December 29, 2014

New to Tracfone? Start Here! - Tracfone Beginners Guide

Learn How to Get Started with Tracfone Prepaid Service

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Getting Started with Tracfone
If you're new to Tracfone, or trying to learn about it, this is a great place to begin.

We are going to go through the very basics of what Tracfone is, what they provide, and how to get your phone up and running!

We will also give a general overview of the prepaid minutes you need for calling and texting, and also the phones you can buy and use with Tracfone.

Let's get started!

What is Tracfone?

Tracfone is a low cost wireless prepaid cell phone company. They provide both cell phone service, and phones to use with their service.

If you would like more general information on Tracfone, go check out our page, About Tracfone (and then come back).

What Does Tracfone Offer and How Do Minutes Work?

Tracfone offers prepaid cell phone service in the form of minute cards, with values ranging from 30 minutes to 1500 minutes. Some options are only available online at the Tracfone website, but many prepaid minute cards, like the 60, 120, 200, 450 and 400/1 year cards are available from many different retailers, both in stores and online. (You can find cards at stores like Walmart, Target, Dollar General, Amazon, and eBay)

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Tracfone 1 Year/400 Minute Card
Unless otherwise marked, most of the minute cards come with 90 days of service. So, for example, if you buy a 60 minute card (which usually costs $20), you get 60 minutes for calling and texting, and also 90 days of service time

If you use all the 60 minutes, you can't make any more calls or texts. And if you get to the end of the 90 days, you also can't make any more calls or texts. So you don't want either to run out!

The nice thing is that minutes and service days roll over. So if you already have 100 minutes, and 10 service days, when you add a 60 minute card, you will end up with 160 minutes and 100 service days!

So its good to keep a little bit of a buffer on your minutes/service days.

Many Tracfone devices come with either Double Minutes for Life or Triple Minutes for Life. These are great bonuses that make it so every minute you add to your phone will be either doubled, or tripled. Look carefully at the descriptions for Tracfone devices to see which they include. Most newer Tracfone's come with Triple Minutes for Life, including all the Android phones.

Tracfone service can be very low cost, as little as $10 a month. And some options even take away the worry of keeping track of your minutes.

The Tracfone Family Value Plan is a great deal for getting minutes and service days automatically added to your phone each month with no hassle. Visit our Guide to the Tracfone Family Value Plan to learn more!

Tracfone also provides its own phones to use with its service. These include both smartphones and regular phones. They have a fair number of options, ranging from $10 flip phones, to $100 Android powered smartphones. We will cover more details on the phones offered by Tracfone a little further below.

Minutes are deducted for calling or receiving calls, and for sending or receiving texts, and also for surfing the web.

On Android smartphones, minutes are split into three pools, one for calling, texting and data. Learn more about how minutes work by reading our Guide to How Minutes Work with Tracfone Smartphones.

Now, let's move on to activating your Tracfone.

How to Setup Your First Tracfone

Setting up a new Tracfone devices is fairly easy, and can usually be done in a few minutes, with it taking a few hours to fully activate.

Each Tracfone device should come with a small red card that includes instructions, and the phones serial number which you will need to register the phone.

You can activate your phone by following the directions, and either calling Tracfone or going online to their website. You can choose to either activate your phone with a new number, or transfer your number from your old phone.

The process for activating phones with Tracfone is usually very easy, and doesn't take much time. But occasionally, and especially with BYOP phones or Android phones, you might run into problems that cause it to take longer. The key is to be persistent and patient.

Once your phone is activated, you will be able to manage your minutes on the home screen (except for the smartphones, which can't display that). You can also check your minutes by signing in to the Tracfone website and going to your account page.

Now that your phone is all set, you can add minutes to it, and start enjoying the freedom and flexibility of a no-contract phone.

Cell Phones Available with Tracfone

As we mentioned above, Tracfone provides its own devices for use on their cell phone network. They get these phones through partnerships with many major cell phone makers like LG, Samsung and others.

Tracfone cell phones cannot be used on other networks, and other cell phones (except for BYOP phones) cannot be used with Tracfone.

