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Updated - Straight Talk's "Bring Your Own Verizon Phone" Option is Back Online!

Update May 12, 2013, the Straight Talk CDMA BYOD site at www.straighttalkbyop.com went back online this evening,

The only CDMA phones that the site says aren't permitted are "4G LTE technology phones, iPhones, Blackberries or branded Straight Talk, TracFone, Safe Link, NET10 Wireless, and Telcel America phones.".

As reported yesterday, a WalMart leak suggests that the Straight Talk CDMA BYOP (Bring Your Own Phone) program is about to resume. Initially launched in April and cancelled after a week, the CDMA BYOP option let you buy a $15 code that allowed activation of  most Verizon phones on Straight Talk's $45/month unlimited, voice messaging and data plan. StraightTalk's sister brands NET10 and Telcel America, also launched and immediately canceled CDMA BYOD programs in April.

A HowardForums user discovered a page on the WalMart site listing a "Straight Talk Bring Your Own Phone CDMA Activation Kit Plus Service Plan" that includes a "Network Address Code" and a $45 Straight Talk Unlimited Plan PIN. The webpage says that the kit is only available in stores, not online.

I haven't heard any reports of the kits actually showing up in stores yet but another HowardForum's post, presumably by a WalMart employee, includes a photo (below) of pre-printed $59.88 price stickers for kit. The ST64PBYOPVZSV code on the sticker matches the "Model No." shown on the Walmart online listing. The stickers call it the kit a "SIM" but it seems unlikely that there's actually a SIM included as only Verizon LTE phone's use SIMs and the Walmart site says the program is not compatible with LTE phones.

Also not allowed on BYOD program are phones from "CDMA carriers Sprint or Metro PCS, 4G LTE devices, iPhones, BlackBerry, data only devices, lost or stolen devices, branded TracFone, SafeLink, NET10, Straight Talk or Telcel America handsets." This is a change from the original Straight Talk CDMA BYOD program which did allow the activation of the Verizon iPhone 4 and 4S. I suspect the program was modified to exclude iPhones at Verizon's request.


Related:
Updated: Straight Talk, NET10 and Telcel America Bring Your Own Verizon Phone Option Canceled
Update: Straight Talk's Bring Your Own Verizon Phone Site is Now Working

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  1. No iPhones, no way!

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    1. I already have Verizon,but it's costing too much. Verizon is the best service in my location. I want to stay with you'll. Thanks

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  2. Presumable it could have come from Verizon or ST may have wanted their own iphones to maintain it's market. Either way I'm thrilled this is coming back and hoping to see Net10 bring their program back as well. Would this mean that Net10 would also not have an online option? We'll see

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    1. I found the Net10 version on walmart.com as well:
      http://www.walmart.com/ip/NET10-Bring-Your-Own-Phone-CDMA-Activation-Kit/24538819

      I think PagePlus really dropped the ball unless they also have something in the pipeline.

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  3. No IPhone now? That sucks.

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  4. Respectfully, Jeff, I disagree. Page Plus Cellular is the better way to go! You may pay slightly more but you support US-based jobs. Dealing with Tracfone and its ilk is more annoyance than it's really worth. The few times I have had difficulties, Page Plus CSRs handled it quickly and effortlessly.

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    1. I agree. Add the Straight Talk monthly taxes/fees, and the $15 activation charge. Subtract a PagePlus dealer discount like the one I get through Kitty Wireless ($50.55 total price). Factor in the value-added services and support a good dealer provides. The choice is clear, at least to me.

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    2. Those arguments are like the ones we used to have about why you would stay with the postpaid providers.
      I pay under $40 a month with Net10 and I have used as much as 3GB a month. $15 X 12(months)= $174!! That's like getting over 4 months free! If you are happy with PP, than that is great. But, if you think that a lot people are not going to be leaving PP for this deal than you are fooling yourselves.

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    3. Those that have left PP for Straight Talk generally come back very quickly. Kitty Wireless regularly reports returning customers.

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  5. Are you an ideal StraightTalk customer? Take the Quiz:
    1. Do you always buy low advertised price, not total price with fees/taxes?
    2. Is low advertised price more important than total value to you?
    3. Do you want to help the world's richest man, a Mexican billionaire, become even richer?
    4. Do you speak excellent Spanish?
    5. Do you enjoy the idea of mentoring young people as they struggle to find the right script to read to you in solving YOUR problems?
    6. You do not mind buying phones that cannot be used with any other carrier?
    7. Do think it's OK that a phone company's value plan cannot be used with smartphones?
    8. Do you think that having a Pay-as-you-go plan option is for dummies who don't realize that unlimited everything (except for unknown data limitations) is best for all smartphone users?
    9. Do your friends think you are cheap to a fault, or penny-wise and pound foolish (whatever that means)?
    10. You do not trust those Anonymous posts/You think it is smart to use Straight Talk because someone named Jeff or Minn (which is it? They are equivalent?) says so?

