June 27, 2017

Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro S727VL for Tracfone

Tracfone Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro (S727VL) Specs and Features

Details about the newly released Galaxy Sky Pro from Tracfone. 

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Tracfone Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro
The Samsung Galaxy J7 (called the Sky Pro) is the big brother to the Samsung Galaxy J3 Sky which has been available from Tracfone for several months now.

The Galaxy J7 Sky Pro has a large, 5.5" touchscreen, quad-core processor, 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal memory. It also comes with Android 6.0.1 and an 8 MP camera.

We've been expecting Tracfone to offer more smartphones with improved specs in 2017, and the Galaxy J7 Sky Pro might be one of the first mid-range devices to come to Tracfone with 2 GB RAM.

View the Samsung Galaxy Sky Pro on Amazon ($149)

The LG X Style was released not long ago, and featured a quad core processor with 1.5 GB RAM. We are excited to see the improvements on the Sky Pro.

Many Tracfone users have been looking for a phone from Tracfone that can offer performance at an affordable price, will the Galaxy J7 meet that need? Let's look at the specs to learn more.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro (S727VL) Features and Specs

Features and specs for the Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
  • 4G LTE using CDMA (Verizon) service
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • GPS
  • Voicemail, Caller ID, MMS/SMS
  • 8 MP Rear Camera/ 5 MP Front Camera
  • Handsfree speaker, Alarm Clock, MP3 Player
Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro Technical Specs
  • Size: 3.09" x 6.0" x 0.30"
  • 5.5" HD Touchscreen 720x1280 resolution (TFT)
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB Internal Memory (Up to 256 GB memory with external Micro SD Card)
  • 1.4 Ghz Quad-core processor
  • 3300 mAh Battery (31 hours talk time, 22 days standby)
The Galaxy J7 brings improvements in several areas over its predecessors, the Galaxy Sky and Galaxy Luna, most notably increased RAM, screen size and processor.

The Galaxy Luna has a 4.5" screen, while the Galaxy Sky comes with a 5" screen. Both of these devices have been popular choices for their good performance, and reasonable price, which leads us to expect good things from the Galaxy J7 Sky Pro and its boosted RAM and processor.

What appears to be missing from the Samsung Galaxy Sky Pro is Triple Minutes for Life. Tracfone seems to not be including that with the new phones they are releasing, starting with the LG Fiesta. While this sounds like a deal-breaker for many (and is for some), it is generally a better value to buy the smartphone only airtime cards, which don't triple anyway. (for more information on which airtime cards are cheapest/best value, read our Tracfone Airtime Comparison article.)

The Galaxy J7 will run Android 6.0.1 which is a fairly recent version of the OS, but the LG Fiesta already comes with Android 7.0.

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Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro for Tracfone

With the newer specs on the Galaxy J7 Sky Pro, we have added it to our List of the Top 5 Tracfone Cell Phones.

Verizon will also be getting their own version of the Samsung Galaxy J7, which may have different specs than the Tracfone version. And it may be possible to bring it to the Tracfone BYOP program at a cheaper cost.

Where to Buy the Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro

The Samsung Galaxy Sky Pro is currently available from QVC.com for $149 with airtime bundle (1500 talk, text, data and 1 year service) which is a great deal. The airtime is worth about $125, making the phone only $15. We expect the price to go up slightly in the near future.
Find it on Amazon with an airtime card for $149

Overall the Galaxy J7 Sky Pro is very similar to the Galaxy Sky and Galaxy Luna, but with a larger screen and improved processor and RAM to keep up. If you are looking for a phone with a large screen the Galaxy Sky Pro might be a great option.

View the online tutorial for the J7 Sky Pro to learn more.

Let us know if you have questions or thoughts by sharing a comment below. We will continue to update this as more information becomes available.

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If you're new to Tracfone, get started with our Beginners Guide to Tracfone which includes a lot of helpful information.

And also take a look at our recent list of Tracfone Deals and Discounts for some great bargains.