There are three general categories of Tracfone devices that we will explain:

  • Non-Android Phones
  • Android Smartphones
  • BYOP Phones

The Non-Android phones are the cheapest, and usually include flip phones, some touchscreens, and other 'basic' phones which do calling and texting well, but might not have internet capabilities. These phones may have double or triple minutes included, and often have long battery life.

These phones have been around for a while, and are generally durable and get the job done. Some examples include the LG 530G and LG 306G.

See these and many more phones on our Cell Phone Reviews page.

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Moto E - Android Tracfone
Android Smartphones are a little more expensive, but come with the Android Operating System which is a standardized OS making it possible to download and use a huge variety of Apps through Google Play. This adds amazing potential to these phones, and a long with internet connectivity, you can do a lot beyond calling and texting.

The Android phones significantly range in prices and specifications. The LG Optimus Dynamic can sometimes be found for just $20, while the LG Ultimate 2, and Moto E are closer to $100, but are probably worth it. All Android phones come with Triple Minutes for Life.

Learn more about these and other Android phones on our Android Tracfone List.

Lastly, Tracfone recently created a new program called 'Bring Your Own Phone' or BYOP, which allows users to bring a Verizon CDMA (and now AT&T GSM smartphone) device to use with Tracfone. This has opened the door to phones like the iPhone 4S, and Moto G. The BYOP program is still a little new, and details are not always clear. But you can find everything we know, on the Tracfone BYOP page.

These are the three basic categories of phones available with Tracfone. Each category offers different things to users.

Tracfone Promo Codes

If you're new to Tracfone, you might not know about Tracfone Codes! Basically these are codes provided by Tracfone which will give you extra minutes for free whenever you add a new prepaid minutes card. There are certain codes that work for different Cards.

Visit our Tracfone Promo Codes page for all the codes, and more details.

Unfortunately, these codes won't work with BYOP or Android phones.

Additional Tracfone Resources and Helpful Links

We want to share a few more additional resources for learning more about Tracfone, and getting the most from your device. So browse the following links and take advantage of the information.

For the latest deals and sales on Tracfone devices, head over to our Deals and Discounts category which features periodically updated blog posts that share the lowest prices on Tracfone devices and minutes.

If you have a new smartphone, two posts which are great resources are The Best Android Apps for Tracfone, and Tracfone Smartphone Cases and Covers.

Debating about buying a smartphone? Our list of 6 Major Differences Between Android Smartphones and Non-Android phones may help you with that decision!

Well we hope this information will help you out, and be sure to leave a comment if you have questions! Also share this along with a friend who could also use it!

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December 22, 2014

Tracfone Sales and Deals for 2015!

Sales and Discounts on Tracfone Minutes and Cell Phones for 2015

Enjoy this list of great deals and sales we've tracked down for you. These are some of the best prices we've seen, and are through a variety of different sources. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Deals, Discounts and Sales on Tracfone!
Ring in the new year with some fantastic deals on Tracfone devices and minutes. These discounts will hopefully make 2015 a little brighter!

Finding the best prices on stuff can be a challenge, you just can't always tell when something is a good deal, or really on sale. But we monitor the prices for a wide variety of Tracfone products, and share the best deals with you here!

For those who might be unfamiliar with Tracfone, they are a low cost wireless prepaid cell phone company. They provide both cell phone service, and cell phones. To learn more about what Tracfone is and how it works, visit our About Tracfone page. You can also take a look at the cell phones available on our Cell Phone Reviews page.

Some of the biggest deals we share below are for the latest Android smartphones to come to Tracfone like the LG Ultimate 2 and Moto E. The deals we have found include not only the phones, but minutes as well for a great price! 

Well, let's get straight to the Tracfone deals for 2015!

Tracfone Discounts, Deals and Sales on Cell Phones and Minutes

Below are listed five great deals, check them out before they disappear!


The LG Ultiamte 2 is one of the latest smartphones to come to Tracfone. It features a 4.5" touchscreen, front and rear cameras, Dual-core 1.2Ghz processor, and about 4-5GB usable internal storage! Get more info on all the latest smartphones from Tracfone on our Android Tracfone List.

