February 16, 2017

LG X Style (L56VL) Tracfone Review

Tracfone LG X Style (L56VL) Review - Android Smartphone

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The LG X Style is a recently released (early 2017) Android powered smartphone with 5" touchscreen, Android 6.0, and 4G LTE capability with Tracfone Wireless service. In this review you will find full specs and features for the X Style, pro's and con's, and comparison to other Tracfone smartphones. 

This device is another smartphone in a growing list offered by Tracfone that feature Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The Samsung Galaxy Sky and Samsung Galaxy Luna are two other smartphone options, which we will compare to the X Style further along. A newer Android OS such as 6.0 means less vulnerabilities and newer features.

The LG X Style is an exciting blend of good specs and a small, sleek body that make it seem more expensive than it is, at just over $100. One of the drawbacks for this device is the lack of internal memory, with just 8 GB. 

Let's take a look at our pro's and con's fr the X Style

LG X Style Quick Facts:
The Good:
-1.5 GB RAM
-1.3 Ghz Quad Core Processor
-Sleek, Curved device (feels more expensive than it is)
-Gorilla Glass 3 Screen Protection

The Bad:
-8 GB Internal Memory (less than 4 GB Usable)
-5 MP Rear Camera
-Plastic Construction

The low internal memory may be a deal breaker for many, who need the space for storing apps, photos, videos and music. But the X Style does have a Micro SD card slot for extra storage.

Of course, for those looking for more internal memory, the best options might be bringing an unlocked smartphone to the BYOP program. There are a number of great smartphones with 16 or sometimes 32 GB memory available for $200 or less. Visit our list of the Best Unlocked Smartphones for Tracfone BYOP to learn more about these options.

With any budget smartphone, the manufacturer has to balance performance with price. Has LG got this one right? We shall find out in this review. Let's begin with the full list of Features and specs.

Please note that there are two versions of this phone, one uses CDMA service while the other uses GSM. Currently the CDMA (LG L56VL) version is the only available device.

Tracfone LG X Style Features and Specs

Below are the features, followed by the X Style's technical specs
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LG X Style Specs
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 4G LTE capable 
  • LG L53BL uses GSM (ATT/T-Mobile) network
  • LG L56VL uses CDMA (Verizon) network
  • WiFi (802.11b/g/n)
  • GPS
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • 5 MP Rear Camera and 5 MP Front Camera
  • Headsfree speaker, Alarm Clock, MP3 Player
  • Access to over 1 Million Apps on Google Play
  • Caller ID, Voicemail, Voice Dialing
  • Triple Minutes for Life (on regular airtime cards)
LG X Style Technical Specs
  • Size: 5.70" x 2.81" x 0.27"
  • 5,0" Touchscreen with 1280x720 TFT HD Display and Gorilla Glass 3
  • 1.3 Ghz Quad-Core Processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon)
  • 1.5 GB RAM
  • 8 GB Memory (up to 3.7 GB Usable) (Micro SD card slot for up to 32 GB extra storage)
  • Battery: 2100 mAh with 9 hours talk time/ 10 days standby (battery removable)
A removable batter is a popular feature for some, and the X Style allows that. Also notice that there is a GSM and CDMA version of the phone, so be sure to choose the device that is right for your location.

The X Style comes with Triple Minutes for Life (as do all smartphones from Tracfone) but that only applies to regular airtime cards. We recently shared the Best Deal on Tracfone Airtime (using Auto-Refill) so take a look if you want the best deal on minutes.

Tracfone LG X Style Review

What we Like about the X Style
The processor, RAM and sleek appearance of the X Style are all selling points, and we want to share why:

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Tracfone LG X Style Front, Side and Back

Is your smartphone slow or does it lag when you try to open apps? This is usually caused by a lack of power from the processor or RAM. The LG X Style brings 1.5 GB RAM, and a 1.3 Ghz quad core processor that are a nice combination for keeping this phone fast and smooth.

