December 29, 2017

The Future of Tracfone in 2018

New Phones, Changes, and Predictions for Tracfone in 2018

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The Future of Tracfone in 2018
A New Year is upon us and whether last year was a good year, a bad year, or just another year, it is coming to a close with the opportunity for next year to be something new.

With 2018 here, we are sharing our expectations and predictions for what Tracfone will do in the near year, what we hope Tracfone will do, and also a look back at what went on in 2017 and the major changes and new phones.

Each year we share our predictions and expectations, and you can look back at our post from last year to see how we did.

Remember that this site (TracfoneReviewer) is not affiliated with Tracfone in any way. But we are passionate about learning and sharing information, and while our predictions are based on years of experience, they may not always be accurate and so we cannot guarantee any of our predictions.

Let's begin with some of the highlights of 2017.

Looking back at 2017 - Major News and Changes

Tracfone made some significant changes in 2017, and also released several popular phones. Here are the highlights.

  • Tracfone Ends Triple Minutes for Life - This was probably the biggest news story from Tracfone from 2017.
  • Expended iPhone options including the iPhone 5S, 6 ad 6S and iPhone SE
  • Tracfone releases several smartphones with large screens and 16 GB memory/2 GB RAM at under $200 (LG Fiesta 2/Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro)
  • Tracfone Expands Brick and Mortar Stores

Although Tracfone released some great phones, they did not help their customer satisfaction level by ending the popular Tripe Minutes for Life program.

Most Popular Phones in 2017
We looked at which of our Tracfone cell phone reviews had the most hits, and created our list from there. This is somewhat unofficial, but we still found it interesting and wanted to share it.
  1. Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro
  2. LG Fiesta 2 (and LG Fiesta)
  3. Samsung Galaxy J3 Luna Pro
The Samsung Galaxy Sky Pro was the most popular phone from last year which comes at no surprise, considering it offers some of the best features and specs of any budget Tracfone to date.

Now that we've looked back at last year, let's get into our predictions and expectations for Tracfone in 2018.

What to Expect From Tracfone in 2018

The Future Phones from Tracfone
We expect Tracfone to release several new phones in the next few months that will be modest upgrades to the current smartphones such as the LG Fiesta 2 and Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro.

In 2017 we saw Tracfone release several popular budget phones from major brands (LG and Samsung), and we predict they will offer updated versions of these phones, or similar offerings.

Tracfone will likely also continue to offer older high end phones at a discount, such as the iPhone SE that they offered in 2017. Could we see the iPhone 8 or other popular high end smartphones? Perhaps, but they will come at a high cost which is .

The Future of Tracfone BYOP
Tracfone's 'Bring Your Own Phone' program has grown in popularity as they ironed out issues and made most phones compatible. We will have noticed users running into issues activating certain phones, but with enough patience this can usually be overcome. In many cases it is even possible to simply swap the SIM card from one phone to another, effectively switching service to a new phone at any time with no other effort involved.

We expect Tracfone to maintain the BYOP program although they likely won't make any significant changes to it. Users can already bring almost any unlocked GSM or CDMA device to use with Tracfone.

The Future of Airtime
Tracfone will continue to encourage customers to use the smartphone cards instead of the regular airtime cards. For many users, the smartphone cards are a better deal because they offer more data and texts compared to regular cards. But for those who don't use their data or texts, it still doesn't make sense to use smartphone only cards.

A major change from 2017 was when Tracfone stopped including new phones with Triple Minutes for Life. The obvious aim with this is to encourage (force) users to buy the smartphone only cards instead of regular airtime cards (because without triple minutes, the regular airtime cards are not a very god deal).

We don't expect any major changes to Tracfone going forward into 2018 and see them working at streamlining their product offerings to make it more simple, and more attractive to potential customers.

What we Want from Tracfone in 2018

Here are some of the things we want Tracfone to do in 2018 (just in case someone from Tracfone reads this)

Add Triple Minutes for Life Back to New Phones.
While we understand why Tracfone ended triple minutes (to move users to the smartphone only cards) we think they should add triple minutes back to new phones because of the large number of unhappy customers. We noticed numerous comments stating dissatisfaction in Tracfone for changing this from loyal customers. While we hope Tracfone changes this, we don't expect they will.

