Checking If You Can Use Your Verizon Smartphone with Straight Talk Wireless


Want to use your phone with Straight Talk’s Verizon Network? In this video, I’ll show you how to check if you can use your smartphone with Straight Talk’s Verizon network using a Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP) plan. Depending on your phone, where you use it, and Straight Talk’s rules you might be able to use your phone on Straight Talk’s Verizon network.

  1. Straight Talk offers the Verizon service where you use your phone.
    Straight Talk uses the four major networks Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile but they don’t offer all four networks in every area. In some cases the Verizon network might not have coverage in your area and Straight Talk is unable to offer it. In other cases Verizon might be available in your area but Straight Talk doesn’t offer it there. When you sign up for Straight Talk they use your ZIP code to check what networks are available in your area.
  2. Your smartphone is compatible with the Verizon network.
    If you are currently aa Verizon customer with a smartphone and want to switch to Straight Talk your phone is compatible. If you bought a used Verizon smartphone or someone gave you a Verizon smartphone its compatible. If you have some other model phone you need to look at the phone’s specifications to see if it supports the cellular technology used by the Verizon network. If your not sure you might just want to leave a reply below and ask.
  3. Straight Talk says your specific phone is eligible for use on their Verizon network.
    Your smartphone has a few unique serial numbers called the MEID, IMEI and ESN. Straight Talk will check one of these numbers to see if your specific phone is eligible for use on the Straight Talk Verizon network. Straight Talk doesn’t publish a list of what criteria makes a phone eligible. If you did not pay off the contract or early termination fee for a Verizon phone don’t expect it to be eligible for use on Straight Talk’s Verizon network.

Finding Your Phone’s MEID, IMEI , or ESN

The easiest way to find your phone’s MEID, IMEI , or ESN is to dial *#06# and the number is displayed on the screen.

You can also find these numbers in your phone’s settings.

  • for iPhone Tap Settings > General > About
  • for Android Tap Settings > About Phone / Device

Checking if You Can Use Your Phone

Once you have your MEID, you can check to see if your phone is eligible one of two ways. First you can ask Straight Talk support by phone or online chat. You can find their contact information here https://www.straighttalk.com/wps/portal/home/support/contactus

you can also check eligibilty the number yourself on the Straight Talk’s website. Visit https://www.straighttalk.com/wps/portal/home/h/BringYourOwnPhone/carrierselection

  1. click Verizon compatible phone
  2. enter your zip code
  3. enter your phone’s MEID
  4. click Continue

If the website gives you an error you can try again and it may work.

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25 Comments

  1. KM | | Reply

    My husband and I both have Verizon unlocked iphone 6s plus phones and were told by Straight Talk last year our phones are not eligible for BYOP on the Verizon network in our area which is laughable because older Verizon Galaxy’s are on the local Verizon network on ST no problem. We took our Verizon model unlocked phones to PagePlus for guaranteed Verizon service.

    New issue I am looking to buy my son an iphone 6s plus as a present. He is currently on the straight Talk network with a Galaxy. There is no clear way to know which phone will or will not work on their BYOP until you have that IMEI in your hands and the eligible phones section on ST is vague to say the least. Also the check compatibility feature does not work with Firefox at all. I don’t have alot of faith in ST at the moment because they seem to force you to use an ATT iphone to be on their network. And their website is often unreliable. I don’t want to do that. I prefer a truly unlocked model Apple offered or a Verizon model phone. I guess ST doesn’t want us as customers or my son as a continued customer.

  2. Jay Cee | | Reply

    Hi Bob,
    posting here as well,
    Older article you wrote, but I looked at it and some linked ones of yours.

    Question for you if you have time.
    I’m sure you know the challenges that can be faced calling Straight Talk customer service regarding
    non-standard issues in particular.

    I have an iPhone 6 , purchased fro Apple unlocked model A1549

    I have had this phone on Straight Talk ATT-GSM for approx 15 months,

    My ATT service is not very good around my house anymore, possibly changes to antennae leases or who knows what. Additionally in Rural areas I have terrible coverage when my coworkers on Verizon have full signal strength.

