Can a Tracfone be activated if there is no coverage?

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3 months 2 weeks ago #42349 by KentE
peterquinn, could you check on the Tracfone website to see what phones Tracfone offers for sale in your zip code?
If you see models ending in VL, Tracfone believes a Verizon network phone should activate in your zip.
If you see only a few phones, likely ending in BL or BG, Tracfone considers Verizon not viable in your zip.

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3 months 2 weeks ago #42350 by peterquinn

KentE wrote: peterquinn, could you check on the Tracfone website to see what phones Tracfone offers for sale in your zip code?
If you see models ending in VL, Tracfone believes a Verizon network phone should activate in your zip.
If you see only a few phones, likely ending in BL or BG, Tracfone considers Verizon not viable in your zip.


You’re right, my zip code only pulls up BG and BL models. No DL models.

So I think at the time of activation, I will need to provide a different zip code that has Verizon coverage.

Then the plan would be to keep the sim in the phone for 12 months, occasionally travel to Verizon-coverage areas and use the phone there just to show usage. Tracfone will hopefully treat this as a phone that has been used continuously for 12 months and unlock it.

I don’t mind if I don’t get to use the included 1500 t,t,mb – all I want for the 30 bucks I paid is an all-carrier phone at the end of 12 months.

What do you folks think?

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3 months 2 weeks ago #42351 by KentE
If it works, it's a good deal for $30. (And I don't see any reason for it not working.)

Tracfone is pretty used to low-usage lines. They expect you to use it within any 6 month period to keep it live.
I'll be hoping to hear a report of good news in a year!

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3 months 2 weeks ago #42352 by Isamorph
Speaking of things Tracfone, Best MVNO has just announced that a Tracfone specialist will be working there. So one can now ask Tracfone questions and get them answered on the Best MNVO site.

" He specializes in handling all things Tracfone related and that is what he will start off covering at BestMVNO."

bestmvno.com/featured/bestmvno-is-expanding/
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