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June 14, 2017

Best Apps for Tracfone Android Users (2017)

List of the Best Android Apps for Tracfone

View a list of the best applications to use with Android OS for Tracfone users. This list is compiled by TracfoneReviewer, with help from our readers. Updated 6/14/2017
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See our Complete List of the Best Android Apps below!


More and more Tracfone users are switching to Android powered smartphones that Tracfone has been making available, especially as new phones like the Samsung Galaxy Sky and LG Fiesta or unlocked devices like the Moto G5 Plus on Tracfone BYOP.

Android smartphones are incredible powerful, offering many of the same functions as a laptop computer. Android is simply an operating system that is standardized which allows many different people to create applications, or programs, which can work on all the different Android devices. You can surf the web, check email, look up information, manage banking, and much, much more.

But sometimes it is hard to know exactly what you should be doing with your Android phone, and what apps are the best for making life easier, and more convenient.

So we are creating a list of the Best Apps for Tracfone Android users. And we want to hear from you! Leave a comment below with your top apps, and we'll work on adding the best to the list.

Now let's get to the list of apps!

List of the Best Apps for Android Tracfone Users

These apps are some of the most popular, and most useful and cover a variety of categories. We will try to share as many apps as are useful for using with Tracfone Android devices.

Not everyone uses the same apps, or has need of particular apps, but browse through the list and see what sounds useful to you!

1. Tracfone Specific Apps

Tracfone App
The app from Tracfone to check your balance, and manage your account. If your phone doesn't have a lot of space, you can just bookmark the Tracfone website and check your balance there.

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AppMgr III app
AppMgr III
A convenient app manager that can let you move apps to your SD card to free up space. AppMgr III is especially useful for Tracfone Android users because of the limited internal space on many of the phones. AppMgr III does more than just moving apps, it also can freeze apps, and do other management tasks.

Note: Some phones won't allow you to move Apps to your SD card. You will have to root your device if you want to do that.

2. General/Productivity Apps

Amazon Kindle App
Have an entire library on your phone. The Amazon Kindle App allows you to download books from Amazon, and read them on your phone. This is a simple, powerful app that works well,
Plus, pair it with many sources for free kindle books, and you have an almost unlimited FREE supply of reading material.

Swiftkey
This app replaces your stock keyboard with one of the most popular, and best keyboards available for smartphones. Besides using advanced algorithms to track and predict your typing to speed it up, the app also looks great, and has a number of different styles and themes to choose from.

Pocket
A save for later app that makes it simple and easy to save webpages and many other things for later offline consumption. You can keep everything in one easy to find place, so you don't forget about that article or video you wanted to see.

Gas Buddy
Find the cheapest gas with this super convenient, community updated app. Whether your just driving around your town, or traveling across country, search for and find the cheapest gas in your area or along the route and save some extra cash! It isn't hard to check the prices, and sometimes gas can be significantly cheaper just a few miles away. But be careful you don't get too caught up, because driving 50 miles out of your way probably isn't actually saving you much money...

3. Note, Task and List Apps

Evernote
This convenient app makes note taking a breeze. Jot down a to do list, or write up a few paragraphs, no matter what you are recording this app can do it. You also have great syncing functions across devices, including your computer.

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Wunderlist app
Wunderlist
Managing lists and tasks is much easier with Wunderlist. It also has great syncing abilities with other devices, and is also very easy to share your to do lists with others. Where Evernote excels at note taking, Wunderlist excels at list making, both are valuable tools to staying organized and on track.

Google Keep
As a relatively new and unknown app, Google Keep is simple, and amazingly useful. It can be used for a variety of functions beyond simple list making and note taking, including setting reminders and recording photos and voice. This is a very handy app to have for when you need to run to the grocery store, or get a reminder about something at work, and it allows syncing across devices, and list sharing.

Any.do
Providing an 'all-in-one' to do list for anything from household chores, to work related tasks. Any.do is a clean and simple app that focuses on helping you remember what you need to do, and accomplish your daily goals. You can also sync between devices, and set reoccurring tasks.

