Using Your iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, or iPhone 5 with Straight Talk Wireless

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Want to use your iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, or iPhone 5 with Straight Talk’s Bring Your Own Phone Program? Not sure if it will work or how to sign up? Chances are you can use your iPhone and in this article I’ll explain what you need to know.

Understanding Straight Talk

Straight Talk doesn’t own the cellular towers they use. Instead, they lease service from AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile. And when you sign up for Straight Talk and Bring Your Own iPhone you normally use that same network with Straight Talk. So if your iPhone was from AT&T, you sign up for Straight Talk and use Straight Talk’s AT&T compatible network. If your iPhone was from Verizon, you sign up for Straight Talk and use Straight Talk’s Verizon compatible network. Same for Sprint and T-Mobile.

This works out well for most people because their phone is compatible with that same network on Straight Talk and that network has service where you are because you were already using it. So when most people sign up, they just use the same network on Straight Talk. But sometimes you may have an iPhone from AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, or T-Mobile but want to use it with another network on Straight Talk. And you may be able to. See the sections below for more details.

My iPhone is from AT&T

If your iPhone is from AT&T it will work with Straight Talk’s AT&T network. There aren’t any other requirements, your phone doesn’t need to be unlocked.

Can I use it with Straight Talk’s Verizon, Sprint or T-Mobile Networks?

Your AT&T iPhone will work with Straight Talk’s T-Mobile network if the phone is unlocked.

You might be able to use your AT&T iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c with Straight Talk’s Verizon network if the phone is both unlocked and compatible with Straight Talk’s Verizon network. To find out if your iPhone is compatible with Straight Talk’s Verizon network, see the section My iPhone is from Verizon below.

You cannot use your AT&T iPhone with Straight Talk’s Sprint network.

To learn more about unlocking your iPhone, see the section Unlocking Your iPhone below.

My iPhone is from Verizon

If your iPhone is from Verizon it will work with Straight Talk’s Verizon network if the phone is compatible. To find out if your phone is compatible, check the serial number on straighttalk.com. I have an article with video that explains what you need to know and how to do this below.

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

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You may be asking yourself why wouldn’t my Verizon iPhone be compatible with Straight Talk’s Verizon network if it’s a Verizon phone to begin with? Good question. What you are really checking is to see if your specific phone is eligible for use on their Verizon network. Straight Talk doesn’t say what makes one phone eligible and other not however, your phone must not have been reported lost or stolen, have any contract or payment plan completed, and come from a Verizon account left in good standing.

Can I use it with Straight Talk’s AT&T, Sprint or T-Mobile Networks?

You can use your Verizon iPhone with either Straight Talk’s AT&T or T-Mobile networks. All Verizon iPhone 5s,5c, and 5 phones are unlocked. Your Verizon iPhone 5 will work with Straight Talk’s AT&T or T-Mobile network but is not compatible with 4G LTE. You’ll see a 3G in the status bar went using these networks.

You cannot use your Verizon iPhone with Straight Talk’s Sprint network.

My iPhone is from T-Mobile

If your iPhone is from T-Mobile it will work with Straight Talk’s T-Mobile network. There aren’t any other requirements, your phone doesn’t need to be unlocked.

Can I use it with Straight Talk’s AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint Networks?

Your T-Mobile iPhone will work with Straight Talk’s T-Mobile network if the phone is unlocked.

You might be able to use your T-Mobile iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c with Straight Talk’s Verizon network if the phone is both unlocked and compatible with Straight Talk’s Verizon network. To find out if your iPhone is compatible with Straight Talk’s Verizon network, see the section My iPhone is from Verizon above.

You cannot use your T-Mobile iPhone with Straight Talk’s Sprint network.

To learn more about unlocking your iPhone, see the section Unlocking Your iPhone below.

My iPhone is from Sprint

If your iPhone is from Sprint it will work with Straight Talk’s Sprint network if the phone is compatible and you have the Sprint SIM card that was originally issued with the phone. To find out if your phone is compatible, check the serial number on straighttalk.com. I have an article with video that explains what you need to know and how to do this below.

Check if your iPhone is compatible with Straight Talk’s Sprint network

You may be asking yourself why wouldn’t my Verizon iPhone be compatible with Straight Talk’s Sprint network if it’s a Sprint phone to begin with? Good question. What you are really checking is to see if your specific phone is eligible for use on their Sprint network.

