August 27, 2015

How Data Works on Tracfone Android Devices

All About Tracfone Data Cards

Welcome to the TracfoneReviewer blog! This post will share specifics on how data works on smartphones with Tracfone. Be sure to also take a look at some of our other posts while you're here.

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Data Cards for Tracfone
Update - Some of the prices and information in this post have changed, take a look at our new article, New Prices/Changes to Tracfone Smartphone Cards to learn more about the changes to data prices.

Tracfone is a prepaid cell phone service provider that offers both phones and airtime cards. On their newer smartphone devices, you also get data when adding an airtime card which you can use to surf the web when not connected to free WiFi.

Data is very useful on smartphones, but how does the data work on Tracfone smartphones, how can you get more, and what can you do with the data you have?

We are going to cover these questions and more in this post sharing all the details about how Tracfone Data works on smartphones.

Some of the popular smartphones that Tracfone offers include the LG Power, the LG Ultimate 2, and the LG Sunset which uses 4G LTE service on GSM networks.

Or you might be interested in the Tracfone BYOP program, which allows users to bring their own smartphone. Follow the link to learn more, and see a list of the possibilities.

Both the smartphones offered by Tracfone, and the BYOP devices, use data in the same way. So let's get started looking at how data works on these phones.

What is Data on Tracfone Smartphones?

Data is the term generally used to describe the amount (usually in megabytes) you can download or upload on your smartphone via the cell phone network. So data is basically information you download or upload from the internet. This can include many different activities, like checking email, posting photos on Facebook, reading webpages, or watching videos.

Data is used based on the amount of megabytes you download or upload. So if you download a 20 MB image, that will use 20 MB of your data. If you visit a webpage that takes 1 MB to load, you will use 1 MB of data. (further down we will share more on estimating how much different online activities will use up your data.)

On older, non-smartphone devices, data was used at a rate determined by the amount of time you were on a website, but this is not the case for smartphones which is a nice improvement.

As you can see, data works similarly to your calling minutes, in that you are charged based on how much you use. But calling minutes are based on time, rather than megabytes. (EX: if you make a 20 minute call, you will be deducted (about) 20 minutes of talk time.)

How Can you Get More Data for your Tracfone Device?

There are two ways to get more data for your smartphone:

Airtime Cards - You get an equal number of Texts, Data and Talking minutes in various amounts from 60 to 450.
Data Cards - You get only Data, in various amounts from 300 MB to 4 GB (4000 MB)

For most situations you will probably want to add an Airtime card to your phone to increase all your 'buckets' of talk/text/data.

But sometimes you may only want to add data, in which case the data only cards are useful. Let's take a closer look at Data cards to better understand how to use them.

What Are Data Only Cards?

As mentioned above, Data cards increase the amount of data for your smartphone, without adding any additional texts or talking minutes.

This is similar to the Text only cards we recently discussed.

There are some important things to be aware of the make the Data cards unique.

First, they can only be used with smartphones, including the Android devices offered by Tracfone, and all phones offered through the BYOP program.

Second, in our testing, Airtime cards will triple for all smartphone devices, while the Data cards do not, so be aware of that when choosing one or the other. This doesn't necessarily make the regular Airtime cards a better deal, but we will compare the costs for each card next.

Data Card Amounts and the Cost Per MB Compared to Airtime Cards

Tracfone Data cards come in several different amounts, and are at this time, as follows:

Tracfone now offers 1 GB for $10, which is a much better deal than before

300 MB for $10
750 MB for $15
2000 MB for $30
4000 MB for $50

You have several options to choose from, but which one is the best value, and how do they compare to the regular Airtime cards? Take a look at this chart:

Cost per MB for Tracfone Data cards and Airtime cards:
Tracfone Data Card Amounts
Cost per MB for Data and Airtime Cards
Straight away we can see that the Data cards cost between 1 cent and 3 cents per MB, with the largest card, the 4 GB (4000 MB), the best value.

If we look at the regular airtime cards and run the same calculation we see they are not nearly as good a deal for data. However, we are totally not incorporating the additional Text/Talk time you get with the regular Airtime cards from Tracfone. We are only looking at which card is a better deal for purchasing Data. It is interesting to note that the 450 Minute Card is the best value for the Airtime Cards.

