Hello! I’ve been distracted lately with starting a business and a home remodeling project, so I haven’t been spending much time watching for prepaid phone deals. But I’ll be getting back into the swing of things before too much longer here. And I also have a potential hot deal coming up tomorrow.

Amazon is lining up their Annual “Prime Day” – a day where they post new good-til-sold-out deals constantly throughout the day. It’s kind of like a Black Friday in the middle of July. This year’s Prime Day is tomorrow; Tuesday, July 12th.

Along with that event, there are also a couple of prepaid/unlocked phone deals that I feel are too good not to share. Either is a great candidate for the BYOP program of your choice. These deals are available now, and I believe will continue to be available throughout the day tomorrow. I don’t know whether they will be available beyond that.

Amazon is offering two unlocked phones, each in a few different versions. Both are budget-friendly devices that are intriguing options for those looking to “bring your own phone” to a prepaid service.

2016 Moto G4

First is the newest iteration of the Moto G – a mid-range budget device that has developed a steady reputation for offering great bang for the buck. This, the fourth iteration also known as the Moto G4, delivers a massive 5.5-inch, 1080P screen, and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow on a 1.5 GHz, octa-core processor with 2 GB of RAM.

In addition to those specs, it will offer a new-and-improved, 13 MP camera. The camera on previous versions of the Moto G drew many critical reviews, but the early reviews on this model seem to agree that the photo capture and processing software has been improved along with the hardware.

The Moto G4 will work on any of the major carriers, and is available to Amazon Prime members (if you’re not a member, see below) for $149 for the 16 GB model, or $179.99 for the 32GB model. This comes with a very specific caveat, though. You’ll see Amazon “special offers” on your lock screen. Basically, this means that for the privilege of saving $50 on the phone, you agree to let Amazon show you an ad any time you unlock your phone.

How intrusive this will be remains to be seen. I’ve ordered one and should be able to answer that question shortly. But as a long-term Amazon Prime subscriber, frequent Amazon shopper, and an owner of an Amazon Kindle with similar special offers, I might have a higher tolerance for this type of advertising. In fact, I often enjoy these ads because they are tailored to my tastes based on my shopping history.

For those less interested in volunteering to view Amazon ads, there is speculation that it will be easy to circumvent and disable the Amazon software. I might eventually use my own device for experiments in that direction, too. But for now I’m excited to give it a try out of the box.

BLU R1 HD

If you have a smaller budget, you might also want to check out the BLU R1 HD. You might not have heard of this company before, but they’ve been making budget-conscious Android handsets for several years now and have a pretty good reputation.

The R1 is their newest device. Its specs are less robust than those on the G4, but it still appears to be a great price for this level of performance. With the R1 you’ll also get Android 6.0 Marshmallow, running on a 1.3 GHz, quad-core processor. The screen is a little smaller here at 5”, but that might be preferable for some. Compared to the G4, the BLU also offers less camera at 8 MP.

There are also two versions in this phone. The base model includes 8GB of on-board storage and 1GB of RAM. For an extra $10, you’ll get twice the storage and twice the RAM – a no-brainer in my book.

The same “special offers” caveats apply to this model as to the G4 listed above. Once again, opting in to Amazon’s advertising will save you $50 on the phone purchase. ($99.99 & $109.99 for the non-special offer phones, $49.99 & $59.99 for the Amazon models.)

One last note, and very important to point out, is that the BLU phone will work ONLY on AT&T/T-Mobile networks.

Amazon Prime Deal

As I mentioned above, these two deals are available only to Amazon Prime members. I have had a membership for several years now, and my family uses it a lot. Amazon also offers a free 30-day trial (check out the banner below).

If you plan to order one of these phones, it could be an especially opportune time to take advantage of the free trial because of the Prime Day promotion starting tomorrow. Use the free membership to order the phone of your choice, then also peruse the deals going on all day tomorrow.

Here’s the link to check it out:

Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial

If you decide to give either of these models a shot, please let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear what you think.

