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.

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.


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

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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 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

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

When to use:


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

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Additional Notes

We recommend you Update the System Software on Phone prior to activating with the Republic Wireless service

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