    So my plan was to transfer my service to a new SIM card for this same phone, that card being a CDMA activation kit (Verizon)

    I entered the IMEI on ST website and it said it was good, I think I may have registered it already as well,
    When I go in and click some links it asks for PIN number, I presume the scratch off from the card.
    I think I saw different screen previously, that’s why I think I “registered” it already. (I know that last bit may be confusing, can’t figure out how to phrase it)

    So I think I should be all set to activate it and remove my ATT ST SIM and just put in my CDMA SIM.

    I logged onto my account to do all this, and noticed my auto renewal still showed the 1 year plan that I had switched to a 30 day renewal 2 weeks ago, (renews Dec 27th)
    So I called to clarify that issue, it turns out the presentation shows current expiring plan instead of
    what the account was switched to for upcoming renewal, seems dumb, but that’s how it shows.

    So I figured as long as I have a service representative on the line, I’ll just activate the CDMA SIM with her, and transfer my existing service over this way instead of online.

    Well, here is where it all goes wrong, she starts in on the business that it can not be activated since it was not a “Verizon Phone” , she wants only an ATT SIM card number, I tell her there is no point in that, I am already on ATT Straight Talk network, and the coverage is a problem, I reiterate that the online “pre-check” says it is eligible, as well as I already registered it and it took the info.

    We went around and around I finally gave up a nd said do not change anything, just leave it alone.

    Last year when I considered this I had some reps on chat as well as call in say the same thing, but I had other reps say , “no they are wrong, it is no problem”
    So it seems like VERY inconsistent training. As you know the phone itself is capable of being activated on CDMA or GSM as Apple started that with the 6 (unlocked) version.

    Any thoughts on this madness?

    My overwhelming concern is if i start a process then it all goes wrong, I could lose my phone number in the madness. I even bought a back-up GSM kit in case I had to solve a problem, or maybe in 5 months I decided CDMA was not a good fit and wanted to change. SIM kits were on sale, so I hedged my bets.

    I see LOTS of blog posts and videos of people doing exactly what I am intending to do, why are some straight Talk reps so adamant that it can not be done?

    Am I missing something here?

    Thanks for all the great articles, and any response you may have, for now I am afraid to try doing it online without concern that it will toss my GSM SIM off, and not actually activate on the CDMA

    Best regards, Jim

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Jim,
      If you bought the SIM free iPhone 6 is compatible and should be eligible with Straight Talk’s Verizon network. If you bought the full priced contract free iPhone 6 which was also unlocked, Straight Talk may be looking at the IMEI and deciding that your phone is an AT&T phone. It could also be that they realize that your already using the phone on their AT&T network and deciding its an AT&T phone.

      I **think** if you do the online transfer you could get it to work. You won’t know unless you try. If you try the transfer and it screws up you need to talk with their executive resolution support team and you can fix the problem. Their first line support isn’t too effective.

      If I were you and I wanted to the Verizon network, I’d switch to Verizon prepaid. It cost a couple dollars more but the data speeds are way faster and you can take advantage of Wi-Fi calling and their other network features.

      You can also call ST and discuss the poor coverage on the AT&T network. One reader told me they improved it for him. I was surprised to hear that.

      Let me know if you have any more questions and let me know how it works out for you.

      • Jay Cee | | Reply

        Hi Bob, Thanks for the speedy reply !!!
        I agree, ST first line is very inconsistent in their skill set and knowledge. I’m not stranger to calling back 3 times with the same question to see if I found a correct answer.

        I agree, I think I found another rep that does not know what they are looking at, and refuses to ask questions of a more experienced co-worker. Funny how when you ask for a supervisor, they are always a supervisor that you are talking to. That happens every time I ask, so I assume it’s something they have been told to say.

        I’ll try the buzz word “executive resolution support” next time.

