Best prepaid carriers for Nexus 4
01-22-2013 09:38 PM
This is a good article on Solavei,
A closer look at Solavei, aka the pre-paid wireless service that pays you to refer your friends | Android and Me
If you decide to signup I would appreciate you using me as your referral. http://www.solavei.com/SignUp?un=bobnoway&from=Invite11-14-2012 07:32 PM
- 11-14-2012 08:44 PM
- Join Solavei, it uses T-mobile's network but foe only 49.00 a month no contract... this is how you get your micro sim card ordered and your nexus 4 set up
1. To begin signup of your Nexus 4 use this link.
2. Enter your zip to confirm coverage
3. [Important] Use the following IMEI # to get past the first step: 353022055115650 . This IMEI ensures you get the micro-sim card instead of a full-size sim.
4. Solavei asks if you want to port a phone # or have them choose a phone # for you.
5. Solavei asks for the usual personal information
6. Solavei mentions that it will be shipping you a "sim" but does not go into detail whether it is a micro-sim or not. Don't worry. The IMEI # you used earlier ensures it is a micro-sim.
7. Finish the process and a micro-sim card will be shipped out to you within 2 business days #Googlenexus #Lgnexus4 #solavei
Hope that helps.11-23-2012 12:45 AM
- The thing that needs to happen for prepaid to really take off is cheaper phones. The crippled N4 is a good start, but they need to come down even further. Too many people only look at the 699 full retail price and do not realize that they are spending more on the subsidized phone with a contract.
Sent from my X-Band Modem... TY Genesis11-23-2012 01:59 AM
- T-Mobile for the most part. It is suppose to roam on any network that has a roaming agreement with T-Mobile. So if at&t and T-Mobile have an agreement somewhere you are good to go.
Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Android Central Forums11-23-2012 08:05 AM
- I posted this in another thread, but in case you hadn't seen it:Switched from Sprint to ST (AT&T). So far the wife and I are thrilled with the service. Call quality is better than it was on Sprint. Data speeds are actually better. On Sprint we would only get between 50k-120k on average down/up speeds. Straight talk is either blazing (IMHO) or on-par/better than Sprint. You will see wild fluctuations in speed but so far the lowest download speed was 250-300k down/up, while moments later it will be 5100k/1000-2000 down/up. So keep this in mind.
I spend 85% of the day on WiFi (Work/Home) so it doesn't bother me. Signal strength is much higher than it was on Sprint. Tested GPS the other day heading to work and the GPS lock on the N4 was instant compared to my NS, once the route had loaded it had a lock in 3-4 seconds (Keep in mind we live in a rural area). Porting our numbers from Sprint to ST took minutes on the web. It was about 45 minutes for me, mostly because I had never done it before and was told not to reboot the phone while the port was in progress. After 45 minutes I was kinda impatient and rebooted. Once I did the port was done. So when it came time to activate my wife's it took only about 15 minutes (With reboot).
Now the negatives:
ST customer service sucks. They are very friendly, just expect to be on hold for 20+ minutes just to get to talk to a human. I was kinda stupid and pin locked my SIM but did it the incorrect way and got my SIM PUK locked. Called ST... was on hold for 15 minutes then the system dropped me out. Called back. Hold for 20 minutes, lady told me I needed to call the BYOP number (Which was not listed on the FAQ for PUK locked error). During the transfer got hung up on, called back and another 20 minute wait. But once I spoke to this lady the problem was fixed immediately. So keep these in mind. There is no store to walk into if you are frustrated with phone hold times.
Very happy, would recommend ST if they have coverage in your area and you can live with slight lower speeds. To me the speed is blazing compared to our old Sprint service.
I'm sorry for the book of a post, but I hope this information helps someone.11-23-2012 12:51 PM
- 01-22-2013 06:31 PM
- From everything I've read (including Consumer Reports) Verizon has the best coverage in all cities. But, as you said, they are very expensive. Do any of the other prepaid services, such as Straight Talk, use Verizon? (Hope I'm framing this question correctly). Thank you!
But nope, ST doesn't use Verizon service. Verizon is just good 'ol Verizon. ST/Solavei/Red Pocket all use either AT&T or TMobile services only.
I tried the TMobile $30 prepaid plan for Nov/Dec, but work building penetration was .1% and spotty calls around town, so I just switched to ST AT&T and it's been the best so far. By jumping from Verizon, I will save ~$600 this year. BIG win in my book vs. Verizon's better coverage. 90% of the year I'm at work/home/around town, so paying for Verizon for almost double I pay now doesn't justify it.01-22-2013 09:38 PMLike 2
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