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    Unlocked vs Tracfone?

    Ever since T.F. started allowing unlocked Smart phones, I've been buying pretty expensive phones. Currently using a Google Pixel 3XL. Just wondering if T.F. branded phones will give me a similar experience. I guess what I'm asking is "am I paying a lot of money and not getting anything better than what a T.F. offers"? Is there any advantage, now that Verizon's the primary provider, in bringing a BYOP phone to the gsme?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlippy View Post
    ...what I'm asking is "am I paying a lot of money and not getting anything better than what a T.F. offers"? Is there any advantage, now that Verizon's the primary provider, in bringing a BYOP phone to the gsme?
    I say yes if any other carrier will be used. I think TF cripples at the hardware level their phones.
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    The number of phones sold by TF are generally limited in features, prices, make/models. They will work only with TF until unlocked by TF. In my experience with several TF-unlocked phones (Moto G Stylus 2021, Moto G Power 2020, Moto E 2020, Samsung A51's), TF does not cripple their phones. I've used them with other providers and they work just fine. The only sticky point is AT&T whitelists which tend to not allow TF models (ending with DL) and allow mainly factory-unlocked models.

    If a TF-sold phone meets your needs (especially iPhones), its price is usually cheaper than the factory-unlocked version.

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    Could've sworn they did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zapjb View Post
    Could've sworn they did.
    I have not noticed any crippling of the TF Motos I have bought in the past ~3 years.

    Years ago you couldn't get them unlocked even after a year. I think there were some crippled ones back then too.

    Current unlocked models may not be accepted by other carriers or service providers. I have an unlocked TF Moto E6. Visible would not accept it for service, but it works fine if I put an activated Visible SIM in it. This was back a few weeks ago when the E6 was still on the Visible compatible list. [strike]IIRC, Verizon postpaid will not accept Tracfone models.[/strike]
    Last edited by bobdevnul; 06-16-2022 at 04:05 PM. Reason: correction

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobdevnul View Post
    IIRC, Verizon postpaid will not accept Tracfone models.
    I just checked the IMEIs of my TF-unlocked phones using Verizon BYOP IMEI Checker .
    * Moto E 2020: compatible
    * Moto G Power 2020: compatible
    * Moto G Stylus 2021: compatible
    * Samsung A50: compatible
    * Samsung A51: compatible

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpham View Post
    I just checked the IMEIs of my TF-unlocked phones using Verizon BYOP IMEI Checker .
    * Moto E 2020: compatible
    * Moto G Power 2020: compatible
    * Moto G Stylus 2021: compatible
    * Samsung A50: compatible
    * Samsung A51: compatible
    Thanks for correcting my incorrect recollection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpham View Post
    I had to use this link instead.
    https://www.verizon.com/od/prepaid/b...lectDeviceType

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    Quote Originally Posted by zapjb View Post
    On your site, if you click on "Smartphone" then "I don't know (the make/model)" then it'll bring up a screen to enter the IMEI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpham View Post
    On your site, if you click on "Smartphone" then "I don't know (the make/model)" then it'll bring up a screen to enter the IMEI.
    Correct. I got invalid at your link, passed at mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zapjb View Post
    I got invalid at your link, passed at mine.
    Which phone?

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    Why does that matter?

    Moto G Stylus 2020 Factory Unlocked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zapjb View Post
    Correct. I got invalid at your link, passed at mine.
    Quote Originally Posted by zapjb View Post
    Why does that matter?

    Moto G Stylus 2020 Factory Unlocked.
    I was just curious to know which make/model/carrier that passed on your link (checking make/model) but got invalid on my link (checking IMEI).

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    Oh ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlippy View Post
    Ever since T.F. started allowing unlocked Smart phones, I've been buying pretty expensive phones. Currently using a Google Pixel 3XL. Just wondering if T.F. branded phones will give me a similar experience. I guess what I'm asking is "am I paying a lot of money and not getting anything better than what a T.F. offers"? Is there any advantage, now that Verizon's the primary provider, in bringing a BYOP phone to the gsme?
    I'd say it's worth the extra money not to be locked to Tracfone. Another advantage to a factory unlocked phone is that you get your updates directly from the manufacturer.



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