How to use your iPhone 5 with Net10 Wireless

Preparing Your SIM card

1. Open your Net10 SIM card package.  Mine came with three SIM cards: a T-Mobile compatible  SIM, an AT&T-compatible SIM, and an AT&T-compatible micro SIM. I suggest you use the AT&T-compatible SIM.  Save the Micro SIM for a friend or family member with that wants to use an iPhone 4 or 4s with Net10.

The photo below shows the AT&T-compatible micro SIM, the AT&T-compatible SIM, and the T-Mobile-compatible SIM. The AT&T -compatible SIM was already cut and you can see the left over plastic taped back into the card.


3. Use your SIM Cutter to cut your SIM to a micro SIM

4. Repeat the process, this time cutting the micro SIM to a nano SIM.


5. Use you SIM removal tool or a bent paper clip to remove the nano SIM card tray from your iPhone 5. You may need to use a little force to pop it out.
6. Place your cut Nano SIM in the iPhone’s SIM tray, it may not fit.
7. A nano SIM is a little thinner than a SIM or micro SIM so you may need to sand the top of the  SIM with the sandpaper or nail file. Sand the plastic top of the SIM, not yellow metal bottom.
8. If your nano SIM still too big to fit in the SIM tray, you may need to sand the edges.

The photo below shows my nano SIM in the tray. The serial # is covered. Look closely and you can see the stratches from sanding.


9. Once your SIM  fits in the tray, its time to activate the SIM with Net10 wireless.

Activating your Net10 SIM card

Required Items

  • A valid credit card or a $50 Net10 Airtime card
  • a computer with an Internet connection and web browser


1. Locate the plastic card that your SIM was attached to. You’ll need the SIM number on this card.


2. On your Computer, go to

2.You now have two choices, choose either Activate my NET10 Service or Activate my NET10 Service with a number from another company.


3. The first choice allows you to sign up for Net10 and be issued a new phone number. The second choice allows you to transfer, or port, your existing phone number to Net10. If you port your number right now, your existing cell phone or landline account will be closed. You can always port your number later. I chose to sign up for Net10 and try it out for a couple of days before transferring my number from T-Mobile.

5. choose Activate my NET10 Service


6. choose Create an Account


7. fill in the Create an Account form. Make sure to write down the information you enter, and store it  in a safe place.

Completing the Process

1. Insert your SIM tray back into your iPhone
2. Turn your iPhone on

3. Once your iPhone has started, watch the status bar in the top of the phone. It should move between Searching…, No Service, and finally say HOME.


4. Once your phone says HOME, try making a phone call to a nearby phone or maybe even your Mom, she would love to hear from you.


5. If you were assigned a new phone number, you can find that number in your iPhone settings


6. Now, if you use text & SMS messages, send one to a friend and ask them to reply. (Note, that  MMS or picture messages aren’t working yet)

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