT GSM LTE Network

Adding Data To My Tracfone Account On The iPhone 6

How Much Does Tracfone Data Cost?

Tracfone and Visual Voicemail On The iPhone 6

Looking Up the APN Settings For Your Tracfone Wireless Bring Your Own Smartphone Account

Strange Text Messages From Tracfone

Tracfone Bring Your Own Smartphone SIM Activation Kit At Walmart

Tracfone Bring Your Own Smartphone SIM Activation Kit From KMart


  1. Lauren | | Reply

    I bought my Samsung TracFone from HSN and it has 3X the minutes for life. I’m planning on buying a iPhone 6 that is unlocked but before I do, I would like to know, if I move my plan to the iPhone will I still have my 3X the minutes for life plan?

  2. Rhonda Olds | | Reply

    I have a 4s I phone iMessage #99 000185 422538 0. When I check to see if I can bring it to trac phone it says it is not compatible. I used this phone on Verizon and it has not been unlocked. I there a way to use this phone?

  3. Rixanne | | Reply

    Hello, I need help. I bought a refurbished unlocked iPhone 6s (verizon) to use with my current Tracfone account. I checked the IMEA with Tracfone and it passed. I transferred the phone number successfully and the phone works. The problem is that I don’t get good reception at home, so I wanted wi-fi calling. Tech support says it is possible, but I can’t find the command in Settings to enable it. Under Phone (iOS 11,4,1) I look for Enable Wi-Fi Calling” and it isn’t there. How can I turn it on??
    I called tech support several times. the first guy said that I needed a T-mobile used phone that would take a micro-sized SIM to use wi-fi calling. Have you heard of that?
    I called back again the next day to confirm that before I buy a new phone, but the second techie said that the size of the SIM did not matter, but it had to be a T-mobile or ATT phone. Is that correct? Even if the T-mobile phone uses a nano-sized card?
    As you can tell, I’m very confused and still don’t have wi-fi calling.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      support for Wi-Fi calling on the different tracfone brands is spotty. Officially, they claim you need to be on their t-mobile network with a T-Mobile phone. They don’t list the phone models that support Wi-Fi calling. I have not been able to get Wi-Fi calling to work on any of the Tracfone brands when using the Verizon towers(Straight Talk, Tracfone, Total Wireless, etc). Recently I was able to use Wi-Fi calling with the ATT towers on Straight Talk but it doesn’t seem to work for Tracfone’s ATT towers.

      Your iPhone 6s is fully compatible with T-Mobile (even though it isn’t a t-mobile phone). You can get a Tracfone T-mobile nano SIM and transfer your number to it. You may find that wi-fi calling then works. You may need to enable it both on your phone and with tracfone Keep in mind if you do this your phone service will use the t-mobile network rather than the verizon one. I have no idea which towers are better in your area.
      You can pick up a SIM kit in best buy or target for a dollar or order a sim online. You just need to activate the SIM by transfering your service to it online. its easy. I haven’t tried a tracfone t-mobile sim in my iPhone myself so I don’t know that wi-fi calling will work. You could activate the SIM on a new number with the cheapest possible plan to check if it works.

      Some readers have reported that a phone on tracfone’s Verizon network can use a verizon signal booster like this

      If you are willing to switch wireless carriers, I reviewed Simple Mobile (also a tracfone brand) it uses the t-mobile network. It supports wi-fi calling and is a pretty good deal at 20 per month see Check out my youtube channel to see my videos about it.

  4. Anna | | Reply

    Hello I was wondering if a refurbished unlocked iPhone 7 would work with TracFone, Thank You!

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      With the Tracfone’s AT&T or Tracfone T-Mobile network yes. To use Tracfone’s Verizon network, it needs to be a Model A1660 and you still have to check the phone’s serial number to make sure it is eligible.