We can conclude then, that if you are only in need of extra data, the 4 GB Data card is the best value.

Where to Buy Tracfone Data Cards

Tracfone Data cards are available form a variety of sources, as is the case for Tracfone Airtime cards. You can find Data cards on the Tracfone website under Airtime.

You can also find the Tracfone Data cards in many retail stores, and even online through other retailers. We have found Data cards on eBay in various amounts.

Now let's cover one more question that we see asked quite often.

How Much Can you Do Online with 300 MB of Data?

A common question we see is, what can you do online with a certain amount of data? This is a very good question, because many people tend to estimate how many airtime minutes they will need, and then buy the airtime card that suits their needs best. But if you're unfamiliar with how much data is used by smartphones, it makes it hard to estimate.

It is a little hard to give a straight answer to this question, it all depends on what you do online  Take a look at this image (provided by Tracfone) to help give you a better idea:

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Estimated usage for 300 MB of data with Tracfone
From this table we see you can visit about 245 webpages with 300 MB of data, or send/receive about 4000 emails. Hopefully this information will help you gain a better understanding of how data is used with Tracfone, and where your data is going.

If you notice, doing certain things online, like streaming music, or even more so, streaming video, will use your data quickly, while visiting webpages or sending emails, especially those with few images, will use less of your data.

Another good resource for estimating your data usage is the Data Calculator on Verizon's website. Enter your estimated activities, and it will tell you about how much data you will use in a month.

Remember, that if you want to stop using data, you can usually go into the settings on your device, select data, and turn it off. Using WiFi networks, like at your home or work, does not deduct from your data.

Here is a helpful article on what online activities use data, and some other basic details about data usage from an AT&T Forum.

We hope you found this information helpful, and please leave a comment with any questions, or if you have something to add!

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August 19, 2015

Best LG Phones from Tracfone

Top 8 LG Brand Phones From Tracfone

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The Best LG Brand Cell Phones
Here are the top 8 phones made by LG for Tracfone prepaid cell phone service. Tracfone is a prepaid wireless service provider that offers inexpensive cell phone plans, and also devices to use on those plans.

Each of the phones below offers certain features and benefits the others may not be able to offer, so it is important to analyze which phone may be right for you. Some of the phones are older devices but there are some new Android smartphones included in the list as well.

These are a wide variety of LG brand phones available with Tracfone, for those who like the LG brand and want to narrow their search to one brand. If you prefer other brands of cell phone, you may find our useful.
Cell Phone Reviews page

LG is a very popular electronics company that makes everything from TV's to refrigerators. They make some of the most cutting edge smartphones as well.

The LG cell phones offered through Tracfone are not always newest or most recently released. They tend to be older models that have proven themselves with good value, durability and low cost. In this list you will see a range of phones, from flip phones to smartphones, and each one has its uses. We are rating these phones based on functionality, features and which one we would want to own.

LG products are great, and the same is true for their mobile devices from Tracfone, so let's get straight to the top 5 LG phones from Tracfone.

The Top 5 Best LG Brand Cell Phones Available at Tracfone

Starting with #8:

#8 - LG 440G
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LG 440G
The LG 440G is a flip phone loaded with more features than one would expect for this compact phone.

It comes with fast mobile web, courtesy of 3G connectivity speeds. It also has a decent 1.3 MP camera, hands free speaker, voice dialing and all the other features normally included with a Tracfone. The only downside to this impressive little phone is that it only comes with Double Minutes for Life instead of the better Triple Minutes for Life that most newer Tracfone's now have.

Overall, this LG phone is small, convenient and has great value as a backup phone, or for other uses. You can read TracfoneReivewer's full LG 440G Review to learn more, including how to find it for less than retail price.

#7 - LG 530G
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LG 530G
This LG phone is modest upgrade from older phones, including the LG 500G, which it is similar to. The LG 530G is a candy bar style phone (meaning no flipping or sliding parts), with a full QWERTY keyboard.

This phone is great for texting, in fact, it is one of TracfoneReviewer's top picks in our Best Tracfone Cell Phones for Texting post. The QWERTY keyboard makes texting quick and convenient, even for those unfamiliar with this style keyboard. If you haven't tried texting with a phone like this, it is well worth a try.

