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    Default Nexus 4 & Straight Talk Questions

    I'm looking to get a Nexus 4 at launch and use it with Straight Talk's T-Mobile plan. Here are some questions hopefully someone can answer:

    1. The Nexus 4 uses a micro-SIM card. I can't see anywhere on Straight Talk's website that they offer micro-SIM cards for T-Mobile (only AT&T). Is my only option to get a regular SIM and cut it down to size?

    2. I'll need to provision a new phone number when I get my Nexus 4. Does anyone know whether Straight Talk lets you choose your own area code even if you're not physically activating the phone in that area code?

    3. Straight Talk claims that they don't allow roaming. Does this mean that I can't use the phone outside of my area code? For example, if my area code is in LA and I travel to NYC, would I not be able to get service and use my phone there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by baysurfer View Post
    I'm looking to get a Nexus 4 at launch and use it with Straight Talk's T-Mobile plan. Here are some questions hopefully someone can answer:

    1. The Nexus 4 uses a micro-SIM card. I can't see anywhere on Straight Talk's website that they offer micro-SIM cards for T-Mobile (only AT&T). Is my only option to get a regular SIM and cut it down to size?

    2. I'll need to provision a new phone number when I get my Nexus 4. Does anyone know whether Straight Talk lets you choose your own area code even if you're not physically activating the phone in that area code?

    3. Straight Talk claims that they don't allow roaming. Does this mean that I can't use the phone outside of my area code? For example, if my area code is in LA and I travel to NYC, would I not be able to get service and use my phone there?
    1 - looks that way

    2 - they ask your zip code when activating. I'm not too sure if they ask your area code or not but if you need it changed I'm sure you can call and change it.

    3 - it'll still work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baysurfer View Post
    I'm looking to get a Nexus 4 at launch and use it with Straight Talk's T-Mobile plan. Here are some questions hopefully someone can answer:

    1. The Nexus 4 uses a micro-SIM card. I can't see anywhere on Straight Talk's website that they offer micro-SIM cards for T-Mobile (only AT&T). Is my only option to get a regular SIM and cut it down to size?
    They offer Micro cards. Your choice at time of purchase.

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    2. I'll need to provision a new phone number when I get my Nexus 4. Does anyone know whether Straight Talk lets you choose your own area code even if you're not physically activating the phone in that area code?
    You should just get a new number based on the zip you give when you order.

    3. Straight Talk claims that they don't allow roaming. Does this mean that I can't use the phone outside of my area code? For example, if my area code is in LA and I travel to NYC, would I not be able to get service and use my phone there?
    They don't have explicit roaming agreements, meaning you don't get the same roaming coverage you'd get on AT&T proper. You get AT&T's national network, and because ST also runs T-Mobile service, you get 2G/voice from T-Mobile as well. Your phone will work nationwide...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Martonik View Post
    They offer Micro cards. Your choice at time of purchase.

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    You should just get a new number based on the zip you give when you order.



    They don't have explicit roaming agreements, meaning you don't get the same roaming coverage you'd get on AT&T proper. You get AT&T's national network, and because ST also runs T-Mobile service, you get 2G/voice from T-Mobile as well. Your phone will work nationwide...

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    Read his first sentence again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woosh View Post
    Read his first sentence again.
    Wait, I'm confused, or you are. Maybe both.

    StraightTalk sells T-Mobile and AT&T-compatible SIMs to accommodate the various handsets that people might be bringing to the table. I don't think they have a separate T-Mobile or AT&T plan, they just have GSM (which roams freely between T-Mobile 2G and AT&T 3G/2G as needed, but cannot roam on networks that T-Mo or AT&T have roaming agreements with), and a few people grandfathered into CDMA (which roams on Verizon and several other networks).

    For the Nexus 4, I think one would be better off getting the AT&T-compatible SIM, since they have a size that would actually fit the phone. Once you jack it in to your Nexus 4, you're on the Straight Talk network and will either use AT&T or T-Mobile towers depending on which company has the best service where you happen to be at the moment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by natehoy View Post
    Wait, I'm confused, or you are. Maybe both.

    StraightTalk sells T-Mobile and AT&T-compatible SIMs to accommodate the various handsets that people might be bringing to the table. I don't think they have a separate T-Mobile or AT&T plan, they just have GSM (which roams freely between T-Mobile 2G and AT&T 3G/2G as needed, but cannot roam on networks that T-Mo or AT&T have roaming agreements with), and a few people grandfathered into CDMA (which roams on Verizon and several other networks).

