April 23, 2018

How to Unlock your Tracfone Cell Phone

Step by Step Guide to Unlocking a Tracfone Device

It is now possible to unlock some Tracfone devices, mostly smartphones, so that you can use them with other carriers in the US or around the world. TracfoneReviewer shares the requirements and a step by step guide below! (Updated April 2018)

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How to Unlock a Tracfone
Owning an unlocked phone means that if you travel to another country that offers service for unlocked phones, you can buy a SIM card and service, and you will have cell phone use in that country. When you leave, you can switch your old SIM card back in to resume service with Tracfone.

Tracfone is well known for not allowing their phones to be unlocked, but because of FCC rules, and a ruling against Tracfone, they are required to unlock phones from after a certain date, offer a credit towards an exchange, or offer a partial cash refund for older devices.

We've got all the information you need about unlocking your Tracfone device. We will start with the requirements, including who can unlock their phone, and then give a step by step guide.

Let's get started.

Requirements for Unlocking a Tracfone Device

There are a number of requirements that you must meet in order to get your phone unlocked. Here are the requirements:

(You can also check if your phone is eligible by entering your phone number or serial number at the bottom of this page)
  • Customers must request handset unlocking.
  • Customers must have had their locked device activated on Tracfone service for no fewer than 12 months, redeemed air time cards in no fewer than 12 months, and not have had their telephone number recycled or ported.
  • Customers must request this interim unlocking solution while their service is active or within 60 days after their active service days expire. This 60-day grace period applies even if the customer's telephone number was recycled or ported.
  • Customers must currently own a Tracfone branded handset model launched on Tracfone's service after February 11, 2014 or activated with Tracfone's service after February 11, 2015.
  • Customers must possess a handset that is in working condition.
  • Customers must possess a handset that is not reported stolen, lost, or associated with fraudulent activity.
  • If a customer requesting handset unlocking is deployed military personnel, upon provision of deployment papers, Tracfone will honor that customer's unlocking request by sending a refund for the Trade-in Value of the used, locked phone returned by the customer without regard for the 12 months of service activation and air card redemption eligibility requirements. However, all other eligibility criteria apply to Tracfone's customers who are deployed military personnel. 
  • Customers are eligible for this program only once every twelve months.
  • (Source - www.tfwunlockpolicy.com/)
There are a lot of requirements, but the key points are that you need to have your phone active for 12 months with Tracfone, it needs to be a newer phone from after Feb 11, 2014, and you can only unlock a phone once every 12 months. While we haven't confirmed this yet, it is likely that only GSM smartphones are able to be unlocked. Let us know your experiences in the comments.

If you're phone is eligible for unlocking, you can continue with our guide to unlocking it.

How to Unlock a Tracfone Cell Phone in 3 Steps

Here is our step by step guide to unlocking your Tracfone cell phone. Be aware that not all Tracfone devices can be unlocked, many of their older phones are not eligible.


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Steps for Unlocking a Tracfone
1. Go to www.tfwunlockpolicy.com and enter your phone number at the bottom of the page. You can also call 1-888-442-5102 during normal business hours.

2. If your phone is eligible, you will be able to continue the process to receive an unlock code for your phone. If your phone is not eligible to be unlocked, you may still qualify for a credit towards a new phone, or a cash refund

We tested a Motorola EX 431G Tracfone prepaid phone. It met the requirements to be unlocked, but because it is an old phone, it can't be unlocked. So Tracfone offered a $5 cash refund. To get the cash refund, you have to send the phone to Tracfone, and you lose any remaining airtime on the device.

We also tested an LG Ultimate 2, which is an Android smartphone. This phone also could not be unlocked, and Tracfone offered a $15 cash refund.

3, Once you get the unlock code from Tracfone, you can purchase a SIM card from another carrier, power off your phone, switch the SIM cards, and turn it back on. You should get a notification that your phone is locked, but there should be a place for you to enter your unlock code. After the code is entered your phone will be able to use the new SIM card. You can always switch SIM cards whenever you like, just remember to turn your phone off and back on.

And that is all it takes to unlock a Tracfone prepaid device. It is a fairly easy process, if your phone is eligible.

Going through the process of unlocking a Tracfone device doesn't seem worthwhile in most cases with the huge number of unlocked devices available on the market at very low prices. Amazon, eBay and many other online retailers have plenty of unlocked phones, and if you buy older models, or refurbished phones, you can often get a great deal.

Check out our list of the Best Unlocked Phones for Tracfone to get some ideas about the great options already available.

If you have an unlocked phone, you can activate it with Tracfone BYOP. Then, if you travel to another country and need to use cell phone service, simply power off the phone, switch the SIM cards, and you are ready to use your phone in the new country. Switch the SIM cards back when you return to the US.

The Moto G line of smartphones, with the Moto G6 the latest, are a popular unlocked phone choice for their high performance at a reasonable cost. Take a look at the Details and Specs for the Moto G5 Plus, and our Review of the Moto G4/ G4 Plus

We hope this information has been helpful. Leave a comment below with any questions or thoughts, and also share your experiences.

