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

WackyP 1,812 February 2, 2012 at 02:39 PM in Tech & Electronics (5)
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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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#61
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Game changer for AT&T Iphone users. I'm on T-mobile and I've always had other unlimited options cheaper than this! yummy
you have simple mobile? what are your speeds?
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#62
Make sure you read the T&C. You CANNOT stream video (including youtube) over mobile connection with Straightalk, you have to be on wifi. This is why I left and went to T-mobile prepaid. I can now watch any game anytime anywhere from wiziwig. T-mobile has a great new plan w/ unlimited text/web (up tp 5gb @ 4g) and 100 min for $30/mo.

http://slickdeals.net/f/3377172-T-Mobile-com-Walmart-Prepaid-30-month-Unlim-Text-5GB-Data-100-Voice-Mins-New-Activation-Only
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#63
may have to switch my hd2 over, maybe
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Make sure you read the T&C. You CANNOT stream video (including youtube) over mobile connection with Straightalk, you have to be on wifi. This is why I left and went to T-mobile prepaid. I can now watch any game anytime anywhere from wiziwig. T-mobile has a great new plan w/ unlimited text/web (up tp 5gb @ 4g) and 100 min for $30/mo.

http://slickdeals.net/f/3377172-T-Mobile-com-Walmart-Prepaid-30-month-Unlim-Text-5GB-Data-100-Voice-Mins-New-Activation-Only
I'm planning to go with Tmo prepaid as well.

I was considering this but no video restriction on unlimited data plan is just so stupid. Thanks for the heads up
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#65
I am typing on my iphone 3GS with the ST sim. I let my friend with the same phone on ATT contract compare both services, and he could not tell the difference.
Tried finding cheaper cards at CallingMart, but they do not sell cards for ST, so my price is $45 plus tax weather you get the card at Walmart or pay at their website.
I moved over from Virgin Mobile because the service with the Intercept was too spotty. Been with ST for 6 months. With home wifi, I have never gone over 50 MB in a month. Do NOT go over 2 GB in a month, or there will be.....trouble. Pay on time, or you risk having service cancelled and number LOST.
This is what we do to have a full iphone experience....w/o contract, for cheap!
Below is the thread on HoFo that got me started, hope it shows up!

http://www.howardforums.com/showt...ke-it-work!
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#66
wth does locking your number mean?

you can't port out? no more phone calls? you're banned?
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Make sure you read the T&C. You CANNOT stream video (including youtube) over mobile connection with Straightalk, you have to be on wifi. This is why I left and went to T-mobile prepaid. I can now watch any game anytime anywhere from wiziwig. T-mobile has a great new plan w/ unlimited text/web (up tp 5gb @ 4g) and 100 min for $30/mo.

http://slickdeals.net/f/3377172-T-Mobile-com-Walmart-Prepaid-30-month-Unlim-Text-5GB-Data-100-Voice-Mins-New-Activation-Only
Its not that you can't, its that if you do, you'll use up data very quickly and they will cut off your data. If you watch 50MB of videos a day, you won't have an issue. My general advice for people currently SIM swapping (http://wiki.howardforums.com/inde...lk_Android) on ST is to keep it within 100MB a day and 2GB a month. I've not seen anyone get kicked off when following that rule
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#68
can anyone tell me if we are an existing ST user, we can switch SIMs and transfer our number?
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#69
I have had Straight Talk in my Iphone for over a year and have been happy with my service.
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#70
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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.
That's what I'm doing too, and it works pretty damn good. I use callingmart and pay $38, i was paying more than that in tax with Verizon...
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#71
This looks like a great deal OP. Can anyone recommend an Android phone w/ a physical keyboard (AT&T would work best in my area) that would work well w/ this service? Thanks in advance!
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Quote from SilentJudge View Post :
Its not that you can't, its that if you do, you'll use up data very quickly and they will cut off your data. If you watch 50MB of videos a day, you won't have an issue. My general advice for people currently SIM swapping (http://wiki.howardforums.com/inde...lk_Android) on ST is to keep it within 100MB a day and 2GB a month. I've not seen anyone get kicked off when following that rule
Check section 6 of the T&C. It states, "The Straight Talk Unlimited Plans MAY NOT be used for any other purpose. Examples of prohibited uses include, without limitation, the following: (i) continuous mobile to mobile or mobile to landline voice calls; (ii) automated text or picture messaging to another mobile device or e-mail address; (iii) uploading, downloading or streaming of audio or video programming or games"
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wth does locking your number mean?

you can't port out? no more phone calls? you're banned?
Isn't it illegal to not allow number porting?
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#74
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Check section 6 of the T&C. It states, "The Straight Talk Unlimited Plans MAY NOT be used for any other purpose. Examples of prohibited uses include, without limitation, the following: (i) continuous mobile to mobile or mobile to landline voice calls; (ii) automated text or picture messaging to another mobile device or e-mail address; (iii) uploading, downloading or streaming of audio or video programming or games"

Wait what? are you allowed to even touch the phone based on those T&Cs?
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#75
that walmart/tmobile plan seems to be the best one imo.To bad it wont work with iphone,this ST seems to be the best plan for iphone.
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