TracFone - Bring Your Own Phone SIM Card Activation Kit

Use your compatible cell phone on the TracFone network with this TracFone SIM kit, which contains GSM and CDMA LTE three-in-one (nano/micro/regular) SIM cards and activation instructions to suit your needs.
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Overview

What's Included


  • Activation instructions
  • TracFone GSM and CDMA LTE 3-in-1 Nano/Micro/Standard SIM cards

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (692 out of 733)

Features


Bring-your-own-phone kit

Allows you to use a compatible cell phone on the TracFone network.

GSM and CDMA LTE three-in-one nano/micro/standard SIM cards

Ensure you can use the kit with a variety of devices.

Activation instructions

Make it easy to activate your phone.


Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars with 732 reviews

95%of customers would recommend this to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    If your time is worth nothing Tracfone is for you!

    Posted
    DWayneC

    I have been going round and round with Tracfone since 2/24/16 (now 4/9/16). Tracfone's website claimed my Verizon iPhone 5c was eligible and compatible with BYOP. I paid for the activation sim. Tracfone sent the wrong size. While trying to convince the rep that they sent the wrong sim and send me the right size one the rep insisted I also needed a network activation code which I then purchased. I received the code but still no sim. Another bout with customer no-service and found that the rep with whom I spent over an hour with last time did not bother to record my address. Finally received the correct sim and the phone seemed to work great. My previous minutes transferred fine, all was good. A few days later I found I could not access cellular data. After a week and maybe twenty hours with customer service a rep decided I needed a new sim card. I received the third sim and phone was working great, call, text, data, all working. Only problem was no one could see my minute/ text/ data balance. I could not check on phone or internet and customer service could not check it. I spent two weeks off and on clearing the phone, pushing profiles, checking settings etc. and being told "Wait 24 hrs", "Wait 24 hrs", "Wait 24 hrs", and then "We are escalating to a higher level", "We are escalating to a higher level", "We are escalating to th HIGHEST level". After two weeks a Rep tried manually adding time to my account or so he said and "look at that" I could check my balance but could no longer access cellular data. So now, after wasting in the neighborhood of 60 hours of my time they tell me that maybe the phone isn't compatible with Verizon and Tracfone. It worked with Verizon for the past two years. It worked with Tracfone except no one could check my account balance on the phone or off it. Now they want me to walk away empty handed. I have begged to be put in contact with someone that has authority to make this situation right. I have been given voice mail to a person who never calls back. I have been told I am being transferred to someone in "Corporate" only to be back with a agent that has no authority. I have a balance of over 6000 minutes. I have been lied to (we'll call you tomorrow, we'll connect you with an account executive etc, please hold for my supervisor (and after 20 min of hold the call is dropped)). My last offer for them was for them to send me a comparable phone that they could get to work ($49 on their site). They feel I'm owed nothing. I am not going away quietly.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Smart Phone Service for Less than $20 a Month

    Posted
    thoughtfulbuyer
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    Mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) are the industry's best-kept secret. Companies like TracFone resell surplus airtime on the leading cellular networks, at a fraction of the cost and free of recurring monthly obligations. Pop this SIM into your unlocked smart phone (works well with iPhone, not just Android phones), purchase airtime on the TracFone Web site (requires initial Internet access, of course), and you'll have affordable cell phone service tailored to your actual usage. What differentiates TracFone is that you need not choose a recurring monthly plan. You can, if your usage remains the same every month, but you also have the option of strictly "paying as you go". The text messages, minutes of talk time, and megabytes of cellular data that you purchase are not for one month at a time. They carry over indefinitely, as long as you make some sort of purchase to keep the SIM active. Data is by far the most expensive component of cell phone service. I recommend using iOS or Android settings to limit cellular data usage. For example, why pay a leading carrier for unlimited data, just so you can download software updates? Update at home, over WiFi! Do you really need your phone to check automatically for new e-mail messages every minute? Can you buy your favorite songs and sync them to your phone (storage capacity at a given price point doubles every year or two), instead of paying over and over again to stream them on the cell network? Best of all, if you use GSM (this kit contains TracFone-branded SIMs for the nation's two leading GSM carriers, and for one of the two CDMA carriers), upgrading to a new phone requires no intervention from a carrier. Just pop this SIM out of your old phone and pop it into your new phone! TracFone does have some limitations: - TracFone-branded SIMs work only in the US. To make calls while traveling, buy a SIM in the foreign country. - TracFone-branded SIMs allow receiving SMS text messages from foreign numbers, but not sending to foreign numbers. On an iPhone, iMessages to and from other Apple users all over the world will still work. On Android, use a third-party messaging app. - TracFone has horrible customer service, all of which is outsourced to the Philippines. If you stick to buying airtime on the Web site, you'll never need to call. (Porting your phone number from another carrier occasionally requires calling in.) - Support for WiFi calling is uncertain. - There is no support for visual voicemail.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Great savings if you can get it to work!

