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TracFone AT&T GSM "Bring Your Own Phone" SIMs Available

TracFone Wireless has started selling SIMs that let you use any AT&T or unlocked GSM phone on TracFone's pay as you go service. New TracFone BYOP 4G LTE SIM kits, which include AT&T network SIMs in mini/micro combo and nano sizes, are now available on the TracFone web site.

The new kits are priced at $6.99 but TracFone is requiring them to be purchased together with a $19.99 or higher priced airtime card so the minimum outlay for a SIM is $26.98.

The kits also include Verizon based SIMs for TracFone's CDMA BYOP (Bring Your Own Phone) program which launched in March.

TracFone BYOP phones use the same "triple-triple" billing scheme as the carrier's smartphones. With triple-triple a $19.99 "60 minute" airtime card provides 180 minutes, 180 texts and 180 MB of data 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.
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.  If you run out of data or texts before you use up all your minutes or days of service, data-only and text-only top ups are also available. Data cards are priced at $10 for 300 MB, $20 for 750 MB and $50 for 2 GB and a $10 Text Card adds 1000 texts. The $20 and $50 data cards are currently on sale at Walmart for $15 and $30 respectively. At the sale price, that's just $15/GB which is the best price I've seen for roll over data from any US operator or MVNO.

TracFone says that the new GSM SIMs will support LTE data. It's not known if speeds will be throttled or roaming will be available. But BYOP GSM phones on TracFone's NET10  and Straight Talk brands do get true LTE speeds of up to 20 Mbps and have some off-network voice and text roaming  so hopefully TracFone will be the same.icon

Source: TracFone via Howard Forums

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  1. Unlimited Nationwide Talk and Text?

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    1. It does say that in the TracFone product description! Another fine example of TracFone marketing department's cluelessness.

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    2. BYOP 4G LTE KIT + 60 Minute Card. What is 60 Minute Card for if it is Unlimited Nationwide Talk and Text? I am confused.

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    3. Unlimited talk and text is a typo on TracFone's part. TracFone is strictly pay as you go, not unlimited anything.

      TracFone has a history of advertising typos and false claims that make their service or phones sound better than they are. For example, they advertised a feature phone as running Android, claimed plans had unlimited data and then cut users off for using too much data and included pictures of phones that were ineligible for BYOP in ads for BYOP.

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    4. Not to mention tons of copy-n-paste errors.

      They had a similar error when the CDAM LTE kits first showed up.
      They did a copy form ST or NT. A few weeks later it was corrected.

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  2. Do you have to set up the APN on GSM or CDMA BYOD? You know the first users will be test dummies.

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    1. CDMA APNs should configure themselves. Hopefully the SIM kits will include the GSM APN settings. They will probably be the same as NET10 and StraightTalk:
      APN tfdata
      PORT 80
      MMSC http://mms-tf.net
      MMS PROXY mms3.tracfone.com
      MMS PORT 80

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    2. I just did my Att compatible GSM Nokia Lumia 900, and at first it worked for voice and SMS messaging OK but not MMS or internet. I got MMS to work by editing the APN , but so far not internet ..still looking at that. So Anonymous is right, we first GSM users are being "test dummies".

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  3. 180 of each or combined??

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    1. Each. a $19.99 airtime card provides 180 minutes plus 180 texts plus 180 MB.

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  4. Dennis Off topic question. I read where a guy said on the $30 Walmart T-Mobile 5GB plan you could buy and add that $100 1000 minutes refill card to your phone and those minutes would be good for a year. Is that true?

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    1. The $100 card adds a cash balance that can be used for the $30/month renewals and for overages. Cash balances do not expire as long as a monthy plan is active.

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  5. already sold-out/out of stock

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    1. The kits bundled with airtime are still showing in stock for me.