By comparison to many mid to high-end phones, this isn't a lot (the Moto G4, for example, has an octa-core processor and 2 GB RAM). But compared to older Tracfone devices, this is a good improvement. Only a small number of Tracfone smartphones have 1.5 GB RAM, most only come with 1 GB RAM (or less).

The exterior of the X Style is likely the biggest selling point (hence, the name). Despite the plastic construction, the phone looks and feels like a much more expensive device. It is thinner than many smartphones, including the iPhone 6S, and the 5" HD touchscreen has Gorilla Glass 3 protection for extra durability.

There are a lot of extra features on this phone that make it a viable upgrade for those in the market. It is a step in the right direction compared to some of the other recent LG phones, such as the Rebel and Treasure, which didn't 'wow' in any particular way.

But let's look at a few negative aspects about the X Style before we conclude.

What we Don't Like
There are two main drawbacks about the LG X Style that the average consumer would want to know, and that is the lack of internal memory, and the low-res rear camera.

We've already mentioned the low internal storage on the X Style. It comes with 8 GB of total space, but the operating system and pre-installed apps take up around 5 GB, leaving you with only 3 GB for apps, pictures, music and anything else.

For consumers who only use a small handful of apps anyway, this likely won't be a big deal, and the option of up to 32 GB external storage via a Micro SD Card is a nice possibility. On some Android 6.0 smartphones, the external storage can be treated like internal storage, allowing significant expansion of the on board memory. We have not tested this on the X Style yet, but this feature did not work on the Samsung Galaxy Sky, which uses Android 6.0. More details coming soon on this.

The 5 MP rear camera on the LG X Style is fairly standard on a phone in this price range. We would have liked to see something more advanced, perhaps an improved 8 or even 12 MP camera would have grabbed more attention, although storage would have been an issue.

In the end, the 5 MP rear camera is fairly good for what it is, and has a variety of features including full HD photos, HD video, panorama, voice control, and a handful of additional features for both the rear and front facing camera.

That concludes our key pro's and con's for the X Style. It is a sleek, and well designed phone, but doesn't excel or surprise in any areas.

LG X Style Compared to Samsung Galaxy Sky

If you are considering a new Tracfone device, the X Style and Galaxy Sky are fairly similar smartphones released about the same time by Tracfone. They share a number of similarities, including screen size, Android 6.0, 1.5 GB RAM, and more.

But they also have a few differences. The Galaxy Sky has 16 GB internal memory, while the X Style only has 8. The Galaxy Sky also has longer battery life.

The X Style has a slightly faster processor, is thinner, and has a 5 MP front camera compared to only 2 MP in the Sky.

These phones are very similar, but for many the deciding factor will probably be the internal memory, or the price (both phones have been available for $99 with airtime bundle).

The X Style surpasses other LG phones like the Rebel, Treasure, Sunset and Ultimate 2 with newer Android OS, faster processor and more RAM, and a few other improvements, but none of the advances are major breakthroughs.

LG X Style Overview and Where to Buy

Overall the X Style is a phone that feels like a high-end device in some ways, and has some great features, but also lacks the storage space many will need.

Find the LG X Style on:
HSN with airtime bundle for $99 (on sale)

For covers or cases, we found a number of options on Amazon.

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February 8, 2017

Best Auto-Refill Plan from Tracfone (and How it Works)

How do Auto-refill plans work, and What is the Best Deal on Tracfone Airtime?

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Guide to Tracfone Auto-Refill and Value Plans
Everyone that uses Tracfone knows you have to keep track of how many minutes or service days you have left. And while some of us enjoy checking our airtime and topping it off when low, many would rather have a more 'hands-off' approach.

On Smartphones, your airtime balance isn't automatically displayed on your phone, so it can be a little harder to keep track of your talk, text and data.

Fortunately, Tracfone offers several options for automatically refilling your airtime, and we are going to cover how it works, and which options are best for you.

What is great about these auto-refill options is that they also come at a small discount from regular airtime cards, making them a better deal. But which one is the best deal? We share that, and more, below!

