Tracfone may have started allowing Verizon LTE devices to be used on their Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP) program.
This is a big deal because up to now Tracfone has only allowed postpaid Verizon 3G phones on BYOP program. It's been 3½ years since the last Verizon 3G phone launched so the eligible phones are all getting pretty long in the tooth. If you want something more modern TracFone will sell you a brand new 3G Android phone, but they are relatively low end devices. TracFone opening up BYOP to LTE that means any postpaid Verizon phone should work up to and including the iPhone 6 Plus, or Samsung Note 4.
A HowardForums user discovered yesterday that if you enter the IMEI or MEID of a Verizon LTE capable phone like a Droid Bionic, Samsung Galaxy S4 or iPhone 5s into TracFone's BYOP page you are prompted to either enter an LTE SIM ID or check a box labeled "I don’t have a SIM (you will receive your SIM within 2 business days. Check the box to proceed)". TracFone is charging $9.99 for the SIM and the required "Network Access Code".
Several folks on HowardForums have ordered the LTE SIMs but none have received them yet so we can say for sure if LTE phones will actually work on TracFone. But it certainly looks promising. Until yesterday, trying to activate an LTE MEID on the TracFone BYOP page resulted in an instant denial.
TracFone BYOP phones use on the Verizon network and TracFone's "triple-triple" billing system with has separate buckets for minutes, texts and data. When you add an airtime card its face value is tripled and then the tripled value gets added to all three buckets. For example, a $19.99 60 minute card gives you 180 minutes, plus 180 texts plus 180 MB of data good for 90 days. Unused minutes, texts and data roll over when you add airtime. That's a pretty good deal for light users. 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 which are good prices for a pay as you, especially one that runs on the Verizon network.
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