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Update: Straight Talk's Bring Your Own Verizon Phone Site is Now Working

Straight Talk Wireless has launched a new straighttalkbyop.com site that promises to let customers use their own Verizon phones on Straight Talk's $45/month unlimited talk text and data service.

Update April 11: The site which was broken since it launched two days ago now appears to be functional. The MEID of an inactive Verizon Palm Pixi Plus that I enter was accepted and I got to the point where I could enter my credit card details to purchase a an Activation code. I din't go through with the purchase as I have no desire to actually activate the Pixi on Straight Talk.

Ot looks like the site only accepts decimal MEIDs. When I entered the Pixi's hexcidecmal MEID I got an error "We cannot process you transaction at this time with the information you provided." with the MEID field highlighted in red.  I converted the hexidecimal MEID into decimal using the converter at checkesnfree.com and it was accepted. Decimal MEIDs are 18 or 19 digits long and contain only numbers. Hexidecimal MEIDs are 14 or 15 characters long and contain both letters and numbers.

I expect that the Straight Talk's Bring Your Own Verizon Phone (BYOVP) option will have the same requirements as sister brands NET10 and Telcel America's BYOVP programs which launched last week. They stipulate that to be eligible you must have a "Verizon compatible phone that has never been activated outside of their network. This program will not work with 4G LTE technology phones even if they are compatible with Verizon. This program is also not available for Blackberries or branded Straight Talk, TracFone, Safe Link, Net10 Wireless, and Telcel America phones."

The "never been activated outside the Verizon network" restriction is a weird one that no other Verizon MVNO has. Users have reported mixed results with more failures than successes when trying to activate Verizon phones that had been used on Verizon MVNO Page Plus at one time. My Pixi Plus was used on Page Plus and it seems to be OK.

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  1. When you go to the coverage page they have the gsm and cdma maps mixed up.

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    1. That is true, and CDMA phones canot be activated, I get a message that there is no such website.

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    2. Yes CDMA Phones can be activated, I had one activated two weeks ago and have been using it ever since.

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    3. I have a Samsung Galaxy Proclaim CDMA phone, it has the Trac Phone symbol on it and i am using it on Straight Talk in New Jersey, I love it!

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    4. Why all the complaints? I have the $45.00 Unlimited plan with S.T. and I am on the web all the time, no probs at all, also the 3G with Verizon's network is much faster than the 3G with Sprint's network, before I used S.T. I used Virgin Mobile (Sprint) and the coverage sucked and the 3G was slow, now with Straight Talk using (Verizon) everything is faster, no complaints here, I am loving it!

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  2. I hope they can get things straightened out. Ive been working for 4 days to get a phone on Net10 cdma and they can't figure it out and now keep saying their system is down. 4 days your system has been down?! I've read of others having the same problem.

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  3. Maybe activating it Verizon proper prepaid , and then porting a $10 throw away phone into that account will free the one you actually want to use!?:

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  4. Why not everyone stay away from Carlos Slim's America Movil subsidiaries and go with Page Plus?

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    1. Because it is $10 more a month and limited to 2GB

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    2. Then enjoy putting up with outsourced CS. StraightTalk also throttles data speeds. Your're worried about limited? Go to Sprint then. Truly unlimited with no throttling.

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    3. I agree. $10 a month more amounts to only 0.33 cents a day more. That is well worth going with Page Plus. And, if you need more data you can always get more. Plus the 2GB of data with Page Plus can be used for streaming.

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    4. Rather not have to spend the extra money and enjoy the extra data, which I am doing :)

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  5. Im currently on PagePlus and previously used Straigt Talk. Id advise everyone to avoid any company connected with Straigt Talk,Net10 etc. They continue to be vague on everything. Its almost like "pulling teeth" to get anything corrected with them. PagePlus has been a joy to work with. Everyone doesn't need th $45 plan. Im using PagePlus TNT 1200 and its worked out perfect for me!!!!

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    1. It's perfect if you use almost no data. 250mb on a smart phone means you use wifi or mostly do without. Kind of takes the fun out of having an android

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    2. I have plenty of fun with my Android phone using PPC. I am having fun laughing all the way to the bank. $29.95 works for me.

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    3. That is the main benefit with PagePlus. Domestic CS. More competent representatives that do not script every spoken word like parrots. Their website is user-friendly as well.