What is Tracfone Auto-Refill? (and How to Sign Up)

First of all, there are two main options for automatically adding airtime to your phone:

Tracfone Auto-Refill - Various airtime cards that are automatically added to your account at regular intervals depending on the card you choose. Up to 10% discount on regular price.
Tracfone Value Plans - Monthly minutes(50, 125, or 200) and service days added to your account.

The Value Plans have been available for a while, and triple on all smartphones. The Auto Refill is just various airtime cards, including both regular and smartphone-only cards, that Tracfone adds to your account automatically at a small discount (usually 5-10%).

Let's take a look at the chart below which compares the various options:

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Tracfone Auto-Refill and Value Plan Options
  From this table you can see the variety of auto-refill options along with the Value Plans. Notice that the Value Plans all give 30 service days, while the auto-refill plans vary from 30 days, to 365 days, depending on the airtime card.

To sign up for Auto-Refill or a Value Plan:
-Visit Tracfone.com
-Select 'Auto-Refill' or 'Value Plans' from the Airtime drop down menu
-Follow the prompts which allow you to choose from several options.
-You will need a valid credit or debit card to compete the transaction

But which auto-refill option is best? Keep reading to find out!

What is the Best Auto-Refill Plan from Tracfone?

Now we want to look at which auto-refill plan is the best deal. There are two scenarios most people fit into:

Scenario 1: You have lots of minutes on your phone, but are low on service days. What you need is the lowest cost for additional service days
Scenario 2: You have lots of service days, but are low on minutes (talk, text or data). What you need is the best deal on minutes.

Now let's see the next table, which shows the monthly cost, along with monthly airtime amounts.

best tracfone auto refill plan
Monthly Cost and AIrtime Amounts for Tracfone Auto Refill and Value Plans
From the table above you can see how much each plan costs per month, and how much talk, text or data you get.

The 60 Minute Card is the clear winner for cheapest monthly plan. If you're in scenario 1, you will probably want to choose this option.

But what is the best deal on minutes? For that, we calculated the cost per minute (per month) for each auto-refill option.

Taking a look at the numbers in the table below, we see that the 500 Minute Smartphone Only airtime card is the cheapest in terms of cost per minute of talk time (once all other costs are factored out) at just 1.08 cents per talk minute!

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Best Value on Tracfone Auto-Refill - 500 Minute Smartphone Card
Notice that the 750 Minute Smartphone Only card is the next best value, followed by the 60 Minute regular card.

We calculated the cost per minute by doing the following:

  • Subtracting the cost of service days (where 365 service days equals $50)
  • Subtracting the cost of data (where 1 GB (1000 MB) equals $10)
  • Subtracting the cost of texts (where 1000 texts equals $5)
  • Making the final number in cents (so it is easier to read)

(if we made any errors, please be sure to let us know in the comments below!)

Let's Recap:

Best Deal on Service Days: 60 Minute Card (just $6 per month)
Best Deal on Minutes: 500 Minute Smartphone Only Card ($11.88 per month and lots of airtime)

Here is a graph for those who would rather see a visual representation of the numbers. Notice that the 1500 Minute Smartphone Only card is the worst value.

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Graph showing cost per minute for auto-refill plans from Tracfone
For the majority of Tracfone users who have smartphones, the 500 Minute Smartphone Only auto-refill is the best choice. If you need additional airtime, buying a text, data or extra airtime card is easy to do. If you find yourself with too many minutes, switching to the 60 Minute Card will save you money.

If you're looking for a new phone, the Samsung Galaxy Luna is on sale from Amazon for $69 which includes a 120 Minute Airtime Card ($30 value)

We hope this information is helpful and accurate, be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and if we made any mistakes.

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February 3, 2017

Tracfone Promo Codes for February 2017

List of Tracfone Promo Codes - February 2017

The latest codes for free Tracfone airtime brought to you by TracfoneReviewer
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Tracfone Promo Codes February 2017

Each month we collect the latest Tracfone Codes and share them freely here on our site. These codes can be used to get bonus minutes from Tracfone when you add an airtime card.

These coupon codes are meant to be used with a certain airtime card, but can be also used with any card of greater value. For example, the code for a 60 Minute card can also be used on the 120, 200 and 450 Minute cards.

