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Old August 10th, 2012, 10:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

I am a dumb phone user now.

I am thinking about getting Android smartphones for my wife and I, we are currently with Verizon ( just out of contract) and am looking at Straight talk. We do a fair amount of motorcycle touring, often getting off the beaten path and have been happy with Verizon's coverage. I don't want to be broke down on the side of the road with no coverage, but, I do know there will be dead spots no matter what tower network covers us. Just looking for our best option.

Straight talks Android coverage map has me concerned. I need some schooling please.

The questions I have are

(1) If I get an unlocked ( CDMA )Verizon 4G LTE phone and activate it with Straight Talk would it be limited to ST android coverage map or would I get coverage as shown on Verizon's coverage map ?

(2) Would I be able to get the 4G speeds?

(3) Is Att's 4G coverage really as good as it shows?

Thank you for any help you may offer.

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Old August 10th, 2012, 10:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The "Android coverage map" on Straight Talk's web site is their Sprint coverage (almost all of their Android phones run on Sprint). The Samsung Proclaim (I don't think it's currently available) is the only Straight Talk Android device that runs on Verizon, and it doesn't support LTE.

Straight Talk's BYOD (bring your own device) plans are only available for GSM phones, which means you can choose to use AT&T or T-Mobile as the underlying carrier. I would recommend the Galaxy Nexus from the Google Play store for a BYOD plan.

If you already have Verizon 3G phones, you might want to consider Page Plus. $55 per month for unlimited talk/text, and 2GB of data (2GB is the commonly rumored limit to Straight Talk's unlimited "web browsing"). Verizon 3G Android phones will work on Page Plus without modification. Some people seem to have gotten LTE phones to work on Page Plus, but not without a bit of hacking, and you won't get a LTE connection on Page Plus anyway.

For me, AT&T coverage has been better than Verizon in my area and limited travels over the past 6 weeks. I'll be traveling through NY & CT next week though, so I may have a different opinion of coverage by the time I get back.
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The Samsung Proclaim (I don't think it's currently available) is the only Straight Talk Android device that runs on Verizon, and it doesn't support LTE.
Few WalMarts have the Proclaim on hand, and StraightTalk's website seems to be out of them as well. However, WalMart.com still has them. I just ordered 2 and received them quickly.

Correct... it does not support LTE.

As for MB limit... there has been a LOT of online discussion on the matter. Some claim multi-GB of use with no disconnect or warnings. Others say they get a warning after one GB. I haven't had mine long enough to give an opinion.

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1) No. Only ST branded phones on the CDMA networks. The new LG Zip I think is on the Verizon network.

2) No 4G on ST. The AT&T and T-Mobile services have HSDPA+ which is like fake 4G. More like 3.5G.

3) AT&T and VZW have the best networks in the country. In some areas one is better than the other, in most places they're about the same.
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Few WalMarts have the Proclaim on hand, and StraightTalk's website seems to be out of them as well. However, WalMart.com still has them. I just ordered 2 and received them quickly.

Correct... it does not support LTE.

As for MB limit... there has been a LOT of online discussion on the matter. Some claim multi-GB of use with no disconnect or warnings. Others say they get a warning after one GB. I haven't had mine long enough to give an opinion.

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Thanks. Are you happy with the coverage so far? I'll check WalMart.com Am I correct to assume that all the Android features will work using verizon's network ?

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1) No. Only ST branded phones on the CDMA networks. The new LG Zip I think is on the Verizon network.

2) No 4G on ST. The AT&T and T-Mobile services have HSDPA+ which is like fake 4G. More like 3.5G.

3) AT&T and VZW have the best networks in the country. In some areas one is better than the other, in most places they're about the same.
Never having used 3G or 4G I guess I wouldn't know the difference.
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Thanks. Are you happy with the coverage so far? I'll check WalMart.com Am I correct to assume that all the Android features will work using verizon's network ?
So far, so good. It certainly is giving me signal far out into the countryside where my other phone (Boost Mobile) didn't have signal.

Yes, it is a regular Android phone with all the usual Android goodness and it runs on Verizon's network.
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