April 25, 2017

Tracfone Triple Minute Cell Phones (And How it Works)

Tracfone Cell Phones with Triple Minutes for Life

A list of Tracfone cell phones that come with Triple Minutes for Life conveniently organized by TracfoneReviewer for our readers to see which phones are the best deal on minutes.

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List of Triple Minute Tracfones
UPDATE: We can confirm that certain newer devices, such as the LG Fiesta, do not come with Triple Minutes for Life. Tracfone is no longer including that feature in certain phones released after April 2017. This may include all phones with Android 6.0 or newer, and BYOP devices activated after April 2017.

Read our new post, Facts about Triple Minutes for Life Changes to learn more.

Tracfone is a prepaid wireless cell phone company that provides both phones and service. Many of their phones come with a special bonus of Double or Triple Minutes. In this post we will share many of the phones that have Triple Minutes, and help provide details on how Triple Minutes work.

Let's start with our first question:

How Does Triple Minutes Work with Tracfone?

The way Tracfone service works is you buy airtime cards that come with certain amounts of minutes, like 60, 120 200 etc.

When you add the airtime card to your phone with Double Minutes, you will get twice the number of minutes. If you have Triple Minutes, you get three times the number of minutes.

So, for example. if you add a 200 minute card to your Triple Minute phone, you will get 600 minutes total (200 minutes plus 400 bonus minutes). And that's before you add a Promo Code!

Feature phones (non-smartphone) have all the airtime in one 'pool' but smartphones split up the Talk/Text/Data into three different pools. Many Tracfone smartphones come with Triple Minutes, so you end up getting 3x Talk minutes, 3x Data and 3x Texts. (example: if you add a 200 minute card, you will get 600 talk minutes, 600 texts, and 600 MB data.)

Note: Smartphone only airtime cards do not triple, and can only be used with smartphones, but they are a good deal as we found in our smartphone airtime comparison chart.

We have several full posts providing further details on this including, How Do Minutes Work on Android Tracfones.

You can also learn about How Data Works on Tracfone Smartphones, and How to Buy More Texts for your Tracfone.

Now, here is the list of cell phones form Tracfone with Triple Minutes for life.

List of Tripe Minute Cell Phones from Tracfone

Because of recent changes by Tracfone, we are including a list of Tracfone prepaid cell phones that come with Triple Minutes for Life and a list of phones that do not have that feature. Found a phone that isn't listed here? Share it in the comments below.

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Tracfone Triple Minute Phones
To get more info on each of these phones, and read our reviews of them, simply follow the links.

Tracfone Smartphones released after April 1st 2017 do not come with Triple Minutes.
We are including the phones from Tracfone that do not come with Triple Minutes. The full details on exactly which phones come with triple minutes is not perfectly clear, but it appears that phones with Android 6.0 or newer do not include triple minutes feature.

Some phones that initially had triple minutes, appear to not include that on new purchases (this appears to be the case on the LG X Style).

Android Phones without Triple Minute
LG Fiesta
Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro
LG Rebel 2

All Android Smartphones released before April 2017 have Triple Minutes for Life - Older smartphones will continue to have Triple minutes, but we expect Tracfone to phase these phones out. These are good options to choose if you're looking to maximize your minutes using the regular airtime cards. Remember, the newer, Smartphone Only cards are generally a better deal (especially for data and texts). Visit our Cell Phone Reviews page or Android Phone List to see more smartphones available from Tracfone.

If you already have a phone with triple minutes, you will not lose that.

Top Android Phones with Triple Minutes:
Samsung Galaxy Sky
Samsung Galaxy Luna
Alcatel Onetouch Pixi Glory
LG Rebel
LG Premier
LG Sunset
LG Power
Samsung Galaxy Stardust
Moto E
Alcatel Onetouch Icon Pop
LG Ultimate 2

BYOP Smartphones have Triple Minutes for Life - Any phone already activated with Tracfone BYOP program automatically gets Triple Minutes for Life! You can bring a wide variety of phones to use with Tracfone, and learn more about this on our Tracfone BYOP page.

Some popular phones to bring to Tracfone include:
Moto G5 Plus
iPhone 6S
And take a look at our list of the best BYOP devices for more options.

New Tracfone BYOP SIM kits may not include triple minutes, so be sure to carefully read the packaging to see if it includes that feature.

Below are additional devices that are not smartphones, but come with Triple Minutes.

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LG 505C
LG 306G - One of the newest of the options listed below, this non-Android feature phone has a 3.2" touchscreen, GPS connectivity, and plenty of useful features. Might be your best choice if you're avoiding upgrading to a smartphone.

LG 530G - This phone comes with a great QWERTY keyboard making texting fast and simple. It also has lots of other good features like an MP3 Player, and long battery life. This phone has a solid construction and is very durable.

