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TracFone's CDMA BYOP Site is Working Again

Back in November TracFone soft-launched an online Bring You Own Phone (BYOP) program. There was no announcement and TracFone never advertised BYOP but you could go to tracfonewireless.com/byop/ and activate most clean-ESN, non-LTE Verizon phones on TracFone's $7/month and up pay as you go plan.

BYOP worked well for a couple days after it first launched, then something happened and no matter what phone you tried to activate, the site would responded with "We are sorry, the Serial Number you entered is associated with another account or is already active. Please try again".

It looks like the program has been fixed and relaunched. TracFone dealers received flyers (image) this week advertising BYOP and several HowardForum users posted that they have been able to activate BYOP phones over the last few days. Successes included a Droid 2, Droid 3, and another Droid 2. The successfully activated phones were all used. Attempts to activate brand new phones failed and TracFone support told another HowardForums user that new, never activated phones were ineligible.

So at this point it looks like it should be possible to activate any used Verizon non-LTE Android phone with a clean ESN (not reported lost or stolen or flagged for non-payment) at tracfonewireless.com/byop/ or a TracFone dealer. The TracFone site charges $9.99 for an activation code and there are no refunds if the code doesn't work.

TracFone BYOP uses the same "triple-triple" billing system as TracFone's Android phones. That means that a $19.99 "60 minutes" refill gives you 180 minutes, plus 180 texts plus 180 MB of data good for 90 days. When you add more money, unused minutes, texts and data "roll over" and get added to the total available for the new plan period.

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  1. Its an mvno of what service ?

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  2. sprint phones will work ?

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  3. "Android only" Says the brochure... No iPhone pricing?

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    1. Actually, the iPhone 4 & iPhone 4s from Verizon are both compatible. However, iPhones 5 and 5s are both incompatible.

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    2. TracFone now allows the iPhone 4 and 4S. They didn't originally.

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  4. Dennis: Do you think one of the clone Samsung 9500 S4 with WCDMA would work on the Tracfone BYOP? What if I removed the Sim card?

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    1. No it won't work. TracFone will only activate Verizon phones. In addition W-CDMA is not the same as CDMA. It's a synonm for UMTS (GSM 3G) and is incompatible with Verizon's CDMA network.

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    2. Dennis: Are you aware of any other BYOP plans out there besides this new Tracfone plan that might accept this Chinese Samsung 9500 S4 clone phone with the W-CDMA (GSM 3G)?

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    3. If it supports GSM and WCDMA on 850 and 1900 Mhz it will work on GoPhone or any AT&T MVNO with full coverage for 2G and 3G.

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  5. Would a Motorola g purchased from best buy work? Because it can't access 4g lte network and it runs on 3g.

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    1. No, Verizon prepaid phones can't be activated on TracFone. Only postpaid ones.

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    2. A used prepaid Verizon Motorola Moto G (1st generation) will work on Tracfone. Note the phone has to of been used for at least one year on Verizon prepaid before it can be used on Tracfone. I speak with experience as my current phone is in-fact a "used" Verizon prepaid Motorola Moto G.

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  6. Sounds like a great deal for people who don't really need the minutes, texts and data of unlimited but would like to have Wi-Fi available.

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  7. Can you port your old phone number with BYOP?

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  8. Would an unlocked make moto g work?

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    1. A Verizon prepaid Moto G will probably not work, especially if it is new as stated in the article. An unlocked Moto G works with a Straight Talk or Net10 GSM SIM.

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  9. This is the exact same byop capability as pageplus, and american movil just bought pageplus, so, at least technologically and "politically," this is nothing spectacular.

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  10. Is there a gsm at&t byop tracfone option? I couldn't find it. If there is not would it work to buy a cheap phone with an at&t tracfone sim and put it in my phone?

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    1. There's no TracFone GSM BYOP. The SIMs in GSM TracFone's are locked to the phone they come in and won't work in any other phone.

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  11. I have Verizon iPhone 4 model MD276LL/A UNLOCK . TRACFONE SAYS SOMETIMES IT WORKS WHEN I GIVE THEM MEID #. AND OTHER TIMES 'SORRY'
    NOT SURE WHAT TO DO. THEY WANT ME TO SPEND MONEY FIRST. I CAN GET ANY VERIZON IPHONE (NEPHEW OWNS VERIZON STORE)

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    1. TracFone's activation system is buggy and their customer support struggles. Good luck getting your iPhone activated or getting the money you paid for activation if doesn't work. Also, please stop YELLING, it hurts my ears :)

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  12. I was wondering, will my LG Optimus Exceed 2 work for Tracfones BYOP List. Please reply :)

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    1. No, Verizon Prepaid phones don't work on Tracfone.

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  13. I was wondering if a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 would work for Tracfone's BYOP. I am looking at one on ebay that is unlocked, from Verizon.

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  14. Me to except my note 2 was flashed from verizion to page plus cellular it is prepaid but i figure id ask

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  15. I also would like to know if the Verizon note 2 will work?

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  16. There is something strange going on with Tracfone's byop program - try the link in your article; it goes to a page where you can order a $3.99 Network Access Card, but there does not appear to be a way to verify if the phone you have (or are going to buy) will actually work.

    I got my iPhone 4s with the old link and verified it before I bought it from ebay.

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  17. Hello Dennis, a question if you could spare a minute. I bought an iPhone 4 Verizon CDMA and it worked on Tracfone. It is only 8gb and I got it as Bad ESN on eBay so it was only $30, However it turned out to have a Clean ESN and Activated fine on Tracfone, Switched my Current Tracfone # and Minutes over with a 20 Minute Call. My Question is if I can use a Verizon iPhone 4 32GB with Clean ESN on the tracfone BYOP..? I wasn't sure if my first phone was unlocked or even if it needed to be, So if this new one I bought it locked or unlocked from Verizon I don't know. Some say it doesn't matter since its CDMA and Uses Verzion Towers with Tracfone anyway. Please Help..! Thanks for your help, a lot of people appreciate the time you take to help us..!

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    1. Currently you can use any clean-ESN Verizon phone that wasn't specifically sold for prepaid use on prepaid. A Verizon IPhone 4 32GB should be fine.

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  18. Looking for a phone on ebay and want to take it to tracfone. One came up that is on tracfone network and when I put imei# and my zipcode in on tracfone compatibility, it says it's already in system. Is that normal? If purchased ,is all I have to do is activate it to my account?

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    1. That's a red flag unless the seller guarantees that the phone can be used on TracFone and you are willing to pay return shipping if it doesn't work.

      The message means that the phone was previously used on one of TracFone's brands, which include NET10, Straight Talk and Total Wireless in addition to TracFone itself. Once a CDMA phone is used on one TracFone brand it can only be used on the same brand.

      Even if the phone was only used on TracFone itself, it can be a hassle reactivating a phone previously used on TracFone. TracFone tends to assume that a used phone could be stolen and sometimes asks for the previous owner's name or other information about the phone's history that an eBay buy or seller may not be able to answer.

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