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    Default Leaving CDMA - Straight Talk or Simple Mobile?

    Hi Guys,

    I figure some of you guys may have experience with GSM carriers as I've been on Sprint for what seems like forever. I'm finally ready to bail and make the jump to unlocked phones. Both Straight Talk and Simple Mobile have good coverage for me (Los Angeles/Pasadena area) so it's not about that I guess. A few questions...

    - Since Straight Talk takes advantage of either the At&t or T-Mobile networks and is $5 cheaper per month, shouldn't I go just go with them or is there something I'm missing?
    - ST isn't exactly up front with how much data is allowed though but I haven't ever really gone over 2GB so I think I'm fine if that's the limit. Anyone run into any issues of getting cut off/throttled?
    - SM says unlimited but again, who really knows how much data is allowed or if you are throttled. Anyone have experiences with that?
    - Is it as simple as 42.2Mbps with SM and then 21Mbps with ST?

    Thanks guys...looking forward to jumping ship.
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    Quote Originally Posted by limdoug View Post
    Hi Guys,

    I figure some of you guys may have experience with GSM carriers as I've been on Sprint for what seems like forever. I'm finally ready to bail and make the jump to unlocked phones. Both Straight Talk and Simple Mobile have good coverage for me (Los Angeles/Pasadena area) so it's not about that I guess. A few questions...

    - Since Straight Talk takes advantage of either the At&t or T-Mobile networks and is $5 cheaper per month, shouldn't I go just go with them or is there something I'm missing?
    - ST isn't exactly up front with how much data is allowed though but I haven't ever really gone over 2GB so I think I'm fine if that's the limit. Anyone run into any issues of getting cut off/throttled?
    - SM says unlimited but again, who really knows how much data is allowed or if you are throttled. Anyone have experiences with that?
    - Is it as simple as 42.2Mbps with SM and then 21Mbps with ST?

    Thanks guys...looking forward to jumping ship.
    I prefer ST simply because AT&T coverage is better here where I live. I think the biggest issue is how fast do you want your data to be. If you can live with slower 3G speeds then the $40 plan is better and will save you a few bucks a month. But if you want fast data then go with ST. It'l be cheaper than the $50 plan and will provide the same coverage but probably faster speeds and maybe less of an issue.

    I hear AT&T side ppl have problem with getting cut off, otoh if you are on ST with T-Mo I hear they are a bit better there. Doesn't surprise me though since T-Mo is ok with giving out unlimited data and all.



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    There's something about MVNO's I don't trust. Straight Talk should be better at advertising what their limits are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ry View Post
    There's something about MVNO's I don't trust. Straight Talk should be better at advertising what their limits are.
    The problem very well could be with the carriers and not the mvno's. Like I've heard from several ppl they go over 3GB etc and never get a warning so its very possible that its simply based on location and where AT&T will get upset with someone using too much data.

    I wish they could simply work out a deal with AT&T to offer 2GB so they could say 2GB, but it doesn't seem like the way they want to go, or possibly cannot go? We'll see how things change in the future but I think for the most part the average consumer won't even notice the "limit" that is put on them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woosh View Post
    I prefer ST simply because AT&T coverage is better here where I live. I think the biggest issue is how fast do you want your data to be. If you can live with slower 3G speeds then the $40 plan is better and will save you a few bucks a month. But if you want fast data then go with ST. It'l be cheaper than the $50 plan and will provide the same coverage but probably faster speeds and maybe less of an issue.

    I hear AT&T side ppl have problem with getting cut off, otoh if you are on ST with T-Mo I hear they are a bit better there. Doesn't surprise me though since T-Mo is ok with giving out unlimited data and all.



    Some info on the $50 SM plan.
    I guess I could just buy each for a month and try it out? Only thing lost is I'd have to pay an extra $10 bucks for the sim on each MVNO. Is there tax on top of the price or is that it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by limdoug View Post
    I guess I could just buy each for a month and try it out? Only thing lost is I'd have to pay an extra $10 bucks for the sim on each MVNO. Is there tax on top of the price or is that it?
    You can use coupon code SIMSAVE and get a free SIM card through ST with a month card. I believe that includes free shipping as well, not positive about that though.

