Tracfone 3G4GLTE Coverage & Performance

About the Tracfone Wireless and Internet

TracFone® is a prepaid cell phone service provider, offering service to people in certain areas of the United States, though coverage is available nationwide. TracFone does not offer contract phones. It also owns brands such as Net10® and Straight Talk®. It does not have its own network, and instead operates as a virtual network operator, by purchasing network space from the four top carriers: Sprint®, T-Mobile®, Verizon®, and AT&T®.

Data Services Available from Tracfone

TracFone offers 3G and 4G LTE data services. Because they lease network space from the leading providers, TracFone offers both CDMA coverage and GSM coverage[+]. CDMA networks include: Verizon Wireless, Sprint, MetroPCS®, Cricket®, and U.S. Cellular®. GSM networks include: AT&T and T-Mobile. Though both networks offer a considerable amount of nationwide coverage, CDMA coverage is a bit better than the GSM coverage.

  • 3G:3G coverage is available nationwide through all the networks TracFone uses. There are some dead spots for all of the networks but those are typically in less densely populated areas.
  • 4G:TracFone only offers 4G LTE coverage.
  • LTE:Your 4G LTE network coverage will vary depending on what network your phone is homed to. Most often, this is Sprint, and there is a decent amount of coverage. If you do not have a 4G LTE compatible device, you will not be able to use this technology–you will connect with 3G.
  • WiMax:TracFone does not provide WiMax coverage.
  • Wi-Fi:TracFone does not provide customers with their own hotspots throughout the network, but you can use a Wi-Fi compatible phone to connect to any Wi-Fi network that you have access to. You’ll need passwords for any secured networks, though you can connect to any open network in the country within your range.

Special Considerations for 3G4GLTE Coverage with Tracfone

The coverage you will get is dependent on the network your phone is homed to[+]. The network your phone is homed to will largely depend on where you buy it, and the location where your service is to be established. TracFone phones tend to be “homed” on the Sprint network first, followed by T-Mobile, then Verizon, and AT&T as a last resort. Therefore, to determine if coverage is available in your area, it is best to check the Sprint coverage in your area before deciding which phone to purchase. However, you should keep in mind that coverage maps are only meant to serve as an estimate of where coverage will be, not as a guarantee of service availability.

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9 Comment(s) on Tracfone 3G4GLTE Coverage & Performance

  1. Chip Ulbert says:

    How can tracfone offer 4glte coverage when there are no 4glte capable phones that can be used with tracfone?

  2. Dkdk says:

    I do not know

    • Leones says:

      Wow! I am contemplating wniitrg a blog just like this one and then suddenly your pops up. I love it when that happens. Such inspiration! I like your approach and the understanding that this living without a smartphone isn’t for everyone- yet everyone should probably at least consider it. I have never had one and I never intend on having one. Paper maps can be fun and getting lost can be fun, too (which has happened many times, and I’ve even thought, Wow, if only I had an iphone but that doesn’t last long), if you have company. Thanks for the great read!

  3. MrJ says:

    I keep hearing that tracfone has 4G,but I never see it advertized and tracfone only claimes to have 3G and all the smartphones they sell only have 3G.I have a feeling the problem is tracphone covers both them net10 and straight talk,the last 2 use 4G,where as the the first does not. Because “tracfone” is the company that owns all 3,so even though “tracfone has 4G”
    in reality tracfone itself does not. I do hope given the rollout this last year that within a short time 4G will come to tracfone for real.
    (in the meantime don’t hold your breath)

    • Nicha says:

      I waited a year and a half for the day to come when my area(Orange cntouy, Ca) would be coming up on the list. I was told it would be Within a few months (exact quote)..Still hasn’t happened I read that sprint has just bought up a lot of towers from a rival company..which it intends to use them at 3G, rather than pay for more 4G equipment. I just went to the At&T store, and will be buying their 10G plan, for less than Sprints bill.I have been flat out amazed..from the salespeople telling me bald-faced lies, to the Data Specialist that flat out to me unlimited, in your case, is not unlimited.. Lie, cheat and, American style!I have begun the process of filing a complaint with the BBB and FCC, but am told this takes a while, but I will pursue it!

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