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Wifi and email on Tracfone smartphone

I know a Tracfone won't work for calls in Europe, but can anyone tell me if I would be able to connect to the internet via wifi on one of these phones (or something similar)? My only interest would be in checking/sending emails and checking transportation schedules. Thanks.

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Wi-Fi is a universal set of standards, so as long as your phone works on Wi-Fi in the US, it should work in Europe.

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Thanks, Harold. I thought that might be the case, but was unsure since I don't use a smartphone at home (Maine). Still considering my options...

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If you are looking for a handheld Wi-Fi only device consider the iPod touch. It's an iPhone without the phone. I know from personal experience, the smart phones that TracFone sells aren't top of the line. On eBay you can get some of the older models for only $50 used.

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Thanks Michael. I have looked at the Tracfone smartphones and am aware of their limitations. But for me they would probably be adequate since my use for a smartphone, even at home, is very limited. I am also considering the iPod, so appreciate your suggestion.

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My wife bought a used unlocked Verizon iPhone 4S from a friend of hers for $75. She changed her original Tracfone plan to the Bring Your Own Device plan which at the time was Verizon based. I am not sure if it still is. She used the phone last fall on the RS Adriatic Tour for email and iMessaging when on wifi with no problems. A used Tracfone compatible iPhone that you know is unlocked and has no problems may be another possible solution and then continue to use it here as your regular phone.

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Thanks, Don. That sounds like a possibility too. Part of my problem is that if I want a phone that also works in my area, it needs to be through Verizon, so if I'm serious about upgrading I guess I'll need a phone that has both GSM and CDMA.