If you’re exploring prepaid carrier options in the United States, odds are you’ve gotten a bit overwhelmed. While it’s not solely a prepaid carrier, T-Mobile offers great network coverage and low price points for anyone who would like an off-contract smartphone. Even though the options offered directly by T-Mobile for prepaid use are a bit limited, the good news is that there are quite a few unlocked devices that will work with T-Mobile’s prepaid plans, which will discuss at the end of this post.

Without any further ado, here are the best prepaid T-Mobile Android phones.

Editor’s note – We will be updating this list as more devices hit the market.
Update, June 2016: We did not make any changes to our list this month.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

Samsung did a killer job with their 2015 flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Design-wise, many would say those two phones were close to perfect. The company forwent a plastic design and instead included glass front and back panels with an aluminum frame. They weren’t without their flaws, though. The S6 and S6 Edge didn’t offer expandable storage or removable batteries — two features Samsung has been known to include in all its smartphones for years.

Now the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have made their way to the masses, and they fix many of the problems the S6 line introduced last year. While they don’t offer removable batteries, Samsung included expandable storage on both handsets in case the 32 GB of on-board storage isn’t enough. Samsung mostly stuck to the same design this time around, though they did shrink down the camera bumps on the back and made the devices a little thicker to make room for larger batteries.

In terms of specs, these are top-of-the-line smartphones. They come with Quad HD Super AMOLED displays, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processors, 4 GB of RAM, great 12 MP rear-facing cameras and run the latest version of Android. Instead of featuring the same screen sizes this time around though, Samsung kept the S7 at a smaller 5.1 inches, while the S7 Edge has been bumped up to a larger 5.5-inch panel.

Seriously, these are some incredible smartphones. They are a little pricey, but all in all, we think the high asking price is worth it.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S7

  • 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 577 ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm, 152 g

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

  • 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534 ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3600 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm, 157 g

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Samsung Galaxy J7

The Galaxy J7 packs a 5.5-inch 720p Super AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 615 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of on-board storage, a 13 megapixel rear camera, and a 5 megapixel front-facing camera (complete with LED flash). It ships a removable 3000 mAh battery and Android 6.0 Marshmallow already pre-installed.

 It should be noted, however, that this is not the Galaxy J7 2016 model that have been mentioned in recent months, but the original 2015 model.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 720 x 1280 resolution, 267 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128 GB
  • 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Removable 3000 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 152.2 x 78.7 x 7.5 mm, 171 g

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Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime

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Although this may not be the most spec’d-out device on the market, we’d say Samsung’s Galaxy Grand Prime is one heck of a device for the money. It features a nicely-sized 5.0-inch display on the front, a capable Snapdragon 410 processor, 1 GB of RAM and microSD expansion for up to 64 extra gigabytes of storage. The display might not be of the highest resolution, but if you can get past that, this is a good option.

If you’re on a budget, this phone is for you.

Specs

  • 5.0-inch TFT LCD display with 540 x 960 resolution, 220 ppi
  • Quad-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 8 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 64 GB
  • 8 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Removable 2600 mAh battery
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 144.8 x 72.1 x 8.6 mm, 156 g

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HTC Desire 626s

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Looking for another solid prepaid option that won’t break the bank? HTC’s Desire 626s might be just what you’re looking for. With its 5.0-inch 720p display, quad-core processor and 1.5 GB of RAM, you’ll have no problem playing games, watching videos and consuming all other forms of media out there. It also has a pretty solid 8MP rear camera and microSD expansion up to a massive 2 terabytes, making this one heck of a device for the photography folks out there. It might not have the most powerful processor or the biggest battery, but it’s still a great value for what you’re paying.

Specs

  • 5.0-inch LCD display with 720 x 1280 resolution, 294 ppi
  • Quad-core 1.1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor
  • 1.5 GB of RAM
  • 8 GB of on-board storage, microSD card expansion up to 2 TB
  • 8 MP rear camera, 2 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2000 mAh battery
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 146.9 x 70.9 x 8.19 mm, 140 g

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ZTE Avid Plus

ZTE just recently unveiled the Avid Plus at CES 2016. Although it’s not the best budget option out there, you’ll still get a decent phone for the money. It comes with a 5.0-inch LCD display, a Snapdragon processor and microSD expansion up to 32 gigabytes. It also sports a removable battery, which is a feature that’s unfortunately gone to the wayside over the past two years or so.