    How did you score?
    Answered Yes to 7-10: Get Straight Talk! Obvious Choice!
    Answered Yes to 4-7: Probably! On to something!
    Answered Yes to 1-3: Maybe! "I sound like that person!" was your reaction to the 3 questions.
    Flunked; Answered No to all 10: No! You should read this forum and shop around.

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    1. hey bud completely off topic here but I just wanted to let you know, a penny wise and a pound foolish is referring to the English Pound which is about $1.55 in us dollars.

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    2. Haha - thanks, bud. Was wondering if anyone would bite on that. My tongue now removed from cheek. Hopefully nobody will have to fully explain the expression now! Maybe someone >will< explain #10 (that curious slash ;-)

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    3. You just described every company in america

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  6. Actually, Carlos Slim is of Lebanese parents.
    Straighttalk burns their software into their phones so it is impossible to flash or unlock any of their phones. Typical business practice for the worlds richest magnate who would rather guarantee a monopoly on his company products. The more he has, the more he wants. Thankfully there is a choice out there which is a basic fundamental human right. Choose wisely!!!!!!!

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    1. Carlos and his mother were born in Mexico. Carlos is Mexican. I agree with the rest.

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    2. The statement you cant flash their phones is false. I have an ascend 2 (working on replacement) that is rooted and running cyanogenmod 7.2

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    3. also the claim that ppl are making that you cant flash st phones to other carriers is in my opinion false as well since I bound a st ascend Y off a friend and put it on pp :)

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  7. Two other US prepaid leaders came to the US from Lebanon. And were fined $3M for the way they handled their cash.
    http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2005/06/02/Wads-of-cash-put-Toledoans-afoul-of-law.html

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  8. Ptel co-founders: Omar Ahmad, Chief Executive Officer; Omar Aqel COO; and Sam Abueid, President, are all from Chicago and have wide experience in retailing, and other industries like shipping.
    In April, 2010, Ptel won a $15M won a federal court case against several competitors over false advertising and unfair competition. Ptel's 2008 lawsuit alleged that two related competitors named EZ Stream and U.S. Mobile were misrepresenting the amount of minutes contained in their prepaid wireless plans.

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  9. This kit is in the local Wal Mart stores here, Is the Wal mart.com description wrong ? states it is not available for Iphones? straighttalkbyop.com doesn't sepcificically say they are not allowed, only LTE devices are not.

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    1. That is correct, the iphones are not being allowed at this point.

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    2. The WalMart site might be wrong about iPhones. Straight Talk's BYOD CDMA activation site isn't working yet. Until it works we won't know if iPhones are allowed or not.

      Currently the site seems to treat Verizon iPhones the same as other Verizon phones, they pass the initial MEID check but fail with an error after you enter your credit card information.

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    3. I'm curious that if the kits are available where you are, did you buy one? Are the kits working now?

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    4. My nearest Walmart is 50 miles away. I haven't been there since the kits were introduced..

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    5. I was at my Walmart today and they have the product tag up but no product yet.

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  10. Yes the kits ar at the stores, %59.88.

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  11. Packaged indentical to the old sim card kits, price included.

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  12. I'm thinking about getting a Straight Talk iPhone 5 CDMA. My plan is to use ST as an in between plan until my fiance's contract with AT&T is up. We want to switch to Verizon as it has much better service in our area. My question is can I take the ST CDMA iPhone to Verizon at a later date and activate a plan?

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    1. Verizon will not activate .Straight Talk phones

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  13. can you use the kit on a Verizon smart phone ?

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    1. Yes, Verizon smartphones can be used except:
      No 4G LTE devices
      No iPhones
      No BlackBerrys
      No Verizon prepaid phones

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  14. Wow...you seem to know what your talking about. We have a Galaxy 3S and a Droid Razor.Am I able to use these phones with the BYOP kits?

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    1. No they are both LTE phones which aren't allowed.

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  15. Can u use a vzw droid2 on this plan?

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  16. Will the Motorola Droid X MB810 work on the byop plan?

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  17. How do I use the data from a verizon phone that I have switched to Straight Talk?

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    1. On Android, WebOS and Windows Phone smartphones, data should work as soon as you activate the phone with *22890 and make your first outgoing call.

      With Verizon dumbphones it's difficult and often impossible to get data working.

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  18. If I buy a verizon phone from a "popular" website either the Motorola Droid x or x2, or the htc Rhyme will these phones work with the straighttalk byop plan? any help is greatly appreciated and thank you

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  19. The Droid X and X2 and the Verizon HTC Rhyme should all work with Straight Talk BYOD CDMA

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  20. I'm hoping to get a Verizon Pantech Marauder off of a friend, would I be able to use that on ST BYOP?

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    1. No, the Marauder is a 4G phone so it won't work on Straight Talk.

