Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL now supported for BYOP


The Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are now supported for BYOP. :tada:

This means that although we do not offer these phones in our online store, they can be brought to our service with the purchase of a Republic Wireless BYOP SIM card.

Please note that our BYOP SIM card offers coverage with one of our two carrier-partners. If you’re not sure about coverage in your area, please ask in our Community and we’ll be glad to help. If your coverage experience with the BYOP SIM card does not meet your expectations, our Help Team may be able to help by providing an alternate SIM card.

We support only the North American Factory Unlocked version of any BYOP phone. Please make certain any phone you are considering for BYOP is supported by installing the Republic Wireless app to check for compatibility, or consulting our Community guidance at How to Find a Compatible Unlocked Phone .

Will RW support Pixel 3a?

Great news! I’m a little confused by the statement that the Pixel 3a/3a XL only support the BYOP SIM card. I’ve used BYOP before but I need a Sprint SIM because T-Mobile coverage in my area is slim to non-existent. Does this mean that Sprint SIMs are a non-starter?


The BYOP SIM is GSM Tmobile.

As of now, the Pixel 3A does not support CDMA SIM.

At least, that is how I interpret it.


@speedingcheetah is correct. Right now, like the Moto G7 Series, the Pixel 3a is awaiting the new type of CDMA SIM card from Sprint. So, for now GSM activations only.


Am I to assume that this is something in the works with Sprint/RW? The Pixel 3A otherwise is available on Sprint and Verizon.


Republic has indicated that they’re working on the engineering required for the new CDMA SIM Type that Sprint launched a few months ago. We don’t know when that work will be complete, but SPECUALTION AHEAD I think we’re talking months, not days or weeks.


Hi @revmra,

Actually, at the moment we don’t yet have confirmation whether the phone will support one of the existing SIM cards in our Sprint portfolio, or the one @louisdi referenced that’s still in development. So at this time, these phones can be bought to our service only with the BYOP SIM card.

I’ll make sure when CDMA coverage is available for these phones, that there’s an announcement here to let you know.

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Will RW support Pixel 3a?

Thank you! I guess I would have assumed it would be the same SIM as the original Pixel 3, but that’s probably not a safe assumption. I look forward to your update!


It may still be the CDMA SIMOTA that the Pixel 3 uses and republic just does’t know yet but since the Pixel 3 was release Sprint has release another type (SIMOTAv2) this new SIM type is being required on the Moto G7 line (I will not the Samsung S10 line still uses the SIMOTA and it cam about the same time as the Moto G7)
the SIMOTAv2 is not yet compatible with Republic but Republic is working on it with Sprint, hopefully it will be ready sometime this summer

one would also expect the Moto G5+ and the Moto G5S+ to use the same CDMA SIM but they use different SIMs types

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Good points. I guess I’ll just be patient!


This Google support page seems to indicate that SIM cards are interchangeable between Pixel phones. Hopefully that turns out to be correct. My concern is that CDMA is not specifically mentioned.


swapping phones by swapping SIM has always been a GSM feature and a GSM SIM is the same for all the Pixels
CDMA does uses SIMs but needs one for the LTE networks and does not really support swapping SIM between phones (in the CDMA world the phone is link to the Network via the IMEI number and not the SIM, where GSM the link to the network is done via the SIM and not the physical phone so swapping a SIM would move the service with it) Verizon is becoming a LTE network (shutting down CDMA and using LTE for phone activation like GSM (LTE is based on GSM)


To be clear. At this time the Pixel 3a can not be CDMA activated with Republic. They’re working on it, but we don’t yet have an ETA on this. Even once it is, CDMA SIM swapping is not supported so you would have to work with support to get that coverage.

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Thanks for the updated info, everyone. Obviously I’m a little (overly) hyped about the 3a/3a XL.

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Hi @revmra,

We are now able to offer CDMA coverage for the Pixel 3a and 3a XL. I’ve updated the top article to remove the original language that had confused and disappointed you. :smile_cat:

Upgrade to Pixel 3a

YES! Great news. You are my personal hero :slight_smile:

Guess I know what I’ll be doing soon…

Will I need to get a new CDMA SIM card or will the one in my Moto X Pure work?


Hi @revmra,

You will need a new SIM card from our Help Team.


I know that I need a CDMA sim card. Is there a way to buy it to begin with? From what I can tell it looks like right now I would have to buy the byop sim and wait for it to arrive at which point I would have terrible coverage because it would be a GSM sim and then I could write a help ticket and request a CDMA sim. Is there anyway to request it be CDMA when you buy it (T-mobile is awful in our area)?


Hi @lauram.gnewih,

We do not offer the CDMA SIM card in our online store, but you can go ahead and let our Help team know of your need for CDMA SIM card and they can process the order.

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