Buying the LG Ultimate 2 on sale with 1200 minutes is a great deal at $129 because the 1200 minutes (a 400 Minute/1 Year card tripled) are worth $100, making the phone cost only $30! You get a great smartphone, and 1200 calling minutes, texts and MB of data!



The Moto E is another smartphone from Tracfone running Android 4.4 with a 4.3" touchscreen. It also has a 1.2Ghz Dual-core processor, and rear camera. This phone is very fast, and has great battery life.

This deal includes the Moto E and a 400 Minute/1 Year prepaid card, which usually retails for $100. This means you basically get the phone for free! If you don't want the minutes, the Moto E is available by itself for $89 on Amazon.



With the largest screen (5"), the Alcatel Onetouch Icon Pop is a big phone that comes with a Quad-core 1.2Ghz processor, front and rear camera, and Android 4.4.

When the Alcatel was first released for Tracfone in Nov 2014, it started at $149 for the phone itself. Now you can get the phone PLUS a 400 Minute/1 Year card (worth $100) for $129! Its a great bargain.


4. LG 305C and LG 306G for $10 each

For those who don't need all the features of an Android phone, and want to keep more money in their pocket, the LG 305C/306G are going for a great price.

They come with a 3.5" touchscreen, and a variety of other features, and Triple Minutes for Life.

For those who might not know, the LG 305C is for people who use CDMA cell phone networks with Tracfone, and the LG 306G is for those who use GSM with Tracfone. Want a little more info on which is right for you? View our complete GSM vs CDMA blog post that not only provides definitions, but will help you know which one to use.

These phones are a great buy if you currently don't have a phone with Triple Minutes. For just $10 you will get your minutes Tripled every time you add more prepaid minutes! So if you add a 60 minute card, with these phones (and most Tracfone cell phones) you will get a total of 180 minutes!



Tracfone minutes have very consisten pricing, and usually can't be found at much of a discount. But this deal is for a 200 minute card that will be mailed to you for $32 including shipping. The 200 Minute card usually retails for $40, making this a savings of $8 or 20% off!

You will have to wait a few days, but will receive a card (or piece of paper) with the airtime PIN. Don't forget to use a Promo Code when you add the minutes!

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Bonus Deal! Moto EX431G for $7

While the Moto EX431G isn't an Android phone, it does have Triple Minutes for Life, and plenty of the basic cell phone features you expect from a Tracfone device. it also has a nice QWERTY keyboard which makes texting fast and fluid.

This phone is a great buy if you don't already have a phone with Triple Minutes, or for a young kid who you don't really want surfing the net all the time.

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Well that covers the best deals we've found. Let us know in the comments if you find more great deals!

If you're shopping for a phone, don't forget about the Tracfone BYOP program, which allows consumers to bring their own smartphones to use with Tracfone. This includes phones like the Moto G and iPhone 4S. Follow the link above to learn more.

We also recently shared our pick for the Best Android Apps for Tracfone users. Go check them out and let us know which apps are your favorite! And if you do have a smartphone, you should probably protect it with a cover or case. We list some of the most popular smartphones with Tracfone, and where to find great covers for them.

And if you like saving money, check out our post on the Tracfone Family Value Plan. It is a convenient way to get minutes every month, and also can be a great deal.

Thanks for visiting, and pass this along these deals to a friend!

December 18, 2014

Tracfone Smartphone Covers and Cases

List of Cases for Tracfone Android Devices - Smartphone Covers

When buying a new smartphone, one of the first priorities after starting to use the phone is to find a way to protect it from weather, accidents, and anything else that could damage it.

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List of Tracfone Cases and Covers!
Using a case and screen cover will help keep the screen in good condition, and protect the phone should it be dropped. Some cases are rated to withstand significant damage while keeping the phone intact, and others are completely waterproof.

A case or cover can go a long way in protecting smartphones from damage, but there are thousands of different cases for different phones, which sometimes makes it hard to find the right one.

So below we are creating a list of different phones for Tracfone, and where to find cases or covers for these phones. For many of them, a simple search on Amazon, eBay or other online retailers will result in lots of options, but for some phones it can be harder to find a good case.

If you're also looking for a new smartphone, our Android Tracfone List is a good place to start because it lists every smartphone currently available with Tracfone (besides those available with Tracfone BYOP) along with basic information about each phone so you can quickly compare them.

