Tracfone Activation Tip
I wanted to pass along a tip if you’re having trouble activating your new Tracfone.
If you tried to activate the phone & get the message “Emergency calls only”, try this:
While the phone is turned on, take the back off & take the battery out. Wait a full minute & put the phone back together. Turn it on & try to make a call.
* This worked for me! *
I had bought a Tracfone Sunset & it would not activate, even after I received a new SIM card. I returned it & ordered a Tracfone Treasure. It would not activate either. I contacted a Technial Support person on the Tracfone website & he’s the one who told me about taking the battery out. I was thrilled it worked!
I thought I would pass this along if it helps someone else. 🙂
Thank you for the tip. I looked at two TracFones; item # 531-511, LG Treasure 5″ Android TracFone &
item # 538-928, Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime TracFone 5″ Android. We prefer no-contract phones.
After reading reviews about SIM cards and poor CS, I was afraid to order either one. Well, I decided on the Samsung. Sure hope I don’t encounter any problems.
Thanks for the tip, Pinkdoll! I just received the ZTE Cymbal “Flip Phone” (Tracfone) yesterday, and am getting ready to set it up. I can use all the tips I can get, as I’m a senior and a “tech dummy”. I posted a post with a few questions about the phone I bought, but maybe phones are similar and you could answer this one for me? I know I need to charge up my phone first thing. Do you have any idea how long it takes to fully charge a new phone out of the package without “overcharging” it? Just thought you might know; you seem to have a lot more experience than I do with cell phones.
Thank-you again for your tip – you never know who it may help!:smileyhappy:
Good advice. Thanks for the tip. I’m waiting for my new Tracfone to arrive so this info may come in handy.
I tried activating my treasure online and have my number on my older tracfone and when it transferred it also added my minutes on the old phone to the new one which kicked out the minutes that came with the new phone and the ending date was going to be in 3 days. I contacted tracfone and was told i’d have to buy minutes in 3 days. I told them i had minutes on the old phone and 1350 on the phone i was activating and they told me i’d still have to buy minutes. I probably talked to at least 8 people on tracfone, 3 of them were various levels of supervisors and still couldn’t get it solved. I finally had to call tracfone corporate and after talking to several supervisors there they finally gave me the minutes for the new phone and added the minutes i had on the old phone and gave me a new ending date till May next year. I probably spend 3-4 hours total trying to get it solved and if i hadn’t i never would got it resolved. If they stop the triple minutes for life i’ll stop using tracfone.
My advice to you if you are going to activate a phone is to talk to someone live and not use the activation via the recorded part. and i won’t ever transfer a number from an old phone to a new one. I’ll just get a new number. you can get all your apps downloaded from the old phone to the new one when going through the setup of the new phone.
Thank you for the Dash recommendation!
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05.20.17 3:33 PM