In addition to being compatible, you’ll also need to have the Sprint SIM cards that was originally issued with the phone. Straight Talk does not sell Sprint compatible SIM cards.

Can I use it with Straight Talk’s AT&T, Verizon, or T-Mobile Networks?

Your Sprint iPhone will work with Straight Talk’s AT&T or T-Mobile network if it is unlocked.

Your Sprint iPhone may work with Straight Talk’s Verizon network if it is both unlocked and compatible. To find out if your iPhone is compatible with Straight Talk’s Verizon network, see the section My iPhone is from Verizon above.

To learn more about unlocking your iPhone, see the section Unlocking Your iPhone below.

My iPhone is SIM free. I bought it from Apple

If you bought the SIM free iPhone directly from Apple it is unlocked and will work with Straight Talk’s AT&T, Verizon, or T-Mobile networks. You’ll still need to check that your iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c is compatible with the Verizon network. To find out if your iPhone is compatible with Straight Talk’s Verizon network, see the section My iPhone is from Verizon above.. The SIM free iPhone 5 will not work with the Verizon network. None of the SIM free iPhone models will work with the Sprint network.

My iPhone is from a different wireless company like US Cellular or AllTel

If your iPhone is from another wireless company other than AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, or T-Mobile you still may be able to use it with one of the Straight Talk networks. To use it with the Straight Talk AT&T or T-Mobile network it will need to be unlocked. To find out if your iPhone is compatible with Straight Talk’s Verizon network, see the section My iPhone is from Verizon above.

You cannot use your US Cellular or AllTel iPhone with Straight Talk’s Sprint network.

My iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, or iPhone 5 is from Straight Talk

Straight Talk also sells or has in the past sold all the different iPhone 5 models. Straight Talk doesn’t make it too clear which network the phones they sell use. They choose the network according to the phone model and your geographic location.

For example, Straight Talk used to sell the iPhone 5 and it used the Verizon network. However at the time Verizon did not let Straight Talk use their 4G LTE network so the phone only used the 3G network. Unfortunately Straight Talk will not let you update these phones to use the 4G LTE Verizon network. You can however switch these phones over to Straight Talk’s AT&T network. You won’t get 4G LTE service on the AT&T network but the 3G/4G data speeds may be significantly faster.

Most Straight Talk iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models used either the Straight Talk AT&T network or Straight Talk T-Mobile network. Supposedly they initially used both networks for these phone but then eliminated the T-Mobile option.

Unlocking Your iPhone

Most wireless carriers today are either shipping their iPhones unlocked or will unlock them for you once you have met the the terms and conditions of their unlocking policy. To find out more about your wireless carrier’s policy, see my article below.

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Signing up For Straight Talk’s BYOP Plan

Now that you know which Straight Talk network you can use your iPhone with you can sign up.

To learn more about signing up for Straight Talk’s Verizon network see my article below. It contains a step by step instructions and a video to walk you through the process.

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234 Comments

  1. RyAnne Young | | Reply

    I have the byop activation kit, but when I called to activate they informed me that the SIM card, I bought from their byop does not work. Not sure if that would be true or not. My phones Verizon carrier and it says it is eligible but I’m not sure what the problem is.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      I am not sure what you are saying. Do you mean you checked to see if your iPhone was eligible for use on Straight Talk’s Verizon network on straighttalk.com and it said it was. But that later, when you called to activate, they said it wasn’t? If the SIM card you bought does not work then they should replace it.
      Did you do this? is your phone “compatible”? Checking If You Can Use Your Verizon Smartphone with Straight Talk Wireless

  2. Melissa | | Reply

    I have an iphone 6 on Verizon, and straight talk says it is not eligible to transfer it. I own my phone and my contract date is up with Verizon. I don’t understand why I can’t transfer it. Any input?

    • Melissa | | Reply

      Could it be because Straight Talk only has 16GB iphones? Mine is a 64 GB.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      when is your contract up? the iphone 6 was started selling September 19, 2014, so if you bought the phone on a 2 year contract the day it came out the contract should go through to sept 2016. But maybe I don’t understand the contract you are on. If you pay off the Early Termination Fee to end your contract your phone should be eligible. make sure to check on the web site again too. Sometimes the straighttalk.com is returns the wrong value.
      Checking If You Can Use Your Verizon Smartphone with Straight Talk Wireless

      Straight Talk does not provide a list of reasons why some phones are eligible and others are not. I’d say with certainty it’s not because you have a 64GB phone. I’m pretty sure they only sell 16GB phones because they are less expensive.

