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First formed in 1996, Tracfone has provided reliable service at great prices for almost a quarter-century. With monthly plans as low as $20 and as high as $30, it’s hard to ignore.

Even though you can bring your own phone, Tracfone offers a selection of smartphones to pick from. It’s convenient in that you don’t have to look around and see what phones work with Tracfone’s network, but the offerings are mainly for those with very modest needs.

If you fall in that group, read on to learn what the best Tracfone smartphones are.

Best Tracfone smartphones:

Editor’s note: We will continually update the list of best Tracfone smartphones.

1. Samsung Galaxy S7

Even with its age, the Samsung Galaxy S7 still keeps up with modern flagships. For example, the 5.1-inch display features a Quad HD+ (2,560 x 1,440) resolution. The glass back is fragile, but it allows for wireless charging. The phone supports Samsung Pay and Google Pay, along with a fast charging-capable 3,000mAh battery.

The Galaxy S7 also includes features no longer seen as much in the flagship scene as before. The microSD card slot takes up to 256GB cards, while the headphone jack is prominently placed on the bottom. Most notable is the front-mounted fingerprint sensor, which doubles as the physical home button. Ah, the home button.

Tracfone is temporarily offering the Galaxy S7 for $149.99, though you can get the phone elsewhere for less.

Samsung Galaxy S7 specs:

  • Display: 5.1-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 821 or Exynos 8890
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 32/64GB
  • Rear camera: 12MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Software: Android 8.0 Oreo

2. Samsung Galaxy A10e

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We’re not done with Samsung phones, as the next entry is the much-newer Galaxy A10e. You can buy the phone unlocked for $180, but Tracfone offers it for $20 less.

Also read: Best Samsung phones you can get: High-end, mid-range, and entry-level models

Featuring a 5.8-inch display, the Galaxy A10e is an entry-phone by Samsung standards. That doesn’t mean you’ll be unhappy with the Exynos 7884 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, and 3,000mAh battery. The Galaxy A10e also features Android 9 Pie, with an update to Android 10 likely to happen in 2020.

Samsung Galaxy A10e specs:

  • Display: 5.8-inch, HD+
  • SoC: Exynos 7884
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Rear camera: 8MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

3. Apple iPhone 7

An Android-centric website like Android Authority recommending the Apple iPhone 7 might seem like blasphemy, but put away your pitchforks and torches. There’s a good reason you’d want to consider the iPhone 7 for Tracfone: updates.

Even though Apple launched the iPhone 7 three years ago, the phone supports the just-released iOS 13. It’ll continue to get updates for the foreseeable future, something Android smartphones from 2016 can barely say.

Also read: I spent a week with the iPhone 11 Pro Max: Here are my thoughts

The iPhone 7’s design is dated in the worst way, the lack of a headphone jack hurts some, and the 4.7-inch display is diminutive by today’s standards. That said, the A10 Fusion processor remains surprisingly capable and the iPhone 7 is still an iPhone. That means you can talk with your blue bubble friends just fine.

Apple iPhone 7 specs:

  • Display: 4.7-inch, HD+
  • SoC: Apple A10 Fusion
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32/128/256GB
  • Rear camera: 12MP
  • Front camera: 7MP
  • Battery: 1,960mAh
  • Software: iOS 13

4. Motorola Moto G6

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At the time of its launch, we called the Moto G6 the best cheap Android phone you could buy. Over a year later, we still think the Moto G6 is a great buy for those whose wallets don’t expand very much.

Also read: Best Motorola phones

Featuring a 5.7-inch Full HD+ display, the Moto G6 sports a front-mounted fingerprint scanner. There’s also a rear dual-camera system, expandable storage, a 3,000mAh battery, and Android 9 Pie. The phone likely won’t get Android 10, but it’s still a great pick.

Motorola Moto G6 specs:

  • Display: 5.7-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: SD 450
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Rear cameras: 12 + 5MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

5. Motorola Moto E5

Even though the Moto E5 firmly sits in the lower-end of the smartphone spectrum, Motorola’s offering is still a solid choice. There’s a 5.7-inch display, 8MP rear camera, huge 4,000mAh battery, and a rear fingerprint sensor.

Tracfone normally sells the Moto E5 for $69.99, but the phone is currently on sale for $69.99 with a plan purchase. Even with a plan purchase, you’d be spending less for the Moto E5 and a plan than you would on just a smartphone with other options.

Motorola Moto E5 specs:

  • Display: 5.7-inch, HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 425
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Rear cameras: 8MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 8.0 Oreo

6. Samsung Galaxy J7 Crown

Samsung Galaxy J7 Crown press render

Launched in 2018, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Crown is one of the company’s cheapest offerings on Tracfone. That doesn’t mean the phone’s 5.5-inch display, Exynos 7870 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, and 3,300mAh battery are bad by any means.

Even better, the Galaxy J7 Crown received its Android 9 Pie update. That’s not something many other smartphones in this price range can say, though the Galaxy J7 Crown might not receive the latest Android 10 release.

For a limited time, Tracfone is offering the Galaxy J7 Crown for $99.99 with a free $20 service plan. Alternatively, you can pick up the phone by itself on Amazon for just $50.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Crown specs:

  • Display: 5.5-inch, HD+
  • SoC: Exynos 7870
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Rear cameras: 8MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 3,300mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

This is our list of the best available Tracfone smartphones. We’ll update this post with new models once they launch.

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