March 3, 2017

5 Best Tracfone Cell Phones 2017

Top 5 Tracfone Prepaid Cell Phones for 2017

(Updated on 3/3/2017)
Everyone wants to know, what is the best Tracfone device? Which cell phones are the best options from Tracfone? We provide for you here the updated list of Best Tracfone Cell Phones for 2017!

As you might expect, this list is dominated by the smartphones Tracfone has released over the last year or two. But which one will receive the top pick? And where in the ranking do the rest of the phones fall?

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Best Tracfone Cell Phones in 2017

If you want to see a full listing of all the smartphones, take a look at our comprehensive Android Tracfone List.

We are judging this list of the best cell phones based primarily on features, specifications, and performance as well as feedback from consumers. Price and availability will only be small factors, as both of these variables change often.

We will provide a short description of each phone in the list, and a link to our full review if you would like to learn more about a particular phone. This list is written as a helpful guide, that can give you an idea of which phones are generally better than others. However, each phone has certain features which are more important to some people, thus making that phone the best choice, even if it isn't at the top of our list.

We originally created this list of the best Tracfone devices in January, 2014, but have updated in March of 2017.

List of the 5 Best Cell Phones from Tracfone

The best phones available from Tracfone as of March 2017, starting with number 5.

#5 Best Tracfone - Samsung Galaxy Sky S320VL

This phone comes in at the 5th spot for its wide popularity, low cost compared to other phones in this list, and good features. The Samsung Galaxy Sky has a 5" touchscreen, quad core processor, 1.5 GB RAM, Android 6.0 and 16 GB internal memory.

The specs, especially the 16 GB internal memeroy, make this a great phone for the average user. It has enough performance to keep up with most apps and activities you might need your phone for throughout the day.

The price is also nice, at around $100-150 and usually bundled with airtime. Learn more about the Samsung Galaxy Sky in our full review which also includes where to buy it.

#4 Best Tracfone - iPhone 5S

Even though the iPhone 5S was released at the end of 2013, it is still a relevant phone and a popular choice because of the features and price

The iPhone 5S uses Apple's iOS which means users have access to the Apple App Store. The 5S also comes with 16 GB internal memory, 4" touchscreen, 1 GB RAM and 8 MP camera.

Many people like the iPhone 5S for the sleek design and smooth operating system. Just be aware that it is a few years old now, and newer options are available (further down our list...)

Read up on our full post about the Tracfone iPhone 5S for more specs, features and news.

The iPhone 5S can be found on the Tracfone website and in Target retail stores. Additionally, you can buy your own iPhone and bring it to the Tracfone BYOP program. Follow the link to learn more.

#3 Best Tracfone - Samsung Galaxy S6

The Samsung Galaxy S6 comes in at number three on our list of the best Tracfone cell phones with a stellar list of features and specs.

It has a 5.1" quad HD touchscreen, octa core processor, 32 GB internal memory and 3 GB RAM. You also get a 16 MP camera with excellent video and photo capabilities.

Perhaps the only drawback (besides the price) for the Galaxy S6 is that it only has Android 5.0, a somewhat older version of the operating system, and it is not possible to upgrade it.

See more of the features in our Samsung Galaxy S6 Review which also includes how much you will have to pay to get one.

For those seriously interested in the Galaxy S6, you may want to consider buying an unlocked S6 and bringing it to the BYOP program. We've created a helpful Guide to Activating with Tracfone BYOP to make it as easy as possible.

#2 Best Tracfone - iPhone 6 Plus

The runner up in this list is the iPhone 6 Plus which is larger and more powerful compared to the iPhone 5S, but also has a higher price.

The 6 Plus comes with Apple iOS, a 5.5" HD touchscreen, 16 GB internal memory, dual core processor, 1 GB RAM and 8 MP camera.

While the specs are not impressive on paper, Apple devices are well known for their good performance. The 8 MP rear camera has excellent image quality and can record HD video at 240 FPS for slow motion shots.

Learn more about the iPhone 6 Plus (and iPhone 6) in our recent post. The iPhone 6 Plus is available fro $499 on the Tracfone website. For a less expensive option you might consider finding an unlocked iPhone 6 Plus and bringing it to the BYOP program.

#1 Best Tracfone - Samsung Galaxy S7

And finally, our pick for the best Tracfone is the Samsung Galaxy S7. It beats out the competition with incredible features and performance (and a big price tag).

