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Straight Talk, Net10 Bring Your Own Phone SIMs now available



As previously reported here, Net10 and Straight Talk started taking orders today for unlocked SIMs at www.straighttalksim.com and www.net10sim.com.The SIMs cost $14.99 and 3 day shipping is included. They can be used in any unlocked GSM or and locked T-Mobile or AT&T phone, including the iPhone, Android and Windows Phone devices. These SIMs can only be used on unlimited plans which cost $45/month from Straight talk and $50/month from Net10.

Each carrier is offering both regular and micro SIMs,  (required for iPhones and Nokia Lumias). Each type of SIM is available with either AT&T or T-Mobile as its home network. When you order you are asked if you are using a:

  • Blackberry, or branded TracFone, SafeLink, NET10 or Straight Talk
  • Unlocked Phone (Phone must operate in 850 and 1900 MHz bands)
  • AT&T Compatible Phone
  • T-Mobile Compatible Phone
If you choose "Blackberry, or branded TracFone, SafeLink, NET10 or Straight Talk" you will get a message that SIMs are not available for your phone.

If you pick Unlocked Phone the site will ask for a zip code but you will not get to choose between a T-Mobile or AT&T SIM. When I used a San Francisco zip code the site offered me an AT&T SIM. Which is a little surprising as the Straight Talk and Net10 sites normally default to selling phones with T-Mobile SIM to San Francisco customers.

If you want a specific carrier SIM I suggest saying you have an AT&T or T-Mobile compatible phone rather than an unlocked one. Just keep in mind that for 3G data T-Mobile uses the AWS band (1700 Mhz uplink /2100 Mhz downlink) for 3G while AT&T uses 850 and 1900 Mhz. Be sure your phone supports the same bands as the carrier you choose, otherwise you will be stuck with slow EDGE (2.5G) data speeds.

At this time it's not known if new SIMs support roaming or if there are any data caps. On their FAQ pages Straight Talk and Net10 only say that there are no roaming charges and that tethering (using the phone as a wireless modem for a PC or other device) is not allowed.

Anecdotal reports suggest that there is a hard data cap of around 100 MB/day and 1 or 2 GB/month on Straight Talk and Net10 "unlimited" data. Exceed that and your data will be cut off until you call customer support who will restore it once or twice.

Current Straight Talk and Net10 phones with T-Mobile and AT&T SIMs support voice-only roaming. As AT&T's native coverage is much larger (the Simple Mobile map on this page shows T-Mobile native coverage), I recommend getting an AT&T SIM provided your phone supports AT&T 3G frequencies and you have AT&T coverage in the areas where you will regularly use your phone.

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  1. Straight Talk and Net10 sim only plans are fine and will shake up the business but there are still some customers they miss.

    1)Non unlimited monthly plans.
    2)Blackberry users.
    3)Paygo users.
    4)Texters only.
    5)People who need a sim NOW.
    6)People who need Verizon level coverage.
    7)People who require a lot of handholding via customer care (America Movil CS in general is weak to fair).
    8)People who use unlimited sporadically (daily unlimited plans from Att, Tmobile fit them better).
    9)Visitors from foreign countries with unlocked gsm phones staying less then a month.
    10)People with cdma devices who can't byod them.
    11)Other Net10, Straight Talk and Tracfone users.
    12)Other

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  2. The Samsung Exhibit II is sold as a T-Mobile prepaid phone but Amazon lists it as having the 850 and 1900 MHz bands. Does this mean I could get 3G with the AT&T sim?

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    1. The Exhibit II does support AT&T 3G. However it's SIM locked and would have to be unlocked before it would accept any AT&T SIM including the Straight Talk BYOD one.

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    2. YES i had tmobile unlock it for international travel and i am using the unlimited plan..I am not able to get it to tether yet any suggestions?

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    3. With most Android phone you need to use tethering app. Most of the apps require the phone to be rooted. One that doesn't is PdaNet. It's not free however, but some of the root apps are.

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  3. if i get a unlocked android and put a sim card on it. will it be on at&t?

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    1. You can use either Straight Talk's AT&T SIM or their T-Mobile SIM in your unlocked phone. It will be on whichever network's SIM you choose.

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  4. o tahnk you very much At&t works better in my area i think

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  5. if i get a exhbit 2 4g does it have to be on tmobile or can it be on At&t?

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  6. The Exhibit 2 4G is locked to T-Mobile so it won't work on AT&T. If you can get it unlocked then it will work on AT&T.

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    1. Yeswap, based on your advice, I bought an unlocked/rooted/rom'med Exhibit II from a t-mobile user, but it didn't work with AT&T Prepaid data...any ideas ? Thanks !

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  7. would the mezmerize from us celluer if i get it unlocked can i use it on at&ts sim card?

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    1. US Cellular phones are CDMA. They will not work with on GSM network like AT&T or T-mobile.

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    2. Is there any possibility that I could get my jailbroken 4G Verizon phone switched to straightalk?

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    3. People say they got CDMA iPhone 4S's working with a Straight Talk AT&T SIM using a genuine Gevry Ultra S SIM adapter.

      But the Gevry is not cheap and I've seen reports of problems with. Plus you run the risk of Apple blocking it with a software update.

      I recommend you sell the Verizon iPhone and buy an AT&T iPhone to use on Straight Talk.

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  8. if i get a htc wildfire s from tmobile unlocked can i put it on att sim?

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    1. Yes but you won't get 3G data speeds with an AT&T SIM.

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  9. will the nokia n900 work on At&t if i get it unlocked? and i chosse AT&T

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    1. Yes but you won't get 3G data speeds with an AT&T SIM. You will with a T-Mobile SIM.

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  10. why cant i get 3g data speeds for the htc wildfire s on att

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    1. T-Mobile's Wildfire S doesn't support AT&T's 850 and 1900 Mhz UTMS, HSPA 3G bands.

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  11. does sprint use cdma or gsm?

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  12. I have installed and activated a Straight Talk AT&T sim in an Iphone but the phone sees no service available everywhere I have tried. Straight Talk does not seem to know why the phone does not work. Any ideas?

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    1. If possible, try the SIM in another phone or try an AT&T SIM in the iPhone to determine if the phone or SIM is the problem.

      If the iPhone works with an AT&T SIM or the Straight Talk SIM doesn't work in the other phone that means that the SIM is either bad or not activated.

      If the regular Straight Talk support isn't able to fix it, call the Miami based "Executive Resolutions Dept." at 1-800-876-5753. They are open Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM EST and should be able to help you.

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  13. if a phones not unlocked and its and android does the Phone must operate in 850 and 1900 MHz bands?

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    1. If a phone's not unlocked it needs be an AT&T or T-Mobile phone.

      If it's an AT&T phone you need the Straight Talk AT&T SIM. AT&T uses 850 & 1900 Mhz bands which are supported by all AT&T phones

      If it's an T-Mobile phone you need the Straight Talk T-Mobile SIM. T-Mobile uses 1900 (2G) and 1700/2100 (3G) bands which are supported by all T-Mobile phones.

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  14. what if its below 850mhz? can i still get it?

