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TracFone Launches Two New and Relatively High End Android Phones

Tracfone has added two new Android phones to their lineup. Both are considerably higher spec than anything Trac has previously offered. The new models are:

LG Ultimate 2 (L41C). Priced at $129.99, this appears to be the same device as Verizon Prepaid's LG Optimus Exceed 2, Boost Mobile's LG Realm and Virgin Mobile Custom's LG Pulse. Features include:

  • 4.5 inch WVGA (800x480px) screen
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 1GB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, SD card slot supporting up to 32 GB cards
  • Dual-core 1.2 Ghz Qualcomm MSM8610 processor. (The TracFone site claims the processor is qual-core but the packaging and manual confirm that it's dual-core)
  • 5 MP rear camera with autofocus, LED flash and 800 x 480 px video capture
  • 1.3 MP front facing camera
  • 2100 MAh removable battery for up to 12 hours usage and 18 days standby
  • user manual, interactive tutorial 
Alcatel onetouch Pop ICON (A564C) $149.99

  • 5 inch QHD (540 x 960px) screen
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 1GB RAM, 4GB internal memory, SD card slot supporting up to 32 GB cards
  • Quad-core 1.2 Ghz processor
  • 5 MB rear camera with autofocus, LED flash and 720p video capture at 30 fps
  • 0.3 front-facing camera
  • Proximity sensor, light sensor
  • FM Radio and flashlight
  • 2000mAh removable battery for up to 12 hours usage and 18 days standby
  • manual and an interactive tutorial
Both phones are 3G-only (no LTE) and run on the Verizon network. TracFone's Android phones use the so-called "triple-triple" billing system which has separate buckets for minutes, texts and data. For every minute of airtine you buy you get 3 minutes, 3 texts and 3 MBs of data. So a 60 minute card gives you 180 minutes, plus 180 texts plus 180 MB of data. Assuming you could use all three buckets at an equal rate, the per unit price of a minute, text or MB of data ranges from 3.7ċ with the $19.99 60 minute card to 2¢ with the $79.99 450 minute card.

Both phone's are available now on the Tracfone Website in "CO" (Verizon) markets. If you don't see them in your zip code, try entering  73949 in the zipcode field.

You can get $5 off the price of either phone using the promo code FRIEND1 at checkout on the TracFone site.

In addition to TracFone, I expect the Ultimate 2 and Pop ICON to be available from sister brands NET10 and Straight Talk soon.


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  1. Having the FM radio on the second one is nice. But I wish since they were putting some radio in it, they put a full radio (AM/FM) instead of half radio.

    Otherwise, that Icon seems like a real nice phone. Nice size, too.

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    1. I've never seen AM radio supported in a phone. I never knew the reasons until HSaabedra's post.

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    2. Amplitude Modulation= am radio
      Manufacturers will need to install another antenna inside the phone.
      FM antennas are the earpiece. External antennas are easier.

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  2. Chipmakers usually leave AM radio tuners off of chipsets because it would require a ferrite core wrapping around the internal antenna in order to even function for best reception. Otherwise, you'd need a 25-foot headphone cord and that would make things too much of a hassle. FM doesn't require such things.

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    1. This claim has nothing to do with existing, or long existing technology. It might, perhaps, have been true in the crystal radio era of 1922. But that was a long time ago. I know this, as I have used numerous tiny, very low cost. transistor radios with AM built in, and with a very short headphone cord.. or an internal speaker.

      Such units have existed for several decades. This is hardly rocket science.

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    2. Besides the AM/MW Antenna relative large size and long length issues related to small micro-electronic devices (Too Big To Fit). AM Radio is very susceptible to RFI/EMF Noise, and the high density electronic insides of a Cellphone are a virtual 'black hole' of RFI/EMF noise to an AM/MW Radio signal. The design, filtering, and shielding of a Cellphone are to reduce the Noise (Optimize the Sound Quality) in the GHz [10'9] signal range; not way down to the kHz [10'3] range. -tip- Place a call-in-progress Cellphone next to an AM/MW Radio's Antenna and Hear the Noise {The Buzz} ~ RHF

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  3. The Alcatel Pop Icon seems to be the CDMA version of the Fierce 2

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    1. Thanks. I tried to find it in the Phone Arena comparo's,but had no luck. This might help.

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  4. Does anyone know where I can get a case for the LG Ultimate 2 (L41C) and in general accessories for this phone. Wal-Mart carries nothing for this phone. I have been to the local Wal-Mart and drove an hour to a Super Wal-Mart and nothing and when you ask them about it they look at you like you asked the stupidest question on the planet. To me if you are pushing a certain product have the accessories to go with it.

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    1. Try cases for the LG Optimus Exceed 2, LG Realm or LG Pulse. They are supposed to be the same phone as the Ultimate 2.

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    2. I have a case for LG Optimus Exceed 2 L70 on my Ultimate 2 right now, perfect fit. It has one tiny extra button above the volume buttons, it's flush with the case so it doesn't matter. The brand is Beyond Cell. Very durable, a big plus is the jacks have covers to protect them.

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    3. I Googled around for a case for mine and they were all pretty bad designs. Finally I found a nice leopard print case at DGgate.com for about $6.00. It took a month to get it, but it was worth it.

