October 28, 2016

ZTE ZMAX 2 Review - Tracfone Smartphone

Tracfone ZTE ZMAX 2 (Z955L) Full Review

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ZTE ZMAX 2 Review
The ZTE ZMAX 2 was released in late 2015, and came to Tracfone in mid 2016, but it is a phone that has some features many Tracfone users desire, and at a price that is nearly unbeatable.

Tracfone continues to release many new smartphones, and the ZMAX 2 was released several months back, but we are just now getting around to reviewing it. This is partially due to the great value for the price it offers, and also because Tracfone has released the 'big brother' to the ZMAX 2 in the form of the ZTE Max Duo.

In this review we will share the features and specs for the ZMAX 2, followed by the pro's and con's and finally where you can buy and how it compares to some other Tracfone devices.

Catch up on some of the other new phones Tracfone has been releasing by visiting our New LG/Samsung post, New ZTE/Alcatel phones, and New Apple iPhones available from Tracfone.

Before we get too far into this review, here are our quick facts about the ZTE ZMAX 2. This is to help give an idea about the main pro's or con's for this phone:

ZTE ZMAX 2 Quick Facts

The Good:
-5.5" Touchscreen
-Android 5.1
-16 GB Memory/ 2 GB RAM
-8 MP Camera with good features
-Great price - with airtime bundle for $150

The Not so Good:
-Not the best Battery Life
-Speaker Performance is just OK
-Processor is made for budget phones
(these are only slight negatives, especially if you're coming from an older smartphone)

We don't really have too much that is bad to say about this phone, but we will dive into some details further on. The key specs to take note of is the 16 GB internal memory and 2 GB RAM. These are features very few other Tracfone smartphones have, and allow the phone to be much more useful.

We recently reviewed the LG Premier and LG Stylo 2, which have screens of 5.3" and 5.7". But the LG phones only have half the internal memory or RAM, which limits their ability to multitask, or store very many apps and other data.

LG does have a reputation for quality and good performance in their phones while ZTE is less well known. ZTE is a Chinese manufacturing company and is one of the top mobile phone makers in China, and in the top 10 worldwide. They have increasingly been creating budget friendly phones that have good performance and features for distribution in the US and rest of the world.

The ZTE ZMAX 2 is a phone that hits some high marks with the features it offers for the price, and may prove to be a good option for many Tracfone users.

Let's get into the full list features and specs for the ZMAX 2 and see exactly what it offers.

Tracfone ZTE ZMAX 2 Features and Specs

Below are the phone's features, followed by the technical specs
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 4G LTE capable using GSM service (AT&T cell towers)
  • WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0
  • MP3 Player
  • Alarm Clock
  • Access to over 1 MIllion apps on Google Play
  • Accelerometer, proximity sensor, compass
  • GPS
  • 8 MP Rear Camera with autofocus, flash, HDR, Panorama, Face detection and more
  • 2 MP Front Camera
  • Caller ID, Voicemail, SMS and MMS
  • Triple Minutes for Life (when adding regular airtime cards)
Tracfone ZTE ZMAX 2 Specs
  • Size: 6.06" x 2.99" x 0.37"
  • 5.5" Touchscreen with 720 x 1280 pixels (~267 pixel density)
  • 1.2 Ghz Quad Core Processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon 410)
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB Internal Memory (~9.5 GB usable, Micro SD card Slot up to 32 GB)
  • 3000 mAh Battery (removable) with about 17 hrs talk time, 10 days standby
There are some key features on the ZMAX 2 that make it stand out from most other budget phones from Tracfone (which we will go over a little further on). But what is really impressive is that the ZMAX 2 is about the same price, or even a little cheaper.

The Tracfone version of the ZTE ZMAX 2 is only available from HSN.com at this time, but you can also purchase unlocked versions of the phone(on amazon) and activate it with the BYOP program. Unlocked versions cost a little less, but don't come with the airtime bundle which is a $100 value.

Let's get into our full review of the ZTE ZMAX 2.

ZTE ZMAX 2 Full Review

We will share our key likes and dislikes about this phone below.

