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Yes Virginia, Straight Talk AT&T SIMs and Phones Are Still Available

Straight Talk AT&T Compatible SIM w/ $45 AirTime Card Bundle
It's been over three weeks since AT&T based BYOD SIMs and phones suddenly disappeared from the Straight Talk website. Straight Talk's parent company America Movil says the SIMs are out of stock. Many people, myself included, doubt that. I suspect that there's a commercial reason for the AT&T products disappearance. Maybe a contract dispute between AT&T and America Movil, or perhaps changes to the wholesale prices that America Movil pays to AT&T or the other operators that Anerica Movil use make it more profitable for to sell anything but AT&T.

Whatever the cause, if you need or want AT&T on Straight Talk there's still a way to buy the SIMs and a couple of ways to buy AT&T based Straight talk phones.

Walmart has AT&T Straight Talk SIMs. Click one of the links below to buy one.

Straight Talk AT&T Compatible SIM Cardicon $14.96

Straight Talk AT&T Compatible SIM w/ $45 AirTime Card Bundle ($5 Savings)icon $54.96

Update: As of Feb 25, Walmart ids out of stock on the AT&T SIM Cards 

These are regular, standard sized SIMs, Walmart is sold out of Straight Talk micro SIMs. If you need a micro-SIM, this $4.11 SIM cutter from amazon.com does a good job of cutting a regular one down to micro size. For iPhone 5 users, Amazon also has nano-SIM cutters for about the same price.

The following Straight Talk AT&T Android phones are still available at Walmart too:

Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy SII Prepaid Cell Phone w/ Bonus Starter Kiticon $299.99 (sale, reg $349.99)

Update 2/25: Walmart has sold out of the Galaxy S II.

Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phoneicon $111.07 (sale, reg $129.88)

Straight Talk LG Optimus Logic Cell Phoneicon $89.99

You can also still buy AT&T phones directly from Straight Talk by using an AT&T-only zipcode (you don't need to actually live in that zip code). Here's how:

Go to www.straighttalk.com. Click Phones under the Shop tab.
Enter 65046 or 76825 in the zipcode field and say yes to the prompt asking if you will use the phone in that location.
All the phones on the next page use AT&T. Add the one you want to the shopping cart and click Procced to Checkout.
On the next page, Fill in your shipping and billing information. Be sure to change the shipping zipcode back to your real one and complete the checkout

When the phone arrives it will activate and work provided you have native AT&T coverage in your location. If you aren't sure use, AT&T's prepaid coverage map to check.

Is there a risk that your AT&T based SIM or phone will stop working if America Movil discontinues AT&T based products? Possibly, but I think it's unlikely. There are millions of America Movil customers using the AT&T network. cutting them off would generate a big revenue hit and generate loads of bad publicity. If America Movil stops selling AT&T I'm certain they would grandfather current users. There's a precedent for grandfathering too. America Movil stopped activating CDMA phones in US Cellular markets a couple of years ago but phones activated before the cut off still work on US Cellular

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  1. I highly doubt Att is getting cut out. They are a minority stake holder in America Movil from recent reports. And are the biggest gsm provider in the country. Tmobile is probably using their cheaper data rates and refarmed coverage to cut a better deal then what Att is willing to offer.

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    1. Agreed, America Movil also seems to be pushing Verizon products lately, iPhones and BlackBerry. Verizon based CDMA phones are also showing up in many markets that were formerly T-Mobile only so maybe they cut a good deal with Verizon too.

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    2. But with AT&T being a minority stake holder, why would that be? I think it's more credible AT&T is forcing Straight Talk to stop the "unlimited" data advertising nonsense.

      AT&T doesn't give unlimited data to any new post-paid AT&T customers and they sure don't give unlimited data to Straight Talk "AT&T" customers. On Straight Talk, the AT&T data from AT&T gets throttled to 2G Edge speeds around 2GB or if you use more than 100MB in a day. (and the exceptions prove the rule) Truly unlimited data is not throttled to a trickle. :) AT&T has actually stated limits for their own post-paid customers, but Straight Talk has resisted, still trying to claim in advertising that data is "UNLIMITED".

      Straight Talk is falsely advertising something that AT&T doesn't even give its own post-paid customers. It's one thing to offer budget service on AT&T for $45 per month, it's another to claim it's unlimited minutes/texts/data on AT&T for $45 per month. It's not true, of course as many tech journalists have found out when trying Straight Talk -- but it still hurts AT&T if many people perceive it as true.

      So, AT&T may be renegotiating the contract to either have hard limits or force America Movil (Straight Talk/Net10 parent) to admit it's not unlimited data.

