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    Compatible Cellular Carriers

    Pinwheel phones are designed to be easily managed by parents, with a built-in operating system made specifically for the purpose.

     

    FREEDOM TO CHOOSE
    Pinwheel is NOT a cellular service provider. We choose phones which are compatible with many carriers. You have the freedom to choose your best plan and network coverage!

     

    GSM NETWORKS or VERIZON CDMA

    The Regular Slim and Rugged phones are compatible with most GSM cellular service providers. The Slim also comes in a version compatible with Verizon's CDMA network.

     

    UNLOCKED DEVICES

    Our phones are "unlocked devices" — which means you can sign up for a plan and get a SIM card from your choice of carrier to fully activate your Pinwheel phone.

    KNOWN CARRIER COMPATIBILITY

    Here's a known list of carriers that work (and don't work) with Pinwheel.

    Does NOT Work

    • Tello
    • Access Wireless
    • Sprint (it still does not work after the merge, more on that here)
    • Gabb
    • Xfinity Mobile
    • Boost Mobile
    • AT&T (Unclear. Should be compatible. Activation currently difficult for all customers with any unlocked device.)

    Works with Pinwheel

    • Mint Mobile
    • FreedomPop
    • T-Mobile
    • TracFone
    • Copper Valley Telecom
    • Consumer Cellular
    • MetroPCS
    • Red Pocket
    • Ting Mobile
    • Verizon (requires the Verizon-version of the Slim!)

    NOTES:

    1. If your carrier is not on this list, it's because we don't have extensive testing. It does not mean it doesn't work on your network.
    2. If your carrier does work and is not on this list, let us know and we will add it to help future customers, thanks!

    COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT CELLULAR SERVICE

    Can I port my Gabb number?

    Yes. Porting a number is a legal right. Many of our customers port their number to their new plan for Pinwheel.

     

    Does a cellular provider change how Pinwheel works?

    Nope! Safelist, modes, apps, and everything else are governed by Pinwheel. A cellular provider is just the number, SIM card, and service area/plan. NOTE: Some carriers have a "kid plan" — those often have more limitations than Pinwheel and cause conflicts. We recommend a regular line!

     

    Can I use a prepaid service like Mint Mobile?

    Yes, any GSM cellular service! See the list above.

    Ready to make you AND your kid happy?