November 17, 2017

How Data Works on Tracfone Smartphones

All About Tracfone Data Cards

Welcome to the TracfoneReviewer blog! This post will share specifics on how data works on smartphones with Tracfone. Be sure to also take a look at some of our other posts while you're here.

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Data Cards for Tracfone
Update - Some of the prices and information in this post have changed, take a look at our new article, New Prices/Changes to Tracfone Smartphone Cards to learn more about the changes to data prices.

Tracfone is a prepaid cell phone service provider that offers both phones and airtime cards. On their newer smartphone devices, you also get data when adding an airtime card which you can use to surf the web when not connected to WiFi.

Data is very useful on smartphones, but how does the data work on Tracfone smartphones, how can you get more, and what can you do with the data you have?

We are going to cover these questions and more in this post sharing all the details about how Tracfone Data works on smartphones.

Some of the popular smartphones that Tracfone offers include the LG Power, the LG Ultimate 2, and the LG Sunset which uses 4G LTE service on GSM networks.

Or you might be interested in the Tracfone BYOP program, which allows users to bring their own smartphone. Follow the link to learn more, and see a list of the possibilities.

Both the smartphones offered by Tracfone, and the BYOP devices, use data in the same way. So let's get started looking at how data works on these phones.

What is Data on Tracfone Smartphones?

Data is the term generally used to describe the amount (usually in megabytes) you can download or upload on your smartphone via the cell phone network. So data is basically information you download or upload from the internet. This can include many different activities, like checking email, posting photos on Facebook, reading webpages, or watching videos.

Data is used based on the amount of megabytes you download or upload. So if you download a 20 MB image, that will use 20 MB of your data. If you visit a webpage that takes 1 MB to load, you will use 1 MB of data. (further down we will share more on estimating how much different online activities will use up your data.)

On older, non-smartphone devices, data was used at a rate determined by the amount of time you were on a website, but this is not the case for smartphones which is a nice improvement.

As you can see, data works similarly to your calling minutes, in that you are charged based on how much you use. But calling minutes are based on time, rather than megabytes. (For example, if you make a 20 minute call, you will be deducted (about) 20 minutes of talk time.)

On Tracfone Smartphones and BYOP devices, airtime is split into three pools, Talk, Text and Data. Learn more about How Airtime Works with Tracfone Smartphones in our recent post.

How Can you Buy More Data for your Tracfone Device?

There are two ways to get more data for your smartphone:

Airtime Cards - You can add both Regular Airtime Cards or Smartphone Only Cards and get a certain amount of data along with talk, text and service days.
Data Only Card - You get only Data, at 1 GB for $10

For most situations you will probably want to add an Airtime card to your phone to increase all your 'buckets' of talk/text/data.

But sometimes you may only want to add data, in which case the data only cards are useful. Let's take a closer look at Data cards to better understand how to use them.

What Are Data Only Cards?

As mentioned above, the Data only card increase the amount of data for your smartphone, without adding any additional texts or talk minutes.

This is similar to the Text only cards we recently discussed.

There are some important things to be aware of the make the Data only cards unique.

First, they can only be used with smartphones, including the Android devices offered by Tracfone, and all phones offered through the BYOP program.

Second, like the Text only card, Data only cards do not triple, so you get the amount listed on the card (1 GB).

Data Card Amount and Cost Per MB Compared to Airtime Cards

Tracfone just offers one Data only card option at this time:
  • 1 GB for $10
This results in 1 cent per MB of data.

Cost per MB for Tracfone Data cards and Airtime cards Compared:

Below is a table with all of the current airtime cards from Tracfone and how much data comes with each one. We've included both Smartphone only cards and regular airtime cards.
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Tracfone Data Amounts and Cost per MB
There are two key points to take note of from this Chart:

  • Smartphone only cards come with a lot more data compared to regular airtime cards
  • Smartphone only cards are a better deal for data (except the 1500 and 200 minute cards)

In general, if you only need data, the data only card is a good deal. But if you also need talk and texts, then the 300 or 750 minute smartphone cards are a good deal.

