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332 26 March 27, 2018 at 01:30 PM
I'm looking to buy a tracfone .I have an unlocked phone already.

is it cheaper to buy phones from hsn or qvc that has 1 year validity?
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cheaper to buy triple minutes for life phones and then move the number to my unlocked phone,this way my future refills will be cheaper after one year?
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is there a sim that allow triple minutes and I can add minutes when necessary ?

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What unlocked phone do you have?
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What unlocked phone do you have?
Acer liquid Jade primo
It's a Windows phone I bought recently
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Whether or not tracfone makes sense depends on your usage. There may be other options that make more sense. Generally TF customer service is fairly poor and there are lots of bugs in their back end computer systems.

TF has been moving away from their older TMFL plans, the new smartphone plans aren't much worse for most people. I think a lot of people find TMFL confusing and it's part of why TF is skipped over in some MVNO reviews and ratings.

If you buy a bundle phone from hsn or qvc you'll be getting a phone that uses verizon's network, the sim from this won't work in your Jade. It might work in other verizon phones, but this gets to be a mess and you could have problems if you didn't keep the phone the sim was originally associated with.

To bring your own phone, you should plan on buying a BYOP sim kit. The newer kits will only allow you to use the newer smart phone plans, older kits or sims may still work with TFML. Eventually they'll manage to force everyone off of TMFL.

You could buy a phone from hsn activate it and then transfer to a byop at&t sim. You'd have to decide if it's worth the hassle. Sims from tf branded AT&T devices won't work in other phones, the sims are locked.

Also note, no VoLTE or wifi calling.
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Whether or not tracfone makes sense depends on your usage. There may be other options that make more sense. Generally TF customer service is fairly poor and there are lots of bugs in their back end computer systems.

TF has been moving away from their older TMFL plans, the new smartphone plans aren't much worse for most people. I think a lot of people find TMFL confusing and it's part of why TF is skipped over in some MVNO reviews and ratings.

If you buy a bundle phone from hsn or qvc you'll be getting a phone that uses verizon's network, the sim from this won't work in your Jade. It might work in other verizon phones, but this gets to be a mess and you could have problems if you didn't keep the phone the sim was originally associated with.

To bring your own phone, you should plan on buying a BYOP sim kit. The newer kits will only allow you to use the newer smart phone plans, older kits or sims may still work with TFML. Eventually they'll manage to force everyone off of TMFL.

You could buy a phone from hsn activate it and then transfer to a byop at&t sim. You'd have to decide if it's worth the hassle. Sims from tf branded AT&T devices won't work in other phones, the sims are locked.

Also note, no VoLTE or wifi calling.
Do you know if tmfl triples service days and data ?

I find tracfone have better deals in terms of minimal use and yearly cost.please suggest if there are better alternatives
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Do you know if tmfl triples service days and data ?

I find tracfone have better deals in terms of minimal use and yearly cost.please suggest if there are better alternatives
Service days do not triple, only minutes. With TMFL 400 min = 1200 min / 1200 sms / 1.2GB
The $125 for 1500 min / 1500 sms / 1.5GB / 365 days smartphone plan isn't bad compared to the $99 for 1200/1200/1.2/365 tmfl option. It isn't as good compared to $199 for 4500/4500/4.5
Depending on what you use to most of, with the smartphone plans it can be more economical to buy multiple smaller cards. The wonders of tracfone math...
$125 = 1*$125 smartphone plan=1500 min / 1500 sms / 1.5gb / 365
$180 = 4*$45 smartphone plan = 3000 min / 4000 sms / 4 gb / 365
$200 = 4*$50 smartphone plan = 3000 min / 6000 sms / 8 gb / 365
$210 = 6*$35 smartphone plan = 4500 min / 6000 sms / 6 gb / 365
$150 = 6*$25 smartphone plan = 3000 min / 6000 sms / 3 gb / 365


Before it sold out, the LG Rebel 3 with 1500/1500/1.5/365 for $60 at HSN was a good deal. This phone would not have had TMFL.
If you value having TMFL it isn't going to be in your best interest to keep switching phones/sims.

There's also an option to add 365 days for $50 with any airtime purchase, but unless your usage is extremely low this doesn't really make sense.

As is typical of tracfone, activation of phones with bundled minutes doesn't always go smoothly. You may not end up with the sum of your current minutes + the bundled minutes. Sometimes they wipe out your existing balance, sometimes you end up with no minutes at all.

If you use > 1gb of data per month, other MVNOs are worth checking out.
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I have done both Tracfones and unlocked phones on Tracfone & I am much happier with my unlocked phone on Tracfone.
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I have done both Tracfones and unlocked phones on Tracfone & I am much happier with my unlocked phone on Tracfone.
I second this. Using your own unlocked phone is so much better.
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