Can a Straight Talk Phone be used on Verizon? This the question we will take a look at today and provide you with the answers you need to make an informed decision.
Straight Talk and Verizon are both very popular carriers and knowing if one can switch their devices and use them with another is very practical.
So, without further ado, let’s dig in.
Can Straight Talk Phones Be Used On Verizon?
The first thing you need to know is that Straight Talk is not a typical carrier. It is a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO), which means that it doesn’t have its own signal towers. It operates by using AT&T’s, T-Mobile’s, Sprint’s (which is now a part of T-Mobile), and Verizon’s networks.
That fact alone tells you that Straight Talk devices need to be compatible with all major carriers. However, to determine if Straight Talk phones may be used on Verizon, other criteria must be met. For starters Verizon need’s to offer their “Bring Your Own Phone” (BYOP) option.
By checking Verizon’s official website, one can easily confirm that Verizon does in fact have their BYOP program set in place.
Another condition (though this one may be bypassed) is that Straight Talk needs to offer an unlocked phone. And we can confirm that Straight Talk does in fact have an unlocking policy set in place. So, if a user, his device, and his account meet certain conditions, the phone can be unlocked.
This means that all the prerequisites are met. Though you still need to perform the compatibility check to finally confirm whether or not can a Straight Talk phone be used on Verizon in your particular case.
To check the compatibility visit verizon.com/bring-your-own-device and click the “Check Compatibility” button. On the next page select the ‘Smartphone’ option and click Continue. On the following step enter your phone’s make and model. In case you don’t know that info, click the ‘I don’t know’ option. Also, select a carrier or retailer and click Continue.
You will be asked to enter your ZIP code in the next step. Do so. The provided pieces of information may be enough to confirm the compatibility. However, in some cases, you may also be asked to enter your phone’s IMEI number. Simply follow the on-screen instruction and complete all the steps.
Why Use My Straight Talk Phone On Verizon?
The reason to use your Straight Talk phone with Verizon is lying primarily in the fact that you will get to experience all that Verizon has to offer, which is a lot.
For starters, you need to know that Verizon is one of the leading carriers. It has very impressive coverage, including the 5G network. They’ve often been awarded as the best/most popular USA carrier. Their customer support is very helpful and kind, and their plans offer unlimited talks, texts, and data.
If you have a Straight Talk phone at your disposal and want to enjoy all that Verizon has to offer, using that phone with Verizon’s BYOP option is the way to go.
NOTE: Before purchasing any plans, you should always visit Verizon’s official website to check their coverage in your area. Moreover, you should also check their latest plans and prices to ensure that those meet your expectations.
What To Consider Before Buying A Straight Talk Phone To Be Used On Verizon?
If you already have a Straight Talk phone, you may go straight to the compatibility check as explained in the second part of the ‘Can Straight Talk Phones Be Used On Verizon?’ section.
However, if you plan on purchasing a new Straight Talk phone to then use it immediately with Verizon, you definitely need to check Straight Talk’s unlocking policy. Below you can find the most important details contained in Straight Talk’s unlocking policy.
- Customers must request phone unlocking.
- Customers must have had their locked phone activated on Straight Talk Service for no fewer than 12 months, redeemed air time cards in no fewer than 12 months, and not have had their telephone number recycled or ported.
- Customers must request this interim unlocking solution while their Straight Talk Service is active or within 60 days after their Service expires. This 60-day grace period applies even if the customer’s telephone number was recycled or ported. Customers must currently own a Straight Talk phone model launched on Straight Talk’s Service after February 11, 2014 or activated with Straight Talk’s Service after February 11, 2015.
- Customers must possess a Straight Talk phone that is in working condition.
- Customers must possess a Straight Talk phone that is not reported stolen, lost, or associated with fraudulent activity.
- If a customer in good standing requesting handset unlocking is deployed as military personnel, upon provision of deployment papers, Straight Talk will honor that customer’s unlocking request by sending a refund for the trade-in value of the used, locked phone returned by the customer without regard to the 12 months of service activation and Service Plan redemption eligibility requirements.
- Customers are eligible for this program only once every twelve (12) months.
Looking at the Straight Talk unlocking policy above, you can see that there are certain conditions that must be met. It also shows you that purchasing a Straight Talk phone and immediately getting it unlocked is not possible. At least not directly with Straight Talk.
In that case, you will need to explore third-party unlocking services.
In case you also need information How to Unlock a Straight Talk iPhone
How To Use Straight Talk phone On Verizon Wireless?
Using Straight Talk phone on Verizon Wireless is simple. Once you have confirmed that your Straight Talk phone is compatible with the Verizon network, you will need to purchase a Verizon plan. By doing so, you will also receive a Verizon SIM card.
Then you simply insert that SIM card into your Straight Talk phone and that’s it. In case you have an existing phone number that you want to use with Verizon, you may also request for that number to be ported in.
It is that simple.
