Can a Tracfone be activated if there is no coverage?

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1 year 10 months ago #11 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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1 year 10 months ago #12 by peterquinn

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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1 year 10 months ago #13 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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1 year 10 months ago #14 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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9 months 1 week ago #15 by peterquinn

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.

Hurray, it worked! The unlocking went smoothly, no glitches. The 30-dollar Moto is unlocked, thanks to the encouragement from friends here! It's sitting idle without a carrier on it, but hey, it's not locked to Tracfone any more  :P, that's the important part, right!
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9 months 1 week ago #16 by redrotors
Did you have to add any plan/time beyond the bundled 12 mo. it came with?

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9 months 1 week ago #17 by KentE
Thanks for the update, peterquinn! Glad to hear that you got it the phone successfully unlocked!

Did you end up with the Moto E5? When you originally started this thread, I had read some reports that Tracfone Verizon-network devices weren't likely to be eligible to use on the Verizon network even after unlocking, as the IMEI's weren't properly whitelisted with Verizon.
I have a Tracfone E5 in use now-- mine isn't unlockable yet, but I have checked the IMEI for theoretical Verizon activation, and Verizon says the phone will work if it's unlocked.

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9 months 1 week ago #18 by peterquinn

Did you have to add any plan/time beyond the bundled 12 mo. it came with?

No, no need to add anything.

And here's the really cool part - it came with a year of service, which is 365 days. Tracfone only needs 12 months of service, which is technically 360 days. So I started checking for unlock around the 359th day (yes, I am certifiably nuts). And sure enough, it was eligible for unlocking even before my year of service was up.

I gotta say, after reading all the Tracfone horror stories, this unlocking experience was just great for me. A big thank you to folks here on this forum!
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9 months 1 week ago #19 by peterquinn

Thanks for the update, peterquinn! Glad to hear that you got it the phone successfully unlocked!

Did you end up with the Moto E5? When you originally started this thread, I had read some reports that Tracfone Verizon-network devices weren't likely to be eligible to use on the Verizon network even after unlocking, as the IMEI's weren't properly whitelisted with Verizon.
I have a Tracfone E5 in use now-- mine isn't unlockable yet, but I have checked the IMEI for theoretical Verizon activation, and Verizon says the phone will work if it's unlocked.


Hi there, KentE! Yes, it's the Moto E5.

That's good to hear about Verizon. I don't have mine on any carrier yet, I just like the fact that the phone is now unlocked.

I think that I read on HowardForums something about the E5 lacking some band for T-Mobile or AT&T or some such thing. But there's so much contradictory information flying around that I have stopped paying too much attention. (Like with Tracfone unlocking --  some people insist that adding more airtime is a must -- but my own experience with unlocking was very smooth, and I didn't have to add any additional airtime to get the E5 unlocked).
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9 months 1 week ago #20 by tech-stitch
Thank you for reporting this. I have a Stylo 4 that is eligible for unlocking by mid March. Hopefully my experience will be the same as yours!

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