Tracfone BYOP Phone List

Your Guide to the 'Bring Your Own Phone' Program from Tracfone

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Tracfone BYOP Phone List
This page last updated 9/6/2016

What is the Tracfone BYOP program? How does 'Bringing your own phone' to Tracfone work?
What are the cell phones that will work with Tracfone BYOP?

These are questions we will hope to answer on this page covering all the details on the Tracfone BYOP program.

Tracfone created a program where consumers can bring certain smartphones to use with Tracfone service. They call this program 'BYOP - Bring Your Own Phone'. While Tracfone is adding a number of new Smartphones that customers can buy directly, there is still very convenient to be able to bring your own phone to Tracfone's prepaid service.

Below you will find general information and details for Tracfone's 'Bring Your Own Phone' program, followed by the general requirements for the phones, and lastly a list of phones confirmed to work with Tracfone BYOP.

Note - If you're just looking for the Tracfone BYOP compatible phone list, scroll down to the end.

What is Tracfone BYOP?

The Tracfone 'Bring Your Own Phone' program is an option for users where one can bring many different Android and Apple smartphones to use with Tracfone's prepaid cell phone service.

Tracfone already has several Android smartphones available for customers to purchase and use (and you can see them on our Cell Phone Reviews page), but this program opens the door to many more phone possibilities.

Smartphones in the BYOP program work similarly to Tracfone's Android offerings. They use Verizon 3G and 4G LTE, or they can also use AT&T 3G and 4G LTE. Minutes are put into three separate buckets for Talk, Text and Data, and roaming is (unfortunately) somewhat limited. (Users are reporting that when they don't have Verizon 3G service, they don't have any service - let's hope this is changed soon.)

Basically Tracfone BYOP is a way for consumers to have access to many more smartphones, compared to what Tracfone offers, while still using Tracfone's inexpensive phone service.

UPDATE: Tracfone recently expanded their BYOP program to include service for many 4G LTE devices that run on Verizon networks. Continue reading to learn more, or you can check out our recent blog post specifically detailing Tracfone BYOP 4G LTE.

UPDATE 2: Tracfone is now offering Activation Kits for both CDMA and GSM devices. It appears that you can bring GSM devices compatible with AT&T to use with Tracfone BYOP. Visit our new post on How to Get a GSM/CDMA Activation Kit for Tracfone to learn more.

General Information and Requirements for Tracfone BYOP

We will cover here the general requirements for phones that work with Tracfone BYOP, as well as some other pertinent information. Details are still not quite clear on everything, but we will provide information that is as accurate as possible. If you have new details, or can confirm requirements, leave a comment below.

At this time, there are some restrictions on which phones will work with Tracfone. If you already have a smartphone and want to see if it will work with Tracfone, visit the Tracfone BYOP page and enter the serial number/MEID to find out.

When Tracfone BYOP first became available (it started with only certain Verizon 3G compatible phones) there were many limitations on which phones would work. But now, there are actually very few phones that won't work as long as you follow the basic requirements, and ensure that you will have service in your area.

If you don't have a phone already, follow the basic requirements below for finding a phone:

Requirements for Tracfone BYOP:

  • Can be either a 3G/4G LTE CDMA (compatible with Verizon) phone, or a 3G/4G LTE GSM (compatible with AT&T) phone
  • Phone must be unlocked with a clean ESN (cannot be under contract, or reported stolen)
  • iPhone 4 through 6 plus will work - Read our Tracfone iPhone 4/4S post for details (must still be either Verizon or AT&T compatible)
  • Activation Kit and Airtime card or Credit/Debit card to purchase $9.99 network activation card or Activation Kit
  • Did we miss a requirement? Let us know in the comments.
Activating smartphones with Tracfone BYOP has slowly become easier as they have relaxed various restrictions, and become better at activating phones.

In my most recent activation test, I activated an unlocked GSM Moto G. I picked up the Activation kit online, and when I got it a few days later, simply inserted the SIM card and followed the directions. The phone was active less than 20 minutes later with no calls made to Customer Service!

We've created a full post on using the Moto G with Tracfone, so take a look!

You can also simply activate an unlocked version of the Moto G (either GSM or CDMA), but they usually cost $100-200.

The newest Moto G, the Moto G 4th Gen, is compatible with both networks, so you don't have to worry about selecting the right phone, you just need to follow instructions on the Tracfone website for activating a new BYOP smartphone (follow the link for our new guide).

BYOP Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

We generally see some of the same questions asked about Tracfone BYOP so we will provide some of the most common questions along with answers for them, and then some additional information below.

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Tracfone 4G LTE Activation Kit - $6.99
What do I need to Activate my Smartphone with Tracfone?

