4 Replies Latest reply: Apr 17, 2013 2:16 AM by rcprimak RSS

Can third party unlocked phones be used with TMobile pay as you go  SIM Cards?

Specifically, I think I like the BLU Tank unlocked phone sold at Target.com. It has room for two SIM Cards (I only need one) and comes without a SIM Card. The specs include info which indicates this phone is commpatible with the general requirements of the TMobile network (no data or 3G/4G required for this phone).

 

Is there a way to find a TMobile Corporate Location near me where they will swap out the SIM Card from my current TMobile Samsung t139 phone and put it into the BLU Tank phone and get it up and running in that phone?

 

What added costs will there be for this swap? Will my Contacts remain intact?

  • 1. Re: Can third party unlocked phones be used with TMobile pay as you go  SIM Cards?
    tmo_alicia_b

    Hi rcprimak,

     

    You can use an unlocked device on our network. Depending on the frequencies it supports, you may only be able to access our 2G network. If the SIM you currently use is the same size as the one required by your new device, you can just switch them, If not, you can go to your closest T-Mobile location, and they can assist you with replacing your SIM at no cost. They will also be able to move your contacts from one SIM to another.

     

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  • 2. Re: Can third party unlocked phones be used with TMobile pay as you go  SIM Cards?

    Thanks so much for the speedy and positive reply. I believe I only need the 2G network, and it looks like the BLU Tank is in fact compatible with this frequency range. The SIM Card should be the same size, as BLU doesn't make phones which use the smaller SIM sizes. The swap out would be very welcome, as it wouldpreserve my Contacts.

     

    So, I must be very sure that the TMobile Store I choose is in fact a Corporate Store, un like Centenniial 1 in Countryside, which only sports the Pink T Logo, but is independently owned and operated, and will not swap SIM Cards into a non-TMobile unlocked phone. T-Mo Lauren is supposed to be researching this location to see if we can track down the salesman, who never gave his name and did not have an ID Tag or a personal business card.

     

    There were serious issues with the initial sale, which stuck me with the Samsung t139, whose design makes the buttons small for my finger skills. this phone also has no way to reduce the outbound call volume, which is too loud when heard by several of my Contacts receiving my calls.

     

    I'll follow your link to see what I can find about Corporate T-Mobile Stores in the Willowbrook, ILor Oak Brook, IL areas.

     

    I'd like to leave this Thread open until I can comlete my research and maybe get the BLU Tank phone from Target.

  • 3. Re: Can third party unlocked phones be used with TMobile pay as you go  SIM Cards?

    I am very dissatifsfied with how quickly T-Mobile Mods decide without informing me, to close a discussion thread which I specifically asked to be left open. This is very unprofessional and very, very insulting to my intelligence. This question is NOT answered!

     

    this Customer Disservice attitude is precisely why so many folks hate T-Mobile.

  • 4. Re: Can third party unlocked phones be used with TMobile pay as you go  SIM Cards?

    I eventuallly did hear back on my question about third-party unlocked phones and TMobile SIM Cards from the Customer Service Rep who originally handled my issues wiht the initial sales experience I had at a non-Corporate TMobile retail store.

     

    It turns out that the TMobile SIM Cards can be used in any compatible unlocked mobile phone which has the ability to accept a SIM Card. There appears to be no additional Activation Fee for switching phones in this manner. Why this answer couldn't have been posted in this thread, I don't know.

     

    Whether specifically the BLU Tank T180/T190 phone (http://www.gsmarena.com/blu_tank-4853.php) is fully compatible with the TMobile SIM Card and Network remains to be seen at this point.

     

    NOW this issue is closed, as far as I'm concerned. Not one minute sooner.