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Noen
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" went ahead and ordered 2 ATT compatible micro sims for $15 total from Walmart."


OMG, Straight talk started selling AT&T SIM cards again!!?!?! WOOOT, that's AWESOME.

10/7/2013 7:08:09 PM

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^ in addition to that, they can now access 4G

[Edited on October 8, 2013 at 8:58 AM. Reason : LTE, i mean, not just HSPA+]

10/8/2013 8:58:22 AM

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"^^I have a micro to nano cutter if you need to use it
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I definitely appreciate the offer but we don't live in NC anymore.

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"OMG, Straight talk started selling AT&T SIM cards again!!?!?! WOOOT, that's AWESOME."


Yep That's why we went ahead and picked a couple up. Not 100% decided, but I am pretty certain that we will both leave Verizon and switch to ST with these ATT cards once the Nexus 5 is released.

[Edited on October 8, 2013 at 10:03 AM. Reason : ]

10/8/2013 10:02:13 AM

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I've read the thread, but can someone give me a run-down on the current pros and cons of ST?

It sounds like ATT is the way to go, and it can access ATT's 4G LTE network now?

So you get around 2.5GB of 3/4G data for $45/month?

What differences are there between being a ST customer and an ATT [full-paying] customer?

What about ST for Verizon? A non-starter?

10/8/2013 3:09:14 PM

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"It sounds like ATT is the way to go, and it can access ATT's 4G LTE network now?"

that'd be my suggestion, yes...the new AT&T SIMs can access LTE

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"So you get around 2.5GB of 3/4G data for $45/month?"

something like that...it's just rumor that you get throttled or dropped as a customer after hitting an imaginary (and completely against their advertising) cap, but if you occasionally go over 3GB per month or always go over 2GB, i'd think twice about it

it's $45 plus tax/fees if you buy from walmart or ST directly, so closer to $48-49...unless you're able to nab one of the multi-month cards from sellers on amazon, at which point it can be $36-37 per month (or slightly less if you're extremely lucky)

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"What differences are there between being a ST customer and an ATT [full-paying] customer?"

cost and customer service (it's less of both)...i've heard that MVNOs get second priority if the network's congested

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"What about ST for Verizon? A non-starter?"

you can do it, but it's not really BYOP...you have to go walmart and get one of the few slow, outdated phones that use the VZW network

10/8/2013 3:22:25 PM

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"it's just rumor that you get throttled or dropped as a customer after hitting an imaginary (and completely against their advertising) cap"


Looks like they recently updated their site with a little * beside unlimited

"* 30 day Unlimited Plans include 2.5 GB of high speed data per 30 day cycle. After 2.5 GB, your data speed will be reduced for the remainder of the 30 day cycle. High speed data is restored once a new 30 day service plan is redeemed at the end of the 30 day plan cycle."

10/8/2013 3:45:41 PM

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".it's just rumor that you get throttled or dropped as a customer after hitting an imaginary (and completely against their advertising) cap"


So how much data have people ITT been using per month? No one has experienced any throttling? Are there stories out there about people having their service cut off for using too much data?

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"i've heard that MVNOs get second priority if the network's congested"


What's ATT ST service like in this area? Any reports?

10/8/2013 3:45:42 PM

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"Looks like they recently updated their site with a little * beside unlimited

"* 30 day Unlimited Plans include 2.5 GB of high speed data per 30 day cycle. After 2.5 GB, your data speed will be reduced for the remainder of the 30 day cycle. High speed data is restored once a new 30 day service plan is redeemed at the end of the 30 day plan cycle.""

well, never mind, then

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"So how much data have people ITT been using per month? No one has experienced any throttling? Are there stories out there about people having their service cut off for using too much data?"

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"What's ATT ST service like in this area? Any reports?"

looking back over the last year of VZW service, i'm usually around 1.5GB (up from 1GB when i used to connect to the work's wifi)...i've only once or twice gone over 2GB, and that was when tethering

i have noticed very little difference between VZW and AT&T service in raleigh so far...the biggest difference has been worse signal inside my building (with VZW, i had service even in the elevator...now, nothing)

i've only had ST for a month, though

10/9/2013 4:01:44 PM

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"After 2.5 GB, your data speed will be reduced for the remainder of the 30 day cycle. High speed data is restored once a new 30 day service plan is redeemed at the end of the 30 day plan cycle."""


It's too bad they won't let you "re-up" on data to get you through the rest of the month if you hit 2.5GB...

[Edited on October 9, 2013 at 4:08 PM. Reason : ^ thx for the info, I may try this shit out with the N5]

10/9/2013 4:08:13 PM

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Straighttalk is a pain in the ass with an iPhone unless you jailbreak it.

10/10/2013 10:57:17 AM

CalledToArms
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most of my monthly data usage is around 2-2.5GB so I asked a few friends with ST about this same thing.

I have a friend that uses somewhere between 2-3 every month and he said he has never noticed any issues (6 months of straight talk now). just some anecdotal input.

