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Tracfone Users w/a Smartphone

Xenz 785 189 September 2, 2015 at 04:16 PM
I'd like to upgrade my old Samsung w/slide-out keyboard to a smartphone. I bought a LG Optimus Fuel to tinker around with but I'm hesitant to actually transfer my minutes over to it.

Can anyone tell me what will happen with the 1200 minutes I have on my current phone if I decide to transfer them? Do they divide them up or will all 3 "buckets" have 1200 mins/texts/data? Also, how do you check your balances?

Another thing. I ordered the LG using a zip code about 20 miles from my home. Tracfone has very little to offer with my own zip so I used one for Palm Springs. The LG has a consistent 2-3 bars but I don't know if it having no service affects this.

I definitely want to upgrade to a smartphone. Being able to buy 1,000 texts for $10 is very appealing to me since I mostly use my cell for texting. Thanks for any input.

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What does Tracfone use? Verizon or T-Mobile?
If it uses Sprint, you can try Ringplus.
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What does Tracfone use? Verizon or T-Mobile?
If it uses Sprint, you can try Ringplus.
According to this article the LG phone I just bought uses Verizon.

http://www.prepaidphonenews.com/2...aight.html
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According to this article the LG phone I just bought uses Verizon.

http://www.prepaidphonenews.com/2...aight.html
If you want to try Sprint, you can check RingPlus out:

https://ringplus.net/

LG Optimus Fuel is a bad Smartphone, good luck typing on it.
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Transfer 1200 minutes=1200 voice AND 1200 text AND 1.2GB data (not OR). There are a few ways to check balances, but there is a Tracfone app. You can add a widget that will display all the balances, you push a button to refresh it, it then sends a text back and the widget updates. Be careful, their system may try to short your minutes during transfer, you can get them back, but it's a pain and happens often (my experience in another thread about the deal below if you search for it).

As long as you have good Verizon coverage there, it will be fine. I'd be sure that you are in a Verizon owned tower area and that it's not roaming on another carrier. Haven't checked if that bothers anymore, I don't think their GSM options do.

Search the forum for the deal below or a similar one from this seller, it's been $99 including the year card (so you essentially get a free (or close) phone with year of service). Also, q&a in the posts here. First, activate new phone, transfer minutes, then only after active, add any cards. http://www.ebay.com/itm/LG-Ultima...20f3843cae

I've been with tracfone many years, except for a short while with only Pageplus (also Tracfone). Now I have both, Tracfone has a better/cheaper smartphone option for low use for how I use it.

There is no Sprint, AT&T, Tmobile coverage within 70 miles of me, or in most of the state except roaming, so I haven't looked at their alternatives.
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Transfer 1200 minutes=1200 voice AND 1200 text AND 1.2GB data (not OR). There are a few ways to check balances, but there is a Tracfone app. You can add a widget that will display all the balances, you push a button to refresh it, it then sends a text back and the widget updates. Be careful, their system may try to short your minutes during transfer, you can get them back, but it's a pain and happens often (my experience in another thread about the deal below if you search for it).

As long as you have good Verizon coverage there, it will be fine. I'd be sure that you are in a Verizon owned tower area and that it's not roaming on another carrier. Haven't checked if that bothers anymore, I don't think their GSM options do.

Search the forum for the deal below or a similar one from this seller, it's been $99 including the year card (so you essentially get a free (or close) phone with year of service). Also, q&a in the posts here. First, activate new phone, transfer minutes, then only after active, add any cards. http://www.ebay.com/itm/LG-Ultima...20f3843cae

I've been with tracfone many years, except for a short while with only Pageplus (also Tracfone). Now I have both, Tracfone has a better/cheaper smartphone option for low use for how I use it.

There is no Sprint, AT&T, Tmobile coverage within 70 miles of me, or in most of the state except roaming, so I haven't looked at their alternatives.

I wound up at a site called Howard Forums & they have a board dedicated to Tracfone/Net10. After asking a few questions I decided to transfer the phone over. It went very well. I got all my minutes like you said I should. Phone seems to be working great & I'm pretty happy so far. Thanks so much for your input, it really helped. Have a great day! Big Grin
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Another thing. I ordered the LG using a zip code about 20 miles from my home. Tracfone has very little to offer with my own zip so I used one for Palm Springs.
That can be trouble if you read the terms of service carefully. There's something in there about using the phone outside of your home coverage area (the zip code you entered) more than a certain amount of the time.
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That can be trouble if you read the terms of service carefully. There's something in there about using the phone outside of your home coverage area (the zip code you entered) more than a certain amount of the time.
Can you do a copy/paste of that part of the agreement? I looked through it & didn't see anything about it. I don't think TF dictates where you use your phone & for how long. I could easily be working in the zip I used & mostly use my phone there. Why would they care as long as they get their money?
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Can you do a copy/paste of that part of the agreement? I looked through it & didn't see anything about it. I don't think TF dictates where you use your phone & for how long. I could easily be working in the zip I used & mostly use my phone there. Why would they care as long as they get their money?
I couldn't find it in tracfone's current terms of service, but I'm pretty sure it used to be there and may still be.

Net10 (also an american movil company) has this in their terms:
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National Roaming capability may be discontinued or changed at any time without notice. NET10 reserves the right to terminate the Service of any NET10 customer who is roaming for 50% or more of usage in any 3 billing cycles within a 12 month period.
They care because it costs them more when you're roaming. There IS a reason your zip code didn't show cdma service being available.

I don't think tracfone's CDMA phones roam anymore (at least not byop or smartphones), you either have service or you don't.
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I couldn't find it in tracfone's current terms of service, but I'm pretty sure it used to be there and may still be.

Net10 (also an american movil company) has this in their terms:

They care because it costs them more when you're roaming. There IS a reason your zip code didn't show cdma service being available.

I don't think tracfone's CDMA phones roam anymore (at least not byop or smartphones), you either have service or you don't.
Thank you for the information. I get what you're saying about the roaming now that you pointed it out. I don't think that'll be a problem with my situation. So far everything works well & there's been no roaming. Enjoy your day! Smilie
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