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  1. Paul Wall 718's Avatar
    Question I'm using net10 with att Sim card and get hsps + 15. I'm in NYC is there any better APN setting to get faster speeds? Also can I call net10 to have them switch to the T-Mobile Sim to test their speeds ?
    12-02-2012 05:49 PM
  2. ijonbrown's Avatar
    Net10 only has 3G data, correct? No HSPA+?
    I am using Net10 and I get HSPA+ 15 in the Louisville area. I am getting up to 5+ MBS down and a little over 1 up with ping times around 100. Not the fastest times in the world but I have WiFi at home and the office so it is fine for general searches and productivity for me. Over all I am very happy with Net10 so far.
    12-02-2012 07:11 PM
  3. bobjohnson201's Avatar
    I am using Net10 and I get HSPA+ 15 in the Louisville area. I am getting up to 5+ MBS down and a little over 1 up with ping times around 100. Not the fastest times in the world but I have WiFi at home and the office so it is fine for general searches and productivity for me. Over all I am very happy with Net10 so far.
    i thought net10 uses att's or t-mobile's network so shouldn't it get hspa+21 (att) and hspa+42 (tmobile) in compatible areas? and would this be the same or different for straight talk?
    12-02-2012 07:19 PM
  4. bobjohnson201's Avatar
    So ive got 2 plans I have been trying. the $30 tmobile deal and $45 ST with ATT.

    Tmobile is fast and seemed to have pretty good coverage. When out and about no issues. Really satisfied for $30 a month. BUT then after a couple days of great experiences i had to go back to main job site. Its not the best for cell service since its enclosed and built to withstand F4 tornado. I cant get any data service at all. We have VZW and ATT repeaters but no Tmobile. So this totally blows as i cant see any way to get this to work for me.

    So I decided to try the ST using ATT. $45 isnt near as good a deal but its really the only other choice i think. Got everthing set up and starting testing at home. Data speeds are horrendous. I mean like crappy 3G speeds, TMO was 12-15 mbps at home and with ST I am getting 2-4 if i am lucky. I do get full signal at work and speeds around 7-8 mbps. I testing a couple other areas and was getting 5-7 mbps. So for me ST means much slower rates but i do get a signal at all key areas for me.

    So its really hard to say for me. I am used to LTE and great speeds and coverage and both of these routes are lacking in some area. My VZW bill is around $74 a month with the unlimited data still also. So while saving $30-40 a month would be great I am not sure if i can commit to either of these options yet.
    verizon @ just $74 for unlimited data? i know you are grandfathered in from the old plans, but i didn't realize it was this cheap. will you get to keep unlimited data for as long as you stay with vzw?
    12-02-2012 07:29 PM
  5. ijonbrown's Avatar
    i thought net10 uses att's or t-mobile's network so shouldn't it get hspa+21 (att) and hspa+42 (tmobile) in compatible areas? and would this be the same or different for straight talk?
    Yes they do both AT&T and T-Mobile but you select the one you want when you order the SIM. I selected the Unlocked GSM option and I appear to be on the AT&T network. You can order a T-Mobile but not in the micro SIM size.
    12-02-2012 08:05 PM
  6. HTCTundaBow's Avatar
    verizon @ just $74 for unlimited data? i know you are grandfathered in from the old plans, but i didn't realize it was this cheap. will you get to keep unlimited data for as long as you stay with vzw?
    He probably gets some sort of discount. I'm paying $82/mo on VZW for unlimited data/text/450 minutes because of my 10% discount from work.
    12-02-2012 08:09 PM
  7. bobjohnson201's Avatar
    He probably gets some sort of discount. I'm paying $82/mo on VZW for unlimited data/text/450 minutes because of my 10% discount from work.
    oh ok. yea right now on sprint i'm actually paying $67/month because of a 25% work discount. but my download speeds are only like 1.5 mbps lol (no sprint LTE in my area).
    12-02-2012 08:37 PM
  8. bobjohnson201's Avatar
    Yes they do both AT&T and T-Mobile but you select the one you want when you order the SIM. I selected the Unlocked GSM option and I appear to be on the AT&T network. You can order a T-Mobile but not in the micro SIM size.
    yea i know i already have a micro att sim from straight talk, i was just asking about the data speeds, like shouldn't straight talk att get hspa+21 and straight talk tmobile get hspa+42 for compatible areas? or are these speeds just for the actual postpaid att and tmobile?
    12-02-2012 08:39 PM
  9. howarmat's Avatar
    verizon @ just $74 for unlimited data? i know you are grandfathered in from the old plans, but i didn't realize it was this cheap. will you get to keep unlimited data for as long as you stay with vzw?
    He probably gets some sort of discount. I'm paying $82/mo on VZW for unlimited data/text/450 minutes because of my 10% discount from work.
    yes i get a discount from work and I am on the same 450 minute plan with unlimited data. I am due for an upgrade right now and if i use it then i am pretty sure i lose my unlimited data. So i can buy phones outright and keep the unlimited data but im not sure if unlimited data is worth that much. I normally am under 2gb a month anyway.