10/10/2013 11:02:42 AM

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With the N5 not being available on Verizon, I'm really thinking about giving this ST a try when the N5 comes out...

10/10/2013 11:07:52 AM

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that's the current thought process for my wife and I as well. I was going to stick with my Verizon unlimited and just pay retail for a phone. But since it looks like N5 isn't available on Verizon and my wife was already planning to switch to ST, I might be there with her.

10/10/2013 11:16:35 AM

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i'm right there with you, fellas

or i might just get a note 3 or a G2. i'll wait until google does their little song and dance

10/10/2013 12:13:29 PM

quagmire02
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are sellers on ebay usually legit or not? with prices like:

$40 for 30 days
$102 for 90 days
$200 for 180 days

i don't understand how they can legitimately sell refills as low as $33.33/month

10/14/2013 1:48:28 PM

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i'm not sure what i'm doing with my verizon acct, so I ordered one just in case

10/15/2013 9:03:46 AM

quagmire02
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ST allows BYOP CDMA devices, right? anyone here done it?

10/28/2013 1:46:05 PM

PaulISdead
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i thought only GSM

10/28/2013 4:45:44 PM

laxman490
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they must have added cdma byop recently. they used to only have gsm, but it now looks like you can get a cdma access code.

http://www.straighttalkbyop.com/shop-cdma.php

10/28/2013 5:42:28 PM

quagmire02
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apparently they had it for all of a week back in april and then abruptly discontinued it...it's been back for a couple of weeks (maybe more than a month?) now

10/29/2013 8:57:40 AM

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FYI, Straight Talk requires a signature on [$8] SIM shipments

Anyone know why?

11/4/2013 10:39:12 AM

quagmire02
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6 months unlimited for $220 (ends up being $36.67/month): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004AYZKE8/

i bought one before posting, since these tend to disappear within an hour or so

11/7/2013 10:29:23 AM

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I suppose buying from Amazon affords some protection not found on ebay. How did you find that listing?

11/7/2013 11:29:22 AM

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^^^lol i warned you

11/7/2013 11:46:24 AM

quagmire02
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^^ slickdeals deal alert...they seem to pop up every month or so

11/7/2013 1:20:56 PM

CalledToArms
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so, the online submission I had that crashed while processing the payment seems to have still gone through on the payment side, as well as the one they processed on the phone call (since the website crashed). It says my service end date is still 30 days from the day I activated, but it does show both charges in my Payment History.

Does anyone know if I should expect them to apply that extra payment to next month? Or should I be contacting them to ask them to remove the double payment?

11/8/2013 8:20:50 AM

quagmire02
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i'd contact them...just because

11/8/2013 9:41:56 AM

poohpimpin
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wtf

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"Dear Customer:

Thank you for choosing Straighttalk Wireless, Inc for your prepaid cell phone and accessory needs.

At this time, we regret to inform you that your order, placed on 11-06-2013, was not approved and could not be processed by our billing verification systems.

Once again, we thank you for your order and if you feel this response was received in error we invite you to revisit our website at http://www.StraightTalk.com and resubmit your order.
Please remember to confirm all requested information and verify that it is properly entered before submitting the order.

Additionally, you may see a pre-authorization for the corresponding order amount on your bank account activity; the displayed pending transaction should be removed and the corresponding funds should be back on your account within 24 to 72 business hours, depending on your bank."

11/8/2013 2:10:55 PM

CalledToArms
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what were you ordering?

11/8/2013 3:00:07 PM

poohpimpin
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a SIM with 30 days of service... Reordered right after I got the email and still haven't received a confirmation for that one. Would ordering from walmart be safer?

11/8/2013 7:13:40 PM

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They were having some serious technical issues all day yesterday...they told me to call back like 3-4 times in 1-2 hours, was trying to port my number. Not sure if that's to explain for your ordering issues but it's possible.

I ended up getting one SIM for my N5 to try out the service...ended up being completely unnecessary as the service is awesome. Ordered a new SIM card to port my number to and derped it up by ordering a regular sized SIM card (blame it on the a a a alc...). Turned out to be pretty easy to trim the thing down to micro with scissors, thankfully. Just called them and had my number ported from Verizon, and they were able to apply my remaining 27ish days from my old SIM/account to my ported number.

11/9/2013 1:24:40 PM

CalledToArms
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awesome! Their website is not always that great; it seems like a lot of people have issues ordering stuff. Fortunately their customer service is actually not terrible and once your account is set up and your number ported it seems like it is pretty straight forward from then on.

11/10/2013 3:33:42 PM

laxman490
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Swiping up on the lock screen to open Google Now doesn't work with the Google launcher on my Nexus 4. I assume this works on the Nexus 5???

11/10/2013 4:29:56 PM

PaulISdead
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Net10 is loosing a customer. Im trying to transfer between a carrier SIM card Ive used before but has been inactive for months. Website gives errors says to call in. Guy says they need to mail me a new one. "Thats fine, but dont turn off my service until I get the new card". Service dropped by the next morning.

