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Straight Talk and NET10 iPhone 5C and 5S Now Available, Use the AT&T Network

As promised, the NET10 and Straight Talk Apple iPhone 5C and 5S went on sale yesterday in Walmart stores and on the NET10 and Straight Talk and Walmart Websites.

The 16GB 5S is available in Space Gray, White and Gold for $650
The 16GB 5C in White, Pink, Yellow, Blue or Green is $550

As is their custom, NET10 and Straight Talk aren't telling us what network the new iPhones use. Fortunately it's not hard to figure out. Both brands use a market code to distinguish between networks. GSM4 is the market code for AT&T, GSM5 is T-Mobile, CO is Verizon and SPR is Sprint. You can see which phones are currently available in a given market using these URLS:

AT&T www.shopstraighttalk.com//bpdirect/straighttalk/Start.do?action=view&market=GSM4
Verizon www.shopstraighttalk.com//bpdirect/straighttalk/Start.do?action=view&market=CO
T-Mobile: www.shopstraighttalk.com//bpdirect/straighttalk/Start.do?action=view&market=GSM5
Sprint: www.shopstraighttalk.com//bpdirect/straighttalk/Start.do?action=view&market=SPR

The iPhone 5C and 5S only appear on first URL for the GSM4 AT&T market which indicates that they are AT&T based phones. That's generally a good thing as AT&T is widely available and Straight Talk and NET phones have access to AT&T's 4G LTE high speed data. If AT&T coverage dosen't work for you, the Straight Talk and NET10 Websites offer the iPhone 4, 4S and 5 in Verizon markets

Should you buy an iPhone from Straight Talk or NET10? Probably not and here's why. Every AT&T based phone that Straight Talk and NET10 has ever sold has been SIM locked to only work with Straight Talk or NET10. If you have problems with the service you can't use the phones anywhere else. Both iPhones are available unlocked at store.apple.com and Apple stores across the country for the same price that Straight Talk and NET10 are charging. Unlocked iPhones will work with a Straight Talk or NET10 SIM, but they will also work with a SIM from any GSM carrier in the world giving you greater far flexibility. Unlocked iPhones also have a signifigantly higher resale value too.

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Straight Talk and NET10 to Launch $549 iPhone 5C and $649 5S on Friday Dec. 13
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  1. buying one of those phones would be dumb. buy the verizon iphone straight from apple store in person.

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    1. The ST CDMA BYOP plan does not allow Verizon iPhones.

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  2. I need a nano sim from ST to get an unlocked iphone! Ugh. Come on straight talk!

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  3. Several eBay sellers offer ST micro-sims pre-cut to nano-sim size.

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  4. Or you can buy the sim cutter for 5.00 on ebay. .it's not rocket science..

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  5. Verizon iPhones are sim-unlocked. You use them on AT&T's GSM network, not a CDMA network.

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    1. Do you mean Verizon iPhones purchased directly Verizon or Apple? If you purchase a ST iPhone 5 (which would be for activation on Verizon) you cant then take that phone and insert a GSM sim and bring it to ST can you?

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  6. Will the vzw iPhone 5 s /5c get at&t lte on straight talk , I don't think the 5 does, I think it's capped at hspa+.

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    1. Yes the Verizon 5S and 5C support AT&T's LTE bands and they should get LTE with a Straight Talk LTE SIM. The Verizon iPhone 5 doesn't support AT&T's LTE bands so it's limited to HSPA+. on ST AT&T.

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  7. What's crazy is Straight Talk is still selling the discontinued iphone 5 for $550. That's a rip.

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    1. Are you crazy sure? That is $200 off for the 32gb iPhone 5 model. $250 off for the 64gb model. Nicer, aluminum phone compared to the 5C, for less money (except the 5C has longer battery life and better camera software).

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  8. The iphone 5 Is A Better Phone Than The 5c. The 5c is a plastic iphone 5.

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    1. was tempted to get a plastic iPhone 5C. but if want plastic, then might as well go back to my iPhone 3G or 3GS. upgraded from my iPhone 4 and got an iPhone 5 32gig for $400 on amazon (albeit used but like new) instead of getting a brand new 5C 16gig. just shop around folks because you can find better buys that you may be more happy with.

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  9. H2O has the iPhone 5 for $399.

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  10. The FAQ on the StraightTalk iPhone page (iphone.straighttalk.com) says that their iPhones do not come with or use a SIM card, and the activation instructions describe a procedure for the Verizon network. I suppose these could just be old from the iPhone 5, though the first FAQ does list the 5s and 5c. This would seem to indicate the 5x/5c also operate on Verizon.

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    1. vzn iphone? so sad.

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    2. When you say "vzn iphone? so sad", what are you talking about? Please be more specific.

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    3. att iphone! so happy!

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    4. st iphone? so screwed!

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  11. Dennis - thanks for confirming that the iPhone 5c and 5c are operating on ATT.

    However when you say that you would not recommend purchasing an iPhone from ST/Net 10 and instead gett them directly from Apple, are you just referring to the GSM versions of the phone? I did not think you could purchase a Verizon CDMA version of any of the iPhones from Apple and bring it to ST/Net 10 for activation.

    Further, one of your other comments suggest that

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    1. I meant that if you want an iPhone 5C or 5S running on Straight Talk AT&T you should buy the unlocked Apple store version.

      If you want an iPhone on Straight Talk Verizon you must buy it from Straight Talk, the Apple Store ones won't work.

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  12. You would have to cut a micro-sim down to use the 5S or 5C on ST.

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