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

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We last updated this article on January 22, 2018 to bring you the latest and greatest information!

Bring your own phone to Straight Talk with Straight Talk SIM and save thousands on your cell phone bill.

Want to get unlimited talk, texting and data on Straight Talk or Net 10 for $45 a month?

You can keep your existing phone and take it to Straight Talk or Net 10 to get great service at a great price.  You’ll still use the towers of AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint, but you’ll pay Straight Talk instead of your current carrier (even though you’re still using their towers).

Below we will tell you which phones you can use and which plans you can pick from.

Straight Talk and Net 10 Bring Your Own Phone Plans

Here are some of the plans you can choose from:

“Everything” PlanStraight TalkUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited*$45
500 MB Fast DataNet 10UnlimitedUnlimited500 MB 4G
Unlimited 2G
$35, $31.50 with Auto-Refill
3 GB Fast DataNet 10UnlimitedUnlimited1.5 GB 4G
Unlimited 2G
$40, $36 with Auto-Refill
5GB Fast DataNet 10UnlimitedUnlimited5GB 4G
Unlimited 2G
$50, $45 with Auto-Refill

Other plans are available – check Phone Bill Cut to compare all your options.

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 cellular 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 / Bring Your Own Phone

Here are 3 great ways you can find out if a phone will work:

(1) Look below at the list of phones we have compiled that work with Straight Talk SIM

(2) Download the Phone Bill Cut app to your phone and it will suggest plans that will work with your device.

(3) Get technical: Answer these two questions Both of the following must be true: First, phone must be a GSM or CDMA phone that was originally on a major cellular carrier or purchased unlocked.  Second, phone must be either unlocked, or locked to AT&T, locked to Verizon, locked to Sprint, or locked to T-Mobile.

If you still aren’t sure, leave us a comment below and we’ll try to help as much as we can!

If your phone won’t work, or you just need a new phone, consider purchasing a low-cost phone from Straight Talk if you are in this situation.

Popular Phones that work with Straight Talk SIM / Bring Your Own Phone

Below is a list of popular phones that will work with Straight Talk SIM Bring Your Own Phone. If the original carrier for these phones was not AT&T,  T-Mobile, Sprint or Verizon, the phone will likely need to be unlocked to work with Straight Talk.  You can ask your current carrier to unlock your phone for you, or check out Amazon’s books on phone unlocking.