  5. Justine | | Reply

    hi bob!! so i have an iphone 5s with tracfone and i’m using the at&t sim card. and i was wondering if i got a iphone 6 and it was at&t refurbished if i could just transfer the card to it? how would that work? and also if i got an iphone 6 and it was at&t refurbished would it work with the tracfone byop program? thank you!(:

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Yes it will. You remove the SIM card from the iPhone 5s and put it in the iPhone 6 and the tracfone service will work. You still have to backup the iPhone 5s and restore it to the iPhone 6 using iTunes or iCloud to transfer all your stuff, but that doesn’t have anything to do with tracfone.

      Personally, I wound not choose the iPhone 6 in 2018. I’d consider either the iPhone SE or the iPhone 6s. Both are way better phones, way better. You can get a new iPhone SE from tracfone for at least $150 less than the MSRP from Apple. Also, realize that if that used iPhone 6 did not have a new battery installed the phone may be running way slower than it did new. If you go with the iPhone 6 take a look at Apple’s $29 battery replacement program. Its a killer deal.

      The iPhone 6 isn’t a bad phone, it just that it is a few years old and specs for the camera, processor, and memory in the SE and 6s are a significant improvement.

      • Justine | | Reply

        ok thank you so much!! sorry about asking so many times

        • Bob Thompson | | Reply

          It’s ok. Believe it not sometimes I get two people with the same first name asking questions at the same time and I get confused.

      • Justine | | Reply

        one last thing, a GSM unlocked phone would work as well, right?

        • Bob Thompson | | Reply

          An unlocked phone is always a better option. An ATT locked phone will work with Tracfone’s ATT network, but not their other ones.

          • Justine | |

            ok, thank you so much for your help!(:

  6. Elizabeth Ciske | | Reply

    I hope its okay to ask my questions here as I am still a bit confused, you may not remember me but you helped me transfer my husbands old Tracfone triple min android to an old iPhone 4s A1387 3G I helped me with an email address back then and even helped me draft the email to get it all sorted out, I didn’t need any sim in that one at all and still have an unopened second tracfone smartphone sim kit (if its still accepted to use) that is still the triple min one…well our neighbor gave us her iphone 6 that she just couldn’t get used to as shes 88 and got an android instead, both are thru straight talk and her service will end the 14th. for the iPhone. I am confused to which sim I would use.
    I say its the CDMA LTE NANO SIM but could be wrong as always, lol…if you have a chance to let me know which nano one it would be I would be so appreciative once husband has like 6000 min, text and data on the old iPhone…(I was the one who bought the iPhone SE that I was going to go tracfone but my sister put me on her plan, hubs could be too but does not want to loose all those min)
    any info would truly be appreciated!

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Elizabeth,
      Yes I do remember. The old SIM kit should still be fine. That kit should have both ATT and VERIZON (CDMA LTE) SIMs. First you need to decide if you want to use the ATT SIM or the Verizon one. The ATT SIM will work in that iPhone 6. The Verizon one might work. You need to check phone’s serial number on So, do you have a preference for the ATT or Verizon network, does one work better than the other? Oh. and do you know does your husband get visual voicemail on his iPhone?

  7. Paul Volker | | Reply

    I would like to purchase a certified, refurbished iphone 6, 64GB, Unlocked GSM model from Gazelle. I currently use an iphone 5 with Tracfone service and have been very happy. But the phone is having some issues and I want to move to the iphone 6. When I check the network compatibility chart on Gazelle’s website it says Tracfone is not supported. I contacted Tracfone directly and they told me the unlocked GSM iphone 6 will indeed work on Tracfone as long as it is using bands 850 – 1900 Mhz. According to iphone 6 spec sheets all GSM iphones work within 850 – 1900 Mhz, so I’m assuming it will work. I’ve researched for hours but can’t definitively find an answer. Gazelle says “no”, and Tracfone says “yes”. Can you provide any guidance on whether it is safe to order the iphone 6, unlocked GSM from Gazelle and use it on Tracfone? Thanks!