4. Social Apps

Facebook
A standard for most smartphone users, the Facebook app allows you to surf Facebook with ease. The app works well, and is used by millions. Not much really needs to be said, although you do have to download an additional app if you want to use messenger, which is a bit annoying.

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Instagram for Android
Instagram
For sharing pictures with friends, Instagram is another great app, and a lot of fun to use with a smartphone as you can quickly snap a picture, and then share it with all your friends and family.

Other Social apps
There are plenty of other social apps, like twitter and snapchat, that we don't feel the need to go into. Social apps are much more preference based, and it usually depends on whether you have friends already using those networks.

5. Free Calling/Texting Apps

Skype
For everyone who already uses Skype on your computer, the app is fairly similar and allows you to make free calls to others with Skype, or use Skype Credit to make calls both locally and internationally. This is a convenient app, and works well between your computer and phone.

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Line app for Android
Line
Widely popular in Asia, this free messaging app is powerful and simple. Text friends, call, and even video call for free when your on a WiFi connection. A great way to stay in contact with friends and family for free.

Whatsapp
More popular in America, Whatsapp provides and great instant messenging service and has millions of users. It was recently bought by Facebook, but does not appear to be changing anything. While you don't get ads or annoying stickers with Whatsapp, you do have to pay for it after your first year. It costs $1 per year.

Google Hangouts
Another great resource from Google, Hangouts offers great group video calls and many other features. Text, send photos, and much more. One of the best for keeping in touch with people a long way away.

Textra
A replacement for the standard text messaging app, Textra offers more features, customization, and looks a lot better. Download it and you will never look back. Unlike the other free messaging apps listed above, Textra replaces your standard text messaging app with a stylish materialistically designed one. Not really a free messaging app, but a free app to replace your text messaging app.

5. Phone Management Tools

Tasker
Tasker is an automation tool, which allows you to set a wide variety of tasks to be done automatically at certain times, or with certain triggers. You can use it to do simple things like turn your cell phone to silent when you get to work, or turn WiFi off when you leave your house. It can also do a wide variety of more advanced options, and is a fun app for those who like to tinker and mess around with devices. It does cost a couple bucks, but is worth it for the convenience and fun.

Llama
If you don't want to spend money, Llama is a free alternative to Tasker and can do many of the same things. The key features include the ability to set certain profiles, like silent ringer, when you get to certain locations, like your office. Give it a test run and see what you think, and then consider if you want to pay a little to get Tasker.

IFTTT
If This Then That. Use this simple formula to create an endless array of options. For example, if the forecast calls for rain tomorrow, then send a notification. Or if I arrive/leave work, log the time to a Google doc. The options are amazing, and there are thousands of 'recipes' online that range from incredibly useful, to hilariously funny. Combine it with Tasker for even more power.

Clean Master
Clean Mater optimizes and cleans your phone to remove excess and temporary files, and close background apps to boost performance. It is a very useful app especially for those who have limited internal memory on their phone. Clean Master has a simple interface that is easy to navigate and understand even if you don't know what temporary files are.

6. Security Apps

Avast
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Avast Android App
You should have a Security and Anti-virus app on your phone, and Avast is the best free option. It will do weekly scans, and check files you download. Avast also has a variety of other tools, and other related apps for more security and convenience.

Android Device Manager
In case you lose your phone, or it is stolen, you want to have downloaded Android Device Manager. It will allow you to locate your device, have it ring to help you find it, reset the lock screen, and even erase the data on the phone.

7. Podcast Apps

Podcast Republic
Download, listen and organize all your favorite podcasts with this easy and convenient app. Search for new podcasts, locate your favorites, and listen to them all in one place. If you don't know what a podcast is, or don't listen to them, you are missing out. Download the app and start listening and learning great new things from the thousands of free podcast shows available.

Podcast Addict
Another widely popular podcast app, use this to download, discover and listen to all your podcasts. Great search features make it easy to find new shows to follow. Seriously, if you aren't taking advantage of podcasts on your smartphone, do yourself a favor and check them out! You can conveniently download podcasts while using WiFi, and then listen to them later for free!