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

Apple iPhone 3iPhone
Apple iPhone 3GSiPhone
Apple iPhone 4iPhone
Apple iPhone 4SiPhone
Apple iPhone 5iPhone
Apple iPhone 5CiPhone
Apple iPhone 5SiPhone
Apple iPhone 6iPhone
Apple iPhone 6SiPhone
Apple iPhone 6S PlusiPhone
Apple iPhone 7iPhone
Apple iPhone 7 PlusiPhone
Apple iPhone 8
(Amazon / eBay)
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
(Amazon / eBay)
Apple iPhone X
(Amazon / eBay)
BLU Advance A4
(Amazon / eBay)
BLU Studio X8
(Amazon / eBay)
CAT Rugged Phone – S60, S40, S30, B25, B15, B100Android
Google Nexus OneAndroid
Google Nexus SAndroid
Google Nexus 4Android
Google Nexus 5Android
Google Nexus 6Android
Google Nexus 5XAndroid
Google Nexus 6PAndroid
Google Pixel
(Amazon / eBay)
Google Pixel 2
(Amazon / eBay)
HP Pre 3Palm
HTC Amaze 4GAndroid
HTC HD2Windows Mobile
HTC Inspire 4GAndroid
HTC myTouch 4G Slide / 4G / 3G SlideAndroid
HTC One – M7, M8, M9Android
HTC 10Android
Huawei P9Android
Huawei Honor 6x
(Amazon / eBay)
Huawei Honor 7x
(Amazon / eBay)
Huawei Honor 8Android
HTC ThunderboltAndroid
LeEco Le S3
(Amazon / eBay)
Lenovo G5 Plus
(Amazon / eBay)
LG Nexus 4Android
LG Nexus 5 – D820Android
LG Nexus 5xAndroid
LG Arena – GT950Android
LG G2Android
LG G3Android
LG G4Android
LG G5Android
(Amazon / eBay)
LG Optimus 4X HD – P880Android
LG Optimus G Pro – E975Android
LG Optimus L9 – P769Android
LG V20
(Amazon / eBay)
Motorola Atrix 2Android
Motorola Atrix 4GAndroid
Motorola Backflip – MB300Android
Motorola Cliq – MB200Android
Motorola Droid 2 GlobalAndroid
Motorola Droid MaxxAndroid
Motorola Moto EAndroid
Motorola Moto E2Android
Motorola Moto E Plus
(Amazon / eBay)
Motorola Moto G2Android
Motorola Moto G3Android
Motorola Moto G4Android
Motorola Moto G5
(Amazon / eBay)
Motorola Moto G Plus
(Android / eBay)
Motorola Moto XAndroid
Motorola Moto X PlayAndroid
Motorola Moto Z
(Amazon / eBay)
Nokia 5230 Neuron – 5230Nokia
Nokia Lumina 800Windows Mobile
Nokia Lumina 900Windows Mobile
Pantech Burst – P9070Android
Samsung CaptivateAndroid
Samsung Convoy 5
(Amazon / eBay)
Samsung Focus – i917Windows Mobile
Samsung Galaxy Express – SGH-1437Android
Samsung Galaxy – I7500Android
Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 – i8160Android
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime – VariousAndroid
Samsung Galaxy J3 – J3Android
Samsung Galaxy J7
(Amazon / eBay)
Samsung Galaxy Note – SGH-I717Android
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – GT-N7100Android
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – SM-N900VAndroid
Samsung Galaxy Note 4Android
Samsung Galaxy Note 5Android
Samsung Galaxy Note 6Android
Samsung Galaxy Note 7Android
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
(Amazon / eBay)
Samsung Galaxy On5 – G550T
(Amazon / eBay)
Samsung Galaxy S – I9000 Android
Samsung Galaxy S 4GAndroid
Samsung Galaxy S II – SGH-T989, SGH-i777Android
Samsung Galaxy S II SkyrocketAndroid
Samsung Galaxy S4 – i9500, SCH-i545Android
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active – i537, M919, I9295Android
Samsung Galaxy S5 – SM-G900Android
Samsung Galaxy S6 – SM-G920Android
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge – SM-G925Android
Samsung Galaxy S7 – G930FAndroid
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge – G935FAndroid
Samsung Galaxy S7 Active – G891AAndroid
Samsung Galaxy S III – i9300Android
Samsung Galaxy S III Mini – i8190Android
Samsung Google Nexus S – GT i9020Android
Samsung Infuse 4GAndroid
Samsung Jet – GT-S8000Android
Samsung Vibrant 4GAndroid
Samsung Vibrant PlusAndroid
Samsung Wave – S8500Android
Star i9220 – i9220Android
Sony Xperia L1
(Amazon / eBay)
Sony Xperia SL – LT26IIAndroid
Sony Xperia P – LT22i-RDAndroid
Sony Xperia S – LT26i-WHAndroid
Sony Xperia Z – C6602Android
Sony Xperia XA
(Amazon / eBay)
Sony Xperia XA1
(Amazon / eBay)
Sony Xperia XZ
(Amazon / eBay)
T-Mobile G2Android
Xgody d10Android
Xgody d22
(Amazon / eBay)
Xgody y13Android
Xgody y14Android
Xgody y19
(Amazon / eBay)
Xgody X200Android
ZTE Axon 7Android
ZTE Axon 7 MiniAndroid

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

Buying a New or Used Phone for Straight Talk SIM Bring Your Own Phone

If you are looking to get a phone for use with Straight Talk’s Bring Your Own Phone program, here’s what I would recommend:

Your best bet is going to be to look for a true unlocked phone, one that was unlocked from the beginning.  Use any of the links above to find unlocked versions of those phones.

However – you may also be able to save some money by buying a used, locked phone from Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile or Sprint.  Only buy a locked phone on these carriers, any other locked phone will not work!

Phones that won’t work with Straight Talk SIM Bring Your Own Phone

  • US Cellular Phones (unless unlocked first)
  • C Spire Wireless Phones (unless unlocked first)
  • nTelos Wireless Phones (unless unlocked first)
  • Metro PCS Phones (unless unlocked first)
  • Verizon Prepaid Phones
  • AT&T Go Phones
  • TracFone Phones
  • SafeLink Phones
  • NET10 Phones
  • Straight Talk Phones
  • Boost Mobile Phones
  • Virgin Mobile Phones
  • Cricket Phones
  • Republic Wireless Phones
  • PagePlus 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.

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.


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, and I’d be happy to help you.  Be sure to include the following in your question: (1) Phone name, (2) Phone model number, (3) Carrier the phone is running on now, (4) If the phone is locked or unlocked.

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  • Samsung i997 4G Infuse – 16GB – Caviar Black (AT&T) Smartphone – if it’s not unlocked is it possible to unlock?

    • Any phone can be unlocked. However, there is no need to unlock this phone to use with Straight Talk SIM – it is an AT&T phone and runs on the proper GSM bands (it has GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 ). Therefore you can use it right now, without unlocking on Straight Talk SIM.

  • Ok I sent for a Samsung infuse, which sim card do I buy from ST? I have this selected “Unlocked Phone (Phone must operate in 850 and 1900 MHz bands” But do I get the micro size or standard?

  • FYI, I was just informed by Straight Talk that it takes up to 24 hours to transfer an old ST phone number to the new Straight Talk Sim card. I wish I had know this earlier and asked for a new number. Now I am without phone service for a couple of days.

  • I noticed you have the iphone 4s from verizon on the list. If that one could work using the micro sim then would other verizon phones that use a micro sim like the samsung stratosphere also work?

