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Update, Confirmed - Straight Talk To Launch "Bring Your Own Verizon Phone" Option on Mar 26

A reader tipped me about a thread on Howard Forums that seemd to indicate that Straight talk will be launching a Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP) program for Verizon phones next week.

Howard Forums user, 3fingerbrown, posted that they found this on Straight Talk's Facebook page.

"Katie ST No, Cori. For more info about our BYOP CDMA program, check it on this link www.straighttalkbyop.com. Thanks.

Although the HowardForums thread says Katie ST's post was quickly deleted, it's actually still on Facebook (click here to see it on Facebook or click the image to see a full sized capture). Kathie ST, who is a Straight Talk employee,  is responding to the question: "If I have a verizon iPhone 5 can I use it on straight talk?".

The www.straighttalkbyop.com domain  is owned by Straight Talk parent Tracfone. It currently displays the default page that you get with an empty, undeveloped site.

Later 3fingerbrown posted an email from Katie ST on Howard Forums;

"We received an update about CDMA BYOP Program. Check the info below:
Beginning on March 26, 2013, the BYOP Program will now include CDMA (Verizon) phones. Customers will be able to bring their Verizon certified phone to Straight Talk by simply purchasing a Network Access Code, for $14.99 plus tax, and an Unlimited or Unlimited ILD Airtime/Service Card. Note: The Network Access Code will serve as a key to load and identify the Verizon phones in the system.
Any phone can be eligible provided that it has not been activated outside of the Verizon network including Androids and iPhones (iPhone 5 model is not compatible, other CDMA carriers: Sprint and Metro PCS, 4G LTE technology phones, our branded phones (TracFone, NET10, Straight Talk, SafeLink, or Telcel America) and Blackberry, iPads, or tablets).

2:22pm
Katie ST
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Update, yesterday on Facebook another Straight Talk Facebook rep, Paul ST, confirmed the details in the email that was originally posted on HowardForums by 3fingerbrown. and another, Larry ST posted "The Bring Your Own Phone program will support Verizon compatible phone on March 26, 2013."



Because the CDMA BYOP is restricted to only Verizon non-LTE phones you are limited to older devices.  Here's a short list of some of the better non-LTE Verizon phones:

  • iOS: iPhone 4, iPhone 4S
  • Android: HTC Incredible II, Motorola Droid X2, Droid 3, Samsung Fascinate
  • Windows Phone: HTC Trophy
These are all one or two year old flagship models. But none of the Android phones have official updates beyond Android 2.3. If you want to run a current version of Android,the Samsung Fascinate which as some very good third party Jelly Bean ROMs is probably your best bet.

The HTC Trophy runs Windows Phone 7.5. There's no official Windows Phone 7.8 update for it but it can be updated manually.


The Straight Talk Verzion BYOP plan seems to be Straight Talk's response to the demise of Straight Talk's AT&T BYOP program which is no longer available to new customers.

Straight Talk charges $45 for "unlimited" voice, messaging and data. There are lots of restrictions on the unlimited data including no tethering or streaming and Straight Talk has been known to arbitrarily throttle user's data with no warning or explanation. But you can reportedly use around 2 GB of a data a month without getting throttled using Straight Talk's own Verizon based phones. I imagine it will be the same with BYOP phones.

Straight Talk's Verizon BYOP will put considerable pressure on Verizon MVNOs Page Plus and TalkTorGood to cut the prices of their own unlimited plans. Page Plus charges $55/month for unlimited voice and messaging and 2 GB of data, TalkForGood's top plan is $70/month and only includes 1 GB. As always, competition is good for users and I expect the trend to lower cost prepaid data will continue.

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  1. The blurb was in an email from Katie ST to one of the regulars on ST's Facebook page and was reprinted with the permission of that regular.

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  2. This is not a big deal. Verizon stop making 3G smartphones over a year ago. So there are no updated 3G ICS phones to use. Unless I missed something.

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    1. NO big deal? Verizon's network for $45 a month, how cheap are you?!

