Wondering how to activate TracFone without airtime card? Then you have come to the right post.
If you are just getting started with using TracFone, here you will learn how to activate TracFone basically for free, how to do it online, and how to transfer from another service.
Moreover, you will learn how to get the most out of your device and how to set it up properly.
TracFone is undeniably the leader in the prepaid cell phones industry, and it has more than one way to activate its devices. You can do the activation locally using your TracFone or online as the supplier recommends.
Keep reading to unveil all different ways and learn how to keep your old number if necessary.
Let’s first start with activating your TracFone and later we will discuss other situations and how to approach them correctly.
How To Activate TracFone Without An Airtime Card?
If you still haven’t purchased Airtime, that does NOT mean that you cannot use your TracFone.
In fact, the activation could not be easier, and even if you have never used TracFone before you should have absolutely no issues.
How To Activate TracFone Online?
This is definitely the most reliable way to activate your TracFone and the only requirement would be internet access.
This method of activation will create a new TracFone number for you and in case you already have a number that you would like to keep, just go straight to the heading describing this inquiry.
However, if you are fine with a new number here is how to activate TracFone online:
- Open your internet browser.
- Go to tracfone.com/activation/selectdevice.
- Navigate to the “Activation Page”.
- Choose “I Have a TracFone Phone”.
- Enter the serial TracFone serial number.
- Insert your ZIP code and choose your plan.
- Create an account and finalize the activation.
Note: TracFone serial number should be printed on the back panel or within the battery compartment. It can also be found in your prepaid menu on your TracFone.
How To Activate TracFone Locally?
There is no actual way to activate the TracFone using the settings from the device. In case you don’t have an internet connection to do it online, there is a customer service number (800-867-7183) specifically designed for this purpose.
One of the requirements is that the TracFone you’re trying to activate must be in your possession. If the device is not with you, you cannot activate it remotely even if you call customer service.
The last requirement would be the serial number of the device. You can simply find it printed on the back of your phone or under the battery.
You can also check the serial number in the prepaid menu of the device. Write the serial number down, because the customer service will require it in order to proceed with the activation process.
Note: If you’re trying to activate a SIM card, instead of a TracFone device, you would need the SIM card number.
How To Activate TracFone And Keep Old Number?
Now when we have answered the question “can I activate TracFone without airtime card” it is time to address the most frequent inquiry that TracFone users have.
Yes, it is possible to keep your number especially if you have bought a new TracFone.
Note: This method will work if the previous number was associated with TracFone. If not, call TracFone customer service and ask how to keep your non-TracFone number.
Go to tracfone.com/activation/selectdevice, find and select Transferring The Number. This is an automated process that should walk you through several prompts that you can configure as per your needs.
First, you will be required to insert the new device serial number and then the old TracFone number that you would like to get transferred to the recently purchased (new) device.
Lastly, you will need to insert the serial number of the old TracFone device and finally set up your new phone. Once ready, your new TracFone should be carrying the old number.
How To Activate TracFone When Changing Service?
So if you would like to migrate to TracFone and keep your current number, even if it is not previously associated with TracFone, there is a way.
The process is not that simple but we have made sure that following our methods everyone should be able to do it without an issue.
There is a handful of information that you will need before you can get started. Here is everything that you need to gather as a preparation:
- TracFone serial number/SIM card number.
- Service provider information.
- Account number/password/PIN.
- Your contact information.
- Old device number.
Now here are the two ways to migrate from another service to TracFone:
Use TracFone Website
- Open TracFone Website and log in to your account.
- Choose Activate/Reactivate Phone.
- Select Transfer Number.
- Press on Activate My TracFone with A Number from Another Company.
- Insert all required information and finalize the transfer.
The migration process can take up to 14 days so be patient. If this way does not work for you, let’s check the other way around.
Call Customer Service
Another way to transfer from another service to TracFone would be by reaching out to customer service at 800-867-7183. Once there you would need to have all the above-listed information at your disposal.
In that regard, we recommend learning more about your other supplier by reading about them on their website. We also recommend leaving your service provider website open at the time of the transfer meeting.
Read Next: How to Fix Tracfone Activation Problems?
We hope that after reading this post you’ve learned how to activate TracFone without an airtime card and most importantly how to use TracFone automated options.
As we mentioned several times, TracFone has an online customer service specifically dedicated to people that are just starting with their TracFones. In that regard do not hesitate to reach out in case of any issues.
If you’re interested in more TracFone solutions and guides, make sure to check our tech blog to find solutions to your problems.
Kevin has over five years of experience working in various Tech startups and providing Technical solutions. He has contributed to many Tech publications and websites.