    • Yes, I believe that other Verizon phones that have a SIM or Micro-SIM slot will work with Straight Talk SIM, so long as the following is true: (1) the phone must be unlocked, and (2) it must operate on the 850/1900 GSM bands. Use my custom Google search engine (mentioned in the above article) to find the specifications for your phone.

      The Samsung Stratosphere does not look like it will work with Straight Talk SIM, as the specifications I saw stated that it only has CDMA capabilities.

  • Hi, I’ve been doing some reading and have found that I could buy an ATT Avail that they sell for the go phone, and use a straight talk sim card in it. Is this true, and will I have the full functionality like web browsing, messaging, and the android apps? And which ST sim card would it need?

    I’m currently using an old LG Xenon as an ATT Go Phone and it’s time to upgrade. I have good coverage with ATT here but they want extra money for data so I’m considering switching.


    • Cat, Thanks for your question. It appears that the ATT Avail should work with Straight Talk SIM, as it is a GSM 850/1900 phone that is locked to the AT&T network. To date, I haven’t seen any information that says AT&T “Go Phones” won’t work with Straight Talk SIM, so I don’t have any reason to believe that it wouldn’t work.

      I believe you can use all of the web browsing, messaging and Android features with the Avail on the Straight Talk network. The only thing that might not work is any AT&T specific software that is installed on the device (i.e. if AT&T had some proprietary navigation program or something).

      I believe the Avail uses the standard size SIM card.

  • My question is can I use a Verizon HTC Incredible and simply unlock it? I am confused because you say CDMA won’t work but under your list for iphone4S Verizon its on the list of what works, that is CDMA I think, and says to unlock.

    • Hi Joe A, You’re correct – the HTC Droid Incredible 2 appears that it will work with Straight Talk SIM (if it is unlocked) as it has a GSM radio that operates on both the 850 and 1900 bands as required by Straight Talk.

  • I think that HTC Droid Incredible will not work, but HTC Droid Incredible 2 will work, would just like to know if I’m right or wrong. Thanks

    • Christian, I believe that the Motorola Droid 3 Global may work, as it is a GSM phone that supports the 850 & 1900 Mhz bands. However, there have been some reports that the usual “unlock” is only for International SIM cards, so there is a chance it might not work with Straight Talk unless you have a “full unlock”. You might want to call Straight Talk customer support first to check. Please report back here and let us know how it works out!

    • The Samsung Exhibit II 4G will work with Straight Talk SIM. It does not need to be locked. This phone is probably one of the best deals that you can get for Straight Talk SIM – a low cost Android phone that will work on the AT&T or T-Mobile netwoks. If you buy from Wal-Mart be sure to buy through Mr. Rebates to save an additional 1%!

  • Would like to get the WalMart Samsung Exhibit II 4G, but I think the WalMart $30 plan only uses TMobile towers and there are no TMobile towers around here. There IS an AT&T tower though. Will Exhibit II + this Straight Talk SIM automatically use the AT&T tower?

    • George, I would call Straight Talk to check this. Here’s my thought process: Phones that are locked to T-Mobile won’t work with Straight Talk SIM unless they are first unlocked and a generic or AT&T SIM is purchased. The reason I believe this is that when you order a SIM, the questionnaire asks you what type of phone you have. If you have a locked T-mobile phone, it suggests that you purchase a “T-Mobile Straight Talk SIM”, which I believe would only work on the T-Mobile network. Also, if you consider how network locking works, it doesn’t seem like you’d be able to use AT&T without first unlocking the phone. Please let us know how it turns out for you.

  • If the Samsung captivate works, what about the samsung captivate glide? I dont know much about phones, otherwise I would research it for myself. I also was curious to what sim card I get. I have an At&t samsung captivate glide not unlocked. Last question, is their any defects? Like cant use MMS or poor cellular signal? Thanks for your time guys

    • Kaitlyn,

      The Samsung Captivate Glide as it is an AT&T phone that operates on both the 850 & 1900Mhz bands. There is no need to unlock it first.

      With Straight Talk SIM, you should get the same signal that you had before with AT&T, as it will continue to use the AT&T network.

      In general MMS works fine on Straight Talk. Some people had problems in the past when they were trying to use unapproved phones on the Straight Talk network. However now that Straight Talk SIM is available I believe just about everyone is able to use MMS on Straight Talk SIM.

  • We want to switch to Straight Talk ($241 a month with AT&T!!!!). I have an iPhone 3gs which I know will work….but I wonder if my husband’s Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G and my best friends HTC Inspire 4G…(I see hers on the list, YAY!)

    • Liz,

      iPhone 3gs will work (make sure to get the correct size sim).

      Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G should also work – it is an AT&T phone that also operates on the 850 and 1900 GSM bands.

      HTC Inspire 4G will also work.

      Please note that the 4G phones won’t work at 4G speeds on Straight Talk; however that might be OK considering how much money you will have left in your pocket!