Assuming you already have a phone, then you will need an Activation kit (like the one Pictured). You can get this on the Tracfone website or online retailers, visit our post on Getting an Activation Kit for Tracfone BYOP for the link to the page to buy the kit, and to learn more.

You can also just visit the Tracfone BYOP page and begin going through the process and they will prompt you to purchase the SIM card or Activation Kit when you need to. The Activation Kit will include a Network Access Code for your phone.

Additionally, you can find the Tracfone Activation kit on Amazon.

Do BYOP phones come with Triple Minutes?

Yes! All Android smartphones, both BYOP devices and phones offered by Tracfone, come with Triple Minutes for Life with airtime split into calling minutes, texts and data. Basically, phones activated on BYOP act the same way as Tracfone Smartphones.

For example, if you get a 60 minute card, you would get 180 texts, 180 mb data and 180 calling minutes.

If you would like further details on the changes from older Tracfone devices, see our post on How Airtime Works for Android Tracfone Devices.

Note, smartphone only airtime cards do not triple.

Can I use Promo Codes with BYOP phones?

Unfortunately, no. Tracfone Promo Codes won't work on any Tracfone Smartphones, BYOP or other.

Will a (certain phone) work?

We see a number of comments asking about specific phones. If the phone meets the requirements, then it should work, but that is no guarantee. See our list below for some of the known phones that will work, but this list is by no means complete. You may want to post a comment with your question, or read some of the other comments.

How do I Check my Airtime Balance?

On older Tracfone devices, the airtime was displayed on the homescreen. But this is not the case on smartphones. You can track your airtime by going on the Tracfone website and visiting your account, or you can download the Tracfone app and use that to check your balance.

See our full post on How to Check your Airtime with Tracfone Smartphones.

How can I tell if I have Verizon or AT&T Coverage in my Area?

AT&T and Verizon are two cell phone service providers that Tracfone contracts through to use their cell towers. AT&T uses GSM technology while Verizon uses CDMA. Most phones can only be used on one or the other, so it is important that you know which kind of phone to get.

You can go on the Tracfone website and type in your Zip code while searching for phones (or on the BYOP page) and see if CDMA or GSM phones show up in your area. If you see phones with a 'C' at the end, you should have good Verizon coverage in your Area. You can also call Tracfone and check directly.

You will need to pay attention to which network you want to use when you buy a phone, and when you activate it.

Information You Should Know about Tracfone BYOP

These are some general points of information we think are pertinent and valuable if you are planning to switch to an Android smartphone with Tracfone.

First of all, there is currently little or no roaming with Tracfone smartphones, so if you go outside the networks service area, your phone won't 'roam' on other networks. We hope Tracfone will fix this issue sometime in the near future. Fortunately, Verizon and AT&T both have fairly large coverage areas, especially in more populated areas.

Triple Minutes is included for smartphones with Tracfone. So when you add a prepaid 60 minute card to your smartphone, you will get 180 talk minutes, 180 texts, and 180mb data.

When transferring your old phone number and minutes to your new smartphone with Tracfone BYOP, some users have reported experiencing some serious problems, ranging from losing their minutes balance, to even losing their phone number. So be aware that not all of the kinks and quirks have been worked out in the system and you may want to activate a new number first. As time goes on, things should get easier and run more smoothly. More recently, many users are reporting a smoother process in activating 4G devices with Tracfone. To be safe, keep some sort of record of your airtime balance before switching phones.

Activation can be done online, but may require you to call customer service if it doesn't go well, so have a phone handy to use for this purpose. You can use this number, 1-800-876-5753, to also check the MEID number to see if your phone will work.

Lastly, to check your minutes balance, there is an app you can download, or you can simply visit the Tracfone website and sign into your account to view your current balance. Your balance won't be displayed on the home screen of the smartphone.

Hopefully this gives you a better idea of how Tracfone's BYOP program works, and some of the pro's and con's for it. As we get more information, we will add it here.

Time for the list of phones that work with Tracfone BYOP!

List of Phones for Tracfone BYOP

Below are phones that are compatible with the Tracfone BYOP program. Remember to check the requirements listed above, so you know what you should be getting.

We will continue to add to this list as we get feedback on different phones - so let us know what phone you have successfully activated with Tracfone and we will include it!

TracfoneReviewer Recommended BYOP Phones:
Here are some phones that we recommend because they are either a good value, or a very good phone. If you're unsure what BYOP phone to get, these phones might be a good place to start. We've separated our recommended phones into budget friendly, and high end.

