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What Phones Work with the new Straight Talk & Net 10 SIM Cards?

Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Straight Talk SIM

Straight Talk & sister company Net 10 recently started selling SIM cards that can turn many different types of phones into a no-contract phone for use on the nationwide networks of major cellular carriers AT&T and T-Moble.  The Straight Talk SIM Card option allows for “unlimited” data, unlimited text and unlimited calling for $45/month (with no extra taxes or fees!)  The Net 10 SIM Card option allows for 1.5GB of data, unlimited calling and unlimited text for $50/month (with no extra taxes or fees!) There has been a lot of confusion about what phones will and won’t work with Straight Talk & Net 10′s service, so I’m offering this guide as a way for people to understand which phones will and won’t work with Straight Talk & Net 10.

If you aren’t familiar with Straight Talk, take a moment to read our writeup about some of the advantages and disadvantages of choosing Straight Talk’s prepaid, no contract required ceullar service.

When you’re ready to purchase your SIM, please be sure to see our money-saving tips below to save even more!

Keep reading to find out which phones will and won’t work with Straight Talk & Net 10 SIM:

Phones that will work with Straight Talk SIM

Below is a list of some of the most popular phones on the market that will work with Straight Talk SIM.  Before we get to that, here’s the basic criteria for a phone to work on Straight Talk SIM:

  • (1) Phone must be a GSM phone.
    • If your phone was under contract with AT&T, Cingular or T-Mobile it is a GSM phone and it should work.  If you want to be 100% sure if it will work, check step #2 below.
    • If your phone was under contract with Verizon or Sprint it is NOT a GSM phone, and you cannot use it with Straight Talk.  Consider purchasing a low-cost phone from Straight Talk or purchasing a new or used GSM phone (see list below).
    • If you don’t know if your phone is a GSM phone, enter the phone’s model number into our custom Google phone search engine.  The search will list several search results that detail the specifications for your phone.  Look in the specification for something that says “Modes” or “Bands”.  If it says GSM, you have one more step to check related to the bands the phone operates on, proceed to the second point below.  If it lists only CDMA or only TDMA, the phone will NOT work with Straight Talk SIM, as the phone must also support GSM for it to work.
  • (2) Phone must operate on the Straight Talk GSM frequencies (850 and 1900 MHz).
    • Most GSM phones that were originally made for the United States market will support both of these bands.
    • If you don’t know what bands your phone supports, If you don’t know if your phone is a GSM phone, enter the phone’s model number into our custom Google phone search engine.   The search will list several search results that detail the specifications for your phone.  Look in the specification for something that says “Modes” or “Bands”.  Look for GSM 850 and GSM 1900 listed among the  supported bands.  This may be listed like “GSM 850 1900″ or “GSM 850/1900″  or “GSM 850/900/1800/1900″.  As long as you see both 850 and 1900, you are all set.
  • (3) Phone must be either unlocked, or locked to AT&T, or locked to T-Mobile.

Popular Phones that work with Straight Talk SIM

Below is a list of popular phones that will work with Straight Talk SIM. If the original carrier for these phones was not AT&T or T-Mobile, they will need to be unlocked to work with Straight Talk.

Click on the phone for more information or to purchase the phone.

