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Straight Talk's "Bring Your Own Verizon Phone" Plan Delayed to Until "Later this Week"

Straight Talk representatives have announced on the company's Facebook page that the "CDMA BYOP" plan that was supposed to launch today has been delayed until "latter this week".

The plan will allow owners of older non-LTE Verizon phones like the iPhone 4S and Motorola Droid X2 to activate them on Straight Talk's $45 Unlimited Talk, Text and Data Plan. Although there is a fair use cap of around 2 GB/month on that unlimited data, $45 for unlimited everything on the Verizon network is a very good price. Verizon charges $70/month for its own unlimited talk, text and 2 GB data prepaid plan and the best current Verizon MVNO deal for unlimited TnT and 2 GB is $55/month from PagePlus.

StraightTalk's sister brand NET10 will also be launching a CDMA Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP) option according to posts by a NET10 representative on the official NET10 Wireless Forums. NET10's service has a nominal price of $50 a month (reduced to $45/month if you enroll in auto refill) but is otherwise identical to Straight Talk's. NET10 has a family plan option that makes the plan price $40/month for the second and third phones on the account. No date has been mentioned for for NET10's CDMA BYOP lauunch but I expect it to be at the same time as Straight Talk's

Related posts:
Update, Confirmed - Straight Talk To Launch "Bring Your Own Verizon Phone" Option on Mar 26
Prepaid Operator Profile: Straight Talk
Prepaid Operator Profile: NET10

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  1. I'm glad Net10 is following suit so I can stay with them. Good bye Proclaim. Here is Net10's future BYOP site (under construction).
    www.net10byop.com

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    1. What phone are you planning on using?

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    2. Just bought a Samsung Fascinate on ebay. Now I wait for the announcement......................................

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  2. If you put a used Verizon phone on this plan, is the esn stuck on straight talk indefinitely?

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    1. It shouldn't be. Unlike with Sprint there isn't a separate Verizon MVNO ESN database so ESNs don't get locked out of being used on Verizon after being on an MVNO.

      It should work like it does with PagePlus. The carrier you are switching off of needs to to deactivate the ESN before it can be activated on the new carrier. You should be able to do that by swapping a different phone on to the Straight talk account or by calling Straight Talk and asking them to release the ESN.

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    2. Hello Dennis I'm new here so if I'm messing up in anyway I'm sorry. I bought a used Verizon Droid X2, and there is no Sim card, that I know of, but I was told by Straight Talk, that the phone has to be unlocked?? I am a Straight Talk customer I use a Samsung Android phone, but I would luv to use the Droid X2 I purchased. I am so confused, about all of this. I'm sure u can tell, that already lol, but i know, there is a kit I can buy at WalMart, but id hate to buy it, and it not work. U seem to know a lot, about all of this so I thought I would ask ya. Thanks for your time.My email is ggevance@yahoo.com if u need it.

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    3. Unlocking only applies to GSM phones. There's nothing to unlock on a CDMA phone like a Droid X2. You just need to go to straighttalkbyop.com and enter your phone's MEID. If the MEID is accepted you can buy an access code online for $15. During activation you should choose the option to replace your current StraightTalk phone with the one you are activating.

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  3. So the vzw iPhone 4/4s is the best phone to Use on this plan? Besides straight talks own IPhones.

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    1. Well the vzw iphones won't work on straight talk.lol. only at&t and t-mobile I think

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  4. So what about phones with bad esn will they be able to be activated on this plan as well?

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    1. Don't think so, That would be stupid of Verizon to allow that.

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  5. Is it possible for someone who has an old Blackberry Curve 9310 previously used on Verizon to switch to Straight Talk BYOD CDMA plan.

    Asking because very recently Straight Talk announced and began selling this specific phone on their website for $129.99.

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    1. It looks like BlackBerrys aren't eligible. Straight Talk's statement on Facebook says:
      "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)."

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  6. does anyone know if MMS will work right out of the gates on an iPhone 4 or 4s?or if I am going to have to jailbreak it? maybe someone with PagePlus experience can give input. Thank you in advance.

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    1. MMS works out of the box with iPhones on PagePlus so it probably will on Straight Talk too.

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  7. I hava a HTC EVO and LG Optimus S,with Sprint will I be able to use these phones on Straight Talk?

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    1. Probably not. Straight Talk BYOP is for Verizon phones only, unless someone finds a way around that.

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  8. Has anyone heard anything on a new release date? I bought an iPhone on eBay I hope I didn't just waste my time and money if this doesn't happen

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    1. Unfortunately, after announcing that CDMA BYOP would start Mar 26 and then saying it would later last week, Straight Talk's Facebook representatives have gone silent on the subject. I suspect it will happen eventually but I have no idea when.

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    2. The www.straighttalkbyop.com site where you will eventually be able to sign up for Straight Talk CDMA BYOP is now asking for a password.

      That probably means the site is being set up. Hopefully the service will launch soon.

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    3. Awesome hopefully tomorrow! Keep us updated with anything new you learn thanks!

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  9. Seems like Tracfone/Straight talk is anything but straight talk.

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  10. hey u guys heard a date yet?

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  11. Bought a used 4s, come on straight talk.

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  12. Net 10 is up but I have been trying all day and cannot complete the purchase of an access code. The credit card page simply reloads and that is as far as I got. Anyone else have luck?

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    1. I got it to go through but I did not write down my network code in the two seconds they showed it to me. And now they are saying they have no way to tell me what the code is

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  13. I'm really struggling to try and understand this. I have a never-been-used Motorola Droid RAZR M phone, which operates at GSM 850 and GSM 1900. It also does CDMA and is an LTE phone. I can't figure out why I can't buy a micro SIM and used it in the BYOD program as a GSM phone? I called NET10 and they indicated that I need to have a older phone that does either GSM or CMDA, but not one that does both!