Budget Friendly Smartphones we Recommend

BLU R1 HD - A very budget friendly phone that still has great features and specs. Go with the 2 GB RAM/16 GB Storage version. Compatible with GSM networks (AT&T) and retailing for just $109.
Moto G 4th Gen - Compatible with both GSM and CDMA networks, this phone has a winning combination of specs while still retailing for only $200.
LG Google Nexus 5x - A powerful phone with very little 'bloatware' and good performance. Compare to the Moto G 4th gen. For use with GSM networks, and available for $249
Samsung Galaxy S5 (GSM - refurbished) - While it was released several years ago, the Galaxy S5 is still a great phone with features like a 16 MP camera and 5.1" display. It is compatible with either GSM or CDMA networks, depending on the model you purchase. Refurbished versions can be found for under $200 on both Amazon and eBay.
iPhone 5C and 5S - The 5S has some improvements over the 5C, but both offer the iPhone experience at a reasonable price. Both have stunning 12 MP rear cameras that are a big selling point. Refurbished versions of these phones can be found on eBay for $100-200. (Tracfone also recently released the iPhone 5S for just $199)

High End Smartphones we Recommend

Sony Xperia Z5 - Sony is an often overlooked phone manufacturer, but this phone has a 23 MP rear camera that easily grabs your attention. It also has 32 GB memory, and is compatible with GSM networks. Retails for about $500
Huawei Google Nexus 6P - Currently the best Google phone, it has a stunning screen, great performance and the latest Android OS. It is also fully compatible with both GSM and CDMA networks. Retails for about $500
Samsung Galaxy S7 - Samsung's flagship phone, the S7 carries on a history of great smartphones with a 5.5" HD touchscreen, Android 6.0 and water resistent design. Compatible with GSM networks, retailing for about $600
iPhone 6S - Running iOS and featuring a fingerprint sensor, 4.7" screen and stunning 12 MP camera that can capture 4K video. It is one of the best phones available, and compatible with both GSM and CDMA networks. Retail price is about $700
iPhone 6S Plus - Like the 6S but with a larger 5.5" HD  touchscreen for those who like a larger phone. Also compatible with both GSM and CDMA networks. Retails for about $700.
iPhone 7 (not yet released) - The newest iPhone, only recently announced and not yet available.

Our recommended list of smartphones is meant only to help clear through what can be an overwhelming list of phone options. Let us know your thoughts on these phones in the comments section. Below are many more great phone options for use with the BYOP program:

Tracfone BYOP 4G LTE GSM (AT&T) Phone List:
Samsung Galaxy S7 - various options on Amazon
Samsung Galaxy S6 - various options on Amazon
Samsung Galaxy S5 - 16 GB on Amazon and eBay
Samsung Galaxy S3 - 16 GB on eBay
LG G2 - 32 GB on eBay (refurbished currently $139)
LG G3 - 32 GB on Amazon and 32 GB on eBay (refurbished currently $189)
LG G4 - 32 GB on Amazon
Moto G 4th Gen (latest version) - 16 or 32GB on Amazon
Nexus 6p - 32, 64 or 128GB available on Amazon
Nexus 5x - 16 GB on Amazon
Motorola Moto X 4G LTE - 16 GB on Amazon
Motorola Moto G (1st gen) 4G LTE - 8 GB on Amazon
HTC 1X - 16 GB on Amazon
Blu Stdio 6.0 - 16 GB on Amazon
Asus ZenFone 2 - 16 GB on Amazon
BLU Studio C Super Camera - 8 GB on Amazon
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus - 64 GB iPhone 6 on Amazon - 64 GB iPhone 6 Plus on Amazon
iPhone 5s - 16 GB on Amazon
iPhone 5 - 16 GB on Amazon
iPhone 4/4s
Nokia Lumia 640 (Windows Phone)

And many more options, let us know in the comments what you are using!

Tracfone BYOP 3G and 4G LTE CDMA (Verizon) Phone List:
Motorola Moto G (4th Gen) 16 or 32 GB on Amazon
iPhone 6 - 16GB on Amazon (64GB and 128GB also available)
iPhone 6 Plus - 16GB on Amazon (64GB and 128GB also available)
iPhone 5 - 16GB on Amazon
Samsung Galaxy S5 - 16GB on Amazon
Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy Note II - 16GB on Amazon
Samsung Galaxy Note III
LG G2 - 32 GB on Amazon
LG Lucid
Nexus 6 - 32GB on Amazon
Nexus 6p - 32, 64 or 128 GB available on Amazon
Nexus 5x
Moto X 2013 Edition - Amazon
Motorola Droid Razr M
iPhone 4 - 8GB or 16GB - Find on Amazon and eBay
iPhone 4S - 16GB or 32GB - Find on Amazon and eBay
Motorola Droid 1
Motorola Droid 2 - Find on Amazon
Motorola Droid 3 - Find on Amazon and eBay
Motorola Droid X
Motorola Droid X2 - Find on Amazon and eBay
HTC Droid Incredible - Find on Amazon and eBay
HTC Droid Incredible 2 - Find on eBay
Samsung Fascinate - Find on Amazon
HTC Rhyme - Find on Amazon
HTC Trophy (windows phone) - Find on Amazon
HTC One M8 (windows phone)
Moto G - Find on Amazon  and eBay (we have one report suggesting a user got a used Verizon Moto G that had been active on Verizon prepaid for 6 months, and was able to activate with Tracfone, more feedback appreciated!)