The S7 features a 5.1" quad HD screen, Android 6.0, 32 GB internal memory, octa core processor and 12 MP camera with dual pixel technology.

The Galaxy S7 brings a handful of improvements and updates from the S6. Of course, it will cost you, listed at $629 on the Tracfone website.

As with several of the other options in this list, finding an unlocked S7 and using it on Tracfone BYOP is a cheaper option.

That concludes our list of the Best Tracfone Cell Phones. For many, buying the S6, iPhone 6 Plus or S7 would be impractical because of the high cost, but these are the best options available through Tracfone. Leave a comment with your thoughts, and if you enjoyed this list, take a look at our List of the Best Phones for Tracfone BYOP.

Honorable Mentions - Unlocked Smartphones on Tracfone BYOP

Many Tracfone users are bringing their own phone (BYOP) to Tracfone to use with the prepaid service, and this includes phones such as the Moto G4 Plus, iPhone 7 and much more (and soon the Moto G5).

The BYOP program from Tracfone makes it much easier for consumers to have the phone they want at a reasonable price on Tracfone's prepaid service. Visit our main, Tracfone BYOP page for all the details.

We hope you found this article useful, leave a comment with your pick for the best Tracfone device. Also be sure to share this with your friends.

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We also want to share that Tracfone continues to add new phones to their lineup, and we will work to continue to update this post as needed to keep it up to date.

For more on the cell phones offered by Tracfone, visit our Cell Phones Review page.

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23 comments :

Andy Freeman said...

Any idea when/if the ZTE Majesty, z796c, might become available? It's CDMA, has a bigger screen, faster processor, and is Android 4.1. However, it's a bit more expensive.

Anonymous said...

Do you think any of these will compare to the LG L39?

c bluebeard said...

I got the ZTE Valet in a holiday bundle. Wifi strength is abysmal. Makes it practically useless. I'm 15 feet from the router now, line of sight, and i get 1 bar. Seriously bad. Also, the mic stopped working so i had to send it back for replacement on Jan 8th. Today is Jan 31, and I'm STILL waiting for the replacement. Over 3 weeks later! Called multiple times. Tracfone is fine until you need service, then forget it. English is not their first language. I wish i would have gotten the Huawei Glory.

c bluebeard said...

UPDATE: Got the new replacement Valet on Feb. 7th. WIFI is still horrible, but at least they extended my service date the 30 days I was out of a phone. BEWARE their service department...super slow! Would NOT buy the Valet, if I had a do over.

Anonymous said...

I'm looking for a phone that I could use with a SIM card when traveling in Europe or Asia, as well as with my home TracFone account. Can any of these phones do this?

Anonymous said...

Any tracfone works oversees apparently. Here is what is says on their website and the url.
Connect
From your TracFone, DIAL 1-800-706-3839.
From Alaska, Hawaii, and the U.S. Virgin Islands please dial 305-938-5673.

Select
Select your language (1-English, 2-Spanish). Listen to dialing instructions.
(Instructions can be interrupted at any time and you can skip to step 3).

Dial
DIAL 011 + country code + city code + telephone number.
(For Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, and Dominican Republic just dial: 1 + city code + telephone number).
Note: Please wait to be connected; DO NOT press any other key on your TracFone or you might be disconnected.

http://www.tracfoneild.com/howtocall.aspx

G and C Todd said...

I am pretty sure the answer is no. You can call overseas from the US, but you cannot call FROM overseas.

Anonymous said...

Agree completely, the headset went out on mine, so all my calls are speakerphone now. Really cheap piece of junk, and soooooo slow. I'm going to have to buy something different, this was a waste of money.

Anonymous said...

This sucks! Not the review. I want an Iphone 5s but tracfone doesnt have a plan for it! I mean, I like the pay as you go plan but still...

Anonymous said...

I got the LG Ultimate 2 a couple weeks ago based on your review and through one of your Ebay links. It is really great! Thanks for recommending it!

Anonymous said...

Any particular reason the LG Fuel didn't make the list? Way better on modernity and performance than anything from #4-#8 plus beats them on price if you shop right. Generally competitive with #2&3 except for screen size & ram (but wins on price there & easier to root as well.).

Anonymous said...