    Posted
    JBen

    It's finally working now and I'm happy with the cheap phone service, but it was a pain to setup and I'll explain some of the issues I had. My ZTE valet tracfone I had for 3 years was painfully slow and I needed an upgrade, so I thought okay with this $1 activation kit I could then buy a used galaxy s5 on ebay and transfer my number/minutes. Easy right? I get my new phone in the mail and attempt to transfer the number to my new phone online and... the website is broken. There are some serious programming issues going on with the tracfone website which made it impossible to activate the sim card & phone on my own. Because the website is worthless I contact a live-chat helper through the contact us page and ask them to help me activate the card & transfer my old phone number/minutes. I gave them all the information they needed and they tell me to wait as they "check my account settings". The first attempt at activation completely failed and I waited as they tried again. The second attempt at activation allowed my phone to recognize the sim card, and I could see the transfered number in the phone settings but I couldn't make any calls, send any texts, or access the internet. After a bit of run around the live-chatter decided to gave up and gave me a reference ID for the chat log in case I decide to call later. So now I was completely without a phone because my old phone was deactivated and the new one didn't work. I really needed a phone for work tomorrow and I was desperately looking for a solution to the problem. I connected to my home wifi and downloaded the tracfone app on google play; when I opened it I noticed it detected my sim card and my deactivated phone, but the minutes/text/data was at 0. The live-chatter I spoke to told me my minutes would transfer over but I wondered if that was really the case. I went ahead and bought a $10 aircard through the app just to be sure and low and behold, calls worked, texting worked, 4g LTE internet worked. I finally had a fully functional phone with my old tracfone number. ================ Here's a short version for those who don't want to read all that. 1. Tracfone's website is broken and I had to contact a CSR. 2. CSR was wrong about the minutes/text/data transferring over between phones. 3. I lost all of minutes/text/data I had saved up and had to start over with a new air card. Service days did transfer over though. 4. I now have an affordable fully functional smart phone that I only have to pay less than $12 a month for. CHEAP.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Mostly Easy Setup

    Posted
    flrockytop

    OK I have an old 3g Iphone on Verizon that I wanted to give to my wife to replace her old flip phone on Tracfone. I read the reviews on the mini kit for bring your own phone. To me tracfone did not make it clear as to whether I could do this. I finally found some references in the reviews where someone had activated a 3g iphone. I pulled the trigger on the $1 kit. It was actually $1.48 They had to collect the 911 fee. I did not need any of the sim cards in the package. I did need the CDMA Network Access Code. I read the red START HERE paper and followed the instruction to go to TracFoneBYOP an register the phone. I entered the MEID number and the Network Access Code. All went well and I got a confirmation the phone was registered. I then proceeded to Activate your service instructions. I already have a TracFone account so did not need airtime card. I again entered the MEID number and the phone number of the account but thats where it stopped. Said activation failed call customer support. I called support and the person checked that the phone was registered and only needed activated and that he would be glad to help me with that. H e sent me a text message to my then current phone to verify identity and then proceeded. The only thing he did different was he used the IMEI instead of the MEID number. After he did his thing, I called *22890 and after about 20 seconds I got a recording saying congratulations my phone was activated. The rep then had me make a call and also pull a web page to verify that I had data. All went well. He checked and talk,text and data carried over and all is good. Some have said that theirs worked for a couple of days and then stopped. If this happens I will post but all are now working. Good luck with yours. Thanks Roger