    If i do stick with ST or tmo then i would port my number to google voice and swap the number on VZW so I can keep my unlimited plan. I can also then stop service for 3 months with no payments but will have to start back up again after that. Lots of options and no real sense of what i am doing yet.
    12-02-2012 08:46 PM
  10. ijonbrown's Avatar
    yea i know i already have a micro att sim from straight talk, i was just asking about the data speeds, like shouldn't straight talk att get hspa+21 and straight talk tmobile get hspa+42 for compatible areas? or are these speeds just for the actual postpaid att and tmobile?
    Oh sorry i guess I miss understood your question. I would assume that the main carriers would reserve some bandwidth and speed for there own customers instead of giving all the benefits of their network to the discount MVNO's. Just my thoughts though.
    12-02-2012 08:52 PM
  11. bobjohnson201's Avatar
    Oh sorry i guess I miss understood your question. I would assume that the main carriers would reserve some bandwidth and speed for there own customers instead of giving all the benefits of their network to the discount MVNO's. Just my thoughts though.
    hmm... now im curious. anyone else know?
    12-02-2012 08:55 PM
  12. dmowry's Avatar
    Here's a series of consecutive Speed tests using AT&T Straight Talk compatible SIM in Columbus, OH. (Again, using a Galaxy Nexus Currently)

    I'll upload a T-Mobile Speedtest when I get my Nexus 4 and/or my Micro to Sim adapter (Which ever occurs first)

    http://imageshack.us/a/img38/3103/sc...2112503122.png
    I was wondering if you could let me know what the apn settings you are running? I'm currently just waiting for my nexus 4 to arrive and then will activate with ST at&t sim. Thanks in advance.
    12-03-2012 09:09 AM
  13. Insp_Gadget's Avatar
    I was wondering if you could let me know what the apn settings you are running? I'm currently just waiting for my nexus 4 to arrive and then will activate with ST at&t sim. Thanks in advance.
    That's already been answered in this thread.
    12-03-2012 09:46 AM
  14. Freak.A.Droid's Avatar
    I was wondering if you could let me know what the apn settings you are running? I'm currently just waiting for my nexus 4 to arrive and then will activate with ST at&t sim. Thanks in advance.
    FIELD SETTINGS
    NAME straight talk
    APN att.mvno
    PROXY proxy.mvno.tracfone.com
    PORT 80
    MMSC http://mmsc.cingular.com
    MMS PROXY 66.209.11.33
    MMS PORT 80

    I alternately removed the PROXY URL - either/or works. I ditched the Straight Talk SIM (As T-Mobile Runs Way faster - see my Nexus 4 speed test post) and I already have a Post paid T-Mobile account (Old Plan - pretty cheap). I'll just do without service in BFE (My Hometown) - which is why I was toying with Straight Talk to begin with.
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    12-03-2012 11:57 PM
  15. jimmiekain's Avatar
    I hope someone here can help me out with this...

    I have been doing a little research into straight talk and from what I understand they throttle or kick you off after 2 to 3gb of data usage. I heard that if you buy an actual phone from straight talk instead of just ordering a sim card that they allow much more data usage before they throttle you.