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    1. Straight Talk doesn't use any band below 850.

      What phone and operator are you taking about?

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  15. okay and it was at&t and the phone was i phone buti m getting a android

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  16. and that android is samsung galaxy ace but its still below 850 mhz it has 800mhz wht does tht mean?

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    1. The Samsung Galaxy Ace is not a US model phone, chances are it won't get 3G speeds on the AT&T network

      You need to look at the radio frequencies it supports to determine if it will work with AT&T;

      There are too Samsung Galaxy Ace models the S5830 and the S5830L. Here are their frequencies:

      2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 (both S5830 & S5830L)
      3G Network
      HSDPA 900 / 2100 - Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 only
      HSDPA 850 / 1900 - Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830L only

      Both will work for voice and low speed data on AT&T but only the S5830L will get high speed 3G data.

      Unless the Galaxy Ace is supper cheap I'd avoid it for Straight Talk and get one of the three AT&T prepaid Androids that sells for around $120

      800 Mhz is the Galaxy Ace's processor speed which is typical of low end Android phones.

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  17. umm yeswap ive looked on WONTEK.com and clicked straight talk and it said they might be coming out with a phone called the samsung s720c and there saying it will work on verizon as and android is this true?

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    1. Could be, but I think Sprint is more likely.

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  18. probaly cause verizon wants 100 on smartphones! i hate that

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  19. Hi i have an att atrix. However, it is unlocked. If I purchase the unlock sim will I get 3G data still? My reason for not selecting the at&t is in case I use an unlocked phone that is non-att in the future then I wont need to purchase another sim. If I am unable to get 3G on the unlocked sim, I will go ahead and purchase the att sim. Thanks.

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    1. Get the AT&T SIM, it will work in any unlocked phone. All SIMs only support a single operator, there's nothing magical about the unlocked SIMs.

      If you order an "unlocked" SIM you are letting Straight Talk decide whether to send you an AT&T or T_Mobile SIM. So far all the unlocked Straight Talk SIMs seem to be AT&T SIMs, but why take a chance.

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  20. Hi guys ,I have a question - Which 3G is faster with the Straight Talk SIM cards from AT&T or T-Mobile?

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  21. Yeswap, if I decide to get the Google Galaxy Nexus (sold unlocked by google) do I still need to buy a sim card to run it on Straight Talk?

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    1. Yes you would need a Staright Talk SIM.

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  22. I'm looking at the HTC Desire Z 3G(unlocked). Would it work with the At&T sim from net10 and receive 3G service?

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    1. There are two versions of the HTC Desire Z 3G
      One for North America that supports HSDPA 850/1900. It will get 3G with an AT&T SIM
      One for the rest of the world that supports HSDPA 900/2100. It will not get 3G with an AT&T SIM

      You need to find out from the seller which one it is.

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    2. If i get the Side Kick LX 2009 Sharp PV GSM unlocked phone can i use it on the AT&T sim card?

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    3. Yes, an unlocked Sidekick will work an AT&T Straight Talk SIM. However, the old Sidekicks are talk and text only no matter which network you use because the Sidekick servers needed for email, MMS and data have been shut down.

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  23. Hi! Does anyone know about the Motorola Milestone A853. Will that support the 3G on the AT&T sim? Would I be able to receive all the features and could I upgrade the android as it run on 2.0 now? I'm looking at one of these two:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Unlocked-Motorola-MILESTONE-A853-Android-QWERTZ-GSM-Droid-Phone-/190671368084?pt=Cell_Phones&hash=item2c64e62f94#ht_1289wt_1037


    http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Motorola-Milestone-A853-Droid-Unlocked-Android-QWERTY-GSM-Cellular-Phone-/221027154221?pt=Cell_Phones&hash=item33763eb92d#ht_2901wt_1270

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    1. No, that phone only supports 3G (UMTS/WCDMA) at 900/2100 Mhz. AT&T 3G uses 850/1900 Mhz.

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  24. Anyone know which Tmobile phones are compatible with net 10? We have 3 phones: the htc wildfire, sidekick touch, and the Samsung gravity touch. Can e just buy the sims for 14.99 off net 10's site?

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    1. All T-Mobile USA phones are compatible with the Net10 T-Mobile SIM.

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  25. Thank you so much! One more quick question, I'm worried about the Web with net 10. A will it be similar to Tmobile or no? BC like metro pcs has "metro Web", so I was wondering if it was the same with net ?

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    1. Net10 phones use the real web, there's no Net10 Web walled garden.

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    2. thank you, again! :)

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  26. Yeswap question for you sir,
    I am confused/torn between 3 company plans. 1.) TMO 30$/mon - 100min v + Unlimited T/W 2.) VMO 35$ - 300 min v + unlimited T/W 3.) Net 10 25$ -750min v/t/w. Reason i am confused is 100 mins on TMO is too low (I am trying to see if I can avoid going to 50$). The reason i havent booked for VMO is because i read in your article that the data service is capped. Now lets come to Net 10, I like the 750 min plan but i am not sure how the data can be estimated on here. I understand their rate charge is 1min for a min surfing. But I couldnt find any data on their data rate. Is there a capping on it? also how much would mega byte or kilo byte a min of data surfing would b?
    My usage i think will approx be as follows. 150-200mins V, 500 txt, 200Mbs data. What do you think is the best solution from these? Or do you think I have to go to a UL plan?
    If you do suggest UL could you help me with TMO Vs Simple mobile.

    Sorry too many questions. But any idea would help. after reading so much data on this stuff i am clueless. Hahaha

    Thanks

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    1. Also to add to the complexity. I was reading another thread of articles about how surfing on the tracphone/net10 phone is slow. I am assuming they are talking about the regular phones. But I am planing to use a Palm Pixi Plus (nothing like a 4g phone would be) but I am sure it would make a difference in the browsing experience and the time required to look something up. Just wanted to add that info in and get it involved in the evaluation as well.

      Thanks.

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    2. All prepaid data plans have caps or throttles:
      Virgin Mobile - throttled to 256 Kbps after 2.5 MB
      T-Mobile $30 Plan - throttled to 60 Kbps after 5 MB
      Net10 $25 Plan - stops working after you use 750 combined texts minutes of voice/data.

      Based on your estimated usage, Virgin Mobile's $35 plan with the LG Optimus Elite would be the best fit provided the rather limited Sprint native network covers the places you will be using the phone.

      If Sprint coverage doesn't work for you, I'd recommend Net10 or Straight Talk Unlimited and choosing one of the SIM or phone options that works on the best network for you:
      Verizon: Samsung Proclaim
      AT&T: ZTE Merit or BYOD SIM
      T-Mobile: BYOD SIM

      1 minute of web surfing on Net10 averages about 40-75 KB so 750 minutes = 30-55 MB.

      You can only use a smartphone like the Palm Pixi Plus on the Net10 Unlimited plan (not the $25 plan). The Pixi Plus is faster than a Net10 feature phone but slower at browsing than an Android phone on T-Mobile or Net10.