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      I haven’t tried it myself, but those iPhone 6 should work with Tracfone’s ATT network. You won’t know if it will work with Tracfone’s Verizon network unless you check the the MEID or Serial number of that specific phone on I’d say Gazelle is just being conservative, saying the phone will only work with AT&T. It’s definitely compatible and even if the iPhone 6 came from ATT and was locked it would still work with Tracfone’s ATT network.

      That said, I wouldn’t buy an iPhone 6 myself. You’d be so much better off getting an iPhone 6s. Or consider getting a new iPhone SE directly from Tracfone. See Tracfone Is Selling the Apple iPhone SE for $159. The SE is currently $199 but if you bundle it with a plan and use the code TRACEFONE15 you’ll save 15%. With a $15 plan the phone goes from $199 to $184. The iPhone SE has the iPhone 5S body but many of the internals match the iPhone 6s.

  8. Arlene Nelson | | Reply

    I have a Canadian Iphone 5s. For several years when in the US, I have used Tracfone. Last year the tracfone battery started leaking and I was told to throw the whole telephone away, therefore I am in need of a replacement phone. Instead of buying another phone, I had my iPhone 5s unlocked so I could buy a SIM card from tracfone and use this in my iphone 5s. On the iPhone box it states that it is compatible with GSM, UMTS, and LTE cellular technologies. Do you know whether or not this will work?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      The phone is compatible with the US networks. It does need to be unlocked though. Try borrowing an AT&T or Verizon SIM from a friend and try it in your iPhone and if it works the phone is unlocked. you can also check with your Canadian carrier and ask them to unlock it. Tracfone uses either the AT&T or Verizon network, ask people you know in the US which network works better.

      If you spend more than 50% of time in the US you can find some prepaid services that work in both countries too.

  9. Vivian Zollman | | Reply

    Will an iPhone SE work with Tracfone

  10. Steve | | Reply

    Hi smartphone matters. This atricle and accompanying youtube video, got me using tracfone for my needs exclusively once my phones are paid for. Thanks for this very informative piece of information.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Steve,
      Thanks for the comments and I am glad my articles and videos have helped you out. Keep an eye out for more reviews and updates for 2018.

  11. Tyson Racicot | | Reply

    Does it work with the Iphone X???????

  12. Keith Gatling | | Reply

    Hmm…I’m getting the impression that all the problems I’ve had switching Tracfone service from one iPhone to another has to do with the fact that we’re using Verizon phones/SIMs, and that it would be much more straightforward if we used AT&T phones and SIMs.

    The only reason we have Verizon models in the first place is because that’s what my sister originally gave me when she gave me her old phone. But if there’s no reason to continue with Verizon models from here on in, when it comes my turn to buy a new iPhone, I’ll go straight for AT&T. Does this make sense?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Yes. that is sometimes as issue, but I’d say I hear about less problems lately. Some phones are compatible with either network and can be switched. What model phones do you have?

      • Keith Gatling | | Reply

        First case, back in September, which was ultimately solved: going from a 5 to an SE.

        Second case, ongoing (in fact, I’m about to call Tracfone back now): going from a 5s to an SE.

        Sometime in the spring, I’ll be upgrading from my 5s to an SE, and want to avoid this problem.

        • Bob Thompson | | Reply

          If you are having problems using an iPhone SE with Tracfone’s Verizon network you can switch the phones to their AT&T network. You’ll need some new nano SIM cards. In the past, the data on tracfone’s Verizon network had a max download speed of 5Mbps, but not any longer. Keep in mind that you may have visual voice mail with tracfone’s verizon network but won’t get it with their att network.

          • Keith Gatling | |

            Thanks. The problem was finally fixed. I can’t wait to go through this again, when it’s my turn to get a new phone.

