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If you want to add ZIP codes to this list please enter them at the appropriate place.
As market areas can change at any time, if a ZIP code no longer fits where it is listed please correct it.
A lot of markets have changed from GSM4 to GSM5AT. If you are looking for a zip code to use to insure you get a phone with an At&t SIM card here are my recommendations.
24874 is a COGSM4 market and definitely has no T-Mobile coverage, so any phone ordered for this zip should be a P4 model.
If you want a phone that only shows up in the GSM only markets your best bet would be to use 65046. It is a GSM4 market and there is no T-Mobile service there, so Tracfone shouldn't send a phone other than At&t. 76825 is also a GSM4 zip code but has some T-Mobile roaming coverage. I don't know if Tracfone would send a T-Mobile phone for a roaming market, I personally doubt it.
All Tracfones sold on Walmart's web site are P4 models, meaning they all come with AT&T SIM cards. And some models come with DMFL that are not offered on the Tracfone site.
Tracfone's website is now offering the lovable LG 3280 (refurb.) with DMFL for $24.95 (as of 6-24-2010) REMEMBER THIS IS A CDMA PHONE!
CO = CDMA
some CDMA only zip codes are: CDMA ZIP codes: 51355, 82210, 73949, 12752, as of 24 Aug. 2012.
GSM4 = AT&T
some AT&T only zip codes are: 00902, 65046, 65287, 76801, 76825
GSM5 = TMobile
The ZIPs we had all changed to GSM5AT. Use the COGSM5 zip to get phones with T-Mobile SIM cards. 82001 If there is a deal that only shows up in the GSM5 market, there is no way to get it in your cart since there are no zip codes that are only GSM5.
GSM5AT = T-Mobile with AT&T
some GSM5AT zip codes are: 02115, 04901, 07803, 10550, 14618, 15301, 15931, 18231, 21788, 47803, 54701, 60609, 87107, 93274, 95608, 96003
COGSM4 = CDMA & AT&T
some COGSM4 zip codes are: 04654, 12720, 15927, 24874, 27530, 47978
COGSM5 = CDMA & TMobile
some COGSM5 zip codes are: 23192, 82001
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Motorola C139, C261, V176, W175g, W260g, W370, W376g
LG 3280, 1500, CG225, 200C, 300G, 600G
0.3 to send, 0.3 to receive.
Nokia 1100, 2600, 3390,
Motorola V170, C155
0.3 to send, Free to receive.
Nokia 5100, 1221, 2285, 2126,
Motorola C343, V60, 120
0.5 to send, 0.5 to receive.
All the new phones are 0.3 to send and 0.3 to receive.
The older phones were 0.5 both ways then they changed it to 0.3 but offered some phones with free incoming. The V170 was the last phone they offered with free incoming. All the phones since are 0.3 both ways.
Tracfone changed their buy airtime extras. Instead of the box on the right side of the order page they put it at the bottom of the next page.
It is now called Super Size your purchase. Is this McDonalds??
If your phone has Double Minutes for Life (DMFL) you will not be offered these Super Size options, you will be offered the standard 365 days for $49.99, 60 minutes for $10 & 30 minutes for $5 as seen HERE
All phones without DMFL get the Super Size options.
They offer 3 items for additional purchase when buying an airtime card. They may be different depending on which card you choose to purchase on the order page. You can choose any or all of the extras when purchasing the airtime card.
The offer available with the purchase of a $139.99 800 min DMFL 1 yr card is:
an additional 365 days for $49.99, additional 400 min for $40, additional 200 min for $20.
The offer available with the purchase of a $99.99 400 min 1 year card is:
an additional 365 days for $49.99, additional 400 min for $25, DMFL now and for life of phone for $39.99
The offer available with the purchase of a $79.99 450 min 90 day card is:
DMFL for $49.99, additional 450 min for $40, additional 200 min for $20.
The offer available with the purchase of a $49.99 DMFL card is:
an additional 365 days for $49.99, additional 400 min. for $40, additional 200 min. for $20.
The offer available with the purchase of a $39.99 200 min. card is:
an additional 365 days for $49.99, additional 200 min for $20, additional 120 min for $15.
The offer available with the purchase of a $29.99 120 min card is:
an additional 365 days for $49.99, additional 120 min for $15, additional 60 min for $10.
The offer available with the purchase of a $19.99 60 min card is:
an additional 365 days for $49.99, additional 60 min for $10, additional 30 min for $5.