What we Like:
Many of the features and specs on the ZTE ZMAX 2 are as good or better than many of the other Tracfone smartphones in this price range. The two most important features are the memory and RAM that come with this phone. Also impressive is the screen, camera and price.

Many Tracfone smartphone users have found it annoying that Tracfone keeps releasing new phones with only 8 GB internal memory, and just 1 GB RAM. The ZMAX 2 doubles that, with 16 GB internal memory and 2 GB RAM. You end up with about 10 GB available space to store apps, photos, videos, music and anything else. This will likely be enough for most users unless you download lots of videos or music. 2 GB RAM makes this phone better at multitasking - it can run more apps at once before it starts to lag.

We are surprised that the ZMAX  is one of very few options from Tracfone at this time with 16 GB memory. We think Tracfone will add more budget phones with 16 GB memory, but at this point the ZMAX 2 is one of the cheapest phones with this feature.

The RAM and memory the ZMAX 2 has is about the minimum a moderate smartphone user would want in order to load the apps, music and pictures on their phone, and not have it slow down.
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Tracfone ZTE ZMAX 2 Front, Side and Back

Beyond the internal memory, the ZMAX 2 also has a large 5.5" touchscreen with a resolution of 1280x720 that is not bad considering the price of the phone. You don't get a full HD display, but it looks good and renders colors well.

The camera on the ZMAX 2 is 8 MP on the back, 2 MP on the front. Neither is especially amazing, but they get the job done if you want to snap a few photos to share with friends. The camera actually does have a number of useful features, like panorama, HDR, face detection and touch focusing. You can also record video in 1080p 30fps HD resolution

We like that the ZTE ZMAX 2 come with Android 5.1, but there are some phones coming from Tracfone that are running the newer, Android 6.0. With Tracfone, you can't upgrade the OS, so whatever version the phone comes with you are stuck using. Android 5.1 is relatively recent, but if you want to get OS updates, you should use an unlocked smartphone with the BYOP program.

That concludes our list of the main aspects of this phone we found impressive. Now we want to cover some things that didn't quite impress us.

What we Don't Like about the ZTE ZMAX 2:
There is a lot to like about the ZMAX 2 when compared with similarly priced smartphones, so it is hard to find any serious negatives about this phone. However, we do want to make a few points clear to help our readers understand exactly what they are getting if they buy this phone.

The speaker, battery, camera and screen are all pretty good at this price point and compared to the other smartphone's Tracfone offers like the LG Premier or ZTE Quartz, yet they have some drawbacks.

The processor is 1.2 Ghz Quad-core, which is good, but also meant for budget phones. The battery is 3000 mAh, and can last all day with moderate use, but, as is to be expected, the large screen size does tend to drain the battery quickly if used constantly.

It is hard to compare the ZMAX to other Tracfone devices because the ZMAX is generally a nice improvement. So why not try comparing it to one of the most popular unlocked smartphones currently available? That will help us see any significant negatives.

If you were willing to spend a little more, you could get an unlocked phone like the Moto G4 ($200), which has a 5.5" screen at 1080x1920 full HD resolution, 13 MP camera, and uses a faster, Octa-core processor. The Moto G4 will also get Android 7.0 when that is released.

The ZMAX 2 retails for $150, but that includes an airtime bundle worth $100, so you get the phone for just $50. If you buy the Moto G4, it is $200 with no additional airtime, so it actually costs $150 more.

Looking at how the ZMAX 2 compares to the Moto G4, we see that spending a bit more money does get you better features, but the ZMAX 2 is also a great deal at the price.

One final bit of information to point out  there is only one speaker at the bottom of the phone, so the sound can be muffled if set down with the speaker covered, but you can customize some of the settings and adjust the sound.

That's it for our likes and dislikes. The ZMAX 2 comes with a lot of good specs at this price.

Overview and Where to Buy the ZTE ZMAX 2

The ZTE ZMAX 2 is ideal for moderate smartphone users who want to use a handful of apps and are also looking for a large display. It is a great value for the money, with better performance and specs than many of Tracfone's other similarly priced smartphones.