  13. John McElroy, Jr. | | Reply

    I can confirm that an iPhone 8 Plus works on the Tracfone network. I purchased a new “unlocked” iPhone 8 Plus from the Apple store on September 26, 2017 (i.e., Model A1864 (GSM phone)). I then purchased Tracfone’s Bring Your Own Smartphone Sim Kit from Target ($1). I inserted the AT&T Nano SIM card from that kit into my iPhone and then transferred my existing Tracfone flip-phone cell phone account to my iPhone 8 Plus via Tracfone’s “Activate your Phone” (I’m Bringing My Own Smartphone) web page. I entered my SIM card number and answered a few questions and that was it. My Tracfone account was transferred to my iPhone within one day. My iPhone 8 Plus is working perfectly with no problem. All of my minutes were transferred, but I did have to purchase data ($10 per 1 GB) and text ($5 per 1,000 text messages). The data and text were purchased on the Tracfone website and were added immediately to my iPhone.

    • John McElroy, Jr. | | Reply

      My “days of service” were transferred as well.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      thank you for sharing this with everyone. The comments and replies here help out others that read these articles!

  14. tim | | Reply

    Lots of great advice here. Just wondered if you knew for sure if “days of service” also get transferred from an existing Tracfone, non-smartphone to a BYOP smartphone, along minutes and texts…? (I realize I would have to purchase separate data for the new phone.) Thanks.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Yes it will. It did for the few I transfered for people. The only thing I am not currently sure is what refill options they will offer for your new phone. Not sure you will have triple minute plans available. possible just the same plans they offer the same plans you see when you add it the phone into the cart.

      • tim | | Reply

        thanks, Bob.

        • Bob Thompson | | Reply

          You are welcome. Let me know how it goes.

  15. Lori | | Reply

    Can an iPhone 7 Plus be used with tracphone?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Yes you should be able to use your iPhone 7 Plus.. it can take a look at the links to the articles and videos on the page you commented on. Let me know if you have any questions afterwards.

  16. Nakeyo Burke | | Reply

    Can I switch a tracfone iPhone 6 over to my T-Mobile account

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      If you have the phone try the sim and see if it works. If you are looking to buy the phone and there is a good chance it’s SIM or activation locked.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      I assumed you tried logging in to iCloud then… If the phone is from someone else it may be looking for their id and password if it wasn’t removed from their account. you’ll need to check that. You can also request tracfone unlock the phone if it was used for 12 months on their network. Are you sure the phone is from tracfone and not straight talk (also a tracfone company)

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      I took a look at your screenshot. I am not familiar with but it looks as if it is saying your phone is locked. I don’t cover 3rd party unlocking services, jail breaking, or rooting phones on I do get several questions a week about buying inexpensive iPhones from Straight Talk/Net10/Tracfone to use with other services. Many of these readers report that the phones are activation locked and they are unable to use them with another service. Recently these carriers have been offering attractive prices on the iPhone 5s, SE, and iPhone 6 to lure it new customers so more people are asking about this.
      I don’t recommend buying the phones for that use. Sometimes it is possible to buy a phone from one of these carriers and use it with another but I have found that is usually when you have paid full price for the phone. And you never can be certain it will work until you try it.

      If the phone you have was used on Tracfone for 12 months you may be able to get tracfone to unlock it for free.

  17. Leah Twirler | | Reply

    Will I be able to transfer a tracfone account and number with the same SIM card to a used AT&T iPhone 4?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      If you have a tracfone micro SIM card that uses the AT&T network put it in the iPhone 4 and if it works you are all set. If the SIM is from a basic phone and doesn’t work or isn’t a microSIM you’ll need to transfer the service to a new SIM card which you can buy in target or bestbuy for $1. If you are planning on buying this iPhone 4 I’d consider the cost vs a newer model. The iPhone 4 doesn’t support LTE and Apple doesn’t provide software updates anymore.

      • Leah Twirler | | Reply

        Thanks for the advice! The 4 is just temporary until the new iPhone releases in September

        • Bob Thompson | | Reply

          Ok. wanted to make sure someone wasn’t trying to sell you an iPhone 4.