Specs

  • 5.0-inch TFT LCD display with 854 x 480 resolution, 196 ppi
  • 1.1 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 8 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 32 GB
  • 5 MP rear camera, 2 MP front camera
  • Removable 2300 mAh battery
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 144.8 x 72.9 x 10.9 mm, 164 g

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Other options

Yes, we only listed four phones. The reason for this is that most of T-Mobile’s prepaid options are either really low-end, or they are non-Android. Still, T-Mobile offers some extremely impressive plan rates, and so the Un-carrier remains one of the best options out there for those looking for an off-contract, no-credit-check option.

If you aren’t impressed by any of the phones listed above, the good news is that a number of unlocked GSM-compatible phones will work on T-Mobile’s network. You’ll just want to make sure the phone supports T-Mobile’s bands, which include 1700MHz and 2100MHZ bands for 3G and HSPA+ services. For more details on bringing an existing phone to T-Mobile, you’ll want to check out their network coverage support page.

Looking for a good unlocked phone to bring over to T-Mobile? Some of the best budget-friendly choices include the following:

Motorola Moto G (2015)

Motorola’s Moto G line has been widely known as the “king of the budget smartphones” for some time, and that’s entirely true when it comes to the third-generation Moto G. Just released a few months ago, this new Moto G comes with a solid 720p display, a quick Snapdragon 410 processor, a decent camera, solid battery life and an IPx7 water resistance rating. Oh, and if you don’t like the standard Black/White color schemes, you can even customize the phone through Moto Maker.

If you could purchase this phone directly through T-Mobile, it would be at the top of our list. For more info, check out our full review linked below.

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Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3

With an attractive, slim design, big 1080p display, a solid camera and an extremely low price point, the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 is one of the best budget-friendly phones of the year. In our full review we found that just about every aspect of this device over-achieves in some way. The front-facing speakers are loud, the software is lean and fast, and you can even use the phone upside down if you really need to (yes, really)!

Don’t miss our full review to learn more about this powerhouse of a phone.

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ASUS ZenFone 2

The ASUS ZenFone 2 made headlines when it first launched due to its massive 4 GB of RAM (previously unheard of on a budget phone), and we can honestly say that it’s lived up to all of its expectations. The ZenFone 2 sports a solid, attractive build quality, a vivid 1080p display, fantastic performance and a low price. ASUS decided to throw in a few really nice enhancements – quick charging technology and a customizable user interface – that make this device stand out from the crowd.

We’re still pretty baffled at how ASUS is able to charge just just over $200 for this phone. If you’re interested, don’t miss our full review, attached below.

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How did you like our list? Do you have any other suggestions? If so, feel free to voice your opinion in the comments below!

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  • Gideon Waxfarb

    You said ‘T-mobile’ and ‘great network coverage’ in the same sentence. LMAO :)

    • CPA01

      It’s actually faster than the other 3 in many locations.

      • Gideon Waxfarb

        Oh, it’s usually great where it works. And then you drive outside of city limits …

  • CPA01

    Meh. Get a Nexus 5.

    • Hartfrid Lovejoy

      Many friends of mine own a Nexus 5 and another friend of mine recently bought a Nexus 5 and really disappointed. The camera is horrible and Google does not intend to release Android N for the Nexus 5 so there are much better phones out there than the Nexus 5. I’d buy the Idol 3 over the Nexus 5 any day since it is expected to received an upgrade to Marshmallow soon and it has superior specs.

  • 104398

    Unless the T-Mobile edition of the Samsung Galaxy S4 got a special upgrade, it has a 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 not 2.3/2.5GHz Snapdragon 800 as stated in this article

  • jay555

    If you’re going to spend $573 on an S4, you may as well just get a Moto X for $500. The only thing the S4 has over the X is the 2600 mAh removable battery. Personally, if I’m going to spend upwards of $600 on a phone, I’ll just spend an extra $100 and just get a Nexus 6.

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  • Dave B

    Moto G doesn’t support band 12.

    • LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800) – XT1541 LTE band 2(1900), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 17(700) – XT1540 LTE band 2(1900), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 12(700), 17(700), 25(1900), 26(850), 41(2500) – XT1548

    • Karly Johnston

      why should i care about band 12? the nearest market is 500 miles away.

  • Victor Castro

    How about the lg g2? Its got a snap 800 a 3000 mah battery 1080p screen and 32gb on board storage.. I got one from tmobile a couple days ago for 130$. This should be #1 imo

  • Shatski Man

    My advice to all of you! Do not buy LG LEON, I got this phone when I switched to Metro PCS with rebate promotion, basically for free. It is the slowest phone I ever had I would not pay for it a penny. The only good thing is that I got it for free.