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    2. Actually that's false I have a friend that has a note2 & uses it just fine and it's 4g LTE

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    3. Is it a Verizon Note 2 running on Straight Talk CDMA BYOD?

      If it is that should not be possible unless the phone's MEID has been altered to make it appear to be a non-3G phone.

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  21. so these phones will run on verizon towers then?

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    1. Yes, Straight Talk CDMA uses the Verizon network.

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  22. will alltel galaxy s2 work on straight talk, thanks

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    1. The 3G tech is compatible, but if they accept the ESN you may have an issue with OTA programming/prl update. If you can activate it on PagePlus or Selectel, it should work with the regular Vzw OTA programming number for ST. I had to use a special, non-Verizon programming number to get new (never on Vzw) Alltel phones to work on PagePlus.

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    2. If you try the S2 on ST and cannot get OTA to work, post back here and I will look up the OTA code that worked for my new Alltel.

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  23. Thanks for all your info.

    Out here in the country Verizon woks the best. Now just need to find a phone that will work on their network through straight talk.

    A neighbor activated his older IPhone 3gs through strait talk and he was able to receive 3 calls and make 1 before he was given the "no service" message. Apparently straight talk set him up on T-Mobile not Verizon as he was told. He bought an ATT straight talk sim on Ebay.
    Will he be able to activate his IPhone 3gs and have it work on ATT network?

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    1. A Straight Talk AT&T SIM will work in an iPhone. There are some extra steps getting data and especially MMS working with AT&T SIMs but it does work, assuming there's AT&T coverage at his location. Setup details here: Updated: How to Setup Straight Talk & NET10 Data and MMS on Android, iPhone & Windows Phone

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  24. Will any of the the Samsung Galaxy's work with straight talk? All anybody can use in our rural area is verizon :(

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  25. I know this is a stupid question but I'm phone dumb when it comes to stuff like this, I'm a straight talk customer an I was just wondering if on the BYOD if you can use any of the Samsung Galaxy's phones? I live in a little rural town an Verizon is king here :(

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  26. The Samsung Fascinate, which is the Verizon's version of the Galaxy S will.

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    1. I tried contacting StraightTalk to switch my Samsung Fascinate over but they said it didn't qualify for BYOP program. What am I doing wrong?

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  27. I have a HTC Incredible 2 that was on a Verizon network (no simm), I have added a pre paid at&t simm card and dropped the Verizon network. Can I put the phone on smart talk in addition to the at&t simm also. There are areas where I live that only one or the other service is available.

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    1. "Smart Talk"? Do you mean Straight Talk? If so yes you can put the Incredible 2 on Straight Talk CDMA and switch between ST and AT&T using the phone's Networks menu. The phone can only be active on one network at a time however so if you are active on Straight Talk and someone calls your AT&T number you will miss the call.

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  28. I have the straighttalk byop. Activated the phone and everything is working but I didn't call the *22890 to program my phone, do I need to do this? I have the droidx2

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    1. If everything is working I wouldn't do anything.

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  29. Will I have any problem using my HTC One X with Straight Talk? I have the unlock code and I have ordered the ATT micro sim card kit from them. I also was told that I could get 4g HSPA as well but I would have to watch my usage or I would get throttled.

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    1. An unlocked international HTC One X or a locked or unlocked AT&T HTC One X will work with a Straight Talk AT&T SIM. You will get HSPA+ but not LTE. Don't expect to be able to use much more than 1 GB/month before throttling.

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  30. Thanks, I was hoping someone could verify the info I had. I dont use hardly 400mb on my verizon phone so I dont think I would go over 1gb. I do most of my stuff over wifi. I have read that alot of people have had problems receiving pic messages through ST with the HTC phones.

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  31. Got a hold of a dual cdma/gsm activation kit..really only interested in using cdma for verizon 3g phones such as droid x , incredibles, fascinate ect to possibly boost business when customers dont want Page Plus and/or wanted to port to ST. Also wondered if mms and data would work without manual settings and if so would theykeep working. Last wonder if phone was ported back to PP would any extra programming be needed forums or web. Could anyone shed any light on this?
    Thanks

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    1. MMS isn't usually a problem with Straight Talk CDMA BYOD. Activation using *22890 should fully program the phone including the MMS settings.

      Switching between Verizon MVNOs is not a problem provided the operator you are leaving properly releases the ESN. The only programming needed is the usual *22890

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    2. I seen that activation kit at Wallchart, I was wondering did it also have three sim cards with the kit?

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  32. can i use a verizon nexus with straight talk? an if i can what do i need to do in order to use it? i have no clue what all them cdma and byod and mvno stuff means.. so i kinda need it in child form please lol

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    1. No, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus is an LTE phone and thus not eligible for Straight Talk BYOD.

