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ST has such a limited choice for Android phones so i'm stuck getting the Proclaim. I'm happy it will get great reception being on the Verizon network but do I have more choices if I get a ST SIM Card? Could I but a big shiny unlocked HTC and actually have a working phone or is this all hit and miss?

If any one has any experience with this please share, im a tech geek but im just now getting into smartphones and have much to learn about how the cell networks operate.

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Re: Straight Talk "Buy Your SIM Card"

« Reply #1 » Published on:August 09, 2012, 09:46:42 AM

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Just watch what you buy... do the research. Straight Talk Sim cards are on AT&T's GSM network... and it works great, however I don't get the best AT&T service in my area, so it didn't work out well for me.

It works very well in the sense of other providers like T-Mobile, you need a specific compatible phone with their frequencies to get the fast speeds, straight talk was actually MEGA-FAST on my Sony Xperia X-10... like 1.2MB kindof fast! I was blown away!

Also, the SIM card "Marries" itself to whatever device you put it in... so you can't use it, buy a different phone and then use it again... you have to buy a new one each time. But hell, for $15 bucks, oh well!

You can still manage the SIM card through their online interface, even move your phone number to and from the sim card to other straight talk phones (providing the SIM card is still in the phone you activated it in).

I've had great experience with it... just not so much with AT&T's service.
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Re: Straight Talk "Buy Your SIM Card"

« Reply #2 » Published on:August 20, 2012, 10:37:51 PM

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Per Staightalk Website "Bring your T-Mobile compatible 4G phone and keep your 4G service". I wonder how many are considering buying a Galaxy S III for T-Mobile, not activating it and then unlocking it to run on Straightalk with a Straightalk SIM card. Unlocked S III's are going for about $600 on eBay.



 
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Re: Straight Talk "Buy Your SIM Card"

« Reply #3 » Published on:September 13, 2012, 10:11:50 PM

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however I don't get the best AT&T service in my area, so it didn't work out well for me

I've had 3 phones on AT&T and I always got crappy service. Never had a problem with Verizon, other than the price, but they're not GSM so it's not relevant to this post  :-X
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Re: Straight Talk "Buy Your SIM Card"

« Reply #4 » Published on:September 14, 2012, 07:33:53 AM

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I have a AT&T Simcard in a unlocked T-Mobile Phone and Cannot get 3G service let alone 4G since my TMobile Phone is a 4G i am stuck on Edge Network am thinking about ordering the TMOB Simcard and see what happens.... Word of advice MAKE SURE YOUR 3G NETWORK ON THE PHONE Runs on 850 - 1900 mhz
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Re: Straight Talk "Buy Your SIM Card"

« Reply #5 » Published on:September 14, 2012, 10:06:39 AM

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A couple other AT&T users I know are the same. One has an iPhone and can't get 4G. I know one person with a RAZR Maxx on VZW and get's 4G all day

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Re: Straight Talk "Buy Your SIM Card"

« Reply #6 » Published on:September 18, 2012, 10:04:24 PM

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Just bought a unlocked Nexus 7 phone, only issue I had is I'll never use FedEx again for shipping the Sim card. They require a signature, I'll use USPS in the future. Install was good and good customer support.

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« Reply #7 » Published on:September 20, 2012, 02:35:34 PM

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Has anyone had any success using a known stolen/lost gsm phone with a new sim card on ST?
I know its possable to clone esn's on cdma to work around it on that antinena type, curious due to the fact that they are usualy cheeper to buy on ebay and I realy want to move to gsm.

though known risks are involved, like having to give up your device because you are in possetion of stolen property, even if you buy it. so buyer beware.

legetement reasons: lost your phone, then found it 6 months later or somthing and want to give it away to someone.
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« Reply #8 » Published on:September 26, 2012, 05:14:37 PM

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Has anyone had any success using a known stolen/lost gsm phone with a new sim card on ST?
I know its possable to clone esn's on cdma to work around it on that antinena type, curious due to the fact that they are usualy cheeper to buy on ebay and I realy want to move to gsm.

though known risks are involved, like having to give up your device because you are in possetion of stolen property, even if you buy it. so buyer beware.

legetement reasons: lost your phone, then found it 6 months later or somthing and want to give it away to someone.

