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Tracfone Problems

Older models of Tracfone cell phones generally do not require SIM cards as they operate on a completely different network. However the current Tracfone cell phones can take designated SIM cards which are relatively unique to the normal SIM cards. These are typically bound or locked to the serial number of the original Tracfone. Therefore it cannot be removed to be exchanged from one Tracfone to another. Additionally the level and type of technology used in Tracfone cell phones make it quite difficult to “unlock” them. Hence it may not be possible for them to work with other service providers.

To understand more about Tracfone problems, below are a few questions answered by Experts.

What is the process to transfer and activate an old Tracfone cell phone number to a new cell phone?

To activate a new Tracfone cell phone and transferring your existing number a form is available online on the following link: activation form. Once here, the option “Transfer my number and service from one Tracfone to another” should be selected. It will provide a list of instructions which need to be followed. I If the transfer process has been completed, it could take two business days to complete request. Hence, there is a possibility that the number could have already been transferred but it is taking time for it to get processed.

What should be done if a new Tracfone as well as a used (2 years old) phone is displaying “unregistered SIM” message?

On a new Tracfone, an “unregistered SIM” message usually appears if the Tracfone has not been activated yet. If the Tracfone activation procedure has been completed, the actual process can take anywhere between a few minutes to 24 hours. Hence after activation, it is advisable to wait for a minimum of 24 hours for the phone to get activated. This message can be disregarded as it should disappear once the Tracfone is activated. In case 24 hours are crossed without the activation of the Tracfone cell phone, customer care can be contacted to activate and register the SIM card.

If the message of “unregistered SIM” is appearing on a Tracfone cell phone which is a couple of years old, most probably the reason could be that the SIM card could have expired. If airtime was not added at the stipulated period, Tracfone has the right to deactivate the SIM and number. Hence it is probably a good idea to add airtime to the Tracfone cell phone in order to get it reactivated. If the Tracfone cell phone is continually kept inactive for one month or more, there is a risk of deactivation and permanent loss of the number.

What should be done if the Samsung Tracfone is able to make calls but unable to receive them?

In such a scenario, the following actions can be taken. The battery and the SIM card (if present) of the Tracfone cell phone needs to be removed. After waiting for 20 seconds, with the battery remaining out, the Tracfone cell phone can be plugged into the wall charger. After this, the battery and SIM card can be replaced and the Tracfone cell phone can be turned on. If the problem persists, it could be a SIM related issue. Tracfone may need to complete a reset on their system and ensure the phone is provisioned correctly. To do this, the Tracfone customer care needs to be contacted.

Why is the option to “Add Airtime” at the prepaid section missing from the Samsung Tracfone?

If Tracfone has not altered any software at their end, a factory reset may help in this case. Please note a factory reset can erase all data and reset the phone to original settings similar to how it was when first purchased. The steps are as follows:
1. The left soft key should be pressed to access “Menu” to select “Settings and “Reset Settings”
2. The “All” option should be highlighted and “Ok” pressed to select it
3. The left soft key should be pressed to choose “Reset” and pressed again to confirm
4. The phone security password should be entered. If not created, default password of “0000” can be used.
5. On pressing the left soft key to select “Ok”, the Tracfone cell phone will reset

If the problem persists, it is because the option of “Add Airtime” is generally encrypted by Tracfone. If they change the option on their systems, it can result in a problem similar to the above Tracfone cell phone problem. Hence adding airtime online can be opted for.

Tracfone problems can be many. On several occasions users can face a sudden problem with your Tracfone cell phone, despite it working fine for many years. In such a scenario, Tracfone troubleshooting may be required to pinpoint the problem area and to decipher the solution or answer. This is where Experts can lend a hand and provide the guidance in a timely and affordable manner.
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