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Tracfone Bring Your Own CDMA Verizon Compatible Smartphone

Mathew1968 14 November 24, 2013 at 01:49 PM in Tech & Electronics (6)
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Last Edited by Mathew1968 November 24, 2013 at 09:31 PM
Tracfone is now offering Bring Your Own CDMA (Verizon) Compatible Smartphone. Any 3G smart phone (no 4G LTE ) that can be activated on Page Plus (which Tracfone owns) should work.

http://tracfonewireless.com/byop/

Here are some popular phones;

Android: HTC Incredible I, II, Motorola Droid X, X2, Motorola Droid 1, 2, 3, Samsung Fascinate
Windows Phone: HTC Trophy

Cost $9.99 + tax for an "network access code" and adding an airtime card was required before it could be activated. I received 3X minutes on the card (3X minutes / 3X text messages / 3X MB of data). To check usage there is an android app or go to your account on Tracfone's website. Additional data at 300 MB for $10, 750 MB for $20, 2 GB for $50.

I activated a HTC Trophy. If you don't mind using a 7.x Windows phone the Trophy also has a GSM sim card slot. I purchased an unlock code for a few dollars and put in a Lycamobile Sim so I can switch between the two accounts. I did need to upgrade to 7.8 http://windowsphonehacker.com/art...l-01-31-13 to get the option for Internet Sharing to appear. I was able to tether successfully.

If you are looking for an android phone the Samsung Fascinate has a CM 11 build

My suggestion is to wait deal like HSN had (1400 minutes/1year expire for $60) and then transfer the minute/service over to the smartphone.

One disadvantage with the smartphones on Tracfone is you cannot roam (voice or data) so you are limited to Verizon's prepaid coverage (see Pageplus coverage map at https://www.pagepluscellular.com/.../coverage/ ) and I've read that you can't add promo codes when adding additional minutes.

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does that smart phone have to be unlocked? thanks
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good for CDMA folks..I got stuck up with my Droid RAZR 4G cannot Unlock.. cannot go Verizon prepaid Frown ... any suggestions what can be done..
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good for CDMA folks..I got stuck up with my Droid RAZR 4G cannot Unlock.. cannot go Verizon prepaid Frown ... any suggestions what can be done..
You can bring it to PagePlus. The RAZR (and RAZR HD, which I have) can both be flashed with a little bit of work. Check out the PagePlus hardware forum on howardforums, there are threads for each of those devices with lots of happy folks. Of course you get no 4G, but the phone works perfectly for me with MMS and 3G on PP.
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You can bring it to PagePlus. The RAZR (and RAZR HD, which I have) can both be flashed with a little bit of work. Check out the PagePlus hardware forum on howardforums, there are threads for each of those devices with lots of happy folks. Of course you get no 4G, but the phone works perfectly for me with MMS and 3G on PP.
great..I will check with them
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The cheapest plan is $10 per month for 50 minutes; there is a $20 plan for 125 minutes and a $30 plan for 200 minutes


A 60-minute bundle for $19.99 ends up costing about 33 cents per minute, while paying $199.99 for 1,500 minutes ends up costing 13 cents



The 30-minute card, which is available online only, costs $9.99; the 60-minute card costs $19.99; the 120-minute card costs $29.99; the 200-minute card costs $39.99; and the 450-minute card costs $79.99The Double Minutes card, which doubles the minutes on all future purchases, costs $19.99. The 1 Year + Double Minutes card, which provides 800 minutes and doubles all future purchases, costs $119.99. The 400-minute one-year card costs $99.99; the 1000-minute one-year card costs $159.99; and the 1500-minute one-year card costs $199.99. There are also three individual monthly plans. These minutes carry over month-to-month. The 50-minute plan costs $9.99; the 125-minute plan costs $19.99; and the 200-minute plan costs $29.99.


.users are charged double per minute rates (double the units) for roaming calls


the 30-minute card expires in 30 days and the 60, 120, 200, and 450-minute cards expire in 90 days.
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Quote from smanda View Post :
good for CDMA folks..I got stuck up with my Droid RAZR 4G cannot Unlock.. cannot go Verizon prepaid Frown ... any suggestions what can be done..
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You can bring it to PagePlus. The RAZR (and RAZR HD, which I have) can both be flashed with a little bit of work. Check out the PagePlus hardware forum on howardforums, there are threads for each of those devices with lots of happy folks. Of course you get no 4G, but the phone works perfectly for me with MMS and 3G on PP.
Yes, I have a Razr M on Page Plus. If it's too much to root/flash the phone yourself, you can usually find someone local to do it.

Not sure I understand this post though. I followed the link but I can't figure out what they're offering and how it compares to PagePlus. I am a PP customer now with the $40/mo unlimited talk/text 500mb data plan. Is this better? (I actually get my plan for $36.75 but not sure if that's possible anymore)
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Yes, I have a Razr M on Page Plus. If it's too much to root/flash the phone yourself, you can usually find someone local to do it.

Not sure I understand this post though. I followed the link but I can't figure out what they're offering and how it compares to PagePlus. I am a PP customer now with the $40/mo unlimited talk/text 500mb data plan. Is this better? (I actually get my plan for $36.75 but not sure if that's possible anymore)

Thanks I am new to this.
When you say get it done local what does it mean?
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Look on Craigslist. In my area, there are several "cell phone stores" that claim they can do it for $50 or $60 and at least one Page Plus dealer that will do it. There's even people on Ebay who will do it remotely though you have to give them access to the phone via your computer.... (which means access to your computer which I don't recommend)

As mtp60 said, if you look on Howard Forums, there's info on how to flash yourself. That's what I did tho it wasn't entirely smooth and I was wishing I'd paid someone. Good in the end though.
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Page Plus is still cheaper.
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Page Plus is still cheaper.

Way cheaper. Page Plus has a $80 yearly 2000 minute plan. Even though I have to add minutes during the year, I laugh at those monthly big bills and 2 year insane contracts. Of course, you can't be chatty like a little girl on these.
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Way cheaper. Page Plus has a $80 yearly 2000 minute plan. Even though I have to add minutes during the year, I laugh at those monthly big bills and 2 year insane contracts. Of course, you can't be chatty like a little girl on these.
That's what it seemed like to me...PP is way cheaper if you use a cell phone as most folks do.
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Way cheaper. Page Plus has a $80 yearly 2000 minute plan. Even though I have to add minutes during the year, I laugh at those monthly big bills and 2 year insane contracts. Of course, you can't be chatty like a little girl on these.
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That's what it seemed like to me...PP is way cheaper if you use a cell phone as most folks do.
Indeed, I pay less for an entire family than single folks on a plan. For a single line it costs the same for a year with Page Plus as some plans cost in a month (or two months for most basic plans). People never factor this in when they buy their "cheap" phones on two or three year contracts. They end up paying $2,000 or more for a $500 phone (latest model, of course). I just buy last year's model for $100 up front and then pay $80 per year.
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Indeed, I pay less for an entire family than single folks on a plan. For a single line it costs the same for a year with Page Plus as some plans cost in a month (or two months for most basic plans). People never factor this in when they buy their "cheap" phones on two or three year contracts. They end up paying $2,000 or more for a $500 phone (latest model, of course). I just buy last year's model for $100 up front and then pay $80 per year.
I will soon join prepaid (smart) crowd too, but would love to get more info on your plan. What about data, how do you work around that?
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check out these guys they can convert your sprint or verizon phones to straight talk $45 unlimited plan and still be on verizon towers i had my phones converted through them saved me lot of green that i was paying monthly to verizon. http://androidflash.net
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