      So far, Net10 is complying. But with Straight Talk, Wal-Mart has to agree also. Straight Talk is an exclusive Wal-Mart brand. Both Straight Talk and Wal-Mart have put a lot of advertising money into the "unlimited" data meme. PLUS, America Movil and Wal-mart have to sell and finance unlocked CDMA+GSM iPhone 5s. These iPhones run on Verizon on CDMA, but if you put in a Straight Talk "AT&T" sim, it will operate on that instead. AT&T may believe that this move has really crossed the line. It's one thing for people to buy unlocked iPhones from Apple and activate on Straight Talk, but another for Straight Talk/Wal-mart to actually sell those phones to customers and to finance that sale with 0% interest. AT&T may feel that's stealing their customers and their money.

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  2. Post #663 looks interesting. Watch Feb 25.
    http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php/1789146-Ability-To-Order-AT-amp-T-Sims-Removed-From-Straight-Talk-Site/page45

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    1. I saw that but I don't think it's credible. It's a user comment by "benn dover" :), on the Android Police site. When it was first posted I looked at the user's Discus profile (which has been deleted). The user had posted comments on a number of sites, mostly political sites, that seemed mainly designed to provoke flame wars. Probably a prankster without any insider information about Straight Talk.

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  3. Can anyone explain to me what is the advantage of using ST over AT&T itself?? prices are pretty much the same, and from what I hear AT&T has truly unlimited plans Vs unknown caps on data/min/texts on ST "unlimited" plans.

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    1. AT&T's prices are only comparable with Straight Talk's for non-smartphone plans

      AT&T's cheapest unlimited smartphone plan is $65/month with a 1 GB hard data cap.
      Straight Talk is $45/month with 1-2 GB of full speed data.

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    2. AT&T has better customer service and support.
      You can walk into a retail store and get help.

      If you do not need unlimited minutes, the AT&T GoPhone $25 plan with $25 data option for ! GB may be enough. You can find 10% off your airtime, bringing the price down to $45/month.

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  4. ATT MVNO Red Pocket Mobile has a $55 unlimited talk and text plan with 1 GB data. Since ST technically provides ZERO tower data - this may be a better option. When you factor in the poor ST customer servcie - RP sounds like a no-brainer.

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    1. Airvoice is also $55 for 1 GB.
      What's "tower data"?

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    2. ST allows ZERO streaming. It has to be on wi-fi.

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  5. Don't forget net 10 is placing a 1.5 GB cap on at&t byop Sim. Starting March 1st.

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  6. Cutting down a sim card most likely voids the iPhone warrantly. Better read it first.

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    1. I just read the iPhone 5 waranty and the things that void it are modifying the phone or it's software and taking the phone apart. it doesn't say anything about using modified SIMs.

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  7. I tried ordering a sim card (att) with the zip codes indicated but at the time to pay it will not process the payment if I change the zip code to where i want the phone delivered. Is there any way around this? or another option? I like to get in the deal to also get the free refurbished phone with a plan.

    thanks in advanced.

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    1. I haven't heard of that happening before, perhaps Straight Talk has added new controls. Another thing to try is to enter your real zip code at teh start and then after the list phones appears edit the page URL;

      Toward the end of the URL look for one of the following

      &market=GSM5SPRCO&
      &market=GSM5CO&
      &market=GSM5SPR&
      &market=GSM5&

      and replace it with:
      &market=GSM4&
      and press enter. That should give you the AT&T phones and maybe the order will go through that way.

      Or you could try ordering from Walmart.com The following Android phones on Walmart use AT&T: Samsung Galaxy S II, LG Optimus Logic, ZTE Merit The GSM non-smartphones with model numbers ending in GP4P, GR4 and GP4 are also AT&T.

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    2. I tried the last url replacement of &market=gsm5sprco& with &market=gsm4&, and it puts me back on their home page, showing the Blackberry curve.

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    3. Ok; I get it. You have to let &market=GSM4& be the end of the URL, not just replacement for &market=GSM5SPRCO& in the url ending with &market=GSM5SPRCO&gotoPhonelist=true

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  8. Thank you, I will try that and see if I can get it that way. Thank you for the prompt response. I like to get one of the free refurbished phones as a backup as I have a few phones already which will work with straight talk. I already use their service in one of my phones (got it when they still openly sold ATT sim cards)

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  9. Nope, the title of this article is no longer valid. Nothing suggested in the comments will allow you to buy an ATT sim card. Looks like StraightTalk is strictly TMobile now.

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  10. still you can get AT&T sim card for straight talk on ebay for 60 bucks and up

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  11. Can I buy the Straight Talk Samsung T528G GSM Prepaid Smartphone from Walmart.com for $29.88, activate the phone on Straight Talk/AT&T, and then move the SIM to another smartphone? Am I limited to the $45 plan if I do this? The Walmart ad does not say.

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    1. No, the SIMs in Straight Talk's non-smartphones like the T528G are locked to the phone they come with and will not work in a different phone.

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    2. OK; so the cheapest smartphone and plan would be the Nokia E71 refurb for $49.99 plus the $45 plan? That SIM should work in another phone?

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