There is a term we must address before moving any further – compatible phones. By ‘compatible phones’ we mean cell phones, either smartphones or regular phones, that can be used with Total Wireless services, thus are compatible with Total Wireless mobile network. Total Wireless compatible phones are the ones that pass their compatibility check (more on that below) or unlocked CDMA phones.
How To Know Which Phone Is Compatible
Unless you are more of an ‘up-to-date’ kind of seniors who wants all the advanced option that modern phones have to offer, you will most likely prefer a simple regular phone or a flip phone. These phones are simple and are mostly intended for calls. They have regular large dial pads and provide the user with maximum simplicity. In the case of flip phones, answering and ending calls is as simple as opening and closing the two half of a cellphone.
For people between the ages of 16 – 60
For the majority of the US population, smartphones are the new norm. Smartphones will allow you to perform more advanced tasks, such as fast internet browsing, multitasking, playing mobile games, being active on social media and more. If you need your phone for more than calls and SMSs, then you definitely need a smartphone.
NOTE: Total Wireless lets you bring your existing phone or purchase/upgrade to a new device to match your needs. If you would like to bring your device, read the section below.
Why Should You Choose Total Wireless Compatible Phones?
The main reason to choose Total Wireless compatible phones is to gain access to Total Wireless services. With Total Wireless compatible phones, you will be able to use a Total Wireless SIM card and thus Total Wireless plans.
Some of the main selling points of Total Wireless include great plans that don’t include any contracts, unlimited family plans, a 5G network, nationwide coverage, the option to bring your existing phone, and the ease of adding data and airtime.
What is Total Wireless BYOP Process
Total Wireless makes the BYOP process super easy and simple.
First, you must verify that your current device is compatible with their network, as described above. Then you simply select the plan you prefer and decide whether you want to keep your number. By completing the Total Wireless BYOP process online you will basically order a new Total Wireless SIM card, which will be delivered to your address in a matter of days.
After receiving your new SIM card, you will have to activate it. Visit https://www.totalwireless.com/activation/selectdevice, select ‘bring your own device’ and complete the activation.
How to Check Total Wireless Compatibility Process
If you decide to bring your existing phone Total Wireless, you will first need to make sure that your phone is compatible with their services. To do so, you need to visit Total Wireless’s official website. Once on it, hover over the ‘shop’ item, which is the first one to the left of the main menu bar. As you hover, a drop-down menu will appear, where you need to click the ‘Bring Your Own Phone’ (icon) that has ‘buy sim card/BYOP’ text underneath it. This will take you to the next page, where you need to scroll down until you see the ‘check compatibility’ button and click on it. As you do that, a ‘terms & conditions’ pop up window will appear. Click ‘I accept’. Then you will need to enter your phone’s IMEI number and click the ‘continue’ button below.
That is it. If you receive a message saying that your phone is compatible, you are good to proceed with the BYOP option.
How Do I Get a Total Wireless Compatible Phone?
As mentioned above, you can bring your own phone and use it with Total Wireless as long as it is compatible with their network (to check your phone’s compatibility, visit https://www.totalwireless.com/activation/byop/collectesn?carrier=VZW).
Another way to get a Total Wireless compatible phone is by upgrading to one of the below-presented phones (either through their online store or at one of their local representatives).
5 Best Total Wireless Upgrade Compatible Smartphone
iPhone 12 Pro – BEST FOR APPLE FANS
iPhone 12 Pro is the best phone that Apple currently has to offer. It packs a transformative triple-camera system that adds tons of capability without complexity. An unprecedented leap in battery life was made with this model. And an ultra-fast chip that doubles down on machine learning and pushes the boundaries of what a smartphone can do.
- Size: 5.78 inches (146.7 mm) x 2.82 inches (71.5 mm) x 0.29 inch (7.4 mm)
- Weight: 6.66 ounces (189 grams)
- Hearing Aid: M3/T4
- Battery: up to 20 hours talk time
- Display: 6.1” OLED
- Storage: Internal Memory: 128GB – Up to 512GB
- RAM: 6GB
- Camera: Pro camera system with 12MP Ultra Wide, Wide, and Telephoto cameras
- Amazing camera
- Spectacular display
- Ultra-fast and smooth performance
- High price
Why should you buy iPhone 12 Pro?
If you are an Apple fan and want to enjoy the latest iPhone model with all the best features, then iPhone 12 Pro is the right choice for you. It also offers just the right size – not too big for pockets and not too small for enjoying a video.
Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G – BEST FOR ANDROID FANS
Samsung Galaxy S20 + packs a revolutionary 8K Video Snap. Its videos and photo capabilities are the best of the best. It also offers the latest 5G, which is changing the way you share its files. Furthermore, it includes the Samsung Knox security, an intelligent battery, powerful processor, and massive storage – and the Galaxy S20 series unveils a whole new world for mobile. It is arguably the best phone on the market.
- Size: 161.9 x 73.7 x 7.8 mm (6.37 x 2.90 x 0.31 in)
- Weight: 6.56 ounces (186 grams)
- Hearing Aid: M4/T3
- Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 45000mAh; up to 39 hours talk time
- Display: Display 6.7-inch Infinity-O Display Gorilla Glass
- Storage: Internal Memory: 128GB
- RAM: 8GB
- Camera: Camera 12-megapixel(wide-angle), 64-megapixel(telephoto), 12-megapixel(ultra-wide)
- Extreme performance
- Very good battery
- Huge display
- Probably too large for many pockets
- Very expensive
Why should you buy Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G?
If you are an Android and Samsung fan and in need of the best-performing phone, then this is the device for you. It packs extreme features that ensure smooth and ultra-fast operation even during the most advanced multitasking. Playing the latest games is also no problem. Thanks to its large display, it is also great for watching videos and shows.
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max – BEST FOR APPLE FANS
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max is currently one of the best smartphones on the market. It is the best SafeLink store has in store. It comes with the best processor and incredible screen. It is equipped with captivating triple cameras, the longest iPhone battery life ever and an even brighter display than previous iPhone models. If you can afford it, it is definitely worth getting.
- Network Speed: 4G LTE†
- Screen size: 6.5″ OLED Display
- Camera: Triple 12MP rear cameras, 12MP front camera
- Operating System: iOS 13
- Processor: A13 Bionic Chip
- SIM Card: Dual SIM (Nano and eSIM)
- Battery Life: Non-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery
- Memory: 64GB, 256GB or 512GB
- RAM: 6GB
- Gorgeous OLED display is now brighter
- A13 Bionic CPU fastest around
- Stellar triple cameras with Night mode
- The longest battery life of any iPhone
- Durable design
- Fast charging in box
- Skimpy 64GB storage
- Fewer color options than iPhone 11
Why should you buy Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max?
If you are an iPhone fan and want to save a bit by not going with the latest model, yet still get an extremely capable phone, then iPhone 11 Pro Max is the way to go. It also packs an extra-large display, which makes watching videos on the go ultra-enjoyable.
NOTE: Total Wireless also offers iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone XS Max, which are just slightly behind the above model.
Samsung Galaxy S10+ – BEST FOR ANDROID FANS
Samsung presents its Galaxy S10+ as its latest and greatest innovation ever. Introducing the Samsung Galaxy S10+. They’ve named it their next generation. Samsung Galaxy S10+’s precise laser cutting and a Dynamic AMOLED screen that’s easy on the eyes make the Infinity Display Samsung’s most innovative yet.
- Network Speed: 4G LTE†
- Screen size: 6.4″ Dynamic AMOLED Display
- Camera: Triple 12MP, 12MP & 16MP rear; 10MP front.
- Operating System: Android 9.0 (Pie)
- Processor: Octa-core (1×2.8 GHz & 3×2.4 GHz& 4×1.7 GHz)
- SIM Card: Nano
- Battery Life: Non-removable Li-Ion 4100 mAh battery
- Memory: 128GB, microSD support up to 512GB
- RAM: 8GB
- Excellent screen-to-body ratio
- In-screen fingerprint sensor
- Wireless PowerShare perk
- Battery life
- Very fast performance
- Bixby button still exists
- Slippery design
- Punch holes in the display can be distracting
Why should you buy Samsung Galaxy S10+?
If you want to save a bit by avoiding the latest Samsung flagship model yet still get your hands on an amazing Android phone, Galaxy S10+ is the way to go. It packs extreme features and delivers great photos.
Apple iPhone 6S – MOST AFFORDABLE NEW iPHONE AT TOTAL WIRELESS
iPhone 6S is powered by the custom-designed 64-bit A9 chip. It delivers performance once found only in desktop computers. You’ll experience up to 70 percent faster CPU performance, and up to 90 percent faster GPU performance for all your favorite graphics-intensive games and apps. Using a highly advanced fingerprint sensor that’s now faster and better than ever, Touch ID makes unlocking your phone easy and secure.