This is our current list of phones that work with the Tracfone BYOP program, be sure to post in the comments any other phones that you find work.

If you have a phone already, you can test it on Tracfone's website and enter the serial number or MEID to see if it will work.

You will need an activation kit, which you can get through Tracfone, or through other sources which may be faster, like SaveOnTracfone.com.

The goal of this page is to create a resource for information on Tracfone BYOP in order to answer questions and better inform consumers about their options when choosing a phone and carrier.

We have more resources available, including our Cell Phone Reviews page, and Tracfone Promo Codes list.

You can also connect with us on Facebook and Google+ where we share the latest news and updates!

Note - At first, Tracfone only allowed consumes to bring CDMA smartphones to use on Verizon 3G, however, after some time, that is not the case anymore. Thanks for all the users that helped contact Tracfone and encourage them to branch out into both GSM and CDMA networks. 

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levine1944 said...

They also said that the SIM card number in the Tracfone activation kit was incorrect and the last __ digits must start with a 1 not a 0. Well it starts with a 0. If you look at the BBB website you will see thousands of complaints, and a settlement with the FTC for false advertising. This company needs to get its act together. The bring your own phone is not rocket science, and they should be well-versed in doing this by this time. There is no excuse for all this chaos.

Anonymous said...

I activated a Amazon Fire phone 6 months a go and it's getting the 4G LTE service. I've been very happy with it

Hayden Rose said...

Just purchased an iPhone 6 Plus and I'm trying to transfer my old tracfone number to it, the 6 plus is att and not unlocked. I purchased the sim kit and tried using the website to do the transfer but it kept saying sim number error or something so I called tracfone instead. On my first call they told me the imei # on my new phone wasn't coming up in their system so I eventually hung up. On second call they said the same thing and then asked for my sim number and eventually said that they completed the process. They said it could take up to 2 business days for my phone to transfer over but my old phone is still working and my new one isn't. Any help?

Personal Private said...

It would be nice if the comments were "Newest Comments" first! or at least have a way of changing the order. No interested in reading a message that is 2 years old.

Paco said...

The LG Optimus Fuel L34C is for sale by a number of America Movil (AM) companies. Net10wireless was selling the phones with a Tracfone logo on the back and on startup screen. But while this could be activated on Page Plus Cellular, but not on Tracfone. As all three of these companies are divisions of AM, I can't explain it, but customer support says they can't do anything.

A friend of mine saw the Tracfone logo and bought a Tracfone PIN, but they refuse to activate it or refund her money.

Anonymous said...

I have a Moto X 2013 Edition phone that is working on Tracfone (BYOP) right now. Is it safe to install Cyanogenmod, or will that brick my phone?

Anonymous said...

I just did. Went from a LG L34C to a BLU Life One X.
The LG is CDMA and the BLU is GSM. They lost ALL my minutes, text, & data. Good thing I had pictures of everything to email to them. And after over 3 hours on the phone & some emails. Everything is straightened out now and working great..

Sumeru said...

yes but you will need gsm activation kit

Anonymous said...

TracFone has no way to know who the previous service provider was. Recommend you contact the seller of the phone with your question.

Anonymous said...

My wife's came with lollipop, and mine came with kit kat. Unfortunately tracfone does not seem to send those updates out, so I had to manually flash my device, which worked just fine.

RayW said...

I successfully activated two Samsung ATIV SE Windows Phone 8.1 phones on Tracfone. These are Verizon Wireless CDMA phones. The process was quick and painless. I purchased SIM kits from Walmart.com for only $3.04 each.

cj orey said...

I tried to activate a droid x2 once and meid no.worked good but wouldn't allow transfer of ph.no.nor activate afterwards.verizon says as its only for Verizon.so I guess the used phone must also be unlocked? thanks

Anonymous said...

Just activated a Samsung Captivate Glide -- it was SUPER EASY to do it online -- under two minutes to get the whole thing done! Now all I have to do is figure out the ins & outs of using a smartphone (this is my first smartphone!)

cj orey said...

Was the captivate glide new or used? Is it unlocked?

