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While it’s not solely a prepaid carrier, T-Mobile offers great network coverage and low price points. It’s a great choice for people looking to get an off-contract smartphone, so you might be wondering: what are the best T-Mobile prepaid phones available?

T-Mobile expanded its prepaid device lineup to include nearly all of its best flagships. The only caveat here is that your prepaid plan must be more than $40-per-month to be eligible for prepaid device pricing.

Without any further ado, here are the best T-Mobile prepaid phones you can buy right now directly from the carrier.

Also: These are the best T-Mobile prepaid plans

The best T-Mobile prepaid phones:

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


1. Samsung Galaxy S21 series

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Samsung’s most popular line is back this 2021 with some of the most amazing devices we’ll see this year. Samsung’s January Unpacked event gave us the Galaxy S21 series. You get everything you would expect from the series, and then some if you look at the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

More: The best Samsung phones you can find

The Samsung Galaxy S21 is the most affordable one, followed by the Galaxy S21 Plus, and finally the S21 Ultra. Aside from the display and battery sizes, there isn’t much of a difference between the S21 and the S21 Plus.

Only the S21 Ultra stands out from the pack. It has an impressive camera set-up and support for Samsung’s S-Pen stylus. However, all three come with the same Snapdragon 888 processor, so you don’t have to worry about performance.


Samsung Galaxy S21 specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: SD 888 or Exynos 2100
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 64MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • Chipset: SD 888 or Exynos 2100
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 64MP
  • Front cameras: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,800mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, QHD+
  • Chipset: SD 888 or Exynos 2100
  • RAM: 12 or 16GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 10, 10, and 108MP
  • Front cameras: 40MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

2. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra right rear profile

The Samsung Galaxy S lineup may be more popular, but more demanding Samsung fans will prefer the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 smartphones. These come with more powerful specs, a larger display, and an S Pen stylus that will turn your device into a much more productive tool. Prices start at $999, but the Note experience is seriously hard to beat, and these are some of the best T-Mobile prepaid phones.

This year we have two versions of the Note: the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. The most notable differences between the two phones are the display, construction, and cameras. There are some other differences, clearly (such as the slightly smaller battery in the Galaxy Note 20), but otherwise the devices are pretty similar.

The Note 20 has a plastic body and a flat display, while the Note 20 Ultra comes with a metal/glass construction and a curved edge screen. Check the specs below to see the differences in more detail.


Samsung Galaxy Note 20 specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865 Plus
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 64MP
  • 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: 12, 12, and 108MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

3. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G

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In the battle of the foldable screen phones, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is definitely a top contender. The only real competition is the Moto Razr, and many claim Samsung’s device to be more powerful and better of the two.

More: The best foldable phones with flexible displays

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is for those who want something different. And Magenta happens to offer the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G, a version that is slightly better. It is definitely one of the best T-Mobile prepaid phones around.

The main difference between the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip and Z Flip 5G is that the latter has a newer Snapdragon 865 Plus processor. Another obvious upgrade is 5G connectivity.


Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865 Plus
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 3,300mAh
  • Software: Android 10

4. OnePlus 9 Pro 5G

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The OnePlus 8 series was a hit, and this time around the manufacturer is taking things up a notch with the OnePlus 9 line-up. Specifically, the OnePlus 9 Pro is a substantial upgrade, featuring all the capabilities and specs we saw in the OnePlus 8 Pro, and then some.

Improvements include more modern powerful specs, of course, but the fun doesn’t end there. There’s also 50W wireless charging, which is a significant upgrade over last year’s 30W. The camera also got some substantial enhancements. OnePlus has partnered with all-time photography icon Hasselblad. This partnership helps to create the best camera experience on one of its phones yet.


OnePlus 9 Pro 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, QHD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 50, 48, 8, and 48MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

5. LG Wing 5G

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We’ve seen plenty of foldable phones, but LG has something we haven’t seen before. The top section of the LG Wing folds up to form a “T” shaped screen configuration made of a couple of panels. It’s a great attempt at something new, but it’s still a first of a kind (and it might be the last).

Related: The best LG phones you can buy

The device isn’t the most powerful, but it’s plenty fast for most, considering it has a Snapdragon 765G processor and 8GB of RAM. Weight is on the heavier side and the cameras aren’t great either. We also wish the battery was a little larger, especially considering you might be running two screens simultaneously a lot of the time. Regardless, the experience the dual-screen set-up provides is very unique.


LG Wing 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch QHD+ and 3.9-inch FHD
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 13, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

6. Apple iPhone 12 series

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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.

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 prepaid phones, as well as some of the most popular devices in the industry.


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

7. OnePlus Nord N10

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The affordable mid-end smartphone market was all the rage in 2020. Of course, OnePlus couldn’t be left behind, so they came up with the OnePlus Nord N10 and N100. The N10 is a bit more expensive considering its $300 MSRP, and we believe it’s the best bang for your buck out of the two Nords.

The OnePlus Nord N10 features a Snapdragon 690 processor and 6GB of RAM. This means it won’t be a power house, but it can handle most casual tasks just fine. You also get a pretty nice, large screen and plenty of battery. It also features 5G compatibility and a healthy amount of cameras.


OnePlus Nord N10 specs:

  • Display: 6.49-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 690
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 10

8. Google Pixel 4a 5G

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The Google Pixel 4a 5G slots into the middle of the 2020 lineup and that makes it one of the best prepaid T-Mobile phones to consider. It takes the best features of the budget-friendly Pixel 4a and inches them ever-closer to the flagship Pixel 5.

See also: Pixel 4a 5G buyer’s guide

In fact, the Pixel 4a 5G is the largest of the three at 6.2-inches, and it borrows the dual rear camera array from its more expensive sibling. It also matches the Pixel 5 in terms of a 5G-ready Snapdragon 765G chip, but it’s all about value after that. The Pixel 4a 5G is made of plastic like the Pixel 4a, which means no wireless charging to be found. Also like the Pixel 4a, the 5G version keeps the headphone jack, which we’ll never complain about.

All in all, the Google Pixel 4a 5G is a great buy if you want stock Android and Google’s excellent camera but you don’t want to spend too much money.


Google Pixel 4a 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12.2 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,885mAh
  • Software: Android 11

9. Apple iPhone SE

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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 on T-Mobile’s prepaid website yet, but the iPhone SE is available for purchase right now, and it’s easily one of the best T-Mobile prepaid phones to buy if you are on a budget.

Also: Which is the best iPhone for your needs?

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 see 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

10. Motorola Moto G Play

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Motorola is known for making great super affordable handsets: Moto G and Moto E series have been known to keep casual users happy and bank accounts healthy. The Moto G Play is the lowest-priced phone in this list of the best T-Mobile prepaid phones. And while it won’t be getting even close to the high-end options, it definitely offers a ton of bang for your buck.

Next: The best Motorola phones you can find

There’s much to be loved about the Moto G Play. For starters, it has a massive 5,000mAh battery that should last a while. This is great considering you also get a nice, large, 6.5-inch screen that will be great for consuming content.


Motorola Moto G Play specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 460
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Cameras: 2 and 13MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10