Straight Talk Cell Phone Service

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  1. Wired

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    I just found out about a new cell service called Straight Talk and I was wondering if anyone has any experience with them or not? On the surface it looks really good.

    Straight Talk appears to use the Verizon network. I can almost overlay one map on another, which you can't do with AT&T and Sprint. I also heard mumblings of this in the past, so I believe it is.
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    http://www.straighttalk.com/Coverage
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    Here&#8217;s Verizon&#8217;s Prepaid map:
    Coverage Locator - Verizon Wireless

    Be sure you have the Prepaid box selected. The map should be pink.


    Here are the phones available:
    Straight Talk Site Phone List page


    Has anyone tried this service? What was your experience like? How did you use the service? i.e. traveling, local only, primary phone, second phone, etc...

    My contract with AT&T will be up shortly and I'm really looking at switching to this or Verizon. I want to try this though before I lose the AT&T service in-case this turns out to be crap.

    I was wondering if someone possibly had a Straight Talk phone they're not using that I could buy or borrow from you for my test? I would cover the service of course.

    There's one other idea I had that I figured I would float to you guys. If enough people are interested, but not sure about their service we could all go in on the cost of the test together.

    Here's what I was thinking. My dad is an over-the-road truck driver. He does the entire US except for Miami and New York City. Some days he could travel all day and still be in the same state (Texas) and other days he goes through 5 or 6 in one day. I was going to give him the phone to test for a month or two to see what the service is like all over. I was thinking if enough people wanted to go in together I could give him the phone and I could email you the results.

    It would be about $130 for the phone and two months of service, unless someone has a blue-tooth enabled phone we could borrow. It has to be blue-tooth as he drives all day and a lot of states have laws requiring the use of hands free devices.

    If 5 people wanted the results it would be $26/ person.
    If 10 people wanted the results it would be $13/ person.

    Even if only 5 people go in, that's still cheaper than the cost of their cheapest phone.

    I think two months of service to test will be adequate and when complete I would email those who decided to participate the results.

    I'm really interested in this and would love to get the ball rolling. Let me know what you guys think!

     
  2. CMfromIL

    CMfromIL XDTalk 5K Member

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    Sprint's Pre-Paid service (Boost) is supposed to be pretty good as well.

    Boost Mobile - Compare Cell Phone Plans

    They have phones starting at $59.

    $50/month plan is unlimted minutes/text/web.

    Not a bad deal. Not sure about coverage though. It's a little spotty out west.
     
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    I am a Page Plus dealer and the service blows Straight Talk out of the water . .
     
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    Chris, Verizon is the best choice in our area IMO. Before I moved to GJ I had T-mobile and the wervice was ok in town but once you got out of the debque canyon it was gone till rifle. With Verizon I havent had any problems until I got up here to BFE North Dakota.
     
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    My secretary has that Straight Talk from Wally World. She pays $45 a month for unlimited voice, text, and data. Pretty decent plan, especially with no contract. The phone she got is one of those with a full qwerty keyboard, she got it for $99. And it uses Verizon as the carrier. As soon as my contract is up with Verizon, I'm gonna switch. I pay over $200 right now for 2 lines with the same features, pretty much gonna cut my bill in half...
     
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    If you have Verizon now, you can switch to Page Plus and keep using your existing phone(s). Big savings there (don't have to buy new phones).

    The Straight Talk phones do not allow tethering or other external uses (like Bluetooth data sync), while Page Plus does allow all that (if your phone supports it).

    Page Plus has no contracts, and also uses Verizon's network. Read more
     
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    I sell straight talk (wal-mart) and they sell really well (sold 2 today since 9PST) From what my customers tell me the service works great and they are very happy overall.

    The "plans" are as follows:

    "All you need" plan - $30/month
    1000 mins
    1000 texts
    30 mb of data

    Unlimited plan - $45/month
    Unlimited mins
    unlimited texts
    unlimited data

    And yes they work off the verizon prepaid network.

    Out of all the prepaid service my store sells (AT&T, Verizon, Tracfone, Net10, Virgin Mobile, and Boost Mobile) Straight Talk is the best, in my mind
     
  8. nalioth

    nalioth XDTalk 2K Member

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    All Page Plus plans will hold your phone number for 4 months, unlike Net10 or Tracfone where you have to re-up every 30 or 60 days to keep your number.

    Page Plus "By the minute" plans:
    $10 - 100 minutes
    $25 - 400 minutes
    $50 - 1000 minutes

    Talk-n-Text-1200 plan
    $29.95 gets you 30 days service or
    1200 talk minutes
    1200 text/MMS messages
    50mb data
    If you run out of talk, text or data, you can continue to use the other features (if you have service left on them)

    Unlimited Talk-n-Text
    $39.95 gets you unlimited talk and text/MMS for 30 days and 20mb data.

    Again, the phones used by Page Plus are not neutered or sold with restricted functionality like the Straight Talk phones.
     
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    TRIGRHAPPY XDTalk 3K Member

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    How about free home/cell phone for life?

    I currently use a combination of Google Voice + Gizmo5 to do it on my iPhone. The only trick is that you need wireless internet access (either wifi or an cellular unlimited data plan).

    Google voice gives you a landline phone number for free for life, but you have to have it forward to a telephone number and must call in via a telephone. This is where Gizmo5 comes in.

    Gizmo5 gives you an internet only phone number that you can place/receive phone calls to other internet phone numbers with. Google Voice lets you set up Gizmo5 as one of your phones. Another words, when someone calls your google voice number (which is a regular phone number), it rings your Gizmo number.

    Similarly, when you "place a call" with Google Voice, it first rings your Gizmo number (which you then answer) and then automatically calls the number you dialed.

    The end result is completely free (and unlimited) incoming/outgoing calls to any place in the U.S. any place you have a wireless internet connection.

    If you want the "free cellphone anywhere" you can just get an unlimited data (or a data only) plan through your wireless provider. Then it's technically not free since you're paying for the data plan, but everything is unlimited and there are some very cheap data plans.

    If you just want it for a free home phone service, you're golden as long as you have a wireless router in your home. Then it actually is free (not counting your internet bill). Works great with an iPod touch 2nd gen or any iPhone (even without cell service).

    The best part is that it works ANYWHERE you have wifi. Another words, if you're deployed to a combat zone, working on an oil rig in Africa, etc etc.....you can still make/receive free calls in this fashion as long as you have access to wifi. That's something even a cell phone company can't compete with.
     
  10. Wired

    Wired XDTalk 5K Member Founding Member

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    BTT
     
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    carhartt XDTalk 1K Member

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    Hey Wired, if you can use the verizon phones for the straight talk plan I have one you could use. Bluetooth and all. Although for this area, verizon has been the best for me.
     
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    Wired XDTalk 5K Member Founding Member

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    Thanks! I have to call them and ask. I have some other questions too.
     
  13. Bearlaker

    Bearlaker XDTalk 500 Member

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    Interesting, I know I'm leaving Verizon when my contract is up. No problems with them as far as coverage goes, I just don't like contracts.
     
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    Wired XDTalk 5K Member Founding Member

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    So, when your contract is up you don't continue on as normal, but without a contract? Verizon requires you to be under contract all the time?
     
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    Bearlaker XDTalk 500 Member

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    Npt the way I understand it, Wired. They extend your contract when you or someone in your family gets a new phone from them.

     

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