March 28, 2018

Tracfone Ends Triple Minutes for Life- What you Need to Know (Updated)

Facts about Tracfone's Triple Minutes for Life Changes

Updated March 2018

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Tracfone Triple Minutes for Life
Tracfone has decided to end the Triple Minutes for Life (TMFL) program that gave all smartphones (both Tracfone branded and unlocked) as well as many feature phones triple the minutes when adding the regular airtime cards. (When adding the 60 minute card, for example, you would get 180 minutes, plus any bonus airtime).

There has been a lot of speculation and questions about whether phones will keep Triple Minutes for Life, if new phones will have it, and if Tracfone is really removing a very popular feature from their phones.

We've gathered information about the changes and contacted Tracfone directly, and now want to try and clear things up and provide the facts for everyone concerned about this.

First off, none of the Smartphone only cards would triple anyway, so these cards are completely unaffected, and if these are the cards you usually get, you are unaffected. In general, the smartphone cards are a better deal (especially for texts and data)l, and you can take a look at our Tracfone Airtime Comparison to learn more about which cards are the best deal for different situations.

But many Tracfone customers still use the regular airtime cards, especially the 60 minute card and 1 Year/400 Minute card. Plus, most bonus codes are for the regular airtime cards.

So what exactly is changing, and how will it affect you? Let's take a look (but first, here is an update!).

**Update!** All New Phone Activations May Come with Triple Minutes Now!

We wanted to add an update to the information here as Tracfone has made some changes, and may continue to adjust the Triple Minutes program.

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Triple Minutes appears to be Back
Tracfone appears to be offering Triple Minutes as a promotion for any new phone activation. So if you activate a new phone, it seems that Tracfone is giving everyone Triple Minutes as a 'bonus'. We have not confirmed if this is occurring for every new phone activation, or just certain phones. See the information from Tracfone in the screen capture to the right:

We have received feedback from several readers who activated a new, LG Rebel 3 with airtime bundle (1500 talk, text and data) and received 4500 talk, text and data!

Let us know in the comments below your experiences, and if this happened for you.

 Tracfone had a very poor year in 2017, losing a number of customers, and so they may be trying to backtrack and reinstate the popular triple minutes program, at least for now. We will continue to update as needed.

**Update!**

Tracfone Triple Minutes for Life Changes - The Facts

Here are the facts about Tracfone's changes to TMFL program.
  • NOTE: See the update above - Tracfone now appears to be offering triple minutes to all new phone activations (after Dec 5th 2017)
  • All phones that already have Triple Minutes for Life will continue to have it.
  • New Smartphone releases will not include Triple Minutes for Life (Phones released after April 2017 and with Android 6.0 or newer will not come with TMFL, although some Android 6.0 and Android 7.0 smartphones do come with Triple Minutes)
  • SIM cards for BYOP phones will no longer include TMFL
  • All your airtime will transfer if you switch from a phone with TMFL to one without (Unless you are switching to a non-smartphone).
  • Regular airtime cards can still be added to non-TMFL smartphones, but only the face value will be given. (a 60 minute card will give 60 talk, 60 texts, and 60 MB data.)
The important information here is that no phone that already has triple minutes will lose that feature. But newer phones released by Tracfone will likely not include triple minutes.

This is a significant shift that Tracfone is making, and may drive away some long time customers. Why would they do this? Here is their response from the FAQ section on their website:

Why Tracfone is Making the Change to Triple Minutes for Life:
"As technology continues to improve, we found that more people were using smartphones and smartphone plans. People are especially using more data. So, we wanted to accommodate you by providing higher data plans with greater value." - Tracfone FAQ
That doesn't make a whole lot of sense as to why they need to get rid of TMFL, but it is true that the regular airtime cards are not a very good deal for data or texts.

Tracfone also cited 'technical compatibility' as another reason for the end of triple minutes, but that isn't very likely either.

Whatever the reason, Triple Minutes for Life will no longer come with new phones, but all existing triple minute phones will continue to keep it.

Tracfone Smartphones that Do Not have Triple Minutes

Here are phones that we have confirmed do not include triple minutes, although with Tracfone recently offering triple minutes to new phone activations, it may be possible to get triple minutes with these phones.
  • Samsung Galaxy Luna J3 Pro
  • ZTE Zfive2
  • ZTE Majesty Pro
  • LG Rebel 2
There may be more devices, and many of the newly released phones will likely not include triple minutes.

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March 22, 2018

LG Stylo 3 (L84VL) Tracfone Review

Review of the LG Stylo 3 (L84VL) from Tracfone

List of details specs, features and review from TracfoneReviewer for the Stylo 3

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Tracfone LG Stylo 3 L84VL Review
With a large, 5.7" screen and improved storage and RAM, the LG Stylo 3 offers similar features and performance compared to other recently released phones form Tracfone, but with a larger screen.