      Please to let me know. I like to see you be able to help you and sharing your experience does help other readers.

      • Melissa | | Reply

        It could be because I transferred an upgrade from my husband’s phone in order to get this phone. It may be going by his contract date instead of mine then.

        • Bob Thompson | | Reply

          I’d say that sounds right. You have options. You might be able switch to Straight Talk and use that phone right now if your willing to use the AT&T network. The phone will work. Depends if your contract was extended or your husbands was.

          You can also pay the Early Termination Fee and switch. In that case, you’ll need to calculate the difference between how much you’ll spend to complete your obligation to Verizon and see if that amount plus what you would pay for Straight Talk is cheaper than using Verizon. If you call Verizon to find out what the ETF amount is they may also offer you a discounted rate to stay.

          Paying off Your AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile or Sprint Early Termination Fee

          • Melissa | |

            I’ll look into it.

  3. Gage burns | | Reply

    I need to get a profile for my strightalk date plan

  4. Sara | | Reply

    I have a 6 plus and I’m currently on Verizon. I have ammortized the phone so I have a year to pay it off. When I check on ST to see if my MEID is eligible it says no. Could this be because Verizon has me on a list of owned phones? I want to pay it off, get off Verizon and go to ST and stay on Verizon towers. I don’t want to have to buy a brand new phone to do this! I’m very frustrated.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      My guess is that is why the phone is not eligible. But I can’t say for sure. If you pay off the phone, it should be eligible, but I can’t say that with 100% certainty.
      If you pay off the phone, and it turns out not to be eligible, you should still be able to use it on Verizon prepaid.

      If you pay off the phone and for some reason couldn’t use it with Straight Talk, you haven’t really lost anything. You’ll be out of pocket for 12 payments up front, but have a lower monthly bill.

      Based on your email address, I did want to ask if you live in a rural area. You want to make sure you are using currently using the Verizon network and not a regional wireless company that Verizon has a coverage relationship with, because if that is the case you wouldn’t get coverage on any prepaid network that uses Verizon.
      Is that too confusing to understand?

      • Sara | | Reply

        I live in Tallahassee, Florida and my boyfriend just bought a 6splus from Apple w no Sim and had it activated on ST and it works on Verizon so it shouldn’t be a tower issue.

      • Sara | | Reply

        I just paid my phone off from Verizon and now it shows as eligible on ST’s website. Thanks.

  5. Dan | | Reply

    This article is from Oct 2014. Has anything changed? Can I switch a Verizon iPhone 5c to StraightTalk & be able to access the Verizon network with it? Or is At&T or T-Mobile still the only options?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Take a look at the first paragraph of the article in the the red box.

  6. Kaleigh | | Reply

    Hey! So, I was previously using an iPhone 4S (not sure of the network) on Straight Talk, but then the phone crapped out and stopped working completely. A family member gave me a Verizon iPhone 5C and I want to use it on Straight Talk. I just bought my service card a little over a week ago so I still have a while left on my plan and want to simply transfer my service to a new SIM, because my old SIM does not fit into the new phone. What can I do to achieve this? I have already bought the BYOP kit and have the new SIM card to go in the new phone. Is this actually able to be accomplished or should I just put my old SIM in another phone and wait for this month to end and then try activating the new phone with the new SIM after this month’s plan ends? Also, if I have to wait until the end of the month, is it possible to keep my old phone number? I’ve been having issues trying to accomplish this for like three days now and I’m starting to get upset about it. Thanks so much for any help.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Kaleigh,
      This is one of the most commonly asked questions here. Transferring your service is relatively easy. The 5c will definately work on Straight talk’s att network. You might be able to use it on straight talk’s Verizon network if the phone is eligible. So, do you know if Verizon or att have decent coverage where you are?
      My guess is you are using the straight talk att network. Did you put the SIM card you are currently using in the iPhone 4s when you signed up for straight talk? Do you remember? What is the network name in your status bar on the 4s?

      Answer my questions above and let me know if you have any more questions after reading this article.

      Transferring Your Existing Straight Talk Service to a New Straight Talk Phone or SIM

      And don’t get upset about it, part of the trade off of using prepaid is you have to deal with these things every once in a while.