Some codes may be used several times, while others can only be used once. If you run into problems where a code didn't get you any bonus minutes, we suggest contacting Tracfone.

Tracfone promo codes are not supposed to work on Android or apple smartphones, however several of our readers can confirm that they do occasionally work.

The codes below are the latest, and updated for February 2017. We also have many more codes to try on our main Tracfone Promo Code page.

Be sure to also take a look at our List of Latest Phones from Tracfone (2017) where we will continue to update any new phones released by Tracfone this year.

Now, lets see the list of promo codes

Tracfone Promo Code List - February 2017

Some codes are single use, while others can be used multiple times. If you want to ensure that you get the bonus minutes, we suggest adding the airtime over the phone.

60 Minute Card use promo code 12745 for 60 bonus minutes (working for some)

120 Minute Card enter 97348 to get 30 free minutes

200 Minute Card add code 70198 and receive 40 extra minutes

450 Minute Card use 57235 to get 50 bonus airtime

1 Year/ 400 Minute Card enter 53337 for 300 free bonus minutes

Bonus! $15 off purchase of 1 Year/400 minute card on Tracfone website only with code 72341

That concludes our list of codes for February 2017. We hope these codes work for you, and drop a comment below with your feedback!

Airtime cards are available from many stores and online. You can also find them on eBay, where you might be able to avoid certain taxes.

See some great deals and discounts on Tracfone Devices and Minutes in our recent post!

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January 23, 2017

Tracfone Latest Phones - List of New Tracfone Smartphones 2017

New Tracfone Smartphones - List of New Phones from Tracfone in 2017

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List of New Tracfones in 2017
Tracfone releases a lot of new phones every year, and it can be hard to keep track of what is new, and what has already been around for a while.

When shopping for a new phone, we all want to know which phones were recently released, as these usually have the best features.

This list will share the latest phones released by Tracfone and we will continue to update as new phones are released each month throughout 2017.

We will include brief descriptions of each new phone, and links to additional information. You can also visit our Cell Phone Reviews page for our latest reviews of new phones..

New Phones Coming in 2017

Here are some new phones from Tracfone that have not been released yet.
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • Huawei Nexus 6P
  • Variety of Alcatel, Samusng, LG and ZTE budget smartphones also coming soon.
We will remove phones once they are released, and add them to the list below.

Tracfone Latest Phones for 2017

Below are the latest phones released by Tracfone to use on their prepaid network. This list has the newest phones first, followed by older devices.

Alcatel OneTouch Pixi Bond LTE
Released at the end of 2016 or early 2017, the Pixi Bond has a 4.5" screen, Android 5.1, 8 GB Internal Memory, 1.1Ghz Quad-core processor and 5 MP rear camera. The Bond is only capable of 3G LTE speeds.

It is a very basic smartphone, but comes at an inexpensive price of $30 on the Tracfone website.

Alcatel OneTouch Pixi Avion LTE
Released at the end of 2016 or early 2017, the Avion has almost identical specs compared to the Pixi Bond (listed above), but comes with 4G LTE coverage. It has a 4.5" screen, Android 5.1, Quad-core processor, 8 GB Memory and only 2 MP camera.

Most Alcatel phones are somewhat cheap and may not be the most durable. The Pixi Avion retails for $40 on the Tracfone website.

Alcatel Pixi Unite
The Pixi Unite was released at the end of 2016 or early 2017 and comes with a small, 4" touchscreen, Android 6.0, 8 GB Internal Memory, 1.3Ghz Quad core processor and 2 MP camera. The Unite is capable of 4G LTE speeds and has a Micro SD card slot.

With the newer Android OS and Micro SD slot, the Pixi Unite is a good value at just $30 on the Tracfone website.

That's it for the latest phones, we will continue to add new phones as they are released. Let us know if you see a new phone that isn't on our list!