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  6. With TF CDMA BYOP the device ESN is married to that service and at this point in time can not then be moved to any other TF subsidiary. It remains to be seen how the GSM side is treated, but I would suspect it to be the same. GSM is much wider in scope with TF so that could be a big problem if you can't move the device between the various TF subsidiaries.
    The SIMs that come with the TF branded GSM smart phone devices are Locked to that devices ESN, but it remains to be seen what happens if you put a foreign SIM into that device or especially how the BYOP SIMs are registered when you activate them.
    So just something to think about before BYOP with TF.

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    1. I don't think that will be an issue with GSM. The SIMs in most TracFone family branded smartphones from the Nokia E71 to the LG Sunrise as well Straight Talk and NET10 AT&T BYOP SIMs do work in AT&T and unlocked GSM phones.

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    2. The SIM in the TF Sunrise seems to be associated with the sunrise ESN. It apparently works in another phone, but the TF web site shows it as the Sunrise, so no activating the Sunrise with another SIM. I am not sure what to make of that and how BYOP SIMs will be treated? Is the TF Sunrise SIM locked?

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    3. For GSM BYOP TracFone uses the SIM ID as the phone's serial number so there's no link between the SIM and a particular phone.

      The Sunrise is locked, rejects non-TracFone SIMs

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    4. Is the Sunrise SIM 3g or lte? Anyone swapped it and done speedtest?

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  7. (quote)
    >"The kits also include Verizon based SIMs for TracFone's CDMA BYOP (Bring Your Own Phone) program which launched in March."
    (end quote)

    I thought that CDMA phones did not have SIMs.

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  8. How does trippling work with BYOP? Does it work for any phone or do you have to port a previous Trackfone number?

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    1. Tripling is only for new airtime cards. Buy a 60 minutes card and get 180 minutes, 180 texts and 180 MB of data.

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    2. Not true, tripling depends on the phone, not the age of the refill card. All TracFone smartphones and all TracFone BYOP devices get triple-triple with any TracFone refill.

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  9. Do they have T-Mobile sims?

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  10. Enough with this whining about AT&T not making alot of money with Tracfone! If they weren't making money, it wouldn't be available! So simply put, shutup about that!

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  11. You can now order sim kit only without having to purchase an airtime card. 6.99

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  12. It would move you to get the kit with the airtime if you don't have an account or phone with Tracfone! Only reason not to is if you plan on transfer GSM Tracfone feature phone's service/days to the BYOP GSM phone!

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  13. I tried this on my new BLU Life One GSM 4G LTE unlocked.
    Locked into:
    APN tfdata
    PORT 80
    MMSC http://mms-tf.net
    MMS PROXY mms3.tracfone.com
    MMS PORT 80

    Strange thing is I can't access the internet or do MMS

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    1. Here's what TracFone sent me in a configuration message to my AT&T BYOP LG G2:

      APN Reseller
      MMSC http://mmsc.mobile.att.net
      MMS PROXY proxy.mobile.att.net
      MMS PORT 80

      The above works fine for me for data, including LTE. I use Google Voice/Hangouts for messaging rather than carrier MMS so I don't know if it works or not.

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    2. After activating a BYOP GSM SIM (AT&T) and getting voice/text, data still didn't work. I found the APN settings that I needed by send a text with the message "APN" (no quotes) to 611611:

      APN: att.mvno
      MMSC: http://mmsc.cingular.com
      MMS Proxy: 66.209.11.33
      MMS Port: 80

      If you have trouble with data, I suggest sending APN to 611611 to get settings for your phone/SIM.

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  14. Also, strange is I can't even add APNs. Tried to save:

    MMSC http://mmsc.mobile.att.net
    MMS PROXY proxy.mobile.att.net
    MMS PORT 80

    but can't. Only one APN: Straight Talk. So I edit in this APN to:

    MMSC http://mmsc.mobile.att.net
    MMS PROXY proxy.mobile.att.net
    MMS PORT 80

    went down to the bottom with MVNO type and value, set as GID and deff respectively. When I tried to make MVNO type "None" and Save setting. There's no APN listed. None. So I left the GID and deff in with only changes to:

    MMSC http://mmsc.mobile.att.net
    MMS PROXY proxy.mobile.att.net
    MMS PORT 80

    Then shutdown. Turn back on again. No internet access and MMS.

