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Using a phone from another carrier on Straight Talk Wireless


AT&T Cell Phone

This phone can be ported to Straight Talk.

If you haven’t already read my article on Straight Talk Wireless, you might not be aware that Straight Talk is one of the best deals in cellular.

There is some mystery around Straight Talk, and I hope to answer today one of the most frequently asked questions regarding Straight Talk:

Can I use my existing Verizon / AT&T / T-Mobile / Sprint / Tracphone / etc cellular phone?

The answer depends on the type of phone that you have.  Keep reading for more information

AT&T, T-Mobile or Any Unlocked GSM Phone

You can now take advantage of Straight Talk SIM, to use your existing phone on Straight Talk’s no-contract plans.  At this time, you must purchase the $45/month “Unlimited” plan to take advantage of this offer.  To take advantage of this, you simply order a SIM card from Straight Talk, place that SIM card into your phone and follow a few simple instructions.

Verizon & Sprint Phones

Much like AT&T/T-Mobile, it is possible to take your Verizon Wireless device and use it with Straight Talk on the Verizon network through Straight Talk’s Bring your own CDMA Phone Program.

Anything Else

If you have anything besides an AT&T, T-Mobile or unlocked GSM handset, the answer is: Probably yes, but proceed at your own risk.  Before you try this, remember that you can buy Straight Talk Phones starting at FREE, and you can get a 10% discount on all phones if you buy them through Mr. Rebates, as described in our original post on Straight Talk Wireless.  Therefore before you try and do anything crazy, strongly consider selling your old phone and then buy a new phone that will work well with Straight Talk.

Nextel, Boost Mobile & Virgin Mobile Phones

If your phone is a Nextel, Virgin Mobile, Boost Mobile: Now that Straight Talk is using Sprint for their Android phone, the technical possibility exists to use one of these phones on the Straight Talk Sprint network.  However, this would be against Straight Talk’s terms of service, so it’s ultimately not permitted, even if it is now technically possible.

US Celluar, C Spire, nTelos, or MetroPCS Phones

You might be able to take these phones to Straight Talk if they are unlocked by first unlocking them and then using the Straight Talk Verizon Bring Your Own Phone program.  However this would be at your own risk; it likely would not be supported by Straight Talk.

Taking your Straight Talk Phone to another carrier

One interesting thing about Straight Talk phones is that you CAN use Straight Talk phones in certain situations on another carrier:
Straight Talk phones are designed to be used only with Straight Talk Service.  Under some circumstances, you may be eligible to have your Straight Talk phone reprogrammed to work with another carrier, but you must contact us to do so.  Not all Straight Talk phones are capable of being reprogrammed.

Get up and Running on Straight Talk

In closing, you can’t port a phone from any carrier to Straight Talk, but you can port from Straight Talk to another carrier.

However, since Straight Talk has a inexpensive phone selection starting at “Free” I suggest this:

  1. Sell your old phone on eBay, Craigslist or Amazon Marketplace
  2. Get started on Straight Talk with a new phone.  Be sure to get free shipping and get 10% cash back when you do this – don’t leave money on the table!

294 Comments on "Using a phone from another carrier on Straight Talk Wireless"

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  1. Andrew says:

    I have a Samsung galaxy S3 from alltel. My service was switched from alltel to at&t. Therefore I received a new Phone the S4. So I gave my sister my galaxy s3 can she transfer here straight talk # to this alltel phone?

  2. Jordan says:

    I have a iphone 5s from AT&T can I use that with Straight Talk?

  3. kayla says:

    I have got a amazon phone threw at&t i dont know if it has a past bill or not could it be used

  4. Christy says:

    Can I take an AT&T IPHONE and used with a verizon straight talk. We purchased the verizon straight talk plan but I would like to use an AT&T phone. The phone is no longer on any plans but would I have to unlock it first ?Thanks

  5. Melissa says:

    Hi. I am a straight talk customer and have an HTC One V that came from alltel. Straight talk had the bring your own phone program here and I have a SIM card. I contacted straight talk and they said it would work with any GSM phone but they didn’t know where I could have it unlocked in my area. Do you know how I can unlock it myself?

  6. kim says:

    Can I use my straightalk sims that is in a Verizon phone and put it in an art iphone 5c

  7. odessa says:

    Will my LG g3 at&t phone work to switch over to straight talk?

  8. Leslie says:

    I have a old LG version phone. Can I use straight talk with this phone. Also I have another version prepaid phone that I would like to transfer the phone number to as well.

  9. swae says:

    I have a lg volt ls740 throught virgin mobil.i checked to see if my phone was compatible through straight talk and it said yes. So do i still need to get it unlocked to do so

  10. kari says:

    I have a at&t LG g Vista that I switched to the BYOP straight talk plan. I can’t get my hotspot to work on it at all. Is there a way I can get it to work on my phone!

