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T-Mobile is the third-largest wireless carrier in the United States. It offers a wide selection of smartphones from various OEMs all with different capabilities and price points. Since there are so many to choose from, it can be difficult to figure out which are the best T-Mobile phones available.

Luckily, we’ve got you covered. You’ll find our roundup of the best T-Mobile phones you can currently get in different categories (flagship, cheap…) below. We’ll also discuss the possibility of bringing your own phone to the network and briefly go over the best plans the carrier has on offer. Let’s get started.

The best T-Mobile phones:

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best T-Mobile phones regularly as new devices launch.


1. Samsung Galaxy S20 series — flagship

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Samsung’s Galaxy S20 devices obviously sit at the top of this list of the best T-Mobile phones. While the Galaxy S series has long defined the very best of Android, that quality now comes at a huge price: the cheapest model in the Galaxy S20 family has an MSRP of $1,000. Still, you get quite a lot for that price. Every phone has at least three cameras on the back and comes with a vibrant display with minimal bezels surrounding it.

The phones are powered by the Snapdragon 865 chipset in the US, and all three can connect to T-Mobile’s 5G network. However, only the Plus and Ultra models support the mmWave spectrum. You also get an IP68 rating, wireless charging, and an in-display fingerprint scanner regardless of which of the three phones you go for. But you don’t get a headphone jack, making this the first Galaxy S series to drop it.

Additionally, Samsung has recently released a newer Galaxy S20 FE 5G. It has a slightly larger display than the regular S20, albeit with a lower resolution. It also has a larger battery and weaker cameras. Overall, it’s a great phone with a reasonable price.


Samsung Galaxy S20 specs:

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

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, QHD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.9-inch, QHD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 12/16GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 108, 48, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 40MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

2. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series — flagship

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The Samsung Galaxy S lineup may be more popular, but more demanding Samsung fans will prefer the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 smartphones. They come with more powerful specs and an S Pen stylus that turns your device into a productivity machine.

Also: These are the best Samsung phones

We have two versions of the Note this year: the Note 20 and the 20 Ultra. The most notable differences between the two phones are the displays, construction, and cameras. The Ultra model has a larger screen with a higher resolution and refresh rate, better rear cameras, and a larger battery. It also feels more premium in the hand thanks to its glass and metal construction. The rear panel of the regular Note 20, on the other hand, is made of what Samsung calls glasstic — a plastic material with a glass-like paint job.


Samsung Galaxy Note 20 specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865 Plus
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra specs:

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

3. Apple iPhone 12 series — flagship

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You may be on an Android site, but there’s no denying that the new iPhone 12 series is 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.

Related: Which is the right iPhone for you?

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.

These are definitely some of the best T-Mobile phones, as well as some of the most popular devices in the industry. And although the iPhone 12 Mini doesn’t seem like a proper flagship with its relatively small display and offers less than the iPhone 12 Pro Max, it’s still a high-end devices thanks to Apple’s A14 Bionic chipset and others features including Face ID.


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

4. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G — flagship

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The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 sees great improvements over the first generation’s folding screen device. It is an outstanding piece of hardware that also gets the software experience just right. Samsung made all the needed changes to its premiere folding phone and solidified the idea that a phone can also be a tablet.

More: The best foldable phones

For starters, the device now has smaller bezels around the front display. The refreshed hinge design is smoother and more useful thanks to its ability to hold any position. Samsung traded in plastic for glass for the main display and the difference is palpable. The upgraded metals and glass also go a long way to legitimizing the phone. There’s no getting around its size, and it will take people some time to get used to the idea of opening it to use the tablet-sized display, but the hardware is there.

Specs are also top-notch, but just keep in mind this is a very expensive phone. You really need to find enough benefit to the folding screen to justify paying around $2,000.


Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G specs:

  • Display: 7.6-inch, front, 6.23-inch cover
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865 Plus
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP
  • Front cameras: 10 and 10MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

5. LG V60 ThinQ 5G — flagship

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The LG V60 is perhaps the best V series phone to reach the market in years. It offers great battery life, a refreshed design, and a headphone jack. The handset is powered by the Snapdragon 865 chipset and supports expandable storage as well as wireless charging. It also comes with an IP68 rating. All these things combined make it one of the best T-Mobile phones you can get.

Related: The best LG phones you can buy

No phone is perfect, and we are not fans of the V60’s camera and software, but it has a great price that is hundreds of dollars lower than the competition. You can get the phone with or without the dual-screen accessory, which provides additional screen real estate for multitasking.


LG V60 ThinQ 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, Full HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64 and 13MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

6. OnePlus 8T Plus 5G — flagship

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The OnePlus 8T is a great device, and T-Mobile has an even better offering. The OnePlus 8T Plus has an even weirder name, but it also comes with a couple enticing upgrades, including an IP68 rating and wider 5G coverage.

The device is otherwise the same OnePlus 8T we already know. That’s not necessarily a bad thing between the 120Hz OLED screen, Snapdragon 865 chip, and superb battery life, although it also leaves you with the same mediocre cameras as the earlier OnePlus 8. The 8T is a spec bump to keep the 8 relevant, and the Plus doesn’t change that formula.


