The only advantage I can see, buying from walmart, is that hopefully 3G/MMS is pre-configured to work with StraightTalk as opposed jailbreaking it or trying to get it to work using t-mobile sim swap. Not a big issue if you know what you are doing otherwise, might be one less hassle. On the other hand, there is a chance you might have to pay tax for some folks
I read the removing the proxy from the settings avoids having your data going through their servers, by-passing that part of the TOS.
Word is that its running the Verizon version of the iPhone, and using their 3G (EVDO), no LTE. You are better off with an ATT or T-mobile SIM and using HSPA+
Had ST (using Verizon towers) for several months. Tried bypassing their proxy- doesn't work. Plenty of other people on the net with the same experience.
Last I read, ST doesn't actually monitor your data. What happens is that Verizon is the one who complains about excessive bandwidth or volume being hogged by a particular ST user, and in turn ST is forced to throttle their usage. The unofficial volume cap with ST on Verizon towers before throttling seems to be around 2 GB per month, but that's definitely not set in stone. If you're very careful, you might never got throttled. Try to stream a movie, and you might get throttled instantly. The defining pattern seems to be though that once you're throttled, you're on ST's naughty list and are more likely to get throttled in the future.
The real killer though, as has been stated several times already, is that Verizon on ST is 3G ONLY (unless something has changed in the last month). No 4G. No LTE. Just 3G, and Verizon 3G at that. In my area, Verizon 3G through ST was only good for around 1-1.5 Mbps d/l on the best days.
I recently switched to a Verizon LTE plan, and I haven't regretted it one bit. Yes, I'm paying twice as much for the same voice quality and unlimited voice/texts, and I'm locked into a 2-year commitment, but I get bandwidth that's actually useful. This means while I'm out and about, instead of fumbling and bumbling for 2+ minutes just to try to pull UP a website with my ST plan, I'm done getting the info I need in literally 20-30 seconds. If niche data usage isn't important to you though, ST (with Verizon) is definitely a great value. For my needs, the extra $50 is a small price to pay.
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