Should you buy a Walmart Tracfone? Walmart offers some good and some not so good deals. Prices are about the same as ordering directly from Tracfone. However, if you're a frequent shopper at Walmart, and let's face it, there's usually one not too far away, it may be more convenient for you to buy one in the store itself or order online for store pickup. In the past some bundles were only available at Walmart, but that seems to be the case less these days.
If you do go direct, you get free shipping.
Sometimes, however, there are some eye-catching offers such as this one below:
The following Tracfone smartphones are in stock (as of 11/18/2015) and available from Walmart:
These phones were listed as out of stock:
The following QWERTY phones are in stock and available online:
These are out of stock:
These non-Android touchscreen phones are in stock and available online:
Out of stock models:
You can get the LG 500g from Walmart in-store and online direct from Tracfone. The LG 500g has a 1.3 megapixel camera, a QWERTY keyboard, a music player and the ability to run Java apps. It costs $29.99 from Walmart online and 19.99 from Net10. In-store prices vary.
Tracfone's first touchscreen phone, the LG 800g has a 2 megapixel camera and is available direct for 39.99. It's not listed on Walmart's website (they do carry the Net10 version), but you might find it in their stores anyway.
These basic phone are in stock and available online:
Walmart offers the TracFone LG 420g flip phone bundle with accessory kit for $14.88. The same phone costs 19.99 at Tracfone's site, however, they also offer a refurbished handset plus a $20 airtime card for 19.99. So if you go direct, you can get the refurbished version essentially for free. The LG 420g is a nice flip phone with Bluetooth capability for both pairing with headsets and handsfree devices and also for transferring photos and other stuff.
So as long as you don't mind refurbished go direct, otherwise, check out Walmart.
The Walmart Tracfone LG 410g bundle includes the double minutes for life feature free in a basic phone is a good deal. In comparison, you can get a refurbished LG410G plus the accessory kit and a 60 minutes airtime card but not double minutes. This basic flip phone should be fine for calling and sending text messages.
The Samsung T105 and T155 are basic open-face and flip-style phones respectively. You can get the T155 for 9.88 or about $5 cheaper at Walmart. The T105g costs about the same at $10.
Remember however, that you can get refurbished phones free with a $20 airtime purchase direct from Tracfone.
At this point, it's really a matter of convenience. The prices at Walmart are comparable to the prices available from Tracfone. So would you rather order it online from Tracfone or Walmart or pick it up in the store?
Here's a roundup some of the selection that Walmart carries for a couple of other brands.
Walmart carries a few Net10 bundles at approximately the same price as online. Unlike their relationship with Straight Talk however, it's not exclusive. So you can also get their phone from other stores like Target.
Finally, you can also get Verizon prepaid phones at the big W. However, you may (not sure here) have to pay a fee to activate the handset unlike the phones you get directly.