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#3296307 - 02/27/14 01:39 PM Considering Straight Talk Plan
99Saturn Offline


Registered: 02/25/13
Posts: 1088
Loc: NY
Currently, we have two Verizon "basic" phones attached to an old family plan (700 minutes, X a month for the first line and $10 for each additional line). It's getting to the point that we should have / want smartphones, but of course would like to keep the bill down as much as possible, so I've been looking into Straight Talk and just looking for some feedback about any pitfalls I should be worried about or anything I'm missing.

Some considerations:
- We need to be on either AT&T or Verizon network, with a strong preference for Verizon. Both get service at home but AT&T is not as reliable in our exact location. I believe this means we need a phone that is CDMA-V, which it appears to be the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim. How would I go about checking if other phones are CDMA-V? Do I need to go to WM and physically check the box?
- I don't have another strong preference to a specific phone other than perhaps an iphone. I've read a lot that iphone on StraightTalk is only AT&T - is this the case?
- We need to be able to port our current numbers. It seems fairly easy to do online, but seeing as the customer service is apparently pretty bad I'm wondering if anyone has experience / a general warning here.

Whats the best route to go through, in a local store or keep everything online?

Any other thoughts / comments? Good idea / bad idea? Pitfalls, etc.? Thanks!

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#3296323 - 02/27/14 01:56 PM Re: Considering Straight Talk Plan [Re: 99Saturn]
supton Offline


Registered: 11/09/08
Posts: 5211
Loc: NH
Have you looked at PagePlus? My wife converted her Verizon phone to that, and she's been quite satisified. I will likely join someday, but my Tracphone has been good enough. Maybe if I ever find a good deal on an iPhone.

ST should have on their site, if you enter in zip code, phones that work in your area. I believe if the model has a G in it is GSM, if it has a C it is CDMA. IIRC CDMA is Verizon/AT&T, while GSM is Sprint (and has a smaller network). Been too long.

I had a ST, it was fine, but found I didn't use the web like I thought I might, so when I lost the phone it was a bummer but not quite a massive loss.
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#3296349 - 02/27/14 02:17 PM Re: Considering Straight Talk Plan [Re: supton]
99Saturn Offline


Registered: 02/25/13
Posts: 1088
Loc: NY
^Thanks - I might just be too dense to get it, but the bulk of the Android phones that I see online on ST's website don't have the lettering system (G,C) at the end of the name - actually that is what had me confused. I've seen that on a most if not all of the basic phones have that notation.

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#3296351 - 02/27/14 02:20 PM Re: Considering Straight Talk Plan [Re: 99Saturn]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 13756
Loc: Upstate NY
Buying a phone and getting no-contract service is the way to go.

Double check the phone before you sign up for it. T-Mobile, AT&T and Consumer Cellular are all GSM. Verizon is CDMA. My Droid 2 had both once I unlocked the baseband.
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#3296401 - 02/27/14 03:25 PM Re: Considering Straight Talk Plan [Re: 99Saturn]
rshaw125 Offline


Registered: 08/18/04
Posts: 2557
Loc: Raleigh ,NC CSA
+1 for Pageplus. Buy a used Verizon smart phone on ebay and put it on Pageplus. Very easy and you'll save every month.
Almost forgot. Pageplus uses Verizon towers.


Edited by rshaw125 (02/27/14 03:31 PM)
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#3296407 - 02/27/14 03:31 PM Re: Considering Straight Talk Plan [Re: 99Saturn]
strat81 Offline


Registered: 01/09/10
Posts: 809
Loc: Nebraska
Skip the Galaxy Proclaim. Android 2.3 should be a no go... Look for 4.0 or better (e.g., Galaxy Centura). Skip the ZTE Valet, Wifi reception is not very good with it.

I have an Android on Tracfone (TF owns Straight Talk). Mine runs on Verizon and I am happy with it.
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#3296966 - 02/28/14 05:45 AM Re: Considering Straight Talk Plan [Re: rshaw125]
Jimkobb Offline


Registered: 09/14/13
Posts: 68
Loc: indiana
Originally Posted By: rshaw125
+1 for Pageplus. Buy a used Verizon smart phone on ebay and put it on Pageplus. Very easy and you'll save every month.
Almost forgot. Pageplus uses Verizon towers.

I agree , check out Page Plus before you do anything. I have a home computer so I ditched the smart phone although you can use them on Page Plus. I just do the 12 plan on auto renew. 250 minutes and 250 texts and a small data amount for 12 dollars a month. This works for me but they have several other plans at some good pricing.

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#3297220 - 02/28/14 10:59 AM Re: Considering Straight Talk Plan [Re: 99Saturn]
BearZDefect Offline


Registered: 08/15/05
Posts: 1958
Loc: Lexington, KY
Interesting... So I can activate my old Verizon flip phone with Page Plus on a minimalistic plan?
https://www.pagepluscellular.com/plans/

My input to this thread is to avoid resellers who resell Sprint because Sprint's coverage is so poor. If you subscribe to Sprint directly you get decent service because they have roaming agreements, but resellers only get native Sprint coverage.

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#3297493 - 02/28/14 03:39 PM Re: Considering Straight Talk Plan [Re: BearZDefect]
Picky1 Offline


Registered: 03/08/12
Posts: 172
Loc: Conn
We have one phone on Straight Talk for almost 2 years and have been happy with the service etc. Only draw back is if you have to call customer service, it is an experience!

We we signed up with Straight Talk we were careful to select a phone that operates on the Verizon network vs. some of the other networks that they lease towers/time from.

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#3298644 - 03/01/14 08:32 PM Re: Considering Straight Talk Plan [Re: BearZDefect]
supton Offline


Registered: 11/09/08
Posts: 5211
Loc: NH
Originally Posted By: BearZDefect
Interesting... So I can activate my old Verizon flip phone with Page Plus on a minimalistic plan?
https://www.pagepluscellular.com/plans/

My input to this thread is to avoid resellers who resell Sprint because Sprint's coverage is so poor. If you subscribe to Sprint directly you get decent service because they have roaming agreements, but resellers only get native Sprint coverage.


That's what my wife did. Well, it was a slider phone, same diff. $4/month, as she barely uses it? Something like that. Crazy cheap. I'd switch but I'm doing ok with my Tracphone that costs me $6/month, and I'd have to find a used phone I like.
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