OnePlus 8T Plus 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.55-inch, Full HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 2, 5, 16, and 48MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

7. Samsung A71 5G — mid-range

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The Samsung Galaxy A71 5G is a great mid-range device that competes well with others in its class. It offers an excellent screen with solid battery life and speedy performance. It also supports 5G.

The phone has a great build quality and comes with a headphone jack, which is missing on both the more expensive Galaxy S20 and Note 20 series. It’s powered by the Snapdragon 765G that offers similar performance as the older Snapdragon 845 chipset, which is more than good enough for most people. There are four cameras at the back that are quite good, although we’d prefer if Samsung skipped the macro lens and went with a telephoto instead.

All these things combined make the Galaxy A71 5G one of the best phones you can get from T-Mobile. But although it’s a lot more affordable than Samsung’s high-end offerings, it still isn’t exactly cheap.


Samsung Galaxy A71 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 5, 5, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

8. Apple iPhone SE — mid-range

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Budget premium phones are all the hype in 2020, with the Pixel 4a and iPhone SE offering amazing quality at very accessible price points. The Pixel 4a isn’t in the carrier’s lineup yet, but the iPhone SE is available for purchase right now, and it’s easily one of the best T-Mobile phones to buy if you are on a budget.

The iPhone SE offers the Apple promise at about $400. It includes the familiar glass and metal design we saw on the iPhone 8 and has a very competitive camera. Users will also love that Apple didn’t skimp out on the processor, as the iPhone SE uses the same Apple A13 Bionic processor we saw in iPhone 11 handsets. Other benefits over the Pixel 4a include wireless charging and an IP67 rating, two features the Google budget phone lacks.


Apple iPhone SE specs:

  • Display: 4.7-inch, 1,334 x 750
  • SoC: Apple A13 Bionic
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12MP
  • Front camera: 7MP
  • Battery: 1,821mAh
  • Software: iOS 13

9. LG Velvet — mid-range

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The LG Velvet isn’t the most powerful phone on the market, but its Snapdragon 765G chipset should be enough to keep most users happy. It also comes with a great display. But what really has everyone going is the phone’s design. The device is flashy and fashion-forward. It’s great for those who don’t need the best performance but would like a great-looking handset.

Also read: LG Velvet review

The LG Velvet supports 5G and is MIL-STD-810G compliant. It also features an IP68 rating, which not a lot of mid-rangers have. Then there’s the microSD card slot, a headphone jack, and wireless charging.


LG Velvet specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 10

10. Samsung Galaxy A21 — cheap T-Mobile phone

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If you’re on a budget and don’t demand a lot from your phone, the Galaxy A21 might be up your alley. Its specs won’t blow your socks off, but the handset still has more than enough power for everyday tasks like browsing the web, watching videos, and checking social media.

The screen of the device is quite large, coming in at 6.5 inches, but it only has HD+ resolution. There are four cameras at the back that get the job done, just don’t expect the world from them — especially in low-light situations. Other specs and features include 32GB of storage, a 4,000mAh battery, and Android 10 with Samsung’s One UI on top.

The phone is also equipped with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, supports expandable storage, and has a headphone jack.


Samsung Galaxy A21 specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, HD+
  • SoC: Mediatek Helio P35
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Cameras: 16, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 13MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

11. LG Stylo 6 — cheap T-Mobile phone

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If you want a phone with a massive display and a stylus but can’t afford a Galaxy Note device, the Stylo 6 is for you. The handset comes with a 6.8-inch display, Mediatek’s Helio P35 chipset, and a 4,000mAh battery. The stylus isn’t nearly as feature-packed as the one you get with the Note 20, but it gets the job done.

Read next: MediaTek chip guide

Other specs and features of the Stylo 6 include a triple-camera setup at the back, expandable storage, and a headphone jack. The phone runs Android 10 and has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.


LG Stylo 6 specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Mediatek Helio P35
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: 13, 5, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 13MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

12. Samsung Galaxy A11 — cheap T-Mobile phone

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The last Samsung device on our list of the best T-Mobile phones is the Galaxy A11. It offers less than the A21 listed above, but it does come in cheaper.

You get a 6.4-inch HD+ punch-hole display that’s surrounded by thin bezels for a modern look and feel. The Snapdragon 450 chipset that’s under the hood won’t break any benchmark records, but it’s still more than capable for basic day-to-day tasks. There’s also a microSD card slot on board, a headphone jack, and a fingerprint scanner that’s located at the back.


Sasmung Galaxy A11 specs:

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

What about basic/flip T-Mobile phones?

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T-Mobile’s selection of basic and flip phones is bad, as the carrier only has one model on offer at the moment. It’s a flip phone from Alcatel called the Go Flip 3, which is cheap at just $100 and good for calling and texting.

It has two displays and large buttons that make the phone a great choice for elderly people. It also has a basic camera onboard and, believe it or not, Google Assistant. You can learn more about the phone and purchase it via the button below.