      • Kaleigh | | Reply

        Sorry, I just saw this! I’m still dealing with this issue so all is well with my delayed response. Verizon and ATT both have very good coverage in my area. I’m in a fairly large city and those are the top two competitors here. We have T-Mobile and Sprint as well, but my entire life, it’s always been Verizon and ATT (and Cingular when that existed). I’m not sure what my current Straight Talk network is, it says TFW where it would otherwise have a company name. I never knew what that stood for and I’ve had ST for like four years. The SIM card I have in the 4S now is, I want to say, also a BYOP card, but I’ve had it for so long that I really don’t remember. When I first got ST, I got a 5, then my ex messed up my 5 and I bounced around to different phones that I just switched over the SIM to, and finally got the 4S (I backtracked a little) and I think that one needed a different size SIM so I ordered one and it came in and had no problems working. Now, when I tried to transfer service to the 5C, they told me the phone wasn’t able to be used on their network and I’m not sure why. I’ve tried asking the original owner (which is a member of my SO’s family) to call Verizon (where the 5C is from; don’t remember if I said that before) and ask if the phone is still linked to her account and to release it, if it is, but I don’t think she has done that as of yet. So I’m not sure what to do and how to get this fixed.

        • Bob Thompson | | Reply

          I’d use the 5c on the Straight Talk ATT network…
          my guess is your current 4s is using the Straight Talk ATT network.
          Lookup up your APN if its RESELLER your using the ATT network Looking up Your Straight Talk Wireless APN Settings
          You can then follow the steps in the article to transfer your service from the micro SIM to the Straight Talk AT&T nano SIM in the kit you bought
          then put that SIM in your 5c.

          You don’t need to enter the MEID of your phone into the website to use the Straight Talk ATT network.

  7. Kimberley | | Reply

    Thank you so much, Sir! What a wonderful help. The reps at ST have been very kind and patient but I’ve been on the phone with them for more than 10 hours over the past 5 days, to no avail. I’d purchased the kit from Walmart with all the SIM cards included…so when I found your article I was able to simply switch them and call Straight Talk. My data and sms/mms hadn’t been working at all…until I followed what you said! And ST dos tell me it “wouldn’t work” because my iPhone is from Verizon. Well it works better with the AT&T SIM! Thank you again, I didn’t have many options.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Kimberly,
      That is great news. I am glad to hear it worked out. I appreciate you taking the time to leave an update.
      Regards
      Bob

    • Vanessa | | Reply

      So how did you get them to finally activate it on straight talk? I am trying to get this done now

      • Bob Thompson | | Reply

        Vanessa,
        She switched to the Straight Talk ATT SIM.

  8. Kendall Bollock | | Reply

    Hi Bob,

    Currently using an ATT iPhone 5 with Strait Talk. Just got a Verizon iPhone 5S. How do I go about making the switch? Just simply pop my active SIM into the new phone? Appreciate the help.
    Thanks

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      If your on Straight Talk’s ATT network, you can just move the SIM. You’ll remain on the Straight Talk ATT network.
      Give it a try

  9. Rayann | | Reply

    help! My iphone 5s is from verizon. i purchased the card, inserted the sim card, and everytime i try activating it on straight talk it says there is an error

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Rayan,
      What is the error message you get? How are you trying to activate it?

  10. Holden | | Reply

    Hi, I have bought a BYOP at my local Wal-Mart. I have a verizon iPhone 5s , that I want to turn into straight talk. Me , not knowing you can use the AT&T Sim card, Used the Verizon. I went through the activation process on the ST website. My phone now won’t work. I cannot use the Data, Calling or Texting. What can I do to be able to get my phone to work or somehow manage to get the phone to switch to the AT&T Sim with out having to buy whole new kit again?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Did you create a straight talk account online? If so, when you log into this account does it show your phone as active? Did you transfer your number?
      If so try resetting your phone and see if it activates..

      • Buffy | | Reply

        Hi Bob. I would love your help. I recently purchased a Verizon iPhone 5s from a friend. I bought the ST kit and followed the steps online to transfer my current number and service from Verizon. I used the Verizon sim card in the kit as well. It took 3 days for new phone to be activated. I can receive texts and calls but it has yet to have cellular service, and it has now been 1 week. I was literally on the phone with ST for over an hour and got nowhere. They then told me it was the sim card and they were gonna send me a new one free of charge (of course another week most likely without cellular service). We have tried all of the resets with no luck and have also followed APN set ups on youtube. I have the kit which also came with the AT&T sim as well. Should I switch out the sim for that one?? And if so how do I register that sim? If I could avoid calling those people again I would love it. Very frustrating. Thank you!!

