SIM Card CDMA Activation Guide For iOS

If you're looking to activate an iOS device with your new TextNow SIM card, here's a handy guide to help you through the process. (You can also check our Video Tutorials page for more help with activation.)

1. Make sure the SIM card has been inserted and you have a wifi network active and available to use. 

2. Next, open TextNow, log into your account, and connect to your wifi network. 

3. After connecting to wifi, tap on Activate Data Plan from the TextNow main menu...


4. ...and confirm the SIM card number, found under the bar code of the card itself.

5. After confirming the SIM, it's time to choose from one of our affordable phone plans.

6.  Use your current credit card on your account for future payments, or use a new credit card or gift card!

7. You're almost there! Follow the instructions on this next page to reset your network connection to TextNow

8. You're all set! Time to start using your TextNow phone!



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    Shar Chaboo

    I've received the wrong sim I have an unlocked iPhone and I've received the sprint cmda sim it will not work on an unlocked iOS phone will it?

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    Kristopher TextNow Support

    Hey Shar,

    Thanks for the question.

    Almost all iPhone models are dual-band, meaning they can operate on both the CDMA and GSM network types. I'd advise following the steps for activation with the SIM card that was sent out to you.

    If you have any issues along the way please check out our SIM card support page!

    Edited by Kristopher TextNow Support