Ultra Mobile Activate & SIM Card Activation Guide

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Ultra Mobile is an MVNO operator in the United States founded in 2011 and operates under the T-Mobile cellular network. It provides users with phone services like talking, texting, and data with mobile hotspots across the country.  However, accessing these services will only be possible if you have activated your Ultra Mobile phone.

This tutorial will take you through the activation process of activating both Ultra Mobile phone and SIM. We will also give you the benefits you get after activating your Ultra Mobile. So, do you want to activate your Ultra Mobile phone? Let us proceed to the next section for the guideline.

How to Activate Ultra Mobile on Your New Phone

Activating Ultra Mobile phone is very simple if you follow the correct procedure. To ensure that your activation process is smooth and successful, we have described a simple step-by-step method to help you. Let us get into it:

  1. Power on your phone and ensure it is fully charged.
  2. Go to your home screen and locate the “Settings” app. You can also find the Settings option on the shortcut menu on your screen.
  3. Your phone will show a list of options; confirm if the Wi-Fi Calling option is showing. If not, kindly locate the “Connections” or the “Mobile Networks” option on your phone. Click on “Network Mode” to activate the Wi-Fi calling.
  4. Select the 3G/2G(auto-connect) option and then go back to the Mobile network menu.
  5. Restart your device, after which you can call, text, or use your data to browse. Kindly note that you may have yet to restore your connection fully at this step, although phone services are back.
  6. Wait for one hour, go back to the phone “Settings” app, and then the “Connections” option to finalize the activation. The “Wi-Fi Calling will be on by now, so click on the “Networks” then “Network mode” option. You will see a list of options; kindly select the “LTE/3G/2G (auto connect)” option so that you restore your connectivity wholly.

Note that you may see a 5G/LTE/3G/2G option if your phone is compatible with 5G networks. If you do not see the “Wi-Fi Calling” option, wait for some minutes, then call Ultra Mobile customer service for assistance.

How Do I Activate Ultra Mobile SIM?

As we have stated, ultra mobile allows you to bring your own phone to their network through their BYOP program. However, you must first check compatibility before bringing your phone through ultra BYOP. To check ultra mobile compatibility, visit Ultra Mobile official page, enter your device IMEI, and tap on “check phone”. Is your phone compatible with ultra? Time is now ripe to install your ultra SIM card in the phone and activate it as follows:

1. Activate the SIM online

This is the most convenient method because you can do it in the comfort of your house. However, you must have internet access to execute the process. There are two SIM cards that Ultra Mobile has, Orange and Purple, and both have different activation processes. Here is a step-by-step procedure to follow when activating them;

Purple SIM

  • www.ultramobile.com/activate, and wait for the page to load.
  • Kindly click on the “Purple SIM” image appearing there as you locate the ICCD number which is a 11-digit code on the back of the card.
  • select if you want to keep your existing number or get a new Ultra Mobile phone number.
  • Select a monthly plan that suits you from the list that best suits you. Ultra Mobile has plans ranging from $15 to $49 per month.
  • Enter the ZIP code if promoted to provide it.
  • Purple lines require you to load credit for it to be activated, so kindly top up for it to be activated.
  • Finally, set up your APN settings to start enjoying the Ultra Mobile benefits.

Orange SIM

  • Open your favorite browser, search www.ultramobile.com/activate, and wait for the page to load.
  • Enter the Act code found on the back of your SIM card after scratching the faded area.
  • Kindly enter your area ZIP when prompted to provide it. Kindly note that you do not need to enter the credit because Orange SIM typically comes preloaded with credit.
  • Enter the APN settings to start enjoying the Ultra services.

2. Activate in Store

Ultra Mobile has over 25,000 stores in the United States, where you can visit and activate your SIM. Besides, you can visit the same store and activate your monthly plan if it has expired. How do I find an Ultra Mobile store near me? If you are looking for a store near your location, it is just one click away from you. Open your favorite browser, search the URL ultramobile.com/store-locator, and provide your ZIP code.

Once you locate an Ultra Mobile store, kindly visit and talk to one of the retailers, and they will assist you. For better results, ensure you enter the correct ZIP code of your location or be forced to travel far, leaving one near you.

3. Activate over the phone

You can also activate your SIM using your phone by following this procedure

  1. Open your phone and dial 888-899-0820.
  2. Enter the Act Code usually found at the back of the SIM card when prompted to.
  3. Enter your area code typically based on the ZIP code that you provided.
  4. Open your SIM tray and insert the card into the SIM slot.
  5. Enter the APN settings to allow you to enjoy the internet connection.

4. Through customer care

Contacting customer service is the final method to activate your Ultra Mobile SIM. Ultra Mobile has approved two ways that all customers can use to activate their Ultra SIM. You can speak with an agent via a chatbot on their official website. To locate the chatbot, search ultramobile.com/faq/?chatbot-open and initiate a chat with an agent.