8. Fitness

Google Fit
This fitness tracking app will log your activities, and keep you updated on how far you are walking/running/biking. Set goals for your workout, and then track how you do. You can also track how far you walk in a day, and much more. Can integrate with other fitness apps, and Android Wear.

7 Minute Workout
Almost everyone wants to be more fit, but most of us find it hard to set aside the time for fitness. The 7 Minute Workout is a great solution, as it allows you to complete 12 different exercises in 7 minutes that improves your health and fitness. Give it a try, and start making fitness a reality. There is also another version of the app here, if you want more options.

9. Mapping/Navigation Apps

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Google Maps
The best when it comes to mapping and directions. If you don't already have it, download it. One feature many don't know about is that if you access Google Maps via WiFi, and save the maps for offline use, you can then navigate using GPS and saving your data.

My Tracks
A simple tracking app that can follow you in real time and give you information about distance, elevation, time, and much more. Save maps of your tracks to share with others, or for future reference. This app was created by Google.

Map My Hike GPS Hiking
A superior tracking app that can do way more than just track your hikes! See lots of detailed states for your hike, bike ride, walk, drive, and much much more! Get updates during your trip, and share your hikes with friends on Facebook.

NavFree
Traveling to a new city? Looking for a Navigation tool that won't burn through your data? NavFree is the solution! It is a free navigation app that uses maps saved on your device to navigate you through whatever city you're in. It has lots of additional features, and while it may not quite be up to par with Google Maps, it does a great job, and doesn't require data to work!

Waze
A GPS Navigation app with community based traffic updates which will keep you informed about the best routes, and even let your friends know your ETA. Waze can be connected with Facebook to import your contacts, and has turn by turn navigation over maps which are constantly updated by the community. This is a great app if you live in areas prone to congestion and traffic, or if you just like keeping up with your friends and family!

10. Music Apps

Spotify
Listen to music free on your phone. Choose a song, or artist, and enjoy a variety of songs related to it. Once you listen to a handful of songs, Spotify will give you a weekly playlist of new songs that are similar to what you listen to.

Pandora
A great way to discover new bands and artists, Pandora lets you pick a song, and then creates a radio station of related music that you can listen to on your phone.

Jango
Similar to the other music apps, Jango also works outside the US unlike Pandora or Spotify. Pick a song or musician, and then listen to a variety of related songs. Jango isn't quite as good as the other two options, but still works well.

11. Google Apps: (that aren't listed other places)

Google Now
Get faster access to Google and voice activated actions with Google Now. Huge number of neat features, including location based information, weather, news, and much more..

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Google Drive
A simple way to access your Google Drive from your phone. If you don't already use Google Drive on your computer, well, you're missing out to a whole suite of amazing and free tools. Google Drive syncs between your devices, and is great for accessing and sharing information.

Google Docs
Need to have an important document with you to reference in a meeting? Google Docs works with Google Drive, and supports a variety of document formats that you can take with you on your phone, and even create new docs as well. Easy to collaborate with others on a shared project.

Google Camera
A powerful camera application that you can use instead of your default camera. Give it a test, and you may be surprised by the improvement in features and functionality. Includes HDR+, Lens Blur, Video, Photo Stitching and more.

12. Photo Editing Apps

LightRoom Mobile
A powerful mobile version of the desktop photo editing app, LightRoom Mobile is free and gives access to a wide range of photo adjustments including contrast, exposure, shadow and highlight recovery, clarity and much more.

VSCO
The VSCO app allows you to not only edit photos, but also take them with a number of advanced camera controls. This app is most well known for their wide range of excellent presets, and also distinct community.

SnapSeed
With a number of different tools and filters, SnapSeed is a complete mobile photo editor that was developed by Google. It includes features like selective editing brush, healing, and lens blur. You can also edit RAW files or jpeg, and it has plenty of presets to use and adjust.

13. Games

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The Moto E Android phone
There are many great games available covering a wide range of categories, so we will just list a few of our favorites.

Piano Tiles 2 (Free)
Plants Vs Zombies (Free)
Crashlands ($4.99)
Atomos (Free)
Angry Birds 2 (Free)
Guess the Song (Free)

We want to hear about your favorite games! Let us know in the comments which games are your top picks, and we will add to the list here!