Where to Buy Tracfone Data Cards

Tracfone Data cards are available form a variety of sources, as is the case for Tracfone Airtime cards. You can find Data cards on the Tracfone website under Airtime.

You can also find the Tracfone Data cards in many retail stores, and even online through other retailers. We have found Data cards on eBay in various amounts.

Now let's cover one more question that we see asked quite often.

How Much Can you Do Online with 300 MB of Data?

A common question we see is, what can you do online with a certain amount of data? This is a very good question, because many people tend to estimate how many airtime minutes they will need, and then buy the airtime card that suits their needs best. But if you're unfamiliar with how much data is used by smartphones, it makes it hard to estimate.

It is a little hard to give a straight answer to this question, it all depends on what you do online  Take a look at this image (provided by Tracfone) to help give you a better idea:

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Estimated usage for 300 MB of data with Tracfone
From this table we see you can visit about 245 webpages with 300 MB of data, or send/receive about 4000 emails. Hopefully this information will help you gain a better understanding of how data is used with Tracfone, and where your data is going.

If you notice, doing certain things online, like streaming music, or even more so, streaming video, will use your data quickly, while visiting webpages or sending emails, especially those with few images, will use less of your data.

Another good resource for estimating your data usage is the Data Calculator on Verizon's website. Enter your estimated activities, and it will tell you about how much data you will use in a month.

Remember, that if you want to stop using data, you can go into the settings on your device, select data, and turn it off. Using WiFi networks, like at your home or work, does not deduct from your data.

Tips for Reducing Data Use
Here are some helpful tips to reduce the amount of data you use.
  • Download/upload large files over WiFi as much as possible
  • If you use Google Maps often in a certain area, download the map of that area over WiFi. Here is some helpful information about using Google Maps without using data.
  • Download songs/podcasts over WiFi instead of streaming them.
  • Set your Apps to only update over WiFi.
  • Download Images/Videos only when using WiFi
As you can see, the best way to reduce data usage is to avoid using it for large downloads or uploads, which will quickly drain your data. Using free WiFi whenever possible will go a long way in extending your data.

Here is a helpful article on what online activities use data, and some other basic details about data usage from an AT&T Forum.

We hope you found this information helpful, and please leave a comment with any questions, or if you have something to add!

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And check our Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals List (2017) for all the best Tracfone deals this year!

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Originally published 8/2015 and Updated 11/2017

November 8, 2017

Tracfone Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals 2017

List of Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals for Tracfone - 2017

Gathered and shared by TracfoneReviewer

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Tracfone Black Friday Deals 2017
Black Friday and the Holiday season is right around the corner and we've got you covered for the latest deals and sales on Tracfone related items including smartphones, unlocked devices and airtime bundles!

Many of the best Black Friday deals are available online, and we've got the best list of cell phones and Tracfone related items on sale.

We will continue to update this list as Black Friday and Cyber Monday get closer, so be sure to check back often.

Tracfone offers a variety of smartphones and we've got a List of the Latest Tracfone Smartphones to keep up with what's new. Most unlocked phones can also be used with Tracfone BYOP, and you can follow the link to learn more about how that works.

If you're new to Tracfone, be sure to visit our Beginners Guide which covers some of the basics of how airtime works and more.

Now, let's get to the deals.

Tracfone Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sales List 2017

Here are the Black Friday deals, with a link to the full ad for each store, as well as any specific deals also included. More deals coming soon!