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    4. Try a phone case booth in a mall you'll be surprised of what you'll find.

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  5. Any thoughts about if or when iphone 5 on tracfone might appear?

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    1. The iPhone 5 is a 4G LTE phone. Currently, TracFone does not offer 4G LTE. It would be nice if it did begin to offer 4G LTE since other MVNOs such as PagePlus are now offering it. But, as to a timetable, who knows?

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  6. Does anyone know if Tracfone Verizon phones can be activated without flashing on Verizon MVNOs, just like Straight Talk Verizon phones?

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    1. The Android TracFones? Maybe but I haven't heard of anyone trying. The TracFone feature phones definately won't work on PagePlus.

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  7. Good for Tracfone customers to finally get some up to date phone choices. But why not go with the Moto G. Same price range as the Fierce 2, but a better phone all around.

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    1. Agree. Moto G unlocked and use H2O, etc. much better than Tracfone locked!

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  8. I noticed yesterday when I loaded a $50 monthly card onto Net10 for my LG Showtime (Verizon Network) that it now says I have 3GB of unthrottled data. Prior to that, it was 2.5 GB. I was wondering if this is a response to not currently having the LTE.

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    1. The NET10 Website has also been updated say the $50 plan includes 3GB of high speed data.

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  9. anyone know what cases would work with the onetouch a464c? what phone is similar to it?

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    1. Try an LG-G3 case. Just slightly larger in size but works fine. Most of the Chinese cases fit within ranges. My case (bought to fit LG-G3) was listed as large and I am presuming this encompasses most 5 inch screens.

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  10. The Tracfone website says Tracfone now has unlimited carryover, however, when reading about the features of each smartphone on their website, neither the LG Ultimate 2 nor the Alcatel onetouch Pop ICON have unlimited carryover listed as a feature whereas some of their other smartphones do list this feature. So if you buy either of these two phones, you lose the benefit of unlimited carryover?? That certainly isn't cost effective for people (like me) who have alot of minutes left when my service date is reaching the end. Can anyone shed any light on this issue?

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    1. All TracFones have rollover (unlimited carryover). It's a feature of the plans not the phones

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  11. If price were not an issue at all which of these two would you personally prefer. Thank you in advance for your valuable opinion.

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    1. The LG. I've been impressed with the quality of most low end LG devices. Some previous Alcatels have had stability issues.

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  12. Thank you Dennis. Happy holidays and all the best.

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  13. Just tried to buy the Alcatel POP Icon or the new LG (L41C) on the TracFone website with no luck! They don't have it listed anywhere in their phone line-up; I typed in the zip code as mentioned in the article, as well as multiple others and it was not there. I typed the phones in the search feature on the website and they showed in the search ledger, but they were not there on the phone line up. HELP! My wife really wants this for Christmas!

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    1. I wanted to get the Alcatel at the same time you did after noticing it on Tracfone a couple of days before but it disappeared when I actually decided to get it. It was selling for $99 on Tracfone. On Amazon, it goes for $129. I'm going to wait a while to see if Tracfone gets more in stock in a week or so. I waited to see if I could get some decent screen covers and case for it and just waited a bit too long. If Tracfone doesn't get more by New Year's Day I'll just pay more for it on Amazon. No biggie.

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  14. I just ordered the LG Ultimate 2 from ShopCellDeals on eBay with included 1-year card with 1200 min, 1200 texts, 1200MB data included, and free Priority Mail shipping for just $129.99. My current Trac activation expires in four months. The cost of the 1yr card alone is $99.99 from Trac directly or lower from other sellers. So it's like getting this phone for $30 to $40. I've bought several previous Tracfones from ShopCellDeals and have had excellent customer service and great deals from them.

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  15. I wish a phone manufacturer would allow the end user the option of "joining" an external SD card with the internal card to form one partition. A large volume tracfone would be nice.

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  16. i put my zip and the one in the article in on Tracfone's website and the Ultimate 2 is not showing up. ??

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    1. that means it's out of stock at TracFone. ShopCellDeals has the Ultimate 2 in stock and it's $10 cheaper than Tracfone too.

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  17. Can you switch carriers from Verizon to Sprint?

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    1. No, these two phones only work on the Verizon network. In addition, TracFone doesn't offer service on Sprint.

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  18. Darn about the AM radio not working. I want to be able to use my phone on the 160 meter HAM radio band as well. I would only need to drag 500 feet of wire behind me wherever I went for its antenna. ;-)

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  19. My carrier i actually Tracfone but the HW for the phone ought to be the same

    I bought this phone b/c it was 174 times more powerful than my last Android Tracfone {ZTE Valet}

    I actually love it! BUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and this is a huge deal breaker had I known prior to purchasing....

    INTERNAL STORAGE IS ONLY 2GB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!available!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    whats worse is that Android Kitkat DOES NOT allow you to transfer apps to SD card.

    So only buy this phone if you plan on installing 8-10 apps; more like 8 if you use FB & FB messenger. I've actually had to delete some b/c I can't install updates! Including NONE of the google apps to be updated.

    It makes the phone so less desirable than it could be!
    I would have gladly paid another $50 for 2-4GB more storage.

    Come on!! What year is this? 2007???

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