    I also think SM you can get SIM activation kits from eBay for 99 cents.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ry View Post
    There's something about MVNO's I don't trust. Straight Talk should be better at advertising what their limits are.
    But you trust the big carriers instead?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Martonik View Post
    But you trust the big carriers instead?
    I know what Verizon's limits are. I don't know what Straight Talk's are. T-Mobile makes their throttling clear.

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    I purchased both sims and tried both.. where I live better mobile service on att, better data tmobile.. go figure.
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    There's that Solaveil option. I'm not sure if it's a scam since it looks like a Piramid scheme but I bough a sim card the other day it should be arrivin soon. It uses T-mobile's brand. There's not straight Talk in my country so I'm out of options.
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    I use ST with the at&t sim on a S3, for the most part my coverage is exactly the same as my at&t post paid work phone when I travel. I average about 6mbs up & 1mb down data speeds which is more than sufficient for my browsing needs. I typically try tot stay under 1GB of date use monthly and have been fine, the only thing I wish ST would do is provide their users with a defined data limit rather than some vague crap about data usage. Overall I've been pretty pleased with ST and have even converted a couple of friends and family over to ST and they have been pleased thus far.
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    Default Re: Leaving CDMA - Straight Talk or Simple Mobile?

    I travel to the U.S. quite a bit and have used a few MVNO's.. Simple Mobile, Straight Talk have both been great. One to avoid though, IMO, is H2O Wireless.
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    Might want to look at t-mobile's web only deals. They have a $30/month plan that gives 100 minutes, unlimited texts and data. Data is throttled at 5gb though...but you can't touch that price for 5gb.
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    I'm on Straight Talk using the Galaxy S3 and using AT&T for the $45/month..but after seeing how cheap Google is putting the Nexus 4 out for on the Play Store I'll be selling my S3 for it.

    When I do this I'll be making the move to T-Mobiles prepaid plan where you get 100 anytime minutes/unlimited text and 5GB mobile data per month then you get throttled after you go over that. For $30/month

    To me this should be the better deal..not as great coverage but still pretty good, will be getting more data allowance than I could using AT&T on ST, and my area has T-Mobiles 42Mbps so faster to. Barely use any anytime minutes so 100 should be enough.

    This prepaid plan is only on T-Mobiles site I think for the $30/month.
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    Those plans and rates are depend on where you live.. Coverage vary everywhere..

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    How to try out a Nexus 4 (and GSM) with no commitment | Android Central

    I'd read this article AC posted the other day, if you're already getting the phone and aren't locked into a contract you can try each one out and see which is best.

    I'm in the same position as you, I am ready to say goodbye to Verizon, I've been with them forever it seems and while I feel they have always had the best network in both numbers and experience their service has gotten weak where I live and work now but more importantly they'll never get another Nexus! At least unless they really change how they do things and I don't see that happening. Anyways I'm thinking I'm moving my family plan to either a pre-paid or T-Mobile and just get the SIMs for the Play Store Nexus4's.
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    I will be leaving sprint shortly after the 13th and checking out straight talk. If tmo had better coverage in my area I would go that route.
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    I read the fine print in Straight Talks terms and talked to T mobile rep.
    Straight talk states: 6. STRAIGHT TALK UNLIMITED TALK, TEXT AND MOBILE WEB ACCESS PLAN INTENDED USE: Straight Talk Unlimited Talk, Text and Mobile Web Access Plans may ONLY be used with a Straight Talk handset for the following purposes: (i) Person to Person Voice Calls (ii) Text and Picture Messaging (iii) Internet browsing through the Straight Talk Mobile Web Service and (iv) Authorized Content Downloads from the Straight Talk Mobile Web Store. The Straight Talk Unlimited Plans MAY NOT be used for any other purpose. Examples of prohibited uses include, without limitation, the following: (i) continuous mobile to mobile or mobile to landline voice calls; (ii) automated text or picture messaging to another mobile device or e-mail address; (iii) uploading, downloading or streaming of audio or video programming or games; (iv) server devices or host computer applications, including, but not limited to, Web camera posts or broadcasts, automatic data feeds, automated machine-to-machine connections or peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing; or (v) as a substitute or backup for private lines or dedicated data connections. This means, by way of example only, that checking email, surfing the Internet, downloading legally acquired songs, and/or visiting corporate intranets is permitted, but downloading movies using P2P file sharing services and/or redirecting television signals for viewing on laptops is prohibited. A person engaged in prohibited uses may have his/her service terminated without notice or a refund.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apan71 View Post
    Those plans and rates are depend on where you live.. Coverage vary everywhere..