You can also simply visit our Tracfone Reviews page for a list of all our phone reviews.

Well, let's get to the cases and covers!

List of Cases and Covers for Tracfone Smartphones

We will start with some of the most popular phones, and provide as many options as we can. If you don't see a phone, or find a new source for cases, let us know in the comments below.

LG Ulimtate 2
The LG Ultimate 2 is one of the best Android phones available with Tracfone and comes with a a large 4.5" screen. There are a lot of options for cases and covers for this phone, because it is widely used.

Search for LG Ultimate 2 Cases on Amazon
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The LG Ultimate 2 goes by several other names, including LG L70, LG Optimus Exceed II, and LG Realm. So you can look for cases for these phones as well, and they will fit your LG Ultimate 2.

Learn more about details of this phone, including full specs and lots of user feedback, by visiting our LG Ultimate 2 page.

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TPU Plastic Case for the Moto E
Moto E
There are a lot of great phone case options for the Moto E, which has a 4.3" Screen. The Moto E is a widely popular budget phone, which means there are lots of accesories, cases and covers for this device.

Search for Moto E Cases on Amazon
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You may be able to find cases and other accessories in retail stores like BestBuy, just make sure you get a case for the Moto E, and not the newer Moto E II.

Find out the full specs and details for this phone on our Moto E page.

Alcatel Onetouch Icon Pop
With the largest screen size currently available for Tracfone (at 5"), the Alcatel Onetouch Icon Pop is a large phone with a lot of other top features. A good case, and cover for the screen, will help keep the phone functioning for the future.

Search for Alcatel Onetouch Icon Pop Cases on Amazon
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The Alcatel Onetouch sometimes is listed as the Alcatel Onetouch Pop Icon, so don't be worried if that's what the listing for the covers say.

Get more information about the Alcatel by visiting our Alcatel Onetouch Icon Pop page.
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LG Optimus Fuel Rubberized Case

LG Optimus Fuel (L34C)
This is a smaller but powerful smartphone running Android 4.4 with a 3.5" touchscreen. A lot of Tracfone users picked this phone up during the Black Friday sales which saw it drop to just $10!

Search for LG Optimus Fuel Cases on Amazon
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The LG Optimus Fuel also sometimes goes by the name LG Optimus Zone 2, and there are a lot of options for covers and cases.

If you want more details about the phone, visit our LG Optimus Fuel page.

LG Optimus Dynamic II
The LG Optimus Dynamic II was, at one point, the best phone available on Tracfone. But the smartphone, with a 3.8" screen, has been replaced (by the phones listed above mostly). It is still a solid device, and worth using, and protecting.

There are plenty of options for the LG Optimus Dynamic II, as it has been available for some time now.

Search for LG Optimus Dynamic II Cases on Amazon
Search for LG Optimus Dynamic II Cases on eBay

For more on this phone, view our complete Review of the LG Optimus Dynamic II.

We will be adding the LG 840G, LG 306G and LG 305C to this list soon. Please let us know in the comments any other phones you would like listed!

A quick note on the different kinds of cases and covers available. Sometimes it is hard to know what kind of case to buy.

What Type of Case Should I Get?

There are many different kinds of cases available for smartphones. Everything from super slim covers, to extreme heavy duty safe-like cases. But which one should you buy for your phone?

Well, that is really a question that you must answer for yourself depending on how concerned you are with damaging your phone (or how likely you are to drop it) and whether you mind adding extra weight and bulk to the phone.

Generally, the more protective the case, the bulkier your phone will be.

Let's go through some of the more common cases to help give you an idea for what might work best for you.

Slim Design cases and covers
These are cases that are very lightweight, and add very little extra size to the phone. They offer decent protection from shorter falls, and will help keep the outside of your phone from wear and tear. A slim case is best for people who keep their phone in their pocket, or simply want as little extra size and weight as possible.

Rubberized or Silicone Slim Case
These kinds of cases are made of soft rubber, silicone, TPU or other materials, which slips around the phone, and gives excellent grip. They can, however, make it a little harder to get out of your pocket, but it isn't as likely to slip from your hand.