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    2. I dont understand why a Nexus won't work, when they offer a Samsung Galaxy S3, which is a 4G phone. Also they never said anything about not being able to use GSM phones, just some CDMA phones. The Nexus is a global phone that runs on the GSM network, so I cannot figure out why it wouldnt work..

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    3. You can use a GSM Galaxy Nexus with a Straight Talk SIM

      But Verizon's version of the Galaxy Nexus is not a world phone and doesn't support GSM. Straight Talk will not activate it under the CDMA BYOD program at this time.

      Straight Talk's Galaxy S III runs on Sprint not Verizon.

      There are rumors that Straight talk may soon get a version of the S III that runs on Verizon but it hasn't happened yet.

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  33. I got a galaxy s2 epic. Some people say that straight talk is Verizon and them i hear their also sprint! ,Will it work on my s2?

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  34. I am happy with straight talk verizon towers my question is what newer phones can i choose from and still have straight talk( verizon towers) I do like the galaxy Siii or iphones 4s and have checked out some nice ones on ebay but i am uneducated when it comes to knowing about what to do and what to check for such as cdma? Whats that? Gsm? Bad esn? Help me ....... thank you... I just want to enjoy a newer phone and still have verizon towers and have the straight talk 45$ plan.

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    1. Lots of questions that would require a lot of typing. Start here: http://www.prepaidphonenews.com/2011/12/how-to-get-tracfone-net10-or-straight.html
      If you don't get another response, simply type some of our questions on Bing or google

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    2. The newest and best Verizon phones you can use with Straight Talk BYOD are the:
      Motorola Droid X, Droid X2, Droid 3
      HTC Droid Incredible, Droid Incredible 2, HTC Trophy
      Samsung Fascinate
      They are all at least 2 years old

      You can buy a brand new phone from NET10 that uses Verizon towers. Good choices include the iPhone 4, 4S and 5, LG Optimus Showtime and Samsung Galaxy Proclaim. For a complete list of all NET10 smartphones that use Verizon see: How to Tell Which Network (AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint or Verizon) a TracFone, NET10 or Straight Talk Phone Uses

      GSM and CDMA are different incompatible technologies. Verizon uses CDMA, AT&T and T-Mobile use GSM

      The ESN is a CDMA phone's serial number. If a phone is reported lost or stolen or the last owner left Verizon without paying their final bill the ESN is flagged as "Bad" and the phone can no longer be activated.

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  35. Why does the drop down menu have an option for Apple iPhone 4 if CDMA is not compatible? I have an unlocked Verizon iPhone 4 that I would like to use with straight talk. Is this possible? If Verizon is CDMA compatible...why couldn't I use this phone on straight talk?

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    1. You are welcome to try but I haven't heard of anyone successfully activating an iPhone on Straight talk CDMA since it became available again in May.

      The drop down is probably left over from the first round of the CDMA BYOP program in April when iPhones were allowed.

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  36. Why did this get changed?

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    1. I suspect the program was modified to exclude iPhones at Verizon's request.

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  37. Hi, I currently have a sprint HTC 3d EVO and plan on unlocking it today to use the straight talk service. Will this phone work using the prepaid service? Thanks in advance!

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    1. No Sprint phones can't be used on Straight Talk BYOP. Only AT&T, T-Mobile, unlocked GSM and non-LTE Verizon phones are eligible.

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  38. I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 (Verizon) phone and would like to get it on my straight talk plan. Is this possible? It doesn't sound like it is based off of what I've been reading :(

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    1. It won't work, Verizon LTE phones like the S3 are not eligible.

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    2. I activate the galaxy s3 sprint version I have not 4g only 3g and I am happy

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  39. Not at all? There is no way to unlock it or flash it or root it to get it to work on Straight Talk?

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    1. Not with Straight talk, You can get it flashed to another Verizon prepaid MVNO like PagePlus or Selectel.

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  40. Hmmm... Are all the Samsung Galaxy S3's 4G LTE? Say I were to purchase an AT&T or T-Mobile S3... Will that work on Straight Talk?

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    1. T-Mobile and AT&T S IIIs are LTE. They will work with the appropriate Straight SIM.

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  41. Hi Dennis I am looking for a qwerty smartphone that is like a slider that is comparable with this byop program. Oh and I'm looking for a CDMA version. I hope I explained this correctly.

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    1. Motorola Droid III, Droid II, Droid II Global, original Droid and the LG Ally are all Verizon Android QWERTY sliders that would with Straight Talk QWERTY BYOP. The Droid 3 is the newest.

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  42. Will Motorola milestone work for starit talk. This phone is from England but would like to use it here with SIM card.

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    1. Provided it's unlocked it would work with a Straight Talk SIM. The European Milestone lacks any of the North American 3G bands so data would be limited to GPRS/Edge speeds.

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  43. I was curious if a lg optimus exceed from Verizon would work on straight talk?