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    Who you talking to? Because what I said are both national plans and doesn't vary by location.

    The T-Mobile unlimited text/5GB data and 100 anytime minutes is on T-Mobiles site without entering a location in and Straighttalks unlimited $45/month plan is nationwide also.

    Link to where you can see the T-Mobile plan I'm talking about:


    It says its web exclusive but if you scroll down to the plan itself says you can get the plan at the WalMart store, the only thing I'm not sure on is if you can buy the Nexus 4 on the Play Store and still qualify for the plan, as the plan says new activations only....maybe someone here can comment on this?
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    Something that no one but one other person noticed in Jerry Hildenbrand's article about who should buy a N4 was his mention that he used 4-6 GB per month on Straight Talk. People were refilling their diapers over 150 comments about how Google was personally screwing them by not having LTE/SD/battery and the BIG NEWS was totally overlooked.
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    I plan on doing the same thing, but leaving Verizon instead of Sprint. I ordered the ST MicroSIM card and one month of service with free shipping and no charge for the SIM using the promo code SIMSAVE. It arrived in only 2 days via FedEx. I am borrowing a friend's galaxy note to try it out this weekend, before I order the Nexus 4, to make sure coverage is manageable in my area.
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    Tmobile site for monthly (details details)
    Limited time offers; subject to change. Taxes additional. Not all plans or features available on all devices. Domestic only. Unlimited features for direct US communications between 2 people. Monthly4G Plans: Features available for 30 days; if sufficient balance, plans automatically renew at expiration. If balance is insufficient to renew for 60 days, account will be converted to Pay As You Go and Pay As You Go terms will apply. General Terms: Sufficient balance required to use service. Calls rated on a per minute basis. Partial minutes/data rounded up for billing. Data: Domestic & international data roaming not available. Some plans include specified data speeds. Where indicated, full speeds available up to data allotment; then slowed up to 2G speeds. Screen images simulated. Coverage not available everywhere. Service may be slowed, suspended, terminated, or restricted for misuse, abnormal use, interference with our network or our ability to provide quality service to other users, or significant roaming.
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    Hey guys quick question, hopefully someone familiar can help me with this.

    So just over a week ago I moved from Verizon to T-Mobile and got a Galaxy Note 2, thinking that the Nexus 4 wouldn't be my thing.

    After some thought, I really want to (and am planning on) going with the Nexus 4 and the $30 prepaid plan (instead of a 2yr contract +$69 a month).

    I live in California so the return period is 30 days, so I do have until a little past the Nexus 4 launch date to bring my Note 2 back and cancel everything.

    I'm wondering if since I already have my number ported to T-Mobile, if it will make me unable to get the $30 a month prepaid plan? If it doesn't how would I go about it?

    Do I cancel my service, and then activate the $30 a month plan afterwards? I'm worried that once I cancel, my phone number will disappear. Is this true? Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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    Which Sim does the Nexus 4 take? Micro or Regular? Looking to buy the Nexus 4 and ST, and dump VZW. Can't find the info on the Play Store Devices page.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tcapote View Post
    Which Sim does the Nexus 4 take? Micro or Regular? Looking to buy the Nexus 4 and ST, and dump VZW. Can't find the info on the Play Store Devices page.
    Thanks!
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