How to Switch Carriers and Keep Your Own Phone

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Quick answer: You can switch to a no-contract wireless provider and keep your own phone with the Straight Talk Keep Your Own Phone SIM Activation Kit.

There are a wide range of mobile service providers to choose from, and each carrier – from the big names to the regional options – offer something different. If your current carrier doesn’t quite measure up to your standards, it may be time to switch to a provider that better suits your needs and interests. Keep reading for four straightforward tips on changing your mobile carrier without having to purchase a new phone.

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  1. Check whether your phone uses GSM or CDMA technology. GSM devices use SIMs, so they can usually be transferred from network to network without hassle. CDMA devices, however, used unique electronic codes until the arrival of 4G – when they opted to also use SIMs – so older CDMA phones may require you to get in touch with a customer service rep of your new carrier if you wish to switch. Newer CDMA devices that are 4G LTE-compatible are much more versatile.
  2. Unlock your phone. When you purchase a device from a carrier, it’s often locked for use with that specific carrier. You might be able to unlock it if you’ve fully paid for the phone and have satisfied any conditions the carrier may have set. Once it’s unlocked, however, you’ll enjoy the same freedom you’d have if you purchased the device straight from its manufacturer.
  3. Confirm compatibility with a new carrier. Many phone carriers feature their own online compatibility checkers, where you can input your phone’s information to see if it’s compatible with that carrier. These valuable tools – like the one employed by Straight Talk – help streamline the transfer process.
  4. Do your research. Bear in mind that with all the phones and carriers available, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to keeping your device through a carrier switch. Delving into the various resources on the Internet and using the aforementioned compatibility checkers can help bring clarity to the situation.
Switch to Straight Talk

If you’re eager to switch to Straight Talk, our Keep Your Own Phone program makes the job easy: just check your device’s compatibility and follow the instructions. Or you can text∆ “BYOP” to 611611 to learn more. You’ll be enjoying one of our affordable, no-nonsense prepaid service plans in no time.

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