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    How often does tracfone update iPhone models?

    Hi all,

    I am planning to buy an iPhone SE on Tracfone website, and I am wondering how often does Tracfone refresh iPhone models? I heard a new SE model will be out early this year, and I am wondering how long until Tracfone lists the new one after it’s out?

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    Not at all quickly. They're still only selling the iPhone 11 as the top model, even though 13 came out a couple of months ago. Straight Talk and Total Wireless are somewhat less slow to carry the new models.

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    I couldn't find a thread here announcing TF's introduction of the SE, but I thought it was nearly as long ago as Apple's introduction.

    So far the earliest mention I've found in this forum is Tomseys' announcement of the Black Friday sale a year ago.
    For 2020 holiday shopping, they lowered the new SE from 349 to 199.
    Too bad that was before we could buy phones with Rewards points.
    Obviously it was available before then, but I can't pin down when it first became available.
    I think it was the Spring of 2020.
    But it's more reasonable to expect TF to sell the latest budget phones like iPhone SE and Galaxy A51 than it is to expect the iPhone 13 when it's the current flagship.
    https://www.howardforums.com/showthr...9#post17156309
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    Apple updates iPhones. Tracfone only authorizes which models it sells on their network.
    Just another day in paradise.....

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    Yeah, I saw a video back in 2020 showing tracfone selling new iPhone se for $199 that was out in April. Taxmantoo, thank you for telling me rewards points weren’t allowed to buy phones back then. I guess budget phones like SE tends to refresh sooner than the flagship ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxmantoo View Post
    I couldn't find a thread here announcing TF's introduction of the SE, but I thought it was nearly as long ago as Apple's introduction.

    So far the earliest mention I've found in this forum is Tomseys' announcement of the Black Friday sale a year ago.

    https://www.howardforums.com/showthr...9#post17156309


    History of iPhone SE 2020

    Seems like it was first talked about around 4/27/2020:
    https://www.howardforums.com/showthr...0#post17129630

    Then went to ST and TW around 4/27/2020:
    https://www.howardforums.com/showthr...3#post17129653

    From turk forums: it was launched on TF around 9/18/2020:
    https://turkforums.jcink.net/index.p...indpost&p=5587

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    THIS THREAD on Turk Forums discuss TF-branded iPhones. Turk mentioned in his post on 3/30/2019 that there was an iPhone Silver SE1 bundle on sale for $160.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpham View Post
    THIS THREAD on Turk Forums discuss TF-branded iPhones. Turk mentioned in his post on 3/30/2019 that there was an iPhone Silver SE bundle on sale for $160.
    That was the 2016 version aka iPhone SE 1 (1st generation).

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    Using Turk's dated TF iPhone SE 2020 announcement of around 9/18/2020, it happened between here:


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    Such a long dry spell of no posting.
    I guess people just weren't posting for that period I don't know.


    The TF iPhone SE 2016 dates back to at least late 2018.
    Last edited by tomseys; 01-08-2022 at 05:18 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomseys View Post

    The TF iPhone SE 2016 dates back to at least late 2018.
    Sounds about right.
    They'd been around a little while when I bought mine in Feb 2019.
    I think it was down to about $160 by then, and we had a 40% off coupon for St. Valentine's Day.
    Surprising that my battery is still at 90% nearly 3 years later.

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    I got my first iPhone SE2 from TF in Nov'2020 for $140.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChristInMe View Post
    I got my first iPhone SE2 from TF in Nov'2020 for $140.
    It states there that you paid $180.

    I got one too around that time.
    It had the unlimited plan on the sim and messed up my transferred in account.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomseys View Post
    It states there that you paid $180.

    I got one too around that time.
    It had the unlimited plan on the sim and messed up my transferred in account.
    The phone itself cost $140 (199.99-60 discount). The rest of the charges are for monthly plan and taxes.

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    I have had my iPhone 6S for quite some time now. It was $99 on Total Wireless at WMT which I was able to activate on Tracfone. I really want to get a new phone myself but my husband and I have had issues with stolen packages at our apartment complex. So I've decided that since I can still do this, I will go to the Apple store and get a new battery when it runs out since it still supports later IOS updates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleBear916 View Post
    I have had my iPhone 6S for quite some time now. It was $99 on Total Wireless at WMT which I was able to activate on Tracfone. I really want to get a new phone myself but my husband and I have had issues with stolen packages at our apartment complex. So I've decided that since I can still do this, I will go to the Apple store and get a new battery when it runs out since it still supports later IOS updates.
    It may not get iOS 16..
    https://9to5mac.com/2021/12/20/ios-1...support-rumor/

    Though I guess it will continue to get security updates for a while so maybe it doesn't matter..

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