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Tracfone Android Plan How To

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Today, we will learn all of the ins and outs of the all new Tracfone Android phones. Currently available Tracfone Androids.

Phone Selection

The Tracfone Android phone selection will be limited to entry to mid level devices. New phones will come with the Triple minutes for life that will triple your calling, texting and data time. Don’t expect to find the Samsung Galaxy S4 here or anything because Tracfone is for the cost conscious customer. Compare Tracfone Androids

One thing to be aware is that you will need to purchase a phone directly from Tracfone. You cannot use Straight Talk or Net10 phones, again, you must purchase them directly from Tracfone or they will not work. Be careful when buying used phones because the Straight Talk and Net10 variants look identical to the Tracfone Androids but they will not work.

Which Tracfone Airtime Card to Use?

Currently Available Tracfone Androids.

The awesome thing about the Tracfone Android plans is that you can use the same Tracfone cards that you would on the older Tracfone phones. This means that you do not need to buy more expensive cards to use the Tracfone Androids. That said, if you are a heavier data user, then the best deal on Tracfone Airtime is the 450 minute card because it retails for $79.99 and will be good for approximately 1.3 gb of data usage. Since Tracfone cards are good for 3 months, this averages out to about $26 a month which is a great deal.

The best feature of the Tracfone Android plan compared to regular Tracfones is that it deducts data, airtime and text usage different than regular Tracfones. Regular Tracfone’s deduct data, text and calls from the same pool of minutes. With Tracfone Android, you get a three buckets if you will. One bucket for airtime, one for texting and one for data. The phone will take away from the appropriate bucket. For example, you can still make calls and text even if you run out of data. The old Tracfone’s did not do that.

How does the data plan work with Tracfone Android?

You do not need to buy a separate data card for your Android phone unless you want or need it for some reason.  You can still buy extra data but I do not recommend it as it can get expensive. The Tracfone Android plan is not a high data usage plan. I would recommend you go to Straight Talk or Net10 unlimited if you want or need a higher data usage plan. The one thing to keep in mind with Tracfone is that you can always use WiFi if you run out of data.

Which Calling Area will I get with Tracfone Androids

The current batch of Tracfone Androids are CDMA phones so you will be activated with either Verizon or TMobile. Tracfone may or may not introduce GSM tech phones that will work with AT&T or TMobile but those are not available yet.

Can I use Straight Talk or Net10 phones if they are the same models?

The answer to that is NO! Be sure to buy phones directly from Tracfone. Even though Straight Talk and Net10 use the same model phones, they will not work with Tracfone.  People buying used phones should be extra careful because there is no real way to tell if it is a Tracfone or not when looking at it from the outside or when turning it on. Only Tracfone can tell for sure if the phone is good for Tracfone service or not. You will need to give Tracfone the imei (serial number) and they can tell you.

What’s the difference between previous Tracfone’s and Tracfone Android?

There is a huge difference between Androids and previous smartphone like phones offered by Tracfone. Androids are true smartphones so can do many things that older Tracfones simply cannot. None of the older Tracfone’s were smartphones. With Android, you can finally download real apps, music, movies, etc. Another difference is that Tracfone Androids will deduct your data according to real usage where the older Tracfone’s data usually deducted from the same Airtime you had on the phone.

Android phones soon to be available for Tracfone Customers

Traditionally, Tracfone has catered to the cost conscious customer with what are basically low end feature phones and flip phones. However, this is all changing with the introduction of a set of new Tracfone Android phones. Now these aren’t new phones per say, rather they are bringing in phones that Tracfone has offered under the Straight Talk and Net10 banners.  Another item of note is the fact that all of the phones will be of the CDMA variety so no GSM models yet. The CDMA models will be activated with either Verizon or Sprint. Tracfone Androids in Your Area

While they are not offering anything like a Samsung S4 or anything, this first batch of Tracfone Androids will be a huge upgrade over the now obsolete feature phones of yesteryear. It remains to be seen if Tracfone customers will be able to continue to use the regular Tracfone cards for 30, 60, 120, 200, 450 minutes or if Tracfone will roll out new cards that will work with these Androids.

At any rate, the first set of Tracfone’s will be:


Tracfone ZTE Z665C – ZTE Valet
The ZTE Valet is another entry level device which retails for around $99.99. This one is very similar to the Tracfone LG Dynamic above but comes with the 4.1 Android OS.

Tracfone Samsung Galaxy Centura
The Tracfone Samsung Galaxy Centura is an entry level type device with good specs. This one retails for $129.99 namely because it’s a Samsung and comes with the newer Android 4.0. In reality, this is essentially the same phone as the ZTE Valet above.

Tracfone LG L38c – Dynamic
This is a compact CDMA Android that will undoubtedly cost under $100. This is an excellent starter Android for not a whole lot of money. Note that this one will come with an older Android OS, namely Android 2.3 Gingerbread….Pending Release

Tracfone Huawei Glory H868C
This one will probably be considered more of a higher end for Tracfone. Specs are not much better than the entry level LG L38c but it does come with Android 4.0…. Pending Release