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    1. No it won't work. Verizon doesn't allow its MVNOs to activate Verizon Prepaid phones like the Optimus Exceed. You can use it on Verizon Prepaid only.

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  44. Will the Verizon G Zone Boulder work with Straight Talk?.......Thank you in advance!

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    1. It would definitely work for talk and text. Like all Verizon non-smartphones, getting data and MMS to work will be difficult or impossible.

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  45. my wife tried to switch her htc incredible to straight talk from verizon the straight talk customer service told her she couldn't switch how do you do it i see them for sale everywhere its not under contract and hasn't been thanks for the help i switched my number to straight talk but i also bought a straight talk phone because my old phone broke satisfied so far.

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  46. will my verizon samsung charge work with straight talk?

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  47. No it won't because it's an LTE capable phone.

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  48. dennis could you tell me why straight says they can not switch my wifes incredible over they told her it wasnt compatiable

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  49. An Incredible should be compatible with Straight Talk CDMA BYOD. Is the phone currently active with Verizon or a Verizon MVNO? That might be too much for Straight talk's automated system to handle.

    I recommend calling the Tracfone (Straight talk's parent company) "Executive Resolutions" US based call center at 1-305-715-6500 Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM Eastern time. They should be able to activate it or at least tell you why it's incompatible

    That number rolls over to the regular offshore support when it's busy. If a receptionist answers you've reached Executive Resolutions

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  50. thanks dennis for the info she is still using it on the verion network

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  51. I have an iphone 4s with verizon .. my contract is about to expire, and I want to go with straight talk .. I have called verizon global and they gave me the green to unlock my iphone I just need an internation sim card and wifi and it will do it. Once the phone is unlocked can it be used with straight talk?

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    1. When Verizon unlocks an iPhone 4S it's only unlocked for foreign SIM cards. It still won't work any US network except Verizon.

      You can use your iPhone on Verizon Prepaid or on PagePlus, Selectel or Next G which are Verizon MVNOs that don't block the activation of the Verizon iPhone 4 and 4S. See: Verizon and Verizon MVNO Prepaid Plans Compared

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  52. One of my friends gave me his old Verizon iPhone and the only way I can use it is if I run it through straighttalk. What can I do to make this happen? Has anything changed to allow me to use the iPhone?

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    1. You can use the old Verizon iPhone on Verizon Prepaid or on PagePlus, Selectel or Next G which are Verizon MVNOs that don't block the activation of the Verizon iPhone 4 and 4S. See: Verizon and Verizon MVNO Prepaid Plans Compared on this blog.
      If you have a StraightTalk/Verizon iPhone 4 or 4S, you can activate it on StraightTalk again by calling them or using their website Activate/Reactivate button.
      If you have an "old" StraightTalk/Verizon iPhone 5, you can activate it on PagePlus, Selectel or Next G, or any Tmobile or AT&T service provider.
      If you have an "old" Verizon iPhone 5, you can only activate on Verizon postpaid, or with any Tmobile or AT%T service provider.

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  53. I have a few questions regarding straight talk , i have family mobile right now with my t-mobile phone, i am going to get a new phone , and possibly switch to straight talk, what phones will work with straight talk , are there alot of requirements, can i keep mu phone number, how do u know if your phone is unlocked? Confused!!

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    1. You can use a T-Mobile phone. AT&T phone, unlocked GSM phone or a non-LTE Verizon phone.

      The only requirements are that the phone can't be reported lost or stolen of blocked for non-payment and Verizon phones can't be 4G (LTE) models and can't be currently active with Verizon

      You can keep your phone number in most cases.

      You phone is probably locked unless you asked your operator to unlocked it or paid some one to unlock it.

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  54. I had a few question, I am thinking about getting straight talk , but what are the requirements with the bring your own phone program, i am considering another t-mobile phone or at&t phone. Is it impossible to have the mms and internet to work? please help
    I am kinda slow when it comes to phones

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  55. why is the strait talk website saying my MEID is not eligible? The phone is a droid x2 and lots of people use them on straight talk. the phone was flashed but cant ativate it. anyone know why?

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    1. If the ESN is clean an X2 should be eligible. Call Executive Resolutions or ask about the issue on StraightTalk's Facebook page

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  56. Hey Dennis, I have a small used cell phone business... I have had no problems up until recently when it comes to activating Droid X2's and now Droid 3's... All have clean ESN's through Verizon... I am having the same issues as the above comment... They are saying that the Droid X2 and the Droid 3 MEID's are not eligible... This does not make any sense what-so-ever! Please help... Thanks!

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    1. If it's happening to multiple people with multiple phones there's probably a problem with Straight Talk's activation system.

      If that's the case no one can fix the issue except Straight Talk. As its the weekend try contacting them via Facebook or wait until Monday and call Executive Resolutions.