        • Bob Thompson | | Reply

          Hi Buffy,
          Sorry to hear about your trouble switching. Your phone will work on the Straight Talk A
          do you know if the ATT network works well in your area? You were originally a Verizon customer before trying to move to Straight Talk correct? Was there a reason you chose Verizon? Is their network better in your area?

  11. Dylan | | Reply

    When I enter the ATT SIM card in my Verizon iPhone 5s it says No Service.

  12. MICHAEL LOCHALA | | Reply

    IM USING A 5C WITH STRAIGHT TALK SIM BUT I CAN PUT IT IN A 5S VERIZON PHONE AND SHOULD BE GOOD TO GO?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      If your using a Straight Talk AT&T or Mobile SIM yes. If it is a Straight Talk Verizon SIM, it may work, but you could also see some side effects.

  13. Theia | | Reply

    So if I just buy the kid and have my straight talk service transferred to the new sim card I can just put the sim card in my iphone 5c and it will work? it was under a Verizon contract.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Are you trying to use the phone with Straight Talk’s ATT, T-Mobile, or Verizon network? Which Straight Talk network are you currently using?

      • Theia | | Reply

        Verizon now but I will buy a kit and use the AT&T sim card if it will work I just didn’t know if I get that kit and switch my number to the AT&T sim card and put it in my iphone if it will work or not.

        • Bob Thompson | | Reply

          The att sim will work in the phone. Do you know if att works in your area? You can buy the kit or order the sim online, which might be cheaper because you can just order the sim.

          • Theia | |

            thank you so much yes att is great in my area..

          • Bob Thompson | |

            Let us know how it works out for you!

  14. Ryan Zachary Colgan | | Reply

    Oh my god, this method seems so bizarre using an AT&T SIM instead of the Verizon one, but it works! Literally saved my teacher from just giving up and returning the iPhone back to her workplace(she bought it from them)

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Ryan,
      Many of the newer Verizon phones that support 4G LTE will also work in the ATT network. Its a good thing.

  15. Dave | | Reply

    I want to upgrade my current Verizon iPhone 4s to an iPhone 5,5C or 5S and stay on Verizon’s network because AT&T is horrible in my house. Is this even possible? I’ve read many different things. Such as only 5’s work. Thanks for any clarification!

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Dave,
      Yes it’s possible. You’ll need to bring your own iPhone though and you’ll have to buy a used iPhone that is eligible. Start by reading the article I linked to in the red box at the top of this page

  16. Mike | | Reply

    I am getting ready to activate a iPhone 5c from Verizon, should I reset it back to factory settings before I insert the ST sim card?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      I don’t think it is necessary. Are you activating it on Straight Talk’s ATT or Straight Talk’s Verizon network? just curious

      • Mike | | Reply

        Yes, and it is fully functional.
        thz

  17. Cody | | Reply

    Hi Bob, I’m sure you have answered this question a million times already but I figure it never hurts to ask. My mother gave me her iPhone 5 the other day, she just upgraded to 6, through Verizon, and I currently have a straight talk phone. Can I continue using Straight Talk and transfer to the iPhone 5? I read the article but I’m still not sure how it works. Thanks for your time Bob.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Cody,
      Take a look at the article again, and the one I linked to in the red box at the top of the page.
      You can use the phone with straight talk’s att network. You can use it with straight talk’s Verizon network if it is eligible. Do you know which straight talk network you are currently using? ATT, Verizon, tmobile, or sprint?

  18. Brooke | | Reply

    Hi so I’m in a contract with verizon. If I shut the phone off with them and get the att SIM card I can use my verizon iphone 5s correct?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Brooke,
      Yes, your Verizon iPhone 5s with work with a Straight Talk ATT SIM card. You’d want to make sure that the ATT network works well in your area before switching. Your phone may also be compatible with Straight Talk’s Verizon network, you’ll need to check the MEID number of the phone to see if it is.