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  27. Wow you saved me from the trouble of returning the net10 sim. If I have to end up buying the unlimited plan den would you rate ATT, TMO behind Net 10 or Straight talk. cause there the price difference is only 5 dollars. I am assuming you feel the network coverage is the same so the service provided is the same? Another question you said TMO is capped at 60kb after 5mb so the statement of 4g speed upto first 5gb is crap?

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    1. I'm sorry, my reference to 5MB was a typo, it should say 5GB. I meant to say:

      Virgin Mobile - throttled to 256 Kbps after 2.5 GB
      T-Mobile $30 Plan - throttled to 60 Kbps after 5 GB

      AT&T and T-Mobile's $50 plans are not comparable to Net10's $50 pr Straight Talk's $45.

      AT&T's $50 plan only includes data for non-smartphones, smartphone data is $25/month extra per 500 MB.

      T-Mobile's $50 month plan only includes 100 MB of data before its throttled to 60 Kbps.

      With Staright Talk/Net 10 you can safely use up to about 100 MB/day, 2GB/month. The downside is that if you use more than that you risk getting you account terminated. But you said you only need 200 MB/month so that should not be a problem.

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  28. I have an AT&T iPhone 4. AT&T is willing to unlock for free. My friend bought the net10 sim card for us with AT&T. They have read online about difficulties in changing the APN and with MMS and are thinking about changing their mind. Is e unlock necessary and are there any problems she should be aware of in advance?

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    1. Unlocking is not necessary to change the APN but it makes it easier to change the MMS settins. Plus it increases the phone's resale value and allows you to use the phone abroad with local SIMs. If you are eligible for an unlock, by all means get it now, before AT&T/Apple changes the rules again.

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  29. Sir Yeswap, Thank you for the detailed explanation. i was worried about the 5mb haha. I just read ur article about data plans on prepaid and u had mentioned the att limitations to non-smartphones. I am liking net 10 but have just heard horrible things about the customer service and people not getting their proper loaded minutes but i guess thats an issue with all these providers

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    1. Customer service is a weak point with all prepaid providers and Straight Talk/Net10 is worse than most.

      However, once you account is up and running you should not have to deal with them very often, if at all. Pay each month online or sign up for auto refill. With the unlimited plans, there are no minutes so it's pretty straight forward.

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    2. Agreed. When i started to read on this topic the number one rated on their chart was boos mobile. the very next day found website full of them bad mouthing it. Felt good about net10 till last couple of days where i started studying their website and pages after pages of people posting their complaints on their forums. The funny thing is you try to run away from the crazy loot by the big boys and search for these companies only to find out that they are the branches of them. Its funny and sad. But again thank you so much for the to the point information. Helped me out alot. I would have bought few different refill cards before realizing I need a unlimited one.

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  30. If i get a unlocked HTC inspire will i still get 3g through net10 or will it be slow?

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    1. it should get high speed data with an Straight Talk AT&T SIM. As far as I know the HTC Aspire was an AT&T exclusive and supports the 850 Mhz and 1900 Mkz UTMS bands used by AT&T.

      The International version of this phone is visually identical but is sold as the Desire HD and doesn't support AT&T 3G. I recommend you verify with the seller that it is a genuine Aspire and supports AT&T 3G.

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    2. So if I look at the specs of a phone and the 3g bands are 850 and 1900 it should work just fine?

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    3. Much thanks!

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  31. I am using Net10 unlimited plan with TMobile sim card. Phone is TMobile GS2(unlocked, though it does not matter). So far so good, the service is very good, same as TMobile(of course since it's the same network), no speed throttling yet(no idea how much data I have used, but I am a HEAVY user). Heard a few cases Straight Talk(same company as Net10) not only throttle the data speed, but also terminate service too if you use too much data. Haven't heard such thing from Net10.

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  32. i have straight talk byod, i was wondering if i get another phone and take my sims card out will terminate my service, i know i have to do the apn setting, but will still work in another phone.

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    1. Yes you can switch phones as often as you want. Just move the SIM to the other phone and set up the APN.

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  33. Yeswap, you have been incredibly helpful. Please post a PayPal email so some of us who truly appreciate such incredible help can make a financial contribution for your time and efforts.

    I have a GMS 900/1800/1900 only device. I am only concerned about voice calls and nothing else. From a previous response of yours above, I believe I understand that AT&T uses 850/1900 but this could mean that without 850 on the device, service may be spotty at best. I did read where you mentioned that T-Mobile uses 1900 for 2G. If this is the dedicated frequency, it seems that requesting the T-Mobile SIM through straight talk is my best solution.

    What do you think? Again, the device is ONLY GSM 900/1800/1900, and I only need voice/talking abilities. Data is of zero importance, but call coverage/quality are very much needed.

    Thank you in advance for your assistance. Also, please make sure to leave a PayPal address behind so myself and possibly others can send a token of appreciation.

    To others, I recommend $20 for almost all of the 3+ sentences this guru has responded with. The detail here is incredible, so pony up guys.

    Take care,
    -B

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    1. Also, I notice you informing people to "move their SIM and setup the APN."

      I am not familiar with using a setup like this. Can you please elaborate on what the APN is, and how the setup process works? Is it possible to prepare this SIM so if can literally just be placed into a phone and simply work? Maybe with the help of a secondary device for setup, or is this APN setup something that must be done on the device that one intends on finally using the SIM with?

      Thanks again,
      -B

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    2. T-Mobile's own voice/2G network is 1900 Mhz only so it is your best best for a phone without 850 Mhz support.

      APN configuration is only needed for data and MMS. Voice and SMS requires no setup.

      For T-Mobile the settings are:
      Data: set the APN (access point name) to epc.tmobile.com


      For MMS:
      APN - wap.voicestream.com
      MMSC URL http://216.155.174.84/servlets/mms
      MMSC proxy: 216.155.165.050
      MMSC port: 8080

      The trick is finding the phone menu that lets you enter the data and MMS settings. This varies greatly with phone make and model. Typically it's something like Settings > Wireless & networks > Mobile networks > Access Point Names. If you can't find the menu on your phone try Googgling " GPRS setup".

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  34. Hello, I have an HTC EVO from Sprint, can I have it flashed to use with Straighttalk?

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    1. I doubt it. The only possible way would be by cloning the ESN from a Sprint or Verizon based Straight Talk phone which is legally questionable.

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  35. I currently have ATT and am considering going to net 10. My wife and I both have the samsung infuse and pay about $180 per month for our phones. I can get the unlimited plans for about $100 per month. I sometimes use more than 2gb per month of data because of streaming movies. My question is since I use so much data would net 10 likely shut my phone down or terminate my service? I guess I could slow down on the data usage to save $960 per year...

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    1. You risk having your account cancelled on Net10 if you use more than 100 MB/day, 2 GB/month. If you use them I recommend you only stream video and audio when on WiFi.

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  36. Hi, I am already with Straight Talk and am wondering if I buy an AT&T sim card from Straight Talk and then purchase a new, regular AT&T Samsung Galaxy Skyrocket will it work? And if so, what additional steps, if any, would I have to take in order to be able to send and receive texts?

