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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 recently 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 S20 series

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra back at angle

Samsung’s latest and greatest smartphones obviously sit at the top of this list of the best T-Mobile prepaid 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 rear and the beautiful displays on all three devices span across nearly the entire face of the phone — only an incredibly small display cutout remains to make room for the selfie camera.

More: The best Samsung phones you can find

Inside, you have the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. That processor (along with its modem) will allow the Galaxy S20 series to connect to ultra-fast 5G networks. T-Mobile has also made the odd move of dropping both the S20 Plus and S20 Ultra from its network, but you can still grab the original Galaxy S20.

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 at a reasonable price.

The bottom line here is that if you’ve got the cash, the Galaxy S20 series are some of the best T-Mobile prepaid phones you can get. Hit one of the buttons below to grab one.


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 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

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

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip folded on bench 2

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 8T Plus

OnePlus 8T front hero shot - T-Mobile prepaid phones

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 of 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 8 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.55-inch, Full HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 2, 16, and 48MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 10

5. LG V60 ThinQ

LG V60 back against chair

The LG V60 is perhaps the best V series phone to reach the market in years. This too-huge phone has great battery life, a refreshed design, a flexible camera arrangement, and a headphone jack. This makes it one of the best T-Mobile prepaid phones available.

Related: The best LG phones you can buy

No phone is perfect, and we are not fans of the LG V60’s camera, display, and software, but it has a great price that is hundreds of dollars lower than the competition. And if you are into cool dual-screen experiences, you can get the bundle with the Dual Screen case for $50 more.


LG V60 ThinQ 5G specs:

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

6. 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.

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. LG Velvet

LG Velvet back standing up

The LG Velvet marked a change for the OEM when it first launched — gone was the G series and LG had chosen a stylish design to take its place. From the iridescent finishes to the camera array, the Velvet is something completely different for LG.

While the overall performance may not blow you away, the Velvet is probably one of the best looking prepaid T-Mobile phones you can get. David Imel called it one of the thinnest phones he’s used over the course of his review, and he gave the display top marks. After all, the Velvet is working with a huge 6.8-inch Full HD+ screen with an optical in-display fingerprint reader.

As for the internals, LG grabbed a Snapdragon 765G chipset backed up by 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The fast-charging 4,3000mAh battery is nice to see, even if it’s not the longest-lasting unit around. Overall, the LG Velvet is a stylish, affordable phone that’s ready for the 5G future.


LG Velvet specs:

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

8. Google Pixel 4a 5G

Google Pixel 4a 5G back angled shot

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

iPhone SE review header - T-Mobile prepaid phones

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 E (2020)

Moto E 2020 - T-Mobile prepaid phones

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. Simply named the Motorola Moto E, this 2020 iteration comes with some great specs considering the phone’s MSRP stands at just $150. This makes it one of the best affordable T-Mobile prepaid phones. It’s not quite as fancy and powerful as the rest of the phones on this list, but at least it won’t make your wallet cry.

Next: The best Motorola phones you can find

The Moto E has a slightly smaller 6.2-inch 720p display, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, 2GB of RAM, and a 3,550mAh battery with 5W charging. The Moto E also comes with 32GB of onboard storage, expandable up to 512GB. Check out the rest of the specs below to see if the sacrifices are worth the savings.


Motorola Moto E specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 632
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Cameras: 2 and 13MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 3,550mAh
  • Software: Android 10