      Verizon will expect you to pay the Early Termination Fee if you cancel your contract. If you don’t the phone will still work with ATT, but will no longer be able to used with any Verizon network.
      Regards
      Bob

  19. Michele Duchano | | Reply

    I’m still confused I want to buy a used verison I phone 5c I have a verison iPhone 4s on straight talk. My residence only picks up verison in my community. I want to use the iPhone 5c on the straight talk verison network like the 4s I own, is that possible?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Michele,
      Take a second look at the article again. Read the paragraph in the red box. Follow the link to the article mentioned there. If it’s still not clear, net me know.
      Regards
      Bob

  20. shun | | Reply

    Hi Bob,
    Just recently relocated to another state and I am considering to switch iphone5(with Verizon) to ST. However, realized that this phone typically gets 3G and the best case LTE with only one bar or dot..(yes, at my previous address, I was getting pretty decent LTE signal). I also have iphone6(with AT&T) and it gets very good signal(5 dots or bars pretty much all the time).
    My question here is would I get better signal on my iphone5 if I switched it to ST? I am still somehow confused by what network ST uses since they do not have their own network. Thanks a lot, Shun

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Shun,
      Straight Talk buys service in bulk from AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, TMobile, and a few other wireless companies.when you sign up your phone is on one of these four. Your phone would be on one of those four networks. Your current phone in unlocked and can be used on Straight Talk’s ATT or TMobile network, but it is not compatible with ATT to TMobile 4G LTE. You’ll get 4G HSPA+ and in general the speeds won’t be as fast as 4G LTE would. To use you phone with Straight talk’s Verizon network, you;; need to check the MEID number of the phone to see if your specific phone is eligible for use on Straight Talk’s Verizon network. If it is, it will get 4G LTE but the speeds will be capped at 5Mbps. This is a limitation that Verizon places on prepaid customers.

      I’d say start by measuring your current internet speeds. See Using SpeedTest to Measure Your Internet Speed. If possible, find someone with an iPhone 5 on ATT and borrow there SIM for a few minutes. Run speed test and see what that looks like.

      Try to run speed test on their phone and you’ll get a sense how fast the ATT network is song 4G LTE, assuming they get it.

  21. randy | | Reply

    Is this info the same for a sprint iphone 5s?

  22. Hannah | | Reply

    I have an unlocked Verizon iphone5 that I want to transfer to Straight talk … do I still need to get the AT&T (or T-Mobile) nano sim for it? Thanks so much!

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Hannah,
      You might be able to use the phone on Straight Talk’s Verizon network. Read the article I linked to in the big red box at the top of this article.

  23. Katherine Butler | | Reply

    I have a StraightTalk ATT Sim that I have been using in the BYOP program, until my phone died. A friend gave me her Verizon iPhone 5 – will that work with my sim card? I’m buying a card cutter on Amazon, which comes with adapters if I ever need to go back.

    If the sim is already activated, will I need to do anything else?

  24. Thom | | Reply

    Hi Bob-
    I have a Verizon iphone 5. If I understand your article correctly, My phone will work with Straight Talk if I buy an AT&T sim card and use its serial number in place of the MEID when signing up online for service. I have two questions. 1) I live in an extremely remote area, and my phone get no signal alone. I therefore use the Verizion network extender that operates via WiFi. My wife has a Verizon iphone 4s that is on ST, and it still works fine with the network extender. My question is, once I have installed the AT&T sim, will my phone still be operating on CDMA and compatible with the network extender, or will it be a GSM phone, and an expensive paperweight? And second, I would like to keep my same number that I’ve had for over 10 years.Will that be an issue? Please help and Thank You in advance!

  25. allyson | | Reply

    So I just registered my iphone 5s (I bought used verizon iphone on ebay). Now I’m waiting for the port from my AT&T straight talk phone to the verizon iphone. Its been over an hour. They say it should be minutes up to 24 hours. Its not like I’m porting from another company, shouldn’t it be faster? The iphone is acting like a verizon phone. When I reboot it says no service and to call verizon. When I do a Test call it says I’m calling verizon and will be transfered to an operator to enter in my credit card. WtF? Is this normal or am I super impatient? Old phone still works fine. I’m using it now to post this. In my past porting has always sucked, with both phones running, text on one and call on the other, no indication of loss of service etc. Als. The ST rep didn’t tell me to call anything specific to activate but I know there is a short number to call usually. Is that not required for cdma or something? I’m such A noob!

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Allyson,
      Do you have an account on the straight talk website? If so log in and see what the status of your phone is. Sometimes you need to click a button there to activate. Let me know
      Regards
      Bob

  26. HeyThere | | Reply

    Bob,

    I’m wondering if you’ve seen this before. Porting a Verizon iPhone 5s with the ATT sim and I’m getting the following:

    “We’re sorry the ESN you entered is associated to another account. Please contact Customer Support for further information.”