- Network Speed: 4G LTE†
- Screen size: 4.7″ Retina HD with 3D Touch
- Camera: 12MP rear, 5MP front
- Operating System: iOS 9
- Processor: A9 chip with 64-bit architecture
- SIM Card: Nano SIM
- Battery Life: 10 days standby, 10 hours talk time
- Memory: 32GB
- RAM: 2GB
- Great design
- 3D Touch impresses
- Stable OS
- Battery life is mediocre
- Live Photos are gimmicky
Why should you buy Apple iPhone 6S?
In case you are looking for a rather affordable iPhone, then this older model is just what you need. It is far from being the latest, yet still capable of meeting all average user’s needs with ease. It is very compact, durable, and stable.
2 Best Total Wireless Compatible Flip Phones for Seniors
The Alcatel MYFLIP™ is perfect for easy answering and call ending. But it is also more than just a basic phone. It delivers the essential features to be productive – including access to email, calendar, and web at 4G speeds. The Alcatel MYFLIP™ delivers the essential features to get things done in compact flip phone design, making it suitable for those in need of simplicity and compatibility.
- Network Speed: 4G LTE†
- Screen size: 2.8″ QWVGA Display
- Camera: 2MP Rear-Facing Camera
- Operating System: KaiOS
- Processor: 1.1GHz Quad-Core Processor
- Battery Life: Up to 11 days of standby time, 8 hours talk time
- Memory: 4GB
- RAM: 512MB
- Compact flip-phone design
- 4G-LTE network connectivity
- A rather strong processor for a flip phone
- Very long-life battery
- Poor camera
- 512MB RAM capacity (still more than enough for basic tasks)
Why should you buy Alcatel MYFLIP?
MyFlip is for all users who want maximum simplicity. It is built to fit any pocket, which makes it a great choice for people who want to use their phone for basic stuff, namely calls and texting.
ZTE Z233 VL
Small and compact, the Z233VL can easily be carried in your pocket. Simply flip open the phone to answer a call, and close it when you’re done – simplicity at its finest. It offers an impressive battery life that will last for days (that is, of course, if you don’t plan to have long talks). The ZTE Z233VL also offers a camera with a dedicated key, and just the right features to capture some memorable moments. Don’t forget that this is a flip phone, so the camera is rather basic, yet still good enough to create some long-lasting memories.
- Network Speed: 4G LTE
- Screen: Internal Display: 2.8” 320 x 240; external Display: 0.96” 128 x 64
- Camera: 2 MP
- Operating System: Proprietary Operating System based on Android 5.1
- Battery: Li-Ion 1500 mAh, Talk time up to 8 Hrs
- Memory: Internal Memory up to 4 GB, supports microSDHC™ card up to 32 GB (not included)
- RAM: 512MB
- 4G LTE support
- Easy-to-use keyboard
- Easy interface
- Seniors features
- The camera is only 2 MP
- Minimal features and performance
- No Wi-Fi and USB
Why should you buy ZTE Z233 VL?
ZTE Z233 VL is another great option for people interested in the simplicity that comes with flip phones. It is also a highly affordable option and thus great for users that are on a tight budget and not interested in the complexity of smartphones.
Others Total Wireless Compatible Phone List
Herein we will list all the mobile phones that are currently available at Total Wireless online store and are as such definitely compatible with their network. All those phones (at least those operable on 4G) should also work with Total Wireless services if purchased elsewhere and unlocked.
Total Wireless Compatible iPhone Smartphones:
IPHONE 11 PRO 64GB – GOLD, IPHONE 11 64GB – BLACK, NEW IPHONE SE 64GB – BLACK, IPHONE 11 PRO 256GB – MIDNIGHT GREEN, IPHONE 11 PRO MAX 64GB – SPACE GRAY, IPHONE 6 GRAY 32GB,IPHONE 6 PLUS SILVER 16GB, IPHONE 6S SPACE GREY 128GB, IPHONE 6S 32GB ROSE GOLD, IPHONE 6S PLUS 32GB SPACE GREY, IPHONE 7 32GB BLACK, IPHONE 7 PLUS BLACK 32GB, IPHONE 8 64GB GOLD, IPHONE 8 PLUS 64GB SILVER, IPHONE 8+ SPACE GRAY 256GB, IPHONE X 64GB SPACE GRAY, IPHONE XR BLUE 64GB, IPHONE XS MAX GOLD 64GB, IPHONE XS SPACE GRAY 64GB, IPHONE SE 32GB ROSE GOLD.
