Using Unlocked Phones With Net10

Not sure what an unlocked phone is? We have all the info you need.

When you move to Net10, you have the option to purchase a new phone or keep the one you love. To make it easier for you, most unlocked GSM and CDMA phones are compatible with Net10 service plans. You can check by using our compatibility checker, or by texting BYOP to 611611. But what is an unlocked phone, and how do you tell if you have one?

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What are unlocked phones?

Many cell phones come with something called a carrier lock. It’s a software code that restricts the phone to usage on a certain network, such as T-Mobile or Verizon. This is done as a way to prevent customers from using the phone on a different network than the one for which it was intended. It also helps carriers keep track of and streamline their network operations.

An unlocked phone, on the other hand, is not tied to a specific carrier. Therefore, it can be used on any network or service plan. Basically, an unlocked phone gives you more freedom. For example, it means you get to keep your phone if you decide to switch to a new provider instead of having to purchase a new device.

You can purchase unlocked phones from many retailers. However, double-check to make sure the phone is unlocked before making a purchase. You may also be able to unlock your current phone by submitting a request to your carrier and meeting certain requirements.

How to use your unlocked phone with Net10

Your phone, your choice of coverage.

If you have an unlocked phone and want to switch to Net10, you’ll just need to purchase a Net10 Bring Your Own Phone SIM Kit in order to activate it. That way, you get to keep your phone and even the same phone number if you want. After that, simply select the service plan that’s best suited for your lifestyle – it's all part of how Net10 lets you use your phone with coverage on one of America's Top 4 Networks with unlimited talk and text for as little as $20/month. To get your phone set up, you can use our online activation system or contact us to speak with a representative.

Switch to Net10

Curious about making the move to Net10? Browse all of our service plans and phones online. We offer nationwide coverage on one of America’s largest and most dependable 4G LTE† networks. And with the ability to use your unlocked phone, it’s easy to get the data and the price you need without the hassle.

† To get 4G LTE speed, you must have a 4G LTE capable device and 4G LTE SIM. Actual availability, coverage and speed may vary. LTE is a trademark of ETSI.