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi HeyThere,
      Were did you get this phone from? Do you know if the phone was previously used with Straight Talk? Sounds like the ESN is listed as part of someone elses account. You should be able to get them to delete the phone from their account.

      But you should also be able to activate your nano SIM by providing the SIM serial number and not the phone’s ESN or MEID. Try starting from here.
      http://www.straighttalk.com/wps/portal/home/h/BringYourOwnPhone/carrierselection/
      use the option for the ATT compatible phone.

      See if that helps.

  27. Christina | | Reply

    I have a verizon iphone 5 and have be trying since Sunday March 29 2015 to get the phone working on straight talk. Could you please help so I can figure out what i need to do to get the phone working. I really hate for a $60 kit to go to waste and straight talk has given me a hard time all week and i really need some help.
    Thanks

  28. Mel | | Reply

    Thanks for your conformation of this process, Bob. I too was given the run-around from the Straight Talk folks.

    Question? are you saying I can order the AT&T nano SIM by following the website “wizard” for a GSM phone (even though the Verizon iPhone 5C is a CDMA phone)?

    I am unsure if the SIM cards are specific to GSM vs CDMA…
    Thanks.

  29. Shawn | | Reply

    Hi Bob,
    I am now looking to get my daughter an iPhone 5s or 5c to use on straight talk. I read through this article and the one on 4g LTE. We live in an area where Verizon has the best coverage followed by ATT. So as I shop for a used iPhone 5s, should I look to buy phones that are Verizon or ATT network phones? I am interpreting based on your other article that Verizon iPhone 5s will now work on the Verizon portion of Straight Talk?
    What about phones that are T-Mobile or Sprint? Will they not work as well in my area?

    Thanks
    Shawn

  30. nicole | | Reply

    So how do I go about activating it? I have my iPhone 5s and the at&t nano sim

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      You can call Straight Talk or start the sign up process online. If you search smartphonematters you should be able to find some previous articles outlining the steps.

  31. Melissa | | Reply

    I am finding that not all Iphones are compatible and their website lies. I bought a used Iphone 5s because of this article and the ST site said it was compatible. After buying the sim card I tried to register the phone and it says the phone is not compatible with ST! It doesn’t matter if you use ATT or Verizon sim cards if you can’t register the phone they can’t do anything.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Melissa,
      Your phone will work with the Att network. You simply need to activate the sim and put it in your phone. You don’t need to check the meid to use the straight talk att network. Sorry to hear that the straight talk web site told you that the phone would work with the Verizon network but doesn’t. I believe several readers have reported the similar issues in the comments on my article about the straight talk Verizon network.

      Why do you thin your phone won’t work with the straight talk att network?

      • Melissa | | Reply

        Well when I call ST they say it won’t work on any network. You have to register your phone before you do anything with a SIM. That is when my phone won’t work. Is there a way around not registering it?

        • Bob Thompson | | Reply

          Melissa,
          That was the one of the main points of my article. You don’t need to register the phone to use it with the straight talk att sim

          If you contact Straight Talk and tell them you want to use a Verizon iPhone 5s, 5c, or 5 on their network, they will tell you it’s not eligible because they aren’t allowed to activate it as I mentioned earlier. They also won’t tell you that you can’ use it on their AT&T network even though it will work.

          You may have also went to the Straight Talk website and entered the MEID from your iPhone 5s, 5c, or 5 and the web site said it wasn’t eligible. That’s because it’ only checks to see if it can be used on Straight Talk’s Verizon network, not their ATT network.

          • Melissa | |

            Thank you Bob! I was reading it that you meant they wouldn’t let you activate the sim card! Alright I bought the wrong card then. Have you ever tried to activate one online. I already have a ST number and don’t know which option to pick to avoid registering the phone. When you call that is the first thing they want!

          • Melissa | |

            Bob I guess I am confused now. I have purchased a used Verizon Iphone 5s. I bought the att access code but it still wants me to register the phone. It will not let me register the phone. Says it is not compatible. Can I bypass this and just get a new phone number or is there a way I can keep my plan?

          • Bob Thompson | |

            Don’t enter the meid of the phone. Enter the serial number of the sim. You don’t need to register the phone, just activate the sim. Is the web site asking you for both the sim serial number and the phones meid?

            Don’t follow the steps for a cdma phone, follow the steps for a gsm phone.

            I’ll look at the straight talk site later in case they recently changed something.

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