Improve Customer Service and Fix Lingering Issues with BYOP Compatibility.
Small steps were taken by Tracfone in 2017 to improve customer service by opening several physical stores. However, there is still plenty of room for improvement and we hope they will make customer service more of a priority.

Tracfone also has some lingering issues with the BYOP program as a number of customers have run into issues trying to activate certain unlocked smartphones. Tracfone needs to fix this immediately.

Add More Budget Smartphones at Reasonable Prices
What we really want from Tracfone are more budget phones with good performance at under $200. Devices with 32 GB of memory and at least 2 GB RAM are generally necessary for an everyday device for most users. There are a number of unlocked devices in the sub $200 range that some consumers are already buying to use with the BYOP program (such as the Moto E4 Plus) but we want Tracfone to offer them directly for greater availability.

That concludes our Tracfone predictions, expectations and hopes for 2018!

Share your own thoughts in the comments below! What should Tracfone change in 2018?

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Thanks for visiting and Happy New Year!

December 22, 2017

Tracfone Latest Phones 2017 - List of New Tracfone Smartphones

New Tracfone Smartphones - List of New Phones from Tracfone in 2017

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List of New Tracfones in 2017
Tracfone releases a lot of new phones every year, and it can be hard to keep track of what is new, and what has already been around for a while.

When shopping for a new phone, we all want to know which phones were recently released, as these usually have the best features.

This list will share the latest phones released by Tracfone and we will continue to update as new phones are released each month throughout 2017.

We will include brief descriptions of each new phone, and links to additional information. You can also visit our Cell Phone Reviews page for our latest reviews of new phones..

Starting in April 2017, Tracfone is no longer including Triple Minutes for Life with new phones. Learn more about this, and how it might affect you, in our recent post about the Changes to Triple Minutes for Life.

New Phones Coming in 2017/2018

Here are some new phones from Tracfone that have not been released yet.
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • Huawei Nexus 6P
  • Variety of Alcatel, Samusng, LG and ZTE budget smartphones also coming soon.
We don't know when some of these phones will be released, but will share as soon as they are. Now let's look at the phones Tracfone has recently released.

Tracfone Latest Phones for 2017

Below are the latest phones released by Tracfone to use on their prepaid network. This list has the newest phones first, followed by older devices.

LG Fiesta 2
Almost identical to the original Fiesta, the new Fiesta 2 comes with 2 GB RAM instead of 1.5 GB. Otherwise it shares the same 5.5" screen, Android 7.0 and 13 MP Camera that also comes with the Fiesta.

Find the Fiesta 2 on Amazon for $99.

iPhone SE
The iPhone SE has the size and feel of an iPhone 5S, while actually containing the internal specs and features of a more powerful iPhone 6S. That includes the very impressive 12 MP rear facing camera, plus A9 processor. The screen size is just 4", which is rather small for a smartphone these days, but this device makes up for it with 32 GB internal memory to store apps and other media. The iPhone SE can be found on the Tracfone website(Last check it was in stock!) and may come with either a CDMA or GSM SIM card depending ont he ZIP code provided. It can also be found for $199 on Bestbuy.

Samsung Galaxy Luna Pro 
The Galaxy Luna Pro (S327VL) is an upgrade from the original Galaxy Luna, and comes with a 5" screen, 16 GB memory, 1.5 GB RAM and Android 6.0.1. It is fairly similar to the Galaxy Sky, but with a slightly faster 1.4 Ghz quad core processor. The one drawback about the Luna Pro is that it does not include Triple Minutes for Life. Learn more about this phone in our Samsung Galaxy Luna Pro Review.

Available on Amazon for $109 with airtime bundle. Also available on QVC, HSN and other retailers.

LG Rebel 2
Featuring Android 6.0.1 and a 5" screen, the Rebel 2 has several nice upgrades over the original version, the LG Rebel, but also misses the mark in a few key areas. The Rebel 2 only has 8 GB memory (about 4 GB usable), 1 GB RAM and does not appear to include Triple Minutes for Life. It runs on CDMA networks (Verizon) and is available from several online retailers.

It is retailing through HSN.com for just $59 including 1200 minutes, which is a great deal. (last check it was sold out)

Also available on Amazon for $79 with $40 airtime card.

ZTE ZMAX Champ
The ZTE ZMAX Champ comes with a large, 5.5" HD touchscreen, Android 6.0.1 and an 8 MP camera. It only has 8 GB memory, which may be too little for many users. The phone users CDMA networks and includes Triple MInutes for Life. Visit our Review of the ZTE ZMAX Champ to see all the details and how it compares to other devices from Tracfone.