  18. D Lauer | | Reply

    How can I text on my iPhone 4s using tracfone plan

  19. Rhonda Shaikoski | | Reply

    Hi, I stumbled upon this discussion looking for an answer to a similar question, so wondering if you might have an answer to help us out. First, even though we live in no-where-land, Iowa, we always had good cell reception with tracfone and we’ve had assorted tracfones for over 15 years. UNTIL we decided to upgrade our android phones (LG and Huaweii) to iPhone 5s we bought through the tracfone website. We know we were on the Verizon system with the androids, but now, apparently, are on the AT&T system due to the iPhones. So, we have “NO SERVICE” continually displayed on our phones when at home, even though both tracfone and AT&T claim to have good coverage here. We have talked and talked to tracfone, done all their resets on the phones, etc, but, of course, since customer service is iffy with them, have had no resolution to the problem. So, down to the question… there a way to change the iPhone 5s’s we bought through tracfone to the Verizon (CDMA) system and get them off the AT&T (GSM) system? Even though customer service stinks and we’re having this issue, we prefer to stay with tracfone, as we don’t use the phones enough to warrant the $40 – $50 per month per phone to switch to a Verizon or US Cellular prepaid. Thanks for any help/advice you can give us!

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Rhonda,
      The only option I can think of is to check the serial number(MEID) of your phone with tracfone wireless to see if you can activate the phones as BYOP on their ?Verizon network. Look at the latest video on my youtube channel about the G5 to see what I am talking about. If it says your phones are eligible, transfer your service from the AT&T SIM to a tracfone Verizon SIM card. Its possible the phones might be eligible. Check and let me know. If not, consider selling the phones on eBay and replacing the phones. I always recommend that you check with tracfone support to find out which network there phones use before buying if you live in an area where you don’t have service on either ATT or Verizon. Sometimes this happens the other way too. People buy a phone from Tracfone that uses Verizon towers and later find out that really wanted a phone for the tracfone ATT network.

      If you’d like to upgrade from tracfone, consider Total Wireless. It is owned by Tracfone, uses the Verizon network. You can get an amazing deal in the iPhone SE. You can get unlimited talk and thext for $25 per month and add data as needed. Or a shared family plan 2 lines for $60 see my video I don’t know how much you are spending on tracfone per year so Total Wireless may be too much.

      • Rhonda Shaikoski | | Reply

        Hi & thank you for the information. Nothing worked, but it was worth a shot. At one point, even Apple tried to help us make a switch! Tracfone will not refund the phones even though they are the ones that said they would work, but now say ‘of course they won’t work-you have no AT&T coverage in your area.’ We’d change to someone else if we could afford it, but that’s not an option right now.

        What do I need to look for specifically to know whether the next phones we get will be on Verizon towers/CDMA? There are some iPhone 5s on that say ‘unlocked’ and have no apparent tie to any cell provider, but want to make sure we don’t mess up again.

        Thank you for your help!

        • Bob Thompson | | Reply

          You checked the MEIDs of your phones? Can you email them to me so I can check? bob at the name of my website.

  20. Debbie | | Reply

    Can I do just a contract for a iphone 6 but as a trac phone without setting up service through a company. Then just make monthly payments on the phones?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Debbie,
      Are you saying you want to buy an iPhone 6 on lease or a payment plan? And that you don’t want to do it though a company that requires you sign up through a cellular service plan?

  21. marcia shiffler | | Reply

    I GOT A SMART PHONE FROM SAFE LINK AND I KEEP HAVING TROUBLE WITH IT ,IT KEEPS SAYING CELLULAR NETWORK NOT AVAILABLE. WHAT CAN I DO TO GET IT WORKING? safe link says its activated but i got a letter to activate it or they will cancel me. please help.

      • marcia shiffler | | Reply


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        • Bob Thompson | | Reply

          I’ve never used safelink myself. Where there activation instructions in the box? Do you see signal bars in the top of the phone?