Phone / Model Model Number Phone Type Original Carrier(s) Needs Unlocking?
Apple iPhone 3 iPhone AT&T No
Apple iPhone 3GS iPhone AT&T No
Apple iPhone 4 (GSM) iPhone AT&T No
Apple iPhone 4S iPhone AT&T, Verizon, Sprint AT&T – No, Others – Yes
Apple iPhone 5 (GSM) iPhone AT&T, Verizon, Sprint AT&T – No, Others – Yes
Google Nexus One Android AT&T, T-Mobile No
HP Pre 3 Palm International Likely
HTC Amaze 4G Android T-Mobile No
HTC HD2 Windows Mobile T-Mobile No
HTC Inspire 4G Android AT&T No
HTC myTouch 4G Slide / 4G / 3G Slide Android T-Mobile No
HTC One M7 Android Various Unlikely
LG Nexus 4 Nexus 4 Android Any Carrier No
LG Arena GT950 Android AT&T No
LG Optimus 4X HD P880 Android Various No
LG Optimus G Pro E975 Android Various Unlikely
LG Optimus L9 P769 Android T-Mobile No
Motorola Atrix 2 Android AT&T No
Motorola Atrix 4G Android AT&T No
Motorola Backflip MB300 Android AT&T No
Motorola Cliq MB200 Android T-Mobile No
Motorola Droid 2 Global Android International Likely
Motorola Droid 3 Android International Likely
Motorola Droid Pro Android International Likely
Nokia 5230 Neuron 5230 Nokia International Likely
Nokia Lumina 800 Windows Mobile International Likely
Nokia Lumina 900 Windows Mobile AT&T No
Pantech Burst P9070 Android AT&T No
Samsung Captivate Android AT&T No
Samsung Focus i917 Windows Mobile AT&T No *MMS may not work
Samsung Galaxy I7500 Android International Likely
Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 i8160 Android Various No
Samsung Galaxy Note SGH-I717 Android AT&T No
Samsung Galaxy Note II GT-N7100 Android AT&T, T-Mobile No
Samsung Galaxy S I9000 International Likely
Samsung Galaxy S 4G Android T-Mobile No
Samsung Galaxy S II SGH-T989, SGH-i777 Android AT&T, T-Mobile No
Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket Android AT&T No
Samsung Galaxy S 4 i9500 Android AT&T, T-Mobile No
Samsung Galaxy S III i9300 Android AT&T, T-Mobile No
Samsung Galaxy S III Mini i8190 Android International No
Samsung Google Nexus S GT i9020 Android AT&T, T-Mobile No
Samsung Infuse 4G Android AT&T No
Samsung Jet GT-S8000 Android International Likely
Samsung Vibrant 4G Android T-Mobile  No
Samsung Vibrant Plus Android T-Mobile  No
Samsung Wave S8500 Android International Likely
Star i9220 i9220 Android International No
Sony Xperia SL LT26II Android Various No
Sony Xperia P LT22i-RD Android International No
Sony Xperia S LT26i-WH Android International No
Sony Xperia Z C6602 Android Any Carrier No
T-Mobile G2 Android T-Mobile  No

Once you have found the phone that suits you, head over to Straight Talk and buy your Straight Talk SIM!

Phones that won’t work with Straight Talk SIM

  • CDMA Phones (i.e. Verizon, Sprint, Metro PCS)
  • TracFone, SafeLink, NET10, Straight Talk Phones
  • BlackBerry Phones
  • Nextel Phones

Purchasing Your Straight Talk / Net 10 SIM

To purchase your Straight Talk SIM, simply head over to Straight Talk and place your order.  The purchase wizard will walk you through selecting the proper SIM for your phone.  Please note that as of Summer 2013, AT&T SIM cards are not currently available from Straight Talk directly, however they are available on the open market.

To purchase your Net 10 SIM, simply head over to Net 10 and place your order.  The purchase wizard will walk you through selecting the proper SIM for your phone.  Please note that as of Summer 2013, AT&T SIM cards are not currently available from Net 10 online, however they are available in stores – Walmart, Radio Shack and others have the cards available for purchase.

If you want to save the maximum amount on your Straight Talk or Net 10 SIM, use the links above.  You can also see our earlier post on Straight Talk regarding how to use Mr. Rebates to save 10% off your Straight Talk purchase + get a $7.50 bonus!   Net 10 has a similar offer, but with them you can save 15% off your purchase by going through Mr. Rebates!  Check out our earlier post for details.

Conclusion

If you have a question on whether another phone not listed here will work on Straight Talk or Net 10 SIM, leave a question below in the comments.

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  1. Darryl says:

    Will this phone work with straightalk and do I need to buy a sim card and if so what kind? 5.0″ 32GB Android 4.2 Capicitive Cell Phone Smartphone S4 I9500 GSM

  2. LESBCOOL says:

    I have a droid 3 by Verizon. It has been a different answer whenever I call straighttalk. My phone is 3g and 850/1900 please help

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