How to Activate a SIM Card for a Go Phone


There are many mobile service providers who allow you to purchase prepaid phone plans to avoid high monthly cell phone bills. AT&T is one of those providers. With AT&T you can purchase a GoPhone from many local department stores, as well as from an AT&T authorized retailer. If your buy your GoPhone from an authorized retailer, they will automatically activate your SIM card before you leave the store. However, if you purchased your GoPhone from a department store, you will have to activate your SIM card yourself.

  • Remove the back cover plate (the part of your phone that covers your battery) from your GoPhone. On the back, top or bottom of your phone you will see a release mechanism that can be pushed to released the plate.

  • Remove the battery from your GoPhone. After doing so, you will notice a small rectangular socket intended for the SIM card.

  • Place the SIM card inside of the socket. The "Go Phone" label should face outwards with the metal stripping facing inwards. Slide the metal sliders into place over the SIM card to secure it in the socket.

  • Place the battery back into its proper place. Replace the cover for your GoPhone. Power on your GoPhone.

  • Dial "611" from your GoPhone to activate your SIM. You will be able to pick your plan: "GoPhone Pick Your Plan" or "GoPhone Pay As You Go."

    The Pick Your Plan option requires you to subscribe to automatic reoccurring monthly fees on your credit card, debit card or checking account each month. The Pay As You Go plan does not require a subscription. Instead, you simply buy airtime cards to replenish your GoPhone minutes when they run out or expire.

  • Choose the online SIM card activation by visiting the link provided in the "Resources" section of this article. You will need to enter your SIM card number.

    To prevent having to remove the backing from your phone to get to your card, you also can locate the SIM card number on the outside of the box your GoPhone was packaged in. The number will be on a white bar-coded label with the letters "ICCID."

    After entering your SIM card number online, you will be able to pick a phone plan and enter payment information to activate your phone.

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