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Founded in 2009, Simple Mobile is a US prepaid carrier operating on T-Mobile’s network. It doesn’t have as large of a customer base as T-Mobile, but the company has managed to activate a few million subscribers so far. As with other carriers, Simple Mobile lets you activate your own phone on its network. However, the carrier sells plenty of handsets. We’ve rounded up the best Simple Mobile phones you can buy to save you some time.

Now, we’re going to be honest, there are a lot of cheap Simple Mobile phones out there, but most of them aren’t worth the asking price. That’s why we’ve chosen to focus mostly on their more premium offerings. If you want a cheap phone, you’re probably better off looking at unlocked options.

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The best Simple Mobile phones:

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best Simple Mobile phones regularly as new devices launch.


1. Samsung Galaxy S21 5G

Samsung Galaxy S21 in front of box

Simple Mobile isn’t offering the full line-up of Samsung’s latest phones, but they have the Galaxy S21 5G available. This is still a great phone and it’s all but guaranteed to be one of the most popular devices of the year.

The device comes with powerful specs, a gorgeous design, and a trio of cameras that will grant you plenty of versatility when shooting in different scenarios. You definitely won’t regret getting this one, as it’s easily among the best Simple Mobile phones. It’s not exactly cheap, but we’ve definitely seen high-end phones go for much more!


Samsung Galaxy S20 specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

2. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra rear panels

The Galaxy S series has always been the most popular, but those who require more power know the true flagships are the Notes. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series includes the Note 20 and the Note 20 Ultra.

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These handsets come with much larger screens, class-leading specs, and an included stylus pen that will take productivity to whole new levels. They also come with great cameras and large batteries that can handle all your adventures. Not to mention they’re gorgeously designed smartphones.


Samsung Galaxy Note 20 specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: SD 865 Plus/Exynos 990
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.9-inch, Quad HD+
  • SoC: SD 865 Plus/Exynos 990
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 108, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

3. Samsung Galaxy S20 series

Samsung Galaxy S20 Blue back

If you’re looking to save a little or the lonely Galaxy S21 is simply not enough, you have another bevy of options: the Samsung Galaxy S20 family. This includes the Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus, and Galaxy S20 Ultra. Along with different sizes and price points, there are some other key differences between the three. But all of them are worth taking a closer look at before you make a final decision.

There are some common features these Simple Mobile phones share as well. All three are powered by the same processor, come with Android 10 on board with Samsung’s One UI skin, and feature dust and water resistance. Their dynamic 2x AMOLED screens are among the best in the industry, and all three devices have the same resolution, but in different sizes.

The few difference are in the battery, cameras, and obviously the size. But despite their few variations, the Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra are all impressive devices with high-end specs and a great design.


Samsung Galaxy S20 specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, and 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.9-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 12/16GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB
  • Cameras: 108, 48, and 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 40MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

4. Apple iPhone 12 series

iPhone 12 Mini back of phone in front of neon

You may be on an Android site, but there’s no denying that the new iPhone 12 series are a great bunch. These phones find a sweet spot that nicely balances performance and usability, but all of them come with stunning cameras, incredible performance, and an amazing ecosystem of apps and accessories.

iOS isn’t to everyone’s taste and does require a few compromises when it comes to file management and customization. But there is no denying the quality of many of the apps available. Editing video on your mobile device is fiddly but doable thanks to the insanely performant processors, and games fair extremely well.

There’s an iPhone 12 for everyone now that the flagship line has grown to four, and Simple gives you the pick of the litter. From the pocket-friendly iPhone 12 Mini to the monstrous iPhone 12 Pro Max, it’s all up to you. No matter what, you’re getting Apple’s A14 Bionic chip and a top-notch camera setup. You’ll just have to decide how much RAM and battery life you’re looking for.


Apple iPhone 12 Mini specs:

  • Display: 5.4-inch, 2,340 x 1,080
  • SoC: Apple A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 2,227mAh
  • Software: iOS 14.1

Apple iPhone 12 specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, 2,532 x 1,170
  • SoC: Apple A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 2,815mAh
  • Software: iOS 14.1

Apple iPhone 12 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, 2,532 x 1,170
  • SoC: Apple A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 2,815mAh
  • Software: iOS 14.1

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, 2,778 x 1,284
  • SoC: Apple A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 3,687mAh
  • Software: iOS 14.1

5. Apple iPhone SE (2020)

iPhone SE back straight on - Simple Mobile phones

Do you want a high-end processor from Apple inside your next iPhone but don’t want to spend tons of money? Then check out the 2020 edition of the Apple iPhone SE. You are getting the same A13 Bionic processor found in the iPhone 11 models in this phone, but you will only have to pay $349.99 to get it from Simple Mobile.

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The catch is that you will be getting a much smaller 4.7-inch phone, without a 1080p display. You will also get a single 12MP rear camera and a 7MP front-facing camera, along with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. There’s also a tiny 1,821mAh battery, but on the plus side, it does support wireless charging. It’s still one of the best Simple Mobile phones you can get for a much lower price than the more expensive flagships.


Apple iPhone SE 2020 specs:

  • Display: 4.7-inch, 1,334 x 750
  • SoC: A13 Bionic
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Camera: 12MP
  • Front camera: 7MP
  • Battery: 1,821mAh
  • Software: iOS 13

6. Samsung Galaxy A50

Samsung Galaxy A50 front display in hand - Simple Mobile phones

If you’re in the market for a mid-range Android smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy A50 should be at the top of your list if you are looking at Simple Mobile phones. For about $300, you are getting a 6.4-inch display and an in-house Samsung Exynos 9610 processor. You also get a big 4,000mAh battery with this phone.

The big feature of this handset is its cameras. You are getting three rear sensors: a main 26MP camera, an ultrawide 8MP camera, and a 5MP sensor for collecting depth info. The front-facing camera also comes in at 25MP for taking some great selfie pictures. This is definitely one of the best Simple Mobile phones in its price range.


Samsung Galaxy A50 specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Exynos 9610
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: 25, 8, and 5 MP
  • Front camera: 25MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

7. Samsung Galaxy A11

Samsung Galaxy A11 Cricket phones

Samsung has plenty of great affordable options with great looking designs and enough powers to keep casual users happy. Needless to say, these phones will also cost much less than the company’s higher-end handsets, and the Samsung Galaxy A11 will surely keep your wallet healthy.

The thin and stylish design is accompanied by modest specs. These include a Snapdragon 450 processor and up to 3GB of RAM. The screen is pretty large at 6.4 inches, and while the definition isn’t amazing at 720p, it’s enough to comfortably consume media, especially considering the price.

It has a 4,000mAh battery, which should perform amazingly given the device’s specs aren’t very resource-intensive. Throw in a triple-camera setup and you have yourself a pretty sweet deal when it comes to Simple Mobile phones.


Samsung Galaxy A11 specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 450
  • RAM: 2/3GB
  • Storage: 32/64GB
  • Cameras: 13, 5, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

8. Bring your own phone

Google Pixel 4a in hand close to chest wide

You don’t have to stick to the phones sold by Simple Mobile. The MVNO carrier also accepts unlocked GSM and T-Mobile phones. They sell a SIM kit you can use to activate your phone, and it costs only $0.99.

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Additionally, if you find a great deal on a smartphone that saves you some cash over buying it directly from Simple Mobile, you can just bring that device with you.