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    2. Verizon's prepaid non-roaming network.

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  3. This is great news. I just wish we could use 4g LTE phones. I have a droid x on page plus and it is slowly dying on me.

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  4. I read the list of phones you could use on the Verizon BYOD. They are all outdated. I would not spend my money buying a outdated phone. I will stick with my outdated Samsung Proclaim.

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    1. Where is this so called list?

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    2. I haven't seen an actual list, but supposedly you will be able to use any non-LTE Verizon phone. Here are some examples of the newest phones that will work:
      iOS: iPhone 4, iPhone 4S
      Android: HTC Incredible II, Motorola Droid X2, Droid 3, Droid Pro, Samsung Fascinate
      Windows Phone: HTC Trophy

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  5. Phonenews.com has a list of phones you can use. Besides the iphone. They are all old gingerbread and froyo phones.

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    1. That is just the old PagePlus list. You can probably activate anything except LTE, iPhone 5, and Vzw prepaid phones used less than 6 months on Vzw prepaid. Just like PagePlus. I am using a Sprint Moto for talk and text on Pageplus. Just program the MSID, phone number, force it to roam, and it works fine.

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    2. You may be right. On the other hand Straight Talk could be validating the ESN like Verizon prepaid does and rejecting non-Verizon phones.

      We won't know until someone tries to activate a Sprint, USC, etxc phone.

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  6. According to this, it sounds like Straight Talk is confirming this rumor.
    http://straighttalkwirelessforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=6792&t=101045&p=254972&hilit=BYOP+verizon#p254972

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    1. That makes four ST talk reps who have confirmed it. They really ought to stop linking to the undeveloped straighttalkbyop.com domain though.

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  7. Expect Verizon iPhone 4/
    4s to increase in value.

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  8. Just goes to show you how saturated the market is, its getting cheaper and cheaper.

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  9. Can anybody name one Verizon ICS 3G phone you can use on the BYOD.

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    1. Android,meh...iPhone is all that matters!

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    2. There are no Verizon non-LTE Android phones with ICS, they are all Gingerbread.

      If you want ICS, the Samsung Fascinate is well supported by the Android development community with stable, feature complete ICS and JB ROMs from Cyanogenmod, AOKP and others

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  10. So if I were to bring my out of contract Verizon iPhone 4 would I have to jailbreak or change info to get data Mms working?

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    1. No, jailbreaking should not be needed. With a Verizon iPhone on the Verizon network, over the air activation should configure MMS and data.

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  11. So im confused is it saying we cant use sprint CDMA phones such as iPhone?

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  12. Confused? Why? This is for Verizon phones.

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    1. It was a question you didnt have to answer

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  13. Looks like Net10 will also be on this program! Awesome!!
    http://www.net10forum.com/viewtopic.php?f=5782&t=129982#p331349

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  14. SO Straight Talk will be activating Verizon phones just like Page plus does, no re configuring? thanks.

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  15. This will put pressure on Page Plus, although PP has mucg better customer service from what I hear.

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    1. In some cases. If you use Kitty Wireless it is better, but is it worth $10 a month?

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  16. I don't think we know the price difference yet, because of course the data factor that Straight Talk is so fast and loose with, at least Page plus gives you a stated limit.

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  17. Does anybody know if the website is up yet,everytime I go to it it just goes to the domain page and I am soo anxious to get my Verizon phone on with my straight talk service. Does anybody know anything when it will be up?? I am getting impatient, lol especially when they said it would be launched yesterday.....lol

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    1. Obviously if it goes to that Plesk landing page it's not up yet.

      If you want to be the first to know use a free service like followthatpage.com that will send you an email when the site changes.

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  18. Ok where do I get my sim card the site wont let me where can I talk to a human about getting my android going on straight talk I am with at&t now its sucks where I live I need Verizon.

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    1. Straight Talk phones on Verizon don't use SIM cards.

      Straight Talk's Bring Your Own Verizon Phone program has been delayed and hastn't started yet..

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