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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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Quote from jdmarano View Post :
I think the Tmobile prepaid plan is now $50, but if you have a link to it at $45 please post!
Buy refills at discount i.e. ebay, callingmart, etc with no taxes.

AFAIK, you also have to pay taxes on ST refills. So this will be $45 + taxes.
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Quote from ourwish11 View Post :
What kind of speeds do you get with iphone 4 on either of them?
True 3G on the $45 plan just like at&t, just use YouMail for VM cuz VVM won't work
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#33
I use the Nokia e71 sim and on my plan ATT phones do not have to be unlocked
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I assume since I am already on ST that I can just use my current sim card? I bought that old crappy Nokia back in the day to be able to use my Iphone 3 on it, until I realized how freaking slow it ran compared to the Iphone 4 and the Android.

Been using my LG Android for a few months now. Not a bad phone but the screen is too small for my liking. Iphones are way too expensive off contract so will likely just buy another android with a bigger screen.
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Quote from mclldavidson View Post :
I use the Nokia e71 sim and on my plan ATT phones do not have to be unlocked
You're right , they're just probably speaking on non AT&T phones when they say unlocked ....but it's the noobs that say iPhone needs to be unlocked to work this new $15 sim deal, they don't have a clue...
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If you have an At&t phone, then you are going to want an At&t sim. Same thing applies if you have a T-Mobile phone because if you get the other sim, you will stuck at 2G/EDGE speeds.

If Straight Talk and Net10 does not give you the sim you want or if customers do not understand what sim they need, this process of selling sims could turn into one big headache for both parties.
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#37
go for Simple Mobile (T-mobile reseller) for $40 flat rate, no hidden free. unlimited talk, text, and data.
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Quote from mdboyz69 View Post :
go for Simple Mobile (T-mobile reseller) for $40 flat rate, no hidden free. unlimited talk, text, and data.
Not on an iPhone for heaven's sake lol
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Quote from roller9 View Post :
Best iPhone 4 plan ...period!!! I'm typing this message from it now!
What are the speeds like? Do they throttle you? How much data do you use a month?
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Quote from WackyP View Post :
If you have an At&t phone, then you are going to want an At&t sim. Same thing applies if you have a T-Mobile phone because if you get the other sim, you will stuck at 2G/EDGE speeds.

If Straight Talk and Net10 does not give you the sim you want or if customers do not understand what sim they need, this process of selling sims could turn into one big headache for both parties.
No where does it state the speeds for data. 2G unlimited or very throttled 3G with caps is most likely.
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Quote from poo View Post :
Buy refills at discount i.e. ebay, callingmart, etc with no taxes.

AFAIK, you also have to pay taxes on ST refills. So this will be $45 + taxes.
they have an offer right now you buy a phone and comes with 3 month prepaid for $100 plus tax. making it $38 a month
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#42
Sweet. I was looking into potentially buying the Galaxy Note and doing something like this. Now I don't have to buy one of their phones.
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Quote from AkumaX View Post :
What are the speeds like? Do they throttle you? How much data do you use a month?
True AT&T 3G between 1.5-3Mbps depends on my location, no throttling, I use between 1.5 to 3gb per month , been on ST for over a year have never contacted CS
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#44
Or you know you can get http://simplemobile.com/ for $40 a month for unlimited everything and they support any unlocked GSM phone.

Moved my Dad's 3GS from at&t to it. It does use T-Mobile's network, so no 3G for at&t phones, but still.
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Quote from 209chromatic View Post :
they have an offer right now you buy a phone and comes with 3 month prepaid for $100 plus tax. making it $38 a month
That doesn't apply to the new BYOD/SIM card only plans.

You can prepay service I see. But that is ~$41 + tax. <$5 more gets you roaming, much better CS, and easier refill options.
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