Total Wireless Compatible Android Smartphones:
Total Wireless Compatible At Samsung:
SAMSUNG GALAXY S20 5G , SAMSUNG GALAXY S20+ 5G, SAMSUNG GALAXY S20 ULTRA 5G, SAMSUNG GALAXY A10E, SAMSUNG GALAXY A50, SAMSUNG GALAXY A20, SAMSUNG GALAXY J2, SAMSUNG GALAXY J3 ORBIT, SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE10 – AURA GLOW, SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE10+ – AURA GLOW, SAMSUNG GALAXY S8, SAMSUNG GALAXY S8 GREY, SAMSUNG GALAXY S8+ BLACK, SAMSUNG GALAXY J7 CROWN, SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE8, SAMSUNG GALAXY S9, SAMSUNG GALAXY S9+, SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE9, SAMSUNG GALAXY S10+ PRISM BLACK, SAMSUNG GALAXY S10 PRISM BLACK, SAMSUNG GALAXY S10E PRISM BLACK, SAMSUNG GALAXY S7.
Total Wireless Compatible At LG:
LG JOURNEY LTE , LG STYLO 5 LTE, LG REBEL 4, LG STYLO 3, LG REBEL 3 LTE, LG SOLO LTE, LG PREMIER PRO LTE.
Total Wireless Compatible At Motorola:
MOTO G6, MOTO G7 OPTIMO, MOTO E5, MOTO G7 OPTIMO MAXX.
Total Wireless Compatible At ZTE:
ZTE Z233, ZTE MAJESTY PRO PLUS, ZTE ZFIVE C LTE.
Total Wireless Compatible At TCL:
Total Wireless Compatible At Alcatel:
ALCATEL MYFLIP (flip phone)
Are Total Wireless Phones Compatible With Other Carriers?
Ever since the new unlocking-policy-related law has been set in place, every wireless provider is obligated to offer their clients the option to have their devices unlocked. However, they have the right to set specific conditions in place.
Given the above, one you are eligible to ask Total Wireless to unlock your phone, you can then take it to any other wireless provider that offers the bring your own phone option. However, you need to check compatibility with that carrier before obtaining their SIM card. Since the 4G network has been used, there is no more issue between the CDMA and GSM network types compatibility, thus you have many choices.
All major wireless providers offer BYOP options, including AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint.
What to Look for Before Buying A Total Wireless Compatible Phone?
- First, you need to ensure that you like Total Wireless plans and that you want to join their network.
- Second, you need to know that when it comes to Total Wireless compatible phones, you have two options; you can purchase a phone directly at Total Wireless or get it elsewhere and use it via Total Wireless’s Bring Your Own Phone option.
With the former option, you do not have to worry about compatibility at all. However, with the latter, you need to check compatibility.
- Once you ensure that the phone is compatible, you need to follow a general phone buyer’s guide.
It all starts by considering your needs. What will you be using the phone for mainly? Do you plan on multitasking? Do you want to play the latest games? Do you want to watch a lot of videos?
By answering the above questions, you will determine what display size, RAM, storage, camera, and other features should your phone include and how good should those features be.
Key features to consider are:
- Battery (it should be able to carry through the entire day)
- Display & overall phone size
- Camera (rear & front)
- Next, make sure that the phone’s price matches your budget. Also, check if there are any payment options/plans that would better suit you.
- Check what kind of warranty you will be getting and if there are any additional insurance options available.
- Enjoy your Total Wireless services.
Total Wireless Phone Replacement and Return Policy
- All new Total Wireless phones (except iPhones) are covered by a one (1) year limited warranty administered by Tracfone.
- All reconditioned or refurbished phones sold by Total Wireless (except iPhones) have a ninety (90) day limited warranty as do all wireless accessories sold by Total Wireless.
If your phone breaks down (not to your fault) within the warranty period, you are entitled to a repair or replacement, however, it is the Total Wireless who decides which.
Outside the 30-day return period (below) and warranty period, no phone replacements are possible.
