Shopping T-Mobile’s prepaid plans? Get the best phone to match.
What’s awesome about T-Mobile’s prepaid plans is that you can shop their selection of phones or bring your own unlocked phone. We’re running down the best phones you can buy or bring to T-Mobile to use with its prepaid plans.
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge
Of course, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge top our list of the best T-Mobile prepaid phones. Samsung built on what was already outstanding about the Galaxy S6 and made it even better.
The camera is at the top of the Android phone game, especially when it comes to low-light shots and the Quad HD Super AMOLED displays on both phones show off your photography skills in crystal clarity, which makes video watching a vivid experience.
The battery life has been improved significantly so your phone will keep up with you, no matter how busy your day gets. Samsung still has a way to go with some of their software but overall its Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are tops.
Another contender in the great camera category is the LG G5. The two rear-facing cameras take excellent shots; one is the 16-megapixel main camera and the other is an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera, though the front facing camera still snaps terrific selfies.
The modular design from LG is unique and the removable battery is an added bonus. The 5.3-inch Quad HD quantum display is ideal for video viewing and game playing and the Snapdragon 820 processor is powerful and makes multitasking a breeze.
Added perk? You’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of LG’s Friends ecosystem, which is set to expand in the near future.
Want to learn more about the LG G5? Have a look at our review to get in the know.
If music is your soul food, you should get your hands on the HTC 10. The BoomSound Hi-Fi set up gives you a front-facing tweeter and a bottom-facing woofer, each with a dedicated amp and the headphone jack has a dedicated amp that makes earphone listening an impressive and powerful experience.
The HTC 10 is powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of RAM and also supports adoptable storage, which lets you mount your microSD card as a permanent part of your phone.
The 5.2-inch SuperLCD5 screen is well laid-out but a bit challenging in bright, outdoor light. The phone features a fingerprint scanner that doubles as a home button, but watch for the back and recent apps keys surrounding the home button; their order is in reverse compared to Samsung, if that’s a style you’re used to.
Learn more about the HTC 10 by reading our extensive review.
The latest phone from upstart manufacturer OnePlus offers superb value, selling for just $400 unlocked and SIM-free. And naturally, the U.S. version of the phone will work great on T-Mobile with prepaid service.
So what does your 400 bucks get you? How about the latest Snapdragon 820 processor, a premium metal design, a 5.5-inch 1080p Optic AMOLED display and a 16-megapixel camera with OIS (optical image stabilization.) Meanwhile OnePlus’s proprietary Dash Charge tech lets you charge to 60 percent in just 30 minutes.
So that’s more hardware than is on offer from many rivals around this price point. What’s more, the OnePlus 3 also boasts OnePlus’s OxygenOS software, which closely matches the look of stock Android, while adding useful shortcuts and tweaks throughout.
For even more on the OnePlus 3, check out our full review.
iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus
We may be on Android Central but we can’t leave out the offerings from Apple when we’re looking at the best phones for T-Mobile’s prepaid plans.
First and foremost, let’s talk size. The iPhone 6s has a 4.7-inch screen and the iPhone 6s Plus screen comes in at 5.5 inches. Both feature the Retina HD display that has become Apple’s calling card.
If you can’t do without photo and video-taking on a daily basis, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are just as much cameras as they are phones. For example, the iPhone 6s shoots in 1080p, which is already outstanding, but the iPhone 6s Plus shoots in 4K and features optical image stabilization to compensate for the subtle movement of your hands when recording.
The more you know
Still not convinced by any of our selections? Have a look through a few more options suitable for T-Mobile on our list of the best unlocked phones and take your pick.