T-Mobile is doing all they can to get you over to them. They have benefits like T-Mobile Tuesdays where you get special perks and free products each week. Plus, they make it super easy to switch by paying off bills from your current carrier, so now is the time to switch if you’re looking to make the jump.
Is My Phone Compatible With T-Mobile?
The first thing to do before resolving to take your phone to T-Mobile for service is to check it’s compatibility on the carrier’s network. AT&T and T-Mobile phones tend to transfer without issue because they make use of similar network technology. Verizon and Sprint, however, operate on a different type of network, making switching to T-Mobile a bit more problematic for older devices.
Newer phones have the capability to work on both types of networks
To see if your phone is compatible check out the T-Mobile website. When you type your IMEI into T-Mobile’s website, it will tell you right away if it’s possible to bring your own phone to their network.
Make Sure Your Phone is Unlocked
Another problem you could run into is having your phone locked by your current carrier.
Let’s Talk Tip: T-Mobile will pay off your remaining phone balance BUT you have to buy another phone from them to use for your T-Mobile plan.
Your phone will likely be locked if you bought it from a carrier, and haven’t paid it off all the way. In this case, you won’t be able to take it to a new carrier.
It is necessary to get your phone unlocked so it can function on other networks.
T-Mobile Coverage Map
When it comes to nationwide coverage, T-Mobile beats out AT&T but not by much. Overall they are in second place to Verizon who has 11% more coast-to-coast coverage. Even though T-Mobile does cover a large portion of the country, you should compare their coverage map. To do that, look at the map below to see if T-Mobile covers the areas you frequent.
T-Mobile Coverage by State
|State||Percentage Covered||Mile Covered (mi²)|
|New Hampshire||76.75%||7,405 mi²|
|New Jersey||97.85%||7,565 mi²|
|New Mexico||88.59%||106,322 mi²|
|New York||84.29%||41,270 mi²|
|North Carolina||83.20%||42,103 mi²|
|North Dakota||83.59%||47,103 mi²|
|Rhode Island||91.44%||1,078 mi²|
|South Carolina||96.29%||30,060 mi²|
|South Dakota||76.21%||58,602 mi²|
|West Virginia||42.17%||10,214 mi²|
600 MHz Frequency
T-Mobile is launching and advertising its new 600 MHz internet access. With the added 600 MHz coverage, T-Mobile coverage area is broader than AT&T’s, and behind only Verizon in terms of U.S. coverage superiority. Keep in mind, though, that only a handful of phones are compatible with the 600 MHz spectrum.
T-Mobile Pros and Cons
Let’s Talk Pros
- Strong unlimited plan offerings
- Military discounts
- AT&T phones generally compatible
Let’s Talk Cons
- Plans tend to be a little pricey
- Verizon and Sprint phones may not be compatible
T-Mobile has tons of great cell phone plans—especially when it comes to unlimited. You can sort through all of them by using the Let’s Talk search engine. Under the “Select Phone” tab, click “Bring Your Own Phone”. In the dropdown menu under “Network”, select “T-Mobile.” You can see some of their most popular plans below.
There are 16 other carriers that run on the T-Mobile network (known as MVNOs). If you’re having a hard time finding the best T-Mobile plan for you, but still want to be on their network, look at MVNO plans. They have the exact same coverage, but often with cheaper prices.
Popular MVNO Plans
Port Your Number to T-Mobile
If you want to take your current number with you for service on T-Mobile, you will have to port it. Sometimes porting your number can be complicated, but carriers have made the process fairly straightforward. T-Mobile will ask you to enter your phone number to make sure it is portable. If it is, they will direct you to order a SIM card and prompt you for information from your current account. They will use this information to cancel your current plan.
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