    Called Tracfone, an Indian lady picked up and told me to do what I just did above. She can't figure it out and told me that her supervisor could help but he is unavailable, and to call back later.

    $30 down the drain. Will try Ptel or Ultra if the "supervisor" can't help tomorrow.

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    1. You have a Blu Life One which should be unlocked and should have no restrictions on setting up APNs. To save a new or edited APN, on the edit screen tap the three dot menu at the top right and then tap Save.

      Try creating a new APN by pressing the plus sign on the APNs screen and entering only the following:

      Name: TracFone
      APN Reseller
      MMSC http://mmsc.mobile.att.net
      MMS PROXY proxy.mobile.att.net
      MMS PORT 80

      Do not change any of the other fields, leave them at their defaults even if that's "Not set". It's especially important to never change the MCC or MNC fields.

      Then tap the three dot menu at the top right and then tap Save.

      Hit back and tap and make sure there's a green dot in the circle next to your new APN, Tap the circle to make the dot turn green.

      Back out of settings and restart the phone. Data should work.


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  15. Thanks for the help, but like I said before I can't add APN. I have tried what you wrote, many times now, but it just does not take. After save, the new APN just created won't show up, just the default one. This is for my daughter's going to college phone. It is just frustrating. They must have made it that I can't add APNs, somehow. Only explanation I can think of.

    This is the only unlocked GSM phone, under tracfone, that I can't add APN to get data and mms.
    I have the same exact phone but have Ultra mobile on it. I can add as much APNs as I wanted. It worked perfectly fine.


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    1. Very strange. I suspect that either:
      1) TracFone Sent you a Verizon SIM instead of an AT&T one. Check the SIM ID. It should start with 890141 for AT&T. When the SIM is in the phone, the default APN should show MCC 310, MNC 410 for AT&T.
      2) The SIM is defective. Test by putting it in your other phone with the Ultra SIM and see if you can save the TracFone APN.
      3) The phone is defective. Put the Ultra SIM in it and see if you can set up and save the Ultra APN.

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  16. Thanks Dennis! I took the SIM out and inspected. The SIM is somewhat damaged. TracFone is sending me a new SIM free of charge. Hopefully, this new one will fix the issue.

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  17. Has anyone tried if the 3x talk, 3x text, 3x data works on unlocked BYOP GSM smartphones (not CDMA or Android)? Some Tracfone webpages say that the tripling works on all BYOP phones; however other webpages continue to say that tripling is offered only on Android smartphones. I have an unlocked iPhone 4s (GSM / AT&T compatible).

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    1. I have the same exact question as the previous post. Thanks for any replies. I have an unlocked iPhone 5s purchased direct from Apple (GSM).

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    2. All BYOP phones get triple-triple. It's a feature of BYOP accounts and has nothing to do with what kind of phone the BYOP SIM is in.

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    3. I have an iphone 4s. Minutes did not roll over at first...got a fast busy signal, then checked my balance an it was 0. Got it up after about 9 hours with customer service. Minutes rolled over, new card added...worked fine until my balance got zeroed out again all of a sudden. No explanation. Have been a week without a phone.

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    4. That stinks. If you are willing to try again, the best way to get support from TracFone is to use the chat on TracFone's FaceBook Support Page. If the chat reps can't solve your problem they will give you a PIN and a direct number to call during business hours. The direct number goes to Executive Resolutions, TracFone's best support team.

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  18. Thanks, Dennis. I am thrilled to hear that. I have been happy with Tracfone for several years now but was getting tired of using their Android smartphones. Can't wait to try this out. Thanks again!

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  19. I recently did the BYOP with an iPhone 4 and all seems to be working okay except that I can't send texts or messages to more than one person at a time and I can't receive a message if it was sent to more than just me. Any idea why and how I can fix?