    Also, could the phone be bought used and still work the same, or would it have to be new?

    Thanks!

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    1. Yes the Straight Talk SIM would work in an AT&T Skyrocket. Talk and SMS would work without any configuration. To get MMS and data working you just need to change a new settings as described on Support tab on www.straighttalksim.com

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    2. Okay, thanks. Does it matter if the phone is used or not?

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    3. No, a used phone will work.

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  37. Hello Yeswap, you are very generous with your time.
    I am coming to visit the U.S on Thursday, my wife has an iPhone 4S unlocked - it is GSM and runs on 850MHz.
    I planning on ordering the Straight Talk $14.99 micro sim (selecting the AT&T compatible option to ensure use of their network?) and then choosing the $45 unlimited plan. (Might I add I have so far been unable to actually make the Straight talk purchase, as they will not accept international credit cards, so I will order once I get into the country (sigh)... crazy. (I will be in L.A - how long will it take to get delivered)
    I must also admit, I have been researching for hours, its driving me nuts.
    OR
    Can you perhaps offer some advice on a better option.
    Appreciate any advice/ideas. Nate the Aussie.

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    1. A Straight Talk SIM usually takes about a week to arrive using the free standard shipping. There are extra cost 3 day and overnight shipping options available.

      If you want a SIM immediately you could pickup an AT&T one at an AT&T store in LA although it will be much more expensive for data than Straight Talk. See US Prepaid GSM Voice, Text and Data Options For International Visitors for rates, store locator and AT&T APN settings.

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    2. Cheers Yeswap - you are a beacon on light among the hundreds of web pages I have been reading.
      To add further info to my question, my wife's iPhone 4S actually supports 2100MHz too, and I have read that the 2G internet speeds around the U.S (on for example T-Mobile are decent for browsing etc?) We are only travelling to major cities, L.A, N.Y, Washington and San Fran. Data is the main priority for her phone. I agree AT&T seem the best version, but my wife uses the net a lot haha. So I am trying to plan ahead. Our holiday will last 3 weeks.
      -Am I just confusing the situation? or could I indeed just go to a T-mobile re-seller - grab a micro sim and go on the $2 per day deal? Also, will I have to register a credit card to do get any of the sims that are mentioned above in the thread? (sorry so many questions!)
      Nate the Aussie.

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    3. No iPhone will get 3G on T-Mobile USA. The 2100 Mhz you are seeing is UTMS Band I which is what you are using in Australia. T-Mobile's 3G is on UTMS Band IV aka AWS or 1700 Mhz.

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    4. Cheers Yeswap. So can the iPhone 4S get 2G on the T-mobile network? on the 2100MHz? I have also read that T-mobile uses the AT&T network which as you mentioned runs on the GSM 850MHz.??
      As I have read on recent forums in Australia that users have been able to simply grab a T-mobile sim, $2 a day unlimited text and data plan with no worries. Does this sound right?
      Regards, Nate the Aussie.

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    5. Sorry to hijack this thread! Also wondering, if the iPhone 4S does work on the T-Mobile network - will it autocratically allow us to create a personal hotspot, or do we need to pay extra for that capability? Thank you!!!

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    6. T-Mobile use 1900 Mhz for 2G. T-Mobile prepaid roams on AT&T in only a few places and only voice and SMS, no data.

      The iPhone's Personal Hotspot has been reported to work on T-Mobile. 2g speeds of course.

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  38. I am a technological idiot and hope you can help. I love my verizon coverage, but can't stand the price and "less than straight-forward" practices of the company. I have read that Straight Talk has their own phones that are using Verizon towers. Is there a way to BYOD to Net10 or Straight Talk and access this network? Also, what type of phone works well with BYOD? I am searching for a decent, used, android phone but am not sure which to buy (used) CDMA, GSM, Sprint, Verizon, ATT????? Any information would be appreciated as I am completely confused and overwhelmed.

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    1. Straight Talk BYOD uses the AT&T or T-Mobile networks only, not Verizon.
      If you need Verizon coverage, the Straight Talk Samsung Proclaim is there only Android phone that uses the Verizon network.

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  39. mr yeswap if i buy the prepaid mytouch 4g from waltmart and u get it unlocked can it work with a at&t straight talk sim card ? and can i also be able to get 3g network ? the reason is that i live in hawaii and tmobile's voice and network signal isnt as good as at&t please help thank you in advance for your advice

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    1. The MyTouch 4G doesn't support the 3G bands that AT&T uses. If unlocked it would work on AT&T for voice, messaging and 2G data only.

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    2. thank you so much!
      one more quick question is there anyway to unlock the basebands on my touch 4g like the iphones and that way i can get 3g network from stalk at&t sim card?

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  40. Ok, I have a TMobile Samsung Exhibit II 4G and I'm thinking about switching to Straight Talk. I know you said that the II 4G WILL work with the ATT SIM (which has much better coverage in my area) but I need to unlock my phone first? If I do need to do this....how do I do it!?


    Thanks!

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    1. T-Mobile will unlock phones for prepaid customers provided the customer has a minimum of 60 days of service with T-Mobile and either a Prepaid account balance of $10.00 or more or a prior refill within the last 30 days.

      Otherwise you can pay an unlocking service like http://cellphoneunlock.net/

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    2. Thanks! I will definitely do that. Would you recommend using AT&T or sticking with Tmobile. Who has better data service?

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    3. "Best" varies by location. AT&T has data in more areas and 3G in more areas. T-Mobile is faster where they have upgraded to the latest version of HSPA+. AT&T is overloaded and unreliable in some cities like San Francisco and New York.

      If you travel a lot AT&T is probably the better bet. For use mainly in one area ask you friends who have AT&T or T-Mobile.

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  41. Im thinking of getting an unlocked Sony Xperia Ion, should I get an AT&T sim or a T-Mobile sim from Net10 or Straight Talk. What would be the best Network for Lubbock, Tx(West Tx)? Please and Thank you. Any idea when these companies will utilize 4G?

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  42. Will it support UMA Tmobile enabled devices. Thanks

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    1. Non-BlackBerry UMA phones (Nokia E72) will work on Straight Talk for regular calls, data, etc. but as far as I know the UMA feature doesn't.

      Most of the T-Mobile UMA phones are BlackBerrys. There's no BlackBerry BIS on Straight Talk so BlackBerrys are talk and text only and with some hacking the browser can be made to work

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  43. Sony Xperia Ion supports: Gsm/Edge 850, 900, 1800, 1900 UMTS HSPA+ 850, 1900, 2100 LTE BAND IV AND BAND XVII

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    1. With a Straight Talk AT&T SIM you will get 3G and HSPA+ (pseuedo 4G) like the iPhone. No LTE as Straight Talk doesn't get that on any phone.

      With the ST T-Mobile SIM the Ion would get 2G and Edge only no 3G. I don't know anything about coverage in Lubbock. Ask the locals who have AT&T or T-Mobile or check the coverage maps

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  44. Hi, I am a very tight budget mom of two lil boys and I'm debating on straight talk or net10... Im looking for a no contract phone what would be great in data. I rely on my phone a lot, esp the GPS feature and internet. I want a phone that will not slow down on web surfing and I need one that will not give me a hard time when I do a road trip from florida to california. Any suggestion and which one should I go with.. straight talk or net10?.. Please help. Thank you and God Bless.