Other impressive features the LG 530 comes with include MP3 player, 1.3 MP camera, and best of all, Triple Minutes for Life. (which triples every minute added to the phone - a great value)

Overall, the LG 530G is a good LG brand cell phone offered by Tracfone and works well as an everyday phone. Triple Minutes for Life and easy texting makes it one of the best cell phones offered by Tracfone.

You can read our Review of the LG 530G to see the full feature list, and find our likes and dislikes for the phone.

#6 - LG 840G
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Our #6 pick for best LG Tracfone is the 840G. It has semi-modern features, and provides great value and functionality to consumers. It comes with Triple Minutes for Life, which means that every minute you add is tripled!

Three features that really stand out on the LG 840G are Touchscreen, MP3 player with 2GB MicroSD card included, and WiFi connectivity.

The LG 840G is one of only a handful of Tracfone Cell Phones with WiFi.(besides smartphones) WiFi connectivity allows you to connect to the internet for free and surf the web without using prepaid minutes. Needless to say, WiFi is a huge feature.

The touchscreen on the LG 840G is better than the touchscreen on the older, LG 800G. It may take some getting used to, but functions well and helps make this phone look like it is part of the modern smartphones, even if it isn't quite there yet.

Overall, the LG 840G is more stylish than older phones, but lacks when compared to the smartphones available. You can read our entire Review of the LG 840G to see all the features, and where to find it for less than the $50 retail price.

#5 - LG Optimus Dynamic
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LG Optimus Dynamic
One of the first phones with Android to be available for Tracfone, the LG Optimus Dynamic was the start of a wave of smartphones that washed in over the last few years. This phone is a true smartphone, running Android 2.3 and comes with a lot of features besides the ability to access thousands of apps in the Google Play store.

The touchscreen is 3.2", about the same as the LG 840G. The Dynamic also has WiFi, and Triple Minutes for Life.

It has a convenient size for those who don't want a large phone, and you can easily surf the web, browse YouTube, or play games on the phone. The storage space on the Optimus Dynamic isn't great, however, so you won't be able to load a large number of apps. But there are ways to move apps to the included SD card which helps increase the space.

Check out our full review of the LG Optimus Dynamic to learn more about the features. You can also take a look at the price on Amazon, which last check put it at under $20!

While this is a smartphone, it also is a very basic one, and has almost no memory for storing apps or other files, and generally may not be the best choice for most people looking for a smartphone to use with Tracfone.

#4 - LG Optimus Dynamic II
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LG Optimus Dynamic II
As you can probably guess, the LG Optimus Dynamic II is a newer and better upgrade to the LG Optimus Dynamic. The Dynamic II has a larger 3.8" screen, WiFi, and more internal memory for storing things.

The LG Optimus Dynamic II runs Android 4.1 which is a newer version of Android OS. It also has a 3MP camera and lots of other great features.

The Dynamic II was a vast improvement over other smartphones available from Tracfone at the time. However, we continue to see better phones becoming available. Take a look at our List of Android Smartphones to see some of the other options available including the LG Optimus Fuel which we would rate similarly to the Optimus Dynamic II.

For more features and info, read our Review of the LG Optimus Dynamic II. It is currently selling for under $50 on Amazon and other places.

#3 - LG Lucky and LG Sunrise
The LG Lucky (L16C) and LG Sunrise (L15G) are basically the same device, but one for use with GSM networks, and the other for CDMA (note the 'G' and 'C' at the end of each phone's name). 

These phones are recently released and come with Android 4.4, a 3.8" touchscreen for those who want a smaller sized device, and also an improved amount of processing power and RAM compared to older smartphones. 

Read our Review of the LG Lucky for more details on this phone, and where you can find it.

While the Sunrise and Lucky are adequate devices, we would rather go with one of the next two choices:

#2 - LG Ultimate 2
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LG Ultimate 2
The LG Ultimate 2 was like a breath of fresh air when it was released on Tracfone and saw a large number of users upgrading to it from older devices for good reason.