Find the ZTE ZMAX Champ on Amazon for $89 with airtime bundle or HSN.com with airtime bundle for $99

ZTE ZFive
Another ZTE phone, the ZFive has a 5" screen, Android 6.0 and 5 MP camera. It also is limited to just 8 GB memory, although there is a micro SD card slot. The ZFive uses CDMA networks and comes with Triple Minutes for Life.

Get the ZTE ZFive on Amazon or HSN with minutes bundle for $79

LG Fiesta
The LG Fiesta comes with a lot of great features including a 5.5" touchscreen, Android 7.0, 16 GB Memory, and 13 MP camera. It is a popular choice for the well rounded list of features it includes, except for a lack of Triple Minutes for Life. There are two versions available, one uses CDMA networks and the other GSM.

Read our review of the LG Fiesta to learn more about the phone, and buy it on Amazon for $99 with airtime bundle.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro
Another good option, the Sky Pro comes with a 5.5" screen, Android 7.0, 16 GB memory and 2 GB RAM. It is a popular choice despite not including triple minutes. The Sky Pro uses CDMA networks and there are two other versions with smaller screens and different specs also available; the Galaxy J3 Sky and Galaxy J1 Luna.

Learn more about the Samsung Galaxy Sky Pro including where to buy.

Alcatel OneTouch Pixi Bond LTE
Released at the end of 2016 or early 2017, the Pixi Bond has a 4.5" screen, Android 5.1, 8 GB Internal Memory, 1.1Ghz Quad-core processor and 5 MP rear camera. The Bond is only capable of 3G LTE speeds.

It is a very basic smartphone, but comes at an inexpensive price of $30 on the Tracfone website.

Alcatel OneTouch Pixi Avion LTE
Released at the end of 2016 or early 2017, the Avion has almost identical specs compared to the Pixi Bond (listed above), but comes with 4G LTE coverage. It has a 4.5" screen, Android 5.1, Quad-core processor, 8 GB Memory and only 2 MP camera.

Most Alcatel phones are somewhat cheap and may not be the most durable. The Pixi Avion retails for $40 on the Tracfone website.

Alcatel Pixi Unite
The Pixi Unite was released at the end of 2016 or early 2017 and comes with a small, 4" touchscreen, Android 6.0, 8 GB Internal Memory, 1.3Ghz Quad core processor and 2 MP camera. The Unite is capable of 4G LTE speeds and has a Micro SD card slot.

With the newer Android OS and Micro SD slot, the Pixi Unite is a good value at just $30 on the Tracfone website.

That's it for the latest phones, we will continue to add new phones as they are released. Let us know if you see a new phone that isn't on our list!

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(Last Updated - December 2017)

December 13, 2017

Top 10 Tracfone Gift Ideas - Christmas 2017

Best Tracfone Gift Ideas Including Phones, Accessories and More!

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10 Tracfone Christmas Gift Ideas

The Christmas season is upon us! And that means hot cocoa, Christmas cookies and staying warm by the fire.

It is also time to find gifts for all the people on our lists. That's not always an easy task, as we all have that family member or friend who is hard to find the right gift for. But don't worry! We are sharing our best Tracfone related gift ideas here for you today!

Our list includes many different helpful accessories, popular cell phones, and a few last minute options. Whether you are

If you are new to Tracfone, be sure to start with our Beginners Guide to Tracfone which shares the basics of how it all works.

Now let's get to these gift ideas!

Top 10 Tracfone Christmas Gift Ideas for 2017

Many of these gift ideas will work for anyone using a smartphone, not just Tracfone users.

1. New Tracfone Smartphone
Smartphones, like most other electronics, tend to slow down and run into problems over time. So upgrading to a new phone every couple of years (or every year) is a good way to avoid the frustrations of a slow device. Here are some great new smartphone options from Tracfone.

LG Fiesta 2
The Fiesta 2 has a large, 5.5" screen, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB memory and a quad core processor. Plus it runs on Android 7.0 and has a 13 MP camera. This is one of the more popular phones from Tracfone right now, and packs a lot of great performance and features. See our review of the Fiesta to learn more.