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  45. PS.. I have been using samsung phones and also looking at LG phones.. any suggestions..

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    1. There's no difference between Straight Talk and Net10 in terms of coverage, speed and customer support. The only difference are in plan price and where you can buy topup cards or PINs.

      For descent GPS and web you should get one of the Android phones, but avoid the ones on Sprint as the coverage is inferior.

      That leaves either the ZTE Merit (AT&T network) or the Samsung Proclaim (Verizon network). The Straight Talk Proclaim is the better phone but the Straight Talk version is currently out of stock online. The Merit isn't bad either and is less expensive.

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  46. Hello: I read that T-mobile straightalk sim caps 2 Gb, has anyone cnfirmed that? and has anyone test T-mobile sim download speed in straighttalk?

    Thanks

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    1. There have been reports of Straight Talk users with the AT&T SIM having received a warning after using 100 MB in a day or 2 GB in a month. Those who didn't reduce their data usage after the first and only warning have lost their service and phone numbers.

      I haven't heard of that happening with the T-Mobile SIM. Download speeds vary with location ahd the phone. Anywhere from 10 Gbps to 50 Kbps is possible.

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    2. http://www.usedcellphoneshop.com/p-5300-att-motorola-atrix-2-mb865-nice-cell-phone.aspx

      would this phone work with an at&t straight talk sim card?

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    1. so, how does this whole thing work? like do I just put the sim card in and then it functions like any other straight talk phone with the activation and stuff? I have a straight talk phone now so I know what mine is like..

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    2. Pretty much the same. You do need to configure the data and MMS setttings manually but otherwise it's the same.

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  48. oh and would I get the android coverage of straight talk or the all-over coverage of straight talk, or at&t's coverage?

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    1. Same coverage as any Straight Talk phone that uses the AT&T network.

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    2. how do I configure data and MMS settings?... sorry I'm technologically retarded...

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    3. what kind of speed/3G/4G would I get with this phone?

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    4. http://www.cowboom.com/product/1046227

      ^would this phone work?

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    5. The HTC Titan will work for voice and SMS with a Straight talk AT&T SIM but getting data and especially MMS to work is difficult on Windows Phone. Someone claims to have it working though, See this forum thread for details: HTC Titan on Straight Talk? Anyone?.

      Data speed varies greatly by location. Maximum data speed under ideal conditions with a Titan on AT&T is about 5 Mbps. Average speeds are around 1 Mbps in HSPA areas and 150 Kbps on Edge.

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  49. Sorry if this has already been asked in this thread, but, I have an HTC Evo Shift from Sprint. I would like to start using either Net10 or Straight Talk $45 Unlimited plans. Which one would be best?
    Thanks so much!

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    1. The EVO Shift is a CDMA phone and will not work with Straight Talk or Net10's BYOD program which uses the AT&T and T-Mobile GSM networks. You need to use a AT&T or T-Mobile phone or a compatible unlocked GSM phone.

      As for whether Straight Talk or Net10 is better they are exactly the same service under two different names with different pricing an distribution.

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  50. I have a T-Mobile G2x and wanted to know if it was compatible. Can i transfer this phone over to straight talk. I think it is still "locked" does that make a difference. If so how can i unlock it. Thanks

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  51. It doesn't need to be unlocked to use a Straight Talk T-Mobile SIM It would need to be unlocked to us an AT&T SIM.

    T-Mobile will unlock your phone for free provide you meet the following requirements:
    User has a minimum of 60 days of active service with T-Mobile and either a Prepaid Plan account balance of at least $10.00 or a prior refill within the last 30 days.

    Or you can pay a service like www.cellunlock.net to unlock it.

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  52. Thank you this was very helpful to me

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  53. Hi, I am thinking about purchasing the AT&T HTC One X phone, and want to use the Net 10 service. I do not get very good AT&T service where I live. Would I be able to use the HTC on either network? Would I have to unlock the HTC first? Also, are the Net 10 and AT&T sims on the same network?? Thanks in advance for answering my questions.

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    1. When you buy a NET10 SIM you chose between an AT&T based one and a T-Mobile based one.

      The AT&T HTC One X does not need to be unlocked to use the NET10 SIM. But the coverage would be the same as on AT&T itself.

      The One X would have to be unlocked to use the NET10 T-Mobile SIM plus it doesn't support T-Mobile's 3G frequencies so the web would be slow and video streaming wouldn't work very well or at.

      My advice is to find out which operator; AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint or whatever works best where you will be using the phone and then buy a phone that's compatible with that operator

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  54. Maybe I missed this but I was wondering why a Blackberry wouldn't work...?

    I have TWO unlocked t-Mob BB9700's - want to use them for talk, text, and web only.

    No BBM...no blackberry specific apps.

    Can it be done?

    Thanks!!!

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    1. I haven't heard of anyone trying it but I don't see any reason why a BlackBerry wouldn't work for talk and text on Straight Talk.

      However, MMS and the BlackBerry browser won't work unless you can figure out how to create service books with the proper Straight Talk settings and then install the service books using BlackBerry Desktop Manager.

      At least some data aware apps like Opera Mini should work if you set the APN to to the StraightTalk one. It's been many years since I haven't used a BlackBerry since BB OS 4.1 but I believe the APN settings that are used by 3rd party apps are in Options > Advanced Options > TCP/IP.

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    2. Thank you! Worth it to give it a shot...

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  55. Does straight talk work with a Gevey Sim for iPhone 4?

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    1. It should. But you would only need a Gevey if your iPhone was locked to a different GSM operator than AT&T. An AT&T iPhone or an unlocked one doesn't need a Gevey to work with a Straight Talk SIM.

      It has to be a GSM iPhone 4. The CDMA (Sprint, Verizon) iPhone 4 doesn't support GSM or even have a SIM slot.

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  56. Ok and thanks a lot. I'm going to buy the Unlocked GSM Phone.