Anonymous said...

Recently tried to activate a Sony experia z3v with Tracfones BYOP program.
The phone was bought unlocked from EBAY and was originally made specifically for Verizon...therefore CDMA. Verizon has the best coverage where I live. Purchased a activation kit from Walmart and then started the on line process, an error message directed me to a CSR PHONE#. After abou 1 hour on the phone the CSR was unable to connect me to the network even though I had 3G and 2 bars of signal showing on the phone. This phone was identified on the Tracfone web site as "compatible" per the IMEI #. It still wouldn't connect according to the CSR. Had to send it back, very disappointing experience.

Ultralightpilot said...

This may help someone. Back in November when Walmart was selling the Tracfone LG Sunrise (L15G) for $9, I bought one and activated it with a 120 minute card just as a test to see if an ATT Tracfone would work at my home location. About a month later my wife received as a gift a hand-me-down ATT iPhone 4. I wondered what would happen if I took the SIM from the LG Sunrise and put it in the iPhone. IT WORKED! The Tracfone number originally on the LG registered on the iPhone and it then showed as TFW not ATT. All features worked. Now I only left it this way for two or three weeks before reinstalling the SIM back in the LG Sunrise, so it is possible that at some point TFW might have forced me to use an activation kit. Your mileage may vary.
Ron

budvoss said...

we have a Verizon cdma Samsung galaxy s3 . Bought the kit for BYOP and made a mistake of registering the nano sim card instead of the large sim card. the phone is now registered to tracfone now but will not work. Support say nothing they can do and we have to wait six months for tracfone to drop it out of system.. Now phone is useless for six months

Anonymous said...

For those who might be interested, I've now successfully used the same Tracfone sim card in three different devices ( an LG G2, THL W100, and the band new BLU VIVO XL-an amazing, budget-friendly smartphone). Each time you keep your phone number, voice, text, and data buckets. Gotta love BYOP!!!

Anonymous said...

Does an iPhone have to be AT&T or will any unlocked GSM iPhone work with Tracfone?
Thanks

Anonymous said...

Can anyone tell me if a verizon HTC 4G LTE Windows 8 phone is byop compatiable with tracfone ? If so is there any way I can get the triple minutes on this phone ? Phone currently does not have a sim card, but a friend did use his in my phone to see if unlocked. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.

Conrad Flamell said...

Transferred a sim card from an LG G2 to the new BLU VIVO XL. Both the phone # and the bucket of texts, data, voice minutes transferred immediately. Love how easy the BYOP process is.

Unknown said...

Anonymous:Part 2
Thank you so much for posting this!!! After 2 hours I was told to return my Droid X2 because it wouldn't program. All it needed was the *228 code and then select option 1, rather than the *22890 code I was told to try 20+ times. Thanks for clearing that up, I wish Tracfone customer service representatives knew the correct code.

Jen and Brady Johnson said...

we bought an iphone 4 for verizon from amazon in december. we also bought a BYOP registration kit from shopko. activation took a little time but i was able to do it online. the first step is to register the phone useing the instructions in the activation package. i was able to use the serial number to register it, but when i tried to activate it i kept getting kicked out with some "formatting error" or something. then i tried to activate with the IMEI number and it went right through. apparently the activation process does not recognize the letters in the serial number. since we have had it we have been very happy with it. the text messaging works just like a normal iphone with a regular carrier, as does voicemail. overall we are very pleased with the phone and with tracphone.

Gaminger said...

Will a Moto E work ?

Walks Far said...

Hi Lori, I also wish to get the LG V10 phone and bring to Tracfone. Can you get the 1 year card from Tracfone? I rarely make calls or send texts. I want the card for data transfer, and I mainly use WiFi for that.

Also State Farm Insurance is now offering their Drive Safe and Save Mobile discount program, which I want to get on. Let the phone connect to the Bluetooth device in the car, and then use WiFi to send the data to State Farm.

Thanks Lori,
Stephen

Walks Far said...

Hi Lori,

Can you use the 1 year data card with the LG V10?

I don't text, only make emergency phone calls, and use WiFi for data. I like the 1 year Tracfone card with the rollover.

Best,
Stephen.

Bob said...

