Pre-paid Phone Advice Needed
Hey all. I'm currently with Verizon and have been for nearly 13 years. I'm right in the middle of my 2 year contract and all the changes that have been made over the past few years as well as what seems like increasing costs with Verizon, has left me wanting to move to pre-paid. If for nothing else, to save some dang money.
Here's my question. I'm in TN and it looks like Straight Talk is pretty good, however, it looks as though their phone selection may be a bit limited. What I had in mind was purchasing a phone from craigslist that I liked, dropping in the ST sim and being done with it. But I don't want to end up with a partially working phone if some features aren't supported, or the coverage is going to suck. Anyone have any experience here that might give me some tips on which pre-paid carriers/phones would b my best bet?
I currently have a Verizon Charge and really don't care about losing my 4g as long as i have 3g and wifi.
Any help is appreciated.
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- 06-13-2012, 12:30 PM #2
- 06-14-2012, 12:36 AM #3
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I say get boost mobile. If you can find a store, I'm use they can unlock your phone and maybe even tell you what you can use or use, but they also got a cool line up of phones.
HTC design 4G
Samsung prevail and so on.
I do recommend the HTC Design 4G, but it cost $300, but you could do a trade in for your phone on a fixed price for the phone.
You start with $55 plan ($50 phone plan plus Android plan extra $5) with shrinkage plan brings down to $40 by18 months of on time payments. Their network is on the Sprint network so make sure you have coverage in your area.
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- 06-15-2012, 09:23 PM #4
- 06-15-2012, 11:39 PM #5
Re: Pre-paid Phone Advice Needed
Not sure if you have looked at Simple Mobile? If there is decent AT&T coverage in your area it might be worth a look. They issue you a SIM for free or under 10 bucks. Take a look at their prices and compare. I believe they beat Straight Talk.
- 06-20-2012, 03:30 PM #6
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- 06-25-2012, 08:31 AM #9HTC One (ATT GSM)
Palm Pre- > HTC Evo 3D > HTC One X (White) > Samsung Galaxy S3 (White) > HTC One (Silver)
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- 06-25-2012, 09:56 AM #10
I got a log optimus from virgin mobile for 35 dollars a month. I get 300 mins of talk unlimited text and data
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- 06-25-2012, 02:10 PM #11
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- 07-25-2012, 05:37 PM #13
I've been doing a lot of research on prepaid providers lately, and I'm surprised more people aren't recommending Pageplus. Like the OP, I don't really need 4g speeds cuz all I do is the occassional web browsing, Facebook, and mostly on the forums using tapatalk, which doesn't need a fast connection at all. So 3g speeds are plenty fast enough for me. For me, its more important to have a signal everywhere. Plus, coming from Sprints crappy data speeds their 3g feels fast to me, lol! U can bring any Verizon phone to Pageplus (although, i think the iphone has problems), and I'm paying $55 for unlimited talk and text with 2gbs data. Maybe not the best deal out there, but it is the only prepaid using Verizon's network. Anyone else have experience with Pageplus? I've only been with then for a month, but so far I'm happy with their service.
- 07-25-2012, 06:17 PM #14
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- 03-16-2013, 05:33 PM #16
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a used Samsung Galaxy S3, switch to Straight Talk but MUST use Verizon's network for coverage
Hello. I have very similar problem as the original post here. I am looking to switch to Straight Talk because I travel to a very rural part of Illinois several times a year for weeks at a time. THE ONLY carrier in that area seems to be VERIZON. (not AT&T, Sprint, Virgin, T-Mobile, MetroPCS, etc.) The Straight Talk coverage map shows good coverage in the rural area. (and the price is affordable at $45/mo or less).
I want to buy a good used smartphone and am looking at the Samsung Galaxy S3 (now that the S4 just came out, the S3 should drop in price too). I am thinking that I DON'T want to buy a used AT&T or T-Mobile (GSM) brand Samsung Galaxy S3 because I would then have to buy the Straight Talk sim card and that would put me back on the AT&T or T-Mobile network WHICH DOES NOT GET COVERAGE in the rural area I will be traveling (Am i thinking this through clearly? ___ )
So, I am thinking that if I buy a used Verizon or Sprint (CDMA) brand Samsung Galaxy S3, then all I have to do is buy the Straight Talk service and call to activate the phone on Straight Talk.
I am guessing that the ESN has to be clean and the phone unlocked? not sure how to do that, but i am sure there are answers already posted on this forum on how to do that or at least check it.
THANKS for your help. This has been so confusing for someone like me and i need to make sure i get the right set up BEFORE I travel again or i will be _____ out of luck!
- 03-17-2013, 04:43 PM #17
Re: a used Samsung Galaxy S3, switch to Straight Talk but MUST use Verizon's network for coverage
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- 03-18-2013, 12:06 AM #18
Re: Pre-paid Phone Advice Needed
Yep, he's right. Straight Talk only offers BYOD with GSM service. Their CDMA services require their branded phones. Pageplus is the ONLY Verizon MVNO, and does connect to most Verizon phones, but not all. The Galaxy S3 is compatible for sure though, u can look up videos on youtube for proof. They can also flash some Sprint phones to their network, but I believe you have to either take the phone to a store or send it in to get it flashed. Pagplus does not offer 4g either, but again its Verizon service for a reasonable price. My wife has been with them for almost a year now and we've been happy with their service.