    For the Nexus 4, I think one would be better off getting the AT&T-compatible SIM, since they have a size that would actually fit the phone. Once you jack it in to your Nexus 4, you're on the Straight Talk network and will either use AT&T or T-Mobile towers depending on which company has the best service where you happen to be at the moment.
    You either choose AT&T or you choose T-Mo coverage depending on where you live and which side you want to use. They don't have 2 different "plans" per say but the coverage is based on which SIM card you choose to buy. The OP asked about the T-Mobile side of the network so buying the AT&T wouldn't work if he specifically wants to be on T-Mo.

    However, I agree AT&T is better for coverage so thats the way I would go, but T-Mo does generally have faster data speeds and there has been less problems with random disconnects because T-Mo apparently charges ST less or they have a bolder contract in regards to data usage.
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    If you're going to take T-Mobile's service with Straight Talk, depending on your data/minute usage, you might be better off just going with T-Mobile directly.

    If you talk on the phone a lot and aren't willing to use VoIP, or if you talk on the phone quite a bit but not too much and don't care too much for data, Straight Talk is the better choice.

    If you only need a small amount of minutes (100) or don't mind using VoIP a lot, T-Mobile is $15 cheaper than Straight Talk. If you want unlimited data with no throttling, 500 minutes is enough, and don't mind paying $10 more (+$5 if you also want unlimited texting) than Straight Talk, T-Mobile is the better choice.

    If I needed AT&T's service, I'd definitely go with Straight Talk over AT&T directly. Just something to consider.
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    Thanks for the replies. Just to clarify, I'm looking to get ST T-Mobile service only, not AT&T. T-Mobile offers 42 Mbps HSPA+, and AT&T doesn't so that's why I'm leaning more towards them.

    ST only offers regular SIM cards for T-Mobile service, so I'll need to figure out a way to modify it to work with the Nexus 4. I'm hesitant to cut the card myself because I don't want to mess it up...maybe I'll just bring it into a T-Mobile store and see if they can do it for me.

    I thought about going with T-Mobile directly, but their comparable plan only offers 100 min/month, which isn't enough for me. I need a solid voice line, so unfortunately VoIP won't do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by baysurfer View Post
    Thanks for the replies. Just to clarify, I'm looking to get ST T-Mobile service only, not AT&T. T-Mobile offers 42 Mbps HSPA+, and AT&T doesn't so that's why I'm leaning more towards them.

    ST only offers regular SIM cards for T-Mobile service, so I'll need to figure out a way to modify it to work with the Nexus 4. I'm hesitant to cut the card myself because I don't want to mess it up...maybe I'll just bring it into a T-Mobile store and see if they can do it for me.

    I thought about going with T-Mobile directly, but their comparable plan only offers 100 min/month, which isn't enough for me. I need a solid voice line, so unfortunately VoIP won't do.
    Idk, I wouldn't bring to a T-Mo store simply because these are not T-Mo sims so they might refuse or they could mess it up as well.

    I would recommend buying a Micro SIM cutter on eBay or Amazon. They are easy to use, if you remember using a hole puncher from when you were little, or maybe now idk your life.

    It's basically the same process, you put the SIM in a slot and you clamp down.I had no problems cutting mine. Just be sure to get the Micro SIM and not a Nano SIM cutter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woosh View Post
    Idk, I wouldn't bring to a T-Mo store simply because these are not T-Mo sims so they might refuse or they could mess it up as well.

    I would recommend buying a Micro SIM cutter on eBay or Amazon. They are easy to use, if you remember using a hole puncher from when you were little, or maybe now idk your life.

    It's basically the same process, you put the SIM in a slot and you clamp down.I had no problems cutting mine. Just be sure to get the Micro SIM and not a Nano SIM cutter.
    OK cool, I might look into getting one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by baysurfer View Post
    OK cool, I might look into getting one.


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    If you're only looking for a way to get a micro SIM, just buy a SIM cutter on eBay for a couple dollars.
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    Default Straight Talk Micro SIM for T-Mobile cut down to fit N4 - will it work?

    I have a prepaid card from Straight Talk that's T-Mobile compatible. Trouble is, it's a Micro and not a Nano size. Can I just cut it down and it will work on the Nexus 4?

    Thanks!
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    Default Re: Straight Talk Micro SIM for T-Mobile cut down to fit N4 - will it work?

    The Nexus 4 uses a Micro SIM, not a nano SIM.
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    Default Re: Straight Talk Micro SIM for T-Mobile cut down to fit N4 - will it work?