Snap-on Hard Plastic Slim Case
Another slim case, but this phone usually comes in two pieces that snap together forming a hard shell around your phone. This case is easier to get in and out of your pocket, but isn't as easy to hold on to. Adds some extra durability to your device.

Here is a video showing the difference between rubberized hard case, silicone, and TPU.

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Rugged Case for the LG Ultimate 2
Rugged Designs
There are many, many different variations, but in general, cases with a more rugged design offer more features (like stands for holding your phone) and more durability while also adding extra weight and size.

There is a wide range of options with Rugged cases, some that are completely waterproof, or even drop proof up to a certain height. Read through the descriptions for the cases to learn more about what the case is meant to do, as cases often have different attributes and strengths.

There are lots of other cases available, and each has certain features and conveniences. Cases are usually inexpensive, so it isn't that bad if you don't like the first case you buy. It is better to find a case that fits your needs.

We hope you found this post useful! Take a moment and share it with your friends and family who might find it useful too!

Take a look at our recent list of the Best Android Apps for Tracfone users (and anyone else).

And don't forget about our most popular page, the Tracfone Promo Codes! But these codes won't work with Android phones.

Finally, its not too late to get some ideas from our Christmas Gift Guide! Take a look, and find some great Tracfone related gift ideas!

Thanks for visiting, Merry Christmas!

December 12, 2014

Best Apps for Tracfone Android Users

List of the Best Android Apps for Tracfone

View a list of the best applications to use with Android OS for Tracfone users. This list is compiled by TracfoneReviewer, with help from our readers. 
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See our Complete List of the Best Android Apps below!


More and more Tracfone users are switching to Android powered smartphones that Tracfone has been making available, especially as new phones like the LG Ultimate 2, Alcatel Onetouch, and Moto E are released with large screens and good performance.

Android smartphones are incredible powerful, offering many of the same functions as a laptop computer. Android is simply an operating system that is standardized which allows many different people to create applications, or programs, which can work on all the different Android devices. You can surf the web, check email, look up information, manage banking, and much, much more.

But sometimes it is hard to know exactly what you should be doing with your Android phone, and what apps are the best for making life easier, and more convenient.

So we are creating a list of the Best Apps for Tracfone Android users. And we want to hear from you! Leave a comment below with your top apps, and we'll work on adding the best to the list.

Now let's get to the list of apps!

List of the Best Apps for Android Tracfone Users

These apps are some of the most popular, and most useful and cover a variety of categories. We will try to share as many apps as are useful for using with Tracfone Android devices.

Not everyone uses the same apps, or has need of particular apps, but browse through the list and see what sounds useful to you!

1. Tracfone Specific Apps

Tracfone App
The app from Tracfone to check your balance, and manage your account. If your phone doesn't have a lot of space, you can just bookmark the Tracfone website and check your balance there.

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AppMgr III app
AppMgr III
A convenient app manager that can let you move apps to your SD card to free up space. AppMgr III is especially useful for Tracfone Android users because of the limited internal space on many of the phones. AppMgr III does more than just moving apps, it also can freeze apps, and do other management tasks.

Note: Some phones won't allow you to move Apps to your SD card. You will have to root your device if you want to do that.

2. General/Productivity Apps

Amazon Kindle App
Have an entire library on your phone. The Amazon Kindle App allows you to download books from Amazon, and read them on your phone. This is a simple, powerful app that works well,
Plus, pair it with many sources for free kindle books, and you have an almost unlimited FREE supply of reading material.

Swiftkey
This app replaces your stock keyboard with one of the most popular, and best keyboards available for smartphones. Besides using advanced algorithms to track and predict your typing to speed it up, the app also looks great, and has a number of different styles and themes to choose from.

Pocket
A save for later app that makes it simple and easy to save webpages and many other things for later offline consumption. You can keep everything in one easy to find place, so you don't forget about that article or video you wanted to see.

Gas Buddy
Find the cheapest gas with this super convenient, community updated app. Whether your just driving around your town, or traveling across country, search for and find the cheapest gas in your area or along the route and save some extra cash! It isn't hard to check the prices, and sometimes gas can be significantly cheaper just a few miles away. But be careful you don't get too caught up, because driving 50 miles out of your way probably isn't actually saving you much money...

