How to Register Your SIM Card on a Net10 Phone

By Mandy Slake

Net10 is a prepaid wireless reseller that uses both CDMA and GSM handsets, depending on the coverage area. You can activate the SIM card online or over the phone using Net10's automated menu system. You can find all of the information you need to activate the phone on the phone and SIM card. After you have the information, the process of activating the card takes about 10 minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • Another phone

Activating a SIM from the Phone

Step 1

Open the battery compartment on your Net10 phone and retrieve the SIM card number and IMEI number. The SIM card number is printed on the SIM card, and the IMEI number is located on a sticker on the back of the phone. Instructions for opening the phone vary by model, so refer to the manual for specific steps.

Step 2

Call Net10 at (877) 836-2368 on another phone.

Step 3

Select option "1" to choose English.

Step 4

Press "1" again to select the option to activate or reactivate a phone.

Step 5

Press "2" to activate your phone and follow the voice prompts to enter your IMEI and SIM card number.

Activating a SIM from the Net10 Website

Step 1

Open the Web browser on your computer and go to the Net10 website at

Step 2

Click "Activate/Reactivate" on the top menu bar.

Step 3

Click the radio button next to the activation option. You can register the SIM with a new Net10 number or an existing Net10 number, transfer the number from another Net10 SIM or activate the SIM with an existing number from another company.

Step 4

Click the make and model of your phone on the bottom of the page and click "Submit."

Step 5

Log into your Net10 account with your user ID and password and click "Sign In." If you don't have an account yet, click "Register" and the site walks you through setting up an account. You can skip registration by clicking the "If You Wish to Skip This Step, Click Here" link at the bottom of the page.

Step 6

Type the IMEI in the box provided. You can find the IMEI number printed on the back of the phone under the battery.

Step 7

Click "Submit" to save the changes.

Step 8

Enter the SIM number in the box provided and click "Submit." The page displays the information you have entered and gives you a chance to confirm. Confirm the information to register your SIM.

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