Tracfone has released over the last six months several phones with 2 GB RAM/16 GB Storage (about the minimum we would recommend for a new phone) and the LG Stylo 3 continues that trend.

The LG Rebel 3 and LG Fiesta 2  also have the same RAM/Storage as the Stylo 3, but with smaller screen sizes. It is nice to see that Tracfone is making several difference sized phones available for users, as people prefer difference screen sizes for a variety of reasons. We will share more comparison information further on in this review.

The Stylo 3 comes with Android 7.0, a quad core processor, 13 MP rear camera and much more.
Before we get too far into the full list of features, here are the quick pro's and con's for the LG Stylo 3.

LG Stylo 3 Quick Facts

What we Like
-5.7" HD Touchscreen
-2 GB RAM
-16 GB Memory
-13 MP Camera
-Android 7.0

What we Don't Like
-Only CDMA version available currently (Tracfone needs more GSM options)
-No Triple Minutes
-A little expensive at this time (compared to competition)

There is a lot to like about the Stylo 3, but it also doesn't really deliver anything we haven't already seen or that isn't already available (except the larger screen).

If it were a GSM device that could use AT&T cell towers through Tracfone, we would be a little more excited. But it uses CDMA networks, like many of the other recently released smartphones from Tracfone.

There is a GSM version (L83BL), but we don't know if/when Tracfone will release that.

LG Stylo 3 (L84VL) Features and Specs

Key features followed by the technical specs.
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 4G LTE Service using Verizon CDMA cell network
  • WiFi (802.11 b/g/n)
  • GPS
  • Bluetooth
  • Access to over 1 Million apps on Google Play
  • Alarm Clock
  • MP3 Player
  • Voicemail, Caller ID, Call Waiting
  • SMS/MMS capable
LG Stylo 3 Technical Specs
  • Size: 3.2" x 6.1" x 0.3"  (5.28 oz)
  • Camera: 13 MP Rear Camera/ 5 MP Front Camera
  • Screen: 5.7" HD Touchscreen (1280x720 resolution)
  • Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 425 1.4GHz Quad-Core (MSM8917)
  • Memory: 2 GB
  • Storage: 16 GB (9.44 usable) and Micro SD Card slot (up to 1 TB)
  • Battery: 3200 mAh with 20 hrs talk time/ 13 days standby

LG is a global electronics manufacturing company with a popular line of smartphones ranging from budget to high end devices. There are several great unlocked LG phones that can be used with Tracfone BYOP and they range in price from around $100 to $700 for the flagship LG V30.

Tracfone has offered many different LG phones over the years, and they usually have good performance and reliability, with some minor exceptions.

LG Stylo 3 Review

Time to dive into more details on the main features for the Stylo 3 starting with the touchscreen.

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Tracfone LG Stylo 3 (L84VL) Review











Touchscreen
The main feature on the Stylo 3 is the large, 5.7" HD touchscreen which has nice, bright screen and functions well. Another interesting feature is the stylus pen that comes with the Stylo 3, and is stored inside the phone. This can be convenient for those who want a little more dexterity in selecting things on the screen, or who enjoy taking notes or drawing on their phone.

Tracfone has several phones with similar specs and slightly smaller screens, specifically the Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro and LG Fiesta 2. Both of these phones have slightly smaller, 5.5" screens.

Internal Specs - Processor, RAM and Storage
The LG Stylo 3 comes with the Snapdragon 425 processor (1.4 Ghz quad core) which is popular in many budget smartphones and pairs well with 2 GB RAM. Don't expect top-end performance, but it should keep up with most users' demands.

About 9 GB out of the 16 GB internal storage are usable, but the phone also has a Micro SD card slot for up to 1 TB additional storage.

Camera
Like the Fiesta 2, the Stylo 3 has a 13 MP rear camera with a number of features including HDR, Flash, Autofocus and more. The front camera is 5 MP and also has many features like Selfie light, customizable timer and burst shot.

Video capability on the Stylo 3 is also good, with 1080p at 30 fps the highest quality. This might no be as good as many top of the line smartphone which now shoot 4k, but it is enough for capturing videos to share with friends and family on social media.

Battery
Battery performance is surprisingly good for a phone with such a large screen and is in part thanks to the Android 7.0 OS and conservative processor. Under normal use the 3200 mAh battery should last through a full day with little issue. Under heavy use, the phone may have a much shorter battery life.

Android OS
The LG Stylo 3 features Android 7.0 Nougat (just like the Fiesta 2 and Rebel 3) which is a fairly recent version of the operating system and gives access to over a million apps on the Google Play store. For some ideas, see our List of the Best Android Apps for Tracfone.