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  57. Hello, We are thinking of switching to straight talk as for 4 phones our bill is $253 and that is 3 smart phones and one basic. Are they still not allowing Iphones? The other 2 smart phones we own are Droid Incredible, will they work? Also do they have more basic plans that do not include date? Thank you!!

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    1. Straight Talk still doesn't allow Verizon iPhones but they now sell Straight Talk iPhones that use the Verizon network.

      The Droid Incredibles should be OK for activation on Straight talk.

      There's a $30 plan but it's for Straight Talk branded feature phones only.

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  58. I have a Verizon Samsung stratosphere 4G LTE, will it work on st

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  59. When I went to the st site it said it would. My I ask why it wouldn't it has not been activated with verizon

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    1. Historically, Straight Talk has not activated Verizon LTE phones. But if the site accepts your LTE phone's MEID number perhaps the policy has changed. If you try please reply back and let us know if it worked.

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  60. Will a lg spectrum work on straight talk?

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    1. Verizon LTE phones like the LG Spectrum don't work on Straight Talk currently.

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  61. ok so what if its a phone that has never been activated anywheres... i have a htc rhyme verizon referb and i have 6 months left on my crappy straight talk phone is there anything i can do to transfer my service over or is this card idea my only option?

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    1. Never activated is OK. If the Rhyme is clear for activation on Verizon it should be fine on the Straight Talk $45 plan. You can switch you number and account to the Rhyme online at straighttalkbyop.com or by calling Straight Talk.

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  62. A Verizon Samsung? I quit their service 2 yrs ago and still have the phone and nothing is wrong with it. It is the phone that slides sideways with the qwerty keyboard, text, internet, gps... ?? Will I be allowed to get it activated with Straight Talk?

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    1. Probably. You can enter the MEID (serial number) on straighttalkbyop.com and it will tell you if it's allowed.

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    2. Thank you so much!! Actually I made an error.... It is a Venus, I think...lol.
      Anyway, I entered the info and yup, I worked!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH Dennis!!

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  63. Dennis, Thanks for all the great info! I ventured out and purchased a droid x in anticipation of the BYOD when it was cancelled. I have been with another provider since but recently learned they are being sold. Glad to hear I can head back to straight talk with my Droid X ;) .

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  64. I need help finding a "kit" to switch to straight talk if anyone can help. We can only use cdma verizon phones, we live in a rural area. However with straight talk if you use our correct zip it will deny we have service here and only show GSM info :(... any help would be appreciated. Is it possible to purchase this online and not just in the store? Thanks!

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  65. I need help finding a "kit" to switch to straight talk if anyone can help. We can only use cdma verizon phones, we live in a rural area. However with straight talk if you use our correct zip it will deny we have service here and only show GSM info :(... any help would be appreciated. Is it possible to purchase this online and not just in the store? Thanks!

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  66. You can activate a CDMA phone online at straighttalkbyop.com

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  67. Page Plus was bought out by ST so what happens to all of us who have our GS3's flashed to Page Plus. Can we switch to ST or will we have to buy new phones?

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    1. The TracFone PagePlus deal is still under review by several Federal agencies and has not closed yet so nothing has changed. No one really knows what will happen when the sale is completed. I suspect there will not be any immediate changes to PagePlus services or products.

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    2. I want to move my Galaxy Proclaim straight talk to Tracfone .

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    3. You can move your number to TracFone but not the phone. Only TracFones work on TracFone.

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  68. Verizon htc trophy should work for the Boyd ?

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  69. Yes, the HTC Trophy is a Verizon 2G/3G only, non-LTE phone so it should work.

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  70. Currently, my fiance and I are on separate Verizon accounts and considering switching over to ST. Can I use my fiance's upgrade through Verizon and activate it on ST?

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    1. Theoretically you could get an upgrade through Verizon and then port the number to Straight Talk and use the new phone there. But it's not very practical for a couple of reasons:
      1) To get the upgrade you would need to extend your contract which would make you subject to an ETF (early termination fee) when you left Verizon. If you didn't pay the fee it would hurt your credit rating and Verizon would blacklist the phone so it would no longer work on Straight Talk.
      2) Straight Talk doesn't accept LTE capable phones or iPhones on Verizon BYOP. As far as I know Verizon postpaid doesn't offer any non-LTE phones except the iPhone 4S and feature phones. If you want a feature phone it would be much less expensive to buy one from Straight talk than to pay the ETF.

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  71. Right now I live out in the country and the only service I get is through Verizon and the $250 booster that I bought. My question is, if I switch over to ST, will I be able to receive calls from the booster?

    As far as I know, my friends who are ATT have no luck connecting to the booster.

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    1. If it's a Network Extender from Verizon it will work with Verizon based Straight Talk phones but only if the Extender is tied to a Verizon account. If you cancel the Verizon service on the phone the Extender is associated with for billing purposes the Extender will stop working.

      If your booster is a cellular amplifier like the ones manufactured by Wilson Electronics it will continue to work with a Verizon based Straight Talk phone without the need for a business relationship with Verizon.