I have the Samsung Galaxy Centura. Wifi connectivity is very reliable. Phone audio clarity is good on calls with people 400 miles away...it sounds like a land line. Basic email and texting is adequate. That's where the features stop. Load up any apps, and the thing will slow to a crawl. Most of the loaded apps will crash randomly, probably due to Android 4.0 and the processor. Photos taken indoors are useless. Photos outdoors are decent.. For $30 it is a decent for phone calls, texting and email. I paid $99 at the time, not a good phone for that price. But it was the best, I could get then. I do love the value of tracfone service in general and I'm willing to sacrifice bells and whistles to meet the monthly budget. Now I want the best there is for tracfone. Thanks for the review.

Anonymous said...

It appears a new LG phone called "Power" is available for TracFone. Will you be reviewing it soon? LG Power 4.5" Android 5.0 Smartphone - 1.2 GHz Quad Core Processor -

http://www.ebay.com/itm/LG-Power-4-5-Android-5-0-Smartphone-w-1200-Minute-Te-xt-Data-Included-Tracfone-/151701302555?customid=16f4e30530cd40858b3a6342d36ff922&pub=5574652453&afepn=5337259887&campid=5337259887&icep_id=117&ipn=icep&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item23521a2d1b&afepn=5337259887&rmvSB=true

Anonymous said...

LG's website lists a new GSM LTE enabled phone for Tracfone. It is the LG Access LTE (L31L). Here is a link to the product
:
http://www.lg.com/us/cell-phones/lg-L31L-access-lte

When I click their "Where to Buy' button, it states 'Coming soon'. I've tried all the typical online retailers (eBay, Amazon, BestBuy) with no luck. Anyone know where, when this phone might be available? Also any details on how LTE works with Tracfone (cost, speed)?

Anonymous said...

HSN.com on sale for the day 7/24/2015.

Anonymous said...

I would really appreciate someone giving a review of the best sounding tracfone. That is, a tracfone where you can hear a person very clearly who is calling. I have owned the LG Optimus Dynamic and the LG Optimus Fuel and they are both horrible. Thank you.

Bambang said...

Good reviews for best smartphone. Thanks to You.

LONE WOLF said...

I've got the LG L39 & have maxed the memory in nothing flat. Anybody care to suggest a TracFone with bigger memory please? LEO1WOLF@MSN.COM

MamaCapri said...

I have an iphone 4s. Rolled over to BYOP. It would be awesome if it worked. Had busy signal calling in and out. After 8 hours of tech support, I looked at my account at the tracfone website and saw how to check minutes. After checking found out none had rolled over like Cust svc said they had. But before this someone in cust svc had the great idea of cancelling my old phone number that I had for years (fun letting everyone know). Finally got up and running, added the 1000 text, 500 talk, and 400 data, but last week noticed it wasn't working again. Busy signal. Checked balance and EVERYTHING was 0. I counted 25 text messages in and out on my phone. Cust svc said all they saw was 0, so the best they could do was 300 min.....but it still is not working. If they could get it to work, it would be great, but it is sure a bummer when you have over 1000 min/text/data and it is all of a sudden gone and you get no help.

Anonymous said...

I have a Samsung Centura that has been replaced twice and I still have the same problems--slow opening files, type several letters before one appears, freezes up, returns to home screen randomly, time randomly displays 5 hours previous, name of contact does not appear when ringing. Would not recommend this phone.

Faye E said...

I have owned the Alcatel Onetouch Icon Pop for about a 1 yr now. I can not believe you rated it second. This phone is crappy. Read the reviews on it. Your internal memory is gone with adding a couple apps. You can put and SD card in which I have one. There is no way to save to the SD card .. You can not even back up the phone to the SD card. The camera is okay. All this phone is good for is making calls. Google puts so much of their stuff on it too. Alcatel says that it is tracfone's fault because they mess with the programming of the phone to put their stuff on it.. Meanwhile I spent a nice some on the phone.. If you want a calendar you have to download one. Then Google sinks all your contacts you have in google. Which for me was a lot of one time contacts.. I would not recommend this phone to anyone.

Susie Murray said...

You can get it on AMAZON right now for around $40 and already on Tracfone. Sounds like it's not such a good buy even at $40. Sorry that you spent all that dough on a crappy phone

Rounak said...

thanks, thinking of buying one, this review helped