Tracfone smartphones can not be upgraded due to various reasons, so the OS version your phone comes with will remain the same throughout the life of the phone. Thus it is usually best to try and get a phone with a fairly recent version of Android for best compatibility and performance.

Triple Minutes
The Stylo 3 does not come with Triple Minutes for Life, and you can learn more about the Changes to Triple Minutes here, but Tracfone may be offering Triple Minutes to new phone upgrades. We have several reports from users activating phones and receiving triple minutes even though the phone did not originally feature this. We are gathering more information, and in the mean time, suggest contacting Tracfone to learn more if you have questions.

That concludes our review for the LG Stylo 3. View the interactive tutorial for the Stylo 3 to learn more about using this phone.

LG Stylo 3 Comparison and Conclusion

The LG Stylo 3, LG Fiesta 2 and LG Rebel 3 all share fairly similar features and specs besides the difference in screen size. If you want a large screen, the Stylo 3 has the largest of the three. If you prefer something smaller, the Rebel 3 has a 5" screen that makes it easier to fit in a pocket.

Compared to the Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro, the Stylo 3 has a slightly larger screen, and higher megapixel count on the camera, but otherwise fairly similar specs.

Currently, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro and LG Fiesta 2 are both great smartphone options, and can be found for under $100 with airtime bundles. The Stylo 3 is around $50 more expensive, for 0.2" more screen size.

The LG Stylo 3 comes with all the features and specs to make it a popular choice for Tracfone users, particularly those who prefer a large screen. It is currently more expensive than several other similar Tracfone devices, but we expect some kind of sale in the near future.

If you want a Tracfone device with the largest screen and good performance, the Stylo 3 is a great option.

Where to Buy the LG Stylo 3 (L84VL)

The best deal we have currently found is for the Stylo 3 with an airtime bundle on HSN.

View the LG Stylo 3 with airtime bundle for $150

We have also found the phone available for less on Amazon (but without an airtime bundle)

Price updates and additional retail locations will be added as we gather them.

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March 12, 2018

Tracfone Deals and Sales - March 2018

Best Deals and Sales on Tracfone Devices and Minutes - March 2018

Updated deals for the month of March 2018
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Tracfone Deals and Sales - March 2018

Finding the best deal on a new Tracfone smartphone can be challenging with many different retailers offering the same or similar devices at different prices.

Some retailers also offer airtime bundles along with the phone, which makes for a great deal in most cases, but discovering the right phone with those deals might be challenging.

We are here to help with some of the best deals on Tracfone devices and airtime from around the web. If you're shopping for a new phone, check out the list below for some great options.

Tracfone offers a variety of cell phones to use with their prepaid service, but users can also bring their own unlocked smartphone and use it with Tracfone service. So we have also included some great options to use with the Tracfone BYOP program. Follow the link to learn more about how it works.

It is a new year, and we've got predictions for Tracfone in 2018 that you might find interesting, including new phones on the way.

Now, let's get tot he Tracfone deals.

Tracfone Deals and Sales - March 2018

Tracfone smartphones listed first, followed by unlocked cell phones.

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LG Rebel 3 on Amazon

LG Rebel 3 (CDMA) - $65/$59 with airtime bundles

One of the newest phones available from Tracfone, the LG Rebel 3 features several upgrades over previous models including 16 GB memory, 2 GB RAM, and Android 7.0.1. It also comes with a 5" touchscreen, quad-core processor and more. View our full Review of the LG Rebel 3 to learn more. 

Available on Amazon with 1000 Talk, 2000 Text and 2 GB Data for $65 (Limited stock/Availability)

LG Rebel 2 (CDMA) - $59 w/ airtime bundle

The LG Rebel 2 is a budget smartphone with Android 6.0, a quad core processor and 5" touchscreen. It is adequate for most daily smartphone uses, like texting, using Facebook and other apps, but may not be ideal for playing games or other more demanding apps. The Rebel 2 has 8 GB memory for storing apps, which does not leave a lot of room for downloading too many apps or other content.

View the Rebel 2 with 1000 talk, 2000 text and 2000mb data on Amazon
Also available with 1500 talk/text/data on QVC

Samsung Galaxy Luna Pro J3 (CDMA) - $69/$79 w/ airtime bundle

Featuring a 5" touchscreen, 16 GB internal memory, a quad core processor and Android 6.0, the Galaxy Luna Pro J3 has good performance capabilities at a popular size. Read our Review of the Samsung Galaxy Luna Pro to learn more.

