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Straight Talk and Net10 to offer BYOD - $45/Month Unlimited Everything with any AT&T, T-Mobile or Unlocked GSM Phone!

In a surprising development, Straight Talk and Net10 are both going to allow users to bring their own devices (BYOD). Starting soon, probably Feb 7th, both carriers will begin selling unlocked SIMs for $14.99 each.

The SIMs will work in all AT&T or T-mobile compatible or unlocked GSM phones, except BlackBerrys. They can only be activated on each carrier's unlimited monthly plan which includes unlimited voice, messaging and data. Straight Talk's plan is $$45/month, Net10's, apparently identical plan, is $50.

There will be SIMs that use the AT&T network and SIMs that use T-Mobile. Both standard SIMs and micro-SIMs (used by iPhones) will be ava

Both operators have launched promotional pages (www.straighttalksim.com and www.net10sim.com) with extensive information including data settings for both the T-Mobile and AT&T variants of the new service. Manual configuration is required but it is straightforward on most phones. The exception is iPhones, which require some extra effort to get data working and need to be jailbroken to enable picture messaging.

For over a year, savvy users have known that the SIMs that come with StraightTalk's Nokia Symbian smatphones are unlocked and would wok in AT&T and unlocked GSM phones. The new program legitimizes the practice and eliminates having to buy an unneeded phone in order to get the unlocked SIM. 

That are a lot of unknowns about the new policy. In particular whether their will be any off network roaming allowed and at point and how data is capped.  I'm expecting little or no roaming a 2 GB/month data cap, probably a hard cap where data stops working after 2 GB with the AT&T SIMs and a soft cap where speeds are severely throttled after 2 GB on the T-Mobile SIMs.  But we will have to wait and see.

Update: 2-May-2012: Users are reporting that with the Straight Talk and Net10 AT&T BYOD SIMs they are being warned of excessive data use after about 100 MB in a day or 2 GB in a month. In some cases, users have had their service canceled and their SIM invalidated a few days after getting their first and only warning.  There have also been reports of users whose accounts were cancelled not being allowed to port their numbers to annother operator!

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  1. Would this work with my AT&T branded and locked Samsung Focus S?

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    1. I should provided it's possible alter data and MMS access point settings on the phone.

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  2. Wow ! In my mind, this deal changes everything for the moderate user who won't pay over 40-50 per month. Plenty of data, BYOD, outstanding (non edge) ATT /Tracfone coverage. Wow! Puts some serious pressure back on Verizon/Page Plus as well. Kinda like a mini phone revolution eh? "Up against the wall mother..." Woah, down boy.
    Seriously, this is exactly what us cheap middleclass users have been waiting for. And it's a happy happy day in my neighborhood.

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  3. I think this is great news for prepaid phone users, a nightmare for their competitors. I see $60 plans at Att mvnos dropping to $50 to compete. The only real bone I have to pick with this all is that prepaid wireless dealers are completely left out of the loop with ANY Straight Talk offer as it is through their own website and Walmart only. I see Net10 as a possible alternate but the big question is will they offer it to their retailers or is it going to remain an online America Movil exclusive?

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  4. i got a sim card for net10 i am usignin it in my ipone 3 but i dont know how to get the data or mms workin or change the apn settings since its i0s5
    please help

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    1. Here are two pages that explain how to get data and MMS working on an iPhone on NET10 or Straight Talk:
      DIY disruptor - iPhone and Android users: How to fire AT&T and cut your cell phone bill in half
      Straight Talk iPhone - HowardForums Wiki
      Although both are about Straight Talk, the settings for NET10 are the same.

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  5. thank you i will be trying this but one more thing do you a site to do a untethered jailbreak ?

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    1. iClarified has tutorials for jailbreaking every model of the iPhone.

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  6. they dont have on out yet for the 3gs 5.1

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  7. i am not understanding how to do this

    http://www.iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=18993&laid=

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  8. i am on 5.1
    http://www.iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=20522
    thats the link for the version im on do you no if there is a untethered jailbreak anywere ?

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    1. Not that I know of, but I'm not much of an iPhone expert.