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    4. Benefit!? Was with PP for 2 years and never was able to get through on the PP cust service line and was usually disconnected. And I finally moved my monthly plan to Kitty Wireless because half the time I could not get my monthly refill done on their web site. I'm thinking you must be one of the many startup guys trying to sell PP monthly plans which is one reason they are more expensive than what ST and Net10 are offering

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  6. This has constricted byod compared to other Verizon prepaid /mvno options. Other Verizon mvnos like Page Plus, Next G and even Talk For Good allow any cdma phone onto their system (via flashing if not Verizon postpaid 3g) except Verizon prepaid phones. Even Verizon prepaid proper allows Blackberries (with full support) and prepaid Verizon phones. ST gsm has better byod at this point. If they allowed at least LTE phones with even a dummy sim (i.e. allows phone with no flashing but with no lte speed service,) it'd be worth it but I guess not yet. Price is hard to beat as always for ST.

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  7. Being a customer of both PP and straight talk,I would say PP works harder for your business. Then again, straight talk is basically Walmart.

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    1. Just curious. How, exactly, does PP work harder?

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    2. Good question.

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  8. I was looking to try one of my older Verizon Android phones (CDMA) on Straight Talk, but the their byop site was not up yet, so I went to NET10's byop website and registered my phone. Though I had to call NET10 customer service to get everything working, I am now up and running (via Verizon's network). Cost: $16.40 for activation code, $55.55 for Unlimited Minutes, Text, Mobile Web Access & 30 Service Days.

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    1. What phone are you using? I've been trying for 5 days to get the Samsung Fascinate on Net10 with no luck. They tried to tell me today that it was an LTE phone. Almost ready to give up.

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  9. ST doesn't have a hard cap. Any amount of streaming data will get non-wifi internet access throttled or shut off.

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  10. this cdma straighttalk is crap. the website still don't work because it won't take my phone. what a bunch of crap. $45 is too much anyways. straighttalk ain't straight and is nothing but crap.

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  11. Is it possible to bring a locked Verizon iphone to Straight Talk now?

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    1. Yes, as long as it's a Verizon iPhone with a clean ESN that's not currently activated.

      The term "Locking" only applies to GSM phones, not CDMA phones like Verizon's

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    2. Even the 5 with LTE?

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    3. Thanks for reminding me. Straight Talk doesn't allow LTE devices onCDMA BYOD so not Verizon iPhone 5.

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  12. I am currently a straight talk customer using the at&t sim, growing tired of at&t's cruddy network, anyone know if I can swap my phone number to the verizon byop without having to call cs? thank you.

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    1. You probably can do it online (you can when transferring from a BYOP SIM to a Straight Talk Verizon phone) but I recommend against it.

      The CDMA BYOD option is brand new and there are still some kinks being worked out. Plus Straight Talk's billing and provisioning systems are clunky and there are hidden pitfalls that have resulted in customers losing money or their phone numbers.

      I recommend you call Straight Talk's "Executive Resolutions Dept.", Miami based call center at 1-305-715-6500. It's available Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM Eastern time. Call early as once the queue fills up calls get forwarded to the offshore call centers where incompetence is the norm.

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  13. Don't waste your time with Straight Talk! I have been on the phone well over an hour trying to get a CDMA iphone network access code with the outcome being they were having network problems and that I needed to give them 24 hours to figure it out. WOW so disappointing and I have been with the company for 3 years, but thinking of checking other options now. Straight Talk needs to get it together and quit advertising something they can't offer.

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  14. Straight talk is not ready for prime time. Every answer is the towers are down or system is down. They don't know what they are doing and they are no more in Miami than I. Customer service is a joke.

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  15. Straight talk is a joke.! But its affordable. And yu can pay it whenever. Can yu activate an old verizon phone thru straight talk.?

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    1. I have a droid razor verizon without a sim can I get it activated with a prepaid carrier

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    2. It could be flashed to Page Plus, Selectel ot Next G. You probably need a Verizon SIM, ask you flasher.

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  16. I hate the fact that no one speaks English I'm southern that is so not English no offence to India but good lord

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  17. So Verizon phones can be turned to straight talk? And does any one know if there is a site I can check to see if the phones unlocked?

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  18. they do not support all CDMA phones i been trying for 3 months to get my verizon prepaid phone switched over and they say i need to get my account resolved or something like that or they don't offer service here which i know they do!! well it's a pre-paid phone

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    1. Verizon Prepaid phones only work on Verizon Prepaid. Verizon blocks their activation on Verizon MVNOs including StraightTalk. Only postpaid 3G (not LTE) Verizon phones can be activated on Straight Talk Verizon.

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