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Straight Talk to Allow Any GSM Phone on the $45 Unlimited Plan

WackyP 1,955 February 2, 2012 at 03:39 PM in Tech & Electronics (5)
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Last Edited by widgit April 13, 2012 at 03:59 AM
You need to buy their $15 sim though probably starting Feb 7.

Previously, you had to buy a Nokia smartphone, do a sim swap, keep the Nokia, and not tell Straight Talk. Now, you do not need to do that anymore. Plus, the Nokia only worked on AT&T towers. Looks like Straight Talk will have a sim for AT&T and one for T-Mobile. What sim they give you is probably based on the coverage in your area.


http://www.straighttalksim.com/shop.php

Updated: Now that it is passed Feb 7, we know that you select the sim: an At&t, T-Mobile, or Unlocked. Blackberry, or branded TracFone, SafeLink, NET10 or Straight Talk phones are not supported. Hence, your At&t or T-Mobile phone does not have to be unlocked.

When people did the sim swap previously, they tried to stay within 100mb per day and 2gb for the month. Some people have said that they have used more than that amount without issue. Whether this amount changes because there will now officially have more data intensive phones on the network remains to be seen. None of the mvno's are truly unlimited anyway and put such terms in their agreement because they do not want abusers.

Straight Talk and Net10 are owned by América Móvil. Straight Talk is for Walmart. Net10 is for other retailers. Do you get anything more by paying $5 more to Net10 for their $50 unlimited plan? Most likely not. Walmart itself does not sell the sim. You must purchase this online.

As far a roaming goes, there was limited roaming using the sim swap. I expect this to be the same but will wait for reports.

If you have an At&t phone and get a sim, then it seems like it is the same speed as the sim swap. Not sure what happens with a T-Mobile sim yet, because most T-Mobile phones do not support 850 and 1900 bands in 3g.

Note that the sim only works with the $45 Unlimited Plan. You cannot use the sim + your own gsm phone on any of Straight Talk's other plans. For the other plans, you need to purchase a Straight Talk phone.

Looks like T-Mobile phones will get 3g with this plan after all. It might be that the 850 and 1900 reference is directed at unlocked phones owners as Straight Talk might be sending those people the sim for At&t phones.

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#16
Family member has been using the Nokia E71 for close to a year on ST and tethering lots of laptop time without ANY problems..that said, any and all carriers are abusing the word "unlimited" so ymmv. I agree and understand about your point on unlimited.
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Quote from jimx200 View Post :
Family member has been using the Nokia E71 for close to a year on ST and tethering lots of laptop time without ANY problems..that said, any and all carriers are abusing the word "unlimited" so ymmv. I agree and understand about your point on unlimited.
what speed do you get for data? 2 3 4G?
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Quote from Totalfixation View Post :
I would say it's going to be T-mobile simply because I dont see how at&t would allow this. This would totally undercut their iPhone subscribers. The Nokia sim is better because it works in any locked at&t phone as well as unlocked.
The problem is that one needs to buy the Nokia phone to get the SIM as these are not available (although possibly ebay). And yes, Att has been selling their network to Tracfone/ST/Net10 for years and it's the Att SIM that the iphone users want/need.
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Quote from drtbar View Post :
damn and I just bought a refurb'd phone for the sim card from them last week
oh well, luckily it only cost me $50
Haha I'm full time dentist, part time hacker!
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#20
will iphone 4 work?
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#21
nice deal. even if it's not truly "unlimited"
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Quote from kenkaniff View Post :
will iphone 4 work?
Best iPhone 4 plan ...period!!! I'm typing this message from it now!
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Quote from MozartA View Post :
Need to remember it is not Unlimited Data.
If you do some search, many said Straighttalk has pretty low limit when using at&t network. After you reach that limit, they will lock your number!!!
I heard some number as low as couple hundred MBs a day and One to Two GBs before your number get locked.
If you are using 2 GBs A DAY then they have every right to lock you. It's people like that who are screwing over all the other typical users.
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#24
I guess they figured so many people use their plans with iPhone already anyway, so why not...can't beatt um, join um!!
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#25
What kind of speeds do you get with iphone 4 on either of them?
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#26
Whoa soon as I can order this I plan to!!

Been gimping my smartphone with att pay go for too long..

0 minutes @ 0.10/min Google talk for SMS + data/wifi..
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#27
If I wasn't on Virgin Mobile $25 plan and the $120 Motorola Triumph I would be all over this.
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Quote from uberjon View Post :
Whoa soon as I can order this I plan to!!

Been gimping my smartphone with att pay go for too long..

0 minutes @ 0.10/min Google talk for SMS + data/wifi..
true SDer ^
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Quote from poo View Post :
This is only a good deal if Tmobile sucks in your area (if this is even ATT service). If this is just Tmobile, it sucks because you will be paying the same price and not get roaming or faster 4G speeds.

Simple Mobile (no voice roaming) @ $40
Tmobile prepaid (voice roaming+100MB 4G; Unlim 2G) @ $45
Walmart Mobile (Tmobile) has cheapest prepaid family plans.

All are BYOD.
I think the Tmobile prepaid plan is now $50, but if you have a link to it at $45 please post!
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Quote from cuoreesitante View Post :
If you are using 2 GBs A DAY then they have every right to lock you. It's people like that who are screwing over all the other typical users.
I mean couple hundred MBs a day
OR one to two GBs a month

They likely lock your number. Do the google search yourself and see what Straight Talk users said.
Last edited by MozartA February 2, 2012 at 06:05 PM
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