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  57. Hello Yeswap, Greetings from the Beautiful Lone Star State!
    Thanks so very much for all the hard work you have put into this blog.
    Here is my situation/story:
    I bought a Brand New Samsung Exhibit II, and have used it for two months, mostly for testing two different providers.
    I am not sure if its unlocked, but I did however first use it on The Simple Mobile plan, so I am not sure if it had to be unlocked for that purpose. Okay I used my phone for a total of 2 months, a month on Simple Mobile, and a month on direct TMobile Serivce. Both plans were unlimited plans. Both services failed miserably for me personally, mainly due to the data failures. I would get timed-out pages, pages unavailable, no network connection errors, etc. Several dropped calls, and very seldom had any bars, maybe one or two late into the morning hours of 2-4 am times.
    I know simple mobile is supposedly on tmobile network, but to give tmobile a fair trial I tried their direct service as well, with just as equal of poor signal, and data issues. I thought it could be the phone, so I exchanged the phone for a new one, then I even tried several other makes and models of phones, but had the same issues.
    I feel it must be my particular apartment, and not location really. Im suppose to get good coverage according to both services maps. I dont live in a rural area. When I step outside on my patio, I noticed I would almost always get 2 or more bars even during the day. Data seemed a little better outside as well. So Im still trying to get a good service provider. Right now I am currently using a new LG Optimus Elite with Virgin Mobile Serivce, unlimited. I have to admit, its much better or more reliable than Tmobile, and Simple Mobile ever were. However, I still am looking for a better service that will be decent for indoor use, and not just on the patio. Although, VM is decent and just okay, I am constantly still having slow data issues at (1X) speeds, ocassionaly the 3g will pop up, and only 1 or 2 bars, with dropped calls while in the house. The only reason I want to switch is that I feel the data is very, very slow with VM. Im not a big data hogger either, just a normal check email, look up something real quick on google type of girl, but for the most part its annoyingly slooow. So Im considering trying the straight talk unlimited plan using the Samsung exhibit 2, on the ATT network Sim. I know you said the phone would have to be unlocked to use it with the Att Sim.

    So, My questions to you:

    (1) Since my past Signal with Tmobile's service was below par in my apartment, do you think it would be a good idea to still go back with the Tmobile Sim through straight Talk or should I try the ATT Sim instead? (Who knows maybe I will have better luck with At&t.)

    (2)How can I tell if my phone is unlocked? The phone itself was brand new & purchased from a retailer, when I bought it, and Since I used it first with Simple Mobile, would the phone had to be unlocked for that purpose at that time?

    Thanks so much in advance for your help into this matter. I am anxious to be able to get a realiable working cell service without the high cost or without having to sign a contract.
    Much Peace & Kindness!

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  58. 1. The reception with an Straight Talk T-Mobile SIM would be the same as is is with T-Mobile as you are still using their network. Get the Straight Talk AT&T SIM if you want to try the AT&T network.

    2. Your phone is locked because it's sold locked and you never had it unlocked. Simple Mobile is a T-Mobile MVNO so it works with the locked T-Mobile phone.

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  59. Thank you Yeswap, your awesome!
    Your quick reply is appreciated.
    One more thing, like I said I dont feel my bad signal is a sign of bad service or location necessarily, I think it mainly its just a matter of my apartment. I feel since it seems to pick up an alright signal and data (somewhat) outside on patio I feel it could just be my apartment. Do you feel since I have had signal data issues with the main service players like Tmobile & Sprint, do you think it would benefit me to try verizon service? My concern is the cost of them. Or would you think it would benefit me to purchase the Straight Talk phone that uses Verizon service? Im not sure what that phone is since I havent looked at their phones. But I thought I read you saying something about one of their phones being on a verizon network. It has just cost me so much money already with all the trial and error. The cost of the phone, both the Exhibit, and then the LG Optimus Elite for the Virgin Service, not to mention what I have spent buying each of the monthly service costs. So I just dont know what else to do...
    I am really hoping Att Sim Network card will work for me.
    Thanks again for all your assitance not only for me, but for all my fellow bloggers as well. Your an Angel!
    Much Peace!

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    1. If you have friends with Verizon or AT&T phones, perhaps you could use them to test service at your house.

      Straight Talk's Android phones that use Verizon are the Samsung Proclaim and the soon to be released LG Optimus ZIP. Also all of Straight Talk's non-smartphones with model numbers ending in "C" like the LG 220C use Verizon.

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  60. Hello Yeswap, thanks again tremendously for all your informative answsers.
    Very helpful.
    Sorry to bother again, but just a few more questions, and I promise I'll leave you be :)...
    I have a friend that has a newer model Net10 smartphone, (about 6mths-1yr old) he no longer is using, (i dont know the exact model yet), however, can they be used with straight talk service? If so, Do you know how I can tell the difference on which Net10 smart phones use Att sim, and which use Tmobile Sim, or verizon? I just dont want to end up with a phone that only runs on a tmobile sim. Also I know you said that all non-smart phones ending in C run on verizon, however do any of the smart phones from straight talk run on verizon?
    You are probably asking yourself if Im going to use a net10 phone why not just use the net10 service which is basically one in same, but actually I am on a tight budget, and the only difference is that net10 is actually $5 more a month on the unlimited plan. So that is the only reason.
    Lastly where can the refill cards be purchased? just on the ST site, or does walmart sell them?
    Many thanks in advance, and again.
    Hopefully this should wrap it up for me.
    Much Peace, Fran

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  61. You can not use a Net10 phone on Straight Talk.

    Besides the two Android phones I mentioned in my last reply to you, Straight Talk and Net10's Nokia E5, E71 and 6790 Symbian smartphones also use the AT&T network.

    Straight Talk refills are only available from Walmart stores, walmart.com and straighttalk.com.

    Depending on your state's sales tax rate, Net10 may actually be less expensive than Straight Talk if you buy your refills from callingmart.com which sells them at a discount and doesn't charge sales tax.

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  62. can i still switch if i have a 2yr contract? and is the tmobile G2x compatible?

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    1. You can switch but you would have to pay T-Mobile's early termination fee.

      The G2X is fully compatible with the Straight Talk T-Mobile SIM. If unlocked, it would also work for voice, messaging and 2G data, but not 3G, with a Straight Talk AT&T SIM.

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  63. what would happen if you didn't pay early termination fee or waited till later to pay it but tried to switch would it still work?

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    1. It would work, but if you didn't pay the fee you would ruin your credit and be hounded by collection agencies.

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  64. Thank you for answering my questions?

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  65. Hi Yeswap,

    You're really great to answer so many questions from everyone. I hope you have time to answer mine too and hopefully the info will help someone else as well. I thought I figured out that I wanted to use the AT&T StraightTalk SIM with the Gnex because looking at the 36323 ZIP code only shows 2G service and my boss has an AT&T phone that he uses in that area and has good coverage with decent speeds. However, when I went to buy an AT&T SIM card it says they don't offer service in my area. Do you think I would run into any problems if I put in a different zip code that will let me use an AT&T SIM and forced it to let me buy one? Also, do you think it's possible that the T-Mobile coverage for 36323 is better than what is showing on their website and I'll actually get 3G/4G speeds with the T-mobile SIM they are trying to get me to buy. (If so, I'm considering the Monthly 4G plan from T-mobile for $30. - Any thoughts on that?)

    Thanks so much!
    Brandon

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    1. The AT&T GoPhone coverage map shows solid native AT&T 3G coverage in 36323 so you should be OK with the AT&T SIM.

      T-Mobile only seems to upgrade their network to 3G in major cities so I expect your area will be 2G for a long time.