We hope this list will give new Android users a good place to start when looking for apps, and possibly help Android power users find a new app to try.

If you don't have an smartphone, or are looking to upgrade, check out our List of the 5 Best Tracfone Smartphones which shows Tracfone's current options for top phones.

Tracfone is always adding new smartphones, and we have the latest on our Cell Phone Reviews page. These phones are usually available on the Tracfone website, and are also available many places online like Amazon and eBay.

You can also bring your own smartphone to use with Tracfone! Drop by our Tracfone BYOP page which includes a list of compatible phones, like the Moto G.

We recently analyzed all the airtime cards from Tracfone and created our Guide to the Best Deal on Tracfone Airtime. Have a look and see if you are getting the best deal.

Thanks for visiting, and remember to leave a comment with your picks for the best apps on your Android device! Let us know if we missed any good options!

June 13, 2017

Best Deal on Prepaid Minutes - Tracfone Airtime Guide

Airtime Comparison - Which Tracfone Card Should you Buy? 

Welcome to TracfoneReviewer, a blog about all things Tracfone related! 

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Best deal on Tracfone Minutes
Is it cheaper to buy the 60 minute card every three months or the 1 Year Card? What is the cheapest way to buy service days? We hear these questions, and more, quite often, and wanted to share the answers to these questions, as well as others, with our readers.

Further on we also compare all of Tracfone's airtime cards to better understand which ones offer the best value.

With Tracfone airtime cards, there isn't a 'best' card for everyone, because it all depends on how much airtime you use, and if you use your data and texts often.

So we have included several common scenarios, with the best airtime card for that situation.

Cheapest Way to Add Service Days:
Go to the Tracfone website, under regular airtime cards add the 30 minute (online only) card for $9.99 to your cart.Proceed to next page, where you should be offered several add-ons including 365 service days for $50. Add that to your cart and checkout.

Cheapest Way to Add only Texts:
The cheapest way to add texts to your phone is to buy the 1000 text card for $5. This card is only available for smartphones.

Cheapest Way to Add only Data:
The cheapest way to add data to your smartphone is to buy the 1000 MB card for $10.

Best Deal for Texts and Data (and some talk minutes):
The best deal for adding both texts and data is to add the 300 minute, $20 smartphone card which gives you 1000 texts, 1000 MB data, 30 service days and 300 minutes. This breaks down to essentially receiving the 300 minutes for less than $1 which is a fantastic deal. If you don't need service days or talk minutes, just add the text and data only cards. If you want more talk time, consider the 750 minute $35 card which also gives 1000 texts and 1000 MB.

Best Deal for Talk Minutes
Tracfone doesn't offer a talk card like their text and data cards. So if you only need talk minutes, you have to purchase a card that includes texts and data as well.

The 500 Minute card ($25) and 750 Minute Card ($35) are both good options, where you get a good number of talk minutes along with texts, data and 60 service days.

If you find that you only use talk minutes, you probably want to avoid switching to a Tracfone smartphone. Stick with a regular cell phone where all the airtime goes into a single pool. In this case, the 450 minute card is the best value for non-smartphones.

Best Tracfone Airtime Card
The best airtime card to buy is the one that fits with the amount of minutes you use. Some cards are a better value than others, but if you're not using the airtime anyway, it doesn't really matter. Of course, airtime never expires, as long as you still have service days.

The 500 Minute ($25), 750 Minute ($35) and 750 Minute ($50) smartphone only cards are all less than $20 a month, and give the best value on talk, text and data minutes.

Conclusion:
With Tracfone, you get to monitor what you use, and purchase the airtime you need. Airtime usage may change from month to month, allowing users to purchase a different airtime card depending on the need.

If you prefer not to worry about purchasing more airtime every few months, Tracfone's auto refill might be a good option. We have already created a Guide to Tracfone auto refill which includes a look at the best value.