LG 505C - A phone with both a touchscreen and slider qwerty keyboard, this phone is very modern and sleek. It also uses the CDMA network, typically Verizon towers, so it is a good option if other GSM Tracfone cell phones won't work in your area. Tracfone Reviewer will be reviewing this phone soon, but until then, you can check it out on Amazon.

LG 800G - A slightly older Tracfone mobile device that features a touchscreen and many other good features. This phone, while not the best, can often be found at deep discounts and serves well as a back up or temporary phone.

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LG 840G
LG 840G - A big upgrade from the LG 800G, this stylish touchscreen phone comes with WiFi and 3G connectivity making it a great value and one of Tracfone's best cell phones. This phone also comes with a MicroSD card, and lots more. Read our full review to see all the great features and the best deals.

Samsung S390G - This phone is another great option from Tracfone that comes with a QWERTY keyboard for fast texting, and WiFi connectivity for free internet browsing from the phone. Anytime you are connected to a wireless internet network, you can browse the web without using your prepaid minutes, adding huge value to this phone. Be sure to read our full review by following the link to learn more.

Samsung R455C - Another cell phone from Tracfone that uses CDMA networks instead of GSM, this phone has very good features such as a sliding qwerty keyboard, and is a good option for those in areas where Verizon networks have better coverage than AT&T. View this phone on Amazon to learn more about it.

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Samsung T404G
Samsung T404G - A slider QWERTY keyboard style phone that is similar to the R455C except that this phone uses GSM networks, like AT&T. Tracfone Reviewer hasn't reviewed this yet, so view this phone on Amazon to learn more.

Samsung S425G - An updated version of the T404G, this phone features 3G connectivity making browsing the web faster and easier. It has a full sliding QWERTY keyboard that allows for fast and simple texting, and impressive battery life.

Motorola Ex431G - A cell phone built for texting, the Moto EX431 is fairly similar to the LG 530G listed above. It has all the basic features you expect, like MP3 Player, Voicemail and MMS. This phone can sometimes be found for less than $10, making it a great deal. But pay close attention because some versions of this device only come with Double Minutes.

Know of another phone not listed here that comes with Triple Minutes for Life? Leave a comment so we can add it!

Learn more about the phones Tracfone offers by visiting our Cell Phone Reviews page.

And you might be interested in viewing the phones from Tracfone that have WiFI.

New to Tracfone? Start with our Beginners Guide to Tracfone which includes lots of helpful details and tips or you can also join our online community on Facebook!

Thanks for visiting!

This post was originally published in May 2013, and Updated August 2017


Anonymous said...

I was reading up on phones on Amazon and someone posted that on the triple minute phones they are now operating in a way that you triple minutes, texts, and mb's. For example, a 60 minute card would now be worth 180 minutes, 180 texts and 180 mb. I am looking to upgrade from an older slider double minute phone to an LG 840G. Do you know if this is an accurate report for the newer phones?

Peter Vanosdall said...

This is true for the new Android smartphones from amazon for tracfone.

Klokinator said...

Hi there! Glad for the site! I was trying to use a promo code online, and I was wondering, since I have a phone that doubles the minutes automatically, if it takes the base minutes, plus the promo minutes and doubles them, or just doubles the base minutes and adds on the promo mins.

Thanks for a reply in advance :)

Peter Vanosdall said...

The promo codes won't double, so you just get the amount listed. But some codes have higher bonus minutes than others, so you can get a few more minutes.

Warren Benson said...

I'm considering buying a smartphone from Tracfone. The advertisement uses this same language "a 60 minute card would now be worth 180 minutes, 180 texts and 180 mb" which sounds like your minutes are tripling twice. I currently have an LG 800 G, which has the triple minute feature, but the total minutes, from the above example, look like "buy a 60 minute card...180 minutes OR 180* texts OR 180 MB data".
* My phone normally charges 1/3 minute per text received and 1/3 minute per text sent. MMS messages cost 1.5 minutes each, which is lame.

Anonymous said...

Tracfone does give triple minutes on most of their pricier phones $39 and up BUT IF YOU have to use it to go on the WEB it the speed kind of SUCKS they buy all the 3G space on the market from VERIZON, AT&T and T Mobile - and 3 G is slow - but if you are using it as a CELL PHONE the quality is there and the price per minute is still around 6 3/4 cents. For phone and text it can't be beat unless you could get a $30 deal with rollover minutes somewhere and 4 G on the Internet. For Internet use 3 G is just too slow.

Anonymous said...

YEP that's correct. not sure on the 180 mb though. They do provide 3 G NOT 4 G LTE which is slow.

Allan Wong said...

I imagine there is no tethering

Anonymous said...

the top promo code for jan 2015 worked 4 me thanks,jps johnnie paul,that was opies fishin buddy on mayberry rfd

Anonymous said...

I have a triple minutes for life tracfone and up to now I've been buying cards & also adding the minutes from a promo code. Just now I got a message on the phone that I can get $15.00 off of a year's supply of minutes. If I do this ON my phone (rather than buying a card) will these minutes triple also?

