Learn how to set up your non-T-Mobile iPhone or iPad.
Use the following steps to set up a non-T-Mobile iPhone or iPad. We don't recommend using an unofficially unlocked iPhone (jailbroken), as some services and features may not work on the T-Mobile network. Additionally, software updates may re-lock the device. We recommend buying an iPhone directly from T-Mobile® or Apple®. You can also find contract-free T-Mobile iPhones at online retailers like Amazon.
Things to keep in mind
Check if your iPhone 3GS / 4 / 4S / 5 is able to receive service with the T-Mobile network.
2. Select the right SIM card
Use the online SIM checker to determine which SIM card you need for your non-T-Mobile device.
3. Set up and activate device
Before the iPhone or iPad can be used, it must first be activated and configured to work on the T-Mobile network.
See: First use configuration and device activation: iPhone
T-Mobile network settings
Once a T-Mobile SIM card is placed into your iPhone or iPad, it should automatically configure to the T-Mobile network with the latest Carrier Update.
Personalize your device
Check out our Help & How To's for setting up and configuring your device.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
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