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    1. Group messages are sent using MMS. MMS requires cellular data and doesn't work over WiFi.
      Be sure data is enabled and working. To verify that it is turn off WiFi and try loading a page with the browser.
      Update your carrier settings: iOS: Updating your carrier settings - Apple Support
      If MMS still doesn't work it's a TracFone issue. I've found the Chat option on the TracFone FaceBook Support Page to be the best way to get support from TracFone.

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  20. I want to get an i phone 5s or 6 on the GSM BYOP tracfone network. Has anyone done that and if so is the MMS working? I heard that there are some issues for not working.

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  21. The Tracfone APN (RESELLER or whatever it is) doesn't work right with iOS 9 on my unlocked iPhone 6. Apparently there is some bug in iOS 9 that's causing Carrier resellers like MetroPCS and TracFone APNs to not be recognised by the system causing Data to not work right. I believe you can go back to iOS 8.4.1 from iOS 9, but right now iOS 9 doesn't seem to be working right with TracFones APN

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  22. Guys , i recently purchased an iphone 5 (ATT) LOCKED phone, i also got the nano SIM kit from Tracfone, its been 3 days and i cant get a straight answer from tracfone on how to get this to work !! is it even possible with a locked att iphone ? i was able to transfer my # from an old TF to the iphone thats about it! no voice , no text (except imessage) via WIFI so far. i need help!

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    1. It sounds like something went wrong with the transfer of your number, or more likely yor minutes, from your old TracFone to the BYOP SIM.
      Don't call TracFone, instead use the chat on TracFone's FaceBook Support Page, the chat reps tend to be much more competent than the call center ones.

      Just tell the rep that you recently switched TracFones and calls aren't working.

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  23. Is it possible to activate a locked iphone 5 from att on tracfone BYOB? im having a hard time getting a straight answer from the CLUELESS tracfone " reps" . i have the att nano sim from TF inserted , but still no text/voice ! i even updated IOS to 9.2. someone help!

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    1. They offer a BYOB plan? That won't be very popular. Everyone will expect unlimited, free B. ;-)

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  24. hahaaa BYOP ***** it's the weekend , there goes my mind...

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  25. This is what worked for my old Verizon LG G2 (unlocked) using TracFone AT&T SIM:

    Go to Settings, More..., Mobile networks, Access point names, under the menu at the top selet New APN


    TracFone APN info
    NAME: ATT phone
    APN: tfdata
    PORT: 80
    MMSC: http://mms-tf.net
    MMS: PROXY mms3.tracfone.com
    MMS: PORT 80
    APN type: default,mms,supl

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  26. TracFone BYOP is a bait and switch. Unfortunately I fell for it and purchased an upgrade phone that cannot access the internet over the mobile network. The TracFone tech dude on the phone sounded really surprised that I would even expect it to.

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  27. I have an unlocked GSM phone (MOTO G XT1034) which I bought from Amazon. I have it on TING right now and ported my number from Tracfone when I got service from TING. I'm sick of TING's fees tacked on to their base price and want to go back to TRACFONE with this unlocked GSM phone. I have 3G. Will buying the AT&T SIM bundle for $20.99 work in my phone? Will I have minutes, texts and data and will they work. What do information do I need to put in the APN settings?

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    1. A TracFone AT&T SIM should work in a MOTO G XT1034. Voice, SMS, MMS and data should all work as long has TracFone doesn't screw up.

      Data settings for AT&T TracFone:
      APN RESELLER
      MMSC http://mmsc.mobile.att.net
      MMS PROXY proxy.mobile.att.net
      MMS PORT 80

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  28. Im looking at maybe buying a LG premier At&t go phone, but want to switch it over to Tracfone dont use phone enough to pay $45 a month. Will buying the TF sim card get me there

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  29. Opps. when I said a LG Premier, it should of been a att go phone LG Phoenix 2 want to use att but switch it to Tracfone.

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    1. A TracFone AT&T BYOP SIM will work in any AT&T phone.

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