View the Galaxy Luna Pro J3 deal with 1000 Talk, 2000 Text and 2 GB Data on Amazon for $69
View the Galaxy Luna Pro J3 deal with 1200 talk/text/data on HSN for $79

Samsung Galaxy Sky Pro J7 (CDMA) - $89/$99 w/ airtime bundle

With a large, 5.5" screen, 16 GB memory, quad core processor and Android 6.0, the Galaxy Sky Pro has been a popular choice for many Tracfone users, and this bundle is priced about as low as we've seen. Read our Review of the Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro to learn more about the phone.

View the Galaxy Sky Pro J7 with 1000 talk, 2000 text and 2 GB data on Amazon for $99
View the Galaxy Sky Pro J7 deal with 1000 talk/text/data on HSN

LG Fiesta 2 (CDMA) - $89 w/ airtime bundle

Another smartphone with a large 5.5" screen, the LG Fiesta 2 also comes with 16 GB internal memory, a quad core processor and runs Android 7.0. Learn more about the features on this phone with our Full LG Fiesta Review.

Available on Amazon for $88
See the LG Fiesta 2 deal on HSN

Unlocked Smartphone Deals for Tracfone BYOP

If you are looking to bring your own phone to Tracfone, here are some great unlocked devices that will offer great performance and features.

ZTE Axon 7 Mini (GSM unlocked) - $149 ($50 off)

The Axon 7 Mini comes with a 5.2" screen, 32 GB internal memory, an octa-core processor and 3 GB RAM. It packs a lot of bang for your buck, and comes unlocked and ready to use with Tracfone BYOP. All you need is a SIM kit to activate with Tracfone 4G LTE GSM service.

The Axon also has a decent 16 MP camera, dual SIM card design, fingerprint reader and Android 6.0.

Check out the deal on BestBuy
(thanks Anonymous for sharing this int he comments!)

Moto E Plus (4th Gen) - $99 ($80 Amazon gift card with new prime membership)

The Moto E Plus is a popular budget phone because of the large, 5.5" screen and super long battery life. It also runs the latest Andorid OS (7.0) and has 16 GB storage, and a quad core processor. For those who are also interested in signing up for Amazon Prime, this is a bargain for this phone which retails at $199.

View the Moto E Plus (4th Gen) on Amazon


Blu R2 4G LTE (32 GB Version) - $134

Packed with a number of great features for the price, the Blu R2 4G LTE smartphone has a 5.2" screen, 32 GB storage, 3 GB RAM and a quad core processor. Plus it has 13 MP front and rear cameras.

See the Blu R2 4G LTE on Amazon


Moto G Plus (5th Gen) - $249 on BH Photo (64 GB Version) ($50 off)

If you are looking for more storage capacity and a phone to keep up with various media activities and gaming, the Moto G Plus (5th Gen) is a great option. It has a 5.2" touchscreen, 64 GB storage, 4 GB RAM and an octo-core processor. It also features the latest Android OS and 12 MP rear camera. It is a powerful phone for the price, and this current deal has it $50 off retail price.

See the Moto G Plus (5th Gen) on BH Photo
Also at a good price but may be currently out of stock: Moto G Plus (5th Gen) on Amazon

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March 2, 2018

Tracfone Promo Codes for March 2018

Tracfone Promo Code List - March 2018

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Tracfone Promo Code March 2018
Spring is in the air (for some of us, at least), and with winter starting to thaw, we have new promotional codes to use with Tracfone airtime cards for extra minutes.

Tracfone promo codes can be used when adding an airtime card to receive additional minutes for free. These codes are usually for a specific card, but sometimes can also be used with cards of greater value.

Most smartphones can use these promo codes, like the recently released LG Rebel 3, and there are also some codes for the smartphone only cards Tracfone offers.

This list includes the latest promo codes for March 2018. We also have a larger list with more codes on our main Tracfone Promo Code page.

If you are new to Tracfone, or are unsure how all the airtime or promo codes work, start with our Beginners Guide to Tracfone which shares some basics resources for how it all works.

Now let's get to the list of codes.

Tracfone Promo Codes - March 2018

Regular Airtime Codes
60 Minute Card use code 12745 to get 60 bonus minutes (still working for some)

120 Minute Card enter 90477 for 40 free minutes

200 Minute Card add code 98487 to receive 50 bonus minutes

450 Minute Card use 40741 for 50 extra minutes

1 Year/400 Minute Card enter code 98580 and get 300 bonus minutes

Smartphone Only Codes
$15 Smartphone Card use code 40550 for 100 bonus talk minutes
$35 Smartphone Card enter 48757 to get 200 free talk minutes
1000 Text Only Card use 85882 for 500 free texts

These are the latest codes for March 2018. Let us know in the comments below which code you tried and how it worked.

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And don't miss out on the best deals and sales on Tracfone cell phones and airtime which we update almost every month.

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