    So I thought... hmmm can i just get a phone from walmart that uses at&t and take the sim out and put it in a nexus 4? Also, can anyone confirm rather or not more data is allowed when you buy a phone instead of just the sim card?
    12-04-2012 11:39 PM
  16. TheMovieStar's Avatar
    I've been testing StraightTalk vs T-Mobile for about a week in Philadelphia. StraightTalk (AT&T SIM) is giving me pretty reliable service although I can barely even get SpeedTest to give me a result. It seems that the app errors out almost every time I try it with the ST SIM. When I do get a result it's less than .1 Mbps.

    With T-Mobile, my results have been between 7-10Mbps down and 3 up. I'm assuming it's the area, but the T-Mobile SIM has been way faster. Anyone else in the Philly area see any similar results?
    12-05-2012 02:09 AM
  17. yfan's Avatar
    T-Mob prepaid plans DON'T include roaming.
    The Nexus just came out last week, Solavei probably hasn't updated their website yet, but plenty of people here are using the N4 on it.
    The social/sign-up portion of Solavei is completely optional, you can use them as a regular MVNO without worrying about all that stuff.
    How does one use Solavei on Nexus 4, if they won't even let you order a SIM card without putting in the IMEI number? Let's assume that you didn't already have a Solavei SIM and that you're trying to sign up for a new account.
    12-05-2012 02:50 AM
  18. zrxoa1's Avatar
    I've been testing StraightTalk vs T-Mobile for about a week in Philadelphia. StraightTalk (AT&T SIM) is giving me pretty reliable service although I can barely even get SpeedTest to give me a result. It seems that the app errors out almost every time I try it with the ST SIM. When I do get a result it's less than .1 Mbps.

    With T-Mobile, my results have been between 7-10Mbps down and 3 up. I'm assuming it's the area, but the T-Mobile SIM has been way faster. Anyone else in the Philly area see any similar results?
    If you remove the info on line three of your APN settings, the proxy, then speed test works great.

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk 2
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    12-05-2012 03:02 AM
  19. TheMovieStar's Avatar
    Thanks. I'll try that.

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk 2
    12-05-2012 03:44 AM
  20. castroyy's Avatar
    I have mixed feelings so far about S-talk. I have been using them for 2-3 weeks now. While their cell coverage has been decent my data speeds have been less then stellar. I pretty much get 1-3 or 2-4 MB everywhere I go. I picked ST with an AT&T SIM as I have an AT&T Blackberry through work. I get awesome coverage / data speeds on that (10-15MB) at my house but with my N4 / ST-AT&T I am averaging 1-6. I have been reading that AT&T does not give ST priority on their towers. My Blackberry has full 4G bars at my house while my ST Nexus 4 barely has 2. They are both HSPA+ Phones so that was strange to me. I am also nervous about the data usage. At home and work I am usually on Wifi so that's not an issue however sometimes I can't find Wifi and that might be an issue. I shut of my Wifi on my phone last night because I was in a bad section of my house. This morning I came into work and I started up my Sirius stream. It cut off about 30 minutes into it because I think I forgot to turn back on my Wifi. The second I turned it back on the stream started again. I just don't understand how you advertise UNLIMITED but it actually isn't? It's not like it says Unlimited and then UP to 100MB a day in small writing.... But that's what it is so I have to learn to deal with it.....

    I also ported my old Verizon number over to G-voice and I couldn't be happier with it. The only issue I have had so far is running into people and them asking if I got their text... And of course I say was it a picture text? And it always is!!!!! Now believe me it wouldn't be that hard to give out my ST number but some of my friends have a hard enough time figuring out which is my work and which is my cell number....The people that I text the most with all text my new ST number... I do like the G-Voice layout for texting. My only complaint is that I always delete my texts after reading / sending them. Ever since I got my Thunderbolt and it started texting the wrong people I have always done that.. For saftey reasons!!! The Problem with Google voice is that it can take a LONG time to replicate and some of the texts I have deleted still show up. I found that if you visit the Google Voice website and actually empty the trash folder it will remove them a little quicker... All in all it's not a big deal however the no MMS feature is really a ball buster.

