How to Activate a Cell Phone or SIM Card

Overview

Learn how to activate a cell phone or SIM card on Republic Wireless, whether you are a new member or an existing member.

Initial Setup

Your phone will automatically guide you through a set of initial setup steps the first time you turn it on. During these initial setup steps, you’ll be walked through connecting to a WiFi network, creating or signing into your Google account, and configuring other settings on your phone.


Activation Instructions for Republic Wireless 3.0 Phones

Once you’ve completed the initial setup and are on the phone's home screen, follow the instructions below to activate your phone on the Republic Wireless network.

  1. Install your SIM Card
  2. Turn the phone on
  3. Connect to a WiFi network
  4. Open the app drawer
  5. Tap the Play Store app
  6. Search for Republic Wireless
  7. Tap the Republic app
  8. Tap Update or Install
  9. After the installation or update completes, tap Open
  10. Wait for the activation screen to appear (may take up to 30 seconds)
  11. Tap Get Activated
  12. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete your activation
 Important Note
  • If you’re an existing member, you’ll be able to choose whether you’d like to move your current number to your new phone or if you’d like to add a new number. 
  • If you’re a new member, you’ll be able to create a Republic Wireless account during the activation process.
  • When logging in to your Republic Wireless account, you must log in as the account owner. Account users cannot go through the activation process.

Topic-Specific Activation Instructions

Click below on the term that best describes your situation:

How to Activate a Cell PhoneHow to Activate a New SIM Card
I'm Activating on a New Account

1.  Activate a 3.0 Cell Phone (What's a 3.0 cell phone?)

When to use:

  • If you're activating a 3.0 cell phone purchased from Republic Wireless on a new account
  • If you're activating a 3.0 cell phone purchased from a third party on a new account

2.   Activate a CDMA-Compatible BYOP onto the CDMA Network

When to use:


3.  Activate a 1.0 or 2.0 Cell Phone

When to use:

I'm Activating on an Existing Account

1.  How to Change Phones and Keep Your Number

When to use:

  • If you're activating a replacement phone 
  • If you're activating a new or used phone while keeping your same phone number and same service

2. How to Activate a New Line on an Existing Account

When to use:

  • If you're activating a new line of service with a new phone number on an existing account

3. How to Replace a CDMA 3.0 Phone with a BYOP Phone

When to use:

  • If you're activating a replacement phone that was on the CDMA network with a phone you bought form a third party that is also compatible with the CDMA network

4. Activate a 1.0 or 2.0 Cell Phone and Keep Your Number

When to use:


5. Activate a 1.0 or 2.0 Cell Phone with a New Number

When to use:

 


Additional Notes

We recommend you update your phones software prior to activating

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