    • Hotspot is not permitted under the Straight Talk terms of service

      • Joy says:

        That’s what I was told. I’m with straight talk and use my hotspot faithfully all day everyday with my android phone couldn’t get the hotspot to open up. soon,as I would try it would shut, I simply went to Google play and downloaded a hotspot app and surprise we’re all connected for 45 dollars a month.

  11. ronald thomas jr says:

    i recently switched to straight talks bring your own device and i like it but when im at the office since its an at&t phone i lose signal… there any way i can fix this?? verizon works fine in this area…my old straight talk phone does too….but this at&t phone (not the network) wont work… lol

  12. Julie says:

    I have an active contract with att Samsung note 3.
    Can I just buy a straight talk Sim card $45 plan and put it in the phone and will it work?

  13. Brandon says:

    I bought a sony Xperia z1s on ebay. It has a bad ESN and cannot be used with t-mobile service in the US. If i get this phone unlocked can i use straight talk on it?

  14. jennifer says:

    I’m about to trade my unlocked samsung galaxy mega and my daughter lg tribute on virgin mobile for a clone note 4 and a clone S5 the lady said she bought them off her friend and they used them on straight talk I was wondering if I can use the note 4 on my service t-mobile prepaid and my daughter wants to use the clone S5 on virgin mobile will we be able to use them on prepaid t-mobile and prepaid virgin mobile?

  15. Megan says:

    I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 with boost Mobile. I checked with the site to see if my phone would work with St. It said it was compatible. I’m confused on the terms of St with my phone and carrier. Plz help I’m really want to switch to St. My service for boost Mobile sucks where I live. Instead of getting 3g I will get 4g with St. Plz help me I’m really confused about what I’m reading and what St said about my phone being compatible with St services.

  16. christy Webb says:

    Will an active straight talk galaxy ace sm-s765c phone sim card with current airtime work immediately in a at&t zte maven phone and have same number and actuve service as u had on the other?

  17. Milissa says:

    I have a LG tcc-5720 from Virgin Mobile pay as you go. Can I use it with straight talk?

  18. Tammy Mendez says:

    Hey, I bought a used Samsung Galaxy S6 but it has a bad ESN and it was previously with US Cellular (something like that) and I was wondering if by any chance I could use it with Straight Talk? If so how can I get it to work?

  19. sabrena says:

    Hi i have a zte z max phone its thru metro pcs will it work with straight talk

    I also have another question i have a phone curently thru boost mobile. Would i be able to port my number to straight talk

  20. rubyred says:

    I currently have a ZTE speed 4G LTE a boost mobile plan I want to keep my phone and if possible the same number but I want to switch my plan over to straight talk. Could this be done.!??

  21. Lexie says:

    I’m trying to buy an iphone 6 from a friend. The original carrier was Verizon. Will straight talk work? I dont want to purchise the phone if i can’t use it!

  22. Hey have a question not what I can do so I have a HTC Desire 510 and I had it for Sprint the contract is over I do not have a number with Sprint anymore not a contract phone anymore so could I buy a CDMA LTE Activation Kit from Straight talks website and switch it like so ??

  23. Ashlee says:

    Hi I have a LG G4 from att. Am I able to bring this phone to straight talk?

  24. tayana says:

    I have a Samsung galaxy s2 that was originally with Alltel service, and then I had it switched to page plus. My internet always ran slow and didn’t allow me to do much, so I stopped using the service. I now have a phone with straight talk service, can I switch my straight talk number to my galaxy s2?

  25. yessica says:

    I have a At&t contact iPhone 5c phone, will I be able to switch over to straight talk if I buy a activation kit?

  26. Michelle says:

    I have a verizon plan on a Samsung Galaxy s5. The payment is currently past due. I would like to switch to straight talk for a cheaper option. Can I switch now? It’s a 4G LTE. Do I need to unlock it? Some sites say they are not locked.

  27. Evelyn says:

    I have a boost mobile galaxy s2. It doesn’t take a sim card. The straight talk phone I have now is not working very well but I can’t afford a new phone. How can I switch my plan over to my galaxy?

  28. Danny Janice says:

    Will a unlochef tmobile phone work with a Verizon straight talk Sim card

  29. Cody says:

    I bought a HTC One Max not a contract phone I already have a straight talk phone can i just take my SIM card out and put it in the new phone and it work?

  30. Jessica says:

    I have purchased a virgin mobile phone & I go through the straight talk phone company would I be able to switch?

  31. Kelly says:

    I have an AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5 and I purchased the activation kit. I followed all the instructions and I tried to keep my same phone number. It said it would take two hours to transfer and it’s been 4 hours now, and still won’t work when I put in the Straight Talk Sim card. What should I do?

  32. Karin says:

    Hello, i just got a Iphone 6 from US Cellular and was told by someone there that I indeed could take it to stright talk. Do you believe this information? And if so what sims card would I need to get for it?