    I tried T-Mobile initially however where I live it was terrible coverage. I actually knew it ahead of time so it wasn't a total shock to me but I did want it to work out with T-Mobile very bad!! I might give them another shot after the first of the year and see how bad the coverage actually is compared to ST / AT&T
    12-05-2012 07:24 AM
  21. DizkoDan's Avatar
    I started out with a t-mobile sim with the hopes of it working out for me. $30/mo would have been fantastic! Unfortunately, the coverage is just not very good in my area, and the building penetration is non-existant.

    I got my ST at&t sim the other day, and so far it's been solid. Building penetration has been very good. In fact better in my office than my vzw phone (possibly repeaters). While I haven't done extensive testing yet, I do apear to have a fair to great signal whenever I look at my phone (using network signal info to check). Data speeds however, are not stellar. It fluctuates, but I've seen anything from 750k to 7mb down & 200k to 2mb up. That said, I'm content so far. We'll see how it plays out for a while.

    -Dan
    12-05-2012 08:23 AM
  22. ColoradoSteve's Avatar
    .... The only issue I have had so far is running into people and them asking if I got their text... And of course I say was it a picture text? And it always is!!!!! Now believe me it wouldn't be that hard to give out my ST number but some of my friends have a hard enough time figuring out which is my work and which is my cell number....
    **Note
    This might only work for MMS from other sprint users... Not sure..


    Here's how to get around that..

    Google voice has an option now that says 'forward text message to my email' - click that.

    Then - go into your gmail account and set up a new label - I called mine 'Picture Text'

    Set up 2 filters:

    First one is for all mail from txt.voice.google.com that has an attachment (there is a check box at the bottom of the first setup page).
    On the second page - check to add it to the new label group you set up above.
    Second one is for all mail from txt.voice.google.com AND in the "Has the words" field of the form where you create a filter, include this, punctuation and all:
    -{has:attachment}

    Send the second filter results to trash.

    Once this is done - all sms messages will go straight to trash and be deleted in 30 days.
    All picture texts will end up in your email inbox.

    Not perfect, but not bad....
    12-05-2012 10:27 AM
  23. castroyy's Avatar
    Here's how to get around that..

    Google voice has an option now that says 'forward text message to my email' - click that.

    Then - go into your gmail account and set up a new label - I called mine 'Picture Text'

    Set up 2 filters:

    First one is for all mail from @txt.voice.google.com that has an attachment (there is a check box at the bottom of the first setup page).
    On the second page - check to add it to the new label group you set up above.
    Second one is for all mail from @txt.voice.google.com - send it to trash.

    Once this is done - all sms messages will go straight to trash and be deleted in 30 days.
    All picture texts will end up in your email inbox.

    Not perfect, but not bad....
    I have heard that the email options only work with Sprint users? I didn't think it was possible for users that were not on Sprint to get MMS messages at all?
    12-05-2012 10:39 AM
  24. Insp_Gadget's Avatar
    Here's how to get around that..

    Google voice has an option now that says 'forward text message to my email' - click that.

    Then - go into your gmail account and set up a new label - I called mine 'Picture Text'

    Set up 2 filters:

    First one is for all mail from @txt.voice.google.com that has an attachment (there is a check box at the bottom of the first setup page).
    On the second page - check to add it to the new label group you set up above.
    Second one is for all mail from @txt.voice.google.com - send it to trash.

    Once this is done - all sms messages will go straight to trash and be deleted in 30 days.
    All picture texts will end up in your email inbox.

    Not perfect, but not bad....
    Are you a Sprint user (or are the people that are sending you MMS)? If so, that's why it works. It's my understanding that only Sprint users can get/send MMS in this fashion. It's due to the integration option/agreement between Sprint and Google.

    I'll have to try this to see if it works with a non-Sprint carrier. I have this setup in my GMail, but haven't tested it with receiving MMS.
    12-05-2012 10:41 AM
  25. steve0617's Avatar
    I tried to do this. I'm on Verizon. I deassociated my phone with GV just in case. I sent a text only message from my VZW to my GV number using the regular text message app.. Came into GV and forwarded to email fine and deleted as expected from the rule. The MMS message never arrived. Have tried it three times now.

    The messages are never delivered to GV or forwarded to my gmail account.
    12-05-2012 10:52 AM
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