View the LG Fiesta 2 on Amazon
View the LG Fiesta 2 on HSN

Samsung Galaxy J3 Luna Pro
Samsung Galaxy J3 Luna Pro
Featuring a 5" touchscreen, 16 GB memory ad Android 6.0.1, the Galaxy Luna Pro is a very capable and popular device from Tracfone that is generally available for under $100 and also available with airtime bundle. View our review of the Samsung Galaxy J3 Luna Pro to learn more.


See the Samsung Galaxy Luna Pro on Amazon
See the Samsung Galaxy Luna Pro on HSN

Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro
Similar to the LG Fiesta, the Galaxy Sky Pro also has a large, 5.5" touchscreen, 16 GB memory, 2 GB RAM and quad core processor. It can be found with airtime bundles and is another popular Tracfone deice because of the good specs and features. Learn more about the Samsung Galaxy Sky Pro.

View the Samsung Galaxy Sky Pro on Amazon
View the Samsung Galaxy Sky Pro on HSN

Keep up with all the new phones on our Latest Tracfone Smartphone List.

And if you're giving a new phone, don't forget to also share our List of the Best Android Apps for Tracfone.

2. Unlocked Smartphone
More and more users are looking to unlocked smartphones to bring to Tracfone because of the wider range of phones available, and the huge flexibility it offers. Bringing an unlocked phone to Tracfone is fairly simple, you just need a Tracfone SIM kit and unlocked phone to start the process. Visit our Tracfone BYOP page for more information or our Guide to Activating a Tracfone Smartphone/BYOP Device.

Here are some popular unlocked phone options to bring to Tracfone:

Moto G5 Plus
iPhone 6 GSM Unlocked - 4.7" screen, A9 Processor, 8 MP camera, and access to the Apple App Store. 16, 64 or 128 GB memory options available.

iPhone SE GSM Unlocked - 4" screen, A9 Processor, 12 MP Camera (4K video) and access to the Apple App Store. 16, 32, 64 and 128 GB Memory options available.

Moto G5 Plus - 5.2" screen, Android 7.0, 32 or 64 GB memory, 2.0 Ghz octa-core processor, 12 MP camera and more. On Amazon for $199 (for prime members) with 64GB memory/4GB RAM. Compatible with GSM or CDMA.


Moto E4 Plus - 5.5" screen, Android 7.0, 16 or 32 GB memory, 1.4 Ghz quad-core processor, 5,000 mAh battery and more. Available on Amazon for $135 with 16 GB memory/2 GB RAM. Compatible with GSM or CDMA.

Samsung Galaxy S6 GSM Unlocked - 5.1" touchscreen, Android 7.0, 32 GB memory and a 16 MP camera.


iPhone SE Screen Protector
3. Phone Case/Cover
Phone covers and cases can go a long way to not only protect a device, but also add personal flair. There are many different types and colors of phone cases available, and many at a low cost. Here are some popular options.

Glass Screen Protector - Thin durable glass protector that keeps the screen from getting scratches or cracks. Options for many different phones (mostly high end phones such as iphones)


Here are links to covers and cases for popular Tracfone devices:
Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro Cases
Samsung Galaxy J3 Luna Pro Cases
LG Fiesta/Fiesta 2 Cases
iPhone cases - 6/6S, 7, 8 and 10

Ebay is also a popular place to look for phone covers and cases with many different options available.

Anker 10,000 mAh Battery
4. External Battery
Most smartphone batteries will last about a day, which is fine if you have access to a charger. But for those who live an active, on the go life, they don't always have time to let their phone charge from a wall. Which is where an external battery pack is very convenient. It stores a charge until needed, and then can charge a phone typically multiple times depending on the capacity. Most external battery packs are no larger than a phone, making them easy to carry along as a safeguard against a dead battery in your phone. Below are some popular options.

Anker Powercore 10000 mAh Battery Pack - A popular choice that can recharge most cell phones 3-4 times.
Solar battery pack and charger - 10000 mAh battery and solar panel charger for powering a device while away from any electrical sources.

5. Tracfone Airtime!
Everyone loves extra airtime. Give an airtime card, a data only card, or text only card to show you want to communicate. Add the airtime on the Tracfone website, or purchase an airtime card.

Find airtime cards in many local retail stores like Walmart, BestBuy, Target and more. Also available on Amazon and eBay.