- If you purchased your Total Wireless phone from Total Wireless’s official website, you have thirty (30) days from the date your phone was delivered to you to return it to them for either an exchange or a refund. To process a return, you must follow the return instructions that came with your phone and pay for the shipping cost to send it back.
- If you purchased a Total Wireless phone from a retailer or wireless dealer (and not from Total Wireless directly either by phone or online), your phone purchase is subject to that retailer’s return policy.
Are Total Wireless Phones Unlocked?
All Total Wireless phones are looked to Total Wireless services. However, they have an unlocking policy set in place, which allows you to request your phone to be unlocked. Several conditions must be met to request the unlocking process, including that you have been using Total Wireless service for more than 12 months.
Why And How To Switch From A Different Carrier To Total Wireless?
The main reason why people decide to switch over to Total Wireless lies in their highly affordable plans. Their unlimited plans start at as low as $25/month. Moreover, they also have great coverage as they operate on the largest and most dependable network.
If you decide to switch over to Total Wireless, you initially need to decide whether you will also get a new phone or you want to bring your existing phone over to their services. If you are interested in the later, you first complete the above steps that will help you determine whether or not your phone is compatible with Total Wireless services.
Whichever option you choose, you can complete the process in the shortest time online. Just visit Total Wireless’s official website and hover over the ‘shop’ item in the top menu bar. From the drop-down menu select the option you want and complete the process.
Once your new phone or SIM kit is delivered to you, you will need to activate it, which is also done online. Locate the ‘activate’ option in the top menu bar on Total Wireless’s website and follow the steps.
Where to buy Total Wireless phone?
Total Wireless online store: The best place is without a doubt their online store. There you have the widest choice of their currently available devices and you can do it all from the comfort of your home.
Total Wireless Local Dealers: There are many phone retailers and wireless dealers that sell Total wireless SIM kits and phones. If you chose any of these, make sure to stick to reputable ones.
Total Wireless at Best Buy: As a reputable electronics store, Best Buy also sells Total Wireless phones. You can check availability in any of their local stores or go online.
Total Wireless at Walmart : Walmart is another valid choice. They offer many different carriers’ phones, including Total Wireless. You will have the widest selection on their online store, however, you may also try your luck in any of the local Walmart stores.
Total Wireless at Amazon : This is no surprise, Amazon sells almost anything, as such you can find a wide selection of Total Wireless compatible phone on their online store. However, make sure to be extra cautious on which seller you choose. Have a look at their review and customers’ comments.
Total Wireless Insurance Policy
All phones purchase at Total Wireless official website are subjects to their warranty (as explained above). They do not offer any additional insurance options. However, you can always use third-party insurance to add additional protection to your device. Honestly speaking, this makes only sense in case of extremely expensive phones, otherwise, you can end up paying more for the insurance than you would pay for a new replacement phone.
Total Wireless Compatible Phone Other Things You Need To Knew
Is Total Wireless phone GSM or CDMA?
Total Wireless is CDMA.
Can I bring a Total Wireless compatible phone?
Yes. Total Wireless offers a Bring Your Own Phone option. If you have a compatible phone, you may use it with a Total Wireless SIM card.
Can I use another carrier SIM card in Total Wireless compatible phone?
Yes, Total Wireless offers you to get their phones unlocked (once the requirements are met). Then you may use the phone with any other carrier that offers a Bring Your Own Phone option and if the phone is compatible with that network.
Can you use a Total Wireless SIM card on another carrier’s phone?
Yes. This falls in the Bring Your Own Phone option.
Can I transfer my Total Wireless service to another phone?
Yes. As long as the phone is compatible with the Total Wireless network.
Does Walmart sell Total Wireless compatible phones?
Yes. Walmart offers Total Wireless SIM cards as well as some compatible phones.
What network does Total Wireless use?
Total Wireless operates on Verizon’s network.
How to contact Total Wireless customer service?
You can call them at 1-866-663-3633 (Call Center Hours: 8AM – 11:45PM (EST); 7 days a week) or chat online on their official website (https://www.totalwireless.com/contactus).
How good is the Total Wireless coverage area?
Since they operate on Verizon’s network, their coverage is extremely good, including 5G, which is available in over 2700 cities.
Does Total Wireless charge me when I replace the phone?
Unless your phone is under warranty or otherwise ensured with full coverage, you will most likely need to pay in order to replace your phone. If you are bringing an existing phone and using it via their bring your own phone option, you will not be charged extra.
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