Hi Howard –
Have you tried doing any data downloading while in ‘Mobile Data’ mode (e.g. getting directions from a map program while on the road)? For me this has NOT worked; even though phone calls and Wifi downloads appear to be doing fine. I’m trying to find out if this mobile data is just an issue with my own phone/SIM card, or if it’s a problem with all unlocked Galaxy S5 connections. Anyone else with similar issues, please comment. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Just activated a BRAND NEW personalized Motorola Moto X Pure Edition I bought directly from Motorola. I used an activation kit that had both the CDMA and GSM SIM cards along with added 60 min card I bought from Walmart. The Moto X is NOT locked to any specific phone provider so I was able to choose between using CDMA or GSM. After checking around to see which should give me the best coverage for my area I chose to activate the CDMA SIM. Using the Tracfone BYOP website I transferred my number over. I did have to contact Tracfone via chat to make sure I got my minutes transferred, which did take some time. Overall it took approx 2hrs to now be completely switched over (from the time I activated my phone on the Internet to chatting with the tracfone rep). I'm VERY happy! :) Figured I would add my experience into the mix since I have been watching this page and debating whether or not to try to upgrade to a REAL smartphone (my previous phone was a Tracfone branded LGL39C I bought in 2014). Hope this helps somebody out there. Thanks so much for this website and everyone else's input!!!

frank smith said...

Can anyone tell me how to get my LG306G phone to display name from contacts when called by that person ? Only displays number now. Old phone automatically displayed name of those ppl in contacts when calling me.

Anonymous said...

Just to let you all know I was able to activate my new galaxy s7 SM-G930FD (GSM) without any problems. I purchase the activation kit from Best buy for a $1.00 and follow the instructions. My phone updated everything and all my apps from my LG Ultimate 2 was transferred over include all contacts and whatnot. I also have T-Mobile as my second SIM and that's working as well. I chose this phone because we travel outside of OCONUS a lot so I wanted a phone with channels that can cover most countries frequencies. Now that you know if you purchase s7 unlocked from Amazon the Byod program will work. Good luck if you decide to go this route.

Anonymous said...

Just bought my husband an unlocked BLU Bold Advance 5.0 Smart phone from Amazon for $60. and it works as a Tracfone with Tranfone sim.

Unknown said...

I purchased a Nexus6 as you advised that it was compatible with the TracPhone BYOP program. After a week of calling with over 8 different Customer Service personnel they informed me that model was not compatible with TracPhone service

Mike & Karen Travelling said...

I am going to buy a new iPhone 6. I intend to use the iPhone 6 in Europe. I realize the Tracfone SIM won't work there. So I'd have to buy a local SIM. Am I correct in assuming that when I swap an Italian SIM for Tracfone's, that the iPhone now knows nothing about Tracfone and I can call out, or use the Browser just like any other Italian (or Brit, etc) might in their home country?

When I return to the US I just swap back in the Tracfone SIM and I would be back to using my Tracfone.

Any other issues or glitches I need to know?

Patient said...

I'm using theSamsung Galaxy Note 5 will it work with the byop program?

Anonymous said...

I just transfered my number to a Blu life one x. Its a gsm unlocked phone I bought from amazon. Awesome phone if anybody is looking for a nice byop phone that wont break the bank.

Gran Puba said...

Does anyone know if the Samsung note 4 or 5 will work on CDMA

Anonymous said...

Yes. I have an Verizon S6 Edge that I connected to TracFone. TracFone will send you a new SIM card when you try to activate the phone with the SIM card you purchase in the store.

Unknown said...

has anyone had luck with the iphone se on a gsm network yet?

krautdog said...

Are there any Tracfone plans to add the new Reeko Android smartphone flip phones to their store?

Unknown said...

Activated Blu Studio5 unlocked GPS phone in under ten minutes.

Anonymous said...

Nexus 6p works with BYOP GSM.

A few tips:
-When tracfone site asks for last four digits of serial#, its asking for the SIM serial#.
-If transferring from non-smartphone you may have to ask for them to transfer your remaining minutes from pay-as-you-go rollover before you can actually use your phone. It will be split into new voice/texts/data "buckets" instead of universal minutes.
-Dial *777*1# to view remaining balance if app does not work.

It took my phone about three hours and a few restarts before service transferred.

Anonymous said...

I nee3d to know if there are any phones on tracfone or byop you can use with tracfone that do not have google on them? ive had real bad luck on two of my phones in past using google and gmail.thank you..

Bobby Koenig said...

I bought an LG G3 Unlocked with Verizon. Activated it with the 4G LTE Verizon SIM Card and haven't had a problem with it. I've been using it for about a month.

CaseyRedDragon said...

Will the HTC One M8 work with Tracfone?

Anonymous said...

Just added a Moto G4 to TracFone. Did everything on line. Was effortless and finished in under 10 minutes. I used the 1 dollar sim kit from Best Buy with the CDMA card and transferred my old phone number to the new phone. A big step up from a ZTE Valet.

Ben said...

Will an unlocked moto g4 work with a lte byop kit from tracfone and will I be able to transfer service drom my lg power?

Anonymous said...