  • Quick question- I should be getting a HTC Titan or Samsung Focus S from the Microsoft promotion and was wondering if either of these phone will work with the Straight Talk $45 or T-Mobile $30 plan? Can these phones be unlocked? Thanks for any replies.

    • Paul,

      Any phones can be unlocked. However if a phone is locked to either the AT&T or T-Mobile networks, there is no need to unlock the phones.

      The HTC Titan is an AT&T GSM phone that supports both the 850 & 1900 Mhz bands, so it should work fine with Straight Talk SIM. It could possibly also work on T-Mobile if it was unlocked first.

      The Samsung Focus S is an AT&T GSM phone that supports both the 850 & 1900 Mhz bands, so it should work fine with Straight Talk SIM. It could possibly also work on T-Mobile if it was unlocked first.

  • hello i currently have a Samsung droid charge under contract with Verizon….i am told that all of st android services run off of sprints 3g towers…..however my coverage will be worse than sprint direct…because st doesn’t have the relationships in place like sprint does to hand off my calls to other providers in my rural area…..so Q#1) can my Verizon Samsung charge work on st? Q#2) Is it possible that my coverage will be horrible cause of the limited amount of sprint towers in my area and St not being able to pass my calls off to other carriers towers as i drive through rural areas?

    • Josh,

      Please read all of the Straight Talk articles on our site. You’ll see that you can use an Android with Straight Talk on AT&T (Straight Talk SIM), T-Mobile (Straight Talk SIM) or Sprint (if you buy a Straight Talk Android phone).

      Your Verizon phone will not work with Straight Talk. Verizon phones are not portable to Straight Talk unless they have a GSM radio and are unlocked.

      I would suggest you sell your phone and either buy a second-hand AT&T or T-Mobile Android phone without contract and purchase a Straight Talk SIM or purchase one of the Straight Talk Android phones like The LG Optimus Q if you are OK using the Sprint network.

  • I have a verizon htc incredible 2 if i unlock it will it work on strait talk network?I do belive it is dual band cdma/gma. Someone said it will not work in the usa.

    • Ronald, It is my understanding that the Verizon HTC Incredible 2 would work with Straight Talk if it was unlocked. It appears to contain a GSM radio that operates on the 850/1900 Mhz bands.

    • The Sony Ericsson Satio should work on Straight talk if it is locked to AT&T, T-Mobile or if it is unlocked. It supports the 850 / 1900 Mhz bands. Just follow the link above to purchase a SIM Card from Straight Talk SIM.

  • I’ve got the samsung galaxy s 2 with att (i777) It looks like it will work but I have an imporatant question. If i buy the sim card, will i have aceess to att’s 3g network or would i be stuck on their 2g network? Att doesn’t have 2g services here, they only put 3g on the old unicel towers. Can someone confirm 3g access?

    • John, many people have reported 3G speeds on Straight Talk SIM. I would imagine you would find that you are getting 3G speeds once you switch. As a worst case scenario, you would be out $65 – $15 for the SIM and $40 for the month of service.

    • Trudy, I’m not exactly sure, but the best trick is to put in your old SIM and boot the phone. Then you can use a function on the phone to copy your contacts from the SIM to the phone. Then put in the new Straight Talk SIM and your contacts should still be on the phone.

    • Andrew, Yes the Samsung Galaxy Ace should work fine with Straight Talk.

      In order to get 3G speeds, you may need to have this particular model: S5830L. For regular 2G Text/Talk/Web, you can use any model of the Ace.


    • Nathen, Yes – all you need to do to get up and running with Straight Talk SIM with a T-Mobile phone is to:
      1) Purchase a SIM (see links above for special savings)
      2) Take the current SIM card out of your phone
      3) Place the Straight Talk SIM card into your phone

  • I have an HTC merge from us cellular and I am wondering if this will work on straight talk. Its both cdma and gsm and runs on both bands required for straight talk. I’ve tried to look and can’t find this answered anywhere. If so, what do I need to do to get this to work? My other option is buying a at&t android from your list, if I do this do you have a guide or something showing what I need to do to get everything up and running on straight talk? Please and Thanks.

    • Hale,

      HTC Merge
      It looks like the HTC merge could work with Straight Talk if it is first unlocked. The phone operates on the 850 & 1900Mhz bands, which are required for Straight Talk.

      For unlock instructions, please seem my article about Straight Talk SIM. Specifically, scroll down to the portion with the heading “If you have another GSM Phone”.

      Once your phone is unlocked, you should be able to purchase a SIM from Straight Talk SIM (see above for links and ways to save money on the SIM).

      Buying an Android phone
      Buying an Android phone is also a good option. You can purchase any of the above phones from Amazon – just click on the name of the phone above and it will take you to amazon.com where you can purchase the phone. Before finalizing your purchase make sure the description of the phone says either: “unlocked”, “AT&T” or “T-Mobile”. Once you purchase your phone you can immediately head to Straight Talk SIM (use links above) and purchase your SIM Card, which you can place in your phone as soon as it arrives.