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TracFone & Straight Talk BYOP Deals and Discussions

by pbushx2 on February 26, 2016

I’ve had a lot of people asking me lately about what phone to use for TracFone’s or Straight Talk’s BYOP (bring your own phone) program, and it’s a really tough one to answer. The BYOP option allows just about any phone to be put on TracFone/Straight Talk service. So the possibilities are endless.

BYOP Deals

However, I have recently come across a couple of phones on eBay that are quite modern and at a good price. Part of the reason for the good pricing is that the successor of each model will be released in the next few weeks. But in my experience, that doesn’t mean that you can’t still get a few good years out of the “older” model, and in many cases these phones will be far superior to what is available directly from TracFone (at a price, of course).

Both of these deals are from an eBay seller with whom I have no personal experience. However, this seller deals in extremely high volume, with good feedback. They’ve had almost 10,000 positive feedback in the last 6 months, with just 21 negatives. And none of those negatives were on sales of phones. So here are the deals (both are listed as “limited quantity available” as I write this):

LG G4 for $299.99. My wife recently bought this phone and absolutely loves it. It’s a little too big for my tastes, but it has an excellent camera and beautiful high-resolution display. In this case, the seller will let you specify whether you’d like the Verizon- or AT&T compatible version, so you can pick which carrier will work best for your BYOP needs. Here is the link to the LG G4 on eBay.

Samsung Note 4 for $319.99. Once again, this one is too big for my tastes, but it seems that the people who have it absolutely love it. And once again, you’ll have your choice between Verizon and AT&T compatibility. Here’s the link for that item.

Future post – BYOP primer

And speaking of BYOP, it has been brought to my attention that somehow I’ve neglected to write a single, comprehensive post on TracFone BYOP. While I have a lot of information scattered around this blog in various posts and comments, I have not presented it i a cohesive manner anywhere. So I intend to change that, and I’m asking for your help.

If you are considering BYOP in the near future, please reply to this post to let me know what your biggest questions are. And if you have already activated your own BYOP device, and have some important info to share, let me know what tripped you up, or something you wish you had known going in.

At the same time, if you have no interest at all in BYOP, and prefer to keep things simply by purchasing only devices direct from TracFone, please let me know that as well. Maybe I’m barking up the wrong tree with all this BYOP talk.

Thanks, and have a great weekend!

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Update: eBay seller Shopcelldeals issues replacement pins

February 16, 2016

In my post last week (link), I told you about the messy situation happening with eBay seller shopcelldeals, and said I would provide an update on the situation as I learned more. This is that update. If you have never purchased from shopcelldeals, you may not need to keep reading this post. In that last […]

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TracFone News and Deals, February, 2016

February 11, 2016

Hello! Below you’ll find several items of TracFone news for February, 2016.

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TracFone Phones and One Year, 1200 minutes – $85 at HSN

January 21, 2016

HSN.com is currently offering a bundle deal on several TracFone smart phones. There are four devices available. Three of them – the LG Power, LG Ultimate 2, and Moto E  – are newer and listed at $85.

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TracFone.com Holiday Bargains

December 16, 2015

We’ve seen a lot of phone deals this Holiday season, but it’s taken a while for TracFone.com to finally jump in the game with anything meaningful. At the moment, they have a couple of deals that can be combined to get some decent prices on phones. TracFone Phone and/or Airtime Bundle Deals First, the deal […]

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TracFone bundle deals from HSN

December 9, 2015

I just learned of a new deal opportunity for a phone bundled with airtime from HSN.com.

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Black Friday 2015 – TracFone, Net10, and Straight Talk deals

November 25, 2015

As promised, here’s a quick recap of the Black Friday phone deals that I feel are relevant to TracFone/Net10/Straight Talk users (and maybe just a few others). Actually it will be a very quick summary, since someone on the Fatwallet “Hot Deals” forum has already done an excellent job of aggregating phone deals into one […]

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New Service Experiment and Straight Talk Airtime Deal

November 17, 2015

There are a couple of non-TracFone deals that I had to share. The first might apply to anyone with an interest in a backup phone or second line with cheap data and, possibly, tethering; the second applies only to Straight Talk users. Read on

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Phones On Clearance, Plus New TracFone Airtime Deals

November 5, 2015

There are a couple of new developments to report in the TracFone world this week. First,

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