I wanted to upgrade my tracfone LG840G to a true smart phone for the addition apps I could use and larger screen size. I was very surprised to see an LG Rebel LV44VL listed for my zip code.
I called tracfone c/s dept with trepidation as to getting the correct answer to my question: will the cdma phone work in what I understood to be a gsm zip code area. The answer I got was yes. I asked a couple of times to be sure that the rep understood my question and it remained yes. I bought a LG Rebel Lte from Best Buy for $50. On the back of the tracfone box. It read, To learn more about this phone, text LGL44VL to 611611. I don't really know how to effectively use a smart phone but I am able to text and make phone calls yesterday and today, Mon.

Doug said...

I got the Blu Advance Prime addition activated with a GSM sim card. Easy. Great phone.

Anonymous said...

You can add the Nexus 5X 32GB to the list. I activated this as a BYOP on December 29th, 2015 via tracfone on the Verizon (CDMA) network. It was very bumpy to say the least to get it activated..took 12 days in total and had to talk eventually to the engineering staff (many support levels prior to that) due to activation process errors. I would assume they have plugged the bugs since. I'm guessing I was the first one to attempt a nexus 5x activation.

Ty Hayward said...

Can I bring an iphone that is compatible with sprint?

Anonymous said...

Hello. I successfully activated a new unlocked Moto G Play (4th gen) using a CDMA 4G LTE SIM, transferring my service from an LG Ultimate 2. The BYOP process on Tracfone's site was befuddling, but the actual service transfer was quick, and all of the phone's features have been working extremely well during this past week of testing. The Moto G Play is a very high-value phone and I strongly recommend it as an alternative to any of Tracfone's budget 4G models.

Mike & Karen Travelling said...

I want to use my iPhone in the US, but when I go to Europe I want to remove the Tracfone SIM and buy a foreign SIM, like for Italy or France, etc. I assume once I remove the Tracfone SIM and insert the foreign SIM that the phone then works as any other Smartphone in that country would.

John said...

I want to get a SIM Free Moto X Pure from Motorola and use it on TracFone. Would you please tell me how you got it done? I want to use it on the CDMA.

Roma said...

I have a Samsung Galaxy gt - i8552. Will I be able to use tracfone byop activation kit. Thanks

Roma said...

Hi can I use tracfone byop kit for my Samsung Galaxy gt - i8552

TheLanMan said...

Anyone get the Moto G4 Plus to work for Tracfone with CDMA (Verizon)? I can't get this blog post to show comments newer than December 2015, and the G4 phones are newer than that...

John said...

I was able to get a new Moto X Pure Edition onto TracFone's BYOP service (using the CDMA sim card from their kit) successfully by calling their technical support. I also had her transfer minutes and data and the phone number from an older Tracfone successfully to the new Moto X. It was painless.

Unknown said...

How to block a call on a Alcatel phone

Debbie Michaels said...

I have an L G from tracphone and want to up grade to a different model but because most phones are either those flip phone's I was told I can not have an android or a smart phone. Greaaat . So when I see the list as to what was covered under the place it narrowed the list down to basically nill. It seems that the government controls as to what style phone and what features it has. That is what most of the mfg's are selling and there should be no reason as to why I am not allowed to have something a little nicer for a change instead of these bare-bone's phones. Its either data or whatever they say YOU can not have. It's like seriously?? All I want to to is change to a different style. What is wrong with that?? SMH!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks to everyone on this forum who gives reports of their experiences with Tracfone. I thought I'd report on a successful transfer of my Tracfone service through their Bring Your Own Phone plan. Summary: I successfully transferred my Tracfone service from a LG840G Tracfone to a Microsoft Lumia 650 Windows 10 phone.

* I purchased an unlocked GSM Lumia 650 Windows 10 Phone online from the MicrosoftStore.com.

* I purchased a nano sim kit online from TracfoneBYOP.com and a $25 Smartphone-only airtime card (adds 60 days of service, 500 minutes, 1000 texts, and 500 MB of data).

* When my sim card and phone both had arrived, I put the sim card in the back of the phone along with a microSD card I had, and I used the WiFi at the public library to set up the phone. I logged in with my Windows account on the phone, set up apps, and I familiarized myself with the phone and updated its software first before transferring the Tracfone service.

* Once I had the phone set up how I wanted and I was familiar with how it worked, I then transferred my Tracfone service at a home computer. My old phone was a LG840G locked to Tracfone. I used my desktop computer with Internet and logged in to my Tracfone.com account and used the "Activate" selection on my account page to make selections to transfer my existing number. Key information is the OLD serial and IMEI number and the NEW IMEI number. Transfer completed within 5 minutes.