Tracfone Airtime Comparison - Smartphone Cards vs Regular Airtime Cards

Many of our longtime readers will know that we've already compared Tracfone's airtime cards in this post. But we wanted to create a more simplified article, and also include several new airtime cards, such as the $20 Smartphone card Tracfone recently added.

This comparison will look more closely at how much each airtime card really costs so that our readers can see which one might be the best deal for them, and also to back up the information we provided above.

Let's get started.


This table includes Tracfone's regular and smartphone only airtime cards with the talk, text and data amounts on the left side, and how much each talk/text/data minute costs. On the far right we have also color coded which cards are 'better' or 'worse' deals with green for good, yellow is ok, and red is bad.

Notice that the smartphone only cards are generally a better deal, this is because they offer more data and texts compared to the regular airtime cards.

The new 300 minute smartphone only card (for $20) is the best value for airtime. If you subtract the cost for texts (1000 texts equals $5) and data (1000 MB data equals $10) and service days (30 service days equals $4.17) then you get 300 minutes for just $0.83. That is about 1/4th of a penny per talk minute. However, you are getting a lot of airtime and only 30 service days, so if you don't use that much airtime, it is probably best to use a card that offers more service days.

This next graph illustrates this for each Tracfone airtime card.
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Tracfone Airtime Card Comparison - How Many Talk Minutes you get Per Dollar
The graph above shows how many talk minutes you get per dollar once other variables are removed.

We factored out the cost for texts, data and service days, and then divided the number of talk minutes you receive by the remaining cost.  As you can see, most of the airtime cards are somewhat close together, but the 300 minute smartphone only card is a winner when it comes to value.

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June 5, 2017

Tracfone Promo Codes for June 2017

Tracfone Promo Codes - June 2017

The latest promo codes gathered and shared here for the TracfoneReviewer readers. 

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Tracfone Promo Codes June 2017
As summer arrives so does a fresh batch of promo codes to use with Tracfone. We collect these codes and share only the latest here in this promo code list. We also have a larger list of codes on our main promo code page.

Use these codes when adding an airtime card to your Tracfone device. Each code is for a specific airtime card, but usually can be used with cards of greater value (for example, a code for the 60 minute card can also be used with the 120, 200 and 450 minute cards).

Some promo codes can only be used once, while others can be used multiple times.

These promo codes may also work on Tracfone smartphones like the LG Fiesta and Samsung Galaxy Sky, as well as BYOP devices like the Moto G5 Plus. Initially Tracfone appeared to not allow smartphones to accept promo codes, but a number of readers have confirmed promo codes adding bonus talk airtime on their smartphone devices. Tracfone is now offering bonus airtime on Smartphone Only airtime cards. Below is the only code available at this time, which gives bonus data for the $25 smartphone card.

If you're considering a new phone, start with our Cell Phone Reviews page or have a look at our recent list of the Best Phones for Tracfone BYOP.

With recent changes to the Tracfone website, it appears that the best way to ensure you receive bonus minutes is to call Tracfone directly and add airtime over the phone where you should have the chance to try more than one promo code.

Tracfone Promo Codes - June 2017

(We are still gathering the latest codes, and will update this as soon as possible)

60 Minute Card use code 22703 for 60 bonus minutes

120 Minute Card add 74790 and receive 40 extra minutes

200 Minute Card enter 73158 to get 40 free minutes or 96336 for 50 minutes

450 Minute Card  (no new codes yet, use one of the above codes)

1 Year/400 Minute Card (no new codes yet)

$15 off 1 Year/400 Minute Card with code 71279 (Only on Tracfone website)

100 MB free with code 34313 on the $25 smartphone only card

These are the latest Tracfone promo codes for June 2017. Let us know in the comments which code you used, and how it worked for you!

Looking for helpful information on how Tracfone service works? Look no further than our recently updated Beginners Guide to Tracfone which shares the basics of Tracfone airtime, phones and much more.

Visit our post on Unlocking Your Tracfone Device which shares how you can check if your phone is unlock-able, and details the steps to do it.

Also check out our latest Deals and Discounts including both Tracfone smartphone and unlocked devices.

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