        It is definitely the unlocked “SIM free” direct from apple store 6,
        I was also looking at Verizon Pre-Paid and after messaging you I went back and entered the IMEI direct on Verizon site and it accepted it. So I’m pretty confident if I proceeded online with ST it would work. I’ll wait until they are fully staffed after New Years to do anything, in case I need a live person for assistance.

        Thanks for posting somewhere in one of your other blog entries about the ST Verizon network capping at 5mbps. I did not know that was the case until I spotted that.

        I’m considering that further, I don’t have any specific speed demon needs that I am aware of, I rarely stream Netflix, but have read 5mbps is plenty for that.

        My main usage for data is just web pages, and Aviation data while I’m flying on wildland fires, (hence the value in better rural coverage)
        Looks like Verizon has a $50 plan (same 5GB) as prepaid, and some advantage to allowed tethering and I could use on a international trip without buying local SIM card.
        direct International texting is a bonus, as I use Whatsapp now since ST frowns on using domestic plan for that. I always worry about just getting shut off for some of that.
        Tethering is kinda nice to have in a pinch, I think it can be worked around on ST, but it’s against TOS so I never try for the same kicked off / lose my number fear.

        Verizon “New Verizon plan” offerings seem a bit odd, I am as a matter of principle against the “activation fee” and “access fee’s” I might not have read close enough, but those just seem like sneaky add ons, compared to the rest of the market.

        GREAT tip on considering Verizon Pre-Paid, I’m taking a careful thought on that.
        6-7 bucks a month is a low price to pay to minimize headaches.
        And I might just benefit from the speeds that I don’t realize I could need as yet.

        Can you port over from a ST account? I would guess yes, since it’s a Federal Law,

        Thanks for your blog efforts I really appreciate your work !!
        I’ll update what I did for you and others that may be in same situation !!
        Happy Festivus !!!
        Jim

        • Bob Thompson | | Reply

          Hi Jim,
          I am glad it helped. Make sure to check out Verizon prepaid at Walmart. For a limited time they are offering an extra two GB of data when you buy at walmart. I had a comment on one of my YouTube videos that they are also offering a credit for signing up for auto-pay. Also 5Mbps really more of a minium requirement for HD streaming. Additionally, I have sound that Straight Talk’s network can be latent, which will effect overall quality as well.

          And yes you can definitely port your number. Make sure to have your ST account number and account pin. You can find that info when you log into straighttalk.com.

  3. Bill Sarvay | | Reply

    I have been a straight talk customer for a couple of years. I currently have an LG phone using the Verizon network through straight talk. When I go to the site you reference above and input my MEID under Verizon, the site tells me my phone is not eligible.

    This makes me wonder how important the eligibility is from the straight talk site. As long as you have the network available in your area, have the right SIM card for that network, and have a phone that is compatible with the network (CDMA or GSM) – are you good to go? The reason I ask is that Verizon provides the best coverage in my area, but straight talk always refers me to a CSM network capable phone.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Bill,
      the MEID on straighttalk.com isn’t always accurate. Usually if the phone is already registered on Straight Talk (or one of the other Tracfone brands) Verizon network it should return a message saying the phone is already. Sometimes it just will say, not compatible though.

      Hi Bill,
      Eligibility is important because you need a compatible phone’s MEID to sign up and activate the verizon network SIM card. You can move the SIM between Verizon compatible LTE phones and it works. But if you move the SIM card to a new phone, the old phone will be tje one registered on the network. Someone else won’t be able to register the old phone with a Verizon compatible service.

      Is your LG phone an LTE phone from Verizon? did you sign up for BYOP or buy the phone from Straight Talk? And just wondering, if your already using the phone with Straight Talk’s Verizon network why ate you checking if its eligible.

  4. Barbara | | Reply

    Why is my daughter’s iphone 6 compatible with Straight Talk and mine isn’t?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Is your iPhone 6 from Verizon? Is it still on a contract or payment plan?