Many of the recent Samsung and LG phones such as the Samsung Galaxy Luna, LG Treasure, LG Premier and others, have just half the memory and RAM of the ZMAX 2.

For heavy smartphone users, who may play graphics-heavy apps or run lots of apps at once, it would probably be worthwhile spending a bit more money to get a more powerful device (like the Moto G4).

The Tracfone ZTE ZMAX 2 is available from HSN with 1200 minutes for $150. It is also sometimes on sale for $129.

Take a look at the Interactive Tutorial for a closer look at how the phone works.

We hope the information provided in this review is helpful, and please leave a comment with any thoughts or questions.

We also want to include some additional helpful information about Tracfone smartphones.

Helpful Information about Using Tracfone Smartphones

Using Tracfone Smartphones (or devices on the BYOP program) has certain unique characteristics we want to go over to help clear up any confusion

There are regular airtime cards and smartphone-only airtime cards. You can use both with Tracfone smartphones.

Regular airtime cards such as the 60, 120, 200 minute cards, triple on all smartphones. Smartphone-only airtime cards do not triple.

Promo Codes do not work on Tracfone smartphones (although occasionally they do...)

Airtime is split into three 'pools' of talk, text and data. When you add airtime, you usually get a certain amount of each. Send a text will only use your text 'pool', just like calling will use your talk time, and surfing the web or other online activities will use your data (if you are not on WiFi).

For more about using Tracfone smartphones, take a look at some of our other resources:

How Airtime works on Tracfone Smartphones
4 Ways to Check your Airtime Balance
Comparison of New Smartphone Cards to Regular Airtime Cards
How to Add only Texts to your Smartphone
How to Add Data to your Smartphone (and how Data works)

We will also be reviewing the ZTE Max Duo in the near future, so keep an eye for that especially if you're looking for a phone with a 6" screen.

Don't forget to check out our list of Great Deals, Discounts and Sales including some of the best unlocked phones to use with the BYOP program.

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October 18, 2016

ZTE Citrine (Z717VL/Z716BL) Review - Tracfone Smartphone

Review of the  Tracfone ZTE Citrine Android Smartphone

This review of the ZTE Citrine is created by TracfoneReviewer. We have many more full reviews on our Cell Phone Reviews page.

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Full Review of ZTE Citrine

The ZTE Citrine is a small, inexpensive Android phone available from Tracfone for either CDMA or GSM networks that actually packs many similar features and specs found in larger, more expensive devices.

Is this phone the best smartphone from Tracfone for under $50? We will answer that, and share the full specs, features, and details about this phone. We will also give our review, and where to buy this phone at the best price.

Tracfone has been releasing a large number of budget smartphones during 2016 including many ZTE, LG and Samsung devices. You can catch up on what phones are coming out or already released by checking out our posts on New LG and Samsung Tracfone Smartphones and New ZTE, Alcatel and Huawei (Nexus 6P) Tracfone Smartphones.

With the Citrine, the main feature is the low cost, but there are some other good things about this phone. Let's take a look at our quick pro's and con's for the Citrine.

ZTE Citrine Quick Facts

The Good:
-Recent OS - Android 5.1.1
-Low cost - Available for $50, and even $30 some places
-Quad-Core Processor
-CDMA and GSM versions of the phone available

The not so Good
-Small Screen - 4"
-Low Internal Memory - 8 GB
-Low RAM - 1 GB

One of he key features on this phone is that it is very inexpensive, and yet comes with the relatively recent Android 5.1.1 OS which we see mostly on phones that cost twice as much or more.

Another great point to note is that there is a GSM version of this phone and a CDMA version. Just make sure you know which version works in your area (more about this below).

Of course the Citrine can't compete in performance, appearance, or functionality with devices like the Apple iPhone 6 Plus now available from Tracfone, or other high end devices, but it also doesn't have the $500 plus price tag.

Let's take a look at the full features and specs for this smartphone.

