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Old 03-13-2013, 03:48 AM
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Straight Talk (through Walmart) as their cell phone provider?

Have some questions for to compare service:

Are you overall pleased with their service?

Can you use a 4G cell phone on their system, and does it work well for you. Fast downloads, website browsing? Where (geographically) 4G is not available, does it work well on 3G?

Does your service sometimes either not go through - ie, you have to try again and again (up to (5) times (for me) to download (open) new website pages, when you've stayed on one web page too long?

Thinking of upgrading to a Samsung Galaxy, or perhaps a reconditioned iPhone with my Straight Talk $45/mo plan.


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Old 03-13-2013, 09:25 AM
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I have T-mobile in the DFW area. Using a Galaxy S2. Not much to compare against but no issues that make me want to chunk it. It will sometimes take a few seconds to start dialing a number. Every now and then the browser will time out even though there is service. I had the S1 and don't really notice a speed difference but never did a side by side ccomparison so I do know.

I typed this whole thing on my phone for what ever that is worth.
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:28 AM
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Straight Talk is WalMart's version of Tracfone. Uses the same connections. My son used it for a year or so, but gave it up for T-Mobile as it's less expensive. He wasn't using a smart phone at the time.
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Old 03-13-2013, 06:16 PM
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I have T-mobile in the DFW area. Using a Galaxy S2. Not much to compare against but no issues that make me want to chunk it. It will sometimes take a few seconds to start dialing a number. Every now and then the browser will time out even though there is service. I had the S1 and don't really notice a speed difference but never did a side by side ccomparison so I do know.

I typed this whole thing on my phone for what ever that is worth.
T-Mobile (last I looked into them) was absolutely the best value / (cost factor going - IF you were using in one of their Metro areas: ie DFW / Atlanta, GA. I travel much of the U.S. for business/pleasure, and that's why I went with Straight Talk, through Walmart. I do a lot of rural-travel, and need unlimited everywhere - at least for talk/text/email. Prepaying 12-months works out to $46.00 a month complete (includes all charges/taxes) for me - I just was curious if anyone else has Straight Talk unlimited everything, with a much nicer/upgraded cel phone.

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Straight Talk is WalMart's version of Tracfone. Uses the same connections. My son used it for a year or so, but gave it up for T-Mobile as it's less expensive. He wasn't using a smart phone at the time.
THX for the additional feedback.
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:41 PM
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Verizon and AT&T own towers and work. Not many other providers do in my experience. Overseas it depends on where your going, but AT&T seems to have the edge.

My plumber for example has T mobil and it works no where. Even when their are two Verizon and AT&T towers 1k feet away it does not work. Since the owners of the towers decide who gets in, and in this area they decided they block everyone except for their phones.

Fringe providers are great if you never leave a major city, they seem to work OK. Or if you don't really need your phone and its not important to you. OTOH if you run a business and need it to work, your stuck with the big two.

Besides my company pays for my phone with nice pre tax dollars.
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:53 AM
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Staright Talk user here, with an Android opsys phone. Works well most places. Seemingly uses AT&T connectivity. Directory assistance sucks.
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:38 PM
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Thanks, Jake.

I've had ST (Straight Talk) Walmart using their $99.00 Samsung T5338? full-face screen since Sept. 2011, and have been loving it versus AT&T full-ride National plan with 450 anytime minutes/month. My AT&T plan had; no free text/worldwideweb/email, all for $48.00 mo. Not enough bang for the buck for me.....

ST is unlimited everything, but has geographic 4G limitations. For me? I'm usually in-zone of 4G, but wanting some feedback from others.

THX again......

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Old 03-14-2013, 11:01 PM
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I have been using Straight Talk for a long time, couple years now. I bought a certain Nokia phone that according to the internet was really an AT&T phone with an AT&T sim card. The idea was to buy the phone and swap the sim card into an iPhone.

It worked.

Ever since then I have been using my AT&T iPhone with Straight Talk. It uses all the AT&T towers and data. Full speed data too. There has been zero difference between being on the real AT&T and via ST. The ONLY exception being no visual voicemail and, as mentioned, directory service (411) SUCKS.

Otherwise I have happy. ST uses several carriers for service. Now you can just buy a sim card for $15 via the ST site and "bring your own phone". If you tell them you have an AT&T iPhone, you will get an AT&T sim card (it will actually say AT&T on the card!).
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:14 PM
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I switched my wife to Net 10. Same thing as Straight talk and is owned by Trac Phone. Went with a Samsung Note II clone. Awesome phone and great service. It uses a Sim card and operates through the AT&T towers. I purchased the 3g model. They are now selling the 4g one. Even at 3g the data speed is fast. I did a speedtest.net data speedtest and it was operating north of 7,000 Mbps. That's better than most see from their home DSL/Cable service.

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Unlocked S7100 Android 4 1 1 Jelly Bean 5 3" LCD Free Tether at T Straigt Talk | eBay

You can probably find one cheaper buying it directly from China.
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