Activating a Simple Mobile SIM card is easy. There are three ways to do it: online, over the phone, or at a retailer store.
I will go through programming the APN settings and the type of phones that work with Simple Mobile.
I will also show you how to get the first month of service on any plan for half off when you activate your Simple Mobile SIM card through a third party.
Phones that are Compatible With Simple Mobile Service
SIMPLE Mobile is a GSM service provider that operates on the T-Mobile network. What this means is you’ll need to use a T-Mobile branded or unlocked GSM phone in order for your service to work.
Note: You will not be able to use your data plan on a GSM phone that is NOT T-Mobile branded or unlocked. Although, it might just work for calling and texting.
Tip for Unlocking Your AT&T Cell Phone so it can be Used With Simple Mobile.
If you have an AT&T branded cell phone that is not unlocked, you’ll first need to unlock it for the data to work.
To do that, your cell phone must not be on an active contract with AT&T or blacklisted.
To get the unlock code, call ATT and speak with a customer service representative and tell them that you want to unlock your device. The ATT representative will guide through the unlocking process from start to finish. This process is the easiest and fastest way to get your phone unlocked, and it’s free.
Again, you can only use this method if your phone is not blacklisted or on an active contract.
Is your phone’s IMEI clean? Before you call ATT, you should make sure that your phone is not blacklisted. That should be the first thing you do if you got your phone from a friend or bought it from eBay or any online marketplace.
Use this online tool to check if your device’s IMEI number is clean.
Dial *#06# on your phone to get your IMEI number. Alternatively, you can get your IMEI from your phone’s settings tab.
Another way to unlock your AT&T device is by purchasing the code from a third party. There are various unlocking companies, online and offline, that can help you get your phone unlocked. Additionally, you can do a Google search on this topic to get more info.
Your phone doesn’t have to be unlocked! Some service providers, such as Verizon have phones that support both GSM and CDMA technology. These type of phones (or any phone that is GSM compatible) can be used with Simple Mobile for just talk and text without being unlocked.
Before your SIMPLE Mobile service can work on these types of phones, you first need to enable GSM capability through your device’s settings.
Note: If you can’t find the setting that switches your CDMA cell phone to GSM than most likely the phone you are using is not GSM compatible.
I once used my Verizon Samsung Note 3 on SIMPLE Mobile; I was able to use it for talk and text, but the data did not work even after I programmed the APN settings.
Transferring Your Existing Number to Simple Mobile
If you wish to transfer your existing phone number to SIMPLE Mobile or any other company, follow the steps below.
First, I would like to point out that activating a SIM card with a new number is a lot easier than porting an existing number. But, before you begin, you’ll need to contact your current prepaid service provider and ask them for your account number, and password. Once you have that information in hand, you can proceed with any of the activation options below.
Note: if your current service provider has you on contract, you’ll need your account number, account password, account holder first and last name, address on file, and SSN number before you can transfer your number to another carrier.
Getting Ready to Activate Your SIM Card
The first step in activating your SIMPLE Mobile SIM card is locating your 18 digit SIM number. Secondly, make certain that your SIM card is going to fit in your phone’s SIM slot before you activate it. That can save you a lot of trouble if you find out later that the SIM card you just activated doesn’t fit in your phone’s slot.
Some SIM cards are dual punch, meaning they are standard size but can be punched into a micro size.
Some phones such as the iPhone 5 and 6 support only nano-size SIM cards. You can cut your Sim card manually or by buying a SIM card cutter on eBay for a few dollars. If you’re doing the cutting manually, just make sure you’re only cutting from the plastic part of the SIM card.
Activating Your Simple Mobile SIM Card Over the Phone
This option is for anyone who doesn’t feel confident in activating a SIM card online. The number to call is 877.878.7908. When calling this number, you can activate your SIM card by following the prompts; it’s a simple process. However, If you mess up, there is always an option to get connected to a live representative.
The drawback in calling SIMPLE Mobile is that it can take a very long time to get connected, and, sadly, this is the case with all Tracfone subsidiaries. The good news is that they are improving their customer service support.
NOTE: Select the appropriate options when using the automated system to transferer your existing number to SIMPLE Mobile. Don’t forget to have your information ready! If you decide to speak with a customer representative, inform them that you wish to transfer your number at the beginning of the call. I have noticed that sometimes they forget to ask. This is usually not a big (it just saves time) deal because you can still port your old number–even after your SIM card is activated.
Getting Your First Month of Service for Half Off
Activating your SIM card online through Prepaid USA, an Amazon seller, is perhaps the easiest approach and it doesn’t cost you a thing.
To get your first month of service for half off, you will need to purchase your SIMPLE Mobile SIM card through them. The SIM card only costs 1c, but the shipping charge is 4.99 which means you’ll be paying $5 for the SIM card.
Once you buy the SIM card, you will get a message from Prepaid USA through Amazon asking if you would like to activate your SIM card for free and get your first month of service for half off.
Prepaid USA will also ask you to provide the area code and SIMPLE Mobile plan of your choice. If you choose to go with the $50 plan you’ll only be paying $25, if you choose the $60 plan you’ll be paying $30 and so on.
If you’re transferring an existing number from another carrier to SIMPLE Mobile, you’ll need to provide PrepaidUSA with your account number and password.
Never trust A marketplace seller with your sensitive information, such as your SSN. Instead, call Simple mobile or go to their website if you’re porting your existing number from a contract carrier.
Activating Your SIM Card on the SIMPLE Mobile Website
It’s totally free to activate your SIM card on the SIMPLE Mobile website. Once on the activation screen, you will be given three options:
Use the first option to activate your SIMPLE Mobile SIM card with a new number and follow the instructions on the next screen. You will need to create an account and have a credit card ready to pay for your first month of service (preloaded SIM cards don’t require a payment).
Omit the second option as it does not apply to new activations.
Use the third option if you would like to transfer an existing number to SIMPLE Mobile. Remember to have your account number and password ready before you proceed with this step.
Activating Your Simple Mobile SIM Card at a Retail Store
Some retail stores will only activate your SIM card if you purchase it from them, others charge an activation fee. However, if you prefer to activate your SIM card at your neighborhood retail store make sure you call them first and ask if they are a SIMPLE Mobile authorized retail. It can save you a trip to the store if they are not.
Programming Your APN Settings
Programming your APN (Access Point Name) settings isn’t as hard as it sounds. What you should do is navigate to your phone’s settings and locate the APN settings tap. Depending on your device, you should be able to locate the APN settings under Network settings.
Under the APN settings tab, you’ll need to create a new Access Point Name. You’ll find everything you need to know about programming your APN setting on this page.
Choosing a Plan
Before you can activate your SIM card, you’ll need to know which plan you’re going to activate it on.
Plans start at $25 and up to $60 per month. Personally, I like their $4o plan which includes unlimited talk, text, international text, and 4GB of 4G LTE data. The features on all Simple Mobile plans are always changing, so I recommend giving this page a visit to get up-to-date specifications on all their plans.