ZTE Citrine (Z717VL/716BL) Features and Specs

Below are the features for the smartphone, followed by the technical specs.
  • Android 5.1.1 OS (Lollipop)
  • Z717VL version is 4G LTE capable using Verizon network towers
  • Z716BL version is 4G HSPA+ capable using AT&T network towers
  • Wifi and Bluetooth
  • Access to over 1 Million Apps on Google Play
  • Alarm Clock
  • MP3 Player
  • GPS
  • 3 Home Screens
  • Handsfree Speaker
  • Voice Dialing
  • Caller ID, Voicemail, SMS, MMS
  • Proximity and Accelerometer sensor
  • 3.5mm headphone connection
  • Hearing Aid Compatible
ZTE Citrine Specs
  • Size: 4.92" x 2.56" x 0.41"
  • Screen: 4.0" touchscreen with 800x480 resolution (TFT-LCD)
  • 1.1 Ghz Quad-core Processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon 210)
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8 GB Internal Memory plus Micro SD Card slot (up to 32 GB)
  • 1650 mAh Battery with Talk Time 12 Hrs, Standby 10 days.
Many of these features and specs are very similar to Tracfone's other devices such as the LG Rebel or Samsung Galaxy Core Prime. However, the Citrine is available at a much lower price. The main difference in the Citrine from many of Tracfone's other recent smartphones is the smaller screen size.

If you notice the battery capacity, it is small, but this phone only has a 4" screen so it doesn't drain the battery as fast as phones with larger screens.

Let's get into our full review of the Citrine.

Tracfone ZTE Citrine Review

What we Like:
There's a lot of good features on this phone, specifically Android 5.1.1, 4G speeds, Quad-core processor and the low cost.

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Front, back and side of the ZTE Citrine - Note the textured back, and side charger port 
Android 5.1.1 is a fairly recent version of the operating system, and generally newer is better when it comes to Android. With each new version, any bugs or security risks are usually fixed, and new features are added. For various reasons, Android phones from Tracfone do not receive OS updates, so whatever version they come with is what they will stay with. Tracfone has just released two Samsung smartphones with Android 6.0, but most of their phones use 5.1.1 or older.

The Citrine comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor that has four cores, and runs at 1.1 Ghz. With this processor, the Citrine is capable of 4G LTE speeds, and has pretty good responsiveness. It is limited by the RAM, which we will mention more about further on. Basically, in a phone this cheap, it still has reasonably good performance.

Lastly, the price is what will likely draw most of the attention to this phone. It is listed most places for $50, but also available for $30 in a variety of locations, including online. $30 is a great price for this phone.

We also want to remind our readers that there are two versions of the Citrine, one with GSM capability, the other with CDMA capability. So it is available to all Tracfone users, but make sure you get the correct version for your service area.

What we Don't Like
There are some drawbacks about this phone that we want to share so that you can make your own informed decision about buying this device.

First of all, the Citrine has limited internal memory and only 1 GB RAM. Many of Tracfone's smartphones share the same limitations. While it has 8 GB internal memory, only about 2-3 GB is actually usable, depending on which pre-installed apps you keep/update. Because of the low amount of memory and RAM, you won't be able to load very many apps on this phone, and running multiple apps at once will cause the phone to slow down and possibly freeze. This phone is best for calling and texting, and a handful of basic apps like Instagram and Google Maps.

Here is some additional helpful information relating to the internal memory, from one of our readers, KRR:
        The total space I see is 8.00GB, System Memory takes up 4.69GB and after updating the variety of apps that are mandatory and adding in apps like The Weather Channel, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Zedge, Google Photos, Tracfone and a couple smaller apps for work I am left with 1.75GB available.  Not too shabby all things considered.  The Facebook app is a storage hog, so I opted to uninstall it and just access Facebook from the Chrome browser and use Facebook Messenger (since Facebook is staunchly against us accessing our Facebook messages via a browser on a mobile device).  I do recommend going in and clearing the cache often (Storage>Used Space>Cached Data). 
The ZTE Citrine also has a small screen, just 4", which for some is a good thing, and for others a negative. If you're not sure what size screen you prefer, try visiting a Bestbuy, or other electronics store, and test different smartphones. For many, a screen size between 5" and 5.5" is preferred as it makes for easier viewing of videos, messages and everything else.