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    1. The Droid RAZR M's radio is locked to prevent it from working on US networks. You have unlock it. There are instructions on xda-developers: [HowTo] [VZW XT907/926 RAZR M/HD] Unlock US GSM Carriers Using RadioComm

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  14. i just purchased a Droid X2 on ebay and was wondering if anyone knows if it can be used (flashed or sim carded) onto straight talk.

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    1. It looks like you can now activate Verizon phones like the Droid X2 on Straight Talk, no flashing required. Go to www.straighttalkbyop.com and click the CDMA button to get started.

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    2. I tried on Net10 but it would not accept Credit card. I'll try again Monday

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  15. I switched to straight talk understanding that my verizon iphone would later be able to work as a cdma on straight talks network. Wish I would have just stayed with Verizon now because I find now that my iphone is not eligable. Kinda pissed about this because the guy I talked on the phone with told me it would be and thats the only reason I swaped.

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    1. You can still use Page Plus and still save money.

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  16. Will this work in a Samsung galexy nexus from Verizon??

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    1. Verizon LTE(4G)phones are not compatible with Tracphone brands BYOP CDMA plans. Older 3G phones that are not Verizon prepaid phones will work. Some Iphones may be compatible, but are not officially allowed.

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    2. The Galaxy nexus is an LTE phone, so no it won't work with Straight Talk.

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  17. I live in a rural area where Verizon service is the most reliable here. Will the straight talk BYOD service/coverage/reliability be exactly the same?

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    1. The main difference is that there's no off network roaming with Straight Talk CDMA. Verizon offers free roaming on postpaid and extra cost roaming on prepaid.

      As long as your are in a Verizon native coverage area the signal strength, call quality and data speeds should be the same as with Verizon

      Also, Straight Talk customer service is vastly inferior to Verizon's.

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  18. So if I was to buy a Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III or another Verizon phone off ebay or amazon. Would I be able to bring it over to Straight Talk and use the Verizon towers? Verizon works best in my area (32563) Than You, Mel

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    1. You can only bring postpaid non-LTE Verizon phones to Straight Talk. Also probably no iPhones.

      The S III is an LTE phone so you can't use it. The Motorola Droid X2, Motorola Droid 3, HTC Droid Incredible 2 and Samsung Fascinate are the newest and best phones that will work with Straight Talk CDMA BYOD.

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  19. I just bought a Verizon Motorola Droid RAZR M off Ebay can I use Straight Talk for this phone? I only have 14 days to return.

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  20. I just bought a Motorola Droid RAZR M phone on Ebay. I want to use with Straight Talk which is who I have now. Can this be done. I only have 14 days to return if not compatible. It is GSM or CDMA and is unlocked.

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    1. No. You cannot activate it on StraightTalk CDMA.
      You cannot use a BYOD StraightTalk SIM in this phone. You cannot use it with AT&T or Tmobile USA SIM, or any of their MVNOs. They are all blocked.
      You can use it on Verizon.
      You may be able to flash it to PagePlus or another Vz MVNO.
      You can use it overseas with a *foreign* SIM, since the slot is unlocked.

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    2. Supposedly it's possible to get US GSM working see: XDA-Developers - [HowTo] [VZW XT907/926 RAZR M/HD] Unlock US GSM Carriers Using RadioComm. It sounds like a difficult and risky hack. Unless you are experienced with Android modding I recommend you return the RAZR M while you still can.

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  21. If i bring my htc droid incredible 2 to straight talk will i get 3g speeds?

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    1. Yes any Verizon 3G phone will get 3G speeds on Straight Talk CDMA BYOD.

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  22. In early July I talked to S.T. about purchasing a refurbished (Verizon) iPhone and transferring my current S.T. phone number. They assured me that It could be done, all I would have to do was purchase a $14.99 access code, no jailbreak necessary. So, purchase I did. Now, this morning, when I gave them the MEID number they inform me that this phone is not eligible! HELP!

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  23. I am interested in purchasing an HTC Incredible 4g lte that is unlocked. Will this phone work with Straight Talk? My friend has an HTC Resound, but that would not work, so we are looking for another phone. HELP

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    1. Straight Talk won't activate any Verizon LTE phones. The Incredible 4G won't work on Straight Talk.

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  24. I own a Verizon HTC Droid Incredible 2. Is it just a matter of purchasing a $60 CDMA BYOP packet from WALMART and follow the instructions in the box?

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  25. Some of these responses are incorrect. If u have a Verizon LTE phone in which the boot loader is unlocked, and a flashable GSM hack exists for your model, it is just a matter of obtaining a ST micro SIM, and changing the mobile network settings. Let me give an example, I have a MOTO Droid RAZR M xt907. It was boot loader unlocked, back before they pushed the patch, so I have a custom recovery. All I have to do is flash the GSM hack which can be found over on XDA, then throw in the ST talk. Done. That's all folks.

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    1. This is old news, already answered twice on April 12 and June 20, and has nothing to do with this post about the BYOP CDMA program:

      "Dennis Bournique April 12, 2013 at 4:16 PM
      The Droid RAZR M's radio is locked to prevent it from working on US networks. You have unlock it. There are instructions on xda-developers: [HowTo] [VZW XT907/926 RAZR M/HD] Unlock US GSM Carriers Using RadioComm"

      Dennis Bournique June 20, 2013 at 1:09 PM
      "Supposedly it's possible to get US GSM working see: XDA-Developers - [HowTo] [VZW XT907/926 RAZR M/HD] Unlock US GSM Carriers Using RadioComm. It sounds like a difficult and risky hack. Unless you are experienced with Android modding I recommend you return the RAZR M while you still can."

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