      If you have any other questions, please stop back and ask them here. Thanks

  • I have a straight talk phone Nokia E71 and would like to buy a LG phone not from straight talk…will it work with the SIM card in the Nokia E71?

  • I have a nokia e5 with sim. Could I just put my sim card in another phone and work, or do i have to purchase a new sim?

    • Matt,

      I am assuming that your Nokia e5 is a Straight Talk branded phone. I don’t believe that you can take a SIM Card from a Straight Talk branded phone and place it into any other phone and have it work on Straight Talk – I believe you need to purchase a Straight Talk SIM card. The good news is that Straight Talk SIM cards are very inexpensive. See our original article for more information on how to purchase a card and start saving money!

    • John,

      The AT&T RAZR V3 will work with Straight Talk SIM. The list above is not exhaustive, it was just meant to cover some of the top phones on the market. Thanks for your question!

  • To be clear… I have a ST phone now. If I take the SIM card out (reg size), and put it in a “friends” IPhone3, it will work? Or are the SIMs youre talking about different? Do I have to call ST, and give them the Serial # or something of the new (IPhone3) phone. Thank you in Advance.

    • TA,
      Thanks for your question. I don’t believe that this will work without doing some things that may violate the Straight Talk terms of service. Historically people have violated Straight Talk’s terms of service and stuck Straight Talk SIM cards into iPhones. However I believe the only way to legitimately do this is to purchase a Straight Talk SIM.

      Purchasing a Straight Talk SIM will allow you the confidence that (1) you are purchasing the right item that will work for sure with your phone and (2) you are not violating Straight Talk’s terms of service.

      Since the SIM Cards are only $15, I would encourage you to just save time, and live with a clear conscience – just purchase the SIM and start saving money!

    • Lois,

      I’m not sure I completely follow your question. Are you in the UK? I’m not sure you can even get Straight Talk service there.

      Generally when you purchase a Straight Talk SIM, you enter the phone number of your existing cellular phone or home phone and then the number will be ported to whichever phone you place the Straight Talk SIM into.

  • I have a unlocked phone that I bought off Ebay it has dual sim compatability, It supports wcdma and gsm fully compatible. but I tried to put my original sim in it out of my samsung from straight talk and it didnt work, it didnt even recognize it was in it. Would this sim card work or will I just be in the hole for another $20? and what is the difference between a regular sim and this one?

    • Tyler,

      Yes, I believe you do need to purchase the Straight Talk SIM for $15. Taking a SIM from an existing Straight Talk branded phone and placing it into another non Straight Talk phone is not supported by Straight Talk.

      Your experience confirms other reports I have heard that taking a Straight Talk SIM out of a Straight Talk phone. I believe that doing so violates the Straight Talk terms of service. Also, it doesn’t work without some messing about (if at all).

  • Hey I was looking to put the Samsung galaxy note on straight talk… So ill could either buy a phone from att or buy an unlocked note? Either should work right? What’s the cheaper version?

    • Ryan,

      Yes, you can either buy an AT&T-locked Note or an unlocked note. Either will work.

      It’s hard to say which will be cheaper. Generally carriers that are locked to a particular carrier are cheaper than unlocked phones, but it can vary based on market conditions. Click the “Samsung Galaxy Note” link in the table above to see who offers the best deal through the amazon.com cell phone marketplace. You might also want to check for used phones as well if you feel comfortable with that. There may be some people that bought the phone, hated it and want to switch and you can pick up their old one for cheap. Craigslist and eBay are good places to check if you want to take the risk of “used”.

    • Crystal, Yes, the Straight Talk SIM should work with the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant SGH-T959 – it is a GSM phone that supports the 850/1900 Mhz bands. Since it is a T-Mobile phone, you don’t need to get it unlocked – just buy the SIM and go! Thanks for your question.

  • Hi all. Just my two cents worth. I was interested in this Straight Talk SIM for my new AT&T Avail phone. I just purchased the phone and chose the $25 plan which includes 250 voice minutes & unlimited text and I added the $15/200MG of data use per month; for $10 more per month I can upgrade to 1GB/month. I am not a heavy data user at all, I just want the feature for “sometimes”, and basically to check my e/mail on the road. Besides, I can use the phone with WiFi or MiFi.

    Be aware that the StraightTalk “unlimited” data plan does indeed have restrictions. Read the “terms and conditions” portion of their website before you make the leap. Taken directly from their website: (terms & conditions – “STRAIGHT TALK UNLIMITED TALK AND TEXT PLAN FEATURES INTENDED USE: Straight Talk Unlimited talk and text plans may ONLY be used with a Straight Talk handset for the following purposes: (i) Person to Person Voice Calls (ii) Text and Picture Messaging (iii) Internet browsing through the Straight Talk Mobile Web Portal and (iv) Authorized Content Downloads from the Straight Talk Mobile Web Store. The Straight Talk Unlimited talk, text and data plans MAY NOT be used for any other purpose. Examples of prohibited uses include, without limitation, the following: (i) continuous mobile to mobile or mobile to landline voice calls; (ii) automated text or picture messaging to another mobile device or e-mail address; (iii) uploading, downloading or streaming of audio or video programming or games; (iv) server devices or host computer applications, including, but not limited to, Web camera posts or broadcasts, automatic data feeds, automated machine-to-machine connections or peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing; or (v) as a substitute or backup for private lines or dedicated data connections. This means, by way of example only, that checking email, surfing the Internet, downloading legally acquired songs, and/or visiting corporate intranets is permitted, but downloading movies using P2P file sharing services and/or redirecting television signals for viewing on laptops is prohibited. A person engaged in prohibited uses may have his/her service terminated without notice or a refund”.

