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Old November 13th, 2012, 10:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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If I were to buy, for example, a Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S2, would I be able to port it over to other AT&T MNVOs, or would I be stuck with Straight Talk?

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Straight Talk uses a GSM network frequency, and so does AT&T so they would both be able to work with similar devices, so in other words, the device should work with both networks.
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OK, I'm new to this sort of thing, so please bear with me.

I thought that a phone had to be unlocked in order to move carriers, even if it's to an MNVO on the same network. So, if I bought a phone from AT&T, I woudldn't be able to switch to an AT&T MNVO unless they unlocked my phone first.

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Yes the phone would need to be unlocked, but it should be fairly simple to unlock though...

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It won't matter at all if the phone is unlocked unless you want to use it with the other carrier's network. For example, if the phone were locked to AT&T and you want to use the T-Mobile network through Straight Talk you would have to unlock your phone first. Even then Straight Talk will just pick the network for you; you don't really have control.
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Really? Wouldn't StraightTalk need to unlock it for me? And why would they want to do that?
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First off you can get Straight talk to work with AT&T's network, otherwise to get the device to be ported over to the carrier AT&T, you would need to unlock it, which is fairly easy and you can follow a guide.

Straight Talk is its' own carrier but it feeds off other GSM networks and uses the most readily available one...
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I was under the impression straight talk (trac fone) used sprints network for their smartphones? I used to go through them, and in fact I'm pretty sure they did use sprint just for Android.
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I was under the impression straight talk (trac fone) used sprints network for their smartphones? I used to go through them, and in fact I'm pretty sure they did use sprint just for Android.
Straight Talk uses the best available towers in the location to grab service from, depending on whether your device is GSM or CDMA, they accept both...
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I looked it up and apparently they do have a couple GSM androids now. At least one. But a few months ago they did not. When I was using it they were all sprint network phones. But anyways...
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