June 22, 2018

6 Best Tracfone Cell Phones 2018

Top 6 Tracfone Prepaid Cell Phones for 2018

(Updated on 6/2018)
Everyone wants to know, what is the best Tracfone device? Which cell phones are the best options from Tracfone? We have collected the information and now share the top 6 options from Tracfone below.

As you might expect, this list is dominated by 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 2018

If you would like to see all of our recent reviews, visit our Cell Phone Review page. Also keep up with new devices on our Latest Tracfone Cell Phone 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 available. 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.

For most users, the top phones in our list are impractical due to their high cost. So a good option is to purchase an unlocked phone and use with the the Tracfone BYOP program. The Moto G6 is a newly released smartphone that might be a great option as it blends a number of premium features at a more reasonable price.

Now let's see the list!

The Best Cell Phones from Tracfone

The best phones available from Tracfone as of June 2018, starting with number six:

#6 Best Tracfone - Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro S727VL

This phone comes in at the 6th spot for its popularity, low cost compared to other phones in this list, and good features. The Samsung Galaxy Sky Pro has a 5.5" touchscreen, quad-core processor, 2 GB RAM, Android 6.0 and 16 GB internal memory.

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

If you don't want such a large screen, consider the Samsung Galaxy Sky, which is the little brother to the Sky Pro, and comes with a 5" screen, 16 GB Memory and Android 6.0.

The price is also nice, at around $1000 and usually bundled with airtime. Learn more about the Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro in our recent post which also includes where to buy it.

While the price is much lower than other options on this list, some features, such as the camera and screen resolution, are not as good either.

See the current price for the Galaxy J7 Sky Pro on Amazon

#5 Best Tracfone - iPhone SE 32GB

Even though the iPhone SE has a small, 4" screen, it packs some powerful features and specs into the small phone body including an excellent 12 MP camera, 32 GB storage and a fingerprint reader.

The iPhone SE actually has the same internal specs as the larger, iPhone 6S, and they were both released at the same time. The iPhone SE originally retailed for $399, but the Tracfone website has it available for around $200.

Many people like the iPhone SE for the sleek design and smooth operating system and great camera. Just be aware that the screen is much smaller than most phones these days, and newer options are available (further down our list...)

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

#4 Best Tracfone - Samsung Galaxy S6

The Samsung Galaxy S6 comes in at number four on our list of the best Tracfone cell phones with a great list of features and specs that sets it apart from budget smartphone options.

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.

In general, we would suggest users consider some of the newer phone options further down this list.

#3 Best Tracfone - iPhone 6S Plus

In third place in this list is the iPhone 6 Plus which is larger and more powerful compared to the iPhone 6, but also has a higher price. The iPhone SE has the same camera, but a much smaller screen.

The 6S Plus comes with Apple iOS, a 5.5" HD touchscreen, 32 GB internal memory, dual core processor, 2 GB RAM and 12 MP camera.

While the specs are not impressive on paper, Apple devices are well known for their great performance due to their unique operating system and tailored processors. The 12 MP rear camera has excellent image quality and can record 4K footage at 30 FPS for high resolution videos.

The iPhone 6S Plus is currently listed on the Tracfone website for $399 which is a pretty good deal. There are also unlocked refurbished options available on Amazon for $280 (GSM compatible)

#2 Best Tracfone - Samsung Galaxy S7

The second best phone from Tracfone is the Samsung Galaxy S7. It beats almost all of the competition with incredible features and performance.

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. It isn't the most recent Galaxy model, but the price has also been reduced accordingly, at $380 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.


#1 Best Tracfone - iPhone 7

The iPhone 7 is our pick for the best phone from Tracfone at this time. It brings updates and upgrades to older iPhone models including the A10 fusion quad core procesing chip qhich results in around 2x better performance compared to the iPhone 6.

You also get a 12 MP camera with 4K video recording, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB storage, iOS 10 and a 4.7" retina display.

The iPhone 7 edges out the competition with Apple's well known performance and high quality screen, camera and app store.

The price may be the only drawback, at $599 currently on the Tracfone website. Note that there are newer models of the iPhone available, including the iPhone 8 and iPhone X but they are not available from Tracfone at this time.

Choosing between Apple and Android is usually a matter of personal preference.

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

The BYOP program from Tracfone makes it easy 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.