          • marcia shiffler | |


          • Bob Thompson | |

            Hmm. Is it possible that T-Mobile doesn’t have service in your area? Safelink uses the T-Mobile network? You many need to talk to their support team. I know they told you it was active.. ask them to call you on your safelink number then…

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      does anything work? calls? text messages?

  22. Tony Barberi | | Reply


    Why is the iPhone 6 the latest model that can be transferred to the TracFone service? I’m currently using the tracphone service without a smartphone. I would like to purchase a new iPhone, possibly the iPhone 8 when available, and transfer my existing TracFone service to the new iPhone. So, guess I need to understand what the reason is that newer iPhones cannot be transferred to the TracFone service. Is it conceivable that this will eventually be possible? Please advise. Thank you.


    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Ah.. ok. now I understand your question. This article was before the iPhone 7 and SE, but I didn’t mention the iPhone SE. While I generally update articles on from time to time, I usually don’t update reader responses. Good news for you is the iPhone 6s / 6s Plus, iPhone SE, and iPhone 7 / 7 Plus work too.

    • Tony | | Reply

      Thank you for this encouraging response. I’m a senior and using the TracFone service for years without a smartphone has resulted in several thousand minutes accumulated. I’ve read that minutes auto xfr to data usage so I’m assuming that if I use smartphone fearures mostly on wifi, the banked minutes should allow for a seamless transition with no change to my annual subscription renewals. Also, I live in the 95051 zip code area and curious if the network used by TracFone is suitable for smartphone services. Also, any advice as to how/where and which iPhone 7plus to purchase. Thank you again for your assistance.

      • Bob Thompson | | Reply

        If you have a balance of unused minutes they will transfer to a smartphone but I am not sure they will can be used for data. The used count a text message or MB of data as a minute or a fraction of a minutes. These days the plans come with separate minutes, texts, and MB of data. Regardless, you can add data to your account for $10 per GB and it doesn’t expire so long as your phone is active. Its relatively cheap to add data. Also did you know that when you buy a refill online, you can add 365 service days for $49. in the future you can buy the least expensive refill and add a year of service days.
        I think I’ll do a longer video response to your question in the next couple of days. as a lot of people might be interested. For now, check out SIM-free iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Available For Order and Unboxing My New iPhone 7 Plus. The apple store is the best place to buy the a new iPhone 7 Plus from. You may also want to consider waiting until September as supposedly there may be big changes to the iPhone.
        I’ll reply again after I have posted my video response.

  23. Rubs skie | | Reply

    Can I use new at&t locked iphone6/6s with tracfone BYOP? I have an existing tracfone phone and number with them and I have plenty of minutes/data/text with it.
    Can I transfer all of my minutes with the new one?How? I wanna retain my number, is that possible? Or do I need to buy a sim card?
    I hope you have time to answer my questions. Thank you

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      A locked AT&T iPhone 6 or 6s will work with Tracfone’s AT&T network. If you current phone has a nano SIM, you should be able to move it to the iPhone. If not, the sim will be too big or too small to fit and you’ll need to transfer your service to a new SIM. Your number and balance will transfer. I did this for someone back in Jan 2017 with no problems.

      • Rubs skie | | Reply

        Thank you so much for the response. I didn’t buy the phone yet coz I wasn’t sure but that would be the next step
        Thank you again…

  24. Chris | | Reply

    I have a Verizon iPhone 6 currently without service. I went to the Tracfone site, gave it my IEMI and it verified. So far so good – they are sending me a SIM. Can I do a reset on my iPhone before activating the new SIM? What about if I later decide I want to reset the phone. Will it be “good” and active afterwards?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Resetting your phone will have no impact on whether or not it compatible with Tracfone. If you want to reset the phone, go ahead.

      • Chris | | Reply

        Thanks Bob.
        I think what I am concerned about is the what-if it doesn’t work maybe. Currently the phone has value to me as an Internet device for instance, using it for a quick look at my security system through an app. Once I reset the phone, it will no longer function until it is again activated. That is what makes me nervous.
        Currently I am thinking I’ll leave it as-is. Get it activated with Tracfone and make sure all is good. Then reset it. After resetting the phone, how hard is it to reactivate?