the straight talk sim has its own imei number and doesn't require the imei of the phone to function, i got this exhibit as a dev phone with a bad imei and i was still able to activate it with the at&t simcard from Straight Talk. Not that we Endorse using STOLEN/LOST Equipment but  IMHO I believe it should work.
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Re: Straight Talk "Buy Your SIM Card"

« Reply #9 » Published on:September 26, 2012, 06:53:17 PM

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I just tried it again on my X10i... the good thing... Straight Talk sent me a replacement sim FREE because the old one had been deactivated and you can not re-activate thier sim cards... they have to replace them. The bad thing... same crappy ATT service. Even worse now! (Damn hurricanes). Literally had 1 bar or less constantly. Did get on the H network (High speed, like 4G), but with only 1 bar, it might as well have been the Edge network.

I am trying the Ascend II now... but there aparently is NO POSSIBLE way to root this phone. I will donate another $100 to Area51 is you're able to get it rooted! The stats on it are crap (600Mhz), but it actually functions a lot better than the Precedent in some ways. Same size as the Original iPhones... great reception... works very well.

My reasons for rooting... Putting CWM on it (it comes with a cut down "recovery" mode that you can install updates from (update.zip), but no one has yet been able to root it.) and re-partitioning the SD card for more space!!!!!

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« Reply #10 » Published on:September 27, 2012, 08:06:59 AM

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I just tried it again on my X10i... the good thing... Straight Talk sent me a replacement sim FREE because the old one had been deactivated and you can not re-activate thier sim cards... they have to replace them. The bad thing... same crappy ATT service. Even worse now! (Damn hurricanes). Literally had 1 bar or less constantly. Did get on the H network (High speed, like 4G), but with only 1 bar, it might as well have been the Edge network.

I am trying the Ascend II now... but there aparently is NO POSSIBLE way to root this phone. I will donate another $100 to Area51 is you're able to get it rooted! The stats on it are crap (600Mhz), but it actually functions a lot better than the Precedent in some ways. Same size as the Original iPhones... great reception... works very well.

My reasons for rooting... Putting CWM on it (it comes with a cut down "recovery" mode that you can install updates from (update.zip), but no one has yet been able to root it.) and re-partitioning the SD card for more space!!!!!

Come on DroidHost... I know you can do it!!!!! :)

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Re: Straight Talk "Buy Your SIM Card"

« Reply #11 » Published on:September 27, 2012, 07:57:05 PM

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I'm running an LG Thrill with the straight talk sim card and it's great. 4G and all AT&T is good in area.  Biggest problem has been finding good rooms. There's no site like this with quality dev and test. Oh well.

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« Reply #12 » Published on:September 29, 2012, 09:40:06 PM

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Has anyone had any success using a known stolen/lost gsm phone with a new sim card on ST?
I know its possable to clone esn's on cdma to work around it on that antinena type, curious due to the fact that they are usualy cheeper to buy on ebay and I realy want to move to gsm.

though known risks are involved, like having to give up your device because you are in possetion of stolen property, even if you buy it. so buyer beware.

legetement reasons: lost your phone, then found it 6 months later or somthing and want to give it away to someone.

the straight talk sim has its own imei number and doesn't require the imei of the phone to function, i got this exhibit as a dev phone with a bad imei and i was still able to activate it with the at&t simcard from Straight Talk. Not that we Endorse using STOLEN/LOST Equipment but  IMHO I believe it should work.

i was curious, i myself wouldent purchase a phone i know was got in illegitament ways, however, i know someone who lost theirs n got a replacment only to find it later (years ago) thankyou for the responce
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Re: Straight Talk "Buy Your SIM Card"

« Reply #13 » Published on:September 29, 2012, 09:48:05 PM

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how the Sim card program works. is you buy this sim card for 15 bucks. you have 3 choices;
ATT (2.05gb cap/100mb a day, and on your 2nd or 3rd warning of anything over then that, termination).
Tmobile (same cap, how ever since tmo allows for 5 gb, on there network for there basic service, the warnings mean nothing, unless your obviously tethering, and throttling down to 2g service for the reminder of the month).
Hybrid (this one is really not understood too much by me, but from what I gathered, yes it roams onto both networks, how ever some people have said they get the 2gb cap on att and then get start using the tmo network for the reminder of the month) i cant see how that works but people say it does. as far as will it work in any phone, it should just as long as you have an unlocked phone and can customize the apn's (no bb though) ios devices can work too just as long as there jail broken and have "apn tweak" on them.
also an easy way for a sim card is to get a e71 from there site (if they still sell them) and then you have the sim card and a backup phone in case you brick the phone you currently have.
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Re: Straight Talk "Buy Your SIM Card"

