Set up and activate your T-Mobile phone

Activating your new T-Mobile phone is quick and easy. Start by setting up your phone and account, and then choose a plan and service.


iPhone activation

Check the activation tips below for help activating your iPhone. If you already have everything you need, click GET STARTED.

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Activate all other phones

For help activating Android, Windows, and BlackBerry smartphones, or all basic phones, review the activation tips. If you already have everything you need, click GET STARTED.

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Set up and activate your Mobile Internet device

Activate your T-Mobile Mobile Internet device easily. First, set up your device and account, then select which plan is right for you. You can activate directly from your tablet here, or follow the link below.


Mobile Internet device activation

If you're ready to activate your Mobile Internet device, click GET STARTED. You'll be using your hotspot, laptop stick, or tablet in no time.

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iPhone activation tips: What you’ll need

Your iPhone

Have your iPhone handy and turned on. The SIM is already installed.

Activation code

The activation code is located in the activation booklet included with your phone.

activation code

ICCID number

Find the ICCID number on the back of the iPhone box. During the online set up, enter the ICCID number into the SIM card field when it is displayed.

Sim number

iPhone number (IMEI)

You will also need the iPhone IMEI number to complete the setup process. It can be found on the back of the box or on your iPhone by tapping on Settings> General> About, and scrolling down to the IMEI section.

If you don't have the original box, you can get the IMEI number by dialing *#06# on the phone you want to activate.

phone serial no. (IMEI)

Your current phone number

You’ll need to know the phone number that you wish to transfer from another carrier or from an existing T-Mobile line to your new pay in advance plan.

Check eligibility

Using your own phone? You’ll need a T-Mobile SIM Starter Kit, which contains a new SIM card and activation code.

Buy a SIM Starter Kit here
Your current phone number
Activation tips for Android, Windows, BlackBerry, and all basic phones: What you’ll need

Your phone

Insert the mini SIM card and battery into the phone. Charge the phone so it’s ready to use once activated.

Sim card & battery

Activation code

The activation code is located in the activation booklet included with your phone.

activation code

SIM card number

The SIM number is located on the SIM card.

Sim number

Phone serial number (IMEI)

Locate the phone serial (IMEI) number on the box your phone came in. It’s also inside the phone, under the battery.

If you don't have the original box, you can get the IMEI number by dialing *#06# on the phone you want to activate.

phone serial no. (IMEI)

Your current phone number

You’ll need to know the phone number that you wish to transfer from another carrier or from an existing T-Mobile line to your new pay in advance plan.

Check eligibility

Using your own phone? You’ll need a T-Mobile SIM Starter Kit, which contains a new SIM card and activation code.

Buy a SIM Starter Kit here
Your current phone number