• T-Mobile charges a $36.00 activation fee for new service regardless of what phone you have. Even if you had bought the phone from them, you would have still been charged the $36.00 activation fee. You only need a prepaid SIM card. However, if this phone was used by your friend for post-paid service (versus the prepaid Flex plan you are wanting), then it will not work with prepaid unless it is SIM unlocked. If possible, you would be better off just starting new post paid service, but if that won't work for you, then you can talk to T-Mobile to ask them if you would be able to use this with prepaid, but be prepared for them to potentially tell you that you can't. Typically, you have to use a prepaid phone with a prepaid plan. I hope this helps. Thanks. SukiSue.

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