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    New to Tracfone - Triple Minutes?

    Can a new Tracfone customer still get Triple Minutes by purchasing a Triples Minutes phone or BYOP sim kit?

    (My end goal is to have a Triple Minutes sim in a smartphone of my choosing.)

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    Yes, it's possible by doing what you wrote.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tfusr19 View Post
    Yes, it's possible by doing what you wrote.
    What does one look for these days for the BYOP activation kit to know if it is triple units?

    Are there Smartphone plan only kits out there yet?

    Obviously, if it says triple, it is triple. I have discarded the packaging on all my old ones so I don't know what the package said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobdevnul View Post
    What does one look for these days for the BYOP activation kit to know if it is triple units?

    Are there Smartphone plan only kits out there yet?

    Obviously, if it says triple, it is triple. I have discarded the packaging on all my old ones so I don't know what the package said.
    There are old and new type SIM kits available in retail stores and online. Old kits will say "3x>talk+text+data".

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobdevnul View Post
    What does one look for these days for the BYOP activation kit to know if it is triple units?

    Are there Smartphone plan only kits out there yet?

    Obviously, if it says triple, it is triple.
    Some kits don't mention 3x, but has TMFL. The key thing is the price mentioned on the cover. $19.99 is a traditional card, that kit has TMFL. $15 is a smartphone card, that kit has no TMFL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpham View Post
    Some kits don't mention 3x, but has TMFL. The key thing is the price mentioned on the cover. $19.99 is a traditional card, that kit has TMFL. $15 is a smartphone card, that kit has no TMFL.
    They must have removed the 3x wording on the package front when going from a 2 carrier to a 3 carrier. If you have one in hand, the back will also show the difference of what airtime cards the kit supports. Yes, the $19.99 or $15 give it away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobdevnul View Post
    What does one look for these days for the BYOP activation kit to know if it is triple units?

    Are there Smartphone plan only kits out there yet?

    Obviously, if it says triple, it is triple. I have discarded the packaging on all my old ones so I don't know what the package said.
    If you have sims without packaging, there may be a way to tell which is which by looking at the serial numbers. The new-fangled sims seem to have serial numbers that start with higher numbers after the bunch of zeroes. Also, the new kits contain T-Mo sims, I believe. I have not yet seen a new kit.

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    Image hpham posted which illustrates SIM serial # difference:
    http://www.howardforums.com/attachme...hmentid=153827

    Notice the 348 in new smartphone-plan only SIM serial # vs 192 in old TMFL SIM.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lisme View Post
    If you have sims without packaging, there may be a way to tell which is which by looking at the serial numbers. The new-fangled sims seem to have serial numbers that start with higher numbers after the bunch of zeroes. Also, the new kits contain T-Mo sims, I believe. I have not yet seen a new kit.
    Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tfusr19 View Post
    Image hpham posted which illustrates SIM serial # difference:
    http://www.howardforums.com/attachme...hmentid=153827

    Notice the 348 in new smartphone-plan only SIM serial # vs 192 in old TMFL SIM.
    My AT&T triple minute SIMs all appear to start with 8901. The Verizon ones start with 8914. I don't see 192 anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tfusr19 View Post
    Yes, it's possible by doing what you wrote.
    Thank you. I've read that it can be cheaper to purchase certain phones that come with a year of service plus minutes/texts/data and transfer the balance.

    Do you know if this would work?

    1. Purchase Straight Talk iPhone.

    2. Purchase BYOP kit (that says 3x) with nano sim.

    3. Purchase Triple Minutes phone (has micro sim).

    4. Activate Triple Minutes phone, confirm balance, wait a couple days.

    5. Transfer Triple Minutes balance to BYOP nano sim (on Tracfone's website?).

    6. Activate iPhone with BYOP nano sim.

    Now I should have Tracfone service on an iPhone that I can get 3x on if I refill using the non-smartphone refill cards?

    Thanks in advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by rustler View Post
    Thank you. I've read that it can be cheaper to purchase certain phones that come with a year of service plus minutes/texts/data and transfer the balance.
    Correct, phone plus minutes bundles are occasionally very good deals

    Quote Originally Posted by rustler View Post
    Do you know if this would work?
    1. Purchase Straight Talk iPhone.
    2. Purchase BYOP kit (that says 3x) with nano sim.
    3. Purchase Triple Minutes phone (has micro sim).
    4. Activate Triple Minutes phone, confirm balance, wait a couple days.
    5. Transfer Triple Minutes balance to BYOP nano sim (on Tracfone's website?).
    6. Activate iPhone with BYOP nano sim.