        • Bob Thompson | | Reply

          You can do that but it shouldn’t be a problem. You should be able to activate the phone with ANY sim. Even an inactive one. The phone isn’t on contract and its unlocked so it should be ok. If for some reason you have a problem, just borrow and active Verizon SIM from someone.

  25. Geoffrey | | Reply

    Can You use an Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G with Tracfone’s BYOP program?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Not as a phone. The data should work. If you have an AT&T phone sim try it in your iPad if it works the tracfone ATT sim should work too. You’d have to do the math to see if cost wise it would work out to be a worth while deal. You could buy 1GB of data for $10 that will continue to carry over while the account is active. But, you’d need to add minutes to the account to keep in active.

  26. Bob Wills | | Reply

    I have an iPhone 5 from Bell Canada, and would like to use it for my tracphone account which I already have. Can this be done keeping my tracphone number? I want to use it while in Florida for three months.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      To use that iPhone with tracfone it needs to be unlocked. I am not sure if it shipped locked. It looks like Bell charges a $50 fee to unlock the phone if it is eligible. You can check if the phone is locked by borrowing an AT&T or T-Mobile nano SIM from someone. Put it in your phone and if you can make a call its unlocked. If you can make a call, you then should be able to transfer your service to a tracfone sim and keep your number and remaining service balance. You’ll have to decide if you want to use tracfone’s AT&T or Verizon network. If the phone is unlocked the AT&T SIM should work. If you want to use the Verizon SIM you’ll need to check the MEID of the phone with tracfone to see if it is eligible.

      I am not sure if Bell Canada used the GSM or CDMA iPhone 5. Whats the model number?

  27. Janae | | Reply

    Does this work with the iPhone 7?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Yes you can use the iPhone 7 with tracfone. If your buying a new phone, the best option is the SIM-Free option from the Apple Store. It’s compatible with the AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile networks that Tracfone uses. If you want to use Tracfone’s Verizon network, you’ll still need to check the MEID (serial number) of the phone to make sure your can use the phone. The SIM free model should be ok.

  28. TCBeahes | | Reply

    Waiting on some foreigner on the other side of he plantet to provide an indecipherable answer to my simple problem .

  29. TCBeahes | | Reply

    Are you going to answer my question or send me to you raise of faq’s that have nothing to do with my problem?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      TCBeahes, is a privately owned website. I write about prepaid wireless with a focus on BYOP plans. I don’t work for tracfone nor can I fix your problem. My best suggestion for you would be to send a clearly written email to tracfone support at Tell them what the problem is. Ask them why your phone stopped working if you haven’t used up all your minutes or they haven’t expired. Include relevant details. Like your account / phone number, when you added the minutes, and the service pin used if you had one. It’s best to omit the types of comments you left here about things like off-shore support or FAQs that did not help you as that won’t aid in resolving your issue.

  30. TCBeahes | | Reply

    I bought this tracphone a fe w yours ago

    Irecently added 450 minutes. It no longer works. I cannot make a call or send a text. Can yo guys fist they?

    I just bought sigh phone a couple of years ago added 450 minutes it no longer makes a cll or sends a texas. How about fixing this for e?

  31. Gary Baker | | Reply

    Thanks for your helpful information! I’ve got an available Verizon iPhone6s. My wife is currently using a GalaxyS3 on Tracfone BYOP. I’d like her to switch to the iPhone. I’ve already tested the IMEID at Tracfone and it is compatible.
    1) Can I just move the sim from the Galaxy to the iPhone? (other than the size difference)
    2) Size: GalaxyS3 is micro-sim and iPhone6s is nano-sim. I’ve seen articles that show how to cut down a micro-sim to nano-sim size easily. I’m okay doing that, but should I just order a new sim? Is the process of getting/activating a new sim for an existing BYOP a hassle?
    3) Are you sure that newer Verizon iPhones are “unlocked” or do I have to get Verizon to it unlocked first?