3. Note, Task and List Apps

Evernote
This convenient app makes note taking a breeze. Jot down a to do list, or write up a few paragraphs, no matter what you are recording this app can do it. You also have great syncing functions across devices, including your computer.

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Wunderlist app
Wunderlist
Managing lists and tasks is much easier with Wunderlist. It also has great syncing abilities with other devices, and is also very easy to share your to do lists with others. Where Evernote excels at note taking, Wunderlist excels at list making, both are valuable tools to staying organized and on track.

Google Keep
As a relatively new and unknown app, Google Keep is simple, and amazingly useful. It can be used for a variety of functions beyond simple list making and note taking, including setting reminders and recording photos and voice. This is a very handy app to have for when you need to run to the grocery store, or get a reminder about something at work, and it allows syncing across devices, and list sharing.

Any.do
Providing an 'all-in-one' to do list for anything from household chores, to work related tasks. Any.do is a clean and simple app that focuses on helping you remember what you need to do, and accomplish your daily goals. You can also sync between devices, and set reoccurring tasks.

4. Social Apps

Facebook
A standard for most smartphone users, the Facebook app allows you to surf Facebook with ease. The app works well, and is used by millions. Not much really needs to be said, although you do have to download an additional app if you want to use messenger, which is a bit annoying.

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Instagram for Android
Instagram
For sharing pictures with friends, Instagram is another great app, and a lot of fun to use with a smartphone as you can quickly snap a picture, and then share it with all your friends and family.

Other Social apps
There are plenty of other social apps, like twitter and snapchat, that we don't feel the need to go into. Social apps are much more preference based, and it usually depends on whether you have friends already using those networks.

5. Free Calling/Texting Apps

Skype
For everyone who already uses Skype on your computer, the app is fairly similar and allows you to make free calls to others with Skype, or use Skype Credit to make calls both locally and internationally. This is a convenient app, and works well between your computer and phone.

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Line app for Android
Line
Widely popular in Asia, this free messaging app is powerful and simple. Text friends, call, and even video call for free when your on a WiFi connection. A great way to stay in contact with friends and family for free.

Whatsapp
More popular in America, Whatsapp provides and great instant messenging service and has millions of users. It was recently bought by Facebook, but does not appear to be changing anything. While you don't get ads or annoying stickers with Whatsapp, you do have to pay for it after your first year. It costs $1 per year.

Google Hangouts
Another great resource from Google, Hangouts offers great group video calls and many other features. Text, send photos, and much more. One of the best for keeping in touch with people a long way away.

Textra
A replacement for the standard text messaging app, Textra offers more features, customization, and looks a lot better. Download it and you will never look back. Unlike the other free messaging apps listed above, Textra replaces your standard text messaging app with a stylish materialistically designed one. Not really a free messaging app, but a free app to replace your text messaging app.

5. Phone Management Tools

Tasker
Tasker is an automation tool, which allows you to set a wide variety of tasks to be done automatically at certain times, or with certain triggers. You can use it to do simple things like turn your cell phone to silent when you get to work, or turn WiFi off when you leave your house. It can also do a wide variety of more advanced options, and is a fun app for those who like to tinker and mess around with devices. It does cost a couple bucks, but is worth it for the convenience and fun.

Llama
If you don't want to spend money, Llama is a free alternative to Tasker and can do many of the same things. The key features include the ability to set certain profiles, like silent ringer, when you get to certain locations, like your office. Give it a test run and see what you think, and then consider if you want to pay a little to get Tasker.

IFTTT
If This Then That. Use this simple formula to create an endless array of options. For example, if the forecast calls for rain tomorrow, then send a notification. Or if I arrive/leave work, log the time to a Google doc. The options are amazing, and there are thousands of 'recipes' online that range from incredibly useful, to hilariously funny. Combine it with Tasker for even more power.

Clean Master
Clean Mater optimizes and cleans your phone to remove excess and temporary files, and close background apps to boost performance. It is a very useful app especially for those who have limited internal memory on their phone. Clean Master has a simple interface that is easy to navigate and understand even if you don't know what temporary files are.