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    2. Thanks so much Dennis

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  72. I have a samsung galaxy s3 through sprint....can I use it with straight talk's byop program?

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    1. Yes, Straight Talk is now activating Sprint phones including the s3. It will be on the Sprint network not Verizon.

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  73. Can we now use samsung galaxy s3 from verizon with straight talk?

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    1. No, Verizon LTE phones like the Samsung Galaxy S III don't work on Straight Talk currently.

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  74. Thanks for quick response! Can you suggest similar phone carrier like straight talk that accepts galaxy s lll from Verizon?

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    1. The Verizon S III can be used on Page Plus, Selectel or Next G but only if it's modified (flashed).

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  75. can the htc thunderbolt be used for straight talk? or can it be flashed to straight talk?

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    1. A Thunderbolt can't be activated on Straight talk as it's an LTE phone
      It could be flashed to PagePlus, Selectel or NextG but not Straight Talk as they block LTE phones by MEID.

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  76. I have an old Verizon Droid. One of the originals. Only 3G and no sim. When I go to the stbyod.com site it says it is compatible but there may be issues when I go to activate it. I really do not want to spend $45 and then find out it does not work. Is there any way to know for sure? Also the phone is still locked to Verizon. Does it have to be unlocked first or does this work with the phone locked?

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    1. The original Motorola Droid should work fine on Straight Talk. The warning is likely a generic disclaimer that you would see with any phone you try to activate.

      Unlocking is only applicable to GSM phones, CDMA phones aren't locked because the operator controls which phones can be activated.

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    2. Thanks Dennis.

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  77. I have a Verizon android 2.3 Gingerbread. It tells me on the straighttalk site that it is compatible, but when I call to have changed over they tell me it's not compatible. Do I have to unlock it or something to have it work?

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    1. If the Website says the phone is compatible activate it on the Website. Calling Straight Talk for anything you can do online is just asking for trouble.

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  78. Is the droid razr xt912 compatible to straight talk bring your own phone cdma?

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    1. No, Verizon LTE phones like the Droid RAZR can't be used on Straight Talk

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  79. Straighttalkbyop.com says my verizon snapdragon is compatable but i dont know which sim card i need. Sim card in phone is a micro sim but i dont know if its GSM or CDMA?

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  80. Verizon Snapdragon. Is compatable but not sure which sim to buy?

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    1. CDMA phones don't use SIMs. Click the CDMA button on Straighttalkbyop.com to buy an activation code.

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  81. I have added my Casio Commando to my S.talk account using the byop. The problem I am having is it will not activate using the ota 22890 or any other combination the straight talk agent had me try for over two frustrating hrs on the phone with them. Every time the Verizon robot will say it is unable to activate. I can hear the ota voice S.talk uses start then Verizon kicks in and says it can not activate. Any help is Greatly appreciated.

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    1. Try dialing *228 and choosing option 1

      If that doesn't work, the most likey causes for a verizon phone not to activate OTA on Straight Talk are:

      1 Straight Talk has the wrong the MEID. Ask a Straight Talk rep to verify that their MEID matches what's listed in the Phone's Settings > About phone menu.

      2 Phones that are still active on a Verizon or other MVNO account will not activate. Call Verizon or the other MVNO to check. If the phone is active on your account ask them to release it. If it's active on someone else's account that person will need to have it released.

      3. Verizon signal is to weak to complete activation. Go to a location with a stronger signal.

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  82. Is there a way I could manually do an "Ota" for my phone? (Casio Commando Gz1)

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    1. What other numbers did you try, so we do not have to spend a lot of time guessing.
      E.G., did you try dialing *228 and then pick option 1 for OTA?

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  83. *228 option 1- *22890 Etc... Basically every ota number Verizon/ Straight talk uses. They even had me try to activate on Verizon.Phone is out of the box new so it's not on any network. The Meid on the phone does not match what's on my account. How can it if They provide a random # when I bought the access card.Full signal here also

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    1. When you buy a CDMA access code the first thing it asks you for is the phone's MEID. If you enter the wrong one it's not going to work.

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  84. Understood, Verified Meid with S.talk

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  85. Verified they got the Meid entered correctly, Still stumped on this one

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    1. Try entering the MEID in the ESN/MEID checkers at Swappa.com/esn and and checkesnfree.com. Does it come back as clean/ready for activation?

      What make and model phone is it?

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  86. Esn shows valid and ready for activation

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    1. That phone should work. Maybe the Verizon signal is too weak at your location. Have you tried going somewhere with a strong signal and doing *228 option 1. Other than that I'm stumped as to what the problem could be.

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  88. Great signal here. Called Verizon they don't show it as ever being activated( no suprise) and for some reason they keep saying it can't be activated on any other network other than theirs
    Is there a way to manually do an ota to activate this phone that you are aware of?