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  66. Hi again Yeswap, you have answered all my questions so far, and Im very thankful. I know this thread is mainly about Straight Talk, but since you mentioned Net10, I had a question concerning that service if I may....
    I plan on using my Unlocked Samsung Exhibit 2, but does the Net10 service have the option like Straight Talk has where you get the choice of either the ATT Sim, The Tmobile Sim, or the Unlocked sim? I most definitely want the At&t Network, and NOT Tmobile. Okay if Net10 doesnt have the option of choice of sim, and I end up going with Straight Talk, which one of the two should I choose for my particular phone? the "unlocked" sim, or the At&t sim?
    and of those two what is the difference other than the obvious of Att one being able to work automatically for locked Att branded phones and any other unlocked branded phone that are compatiable? If I am thinking right I feel I should choose the "Unlocked" Sim, Just incase down the road I change to another unlocked phone.
    Thanks for your clarification.
    Much Peace!

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    1. Net10 offers the same SIM choices as Straight Talk: AT&T, T-Mobile and "unlocked".

      I do not recommend the "unlocked" SIM. There are really only two Straight Talk/Net10 SIMs: AT&T and T-Mobile. If you order an unlocked SIM, Net10 will send you either an AT&T or T-Mobile SIM, their choice. Order the AT&T SIM, it will work in any AT&T phone and any unlocked phone that supports AT&T's frequencies.

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  67. Mystery A. JonesJuly 24, 2012 at 7:14 AM

    ok i have an issue and hoping 2b advised on it. I got a trcfone/net10 cheap basic lg phone hoping to to temp have my straight talk number transfered to it just until i recover from hard accident so im strapped cash wise and the phone is saying sim blocked. is there any way i can resolve this issue and do the transfer? iv been home alone with full imobile leg brace and no working phone since 12th and im payd up on the ostraight talk service idk? i dont know much about these things. any info would be appreciated. thank u:)

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    1. Are you trying to use the Tracfone SIM in the Straight Talk phone? That won't work.

      You can port your Straight Talk number to Tracfone but you have to use the Tracfone. Just call Tracfone and tell them you want to port your Straight Talk number to your new Tracfone.

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  68. Mystery A. JonesJuly 24, 2012 at 8:08 AM

    ok but what about the sim card blocked notice that shows up when power phone up. it shows and says sim blocked and wont let me access anything ,,,, oh but it will allow me to dial 911 i guess lol ugh

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    1. If that's happening on a brand new Tracfone with the SIM that came with the phone, either the phone or SIM is defective.

      Return the phone if possible otherwise call Tracfone and they should troubleshoot and send a new phone if necessary.

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  69. Mystery A. JonesJuly 24, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    and yes im trying or wanting to temp transfer my straight talk number etc onto the trac/net phone temp til i can afford to replace the one that broke in my accident ino tmi stick to basics without the long drag outs lol. sorry and also ty:)

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  70. i have a tmobile optimus lg that operates @ 850/900/1800/1900+1700/2100 mhz and that uses a micro sim card. i am trying to convert the phone to straight talk but they only offer a normal sim card for tmobile phones. if i get an at&t micro sim card will it be compatible with my optimus ?

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  71. Are you sure it requires a micro sim? The LG Optimus T uses a standard SIM.

    See: Engadget - How-to: resize your SIM, change your APN, and drink the sweet nectar of mobile freedom for pictures of both and instructions for cutting a standard SIM to micro size if needed, although I recomend using a SIM cutter (less change of ruining the SIM and under $5 on Amazon) rather than a scissors.

    To use the AT&T SIM the phone would need to be unlocked and would not get 3G data, only 2G.

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  72. i just removed the battery at the back and saw what you meant. it is a normal sim card . i had been confused between the micro SD card and the sim card. thanks so much yeswap!

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  73. Hello, I have an ATRIX 2 from at&t. I want to get a net10 sim, will it work? How do I have my phone unlocked??

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    1. The Atrix 2 will work with the Net10 AT&T SIM. It doesn't need to be unlocked.

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  74. I also have a iPhone 3gs from Telenor Sweden, I'd like to know if it can be used with the Straight Talk or Net 10 sim cards, and which one is the best card to get and if there is any problems with 3G data, thanks

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    1. An unlocked European iPhone 3GS will work well and get 3G data with a Straight Talk AT&T SIM.

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  75. If I was to buy a unlocked iphone 4 from at&t would it work perfectly fine with straight talk sims card ? Like the internet speed will be no problem right ?

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    1. Provided you set it up correctly, an AT&T iPhone on Straight Talk will get the same data speeds as it would on AT&T.

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  76. can i use an ATT go phone with the att sim through straight talk

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  77. i have an verizon htc ozone world phone and the sim is unlocked. will the net 10 sim give me 3g with an at&t sim

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    1. No, the Ozone only has a 2G GSM radio. The only 3G is EV-DO for Verizon.

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  78. Incredibly useful site.

    I have an ATT iPhone4 and a microcell to compensate for the lousy coverage at my house. Would the microcell continue to do it's job with Straight Talk?

    Many Thanks

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    1. I don't have any personal experience with using a microcell. Based on user experiences I've seen on the web, it may be possible to use a phone with a Straight SIM with an AT&T micro cell. However:

      1. The microcell must be associated with an active AT&T postpaid acount.

      2. Some users have reported that the microcell refused to register with phones that were not sold by AT&T such as a Galaxy Nexus.

      3. When the Straight talk phone connects to the microcell the phone will display the operator name as "ROAM" but this doesn't seem to be a problem.

      4. This is an unsupported use. AT&T or Straight Talk are unlikely to be able to help you if you run into problems.

      References:
      AT&T microcell with straightalk

      [How To] Use Straight Talk prepaid with iPhone 4 (and probably 4S)

      Ported number no longer works with MicroCell

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  79. Okay , i just swichted from verizon too Net Ten or "Straight Talk" i have a sims card & everything , but i don't like my phone ,are other phones i can use ? that are android ..

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  80. A Net10 or Straight Talk AT&T SIM will work in any AT&T phone and also in any unlocked GSM phone that supports the 850 Mhz and 1900 Mhz bands.

    To get 3G (hi-speed data) with the AT&T SIM the phone also needs to support the 850 and 1900 3G bands (aka UTMS bands II and V)

    A Net10 or Straight Talk T-Mobile SIM will work in any T-Mobile phone and also in any unlocked GSM phone that supports the 1900 Mhz band.

    To get 3G with the T-Mobile SIM the phone also needs to support the AWS 3G band (aka UTMS band IV)

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  81. Hey m currently with At&t (Samsung Infuse ) (100 a month) but I have a old iPhone 3G that I was thinking about converting over to a Net10 unlimited plan & compare coverage for a month--...From previous threads I've been told to unlock my iPhone 3g first ...could you give me the proper step by step directions on what I Really need to do..Thank you so much!

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    1. You do not need to unlock your AT&T compatible iPhone 3GS in order to use it with an NET10 AT&T SIM.

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  82. Hi Yeswap, I have a Samsung Exhibit II Android Smartphone with Tmobile currently, i want to get rid of tmobile because the areas i work in i can't get any tmobile service out there. Only Att and Verizon work there. It's probably not possible to access Verizons network with this phone is it? Or if i choose the att card I will need to get my phone unlocked? Does Tmobile unlock it for me? And if i can use att with this phone, will my internet be just as fast, or slower? I guess what i'm trying to figure out is if i should bother to have my exhibit II use the att towers, or just buy the galaxy proclaim that uses Verizon? Thanks!