Here are screen shots of the offers I get for each different card:
Bonus offers when purchasing the DMFL 1 year 800 minute card
Bonus offers when purchasing the 1 year 400 minute card
Bonus offers when purchasing the 450 minute 90 day card
Bonus offers when purchasing the Double Minute for Life card
Bonus offers when purchasing the 200 minute 90 day card
Bonus offers when purchasing the 120 minute 90 day card
Bonus offers when purchasing the 60 minute 90 day card
I am posting this information because there have been several questions presented to me recently concerning the new phones being sold with T-Mobile SIM cards when we know we prefer AT&T service.
I have found the Motorola Wxxx at my local retailer, but it has a SIM card for T-Mobile and I want a phone that uses AT&T. Can I just change the SIM card before I ever turn it on? Or is the packaged SIM already tied to the serial number?
First lets refresh: There are two GSM carriers for Tracfone: T-Mobile and AT&T. The SIM cards are different for each carrier. (SIM = Subscriber Identity Module)
T-Mobile SIM cards are designated by T5 on the SIM and the first 6 numbers are 890126....
AT&T sim cards are designated by C4 on the sim and the first 6 numbers are 890141....
Different carriers have better/worse service in many areas. Veteran Tracfone users know one carrier is preferred over the other depending on where the phone will be used. That information can be found in the first and second post of this thread. I may add it to this post later.
You can determine which carrier's SIM card is packaged with a phone by checking the model number on the white sticker located on the bottom of the package.
A P4 in the model number denotes a C4 SIM for AT&T.
A P5 in the model number denotes a T5 SIM for T-Mobile.
TFMTW376P4DM - TF = Tracfone
TFMTW376P4DM - MT = Motorola
TFMTW376P4DM - W376 = the model
TFMTW376P4DM - P4 = SIM designation "P4" (AT&T); (P5 = T-Mobile)
TFMTW376P4DM - DM = DMFL (the phone will be enrolled in the double minutes for life program at activation) Phones without the DM are not DMFL phones.
Phones without any sim designation or maybe just a P after the model would be CDMA phones and do not have SIM cards. They use Verizon/Alltel or USCellular as the carriers.
All Tracfones sold at WalMart.com are GSM phones and are P4 models, they all come with "C4" AT&T SIM cards.
Now for the nitty gritty! (SIM = Subscriber Identity Module)
The Tracfone system knows which SIM card is packaged with each new phone and therefore knows what provider the phone will activate with. You can activate a phone without taking it out of the package if the system doesn't ask for SIM number verification.
If you do a normal activation in a ZIP that has coverage for the SIM card in the phone, the system will not prompt you for a SIM card number. The phone will be active in the system with a phone number assigned to the SIM card that shipped with the phone. If there is no service for the provider the system will prompt you for a SIM number and after entering the number for the non provider SIM you will get the message that a new SIM is required for activation, "please call CS".
If you switch the SIM cards thinking you will be activating with the new SIM you aren't. The system will activate the phone using the original SIM number. Your phone won't work because it will have the wrong SIM in it.
You could just put the original SIM in it and it will work. Or you can call CS and they will generally work many, many minutes trying to get your phone to work before they finally give up and send you a new SIM card.
I don't think they have access to see what SIM card the system used to activate the phone because they never tell you that you have the incorrect SIM card in it. They may ask you if it was possible that you mixed up the SIM card with another one but if they could actually see the system info they would know that you did use an incorrect SIM.
If you want to use a SIM card other than the one that shipped with the phone, you have to make the system remove the current sim card number that is associated with the phone's serial number. This has to be done prior to activation.
To do this follow this tutorial Getting a New SIM Card for a NEW Phone. Immediately after completing the SIM request process you can go online and activate the phone using any new SIM card you have. You do not have to wait for the replacement SIM. After requesting a new SIM the system will prompt you for a SIM number during the activation process because it has removed the previous one.
Refurb phones get prompted for the SIM number during activation because the SIM is usually just placed in the box and the system doesn't have a number associated with that phone serial number.
If you need a replacement SIM card for a used phone follow this process. Replacement SIM for a USED Phone
Note: If you change the SIM before you power up the phone the original SIM will still be usable in any phone. If you power up the phone with the original SIM in the phone, that SIM will not be usable except in that same phone for a later reactivation.
I know a lot of you think I am a wizard with Tracfone and know all the ins and outs. Well I want you to know something.
The above is the very first mistake I made when I bought my first Tracfone. I bought the WalMart c139 with DMFL and put the SIM in a different phone and went through the activation process. Four phone calls, 3 SIM cards and almost 2 weeks total before I had a working phone.
It wasn't until sometime later that I realized exactly how things are with the serial/SIM relationship on new phones.
Everyone's knowledge of Tracfone has really progressed in the last 18 months. I don't think anyone here had the answer then if I had asked.
Now we have the answers so don't hesitate to ask the questions!