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Avast Android App

6. Security Apps

Avast
You should have a Security and Anti-virus app on your phone, and Avast is the best free option. It will do weekly scans, and check files you download. Avast also has a variety of other tools, and other related apps for more security and convenience.

Android Device Manager
In case you lose your phone, or it is stolen, you want to have downloaded Android Device Manager. It will allow you to locate your device, have it ring to help you find it, reset the lock screen, and even erase the data on the phone.

7. Podcast Apps

Podcast Republic
Download, listen and organize all your favorite podcasts with this easy and convenient app. Search for new podcasts, locate your favorites, and listen to them all in one place. If you don't know what a podcast is, or don't listen to them, you are missing out. Download the app and start listening and learning great new things from the thousands of free podcast shows available.

Podcast Addict
Another widely popular podcast app, use this to download, discover and listen to all your podcasts. Great search features make it easy to find new shows to follow. Seriously, if you aren't taking advantage of podcasts on your smartphone, do yourself a favor and check them out! You can conveniently download podcasts while using WiFi, and then listen to them later for free!

8. Fitness

Google Fit
This fitness tracking app will log your activities, and keep you updated on how far you are walking/running/biking. Set goals for your workout, and then track how you do. You can also track how far you walk in a day, and much more. Can integrate with other fitness apps, and Android Wear.

7 Minute Workout
Almost everyone wants to be more fit, but most of us find it hard to set aside the time for fitness. The 7 Minute Workout is a great solution, as it allows you to complete 12 different exercises in 7 minutes that improves your health and fitness. Give it a try, and start making fitness a reality. There is also another version of the app here, if you want more options.

9. Mapping/Navigation Apps

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Google Maps
The best when it comes to mapping and directions. If you don't already have it, download it. One feature many don't know about is that if you access Google Maps via WiFi, and save the maps for offline use, you can then navigate using GPS and saving your data.

My Tracks
A simple tracking app that can follow you in real time and give you information about distance, elevation, time, and much more. Save maps of your tracks to share with others, or for future reference. This app was created by Google.

Map My Hike GPS Hiking
A superior tracking app that can do way more than just track your hikes! See lots of detailed states for your hike, bike ride, walk, drive, and much much more! Get updates during your trip, and share your hikes with friends on Facebook.

NavFree
Traveling to a new city? Looking for a Navigation tool that won't burn through your data? NavFree is the solution! It is a free navigation app that uses maps saved on your device to navigate you through whatever city you're in. It has lots of additional features, and while it may not quite be up to par with Google Maps, it does a great job, and doesn't require data to work!

Waze
A GPS Navigation app with community based traffic updates which will keep you informed about the best routes, and even let your friends know your ETA. Waze can be connected with Facebook to import your contacts, and has turn by turn navigation over maps which are constantly updated by the community. This is a great app if you live in areas prone to congestion and traffic, or if you just like keeping up with your friends and family!

10. Music Apps

Spotify
Listen to music free on your phone. Choose a song, or artist, and enjoy a variety of songs related to it.

Pandora
A great way to discover new bands and artists, Pandora lets you pick a song, and then creates a radio station of related music that you can listen to on your phone.

Jango
Similar to the other music apps, Jango also works outside the US unlike Pandora or Spotify. Pick a song or musician, and then listen to a variety of related songs. Jango isn't quite as good as the other two options, but still works well.

11. Google Apps: (that aren't listed other places)

Google Now
Get faster access to Google and voice activated actions with Google Now. Huge number of neat features, including location based information, weather, news, and much more..

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Google Drive - Storage
Google Drive
A simple way to access your Google Drive from your phone. If you don't already use Google Drive on your computer, well, you're missing out to a whole suite of amazing and free tools. Google Drive syncs between your devices, and is great for accessing and sharing information.

Google Docs
Need to have an important document with you to reference in a meeting? Google Docs works with Google Drive, and supports a variety of document formats that you can take with you on your phone, and even create new docs as well. Easy to collaborate with others on a shared project.

Google Camera
A powerful camera application that you can use instead of your default camera. Give it a test, and you may be surprised by the improvement in features and functionality. Includes HDR+, Lens Blur, Video, Photo Stitching and more.