Anonymous said...

85973 worked for 200 minutes, March 5 2015

Anonymous said...

LG 305C is Triple Minutes for Life.

Mike Kelly said...

I use the 30 day unlimited plan cards, and a triple minutes phone. Is triple minutes comparable with 30 day unlimited plans?

Anonymous said...

code 43054 gave me an extra 200 minutes on the purchase of 1500 minutes through Tracfone web buy. Used this code on June 27, 2015.

Anonymous said...

I just got this phone for my daughter but it is not showing triple minutes, did you have this experience when using your phone?

Sue said...

I have a few questions if anyone can help. Im looking @ an Lg 2 ultimate. Comes with 1200 min./data/text- tripple for life. When i renew min. do i have to buy 1200 min cards? Does min./ data etc. roll over, if not do they last till you use them all? Also how much does a 1 yr. Service contract cost, and lastly if you have two exact phones do they do any type of shared min. Plan? A lot to answer I know, but would really appreciate it! :-)

Anonymous said...

Is all LG ultimate 2 phone triple minute for life? I am thinking about buying from E-bay, but seller said it is not triple minute. Who is right?

QWE said...

I just got this phone were do I go in it to see how many minutes I have?

Unknown said...

Wrong. They do provide LTE.

Peter Vanosdall said...

4G LTE is now available on Tracfone, but wasn't available at the time this post was originally written.

Sandra said...

thank you so much for share with us like this info really

Anonymous said...

The Motorola Moto E comes with Triple Minutes for life

Jennifer Towns said...

Bought an att BlackBerry PRIV and a tracfone BYOP package. Love having a physical keyboard again and Blackberry's security!

Jac Mills said...

I do not use my Alcatel One Tough Pixi Glitz for anything but infrequent calls. Don't need Data or Text. What is most economical way to keep my phone current, please? And can I delete from phone the apps for data and texts? Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I have purchased a triple minutes phone,does this also apply to triple time limits?does a 90 day card become a 270 day card>or a 1 year card become a 3 year card?

Unknown said...

I have a Huawei Honor 5x Andriod phone that I bought from Amazon. I also bought the 3X everything card but I did not get 3X of any. Phone link =>

Peter Vanosdall said...

All smartphones and BYOP devices come with Triple Minutes for Life automatically. However, smartphone-only airtime cards do not triple.

Anonymous said...

I have a triple phone for my daughter. When I added minutes because her year was up they did not triple. I called the number on the card and they tripled them over the phone for me.

Maureen Roscorla said...

Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime TracFone 5" Android Smartphone with Matching Case, Car Charger, Apps, 1350 Minutes/Texts/Data, 1-Year of Service and Triple Minutes for Life

Anonymous said...

I bought a LG442BG phone for my husband. He is a senior citizen that doesn't need all the bells and whistles. He likes a flip phone. I went into browser to look something up and it had a screen that said Rename and then a file name. I called Tracfone. After an hour I was told this phone does not have data, meaning I cant use the Browser. I asked if I bought a Data only card and they said no this phone is only for calls and texting. I then asked why they put it on the phone. Every time you go into Browser it deducts minutes you cant use. Very Frustrated. Sent the phone back...

Unknown said...

Does the LG 442BG get double or triple minutes for life as well .how do I find out?

anon said...

All tracfone smartphones do tmfl

Anonymous said...

According to the Tracfone website, triple minutes for life no longer applies for smartphones built after April 2017. I don't see that mentioned in the blog.

Anonymous said...

Looks like the double minutes are gone too. I'm not able to find a single phone on Tracfone site with double minutes.

Tommy said...

I just spoke with a rep at tracfone. She said the triple minutes for life plan has been completely eliminated. You cannot get it for any smartphone and you cannot get it for byop. The only extra minutes plan that still exists is double minutes for certain feature phones (flip phones). I'm not sure if they are honoring older cards with old info on them but basically TMFL is dead.

Anonymous said...

I did a chat with tracfone rep on their website tonight, and for my zipcode she said all but 4 smartphones have triple minutes. The 4 she listed all have Android 6.0 Marshmallow. I'm wondering if because they are phasing it out, they are not advertising any specifically as triple minutes, but there could still be some options on their website. She encouraged me to get one quickly if I wanted to enjoy the feature still, which tells me it isn't going to last long!

Anonymous said...

I bought the new LG Fiesta 2 from HSN which came with 1500 minutes, texts, and data. Supposedly it is not a triple minute phone. But when I upgraded from my previous phone, which was a triple minute phone, it gave me 4500 minutes, text, and data in addition to carrying over any unused minutes, etc. In trying to be honest, I called TracFone and asked if that was correct. She told me that the Fiesta is a triple minute phone. That is not the way HSN presented it, so I don't think she's correct. I can't believe they would triple 1500 to 4500....unheard of. Has anyone received triple minutes and not expected it?