If you don’t like the Alcatel Go Flip 3 but still want a basic or a flip phone, the best thing to do is to buy an unlocked device from a retailer like Amazon and then bring it to T-Mobile’s network. There are plenty of great options available, some of which you can check out in our dedicated post by clicking here.


T-Mobile prepaid phones

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Prepaid phones are usually bought off-contract, which means you can’t get them on an installment plan and have to pay for them up-front.

Unlike with some other carriers, like Verizon, T-Mobile’s selection of prepaid phones is more or less the same as their selection of phones available with postpaid plans. There are some exceptions, but you should be able to get any of the phones listed above.

We have a dedicated post of the best T-Mobile prepaid phones, which also includes a few phones you won’t find on this list.


T-Mobile phones vs. unlocked phones

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T-Mobile lets you bring your own device to its network, so you don’t have to buy a phone from the carrier. When deciding which of the two options to choose, you have to keep the pros and cons in mind.

Getting a phone from T-Mobile means you don’t have to pay for it up-front, which is a big plus. You only pay a portion of the cost right away and then pay off the rest over a period of time. When it comes to unlocked phones, things are usually different, as you have to pay for the device in full at the time of purchase.

Read next: The best unlocked phones to get

You also have to take deals into account. T-Mobile often offers great deals that will save you quite a bit of money. Carriers are known for their BOGO deals, which get you two phones for the price of one. You usually won’t find a deal like this for an unlocked phone.

Then there’s support, which is another advantage of T-Mobile phones. If you need help with your device, you can just go down to your local carrier shop to get help in person. No need to call tech support and wait for 30 minutes to talk to someone, as is usually the case.

Also, if you get a carrier device, you can be certain that it is specifically configured to work well on the carrier’s network. So if you buy a T-Mobile phone, you can be sure that it will work well on T-Mobile’s network and that you’ll be able to take advantage of all the features you would expect.

T-Mobile phones are locked to the carrier's network.

When it comes to drawbacks, the biggest one is that a phone bought from T-Mobile will be locked for a certain period, meaning you won’t be able to use it on a different carrier. A device on a postpaid account has to be used for at least 40 days on your line of service before you can request an unlock. It also has to be paid off in full. If you have a prepaid device, you may have to wait for up to a year before you’ll be able to unlock it.

If you buy an unlocked phone, on the other hand, you can usually take it to just about any carrier and switch between them as you please. You have much more freedom.

T-Mobile phones may also come with a lot of additional apps (bloatware) you don’t get on unlocked phones. The selection of phones can be limited as well, as not every popular phone is sold by the carrier. For example, T-Mobile sells the Pixel 3a series, but not the Pixel 4a. At least for now. It also sells the OnePlus 8, but it does not offer the Pro model. So if you want a specific handset that T-Mobile doesn’t sell, getting it unlocked is the only way to go.


Don’t forget to pick a plan

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Your job isn’t finished when you select your T-Mobile phone. The next step is to opt for one of the many plans the carrier offers. Regardless of what your wants and needs are, T-Mobile likely has you covered.

You can check out a few of the carrier’s postpaid plans in the table below. But if you want to learn more, you should check out our post listing all the T-Mobile plans available in detail, along with how they compare with the competition. Alternatively, you can also read our dedicated best T-Mobile prepaid plans.

 EssentialsMagentaMagenta Plus
CostPrices per line:

$60 for one line
$45 for two lines
$35 for three lines
$30 for four lines
$27 for five lines
Prices per line:

$70 for one line
$60 for two lines
$40 for three lines
$35 for four lines
$32 for five lines
Prices per line:

$85 for one line
$70 for two lines
$47 for three lines
$43 for four lines
$40 for five lines
Unlimited Talk & TextYesYesYes
Unlimited 4G DataMight slow down during congestion.YesYes
5G data includedYesYesYes
Mobile HotspotUnlimited 3G3GB of 4G LTE, then unlimited 3G20GB of 4G LTE, then unlimited 3G
Netflix perk?NoNetflix Basic, one SD screenNetflix Standard, two HD screens
55 Plus PlanYesYesYes
Military PlanNoYesYes
First Responder PlanNoYesYes

Frequently asked questions

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Q: Is my T-Mobile phone unlocked?
A: No, it’s not. The phone you bought from T-Mobile is locked to the carrier’s network.

Q: How to unlock a T-Mobile phone?
A: To unlock a T-Mobile phone for use with another network, you have to meet certain requirements. These include having an account in good standing and a device that has been active on the network for at least 40 days for postpaid accounts. Additionally, the device has to be paid off in full. For more specific instructions, head over to T-Mobile’s website.

Q: Does T-Mobile have a 5G network?
A: Yes, of course it does. The carrier claims to have better 5G coverage than AT&T and Verizon combined. You can learn more about T-Mobile’s 5G tech at the link.

Q: Does T-Mobile own Sprint?
A: Yes, T-Mobile and Sprint have merged, and the Sprint brand has been killed off.

Q: Is T-Mobile a GSM or CDMA carrier?
A: T-Mobile has always been a GSM carrier, while Sprint used CDMA. Since the two companies merged, T-Mobile supports both standards for now, although the CDMA network will be phased out over time.