    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      3. All Verizon iPhone models are unlocked, starting with the iPhone 5.
      1-2. While it’s possible to cut a SIM, I no longer recommend it. Order a new SIM online or check Best Buy or Target for a Tracfone $1 sim kit. You really dont want to move the SIM.

      FYI – tracfone offers service on either the AT&T network or the Verizon network. You did not mention which network the S3 is currently using. You can use either their AT&T or Verizon network with that iPhone 6s. You’ll need the current nano SIM for the network you want to use. And, if you want to use the verizon network, that is when you need to enter the MEID / IMEI of the phone into their website. Pick the network that works best in your area. Data service on their Verizon network is at speeds up to 5Mbps. Their AT&T network does not have that restriction.

      • Gary Baker | | Reply

        Thanks for the reply!
        The Galaxy-S3 is on Verizon as well. She is not a big data user so that restriction is not a big deal. Thanks for pointing it out.
        So you feel that getting a new sim is not much of a hassle? After obtaining, would I then just go on the website with the new sim and transfer to the new phone? Would I be forced to add more time to the plan at the same time? I’ve got alot of time/data left on her current plan. Was hoping to avoid that.

        • Bob Thompson | | Reply

          Hi Gary,
          Your wife’s phone number and remaining balance are transferred to the new SIM.

          I wrote an article about doing this for another tracfone brand, straight talk. The process should be pretty similar. If by chance something doesn’t go smoothly you can email tracfone support and they can straighten it out.

          Transferring Your Existing Straight Talk Service to a New Straight Talk Phone or SIM

          I also did this for tracfone a few years ago Using an iPhone for $7 a Month – Part 2. That video is a little outdated now.

          If you give it a try, let me know how it goes.

          • Gary Baker | |

            Bob, sorry for the late reply, but the iPhone6s was a Christmas present so I had to wait to activate. I purchased the $1 Best Buy LTE Sim kit and used the nano-sim from that. Anyway, process could not have been simpler. I went to and was able walk through the questions:
            new Sim card number
            new phone IMEI and CCID
            Number I wanted to move to new phone
            Old device IMEI
            Then the transfer took only 5 minutes. When the old phone stopped working, I put the new SIM in the iPhone and went through the setup process on the phone. Everything worked great and the carrier info at the top line of the phone says “TFW” 🙂
            Thanks again for the help!

          • Bob Thompson | |

            Hi Gary,
            Great news. I am glad to hear the transfer went smoothly and made the 6s a great Chistmas gift. Five minute transfer time too! Thanks for taking the time to share an update. The comments on are a great resource for others.

            Happy New Year!!!

  32. Crystal Day | | Reply

    My daughters both got hand me down Verizon iPhone 5s phones. They transferred their text, data, and minutes to their “new” used phones. Despite getting the OK from Tracfone before hand, their phones will not access the internet using their data and get error messages when they try. They only work via wifi. Apparently there is a glitch in the matrix. Tracfone has no idea how to make either phone work with their service plan data.

  33. Marilyn Lopez | | Reply

    I’m a Verizon customer but thinking of using my IPhone 5s as a tracphone. I want to see about triple minutes for life. Will I be able to do this?
    Thank you

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Marilyn
      For BYOP smartphone plans, tracfone seems moving away from the double and triple minute plans. And, I think this might be a good thing because after a while it gets a little confusing to figure out how many minutes you are getting for your money. we could talk more about this, but I’d start off by asking how many minutes do you use a month? how many text messages to you send, and how much data do you need? Once you know this it becomes easier to pick a prepaid wireless plan that meets your needs.

      Take a look at the rates on this page
      expand all the options, and try to compare the prices for the one year and pay as you go plans to the smartphone plans. Now in some cases the One Year and Pay As You Go plans double or triple but the smartphone plans don’t.

      gets confusing quickly doesn’t it.

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