Cellular Carriers

You are here:

The Sunbeam F1 is unlocked, which means that it will work with any compatible carrier.
(Not all carriers are compatible. See compatible carriers below.)
For example, many users purchase the phone from us, but use it with their existing Verizon plan – which is a great choice, as the Sunbeam F1 works well on the Verizon network. 

The F1 is not compatible with most cellular carriers in Europe, Israel, or Australia.

USA

Verizon

The F1 works really well on Verizon. The antenna was finely tuned with Verizon’s network in mind, so the signal/reception is really good and tends to be as good as, or better than, most other flip phones. The F1 also works with Verizon’s Visual Voicemail system, which syncs your voicemail to your phone in a nice list format that is very fast to review. If you have an active Verizon SIM card, just pop it into the Sunbeam F1 and you are ready to go! If you’re just now moving to Verizon, or need a new phone line, you will need to work with Verizon to port-in or set up the new line, but there’s no technical problem as the F1 is certified for the Verizon network.

AT&T

The F1 works well on AT&T. The F1 supports the main AT&T bands. Please note that the F1 does not sync with the AT&T Visual Voicemail server yet.

T-Mobile

The F1 works well on T-Mobile. It’s missing T-Mobile’s B71, so it’s not a perfect match. However, depending on your area, you might get along with the F1 just fine on T-Mobile, as there are plenty of other T-Mobile bands that the F1 supports. It does work with T-Mobile’s Visual Voicemail system, which is nice.

Note: If you have been a Sprint customer and have recently received a T-Mobile SIM card, but the billing account is still handled by Sprint, you will need to have your old Sprint account “merged” to T-Mobile. Until this occurs, the T-Mobile SIM card will not work. We’re not sure why this impacts the service plan, but it does. The solution is to contact the Sprint/T-Mobile “Merging Support Desk” and have your Sprint account merged into T-Mobile. Until that happens, the phone will not work, even with the T-Mobile SIM card.

Bluegrass Wireless

The F1 works on Bluegrass, but you have to request them to enable “VoLTE” on the line.

Cricket

The F1 currently does not activate with Cricket.

Visible

The F1 currently does not work with Visible.

Red Pocket

May require some adjustments to get working.

Verizon MVNOs (eg. PagePlus, US Mobile, Affinity Cellular, or TracFone)

The F1 works well with these, no configuration needed on the phone.

AT&T MVNOs (eg. Consumer Cellular or H2O)

The F1 works well on these, you just need to select their APN in the APN settings list for MMS and Data to work. (Settings > Connectivity > Mobile Network > Access Point Names).

T-Mobile MVNOs (eg. Mint Mobile, Tello)

The F1 works well on these, you just need to select their APN in the APN settings list for MMS and Data to work. (Settings > Connectivity > Mobile Network > Access Point Names).

Appalachian Wireless

The F1 currently does not work on Appalachian Wireless.

Sprint

The F1 does not support any of the Sprint bands and will not work with Sprint at all.

Note: If you have been a Sprint customer and have recently received a T-Mobile SIM card, but the billing account is still handled by Sprint, you will need to have your old Sprint account “merged” to T-Mobile. Until this occurs, the T-Mobile SIM card will not work. We’re not sure why this impacts the service plan, but it does. The solution is to contact the Sprint/T-Mobile “Merging Support Desk” and have your Sprint account merged into T-Mobile. Until that happens, the phone will not work, even with the T-Mobile SIM card.

Ting

Yes. Both the Ting V1 and/or X3 SIM cards.

Total Wireless

Yes. But one customer tells us that he had to change the APN name to “TRACFONE.VZWENTP” in order for it to function.

Google Fi

We have not tested the phone with Google Fi. If you’re connecting to CDMA, the phone will not work. But we have had some users report that their phone worked with Google Fi.

US Cellular

At this time the F1 does not work with US Cellular.
(Maybe when they enable VoLTE on their network, not sure yet).

Canada

Koodoo

The F1 works well on Koodoo.

Bell

This needs more testing.

Rogers

The F1 works well on Rogers.

Fido

The F1 works well on Fido.

Virgin

The F1 works well on Virgin.

Telus

The F1 works well on Telus.

Was this article helpful?
Dislike 0 0 of 0 found this article helpful.
Previous: How do I enable Call Forwarding?
Next: How do I pair my old phone to my Sunbeam F1 phone via Bluetooth?