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).
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
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.