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy Solution

    Posted
    RoamingDog
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    This kit is an easy solution for those wanting to participate in Tracfone's BYOP program. No need to worry about what SIM card your phone uses. The box has standard, micro, and nano SIMs for both GSM (AT&T) and CDMA (Verizon) networks. Unused SIM cards may be used to activate additional phones. If they fit, of course. Remember, you also need airtime to get online. The SIM only gets you access to a network. Determine your network type and card size, then (carefully) punch the card out of the surrounding plastic. Read the setup instructions for your network type, then read them again. The setup process is not difficult, but it demands that you follow the steps carefully. The only difficulty I had was in getting a Windows Phone onto the AT&T network. Almost everything was automatically set correctly, but there was no Internet connection on the cellular service. (Voice was fine.) If you encounter this, dig down into the SIM setting for "Internet APN" and "MMS APN". You can find help online, or try Tracfone's tech support.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Easy start but then . . .

    Posted
    seniorvg

    I have a Verizon Samsung Galaxy S7. Inserted correct SIM with no problem. Went to Tracfone web site and verified it would work in my area. Entered personal & phone information. Got to the point where Tracfone wanted me to personally register. Got all check marks and then entered e-mail address. Tracfone did not approve of e-mail address or password. Enter two more times again with no success. Tried another email address with same problem. Could not proceed. Called toll free number with automated questions. Pressed 0 to get a live voice. Automated system acknowledged that I did this but insisted I continue with automated questions and answers. I checked my phone and there was a toll free number listed on my phone screen because apparently the phone recognized that a SIM card had been inserted. To my surprise I got a live voice. However, it was a Verizon operator who listened because I guess it was their number that was stored in the phone. She got the Tracfone number for me which I already had and was very courteous. Because of this experience I decided to stay with Verizon. The next day I went to the Verizon store where they inserted a SIM card in my Samsung Galaxy S7 at no charge and transferred my phone number from my old phone. It was hassle free and took only a few minutes. Yes, it costs more but I felt more confortable dealing with Verizon than the automated system with Tracfone. Sometimes I think it is easier when you can talk to a live operator in the USA.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Choose your network and fire it up

    Posted
    LateForDinner
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    I opened the package, chose the CDMA based SIM card for a new Moto e4 plus unlocked smartphone and followed the online (TracFone) process for a fairly straightforward startup. I had already purchased a One month service plan as a trial, when I purchased this Activation Kit. Their WEB Site is workable, but may not be the most user friendly one around. The phone could work with either the CDMA or GSM network SIM cards. I chose CDMA since others I know get better reception on that network in some of the more remote areas we sometimes visit. I have not yet tried most of those areas since our visits are seasonally driven, but the reception in our metropolitan area is fine so far.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      TracFone Wireless

      Hello. This is Glen from TracFone Wireless. Thank you for using our service. We're glad that you were satisfied with our product and service so far. Should you need assistance, please let us know so we can assist you. TracFoneWireless

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Tracfone BYOP Best deal for pre-paid phone users

    Posted
    tomsvideo
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    Amazing for just $1.00 can enables Tracfone pre-paid use of latest 4G LTE phones on Verizon CDMA/SIM or AT&T CDMA/SIIM networks in the US. Plus can use international calls from same at lower cot than available through these network 2 yr. plans. Packet contains standard/micro/nano SIM for Verizon or AT&T plus CDMA and network passwords for Verizon and AT&T. What a bargain. 1. Check first on Tracfone web that your new phone is compatible, need EMAI #. 2. Register online at Tracfone - I called tech to guide through steps. 3. Call Tracfone tech support for actual activation. 4. If you already have a Tracfone account, have that phone on while doing transfer of account. Tech. will explain patiently steps. Very difficult to find out about above, Probably serious threat to standard expensive 2 yr plans of US phone companies.....

    I would recommend this to a friend



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