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  9. I have an iPhone now with an old SIM card pulled from an E71. Is there anyway to transfer my existing service and number to this new SIM card, so I can then get rid of my old phone and go "legit"? Do I just call StraightTalk and let them know?

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    1. It's the same as switching between any two devices. You can either call them or if you have an online account set up you can go to www.straighttalk.com/Activate and select "Activate or reactivate my phone with a number transferred from another Straight Talk phone"

      Your number, current plan and expiration date will all transfer to the new phone.

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  10. Everybody be careful when unlocking newer 3GS 8gb. Any one made after 35th week of 2011 cannot be unlocked thru jailbreaking. I did it and can't use the phone anymore.

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  11. Hello. I'm new to the smartphone market. I would like to use the Straighttalk SIM card with a Samsung Infuse 4g, but unless I buy the phone with an AT&T plan, it is out of my price range. I'm thinking of buying a used phone. Anything I need to consider before doing this (such as would setting up the phone be trickier if it had other settings already loaded)? Thanks!

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    1. The main things to worry about with used phones are condition, not stolen and will the seller take it back if it doesn't work

      Setting a used phone is no different than a new one if you do a hard reset to return the phone to stock as shipped condition before setting it. See How to hard reset the Samsung Infuse 4G.

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  12. Im using net10 on an iPhone 3GS, got a warning today I'm using too much data on the "unlimited" plan. I don't know where the limit is, but there terms of service say stream ANY audio or video is prohibited.

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    1. The unwritten limits are supposedly 100 MB/day, 2 GB/month

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    2. how did you get the data to work please, i cant get it to work with unlockit.co.nz apn changer

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  13. Anybody using an iphone 4s?

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  14. I see that Net10 now has a $45 internet exclusive plan so how would that make it different form Straight Talk? Also I see that Simple Mobile has a T-Mobile 4G plan for $50 that they say has no cap is this true? Would there 4G plan differ from straight talk or net10 internet speeds?

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    1. Net10 and Straight Talk are the same service with different business models. Straight Talk is online and Walmart only. Net10 is sold everywhere.

      Simple Mobile's $50 plan is throttled at 2GB with data cut off at 3GB according to user reports.

      With a phone that supports 14 Mbs HSPA+ and the AWS band and in an area where T-Mobile is running HSPA+ (mostly cities), Simple 4G can be up to 3 times faster than Straight Talk on AT&T. But the same phone with a Straight Talk T-Mobile SIM is just as fast and has better coverage.

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  15. If I buy the Motorola Proclaim from Amazon it says it is from Net10 only. But could I activate it for usage with Straight Talk instead. ?

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    1. It's not possible to use a Net10 phone on Straight talk.

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  16. Would any of the Sims work with an at&t lg thrill that isn't unlocked?? If not how or where can I go to unlock my at&t lg thrill???

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    1. Yes, you can use a Straight Talk AT&T SIM (regular SIM, not micro) with an AT&T LG Thrill even if it isn't unlocked.

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  17. What if I wanted to get an iPhone. What is your best recommendation?

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    1. Easiest is to can use an AT&T IPhone on any AT&T MVNO or a Verizon iPhone on Page Plus or TalkForGood or a Virgin Mobile iPhone on Virgin Mobile.

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    2. I bought a refurb 3GS from CowBoom with a one year warranty, planning to use it on AirVoice, or Tmobile-Ultra or Solavei (unlocked).

      Then Virgin dropped their prices $200 on new iPhones. Since the Virgin $40 unlimited data plan was enough for me, I got a 4S and will pay about the same total price over two years. The 4S is faster, has Facetime for videochats, and has a much nicer camera. Siri is kind of fun.

      The 3GS, unlocked, is on Ptel Pay-go now. You can talk and use the web at the same time, unlike Virgin iPhone. Also, I can take it overseas, unlike Virgin. They locked down the SIM slot.

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  18. Once your phone is unlock is it unlock for good (permanently) or would it have to be unlock each time you enter a new sim??

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    1. With a typical unlock done by the carrier or with an unlock code you buy the unlock code is permanent.

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