TracFone has released it's first AT&T based Android phone for use on the TracFone pay as you go service. It's the LG L15G Sunrise which is available now from walmart.com for $54 with free shipping.
The LG Sunrise has a 3.8 inch screen of unspecified resolution, probably 320x480 px. It's running Android 4.4 KitKat and there's a 1.2 Ghz dual core processor and a 3 MP fixed-focus camera without an LED flash. The battery is removable, there's a microSD memory slot and a 4 GB memory card is included with the phone. Walmart describes the phone as having only "3G" data, so LTE is not available. RAM and internal memory are not specified, but based on the other specs it's likely 1 GB RAM and 4 GB of memory.
The phone's TracFone model number is TFLGL15GP4P which is significant as the initial "TF" identifies a phone for TracFone branded service as opposed to NET10 or Straight Talk and the "P4P" at the end indicates a phone on the AT&T network.
While the LG Lucky's low end specs are nothing to get excited about, its availability indicates that TracFone is finally able to offer AT&T based service using the web-based triple-triple billing system that smartphones and BYOP (bring your own phone) devices require. With triple-triple a $19.99 "60 minute" airtime card provides 180 minutes, 180 texts and 180 MB good for 90 days. Unused minutes, text, data and days of service "roll over" and are not lost as long as another airtime card is added at least every 90 days.
TracFone appears to have modified its BYOP order page in preparation for GSM based BYOP. There are placeholder buttons for ordering GSM SIMs, but they lead to a "Coming Soon" page rather than anything useful. The availability of the LG Lucky at Walmart indicates to me that Tracfone GSM BYOP is getting closer.
An interactive tutorial and PDF user guide for the LG Lucky are now online at tracfone.deviceanywhere.com
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