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 T-Mobile prepaid Android phones.

Editor’s note – We will be updating this list as more devices hit the market.
Update, October 2016: We made no 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.


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.


  • 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


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.


  • 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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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:

Moto G4 Plus

The Moto G series has always been among the best bang for your buck smartphones around, and things remain the same with Motorola’s latest mid-ranger, the Moto G4 Plus. It has everything you’d want in an inexpensive smartphone: a big Full HD display, plenty of RAM and on-board storage, and also a great 16MP rear-facing camera. This G4 Plus model also comes with a fingerprint sensor, which is a first for the Moto G line.

The best part? It’s available for just $250 through Moto Maker, so you’ll be able to customize the colors, engraving on the back, greeting, and more.


  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 401ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor
  • 2/3/4GB of RAM
  • 16/32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • 16MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 153 x 76.6 x 9.8mm, 155g

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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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  • 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 …

      • Gordo

        actually the fastest is simply mobile

  • 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.

      • Gordo

        finally someone who gets it Alcatel is by far the best in regards to updates and high tech at a reasonable price

    • Gordo

      why because it’s outdated?

  • 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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    • Frank Bank

      not sure but I’d get a Nextbit

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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.

      • Cai

        Because band 12 reached out into less populated and rural areas.

        • Karly Johnston

          This was a year old and It still isn’t in my state and there are plenty of rural areas in it.

  • 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.

    • Gordo

      what do you expect then? it was free. don’t blame others for your mistakes

  • Cai

    If you have a premium Android and it cracks, you can take out the SIM and use one of T-Mobile’s cheap prepaid phones if you don’t have a spare or backup already. (Same for AT&T.)

    • Frank Bank

      if I break my Sim card can I use my T-Mobile phone on att sim card

  • Jose Rodriguez

    Android Authority makes zero sense here. They list 700+ plus phones from Samsung but ignore non better Samsung phones like the G5 or HTC 10 in favor of cheap Samsung? Looks like someone is getting paid to push a certain brand….

    • Gordo

      or paid not to

  • Gordo

    spend 400 less and get the aforementioned Alcatel