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(Last Updated - January 23rd 2017)

January 16, 2017

Tracfone Deals and Sales on Cell Phones - January 2017

List of Discounts and Deals on Tracfone Cell Phones - January 2017

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Deals, Discounts and Sales on Tracfone
Tracfone offers a wide variety of phones to many different retailers, and finding a good deal on a certain phone can sometimes be a challenge, or even just finding the phone!

TracfoneReviewer is here to help with some great deals on phones and airtime from around the web. 

Included below are some of the more recent smartphones released by Tracfone with links to the best deals and airtime bundles for them. We also have included several other phones that are discounted, or a great value.

Be sure to also follow the links to our reviews of each phone, to learn more about what it offers. 

If you're looking for unlocked smartphones to use with BYOP, check out our recent list of the Best Unlocked Smartphones for Tracfone BYOP.

Let's take a look at the deals.

Tracfone Deals and Discounts - January 2017

These deals may go quickly, so act fast if you plan on getting the phone.

Samsung Galaxy Sky (J3)
The Galaxy Sky is an affordable smartphone with impressive features that was released at the end of 2016 and has 4G LTE on CDMA networks. 16 GB memory and Android 6.0 are both great features on this phone, among others:

Key Specs:
-5" touchscreen
-Android 6.0
-16 GB Memory
-Quad-core processor
-5 MP camera
See full specs and more in our Review of the Samsung Galaxy Sky

The Samsung Galaxy Sky is available with several airtime bundles form the following retailers:
HSN - $130 and includes 1350 minutes/1 Year service (best value)
Amazon - $130 and includes 120 minute airtime card
eBay - $130 an includes $25 smartphone airtime card


Samsung Galaxy Luna (J1)
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Samsung Galaxy Luna
The Galaxy Luna was released at the same time as the Galaxy Sky, and has some of the same features. However, it has a smaller, 4.5" screen and 8 GB memory. The Galaxy Luna is 4G LTE capable on CDMA networks.

Key Specs
-4.5" Touchscreen
-Android 6.0
-8 GB Memory
-Quad core processor
-5 MP camera
View our Review of the Samsung Galaxy Luna for full specs and details

The Samsung Galaxy Luna is available with several airtime bundles form the following retailers:
Amazon - $99 and includes 120 minute airtime card
eBay - $99 and includes $25 smartphone airtime card
QVC - $121 and includes 1 Year/400 minute airtime card


LG Rebel
A basic but affordable smartphone, the Rebel has a 4.5" touchscreen and is 4G LTE capable. There are two versions of the phone, one for GSM the other for CDMA. Be sure to check which version you purchase, and that it will work in your area.

Key Specs
-4.5" Touchscreen
-Android 5.1
-5 MP Camera
-8 GB Memory 
-Quad core processor
See full details in our Review oft he LG Rebel

The LG Rebel is available with several airtime bundles form the following retailers:
Ebay - $60 and includes $25 smartphone airtime card
QVC - $92 and includes 1200 minutes


Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
The Grand Prime has great features including a 5" touchscreen and 8 MP camera. It was released in 2016 but had limited availability, retailing through HSN. At this price, it is a great value and comes with a year of airtime.

Key Specs
-5" qHD Touchscreen
-Android 5.0
-8 MP Camera (5 MP front)
-8 GB Memory
-Quad Core Processor

The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime is available with several airtime bundles form the following retailers:
HSN - $120 and includes 1350 minutes and 1 Year service

Tracfone Airtime
We wanted to include Several Tracfone airtime cards that can be purchased through eBay at retail price. We know this isn't a discount, but for some it may be easier than purchasing directly from Tracfone and you may be able to save on tax. Plus, if you want to give Tracfone airtime as a gift, this is a great way to get it.

See Tracfone Airtime Cards on eBay

That concludes our list of deals and discounts. The start of the year is often sort of quiet when it comes to sales, but we will update this if we discover additional deals.

If you find a great deal, share it below in the comments!

Catch up on what we expect from Tracfone in the coming year in our post, the Future of Tracfone in 2017

And see the latest Tracfone Promo Codes for January 2017 if you plan to add any airtime. These codes may work on smartphones too!

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