Tracfone.com
No Black Friday Deals listed yet

HSN
Tracfone Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro - $79 ($80 off) with airtime bundle

Evine
ZTE ZMAX Champ - $49 ($30 off)

Amazon - Various daily deals - Free Shipping on orders over $25
Link to Black Friday deals page
Cell Phones and Accessories Deals- Including battery packs, Cases and Covers, cords and more
Tracfone Samsung Galaxy J3 Luna Pro - $59 ($40 off) plus Airtime Bundle!
Tracfone Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro - $119 ($30 off) plus airtime bundle!
Anker 20000 mAh portable battery charger - 20% off
LG Q6 Unlocked GSM Smartphone, 5.5" screen, 32 GB storage, Android 7.1 - $179 ($120 off) with prime membership
Try Amazon Prime Free for 30 days

eBay
Link to Black Friday Cell Phone Deals page
Unlocked Phone Deals:
Samsung Galaxy S7 GSM Unlocked (refurbished) - $209
Sony Xperia X 32GB GSM Unlocked (new) - $219
Apple iPhone 6S 16GB GSM Unlocked (refurbished) - $269
Apple iPhone 5C 16GB GSM Unlocked (refurbished) - $84

Kmart
Link to Black Friday Ad

Target
Link to Black Friday Ad
Samsung Galaxy J3 Luna Pro - $39 ($60 off) - link

Walmart
Link to Black Friday Ad
Samsung Galaxy S7 on Straight Talk - $299 ($200 off)
Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro on Straight Talk - $49 ($100 off)
LG Rebel 2 on Straight Talk - $19 ($40 off)

Best Buy
Link to Black Friday Ad
Samsung Galaxy J3 Luna Pro - $49 ($50 off) - link
View all Best Buy Cell Phone Deals - link

Dollar General
Link to Black Friday Ad
ZTE Majesty Pro for Tracfone $19 ($29 off)

Newegg
Link to Newegg - various deals during November

We are continuing to add deals as we find them, be sure to share any deals you find in a comment below and we will include it in the list.

Join us on Facebook where we share the latest posts, deals and information. We also get a lot of great feedback from our growing community.

If you are getting a new smartphone, check out our List of the Best Apps for Android.

Also take a look at the Best Deal on Tracfone Airtime where we look at which airtime cards are the best deal and why.

We hope you this list helps you find the best deal during Black Friday! Thanks for visiting!

November 1, 2017

Tracfone Promo Codes for November 2017

Tracfone Promo Code List - November 2017

List of promotional codes collected and shared by TracfoneReviewer


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Tracfone Promo Codes November 2017
Winter might be on the way but these new Tracfone codes will warm you up. Each month we collect and share the latest promo codes from Tracfone for our readers to use to get extra airtime for free.

These promo codes are usually for a specific airtime card and we have codes listed below for both regular airtime cards and smartphone only cards. Some codes can also be used with any airtime cards of greater value.

The latest promo codes from Tracfone are listed below, but we also share many more options on our main Tracfone Promo Code page.

Sometimes these codes may not work, either they are one time use, or somehow expired, so we suggest to add airtime over the phone if you really want to ensure that you receive the bonus minutes.

Keep up with the new phones from Tracfone by visiting our Latest Tracfone Cell Phones List.

Let's see the codes for November!

Tracfone Promo Codes - November 2017

Regular Airtime Cards:

60 Minute Card use code 12745 or 22703 for 60 bonus minutes

120 Minute Card enter 20500 and get 40 free minutes or 74450 for 30 minutes

200 Minute Card add code 89280 to receive 50 extra minutes or 91471 for 40 minutes

450 Minute Card - No new codes yet

1 Year/400 Minute Card - No new codes yet

Get $15 off the 1 Year/400 Minute Card with code 52484 or 62118 (online only)

Smartphone Only Cards:

$25 or $35 Smartphone Card - 1 GB Data Free with code 53629

We hope the codes work for you and be sure to leave a comment with which one you tried.

If you are not sure which airtime card is the best value for what you need, visit our Airtime Comparison Article which looks at the best value cards for different situations.

Or you might be interested in 10 Tips for Boosting your Cell Signal - including several very simple options.

Also check out the latest Deals and Discounts on Tracfone cell phones.

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