    Now I should have Tracfone service on an iPhone that I can get 3x on if I refill using the non-smartphone refill cards?
    Thanks in advance
    The only reason a 3x SIM card is "needed" (in a smartphone), is if one regularly wants to top up with basic airtime cards. Are you needing to do this?
    Otherwise, Depending on your usage, the smartphone only plans give equivalent or better unit values @60days instead of 90days.
    Also as possibly mentioned, you might not need another SIM IF the included SIM you have can be activated by switching your bundle tracfone service to it.

    Has anyone "verified" if it's a "smartphone" SIM or a "3x" SIM?
    My (Our) Phone History AaG:
    Tracfone (Vz) since '08 < BYOP/Vzw HTC Desire 526 since '16 < Huawei Glory H868C '14 < LG800g '12? < Motorola W376g '08
    Verizon & Sprint '05 < Razr+LG Cosmos 2 & LG Optimus '05
    Alltel & Cingular '03 < A Flip '03
    AT&T '01 < A Flip '01

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    Quote Originally Posted by tracbourne View Post


    The only reason a 3x SIM card is "needed" (in a smartphone), is if one regularly wants to top up with basic airtime cards. Are you needing to do this?
    Otherwise, Depending on your usage, the smartphone only plans give equivalent or better unit values @60days instead of 90days.
    Also as possibly mentioned, you might not need another SIM IF the included SIM you have can be activated by switching your bundle tracfone service to it.
    There are a few cases where this is not necessarily true, especially if you need minutes and do not mind spending a little more to also extend days of service by a year. Admittedly there are only a few you can put together, but one example is if you were to purchase the $100 Basic card 1200/1200/1200/365 and then a $25 SOP card you get 1700/2200/1700/425 for the same cost as the $125 SOP. SOP only would not allow you this option or the higher cost $160/$200 year options that, arguably, could be considered better deals.

    If you simply purchase the $50 365 add-on you get short changed on minutes in any combo that equals ~$125 or 365 days of service. My argument is you should be getting a little more for your $50 than just a years worth of service if you extrapolate the costs of those card that do give you a years worth of service, wheter you think you need the t/t/d or not.
    I think those who have built up 1000's x ? of units or their use is so limited and only need days are in the minority of average TF users.

    We obviously could go round and round on many combos, but all the SOP cards short you on minutes if you factor in the 60 vs 90 days. IMO the $45 and $50 SOP cards are really shorting you on minutes and more, especially when Amazon bundles claim 1000/2000/2.0/60 is a $40 value. The eBay bundle that includes 1000/2000/500/90 is not given a value but in comparison to the Amazon I would rate it at $30, where are these "cards/plans"?

    The process to add these and other bundles to lower you costs or to simply bolster you minutes days is or certainly can be a PITA.

    My biggest pet peeve is TF not coming up with SOP cards that are more heavy weighted on minutes/days and or a la carte minute cards at a reasonable cost, this IMO would increase subscribers and or improve retention.
    This suggestion comes when so many other TF subs are adding much more value to those services with heavy increases to data allotments and where data is at a premium compared to minutes.

    Just my 2c

    Unlike many TF Inc. Subs in recent weeks and now months, TF Inc. not showing much love to their TF service customers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ls61 View Post
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    You gave the detailed version of exactly what I said

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    Quote Originally Posted by ls61 View Post
    There are a few cases where this is not necessarily true, especially if you need minutes and do not mind spending a little more to also extend days of service by a year. Admittedly there are only a few you can put together, but one example is if you were to purchase the $100 Basic card 1200/1200/1200/365 and then a $25 SOP card you get 1700/2200/1700/425 for the same cost as the $125 SOP. SOP only would not allow you this option or the higher cost $160/$200 year options that, arguably, could be considered better deals.
    Here is a my relative price comparison/breakdown (for "subjective whole card value" I used the "value" provided by Tracfone applied to the allotment of Text/Data per card)
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    Yes, looks good. In step 5 you need the IMEI number of the iPhone if it's a CDMA SIM.

    Quote Originally Posted by rustler View Post
    Thank you. I've read that it can be cheaper to purchase certain phones that come with a year of service plus minutes/texts/data and transfer the balance.

    Do you know if this would work?

    1. Purchase Straight Talk iPhone.

    2. Purchase BYOP kit (that says 3x) with nano sim.

    3. Purchase Triple Minutes phone (has micro sim).

    4. Activate Triple Minutes phone, confirm balance, wait a couple days.

    5. Transfer Triple Minutes balance to BYOP nano sim (on Tracfone's website?).

    6. Activate iPhone with BYOP nano sim.

    Now I should have Tracfone service on an iPhone that I can get 3x on if I refill using the non-smartphone refill cards?

    Thanks in advance

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