Activate your new unlocked phone

Congratulations on your new Alcatel smartphone! An unlocked phone allows you to switch to a compatible carrier of your choice, and works on most U.S. networks (GSM, CDMA or both). Activating your phone is easy. Follow the steps below to get your device up and running.

ACTIVATION STEPS

Check your SIM card

Learn more about SIM cards

Have an existing SIM card?
Confirm that your current SIM card is compatible with your new phone by checking the table below. If so, you can transfer your existing SIM card to your new device and begin using it.

Need a new SIM card?
If your current SIM card is incompatible or you don't have a SIM card, you will need to purchase one from your carrier. Visit your carrier's online store to purchase a new SIM card or contact your carrier's customer service for assistance.

Activate your Device

Visit your carrier's online store to activate your phone. Find your device below and click on the carrier link to learn how to activate service for your unlocked phone, order a compatible SIM card, view support documents, and more​.

Device Information and Carrier Activation Links

UNLOCKED DEVICE
NETWORK TYPE
COMPATIBLE CARRIER
COMPATIBLE SIM TYPE
CARRIER LINKS

Alcatel 1X

GSM

AT&T, T-Mobile

Nano SIM (4FF)

Alcatel 3V

GSM

AT&T, T-Mobile

Nano SIM (4FF)

A30

GSM

AT&T, T-Mobile

Nano SIM (4FF)

A30

CDMA

Verizon

Nano SIM (4FF)

A30 PLUS

GSM

AT&T, T-Mobile

Nano SIM (4FF)

A30 PLUS

CDMA

Verizon

Nano SIM (4FF)

A50

GSM

AT&T, T-Mobile

Nano SIM (4FF)

IDOL 5S

GSM

AT&T, T-Mobile

Nano SIM (4FF)

IDOL 5S

CDMA

Sprint, Verizon

Nano SIM (4FF)

IDOL 4S (5.5")

GSM

AT&T, T-Mobile

Nano SIM (4FF)

IDOL 4S

GSM

AT&T, T-Mobile

Nano SIM (4FF)

POP 4S

GSM

AT&T, T-Mobile

Nano SIM (4FF)

Learn more about SIM cards

What is a SIM card? SIM card, also known as a Subscriber Identity Module​, is a small circuit board that allows your mobile device to communicate with your carrier. ​SIM cards contain a unique serial number (ICCID) and international mobile security identity number (IMSI) that tell your carrier your device is allowed to operate on its network. When you upgrade to a new device, you can transfer your old SIM card as long it is compatible with your new phone.

TYPES OF SIM CARD

SIM cards come in three different sizes (Standard SIM, Micro SIM and Nano SIM), and the type you’ll need will depend on the device you purchased.

Standard SIM

Standard SIM cards are generally used in devices made prior to 2010. It is the largest of the three SIMs types, measuring 25x15mm.

micro SIM

Micro SIM cards were introduced in 2010 and still appear in some devices. They are slimmer, smaller and lighter and measure 15x12mm.

Nano Sim

Most newer smartphones, including Alcatel devices, now use Nano SIM cards, which were first introduced in 2012. They are the smallest SIM card and measure 12.3x8.8mm