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    Quote Originally Posted by russsell View Post
    A follow-up question from this "op" ...
    I assume that you'll eventually want to use the iPhone as your "main" phone. If so, this is what I'd do:
    * Activate the iPhone as a new line with a Basic $19.99 90-day card bought on TF web site or at a store. Add the phone to your account before activating it to assure that the 7000 pts will be credited to your account.
    * After the iPhone is unlocked (on the 61st day), let its service run out on the 90th days. You'll "waste" any unused units.
    * Reactivate the iPhone with a transfer from your current phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpham View Post
    I assume that you'll eventually want to use the iPhone as your "main" phone. If so, this is what I'd do:
    * Activate the iPhone as a new line with a Basic $19.99 90-day card bought on TF web site or at a store. Add the phone to your account before activating it to assure that the 7000 pts will be credited to your account.
    * After the iPhone is unlocked (on the 61st day), let its service run out on the 90th days. You'll "waste" any unused units.
    * Reactivate the iPhone with a transfer from your current phone.
    Forgive me Sensei, how do you add a phone to an account before activating it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fonmonkey View Post
    Forgive me Sensei, how do you add a phone to an account before activating it?
    Log into your TF account, click on ADD DEVICE, and enter the phone's IMEI or SIM card number. If it's a BYOP SIM, enter the SIM number. It'll be added under INACTIVE DEVICES. Whenever you're ready to activate it, click on ACTIVATE.

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    You are Awesome Sir! Please write a tutorial up of how to get maximum use out of rewards while they are still available, I'd happily use you referral code on a new account I'm about to start!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fonmonkey View Post
    Please write a tutorial up of how to get maximum use out of rewards while they are still available.
    Well, this is not a tutorial, just a few tips:

    * A point is worth 1 cent when redeeming for time cards. But when redeeming for a discount code, the bigger "denominations" get you more than 1 cent per point, so try to bunch up your points into one account to redeem for a bigger discount code. If you're going to add several new lines, add them to the same account. (I think someone said there's a limit of 5 new lines per account).

    * Since TF allows you to redeem points in one account to buy airtime for a phone in another account, use points from an account with the least amount of points that's enough to make the purchase. Example: account A has 8000 pts and account B has 3000 pts. If you want to buy a $20 time card (2000 pts) for a line in account A, use points from account B instead of account A, to keep the big "chunk" of points in account A.

    * A discount code is a one-time use, with no carry over for another order. So plan your phone purchases wisely to leave no (or few) points unused.

    * Don't redeem for the Walmart Gift Card, because the rate is very poor.

    I'm sure other forum members will have more tips.

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    "Sensei" is an apt description for @hpham. The elegance of your description of the process brought tears to my eyes - thank you for describing it so beautifully!

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    Quote Originally Posted by russsell View Post
    "Sensei" is an apt description for @hpham.
    You're too kind. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpham View Post
    You're too kind. Thank you.
    Well deserved. I was actually referring to your posts #16 and #18, which beautifully described the process. For some reason when I hit reply I had not seen #20. Not to take away from the usefulness of #20, but thought I'd clarify. I've now copied the "wisdom" for future reference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpham View Post
    Log into your TF account, click on ADD DEVICE, and enter the phone's IMEI or SIM card number. If it's a BYOP SIM, enter the SIM number. It'll be added under INACTIVE DEVICES. Whenever you're ready to activate it, click on ACTIVATE.
    @hpham, let's say I do what's described above with a BYOP SIM. At this point am I able to activate it by buying service with points?

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    Quote Originally Posted by russsell View Post
    @hpham, let's say I do what's described above with a BYOP SIM. At this point am I able to activate it by buying service with points?
    Can't use points to activate a phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by russsell
    let's say I do what's described above with a BYOP SIM. At this point am I able to activate it by buying service with points?
    With the new TF web site, the process has changed. You can no longer add a device (SIM or phone) to the account as an Inactive Device before activating it. The ACTIVATE button will active a new device and add it to the account. Anyway, activating a new device has always required a paid time card, you can't use points for activation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpham View Post
    With the new TF web site, the process has changed. You can no longer add a device (SIM or phone) to the account as an Inactive Device before activating it. The ACTIVATE button will active a new device and add it to the account. Anyway, activating a new device has always required a paid time card, you can't use points for activation.
    Thanks for pointing that out @hpham. Are basic time cards carrier-independent? I'm looking at https://www.walmart.com/ip/Tracfone-...p-Up/694425047 and see nothing carrier specific about it in the images on the web. It seems convenient to buy it online and get the PIN in the mail. I want to use it to activate a AT&T BYOP SIM.

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    Yes, the Basic Cards are carrier-independent. You can buy them from other vendors besides TF and use them with your TMFL phone/SIM to get 3x. If you have a Target Redcard, buy online from Target and get 5% off, and usually no taxes & fees. I've done that several times.

    If you don't have a Target Redcard yet, sign up using the info in This Article and get a $40 Target Gift Card. I'd sign up for the debit card, no credit check.

    If you have a Discover card, they give 5% back for purchases at Target during 2nd quarter (ending today 6/30).

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpham View Post
    Yes, the Basic Cards are carrier-independent. You can buy them from other vendors besides TF and use them with your TMFL phone/SIM to get 3x. If you have a Target Redcard, buy online from Target and get 5% off, and usually no taxes & fees. I've done that several times.

    If you don't have a Target Redcard yet, sign up using the info in This Article and get a $40 Target Gift Card. I'd sign up for the debit card, no credit check.

    If you have a Discover card, they give 5% back for purchases at Target during 2nd quarter (ending today 6/30).
    Thanks for the info @hpham. It never ceases to amaze me how helpful you are.

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    I got a e-PIN. I logged into my Tracfone account, selected Activate, then "Keep Your Own Phone", then "I want a new number" and then the number of the new SIM and on the next screen the IMEI #. After inserting the SIM and rebooting I was able to successfully make an outgoing call and receive an incoming call. I also got a welcome SMS from 611611. And, the new line shows up as shown:

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    I've blanked out the phone number. At the bottom of the image you see two dots ... the other dot corresponding to my existing line.

    I next clicked on Rewards and see absolutely nothing in the activity area. Is there something I need to do in the Rewards section even though I added the phone when logged into my Tracfone account to get the (pending for 60 days) 7K points for adding the new line?

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