    So, if you are into gaming or streaming videos you may get disconnected. I found various references on line with people claiming to have had their services disconnected abruptly without comment or explanation. Also – “Straight Talk Service does not allow international text messages, if that interests anyone. “Attempting to send international messages could result in Service deactivation”. And, “Straight Talk may discontinue providing Service to you, discontinue your account, or discontinue providing connections to particular telephone numbers or types of Services used or called by you, that, in the sole judgment of Straight Talk: (1) appear likely to generate abnormally high call volumes or data usage and/or abnormally long average call lengths or data usage as compared to the usage of other Straight Talk customers; (2) may be harmful, disruptive, or interfere with the Carrier’s network or the Carrier’s ability to provide service to other customers.

    Do some research on line and you will see that there are people who complain that their service with Straight Talk was terminated. It is rumored that data is limited to 2-3GB per month. You cannot stream Netflix or Pandora. Still an excellent deal for some folks, just be aware that Straight Talk “unlimited” data is really NOT unlimited!

    • Bonnie, Thanks for the great writeup! You are correct. Most all cellular plans do have restrictions, even Verizon unlimited data (when they still had it) wasn’t really unlimited. It’s always a good idea to read the fine print and understand if the “unlimited” data you are getting is truly “unlimited”

  • I have a iphone 3gs that I purchased from a friend and its working on a ST SIM. Then I bought a refurbished iPhone 3G from game stop and tried using the SIMM card from mine and it would not recognize that there was a SIMM card in it, tried the card from an ST Nokia E71 also same thing said NO SIMM CARD. They specify that their phones are locked to AT&T. I returned it. DO you think it was a faulty phone?
    I need to get two more of these, for the family as we are all on ST but only one iphone right now. Thanks for any help

  • I purchased a T-Mobile Samsung Exhibit II 4G from Walmart.com. The Straight Talk site tells me that it does not support a sim for T-Mobile for my zip code. Does this mean I would have to unlock it and get the generic sim for it before it would work? Also, will it only work at 2G as the specs suggest? It would be a cheaper alternative than the LG Optimus Black which ST is selling online. Thanks!

    • JJ,
      If Straight Talk does not support a T-Mobile SIM for your zip, yes you may need to unlock the phone first and then go for the generic SIM. This is a rare situation. You may want to contact Straight Talk customer support to clarify how you should proceed.

  • Hi…last question please 🙂 I visited Straight talk/wireless kiosk at local Walmart. Employee seemed informed but told me that no android or Iphone could be supported by Straight talk in our area since androids were done by Sprint network in our area and there is not adequate coverage. She said no Iphone could be used. Is the new sim and micro sim a very recent addition to Straight Talk?? I visited with her in last few days.. end of April 2012.. not understanding why she would not know about this. By purchasing this SIM or micro Sim card, it would mean that we would be able to run off ATT.. even for Android or I phone right? It will not matter that Sprint does not have adequate service for us locally?

    • Hi Karen,
      You may ask as many questions as you would like. The new Straight Talk SIM is a fairly new offering by Straight Talk and it is likely that the Wal-Mart employee is not informed about this new offering.

      With Straight Talk SIM, an Android or iPhone would be operating on the AT&T or T-Mobile networks, or a combination of both of them. It doesn’t matter what Sprint is doing.

      The regular Straight Talk Android phones (that you purchase directly from Straight Talk) do run on the Sprint network. Check out our previous post on the Straight talk Android phones for more information.

  • Hello: Is the new Samsung Galaxy Note supported by Straighttalk… I see that ATT carries it.. thanks for any info!
    Karen Jones

    • Yes, a US Cellular Samsung Galaxy S will work with Straight Talk SIM – if it is first unlocked. Try calling the carrier for unlock codes or follow my instructions above if that doesn’t work out.

  • Hi, I am shopping some of the ‘chinese phones’ that are unlocked and use the proper GSM frequencies. However, one thing I have noticed is that many of them say “2G GSM” and “3G WCDMA”. Does this mean they would not pick up a 3G signal even if available?

    • Nate, I’m not real familiar with the ‘Chinese phones’ that you speak of. I would have to see the specs on a specific phone before I could weigh in on its compatibility with Straight Talk SIM. However, based on what you have told me, I believe that these phones that are 2G GSM / 3G WCDMA would only work at 2G speed on Straight Talk SIM.