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April 20, 2018

Motorola G6 (Unlocked) - Features and Specs

New Motorola G6 Features, Specs and Where to Buy

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Motorola G6 Coming Soon!
The next Generation in the Motorola Moto G line is here now and may also be coming to Tracfone in the near future.

Motorola announced the Moto G6 (and several variants) on April 19th, 2018. It is the newest phone in the Moto G lineup which is well known for offering great smartphone features at an affordable price.

The G6 has a 5.7" full HD touchscreen, 1.8 Ghz Octa-core processor, Dual rear camera, and runs Android 8.0 Oreo. It also comes with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage.

The Moto G6 is now available to purchase:

View the Moto G6 (unlocked) on Amazon (Currently exclusively for Prime Members)
View the Moto G6 (unlocked) on BestBuy

View the Moto G6 Play (unlocked only for GSM) on Amazon

View the Moto G6 Plus (international unlocked version only for GSM) on Amazon


Many of the past Moto G versions, such as the Moto G4 and Moto G5, have been very popular with the Tracfone BYOP program because they offer great features at a reasonable price. It is rumored that the Moto G6 will also be released directly from Tracfone, which would also be a great option for Tracfone customers. We will share additional information on this as we learn more.

Let's see the list of features and specs on the Moto G6

Motorola G6 Features and Specs

  • Dual Rear Camera - 13 MP and 5 MP
  • 1.8 Ghz Octa-Core Processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon 450)
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 32 GB Internal Storage
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 5.7" 1080x2160px Touchscreen
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 3000 mAh battery
  • Unlocked and compatible with both GSM and CDMA networks
  • Price: $250
One of the most notable specs is the large, 18:9 ratio full HD touchscreen. The previous generation, the Moto G5, had only a 5.2" screen, but the new Moto G6 bumps that up to 5.7".

The dual rear camera is another feature usually seen in much more expensive devices and allows for selective focus in portrait mode for a blurry background.

The Moto G6 is fully compatible with both GSM and CDMA carriers which is great for the Tracfone BYOP program.

Motorola is also releasing two variants, the Moto G6 Play and Moto G6 Plus. The G6 Play will have the same size screen, slightly downgraded internal specs, a larger battery, and retail for $199.

Moto G6 Play Features and Specs
  • Rear Camera - 13 MP
  • 1.4 Ghz Quad-Core Processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon 427 or 430)
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 32 GB Internal Storage
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 5.7" 720x1440 HD Touchscreen
  • Corning Gorilla Glass
  • 4000 mAh battery
  • Unlocked and compatible with only GSM networks
  • Price: $200
The G6 Play comes with many of the same features in the G6, such as 3 GB RAM, 32 GB storage, and Android Oreo. The Play also has a 5.7" screen, but at a lower resolution. The processor in the Play is also not as powerful, but the phone does have a larger battery compared to the G6.

For those that don't need the higher performance from the G6, the Play variant will offer almost all of the same features at a lower price. Unfortunately the Moto G6 Play appears to be only compatible with GSM networks.

The Moto G6 Plus is not expected to be released in the North American market, and only released internationally. But it is still possible to purchase the international version and use it with any GSM carrier through Tracfone.

Moto G6 Plus (international version) Features and Specs
  • Dual Rear Camera - 12 MP and 5 MP
  • 2.2 Ghz Octa-Core Processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon 630)
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 64 GB Internal Storage
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 5.9" 1080x2160px Touchscreen
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 3200 mAh battery (non-removable)
  • Unlocked and compatible with GSM networks
  • Price: $350-400
If you are looking for high performance and don't mind spending a little more, the Moto G6 Plus has more RAM, storage and a faster processor than the G6.

Only the international version of the G6 Plus is available, and it is only compatible with GSM carriers.

We will continue to update this as we gather more details, especially any news about Tracfone releasing their own Moto G6 version. If Tracfone does release the G6, it would certainly jump into our List of the Best Tracfone Smartphones.

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Also check out the recent Deals, Discounts and Sales on Tracfone.

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April 10, 2018

Tracfone Deals and Sales - April 2018

List of Tracfone Deals, Discounts and Sales on Cell Phones and More!

Updated deals for April 2018 by TracfoneReviewer

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Tracfone Deals and Sales
Tracfone offers a variety of phones through many different retail sources, both online and regular stores. Sometimes it is hard to know where to find the best price for the phone you want. But that is what we have here for you today!

New deals and sales are happening all the time and we share the best from around the web in this list updated for April 2018.

We have included both Tracfone smartphones available at great prices (and with great airtime bundles) as well as unlocked phones at sale prices that can be used on the BYOP program.

If you are not sure which phones are the newest from Tracfone, see our Latest List of Tracfone Cell Phones (2018).

