TracFone Iphone Arrives

by pbushx2 on

For a LONG time now, I’ve been saying that I thought an iPhone running on TracFone’s pay-as-you-go plan would be great for some people, especially those like me who are near wifi 90% of the time. That day is finally here, with a few caveats. [click to continue…]

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If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, you’ve heard about the pervasive internet security issue called “Heartbleed.” You might not realize that this vulnerability also likely affects your mobile devices.

I am not very good at understanding these issues, but this is a big deal. If you haven’t yet taken the time to understand the situation, here’s some quick background info:

Heartbleed Bug: Should You Panic?
Android 4.1.1 Still Vulnerable to Heartbleed

As far as how Heartbleed affects smart phones, it seems the responsibility for patching this leak falls on each device manufacturer. It sounds like the ZTE Valet on TracFone is one of those that is most likely still vulnerable, but all mobile phone users should be aware of the issue. Here’s some discussion of it at HowardForums.

Especially if you run Android 4.1.1, you’ll likely want to assess your device’s vulnerability. A search in the Google play store will turn up a number of highly-rated apps to assist with this.

I want to be clear that I do not at all claim to have any special understanding of this issue, but I wanted to spread the word. If I have made mistakes in this post, or if you have something to add, by all means, please add your thoughts to the comment section. I’ll do my best to update the post with relevant additions from those who may understand it better than I do.

Finally, if I may offer a bit of commentary, I think there is a long-term takeaway here. Different mobile phone makers have responded with varying degrees of swiftness to this concern. It seems that Apple devices have always employed code that eliminates this vulnerability, while certain Android manufacturers still haven’t addressed the issue at all. One reason for this, as I understand it, is that Google leaves the Android fixes to the manufacturers.

On the other hand, Apple produces their own devices, and hence doesn’t need to coordinate info among multiple companies. This is an over-arching difference in the two platforms; not something specific to the Heartbleed issue. This is perhaps something else to consider in the ongoing debate of Android vs. iOS (vs. Microsoft, Nokia, et al). It seems like just when I was beginning to happily embrace the freedom and flexibility of Android, Apple might have a good reason to pull me back.


Where to Buy the LG Optimus Dynamic II for TracFone

After I posted my LG Optimus Dynamic II review a few weeks ago, several questions remained on where to buy it. Apparently at about the same time that I posted the review, sold out of the Dynamic II (or removed it from their sales page for some other reason). For several weeks it was [...]

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LG Optimus Dynamic II Review

After a few weeks with the new LG Optimus Dynamic II from TracFone (currently listed at $129.99 on, I have to say I’m very happy with it. I had previously used the Samsung Galaxy Centura for three months. Although I’m only a few weeks into my usage of the Dynamic II, I have to [...]

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Samsung Galaxy Centura vs. LG Optimus Dynamic II

A TracFone Smart Phone comparison If you are considering a new TracFone smart phone in early 2014, the odds are good that you’ve narrowed your options down to two devices: the Samsung Galaxy Centura (click here for the full review), or the LG Optimus Dynamic II (full review coming soon). These are arguably the two [...]

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Transferring to a TracFone Android (New Activation)

I have once previously activated a new TracFone smartphone, and that activation process was easy. However, that time I set it up with a brand new phone number, rather than transferring my number from an already-active phone. What follows here is an account of my experience with transferring an old number (and remaining minutes) to [...]

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TracFone “Bring Your Own Phone” Program

I’ve been saying for a long time now that I would be thrilled “if only I could buy my own phone to use on TracFone’s pricing structure…” So you might be puzzled that I haven’t yet mentioned on this blog that TracFone offers a “Bring your own phone” (often referred to as “BYOP”) program. The [...]

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LG Optimus Dynamic II on

TracFone has just debuted a fifth Android device on their website. The original LG Optimus Dynamic was one of the first four Android devices offered on TracFone in the final months of 2013, and now its successor, the LG Optimus Dynamic II (also called the LG L39C), joins the lineup as well.

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Thank you!

This isn’t going to be one of my more informative posts, but I had to take a moment to say a big THANK YOU to all of you who responded with a comment and/or took the time to complete the survey in my last post. I was blown away by the outpouring of support. I [...]

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Prepaid Phone Guy Blog Update

As you’ve probably noticed, I haven’t been posting much for some time now. There are three main reasons for that, and I hope you’ll stick with me on this post long enough to help give me some direction for the future of this blog. First, please allow me to explain the reasons behind my absence. [...]

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