12. Games

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The Moto E Android phone
We want to hear about your favorite games! Let us know in the comments which games are your top picks, and we will add a list here!

We hope this list will give new Android users a good place to start when looking for apps, and possibly help Android power users find a new app to try.

If you don't have an Android phone, go check out our Tracfone Android List which shows all of Tracfone's current options for Android phones.

Currently, the LG Ultimate 2, Alcatel Onetouch Icon Pop, and Moto E (click the links to view on Amazon) are the top performing phones available with Tracfone. These phones are usually available on the Tracfone website, and are also available many places online like Amazon and eBay.

You can also bring your own smartphone to use with Tracfone! Drop by our Tracfone BYOP page which includes a list of compatible phones, like the Moto G.

As the Holidays arrive, be sure to read our Tracfone Christmas Gift Guide which contains a wide variety of ideas for gifts to buy Tracfone users. This is a good resource if you just can't find the right gift for someone!

Thanks for visiting, and remember to leave a comment with your picks for the best apps on your Android device! Let us know if we missed any good options!

December 2, 2014

Tracfone Promo Codes for December 2014

Tracfone Promo Code List for December 2014

Each month TracfoneReviewer shares the latest promo codes as the become available from Tracfone and around the net. We hope you enjoy the codes, and Merry Christmas from TracfoneReviewer blog!

Tracfone Wireless is a prepaid cell phone and service provider and each month there are promotional codes that customers can use to get extra prepaid minutes for free.

When you add a 60, 120, 200, 400 or 450 minute prepaid card, there are promo codes that can be entered when you enter the PIN for the card, to get anywhere from 20 to 300 bonus minutes! The easiest way to test the promo codes is by adding the minutes online at the Tracfone website, but you can also add them on your phone, or by calling Tracfone.

We have collected and shared below the latest and greatest promo codes for Tracfone that should all work for the month of December 2014. These codes are totally free to use, and we share them for your convenience! You can also see these codes, and many more, on our main Tracfone Promo Codes page.

While you're here, don't miss out on our Tracfone Christmas Gift Guide which includes plenty of gift ideas if you're having a hard time.

And if you're thinking about a new phone, the new LG Ultimate 2, Alcatel Onetouch Icon Pop and Moto E are all available, and very impressive! Each run Android 4.4, and have screens larger than 4" with lots of other great specs! Unfortunately, Android phones don't accept promo codes.

Now, let's get to the Codes for December!

Tracfone Promo Codes - December 2014

Some codes can be used multiple times, others only once, if a code doesn't work for you, try another. Leave a comment below with which codes worked for you! Each code is for a certain minute amount, or any amount of greater value (so the code for a 60 minute card can be used on any card amount).

tracfone promo codes dec 2014
Tracfone 200 Minute Card
60 Minute Card use promo code 71287 and get 30 bonus minutes for free!

120 Minute Card enter code 79679 for 60 extra minutes or code 20036 for 30 minutes

200 Minute Card use either 45394 or 23798 to receive 40 free minutes

450 Minute Card add code 91951 to get 50 bonus minutes

400 Minute/1 Year Card enter promo code 76374 for a total of 300 bonus minutes!

SPECIAL! $15 off Tracfone 400 Minute/1 Year Card - Use promo code 47770 and get $15 off! Can only be used online at the Tracfone Website.

We hope you got some free minutes from these codes, and even saved some money with the special $15 off code! If you like these codes, and tips and information about Tracfone, then join us on Facebook! We have over 500 Tracfone users in our fast-growing community!

Looking to buy minutes? You can find Tracfone minutes (some at a nice discount) on eBay and Amazon.

If you're looking for a new phone with Triple Minutes, take a look at our Android Tracfone List which has all the smartphones currently available from Tracfone. Or you can check out our BYOP page which includes a list of phones that work with Tracfone's Bring Your Own Phone program.

We recently shared about using the Moto G with Tracfone, which some of you may find very exciting.

Thanks for visiting and we hope these codes worked for you! Share with others who might also benefit from the free minutes! Merry Christmas from TracfoneReviewer!