* Before the transfer, I had 355 minutes on my LG840G and a service date of 6/28/2017. Directly after the transfer (before adding the airtime card), on the Lumia 650 phone, I had 355 Minutes, 355 Texts, 355 MB of data, and a service date of 6/28/2017 (Note that the service date transferred in its entirety and the number of minutes translated into the same number in each of the three "buckets"). Then I added the $25 Smartphone-only airtime card and it added the 60 days of service, 500 minutes, 1000 texts, and 500 MB on top of all that. The current phone balances for minutes, texts, data, and service date are available through a link on my Tracfone online account page. On the phone, you can call *777*1# for balances (I put that number on speed dial).
I'm very satisfied with how this transfer worked.

I'm extremely satisfied with the BYOP option, and very happy to have a Windows 10 phone up and working with Tracfone!

--JD

Anonymous said...

You can add Moto G (4th Gen) Play 16 GB to the Tracfone BYOP 3G and 4G LTE CDMA (Verizon) Phone List.
I successfully activated two of these unlocked phones.

Ruly said...

I got 2 Motorola Moto X Pure Edition phones to work with BYOP no problems. I used the CDMA SIM card in the Tracfone kit. Did not use the GSM SIM card.

This is the phone:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0178Q8PUK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Teentitanbg said...

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ plus GSM (Carrier AT&T) unlocked factory by B&H is fine and work.
MMS and 4G is work too after APN setting.

Tom said...

I presently own a Galaxy Centura (Tracfone) and I am looking into buying an unlocked Samsung Samsung S6 or S7 or an iPhone using Tracfone's BYOP.
In order to complete the BYOP and assure that it works I must enter the phone's Ser # or MEID. I haven't bought the phone yet but want to be assured that I'll be able to use the new phone with Tracfone. If I haven't bought the phone yet then I don't have its Ser # or MEID. How can I otherwise be assured that the phone will work with Tracfone???

Anonymous said...

I can't seem to use my S7 Edge (Verizon). Can anyone else use there's?

Anonymous said...

I purchased my Moto G4 Play (unlocked)from B&H when they had it on sale in white. I wanted 16GB instead the usual 8GB I had in the past. I got the Tracfone sim kit from BB for $l.00 and slipped the CDMA card without a problem. I did everything online and took about 5 to 10 minutes and all my minutes transferred from my LG Treasure without a hitch. Very happy with the phone. I like the BYOP program but I did lots of research and reading before I made my decision. I'm always reading TracfoneReviewer, very informative.

Ganeyvim said...

Just purchased a brand new unlocked MOTO G4 play from B&H.
Have tried to get an answer from the Idiots at the Tracfone Chat support to no avail.
If anyone has a clue, it would be greatly appreciated.
Here are the questions.
1, The Tracfone sim kit contains Verizon (CDMA) as Well as GSM .
is that an AT&T or T-MOBILE (which I prefer) SIM?
2. Can I start out with a GSM sim (anyone) , and if Data or Voice reception are bad, then change to CDMA with relative ease?
3. Any experiences or horror stories with one of the above?

Anonymous said...

I made the switch to tracfone 2 years ago because I use my cell phone so rarely, I already have over 2,000 unused minutes built up. A family member recently upgraded and gave me their old iPhone 6s, so I decided to see whether I could use Tracfone's BYOP program to switch my existing Tracfone service over to it.

Even though it was originally a Verizon iPhone, I still had to buy a Tracfone SIM card kit -- which cost all of $1 at my local Best Buy. After installing the new SIM card (which took about 30 seconds), I was able to use my tracfone on-line account to enter the new SIM card numbers, and about 15 minutes later, my existing service had been automatically transferred, activated on the iPhone, and ready for use! All 2,000+ buildup minutes automatically transferred as well.

I considered my $7/month tracfone service a great value before, but now, with the iPhone 6, it's fantastic! The reception is clearer, and it offers so much more functionality.

Reading through the other comments here, it seems more than a few have experienced some difficulties, and I'm not really sure why. I had no problems at all, and felt the process involved couldn't have been easier.

cloud9 said...

I recently activated an LG G5 BYOF on TracFone. Purchased it from Upward Mobile and it came with a TracFone sim card kit. Was kind of nervous about activating it, since that can sometimes be a real headache with TracFone when it comes to getting ALL of your minutes transferred to a new device, but the process was surprisingly streamlined and easy. Happily, there was no need to call Customer Service. The G5 was ready to go in about 20 minutes, balance intact. But I would recommend making a screen print of your balance before you attempt to activate any phone--just in case you need proof if your minutes disappear. It's so nice having a phone with 32 gigs of internal storage and a really great camera and STILL keep my TracFone account. BYOF is definitely the way to go.

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