  5. Joseph Burge | | Reply

    Recently i bought an unlocked s6 920a. Last week there was a check compatibility that directed me to call,and they listed a $35 plan. This week all i get is buy a card and choose a plan, no checkmof compatibility, and the lowest plan is $45

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Straight talk uses the ATT, Tmobile, Verizon and sprint networks. If you want to use the AT&T network you don’t need to check if your phone is eligible. You do need to check eligibility to use it on their Verizon or sprint networks.

      I have running smartphonematters.com for about 4 years and I have never head of or seen a $35 BYOP plan. Did someone tell you this or do you see it on the website.

      If you want to stay in the 35 per month range on the ATT network their are other options

      You might want to watch How To Sign Up and Use Your iPhone 6 or 6s with Straight Talk Wireless

      While it shows using an iPhone it should help explain how it works and the info is similar for the S6

  6. ashley | | Reply

    I have an unlocked us cellular iPhone 6 and want to switch it to Verizon straight talk. Do I just need the iPhone sim card to do so? And will it still be the $45/month?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Your phone will need to be unlocked and eligible. Did you watch the video?

  7. John | | Reply

    Question,Can you help? I my son purchased a iphone 5 from walmart and a straight talk $50.00 plan (sim) and ask them if they could set it up at walmart they said sure we can.. so son told them it has to he At&t they said ok we can do that. Son gave them imformation need they set out up not when son went to use it he couldnt cause walmart set it up as verizon so he tried several times to get it change verizon said nope said it was a Verizon phone but it wasnt he paid 200.00 at walmart he font have a contract with verizon so can I get it change to At&t and how? Thank you

  8. Sherry Davis | | Reply

    I need some help bought a Verizon galaxy 4 for straight talk called ST says it is eligible but I would need the original Sim card. I bought the byop kit so I could switch ST rep says I need the original sims. Help never did this before.
    When I bought phone it has clean esn.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Sherry,
      what is the model number of your S4? I have never heard of Straight Talk telling someone with a Verizon phone that they need the original Verizon SIM. I have heard that about Sprint phones.

  9. Jamie | | Reply

    Hello. I currently have Straight Talk, but the Straight Talk phone I am using (LG Sunset) is giving me too many problems. There is a Verizon phone I love and would love to use it on ST. It’s the Samsung Galaxy J1. If I buy this phone brand new from Walmart, can I use it right then with ST?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Jamie,
      I assume the J1 is from Verizon Wireless. The phone might work, you would need to check the serial number (IMEI or MEID) of the phone to see if it’s eligible).
      Checking If You Can Use Your Verizon Smartphone with Straight Talk Wireless.

      If it eligible, it might work. You can usually find the IMEI or MEID printed on the package so you might be able to check this without opening the phone.

      Note, that Verizon Prepaid isn’t really in the business of selling their prepaid phones to use on other companies prepaid wireless networks so you might have issues. You could always switch to Verizon prepaid or find a different Verizon phone that you can use on Straight Talk’s network.

  10. Larry Debarge | | Reply

    I will wait until a weekday just in case i need to chat or call. I live is a major city so basically everything works here. Verizon has been great as far a coverage goes but it is time to step up to 21st century for phone service. As always thanks for your input and advic. eBob

  11. Mildred Bryant | | Reply

    Help. I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 5. I switched to straighttalk because of the price. I am not receiving my internet service. I get some emails and FB when connected to wifi. Ive talked to several straighttalk reps. It seems they cant figure out whats wrong. I left Verizon because of issues of no unlimited data. I ended up each month paying an excess of $45 extra each month for more GB. My phone is my job and I use the stylist to sign my documents and send back to the office. Also,I don’t want to lose my pictures or important documents.
    Thank you,
    Mildred

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Mildred,
      Did they have you set up your APN?

  12. Larry Debarge | | Reply

    i Have had a non smart $30 plan with straight talk on the Verizon network. I was recently given an att galaxy s3 when my aunt got a new phone. I have ordered and received a sim card and i have a $45 plan card. How much hassle is upgrading the service? I understand I will lose what ever remaining balance I have on the the old non data plan.

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