  33. Mike says:

    I have a zte zmax2 with go phone will it work for straight talk

  34. hustina says:

    I want to buy a i phone 5s from ebay for my sister who already has a existing straighttalk account. We live in a remote area where verizon towers work best. Would i buy a cdma, gsm, verizon phone,or a factory unlocked. Im so confused. I just want a i phone 5s that will work on straighttalk verizon towers.what phone should i buy

  35. Stephanie says:

    I just bought a used samsung galaxy s3 and I cannot find a carrier that it is compatible with! Could I go through straight talk? ?

  36. Jessica says:

    I have a Verizon phone with straight talk service when I switched over it curt out my mobile network hot spot and I can’t figure out why it says mobile number not found when I try to turn it on can someone help me?

  37. carey says:

    I have an unlocked cspire s5 will it work on straight talk ? Which sim card do I use?

  38. Terry says:

    I have (2) iPhone 5c and a Samsung Galaxy S4 with Sprint. Can I use these devices with Straight Talk?

  39. robert says:

    Hey does straight talk support Lumia 950 XL or not.please answer the question don’t just take question out.

  40. Natascha says:

    If I buy an iPhone 5s with straight talk can I use it with metro pcs?

  41. Natascha says:

    If I get an iPhone 5s with straight talk can I switch to boost mobile?

  42. Robert says:

    950 XL Lumia doesn’t work on straight talk.hope so in the near future!!!

  43. Jonice says:

    I have a galaxy prevail G 360 through boost mobile can I get it unlocked and it will work through straight talk mobile?

  44. Katie says:

    Hi, I have an iPhone 5c whose carrier is AT&T. My contract is up and I’m looking to switch to straighttalk. Is my phone compatible for the switch? All of this is slightly confusing, haha.

  45. Bob says:

    I currently have a phone with Virgin mobile. Can I move my phone number from a different phone I no longer want to a pre-owned AT&T locked iphone 5s with a straight talk plan?

  46. Melanie Whaley says:

    I have an unlocked Moto x that i use with US Cellular pre-paid. Would it be possible to switch to Straight Talk and use my phone without having to buy a straight talk phone?

  47. Crystal says:

    I have a lg g3 currently on contract with Verizon. Can I bring my phone and phone number to straight talk?

  48. Suzanne says:

    I have an AT&T iPhone 6splus still under contract, can I switch to straight talk and port my number?

  49. Paola says:

    If I buy a phone of EBay and it’s unlocked will it work with straight talk

  50. Pack says:

    If I have a phone with bad esn can it be flashed to straight talk

  51. Theresa says:

    Bought an iPhone 4s ,its virgin mobile carrier will it work with straight talk?

  52. michaelle says:

    can i use my iphone6 plus on boost mobile its us cellular carrier and will it work

  53. Niki says:

    I currently have a Att galaxy s3 on a straight talk plan. I bought a new phone but it was originally a T Mobil phone. I have a t mobile compatible sim card for straight talk. Can I use this new sim and keep my same number if I add the new device to my online account?

  54. arrow says:

    i bought an iphone 5s from straightalk in december.i have tried to unlock it but thou unlocking tells me successful tmobile sim does not work in it.when i go to my phone setting with the straightalk sim inserted the carriers says TFW.
    can my phone be unlocked?
    if yes how?

  55. Aung says:

    I have a samsung gs2 with tmobile prepaid. I will buy a iphone 6s. will I be able to use a at&t sim card in stead of tmobile sim and keep my number when I switch to straight talk.

  56. Franciska says:

    I have a HTC desire from metro pcs however it rides off the T-Mobile network. Would that mean it’s essentially like T-Mobile and I’d compatible with straight talk

  57. tabitha says:

    A friend of mine gave me a iPhone 4s that was on us cellular if I get it flashed/unlocked can I transfer my straighttalk service to it

  58. ashleyk says:

    I have a locked samsung note 3 with tmobile can i switch to straight talk?

  59. beau says:

    I bought a note 3 and it had a bad esn/ime it comes factory unlocked can I go to walmart and buy the straight talk sim kit and use the AT&T sim in it

  60. mark says:

    Can I use a original Verizon Galaxy S with my net10 sim card on net10? It’s the very first Galaxy S.

  61. mark says:

    Can I use the Original Verizon Galaxy S on net10 with my net10 sim card? It’s the first Galaxy S.

  62. PH says:

    I have a verizon phone that i still owe money on but hasnt been connected since june of 2015. If i buy a sim card can i use it? The phone is compatible I checked online.

  63. Tom says:

    I bought a used Samsung Galaxy S3 from a friend without a SIM card in it and am wondering if i can insert my old phones SIM and SD into this device. My friend says that he already paid for all the phone usage months and such but I would like to stick my SIM card from my Virgin Mobile LG Optimus F3 into this new and better Samsung S3. I would do it in a flash but I am just a little afraid. Every time I turn on the Galaxy phone it says Service of Tracfone wireless so i am more hesitant on trying to switch phones. Please Help, thanks

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