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Need to replace your Sprint phone? Choose one of these.

A pair of hands opening a brand new phone

With the Sprint network going away, you may have to replace your Sprint phone soon. Fear not, we’ve compiled this quick guide for finding you an awesome upgrade that’ll feel familiar, without costing you an arm and a leg.

Wait, why can’t I use my Sprint phone? 

As of April 2020, Sprint officially merged with T-Mobile, and the Sprint brand name and network are going away. 

Sprint was a 3G CDMA network, an older network technology. Some Sprint phones will be compatible with other providers (check if yours is one with the Ting Mobile device checker) but phones that can only use the CDMA network will need to be replaced.

We’ve compiled a list of the most popular CDMA-only phones and suggested a worthy replacement that will work on newer networks. As a bonus, all of these phones offer a nice upgrade from your current Sprint network (CDMA) phone.

Alcatel flip phone

If you have an older Alcatel flip phone, like the Alcatel Go Flip or Alcatel OneTouch Flip, then you should try out the Motorola moto e (2020). This <$120 phone is budget-friendly, has a lot of similar features to your current phone, but you’ll still notice a few much-needed upgrades.

As one of the Ting Mobile top picks for summer, the moto e also comes with up to $60 in Ting Mobile credit. 

The Motorola moto e (2020), front and back


For an entry-level phone, it packs a punch. It has a HD display screen, and is still small enough to fit comfortably in your hand. Also, because its battery can last up to two days and it has dual cameras, you’ll be able to take plenty of pictures and stream lots of movies. 

Hey, just because you have to switch your phone, doesn’t mean you can’t use it as an excuse to get an upgrade. This phone is definitely a step up.

iPhone 4/4S, 5/5C/5S, 6/6 plus

You should give Apple’s new iPhone SE a try. It’s just $349 in the Ting Mobile Shop and although it’s small in size, it’s mighty. As its an iPhone, you’ll have a smooth transition from your older, CDMA-only Sprint phone.

iPhone SE front and back view

iPhone SE is the most powerful 4.7-inch iPhone ever1. Featuring a powerful A13 Bionic chip for incredible performance in apps, games, and photography. Portrait mode for studio-quality portraits and six lighting effects. Next-generation Smart HDR for incredible detail across highlights and shadows. Cinematic-quality 4K video. And all the advanced features of iOS

If iPhone SE’s 4.7-inch Retina HD display is too small for you, then get iPhone 11. For $599, you’ll be able to shoot 4K videos, beautiful portraits, and sweeping landscapes with the dual-camera system. You can also see true-to-life color in your photos, videos, and games on the 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display2

1 Display size is measured diagonally.
2 The display has rounded corners. When measured as a rectangle, the iPhone 11 screen is 6.06 inches diagonally. Actual viewable area is less 

Samsung J3, J7 2016, S3, S4, S5

A great choice for you is the new Samsung Galaxy A12, another of the Ting Mobile top picks for summer. You’re used to the way the Samsung phones operate and while there have been upgrades, it’ll be an easy transition for you. Plus at just $159, it’s a budget-friendly option that has a lot of fantastic features.

The Samsung Galaxy A12 front and back view

It has a large 6.5-inch HD+ Infinity-V display screen and a quad-lens rear camera system, so you’ll enjoy stunning picture quality while streaming videos and taking photos.

With its 5000 mAh battery, you’ll be ready for anything and, when you don’t have time to waste, Fast Charging can power you up in no time at all. 

This phone is a marked upgrade from your current Sprint phone but won’t break the bank. 

Getting a new phone might be a hassle, especially since it was working fine until the Sprint/T-Mobile merger, but think of it as a fresh start. 

Switching phones? Switch providers!

Getting a new phone also gives you a chance to try out other providers. Ting Mobile is a great option and starts at just $10 a month. We have coast-to-coast coverage, no contracts, and a variety of great plans that give you more flexibility. Choose smarter mobile and try Ting Mobile today.