View Tracfone Airtime Cards on Amazon
View Tracfone Airtime Cards on eBay

6. Gift Card for Buying Apps or Games
A great option for kids who might change what they like by the minute, a gift card for buying apps and games is a great option to give a gift for those that might be hard to give to.

For buying apps and games, a Google Play Gift Card or iTunes Gift Card are the best options. An Amazon Gift Card is also great for buying all kinds of items from the online retailer.


Bluetooth Speaker
7. Headphones and Speakers
Headphones are a great way for anyone to enjoy music, a podcast, or movie without disturbing those around them. There are many different options, from in ear headphones, to large, over the ear. We have also included a great wireless option for those who like to listen to music while running or working out.

In ear headphones
Bluetooth Waterproof running headphones
Over ear headphones

But don't forget about wireless speakers which create subtle background music, or be the life of the party. And many speakers are very portable, and some even waterproof. Here are some great speaker options:


Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker and carabiner clip
Anker SoundCore Bluetooth Speaker with 24hrs playtime

8. Camera Accessories
More and more people are using their cell phone as a camera, and the quality of the cameras are improving rabidly. Take it to the next level with external lenses you can mount on the outside of your phone to get anything from Macro shots, telephoto images, and fisheye!

Most lenses can be used on a variety of different phones. View smartphone lens kits on Amazon.

For anyone who really wants to step up the quality of their video recording, a stabalizer will create perfectly smooth shots even whie you're walking and moving.

The DJI OSMO Mobile holds almost any smartphone and provides stabilized video capture for professional level video recording.

9. Extra Phone Storage
Most phones allow extra storage via a Micro SD card, like the Moto G5 Plus. This is very handy to keep extra music, photos, videos or anything else on.

See Micro SD Card options on Amazon. Most phones will accept up to 32 GB, and some up to 64 GB or more.

10. Photo/File Transfer Thumb Drive
Dual USB/Micro USB Thumb Drive
Have you ever had a photo on your phone that you wish you could put on your computer? Well the photo transfer thumb drive is an easy solution. One side can plug into your cell phone through the Micro USB port, and the other can pug into your computer through a regular USB connection. Now you can back up your mobile device, share those photos or videos you took, or load music onto your device.


The Sandisk Ulta 128GB Dual USB/Micro USB thumb drive makes it incredibly easy to move files from your Android smartphone to a computer. Back up your phone, or add music and videos to it, there is lots of flexibility with this 128 GB thumb drive.

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We hope this list of Christmas gift ideas helps you find the perfect gift for everyone on your shopping list. Share any ideas you have in the comments below.

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December 5, 2017

Tracfone Promo Codes for December 2017

Tracfone Promo Code List - December 2017

Promotional codes gathered and shared by TracfoneReviewer

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Tracfone Promo Codes December 2017
It's December, the last month of 2017, and that means holiday celebrations, hot cocoa, and new Tracfone promo codes!

We collect these codes from around the web and share the latest valid Tracfone promo codes below in one easy list. These codes are used when adding airtime to your Tracfone device, and each code is for a specific airtime card, but some may be used with cards of greater value.

This list includes promo codes for both regular airtime cards and smartphone only airtime cards. We also have a more extensive list on our main Tracfone Promo Code page.

Most promo codes will work on smartphones. And you can keep up with the newly released devices in our Latest Tracfone Smartphones List.

Christmas is almost here and we are working on our annual list of gift ideas, so look for that soon!

Let's get to the list of new promo codes.

Tracfone Promo Codes - December 2017

For Regular Airtime Cards use these codes:
60 Minute Card use code 22703 or 12745 to get 60 free minutes

120 Minute Card enter 68879 for 30 bonus airtime

200 Minute Card add code 75830 and get 40 free minutes

450 Minute Card use 57597 to receive 50 additional minutes

1 Year/400 Minute Card enter code 68806 and get 300 extra minutes

$15 off 1 Year/400 Minute card with code 56254 (Online only)

Smartphone Only Promo Codes:
Get 1 GB Data with Promo Code 53629 on $25 and $35 smartphone cards

These are the latest promo codes for Tracfone. We hope these work for you. Let us know in the comments which code you used and how it worked.

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Learn how Data Works with Tracfone including the best way to buy more data.

Also take a look at our post on 10 Tips to Boost your Cell Signal if you've ever hard a hard time connecting or making a call.

Thanks for visiting and Merry Christmas!