That was Thursday night. Called in several times to bitch and getting nothing but the run around "Its in the mail, only going to take 24hours". I get that Im paying a discount on customer service but this is procedural bullshit they need to fix if they want people to use their service.

11/16/2013 2:12:55 PM

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Straight Talk just sent me a text:

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"Please power your phone off and on to receive the latest updates"


WTF?

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"Swiping up on the lock screen to open Google Now doesn't work with the Google launcher on my Nexus 4. I assume this works on the Nexus 5???"


Can't tell ya...I don't use a lock screen - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.jraf.android.nolock&hl=en

12/5/2013 11:44:40 AM

CalledToArms
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does anyone on here have multiple phones on the same straight talk account? I know that seems like a really stupid question, but the way their accounts and their website are, it doesn't seem intuitively clear whether I could add my wife's phone onto the same "account." Not that it matters too much, but I was just curious.

We just got her Nexus 5 in last night and are planning to activate it tonight (she is coming from a very old clamshell simple feature phone straight to nexus 5 )

12/5/2013 12:15:17 PM

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^ I know when I deactivated my old SIM and activated my new SIM, both were listed in my account until I hit the link to remove the deactivated one...if that's any help.

12/5/2013 12:35:25 PM

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thanks. The reason I asked was because I noticed I could activate another sim - I just wasn't sure if it was basically a "replacement" or if both could stay active on my account. Normally I wouldn't question that but I don't know the ins and outs of ST and their website is certainly a little lacking.

I will say that I called today about my duplicate charge the first month and it was resolved quickly. I'll see if the refund shows up on my card in the next 24 hours. Overall I have still been very happy with my AT&T sim.

12/5/2013 12:53:26 PM

CalledToArms
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Decided just to do a separate account for my wife's #. She has been on the phone for awhile though - they keep telling her that her Verizon account information is not accurate to transfer her number. Hopefully that will get resolved soon.

12/5/2013 10:30:22 PM

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Anybody know of any good deals on an ATT compatible phone? $200ish range plz.

2/25/2014 3:40:12 PM

quagmire02
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^ is LTE necessary?

2/25/2014 6:39:58 PM

Noen
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You can get the Nokia Lumia 920 for ~200 bones used. iPhone 4S for a little more. Galaxy S3 and Nexus 5 used for ~200

2/26/2014 1:12:56 AM

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^^ No, something that supports HSPA+ would be fine.

^ Thanks. I don't think picture taking is important or I'd have him consider the Lumia, and he doesn't want iPhone...leaning Android. You meant Nexus 4 and not 5 right? Is that a good choice against the Moto G?

GS4 will be dropping in price when the GS5 is released ...not sure when that is though.

[Edited on February 26, 2014 at 9:55 AM. Reason : ]

2/26/2014 9:54:40 AM

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^Yes Nexus 4. And the S3 is still going for ~300, but I'm guessing that will drop a bit when the S5 releases. The S4 definitely won't be in your price range.

I'd stay away from anything Morotola. With the Lenovo acquisition, I'm betting they will EndOfLife pretty much everything in the current Moto lineup. Android is great, unless you're getting a phone with no future support.

If you don't need a great camera, why not give the Lumia 520 a shot? $59.99 brand new, full Windows Phone experience (unlike pretty much every budget android phone). If you don't like it, take it back.

[Edited on February 26, 2014 at 9:39 PM. Reason : .]

2/26/2014 9:37:10 PM

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motoG from the google play store is the best you'll get. it's treated like a nexus device and gets updates day 1

2/28/2014 5:34:26 AM

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I don't know if you are planning on using the phone on straight talk, but if you are, you need to make sure that the phone you get is sim unlocked

2/28/2014 7:06:07 AM

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AT&T's 2GB $65 monthly plan (minus whatever discount i get from work) has me thinking about switching over. I'd have to see what the final price is.

I'm generally happy with ST's service...only hangup is there's often a delay in data service, like I'll try to open a webpage or something and it hangs for 5-10 seconds before acting as normal. Suppose that could be my phone though...

[Edited on March 10, 2014 at 3:58 PM. Reason : V yeah i've got the same phone. not the biggest deal in the world.]

3/10/2014 3:51:18 PM

CalledToArms
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I definitely have not noticed that (Nexus 5 on ATT)

3/10/2014 3:54:36 PM

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Im thinking of switching to Straight Talk or Cricket very soon. Im currently on Sprint, so a decrease in price and increase on service should be pretty easy to obtain. Has anyone used an unlocked HTC One M8 on either? Maybe Im crazy considering that phone for prepaid, but Im still saving money over 2 years versus a 2 year contract plan.

6/26/2014 8:59:53 PM

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speedtest after updating to the hybrid radio and enabling LTE (certain bands only) on my N4



not bad for ~$45/month

this is HSPA+ in the same location



[Edited on June 30, 2014 at 10:27 AM. Reason : HSPA+]

6/30/2014 10:25:57 AM

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