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    1. The Exhibit II is not compatible with Verizon
      If unlocked it will work with a Staright Talk AT&T SIM. Sppeds should be close to those of T-Mobile best and much faster than Verizon.

      T-Mobile will unlock your phone for free provide you meet the following requirements:
      User has a minimum of 60 days of active service with T-Mobile and either a Prepaid Plan account balance of at least $10.00 or a prior refill within the last 30 days.

      If you don't qualify for an unlock there are services that will unlock most phones for a price. I've never used them myself but www.cellunlock.net is supposed to be reputable.

      If you qualify for a free unlock, try Straight talk or AT&T first.

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    2. Thanks for that! The only problem is where i'm going there are only verizon towers and nothing else so i need something that is going to use verizon. I'm looking at getting the samsung galaxy proclaim which is supposed to use the verizon network. It appears i can obtain this phone brand new off ebay for only $140 but it is net10. Is there any difference between net10 and straighttalk? net10 looks to be $5 more a month, but i heard net10 doesn't have some sort of tax, is that true? which is better and will I get the same exact service with this phone on either one of these? Thanks!

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    3. Straight Talk is $45/month, Net10 is $50. But:

      Net10 Unlimited is only $45 If you enroll in auto refill. See: Net10.com - Auto Refill.

      If your state charges sales tax on prepaid refills, you will be charged $3 to $4.50 tax on every Straight Talk refill from either Straight Talk or Costco, which are the only places that sell them. But can buy Net10 refills tax free at CallingMart.com. Use CallingMart promo codes to get an extra 3-7% off. Enroll in CallingMart's free Rewards program for an additional 1% credit on every purchase. That makes Net10 refills from CallingMart as low as $46, less than Straight Talk charges after tax.

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    4. Thanks again! Net10 sounds like the way to go over straight talk then. if i get the proclaim phone for net10 is it the same exact service as st? And I want to make sure it is going to use the verizon towers for talk and data.. Thanks!

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    5. Net10 service is identical to Straight Talk. The Net10 Samsung Proclaim uses the Verizon network for voice, data and messaging.

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  83. my tmobile lg optimus t wont send picture messages since i switched my service to straight talk. all troubleshooting has come up with no results. help!

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    1. Double check that your APN settings exactly match the ones that Straight Talk provided with the SIM:

      If the ones on the card that came with the SIM don't work try changing the APN Type to:

      APN Type: default,supl,agps,fota,dun,mms,tether

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    2. anonymous with lg optimus, make sure you spell tracfone right in the proxy address. That one killed me for hours.

      Yeswap. I have a samsung propel that i swapped from att to straighttalk. talk, text and mms work but cant get browser to work. It tries to open then says bad request. any ideas on settings?

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    3. The settings that control whether the browser can connect are the APN and proxy and proxy port.

      APN: att.mvno
      Proxy: proxy.mvno.tracfone.com
      Proxy port: 80

      If there's no separate field for the proxy port, enter the proxy as: proxy.mvno.tracfone.com:80

      Leaving proxy and proxy port blank or 00.00.00.00 and 0 may also work.

      I don't know about the Propel, but many AT&T non-smartphones have the APN settings locked down so that they can't be changed. If you can get into the APN setup and enter the the Straight Talk settings it should work.

      Sometimes Straight Talk/Net10 doesn't configure data correctly on an account so you might want to try calling BYOD support at 1-855-222-2355 and ask them to reset your data

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  84. what about the lg g2x p999 on net 10. i can unlock and root it without a problem, net 10 unlimited plan and what about roaming with the phone.

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    1. Roaming is generally voice and SMS only, no data or MMS. Whether you can roam in a given area depends on the network not the phone.

      The LG G2x only has 3G support for T-Mobile so you need to use a NET T-Mobile SIM to get 3G. It does not need to unlocked to use the Net10 T-Mobile SIM

      If unlocked, the G2x would work with the Net10 AT&T SIM for voice, messaging and 2G data.

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  85. about the propel: I have all the settings and tried both ways for the proxy, with and without the 80 behind it. without the Port #80 I get a "network not available" message, and with the 80 I get a "bad request" message. I have all functions except for internet. Thanks for your help if you can't provide more info.

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    1. If you haven't already, try leaving the proxy field completely blank.

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  86. PS on the Samsung propel. I just got off the phone with straight talk and they said my original sim that came with my Nokia phone wont necessarily work with other phones. I have all functions except Internet. The good news is as of August 11th or 12th 2012, Walmart will be carrying the simcards and you can have your # transferred to a new sim and be up and running in no time for $15. These store sold sims come as a 3 pack with 2 regular size sims for Att and T-mobile and a microsim for phones that require it. The sims must be different from the sim that came with my nokia e71 smartphone which is why its best to buy a new card if you are going to bring a phone to straight talk. Hope this helps out a few people.

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    1. I doubt that there is any functional difference between the BYOD SIMs and the ones that came with the Nokia smartphones.

      I guess it's worth a try.

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  87. I was very excited at the prospect of dumping Verizon and finally being able to afford a plan that includes data. I did a lot of research online about the byop plan from straight talk. I bought a brand new atrix hd on eBay and looked at the sim card options online. The phone will be here on Monday, so I decided to pick one up at walmart rAther than wait for it to ship. Well to my horror - the electronics guy told me that is not offered in our state - he said only a few bigger cities actually offer the byop option. Well I came home and ordered the card because it accepted my zip code online. But now I'm afraid It might not work and I'll be stuck with a phone and a card. I have friends in that use AT&T here with no problems and I don't travel much beyond the city limits. Thanks for any insight you can offer. I did reference your forum when doing my initial research and found it very helpful. Thanks for all the good knowledge you are passing along! btw - my zip is 59102

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    1. The Merit will activate and work in 59102. According to AT&T's coverage map there is good coverage in Billings and along Highways 90 and 94. Verizon has better coverage in rural MT (map) but for your use AT&T should be fine

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  88. would it work if i originally had a virgin mobile phone but wanted to change it to net10?

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    1. No, it has to be a GSM phone (AT&T, T-Mobile, etc). Virgin uses a different radio technology, CDMA, which isn't compatible.

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  89. If I have a GSM Unlocked phone and I want to use it for calling, text, and MMS only, no data. Can I just buy a Net10 SIM card and use the pay as you go plans? My phone is an Android and they say they want me to buy a $50/month unlimited plan, but I don't need the data. Seems like what I want to do (low cost pay as you go) should work, at least the calling and text, maybe not the MMS.

    Thanks in advanced for any information, Eric

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    1. The Net10 BYOD SIM only works with the $50/month unlimited plan.
      AT&T, T-Mobile Jolt and Airvoice all offer pay as you go plans without data. See The Best U.S. Prepaid Voice and Text Deals for plan prices and details.

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  90. i have a samsung gravity smart from tmobile. it is not unlocked. i got the tmobile sim today but even though i got the welcome message from straighttalk and a phone number i have no service. is there something i need to do for my phone to work?

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