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 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!

Also take a look at our recent post on 4G LTE GSM service for Tracfone BYOP.

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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.

Take a moment and explore some of the other Tracfone related content we have on this blog, like our Beginners Guide to Tracfone or How to Set Up the Tracfone Family Value Plan.

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Thanks for visiting, leave a comment with what codes worked for you (or didn't) and we hope you enjoy the free minutes!