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Tracfone Samsung Orbit 5.0" Smartphone with 1500 Min/Text/Data-1 year of service-$100. Reg $177. Free shipping from QVC.

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Tracfone Samsung Orbit 5.0" Smartphone with 1500 Min/Text/Data

1 year of service-$100. Reg $177. Free shipping from QVC.

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I'm curious, what happens if you go over your data limit on prepaid phones like this. Do they throttle you, or charge you per MB? If they charge you, can you set it not to use data past the limit?

I'm wondering if this phone would be good for my niece. She's at that age where she wants a phone but doesn't really have anyone to call. The minutes would be more than enough i think, but the data is where I'm concerned. She'd be using apps for sure, like video calling stuff and maybe would want some games. I'm not sure how badly those kill data when you don't have access to wifi.
Just had this happen with the BOGO tracfone on a previous deal. They completely shut off your data service.
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I'm curious, what happens if you go over your data limit on prepaid phones like this. Do they throttle you, or charge you per MB? If they charge you, can you set it not to use data past the limit?

I'm wondering if this phone would be good for my niece. She's at that age where she wants a phone but doesn't really have anyone to call. The minutes would be more than enough i think, but the data is where I'm concerned. She'd be using apps for sure, like video calling stuff and maybe would want some games. I'm not sure how badly those kill data when you don't have access to wifi.
I bought something similar for my parents then transferred the service to a bring your own device SIM to use with an IPhone.

My understanding of android is (much like the iPhone) you can turn off cell data for certain apps, turn off cell data, limit size of email attachments, limit updates as well as set a user
Set warning if you use too much data. I did all this and have been able to limit data use while not near a place with WiFi. My parents aren't teenage girls so your mileage will definitely vary.
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can it be unlocked?
Yes it can be unlocked after 12 months of service. They send you instructions to unlock with the unlock code.

If you plan on using unlocked phone on GSM network make sure the phone is capable. I unlocked my LG phone but it was only capable of CDMA so I would only be able to put in a CDMA sim card. I was told if I were to unlock an iPhone, I'd be able to put in a GSM or CDMA sim card.
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which phone should i use as a 'garbage phone number phone?' (sweepstakes, text contests, people I do not like now but may be useful later, and as an emergency phone for car) lol

The $80 or the $100? which is more user friendly for fat fingers?

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Why do TracFone anymore when there's MintMobile and Unreal mvnos offering the cheapest unlimited plans?
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I average about 13GB on my tablet per month with light usage of; a few apps, 2 small games, and fairly rare YouTube vids of a few minutes each. 4-5GB of that amount is used on Google doing simple research of products that come up on SD or other things. I highly doubt that 1.5GB is going to be enough for a whole year for her.
That seems like higher data usage than I would expect for activities you mention so may not be typical. Some tips that I have used to limit data use. Make sure you go into your settings and set apps to receive app updates only over wifi. Google is constantly wanting to update your apps otherwise. And turn off data in between use (apps use a ton of data in the background even if you "close" the app). Avoid texting photos/videos (uses data) - if needing to send one make sure to use the texting app to take the photo rather than the usual camera app since it will instead take a compressed lower resolution photo that is a much smaller file size. Set youtube app to show lower resolution videos by default (typically don't need HD quality on a mobile device). Set email to not load/download attachments automatically so you can choose you view them on wifi instead. Permanently disable apps you never use (and can't uninstall) so they won't run in the background.
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Why do TracFone anymore when there's MintMobile and Unreal mvnos offering the cheapest unlimited plans?
Because T-Mo (Mint) is unusable in my region and Sprint (Unreal) is just slightly better. For 7-15 bucks a month I get all that I need from a phone service without overpaying for an all you can eat plan. I can choose between AT&T and Verizon, same price.
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Are photos sent in text messages counted against data usage?
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Can the year service be used on an existing tracfone number or would I have to start a new one?
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Can the year service be used on an existing tracfone number or would I have to start a new one?
Can use with current account, just activate keeping current number & everything adds together.
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I remember the Trac's back when they sold them at RadioShack. Why someone would ever do this is beyond me - not for 5 minutes, not for 10. Not for anything. A proper tether (like Clockwork's tether program for 5 bux on play store) combined with a 2nd tier carrier like Boost or MetroaPCS (boost being the best bar none) or somethin would be more than enough, cost maybe 90-150 bux out the door depending on the phone) and come with more than this at way less the money. To each their own. I suppose still a good deal if U have none of the 2nd tier carrier option but, no deal unless that is issue.
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Can I assume that all these phones are compatible with tracfone after the end of the year? They're cutting out some service (don't remember which) and older phones, like from a year or two ago, will be incompatible and basically worthless on their system.
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Are photos sent in text messages counted against data usage?
Yes. However, I believe each emoji counts as an additional text message.
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Can I assume that all these phones are compatible with tracfone after the end of the year? They're cutting out some service (don't remember which) and older phones, like from a year or two ago, will be incompatible and basically worthless on their system.
Just plan to buy a new phone with included year of service every year. It's cheaper than the one year anyway.
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