How To Check If You Can Use Your Straight Talk Smartphone On Verizon?
Checking compatibility is very simple. Here are the steps to follow:
- Start by visiting verizon.com/bring-your-own-device.
- Then click the “Check Compatibility” button.
- On the next page select the ‘Smartphone’ option and click Continue.
- On the following step enter your phone’s make and model. In case you don’t know that info, click the ‘I don’t know’ option. Also, select a carrier or retailer and click Continue.
- You will be asked to enter your ZIP code in the next step. Do so.
The provided pieces of information may be enough to confirm the compatibility. However, in some cases, you may also be asked to enter your phone’s IMEI number. Simply follow the on-screen instructions and complete all the steps.
Read one of our past articles How Do I Transfer My Straight Talk Service From One Phone to Another Phone
Which Plans Are Best When Using The Straight Talk Phone On Verizon?
There is no difference in Verizon plans when using Straight Talk phones or phones offered directly by Verizon. As such, it is up to your preferences to determine which plan is the most suitable for your needs and budget.
We recommend you first decide if you want pre-paid or post-paid service. The next step is to consider your mobile data needs as this aspect is the one that differs the most among plans. Of course, do not forget to account for your budget. The last thing you want is to be spending on your phone more than you can afford.
To save extra, consider your other family members and whether it may make sense to take multiple lines.
Which Straight Talk Phones Can I Use On Verizon?
There are no specific limitations on what Straight Talk phones may be used with Verizon. In general, as long as your Straight Talk phone is unlocked and you’ve checked the compatibility with the Verizon network, you should be good to go.
However, to help you even further, we’ve listed phone models that are currently available in the Straight Talk shop below.
- 64GB iPhone X
- Alcatel MyFlip
- BLU VIEW 1
- BLU VIEW Mega
- Huawei SENSA LTE (H715BL)
- iPhone 11 64GB
- iPhone 11 Pro 64GB
- iPhone 11 Pro Max 64GB
- iPhone 12 64GB
- IPHONE 12 MINI 64GB
- iPhone 12 Pro 128GB
- IPHONE 12 PRO MAX 128GB
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Space Grey 32GB
- iPhone 7 Black 32GB
- iPhone 8
- iPhone XR 64GB
- iPhone Xs 64GB
- iPhone Xs Max
- LG CLASSIC Flip
- LG Fiesta 2
- LG Fiesta™ LTE (L64VL)
- LG Journey
- LG K31 Rebel
- LG Premier Pro Plus
- LG Rebel 4
- LG Rebel 4
- LG REFLECT
- LG Solo
- LG Stylo 4 LTE
- LG Stylo 5
- LG Stylo™ 3 (L84VL)
- moto e5
- Moto e6
- Moto G Stylus
- moto g6
- Moto G7 Optimo
- Moto G7 Optimo Maxx
- Motorola Moto e
- Motorola Moto G Power
- NEW iPhone SE 64GB
- Samsung Galaxy A01
- Samsung Galaxy A01
- Samsung Galaxy A10e
- Samsung Galaxy A11
- Samsung Galaxy A20
- Samsung Galaxy A21
- Samsung Galaxy A50
- Samsung Galaxy A51
- Samsung Galaxy J2
- Samsung Galaxy Note10
- Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G
- Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G
- Samsung Galaxy Note8
- Samsung Galaxy Note9
- Samsung Galaxy S10
- Samsung Galaxy s10 Lite
- Samsung Galaxy S10+
- Samsung Galaxy S10e
- Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S21 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S8
- Samsung Galaxy S8+
- Samsung Galaxy S9+
- TCL A1X
Can one use a Verizon SIM card in a Straight Talk phone?
Yes. In order to make the combination work, the compatibility must be checked in advance.
Are the Straight Talk phones unlocked?
No. Generally, Straight talk phones come locked. However, Straight Talk has an unlocking policy set in place, which means that the phones can be unlocked officially as soon as the conditions are met.
Can I use a Straight Talk phone with Verizon plans?
Yes. Since Verizon offers a BYOP option, you may use Straight Talk phones with their SIM cards and thus with their plans. Of course, you must check the compatibility of your particular phone.
Does Straight Talk SIM card work with Verizon phones?
Generally speaking, yes. Straight Talk also has a BYOP option set in place. Again, compatibility must be checked in advance.
Are Verizon phones compatible with Straight Talk?
As long as Verizon phones are unlocked, they are highly likely to be compatible with Straight Talk. However, the compatibility must always be checked (use this link to do so: straighttalk.com/activate.byop.landing.serviceprovider).
Can I switch from Verizon to Straight Talk?
Yes. As long as your bills are paid and you are not tight down by a specific contract, you can always switch between carriers easily. However, if you plan to also bring your phones from one carrier to another, you always need to check compatibility.
What network does Straight Talk use?
Straight Talk is an MVNO and doesn’t have its own towers. It operates on T-Mobile’s, Verizon’s, and AT&T’s networks.