  • I just saw the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim Android announced on straight talk site.. any confirmation that it will run off Verizon. I preordered it… those that run off Sprint do not work in our area… will return if it not. I am not sure this will do what I need even after reading the online manual (push email) but should know soon.. ships in 1-2 weeks. All that said I dropped my Verizon service this week that I have had for 25 years! ha! I started with the Samsung R375C phone bought from Walmart Straighttalk wireless center… it is a great little phone and I assume I am running off Verizon (in AL)… it is not going to work long term for me since I do so much business work through my phone.. but for $59 I am very pleased and will save it as back up phone. I will see if the new android that Straighttalk just announced is all I am hoping for. If anyone has confirmation that it will run off Verizon, I’d love to know. THANKS for this great site and service!

  • Hi…I have ordered online a new ATT Iphone 3gs and the ATT sim card for it from Straight talk… they should be here soon and I’ll see how that works. It said something about changing the APN? Not sure how to do that or who to ask. Anyone done this with an ATT Iphone 3gs? Does APN have to be changed?? I had hoped to insert sim card and be up and running. Would love any info that is out there on this. Thanks again!

  • Hi.. Exhibit II 4g, unlocked, and rooted. The best phone for the money by far, AT&T sim does not run data on it. I have forced gsm and it will still not run data.phone calls and texts work great, I have seen others on the web who have said that data works fine over AT&T on Samsung Exbibit II 4g, but no answers on the settings or how they are doing it. Any answers to this question would be very nice. So if you can get data on your Exhibit II 4g. Chime in.

  • I have a straight talk sim and an at&t avail but when i put sim in phone it asks for network unlock pin. What does that mean and how do i find it?

    • Celestial, Did you purchase a SIM card from Straight Talk, or are you using one out of an existing phone? You must purchase a SIM from Straight Talk; you can’t just take one from an existing phone.

  • Hi.. fwiw, got new iphone 3gs and ordered sim card and minute card.. all arrived and after changing out the sim card and downloading an app that automatically changed the APN, it all works! yea! Also, my new Galaxy Proclaim that runs I hope on VErizon was shipped today.. it was new release by Straighttalk and android with lots of features I need in business. Hope it is indeed running off Verizon and that it’s all I am wishing for. Will give report on it next week for any who might be considering it. Thanks for this great site! Karen

  • I was looking at the specs for my sprint phone, htc evo design 4g, it says its both gsm and cdma and the spec match what I saw in earlier posts, so I’m wondering why if I get the unlock code for it I couldnt use it on straight talk?

    • Lisa, If you unlock your Sprint phone and it supports GSM, it should work with Straight Talk SIM. This is very similar to the situation with the iPhone – a dual band phone that can have its Verizon and Sprint versions unlocked to work with Straight Talk SIM.

  • Just wanted to share that my Galaxy Proclaim arrived and it is GREAT! Only issue is if ordering online you cannot get the $39 insurance that extends warranty to 18 months. I called twice and store in Walmart called.. no go on it. BUT if you buy in the store in Walmart, you can get it. Go figure! FWIW, walmart manager in the wireless store told me that they are not getting the materials they used to get to give to people who purchase the warranty…kinda concerning. I decided to insure through another means.. more pricey but has solid track record it appears of service. I do not insure less expensive phones but wanted to for the iphone i hooked up with straight talk and will likely do it also for the Proclaim. It will not pay off unless there is more than 1 issue to occur but still prefer to have it. Hope this helps!

  • I have a Sony Xperia that i had on a at&t plan and its way to expensive to pay for the monthly bills i was wondering if the straight talk sim would work on it? My mom has the htc that was on my brothers plan through verizon and his service got shut off and so the phone was never taken off that account and it works with the sim card she bought for it, i was wondering if the sim card from straight talk will work for my phone?? If anyone knows or has had one they tried i would appreciate any advice! Thanks!!

    • Alisha, Straight Talk SIM would work with your Sony Xperia. You actually have to buy the SIM from Straight Talk though, you can’t just take a Straight Talk SIM card out of another Straight talk phone.

    • Justin, if the Motorola A957 (DROID PRO) is unlocked, it should be able to work with Straight Talk SIM as it includes a GSM radio that works on the 850 and 1900 Mhz bands.

    • Justin, Max (another commenter) shared that the Straosphere has GSM capabilities. According to Phone Scoop, it does not. You might want to check back here to see how things turned out for Max. If I looked at PhoneScoop alone, I would tell you that the Stratosphere would NOT work with Straight Talk SIM, as it appears to be a CDMA-only phone.

  • I want a iPhone with straight talk so bad and want to buy one. I know nothing about phones or towers they run on and stuff like that but if someone is willing to help I will pay through pay pal or mail. Anything to get off us cellular. Does the iPhone still let you download apps with straight talk? Does a sim card come with a phone? How do I know if a iPhone will work in southern missouri?

    Thanks alot Greg

    • Greg,

      You can use an iPhone with Straight Talk SIM.