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    1. There are manual programming instructions on this page (half way down, ignore the part about flashing the phone) helpdesk.houdinisoft.com/products/casiogzonetypes1137. Manual programing will probably only get you talk and text.

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  89. Also, should the Meid S.Talk added to my account be the same as on the phone? They verified the Meid on the phone however the New Meid on my account is different.

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    1. The MEID on your account must match the real MEID on the phone. Try calling Straight talk's Executive Resolutions Department at 1-800-876-5753 first thing in the morning (they open at 8AM EST) for help. Be sure to tell them about the MEID discrepancy.

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  90. Ok I will,Thank you for all your help/advise. I will post up later this week if/when I get this sorted so hopefully others can avoid the S.Talk runaround.
    Cheers

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    1. You could also check the MEID/DEC/ESN in the phone menus ('About Phone'?) and make sure it matches the one shown below the battery. If the phone is really new, they should match. I bought a phone once where the numbers did not match, and I had to use the number in the phone menu to activate it.

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  91. I have a galaxy stellar 4glte.can I change it to the strait talk???

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  92. I have talked with the straight talk bring your own phone dept.and they tell me as long as a ATT or T Mobil Phone is unlocked, I can use a SIm card to activate or if Verizon unlocked network access code can be used. This inclues the Galaxy II, III, or the Note III which I am interested in purchasing. Please advise your thoughts .

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  93. So, I'm thinking about purchasing a "generic" Straight Talk AT&T Android Phone Unlocked No Contract GSM WiFi Dual SIM off ebay... would you happen to know if this phone will roam to Verizon if need be? Verizon is the one network that is big around here. The ad says it wont work with Verizon but what if I got the Verizon Sim?

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    1. Most dual SIM phones don't support US 3G or 4G so data would be very slow 2G.

      There are no Straight Talk CDMA SIMs. Straight Talk SIMs are for GSM phones. GSM is used by AT&T and T-Mobile.

      Verizon uses CDMA, a different incompatible network technology than GSM. A GSM phone is incapable of roaming on Verizon.

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  94. I have a Verizon iphone, and I want to use the ST BYOP. So I check the compatibility with my iphone 4s MEID number... like it says to do on the box. Of course it says that my phone would be compatible. So how do I do it? or did they just screw me by lying? I find it very hard to believe they can tell me my phone is compatible, not say anything on the packaging about conflictions, but not allot me to use it.

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    1. In the past Straight Talk hasn't allowed Verizon iPhones but if the straighttalkbyop.com site says yours is compatible and you feel like gambling $14.99 go ahead and try. Let us know if it works.

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  95. If you go to straighttalkbyop.com and check a Verizon iphone it will tell you its compatible..buy the kit and try it..will tell you its not..I found out the hard way.

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    1. That's strange. What kind of phone is it and what does swappa.com/esn when you enter the MEID?

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  96. I have a Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3 4gLTE that has previously been used on Bluegrass Cellular in BG, KY. I checked the IMEI on Straight Talk website, and it said it is compatible. I am assuming my phone is unlocked, since it has been used with provider other than Verizon, but if it isn't I am going to unlock it manually. I plan on purchasing the Straight Talk BYOP activation kit that has both att and tmobile mirco sims. I was told that one of those should work, and I would have 4G, but not LTE for it would be the only thing blocked on my service. I will let you know which one works, (if at all) whenever I can get the kit....sold out here everytime I go to WalMart!

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    1. Although the Verizon S III is a dual mode CDMA/GSM world phone I don't think it supports US 3G bands so if data works at all with a Straight Talk SIM it would be 2G.

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  97. Also, if it doesn't work, can you recommend somewhere that I can find prepaid unlimited everything for cheap????

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  98. Straight Talk is the least expensive unlimited everything operator. If the S III doesn't work I recommend the Nexus 5.

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  99. I have a Samsung galaxy admire 4g from metro pcs which is cdma. I only purchased the phone about 3 mths ago but I recently moved and having to swap carriers due to being in a rural area. I went to straighttalkbyob.com to check the compatibility and it said it would work. the problem im having though is when I go through to purchase the access code. It sends me back to the straightalk website and has me enter in the IMEI to continue purchasing online it tells me its not compatible. Please help cause I really didn't want to have to buy another phone.

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    1. Straight will not activate MetroPCS phones. You might be able to find someone flash your phone to PagePlus or Selectel.

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  100. You said "The stickers call it the kit a "SIM" but it seems unlikely that there's actually a SIM included as only Verizon LTE phone's use SIMs and the Walmart site says the program is not compatible with LTE phones." I have a Verizon branded Motorola Droid 3. It only supports 3G (not 4G LTE) but it definitely has a SIM card.

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  101. if someone has an existing straight talk account would they still have to buy a whole new kit and start over or could u switch it to a verizon phone cheaper with a pre existing one ?

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