Camera quality isn't great either on the Citrine, which shouldn't be a surprise at this price point. The rear camera has 5 MP and is adequate for capturing moments as long as there is good light, but the front camera, with only 0.3 MP, will struggle in anything other than good lighting.

Finally, the quality of this ZTE phone is good, but nothing like a high-end smartphone. With most things in life, you get what you pay for, and the same is true for the Citrine. It does have a nice textured back, but it is made from plastic.

Some readers have experienced issues with the quality of ZTE phones, such as the ZTE Quartz, and ZTE Valet. If you experience issues, we suggest contacting the retailer you bought the phone from, or contacting Tracfone. We have not heard any complaints about the quality of the Citrine, but will update as more information becomes available.

Now that we've covered our pro's and con's for the CItrine, we want to answer the question, is this the best phone from Tracfone for under $50? Well, probably. A lot depends on what you're looking for in a phone, and if you're looking to use a variety of apps, you will likely be better off with a more robust smartphone.

That concludes our review of the ZTE Citrine. We will share some additional information, and where to buy the phone.

ZTE Citrine Overview and Where to Buy

The Citrine is a very budget friendly smartphone that is best for those who want to use it for calling/texting and occasional web browsing, email and other basic apps. It will likely struggle at running any apps that are resource intensive, like certain newer games.

This phone is most similar to the LG Lucky, also available from Tracfone. However, the Citrine is an improvement over the lucky in almost every way, with better processor, more memory, better camera, larger screen and more.

You can find the ZTE Citrine available from many retailers including Walmart (GSM version, or here is the CDMA version), Target, Bestbuy, and more.

The Citrine can be found online from many of the same retailers, and also on the Tracfone website.

Some retailers have the phone listed for $50, while others have it discounted at $30, including the Tracfone website and Walmart.

You can take a look at the ZTE Citrine interactive tutorial for help using and navigating the phone.

We hope this review is helpful and let us know in the comments below if you have any further questions.

Be sure to visit our Guide to Activating or Transferring Service on a Tracfone Smartphone for some helpful tips and info.

If you're new to Tracfone smartphones, or just like to know how many minutes you have, visit our post on 4 Ways to Check your Tracfone Airtime Balance on a Smartphone

We recently compared several of the latest LG phones from Tracfone and shared the results. Take a look at our LG Smartphone Comparison, with the LG Rebel, Treasure, Premier and Stylo 2.

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October 10, 2016

Tracfone New Phones, Deals and Discounts - October 2016

New Phones, Discounts and Deals on Tracfone Devices and Minutes - October 2016

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Tracfone News, Sales and More!
We've got the latest roundup of deals and discounts on Tracfone smartphones for October 2016, plus details on several new phones now available for Tracfone.

We want to share with our readers both the latest news, and some of the top discounts or deals from around the web.

Buying a new phone can be a challenging process with many options and lots of pro's and con's for each phone. We want to help by sharing a handful of phones that are either currently discounted, a great deal, or newly available for Tracfone.

We will start by covering some of the new devices available, then some great deals on Tracfone smartphones, and finally some great BYOP phones to bring to Tracfone.

If you're new to Tracfone, start with our Beginners Guide to Tracfone. And if you're not confident in how the activation or transfer process works, we've created a Guide to Activating or Transferring Service with Tracfone.

Let's take a look at some new phones.

New Tracfone Smartphones - October 2016

Some of these new phones were actually released right at the end of September, but we want to include them anyway. We will add any new phones to this list as they are released.

Samsung Galaxy On5
This 5" touchscreen smartphone features a 5 MP rear camera (2 MP front), 8 GB memory and Android 6.0. Besides the fact that it runs Android 6,0, which is a very recent version of the OS, the Galaxy On5 doesn't really bring any inspiring features. It compares similarly to the LG Treasure or LG Premier.

It is priced reasonably however, with a minutes bundle on HSN for $149 (on sale for $109). The On5 is a 4G LTE device that uses GSM networks.