The Ultimate 2 comes with a 4.5" touchscreen, Android 4.4, a dual core processor and 1 GB of RAM. One of the most important features this phone also includes is about 4GB of useable internal memory for applications and other storage. Up until this point, Tracfone's smartphone offerings had very little internal memory, limiting their usefulness.

While the Ultimate 2 isn't quite as good as other mid level smartphones like the Moto G or LG G2, it is priced at a more reasonable level. In fact, you can find the LG Ultimate 2 on Amazon for just $70 last time we checked, and about the same on eBay.

Don't forget to see our full Review of the LG Ultimate 2 for further details on this phone, and lots of comments from users.

We ranked the Ultimate 2 in second on this list because it delivers fairly well in many categories, but our top choice has just a few additional features as you will see.

#1 - LG Power and LG Sunset
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LG Power
These are some of the latest phones to come to Tracfone and our current pick for the best LG phone! The Power (L22C) and Sunset (L33L) are very similar except for one important detail which we will cover further down.

Both phones feature a 4.5" touchscreen, Android 5.0, 1 GB RAM with a quad core processor for better performance compared to older smartphones. They also have a 5MP camera, and about 4 GB usable internal memory.

Now, the difference between these devices is that the LG Power uses 3G CDMA cell service, while the LG Sunset is capable of 4G LTE on GSM networks. Obviously, if you have access to GSM networks in your area you will want the Sunset over the Power, but not all areas have coverage.

Take a look at our reviews for the LG Power and LG Sunset to learn more about each device, and see where you can find them for the best prices.

If you're just looking for help in choosing a new smartphone, we would recommend either the LG Ultimate 2, or the LG Power/Sunset. You should go on the Tracfone website and check if you have service in your area first (you can type in your zip code when searching for cell phones, and if CDMA smartphones show up, you will have service for CDMA, and the same for GSM) then look around online, both eBay and Amazon and other retailers, and find the best deal. Prices change often, and you can also find the phones bundled with Airtime cards for an even better deal.

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This concludes TracfoneReviewer's selection of the best LG phones offered by Tracfone. We hope you found this useful. You may be interested in reading our recent post with the Latest Summer Deals and Sales on Tracfone Devices and Minutes.

And if you're shopping for a new phone, you may want to learn about the new 'Bring Your Own Phone' to Tracfone program that we cover on our Tracfone BYOP page. This program allows you to bring a wide variety of smartphones to use with Tracfone, including some of the most advanced phones on the market like the iPhone 6 and more.

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This post was originally published on 7/2/2013 and fully updated on 7/30/2014, and again on 8/19/2015.

August 14, 2015

Tracfone Sales and Discounts List - August 2015

List of Sales and Deals on Tracfone Cell Phones in August

Below are a list of some of the best deals for Tracfone devices and minutes. These sales don't always last for long, so act quickly. TracfoneReviewer works hard at finding ways to help you save money and we hope these discounts help you!

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New Deals and Discounts on Tracfone
Tracfone is a low cost cell phone and cell service provider throughout the USA with both smartphones and older phones available. You can find these phones from a wide variety of sources including in retail stores, in online retail stores, and on the Tracfone website.

We spend a lot of time monitoring the phones and minutes available from Tracfone, and see a lot of the different sources for finding phones. We have collected some of the best deals we've seen and shared them with you below. If you've found a deal, let us know in the comments!

Tracfone also now allows consumers to bring their own GSM or CDMA smartphones to use with Tracfone. This includes a wide variety of phones. You can visit our Tracfone BYOP Phone List to learn more about the options available.

 If you're new to Tracfone, you might find our Beginners Guide to Tracfone useful to cover some of your questions and explain how it all works.

Let's get to the deals. These deals may only be available for a short time.

Tracfone Sales and Deals August 2015

The discounts below are listed in no particular order, and include a variety of different deals. Take a look and see if any might interest you. Also remember that you can buy Tracfone cell phones from other sources besides Tracfone, and still activate them on the Tracfone website.

1. LG Sunset with 1200 Minutes

The LG Sunset is a GSM smartphone running Android 5.0. It has a quad core processor and about 4 GB usable internal memory. It is very similar to the LG Power, except that the Sunset uses 4G LTE service on on AT&T GSM networks.