Additionally, you can activate your Ultra Mobile SIM by contacting customer service via a toll-free number. The contact number is 888-777-0446, where you can request an agent to help you activate your SIM to start enjoying their benefits.

What do I do if my Ultra Mobile SIM card isn’t activating?

Several things may make your Ultra Mobile SIM fail to activate; however, do not panic if that happens. There are several remedies that we are going to discuss to help you solve your activation problems. Below are some of the remedies to help you solve Ultra Mobile SIM card activation problems;

1. Check out the transfer process

As mentioned above, Ultra Mobile allows customers to keep their existing phone numbers if they shift from another carrier. There may be a problem with your phone number transfer process, which may be why your SIM has yet to be activated. So, you need to confirm with them if they completed the process by calling their customer service. Besides, you may have to verify your provided details to ensure they match and that you have not canceled the service with your previous carrier.

2. Check the network signal

You might have problems with your SIM activation because your area needs Ultra Mobile network coverage. Before you activate your SIM card, please ensure that your area has Ultra Mobile network coverage for smooth activation. You can confirm if your area is covered by searching the URL ultramobile.com/coverage/#coverage. You must enter your location address once the page loads to verify the network availability. However, if your area has network coverage, consider looking for other troubleshooting methods discussed below.

3. Check if your phone is compatible

You must have a phone compatible with Ultra Mobile to have a successful activation process. So, you must check your phone’s compatibility before activating your SIM by searching ultramobile.com/byop. Also, if your phone is locked with another carrier, you must contact the carrier’s customer service to unlock it. Some carriers may request a small fee before they unlock the phone.

4. Check the Ultra Mobile SIM card

You will likely encounter activation problems if you have a damaged SIM card. To confirm if your SIM card is the problem, you can confirm if the chip has some cracks. You can do so by removing the card tray and confirming it. Besides, remove the card and use it with another phone to verify if your phone chip holder is the one that is damaged.

5. Update your phone’s firmware

Another critical reason your SIM card is not activating is that your phone network towers are outdated. This means that you are supposed to update your phone’s firmware for your network towers to be updated. To update your phone’s firmware, kindly follow the following steps;

  1. Connect your phone to Wi-Fi.
  2. Go to the “Settings” app and scroll down to locate “About Phone.” Kindly note that this procedure may differ depending on the phone model.
  3. Click on the “Update” option and the “Install System Software” option and wait for the update to be downloaded and installed for some minutes.

6. Clear your phone cache

You may have an activation problem if your phone performance is low, and clearing the cache typically improves the performance. When you improve your phone performance, there is a high chance that you will clear anything hindering its activation. Here are the steps you need to follow to clear your cache;

  • Start by switching off your phone.
  • Holding the buttons together, press your device’s “Volume Down” and “Power” buttons.
  • While holding the volume button, release the “power” button immediately after the phone switches on.
  • After the “Android System Recovery” screen loads kindly scroll up to the “Wipe Cache Partition” option to clear the cache.
  • Select the “Reboot System Now” using the power button to reboot the device.

7. Contact Ultra Mobile customer service.

When all the above options fail to work, kindly contact customer service at 888-777-0446 and talk to an agent. The agent will guide you on the way forward regarding how to activate your phone.

What Benefits Do I Get After Activating Ultra Mobile phone?

Have you activated your Ultra Mobile phone, or are you planning to activate it? Here are some of the benefits you are likely to enjoy

  1. You will enjoy monthly plans that do not have contracts.
  2. Ultra Mobile has an unlimited text, talk, and data plan with a mobile hotspot.
  3. Enjoy nationwide 4G LTE and 5G network coverage in all places T-Mobile is covered.
  4. Enjoy the international calling feature by Ultra Mobile that supports over 70 countries.

Does Ultra Mobile have an activation fee?

Ultra Mobile is a no-contract service provider, and there are no activation fees that you are supposed to pay after joining them. This gives you the freedom to exit the service provider anytime because there is nothing that has tied you.

How long does Ultra Mobile take to activate?

It will only take 8 hours for your Ultra Mobile phone number to be fully activated. Besides, if you are transferring your existing phone number, it may take you up to 24 hours to complete the process. Kindly note that if you are porting landline to mobile, it may take up to 10 business days. If you have a problem with the process, contact customer service at 888-777-0446 or chat on the website’s chatbot.

Is Ultra Mobile CDMA or GSM?

Ultra Mobile runs on T-Mobile cellular network, which runs on GSM technology. So, Ultra Mobile is compatible with all GSM phones, but this should not scare you if your phone is not GSM. Ultra Mobile has a cheap compatible phone that you can buy from their stores countrywide.

How can you tell if the Ultra Mobile SIM card is activated?

Knowing if your SIM card has been activated on the Ultra Mobile network is simple. You only need to observe network bars appearing on the network status bars of your phone. You must follow the activation process or contact Ultra Mobile customer service if you fail to see the network bars.

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