The Moto G6 is an example of a popular unlocked smartphone that can be used with either GSM or CDMA service and is available for around $250.

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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41 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

Anonymous said...

I was given an iPhone 6 (I believe it's a 6s or 6+, not sure) from a relative who was upgrading, so I bought the SIM card kit for $1 at Best Buy, transferred my service over using my tracfone on-line account, and within 15 minutes, my new phone had been activated, ready for use! It was easy, and it's so much better. Stronger signal, clearer reception, and far more functionality. The iPhone was originally designed for the Verizon network, so i didn't need to have it unlocked, just slid in the new SIM card. Yes, all my unused minutes rolled right over too.

RobynFrance said...

Can anyone comment on the LG Fiesta 5.5" 16GB TracFone GPS capability. Does anyone know if it has location service and can be used withgoogle gps on maps. That is the only thing I am unsure of and I'd like to order due to screen size, 16 gb and camera. Thanks for you help.

Anonymous said...

RobynFrance - Here is a link (couldn't find it online and finally contacted LG for the user manual) to the L64VL (Tracfone Fiesta): http://www.lg.com/us/support-mobile/lg-LGL64VL

RobynFrance said...

Thank you for the link to the user manual--I'll check it out!--the phone is great--only issue I have is trying to get the microphone permanently on the keyboard--I have been forced to go thru a 2 step process to get to mike each time I use in messages and emails--is there a way to make a dedicated mike key on keyboard--have tried all I know to do.

M. Eric Bryner said...

If your rich, then those listed are number 1 through 5. Gimme a break!

Anonymous said...

Hello... Wondering what, in your opinion, gave the Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro the #5-spot on this "List of Top 5 Tracfones" over others like the LG Fiesta or even the LG Fiesta 2. I'm not insinuating I disagree with your assessments in any way. I'm just interested in your conclusions and reasoning, Peter, along with everyone else's "two cents"... Thanks!

Richard Baratta said...

Why was I charged an additional $1.20 for buying a 60 minute replenishment card? At $19.99 plus tax, it always came out to $21.71. Explain the additional charge???

fgermaine said...

I have a Moto G4 Play on the BYOP thing & I could not be any more happier!

Dave Jenkins said...

I just bought a refurbished Galaxy S7 with a 90 day warranty from Amazon for less than $300.00. I added the $1.00 SIM from Tracfone which they sent via Fed-EX next day and was up and running in just a few minutes. The phone has been running perfectly and I use it for work. If you do a little research, you can find quality refurbished phones for a fraction of the price.

Anonymous said...

I'm enjoying my Samsung Galaxy Sky. My 3rd smartphone under Tracfone. Last one with triple minutes and 16gb so I could use more apps when we travel!

gene tascott said...

I second what fgermaine said,same set-up for a year now and life is good thankx to the group over at HOFO. I did purchase and unlock the motoE4 on impulse, but why mess with a good thing? The E4 is always there if I need it.

Anonymous said...

My wife and I have a LG V20 each on the BYOP plan and we love it.

Anonymous said...

Samsung Galaxy J3 Luna Pro has been fantastic.
And at less than $100 ypu cant go wrong.
Best Buy has them on sale occasionally for about half off.

Anonymous said...

The Sky Pro S727VL is quad-core CPU. There is even Sky Pro S737TL too, but not sure on it's CPU too. From what I read, it is an octa-core core.

Anonymous said...

I had the valet 3 phones ago was good but only for calling not for internet or that no texting just too slow.

Anonymous said...

Had it 2 phones ago loved the look and how it worked at first. Then it just started doing weird stuff and I sent it back after a month and got a different LG power had that over a year til last year I got a samsung galaxy sky. The LG power wouldn't do pictures in text. Now love my samsung but want a newer one with more memory than 16G if possible but so far none at cheap price.

Mara said...

I know this is an old post, but for anyone who may not know how this works, all the contacts from your Google account get created in your smartphone when you activate it, so it's a good idea to clean up your contacts before activating.
First, to avoid those "one time contacts" change your Google account settings. Then delete any contacts that you don't want and while you are at it, you can add any missing addresses, phone numbers, etc. to the ones you are keeping.
Once your contacts are the way you want them, activate your new smartphone and you will see that good contact list on your phone.

Anonymous said...

Any idea when the s motoroloa moto g6 (xt 1925dl) on their website will be coming out?