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When it says unregistered SIM that clearly indicates that the SIM you are inserting is not active from the service provider. There could be various reasons for the same which can only be clarified by calling the Service provider of your SIM.
Are you transferring an old number to this phone? It can take up to 2 business days for that (sometimes just a few hours). If transferring a landline, it can take up to 4 business days, as tracfone will have to contact your current provider. Are you registered at www.tracfone.com? You should be if not already. Lots of information there.
Tracfone deletes SIM cards and the associated phone number from their registration database if the available airtime minutes goes to zero. Try buying minutes for the phone. (If you wait too long (~2 months), Tracfone may not be able to re-register the SIM card. In that case, you'll need a new SIM card.)
Do you remember when your minutes were due to expire? (Remember Tracfone doesn't do roll-overs of minutes.)
Select "Activate Phone" from our website and follow the instructions to
Activate your TracFone.
Why does my phone display "SIM card registration failed/Unregistered SIM" or
When your TracFone is turned on you may receive the message "SIM card
registration failed", "Unregistered SIM", or "No Service" because your phone has
not yet been Activated. Please disregard this message, it will disappear once
your phone is Active.