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Using a phone from another carrier on Straight Talk Wireless

Straight Talk BYOD Cell Phone

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: This is not supported by Straight Talk at this time.  There’s a chance it could work if the phone is unlocked, but you would be risking your $30 and 1 month’s subscription to do so.

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!

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