Samsung Galaxy Luna
The Luna is fairly similar to the On5, running the same Android 6.0 operating system. It also has a 5 MP camera, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB Memory and quad core processor. The screen size on the Luna is slightly smaller than the On5, at 4.5", which some of our readers prefer. The Luna uses CDMA networks and has 4G LTE capability.

You can find the Samsung Galaxy Luna on QVC with an airtime bundle (1200 minutes) for $121, now on sale for $99. The airtime alone is worth $100.

ZTE Max Duo
The ZTE Max Duo is the type of phone many Tracfone users have been hoping Tracfone would release for a long time. It features 16 GB internal memory, a 1.5 Ghz octa-core processor and 2 GB RAM. It also has a full HD, 6" touchscreen with Gorilla Glass for extra durability.

One of the interesting features on the Max Duo is the dual rear camera. It has two rear facing cameras, one is a 13 MP camera, the other a 2 MP camera. Plus a 5 MP front facing camera.

There are a lot of great things packed into this phone, and it is currently available through HSN with minutes bundle for $249 (on sale for $199). Expect to see more information about this phone from us in the near future.

ZTE Cymbal
The first Android smartphone that is a flip phone. If you just can't give up the flip phone, this might be the upgrade you're looking for. It runs Android 5.1.1, has a 5 MP camera and WiFi. This phone is CDMA and has 4G LTE capability.

Right now we've only found it on BestBuy for $70, and no info on how it performs, but look for more in the near future.

We also want to mention the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus which Tracfone released in September. You can learn more, and see full specs and prices, by visiting our Tracfone iPhone 6 and 6 Plus post.

Tracfone Deals and Discounts - October 2016

Now we want to share some great deals or discounts on Tracfone devices from around the web. If you find other deals, or better deals, be sure to share them in the comments below!

Moto E - $20 on Amazon
The Moto E was first released several years ago, but it still can work as a basic smartphone, running a handful of apps, and useful for checking email or weather. It comes with a 4.3" touchscreen, Android 4.4 and 5 MP camera. See more about the Moto E including specs and features.

LG Lucky/Sunrise - $50 with 200 Minute Airtime Card ($40 value) on eBay or $15 on Amazon
Another low-cost smartphone option, the Lucky also runs Android 4.4 and has a 3.8" screen. As with the Moto E, it isn't a very powerful device, but good for basic smartphone functions, and, of course, calling and texting. With this bundle on eBay, you get the LG Lucky and a 200 Minute Airtime card, which is worth $40. At the price, it makes a great backup phone, or device for kids. The LG Lucky uses CDMA networks while the Sunrise uses GSM. Learn more about the Lucky in our Full Review.

LG 306G - $13 on Amazon
We like to include a non-smartphone option for those who are not interested in upgrading to an Android device. With non-smartphones, you get to keep all your airtime in one 'pool' and Tracfone Promo Codes will work on your device. However, non-smartphones are generally very limited in their features, and are best for simple calling and texting and usually not much more than that.

The LG 306G has a 3.2" touchscreen, and uses a java based operating system. It is a popular Tracfone device, although many users end up getting tired of the lack of features, and upgrade to a smartphone. Get full specs and more information in our full review of the LG 306G.

If you would rather have a flip phone, there are two options on Amazon that are currently $15 each. The LG 237C and the LG 441G are basic flip phones from Tracfone that use 3G networks. These are good for daily use, or as a backup. They don't do much beyond calling and texting, but have a long battery life and great durability.

That concludes the deals we've found on Tracfone devices, let's look at some great BYOP options.

Great Deals on Tracfone BYOP Compatible Unlocked Smartphones

Using the Tracfone BYOP program opens up many more options for phones, and many great value devices. Below we will share some of our top picks for unlocked smartphones to use with Tracfone.

BLU R1 HD - $109 on Amazon
At just $109 for 2 GB RAM and 16 GB Internal Memory, there are few phones that can compete with the value the R1 HD offers. Many Tracfone smartphones retail for over $100 and only have half the RAM and memory. The BLU R1 HD has received good reviews for being a budget smartphone, and if you're looking to get the most bang for your buck at the $100 range, this might be the best option (unless you go with a refurbished phone).