Buying a new phone with an airtime bundle is a great way to save, and there are several deals like that listed below. Additionally, Tracfone appears to be tripling many airtime bundle activations. Learn more in our Updated Changes to Tracfone Triple Minutes.

Now let's get to the deals list.

Tracfone Deals and Discounts April 2018

Samsung Galaxy J3 Luna Pro
With a 5" touchscreen, Android 6.0.1 and 16 GB internal storage, the Galaxy J3 Luna Pro is a versatile phone packing a lot of great features into a smaller sized device. It has been available since 2017, but still offers good performance and can be found at very reasonable prices. Learn more with our Review of the Samsung Galaxy J3 Luna Pro

View the Luna Pro on QVC with 1500 Talk/Text/Data for $87
View the Luna Pro on Amazon with 1000 Talk/2000 Text/2GB Data for $93

Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro
The Galaxy J7 Sky Pro has similar features to the J3 Luna Pro, but a larger 5.5" screen which is more convenient for reading, watching videos and most other activities. It also has 16 GB internal memory, runs Android 6.0.1 and has 2 GB RAM. The Galaxy J7 Sky Pro was released in 2017 but still is a great option especially now that it is available for under $100 with airtime bundles. View our Review of the Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro to learn more about the specs and features.

The Galaxy J7 Sky Pro is on HSN with 1500 Talk/Text/Data for $99

LG Fiesta 2
The Fiesta 2 is another device released in 2017 that still has great features for the price. It comes with a 5.5" touchscreen, Android 7.0, 16 GB storage and 2 GB RAM. The Fiesta 2 also has a 13 MP camera. See more specs and features in our LG Fiesta 2 Review.

Get the Fiesta 2 on eBay with 1500 Talk/Text/Data for just $99

LG Stylo 3
Released by Tracfone in 2018 (although available through other carriers in 2017) the LG Stylo 3 has a large, 5.7" screen, 16 GB storage, 2 GB RAM and runs Android 7.0. It is fairly similar to the LG Rebel 3 and LG Fiesta 2 on many of the specs other than the larger screen, which some users prefer. Learn more in our LG Stylo 3 Review.

The LG Stylo 3 can be found on QVC with 1500 Talk/Text/Data for $129

Unlocked Smartphone News for Tracfone BYOP

We usually include some great deals on unlocked smartphones that can be used with Tracfone BYOP. However, we wanted to share some news about upcoming phones.

The ever-popular Moto G budget lineup from Motorola (now owned by Lenovo) will be releasing the new Moto G6, Moto G6 Play and Moto G6 Plus in the next few months. These phones generally pack great features at a friendly price. Expect prices to range from $199 to $350 depending on which version and how much storage the phone comes with.

The Moto G line of phones are usually great options to use with Tracfone BYOP because they can be used with either GSM or CDMA cell towers.

Look for more information about these new unlocked phones in the near future.

That's it for our list of Tracfone deals. let us know if we missed a good one in the comment section below.

If you are unsure about switching to a new Tracfone device read up on our handy Guide to Activating/Transferring a New Tracfone Smartphone.

And our 4 Ways to Check your Tracfone Airtime may give you a faster and easier way to track your minutes.

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April 3, 2018

Tracfone Promo Codes for April 2018

Tracfone Promo Codes - April 2018

Fresh list of promo codes for use with Tracfone airtime cards for the month of April 2018 by TracfoneReviewer

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Tracfone Promo Codes - April 2018
Every month we post the latest promotional codes to use with Tracfone for free minutes. There is nothing to click, no redirects, just a list of codes for our readers.

These codes are for use with Tracfone when adding a new airtime card either online, on your phone, or over the phone. There are promotional codes for both regular airtime cards and smartphone only cards.

Some codes are single use, or meant for certain types of phones or geographical areas, so it is always helpful to have a backup code to try.

The list below are the newest codes for April 2018, and we also have a more comprehensive list on our main Tracfone Promo Code page.

Looking for a way to keep track of your minutes? See our Four Ways to Check our Airtime on a Smartphone for some tips!

Let's get tot he codes.

Tracfone Promo Codes for April 2018

Regular Airtime Card Codes
60 Minute Card add code 12745 for 60 extra minutes (working for some)

120 Minute Card use 35739 and get 40 bonus minutes

200 Minute Card enter 53415 to receive 50 free minutes

450 Minute Card (no new codes at this time - use any of the codes above)

1 Year/400 Minute Card (no new codes at this time)

$15 off 1 Year/400 Minute Card with code 97248 (online only)

Smartphone Only Card Promo Codes
$15 Smartphone Card use 19838 for 100 bonus talk minutes

$25 Smartphone Card enter 44335 and get 100 extra MB data

$35 Smartphone Card use code 71371 to receive 200 bonus talk minutes


We hope these codes worked, and let us know in the comments below which one you tried.

Keep up with the Latest Phones from Tracfone including the LG Rebel 3 and LG Stylo 3 which were both released recently.

Also visit our post on the Best Deals and Discounts for Tracfone to see where you can find the lowest priced devices.

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