      You can download apps with Straight Talk & the iPhone.

      You will need to purchase an unlocked iPhone (or AT&T iPhone) and then purchase a SIM from Straight Talk SIM. The links above can be used to both purchase the iPhone as well as get some savings on the Straight Talk SIM.

      To check and see if an iPhone will work on Straight Talk SIM in southern Missouri, go to Straight Talk SIM’s website using the links above and enter your zip code.

  • I would just like to point out that other people have said that you cannot use SIM cards from Nokia ST phones. However, this is incorrect. My brother took out the SIM card from his Nokia 6790 and put it in a Samsung Infuse and it has worked perfectly for him going on 3 months now. He got to keep his same number and everything and port his contacts over from the SIM card. Just a heads-up for anyone wanting to go that route. =)

    • William, No – The Verizon Samsung Glaxy Nexus, SCH-i515 is CDMA only and will not work with Straight Talk SIM. However, the GSM Samsung Galaxy Nexus, GT-I9250 will work with Straight Talk SIM.

  • I have the straight talk lg optimus q (slider) but i like the htc g2…. if i buy a unlocked htc g2 will i be able to use my straight talk sim card in it or do i have to get a new sim? although my first question should be will the htc g2 work with straight talk and work correctly?

    • KC, You need to get a new SIM to use Straight Talk SIM. See above for how you can order and take advantage of cash back and other special offers. The HTC G2 will work with Straight Talk SIM. Enjoy!

  • Hi, I have a few questions. First, does the HTC one x work on straight talk? Also, since the amaze 4g has both att and T-Mobile band frequencies will it work on att with an att sim from straight talk? And does 3g and 4g work on straight talk with att? Thank u!

    • Baker,

      Thanks for your question. Yes, the HTC One X should work on Straight Talk; the Amaze should work on Straight talk. Yes, 3G does work with Straight Talk SIM on the AT&T network. No, 4G does not work. If you need 4G, check out other providers @ Phone Bill Cut

    • Brian, Yes! The Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III will work on Straight Talk SIM. If the carrier is AT&T or T-Mobile it is not necessary to unlock the phone, you can simply go to Straight Talk’s site and request a SIM. Be sure to see our instructions above and elsewhere on our site on how to save on your SIM purchase!

  • Hi, I am thinking about getting the HTC Amaze and putting it on Straight Talk’s AT&T towers. Is that possible if I unlock it? Also, will the 3G/4G work? And also, does the HTC One s work on the AT&T towers as well? Thanks!

    • Baker,

      Yes, the HTC Amaze should be able to be used on Straight Talk’s AT&T network. You do probably need to unlock it first in order to do this. The 4G will not work; though the 3G should work.

      Also, the HTC One S should work with Straight Talk SIM as well; however it may not have as good of 3G services as the Amaze due to the bands that it operates on.

      Report back and let us know how it goes for you!

    • Renee, Sorry, but you won’t be able to use the LG Optimus Q with Straight Talk SIM. It uses CDMA which is not compatible with Straight Talk SIM. At this time there is no way to run the phone on Straight Talk.

  • Question on Samsung Proclaim.. new to STraighttalk or Iphone 3gs run on Straight talk please: Is Samsung Proclaim HOTSPOT capable for laptops or touchpad/ipad?? Just wondering if anyone has been able to use the phone as a hot spot for their laptop or ipad or HP Touchpad. I have the touchpad and tried to get the two to connect but it did not work. I was told this phone can be a hotspot. Does anyone know?? Anyone gotten it to work.. I’d even be fine with connecting it by cable if that would work. I don’t need to use it a lot in this way but it would be awesome if I could do it on occasion for business things. FWIW I can’t get the Iphone 3gs that is supposed to be capable of being hotspot to work either-it runs great on straight talk with new sim card I installed and after changing APN but can’t get it to be hotspot either. I’ve not ever used cell in this way so I may just not be doing it right. Any feedback would be much appreciated!

  • Ok so let me get this clear. I am not new to this but this site was one of few websites I was able to google this question. “I have the samsung stratosphere, It is Rooted AND unlocked. It is a “CDMA” but it also has a microSIM slot. It also has a “GSM” Frequencies of 800/1900 on 2G. Now. Since it is a GSM 800/1900, It is unlocked and there is a SIM slot. Can it be used with StraightTalk?” I have called 3 consecative times and I got 2 (NO) 1 (Yes) and that was from a supervisor. So I am more looking for someone that has attempted it. The card was purchased and anyday now it will come in. I will try and could let u know. If anyone has any input or resources to assist me, That would be cool.
    BTW:Before I get asked “HEIMDALL”.
    Thank u in advanced.

  • what about the motorola droid a855? i am confused because i found some sites saying it is gsm but amazon only says cdma…

    • Justine, According to Motorola, the A855 is a CDMA phone and would not work with Straight Talk SIM. You might want to check out some of Straight Talk’s lower cost Android options, especially the Samsung Galaxy Vibrant.