    Sorry - I meant that the one I have is a standard size and not a micro. Can I cut it and it will work?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bencrackber View Post
    Sorry - I meant that the one I have is a standard size and not a micro. Can I cut it and it will work?
    Yes. 10000000x yes. Just cut that thing. SIM cutters are $4 on ebay...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bencrackber View Post
    Sorry - I meant that the one I have is a standard size and not a micro. Can I cut it and it will work?
    Yep thats what I'm using in my Nexus 4 now. Using the sim cutter is pretty easy tho not quite as easy as if they offered it in micro size to begin with like the AT&T straighttalk sim heh.
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    Or you could just get this:


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    Yeah but he specifically asked about straight talk sim cards, not TMobile cards. He wants a TMobile sim card through straight talk. Two different cards.
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    What I started with:
    Straight Talk Standard SIM card for T-Mobile network, unactivated
    Straight Talk 45min refill card.
    Nexus 4

    First off, the card needs to be cut. I went to T-Mobile store, and they cut it for free. I appreciate good service, especially when it's free - kudos to T-Mobile. Put the card in, and it was recognized but unusable because I still need to load it up with minutes.

    Went home and followed the directions on the ST card. Can't say it's crystal clear to someone with NO experience. On the registration site, you have to search for the button for initializing the card. Followed the directions, logged in, created an account, etc. and initialized. Great! Except at the end, it says:

    "Create a new APN with the following values depending on whether it's a Smart Phone or not."

    WTH is APN? Must be in the Nexus 4 Settings, right? Yes, it is, but I couldn't find it. I know - consult the user guide! The Nexus user guide is about 5 pages long and has nothing whatsoever about APN. Consult online help! Searched Google help for APN and Access Point Name and found nothing. Okay then - call Google support!

    [Meanwhile, the phone was able to connect to the T-Mobile network and I was able to make calls. For a while I thought I didn't have to enter the APN, until I tried to get any kind of data from the phone. Then it said that it didn't have a data connection.]

    Google support is still unfamiliar with the phone, said they can't help me and to call ST. I asked if he knew what APN is - yes, and told me how to get to it:

    Settings > [under Wireless & Networks] More... > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names >

    then touch the vertical 4 dots at the bottom.

    Of course! how stupid of me not to see that. Anyhow, there are fields for:

    APN Name: Straight Talk
    APN: wap.tracfone
    Port: 8080
    MMSC:

    The MMSC is below the bottom of the screen, and you'll need to scroll to it. Once you enter these required fields, the phone will be connected to T-Mobile and you'll have data.

    Hope this helps someone. I spent a couple of hours figuring this out.
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    Glad you figured it out and as a helpful tip to others regarding activating the sim. Just call. Straighttalk suprisingly enough has pretty decent customer service, you might be on hold 5 minutes tops and they can have you activated and minutes added in about another 5 minutes. Saves time and searching the site trying to figure out how to do what.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rclifton View Post
    Glad you figured it out and as a helpful tip to others regarding activating the sim. Just call. Straighttalk suprisingly enough has pretty decent customer service, you might be on hold 5 minutes tops and they can have you activated and minutes added in about another 5 minutes. Saves time and searching the site trying to figure out how to do what.
    I have to agree on the customer service. I had to call them a few times when I (apparently) gave incorrect information to port my number to them. They were helpful and got everything squared away. They also helped when I had issues adding a prepaid refill card to the account. No bad experiences so far.
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    I know this has already been settled for OP but I thought people like to know that you can also get the SIM card from Straight Talk for FREE if you purchase the bundle with the first month and the SIM and then use the coupon code "SIMSAVE"...this is not an affiliate post, this is just a code I found on Google...tested it and it does work.
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    very sweet piece of kit!, now to sort through the carrier options...

    t-mobile pre-paid (non-st) in Denver, seems to bounce btwn H and 3G / speedtest.net has shown between 5 and 18 mbps down (and 1'ish up) over the last 2 days

    before i added the extra 2gb high speed data, it was pulling 125k ish (painful, but better than getting overage charges from the other carriers)

    I'm thinking about getting both versions of straight talk sims to do a real world test (unless someone has already figured this out, and would like to help :P )

    //thank you google!//
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    Quote Originally Posted by shaun martin View Post
    very sweet piece of kit!, now to sort through the carrier options...

    t-mobile pre-paid (non-st) in Denver, seems to bounce btwn H and 3G / speedtest.net has shown between 5 and 18 mbps down (and 1'ish up) over the last 2 days

    before i added the extra 2gb high speed data, it was pulling 125k ish (painful, but better than getting overage charges from the other carriers)

    I'm thinking about getting both versions of straight talk sims to do a real world test (unless someone has already figured this out, and would like to help :P )

    //thank you google!//
    I have both versions of the sim (AT&T and Tmobile) results will very depending on where you live for sure, so doubtful my results will help you but. For me, since I'm in a Tmobile HSPA+42 market data speeds were better and more consistent with the Tmobile sim from straight talk.
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