« Reply #14 » Published on:November 01, 2012, 06:58:30 PM

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Hey folks, been a while since I posted. Just skimming through the Forum. I noticed in the string that you said the Sim card marries to the phone that it is activated in, and that if the card is deactivated you have to buy a new card.

Here is my first hand experince

1.) My Wife and I had 2 different phone Me an Iphone 3G, Her a Pantech Burst. We purchased 2 HTC inspire 4Gs. Slipped the sim in my phone , programmed the ST info in the mobile network, and I have a working phone. Got a Mini Sim card adapter for her (Pantech burst) uses the mini-sim, plugged it in, and off to the races. Thecard will work in any phone as long as you get your setting right in the mobile network (APN)

2. I let my sim go unpaid for 2 months after reading the post here about not reactivating, paid my $45.00 bucks, and recieved a TXT before I hung up on the phone, and all was good.


so I say any GSM phone wtih the ATT/Tmobile radio will work phone to phone changing the sim in and out .

I say this only becuse I haven't experienced any of the issues.
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Re: Straight Talk "Buy Your SIM Card"

« Reply #15 » Published on:November 01, 2012, 08:27:28 PM

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Awesome!! I'll try it. Every time I've reactivated it they've sent me another sim for free... So no big loss... But I guess if you switch numbers its a problem.. Mine would reactivate one I switched service to a different phone.

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« Reply #16 » Published on:November 26, 2012, 02:14:35 PM

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ST does marry there SIM to the phone but not like direct TV does. They can still sleep around.  The phone will take other SIMs & the SIM will work in any phone. The problem is say you buy a Walmart phone that breaks when you take it back for another you have to buy the new one first then call to have both IMEI & SIM switched first because when it gets scanned in to deactivate the phone it deactivates the card also. Same if you sell the phone. If you don't call them to have the SIM married to another phone first when they activate your old one it will kill your SIM.
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I have a tmobile note ii on straght talk. I get edge, 3g, h, and h+ tho the 4 g seems to be throttled at about 1.4mbps.

I used wikipedia to see what bands the diffrent carriers run for gsm. Then match a phone to those bands.

Further note. If I bought a boost dummy phone and copy the esn to my phone running a sprint rom I can also switch to boos because its a world phone.

I recomend these. For example I ported a verizon htc rezound to run on gsm carriers. I tedted it on my old tmobile sim before the service ran out. Works like a charm.

If anyone is interested in the note ii. It can be purchesed from tmobile or att for 649.99 full price or verizon 699.99 [idk what sprints charging] I recomend the tmobile because it has an extra wcdma band that the att dosent have. [Idk if sprint is a wold phone] [verizons should be but idk if it has the extra band]

The international note ii will most likley not run on the lte bands here. Depends on which country its from.

The tmobile note ii has the lte locked for now. As well as google wallet but xda developers are working on this. Cm 10 is coming soon to domestic modles. Nightlys are out internationaly.

Most carriers will give you hastle about unlocking within two months. Dont give up. Start bbb disputes and the like if need be. They will eventualy get it done. [2 weeks for me]


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Re: Straight Talk "Buy Your SIM Card"

« Reply #18 » Published on:March 19, 2013, 11:36:08 PM

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Per Staightalk Website "Bring your T-Mobile compatible 4G phone and keep your 4G service". I wonder how many are considering buying a Galaxy S III for T-Mobile, not activating it and then unlocking it to run on Straightalk with a Straightalk SIM card. Unlocked S III's are going for about $600 on eBay.
I already bought a Galaxy S III for T-Mobile and Unlocked it using unlock code. I got the unlock code from Onlinegsmunlock.com .They provide unlock code with instruction on how to unlock the Galaxy S III . I unlocked my S III to use it with Straightalk SIM Card. Getting a unlock code is way too cheap than buying a unlocked SIII for $600 .
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