The LG Sunset is the first phone available form Tracfone that has 4G LTE, and only the second smartphone available for use with GSM networks. Visit our full Review of the LG Sunset for more information.

You can find the LG Sunset with 1200 Minutes (a $100 value) on HSN for $150 or eBay for $150

Please note that, while this is the best price for this phone, we do expect it to drop in price, and it was even initially offered on HSN for $20 less.

2. LG Ultimate 2 with 1200 Minutes

The Ultimate 2 is a 4.5" touchscreen smartphone running Android 4.4 that has been available for several months now and offers great performance and about 4 GB internal memory.

Visit our Review of the LG Ultimate 2 for a more in depth list of specs and features, as well as comments from users.

The Ultimate 2 is available at a great price bundled with 1200 minutes for just $100 on eBay. You basically pay for the minutes, and get the phone for free.

You can also get the phone by itself for $70 on Amazon, which is also a good price.

For a real steal, you can get a refurbished LG Ultimate 2 on eBay for just $29

3. Tracfone LG 305C/306G for $5

If you're just looking for a device with Triple Minutes for Life and want to find the cheapest option, the LG 305C and 306G might be a good option. They are available for just $5 as an Amazon add on item (which means you can add it to your order if your order is already above $35). This phone is outdated, and doesn't run a standard operating system, but it does have a touchscreen and works fine for calling and texting.

View the LG 305C on Amazon for $5 or the LG 306G on Amazon

And you could pair the 305C with our next deal:

4. $5 off the 200 Minute card

Get the 200 minute card on Amazon for just $30 (plus $5 shipping) which is $5 less than the normal $40 price. These minutes can be added to any phone, but you can only use Tracfone Promo Codes if you're adding the minutes to a non-smartphone.


View the 200 Minute Card on Amazon

5. Moto E for $50

The Moto E is a very campable smartphone featuring Android 4.4, a 4.3" touchscreen, and great battery life. Check out our page for the Moto E to learn more about the phone.

Tracfone currently offers this device for $120 on their website, but we've found it for just $50 on Amazon.

We hope you find a deal you like, and leave a comment if you find other deals!

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August 3, 2015

Tracfone Promo Codes for August 2015

Tracfone Promo Codes - August 2015

We gather and share the latest promotional codes valid for this month here on our blog, TracfoneReviewer, for your convenience in one easy to read list. There's nothing to click, and be sure to check the comments from other users!

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Tracfone Promo Codes are Here!
Tracfone is a prepaid wireless cell phone company that provides both low cost service, and cell phones to use on their prepaid network. Minutes, or Airtime, are added through the use of prepaid cards with a variety of minute amounts that can be found in many retail stores and online.

When adding an airtime card you can also use a promotional code to get extra minutes for free. We work hard at monitoring and tracking this codes down to share with you for your convenience. Some Tracfone promo codes only work once per device, others only work for certain geographical locations, while still other codes can be used over and over again.

Please be aware that promotional codes cannot be used with Tracfone's Android smartphones or their BYOP devices. If you're interested in learning more about these smartphones, like the new LG Sunset which uses 4G LTE on AT&T cell towers, visit our Android Tracfone List or the Tracfone BYOP page on our blog.

Tracfone continues to deliver better and better smartphones to use with their service, however, not everyone needs an Android device. If you want to see all our reviews, including a variety of older, non-smartphone devices, visit our Cell Phone Reviews page.

Time for the promo codes!

List of Tracfone Promo Codes for August 2015

Each of the codes is for a certain airtime card amount, but can also be used with cards of greater value (for example, the code for a 60 minute card should work for the 120 minute or 200 minute card as well).

60 Minute Card use code 12745 to get 60 bonus minutes

120 Minute Card use 78380 for an extra 30 airtime minutes (or try the code above)

200 Minute Card add promo code 89041 to receive 40 additional minutes

450 Minute Card enter code 24028 and get 50 minutes

400 Minute/1 Year Service card use 72454 for 250 free minutes

These are the latest codes valid through August 2015. If you don't find what you're looking for here, please visit our much larger list of codes, which includes codes we think might be expired but work for some, on our Tracfone Promo Codes page.

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