Moto G4 - $199 on Amazon
The Moto G4 is the latest in a line of popular budget smartphones from Motorola. At a very reasonable price point, it packs a lot of features and value into the $199 price tag. Many see the Moto G4 as the best budget smartphone available. It has a large, 5.5" touchscreen, 13 MP Camera, Octa Core processor, 2 GB RAM and 16 GB Memory. For an extra $30 you can get 32 GB memory.$199 for the features and performance this phone offers is a good deal, and it is compatible with both GSM and CDMA cell networks, making it easy to bring to Tracfone BYOP.

Moto G4 Plus - $299 on Amazon
For those looking for more, the Moto G4 Plus delivers, with more RAM and Memory. The G4 Plus has 4 GB RAM, and 64 GB internal memory (there is also a version with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB memory for $249), features we rarely see on a phone at this price. The extra RAM (compared to the 2 GB on the G4) means that the G4 Plus can handle more operations at once, it can run more apps, or more demanding apps, without slowing down. The G4 Plus also has  a 16 MP camera and fingerprint reader.

Honor 5X - $199 on Amazon
The Huawei Honor 5X is another budget friendly smartphone packed with great features. This phone has many similar features to the Moto G4, such as a 5.5" touchscreen, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB memory and 13 MP camera. But it also has two additional features - a finger print scanner and all aluminum body. The Honor 5X is certainly a worthy phone to consider along with the Moto G4.

Learn more about the BYOP program, and see a full list of many more smartphone options, on our Tracfone BYOP page.

That concludes our roundup of new phones, great deals and discounts, and popular BYOP devices for October 2016. We hope this information is useful, especially if you're considering buying a new phone. Leave a comment with your thoughts or questions below.

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Our recent post, 4 Ways to check your Airtime on a Tracfone Smartphone may be very helpful for those who like to keep track of their minutes.

We also did a full Tracfone Airtime Comparison to see which airtime cards from Tracfone were the best value.

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October 3, 2016

Tracfone Promo Codes for October 2016

Tracfone Promo Code List - October 2016

Below are the latest promo codes for Tracfone for October 2016. Each month TracfoneReviewer collects and shares these codes for our readers to freely use and share. Be sure to take a look at some of our other Tracfone related content including reviews and other information here on the blog.

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Tracfone Promo Codes below!
Winter is coming, but to help hold off the cold we've got hot new promo codes for Tracfone!

Tracfone provides these codes for their customers to use and get bonus minutes whenever they add an airtime card. Promo codes are for use with a specific card, but can also be used with cards of greater value.

Promo codes do not work on Android phones. There has been some confusion about this, but from the first smartphone Tracfone released, they haven't allowed promo codes to be added. But, all smartphones come with Triple MInutes for Life (for regular airtime cards) and are a pretty good deal.

Below you will find just the latest promo codes for Tracfone that are valid for October. But we also have a much more comprehensive collection of codes on our main Tracfone Promo Code page so take a look if you want more codes to try.

If you're considering buying a new phone, check out our Cell Phone Reviews page where we list all of our reviews of Tracfone devices. You can also take a look at the details about the Tracfone iPhone 6 and 6 Plus now available.

Let's get to the codes:

Tracfone Promo Codes - October 2016

Below are the codes, remember, some codes can only be used once/ Also, these codes won't work on for smartphones.

60 Minute Card use promo code 12745 for 60 bonus minutes (may only work for some)

120 Minute Card enter 90166 to get 20 free minutes or 24412 for 30 minutes

200 Minute Card add code 27171 or 36120 and receive 40 extra airtime

450 Minute Card (no new codes, try 36120 or 27171 for 40 bonus minutes)

1 Year/400 Minute Card use 66994 for 250 free minutes

These are the latest promo codes to use with Tracfone when adding a new airtime card. We hope these codes worked for you! Share your results in the comments below.

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