Can I bring my current phone to Mint Mobile?

So you’re ready to ditch that big wireless bill but not quite ready to kick your phone to the curb with it? We get that. Today’s phones are built to last a lot longer than your patience with your big wireless carrier, and that’s why Mint Mobile lets you keep using your phone with our premium wireless service. It’s a feature we call Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP for short).

Can I bring any phone to Mint Mobile?

For a phone to work with Mint Mobile’s service, it has to be unlocked and compatible. Essentially any 5G or 4G LTE-supported phone that accepts a SIM card (or supports eSIM) will work with our service. If you previously used that phone with AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket Wireless, Simple Mobile or Straight Talk, then it’ll probably work with Mint. You just might have to reach out to your previous carrier to have them unlock it for you.

How do I know if my phone will work with Mint Mobile?

You can check if your phone and our network are Mint to be right now using our nifty compatibility checker. You just need your phone’s IMEI number, which can be found by dialing *#06# or by going into your phone’s settings.

What if my phone isn’t compatible?

If your phone isn’t a match for our network, that’s a bummer – but there are other options. We offer a wide variety of new cell phones for sale through our website, all of which are guaranteed to work with our service. Many also come with bundle deals that include our premium wireless service. You also have the option to purchase an unlocked phone from a third party or directly from a manufacturer, but we strongly urge you to verify that it’s compatible before purchasing and to make sure it has a warranty. After all, a new phone is a pretty big investment.

What about when I’m ready to upgrade my phone?

That wide variety of new cell phones for sale on our website is also available to existing customers ready to upgrade. If you prefer to upgrade your phone directly through the manufacturer or another third party, you’ll need to make sure your new phone supports our network first. Here’s a few things you should check for:

  • The phone needs to be GSM-network compatible 
  • The phone needs to accept SIM cards (or support eSIM)
  • The phone must be unlocked 
  • A phone that supports network bands 2, 4, 12 and 71 is ideal

If you’re still not sure, you can always plug the phone’s IMEI into our compatibility checker.

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