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  1. Sevreth

    Sevreth Well-Known Member

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  2. damewolf13

    damewolf13 live~laugh~love VIP Member

    Very nice blog.:)
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  3. oldnoob2

    oldnoob2 Well-Known Member

    Nice write up, I only noticed one minor detail. You mention that ST gives unlimited data, but I don't remember that phrase when I signed up. They stated unlimited web browsing, or unlimited mobile web. Their TOS specifically excludes certain types of data.
  4. Sevreth

    Sevreth Well-Known Member

    Direct from Welcome | Straight Talk:
    Why Straight Talk?

    Unlimited GSM service on the best nationwide networks
    $45 per month
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  5. gale65

    gale65 Well-Known Member

  6. UncleMike

    UncleMike Well-Known Member

    Nice blog post. I enjoyed reading it. I have a few corrections/clarifications though:

    • A Verizon shared plan for a single line would be $100 per month for unlimited voice & text + 2GB of data. The $119.99 price reflects older plan pricing.
    • The Straight Talk Android coverage map is for Straight Talk branded Android phones; these run on Sprint. This map does not reflect coverage for BYOD devices (including Android devices), since these would run on either AT&T or T-Mobile.
  7. oldnoob2

    oldnoob2 Well-Known Member

    You're right, thank you! Your blog just taught me something.

    Either I'm losing a lot more brain cells than I thought, which is possible, or they changed this recently. When I signed up a month ago they very clearly stated unlimited WEB, not unlimited data. Apparently they are modifying their practices to be more in line with the other prepaid carriers.
  8. xTye

    xTye Well-Known Member

    Right away I spotted an error. They don't advertise unlimited data. It's web.

    Data usage is very limited. No streaming which they neglect to mention out of box.
  9. gale65

    gale65 Well-Known Member

    Do you mean an error in the blog post? Because what he copied and pasted above is directly from the Straight Talk website and it clearly does say unlimited data. I'm attaching an actual screen shot (in case they change it :p ) and you can see under where it says Why Straight Talk the 2nd item down says unlimited data.

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  10. UncleMike

    UncleMike Well-Known Member

    Additionally, the last item says "Works with SMS, IM, social networks, email, web." IM, social networks, and email are not "web browsing", and "web" could mean anything. On their plans page they refer to "Mobile Web Access". To me, anything I access that's not on my phone is "web access." Maybe what they really mean is "access using your web browser". I can't think of any way they could phrase it and sound reasonable, yet make it clear that certain traffic is prohibited.

    But even if you and the carrier agree on what these words mean, the nature of no-contract service allows them to stop offering (or change the terms of) this plan tomorrow if they wish. You're not obligated to keep paying for the service, and they're not obligated to keep offering it. Competition *should* keep prices down and terms reasonable, but there are no guarantees.
  11. xTye

    xTye Well-Known Member

    Ah, I indeed missed that. Good eye.

    I'd note that down and use as much data as you like. When they cut you off, that's a lawsuit for false advertising.
  12. Sevreth

    Sevreth Well-Known Member

    Things that I can confirm work on ST mobile network:

    -Grooveshark streaming (but Grooveshark also has an awesome offline mode and features)
    -Youtube (I found the full length movie Groundhog Day and that streamed)
    -TuneIn Radio Pro

    If anyone wants me to check out any other service, I will gladly do so. Streaming radio/music is most important to me.

    For those that cannot live without lots of mobile Netflix, check out my blog entry Prepaid wireless service, a better option than the big carriers?: A study in magenta

    T-Mobile should have no limitations on their network and you can snag a 2GB plan with unlimited minutes and texts for $60 per month (5GB for $70).

  13. UncleMike

    UncleMike Well-Known Member

    When you setup your phone did you use the Proxy and Port from the instructions? If so, try removing them.
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  14. Sevreth

    Sevreth Well-Known Member

    Thank you so much Mike. As soon as I deleted the Proxy and Port #s, I could sign into Netflix.

    I am still certain that if it is abused, I could be cut off of data for the month, so I will make sure to be sparing if I do use it.

  15. gale65

    gale65 Well-Known Member

    Removing the proxy and port numbers don't mess up anything else? I'm not planning to stream netflix but in case other things don't work and I have to remove them.
  16. oldnoob2

    oldnoob2 Well-Known Member

    I created 2 APNs, one with a proxy and one without so I could easily switch if I had to. I've been using the one without the proxy for almost a month without any problems.
  17. gale65

    gale65 Well-Known Member

    Great idea. So it's the regular port and proxy and not the MMS port and proxy that you delete?
  18. oldnoob2

    oldnoob2 Well-Known Member

    Yes. The mms proxy and port are required to be able to send mms. The other proxy routes all your other data calls through their server. Without it the phone communicates directly with whatever site you're trying to reach.
  19. traderbob

    traderbob Member

    Nice wright-up. I am getting ready to buy the Galaxy Nexus gsm/hspa+(Google toy store) and a sim card from straight talk website. Seems like i will save $45 a month going with Straight Talk and have a great phone. Is this going to be an easy to setup? and is this phone a good choice for $350? This will be my first smart phone, it will be sad to retire my 5 year old Sprint flip phone. If I go this route will i need a cutter or adapter for the sim card? What do youall think.
  20. gale65

    gale65 Well-Known Member

    I have the Nexus and I got the regular (not micro) sim from ST and it fits fine. Mine is for AT&T but I would think the T-Mobile one would be the same.
  21. traderbob

    traderbob Member

    I was just looking on Straight Talk website and saw they carry the standard sim. Hope the setup will be easy.
  22. glock29guy

    glock29guy Member

    So what's the point of them including a proxy server if it works fine without it?
  23. Sevreth

    Sevreth Well-Known Member

    Hi Traderbob,

    Thanks for the kind words, I hope you will continue to follow.

    The Nexus is fantastic. You will always have the most up to date software, which is the reason I got it. It will be an amazing first smartphone for anyone.

    No need for a sim adapter or cutter. I just ordered my sim (the T-Mobile one) and it slips right in. Make sure to choose the sim based on the best coverage in your area.

    Straight Talk is proving to be a superior service in my opinion. I am writing as I go detailing my first full month with them. Coverage in the Philly area has been awesome and I rarely see Edge speeds (2G). Either way, I feel always covered and have easy access to calls and texting always.

    I hope you consider the Nexus and let us know about your experiences. The one thing that made me unsure was the lack of SD card, but with cloud storage for my photos and files, I realize it is pretty easy. I would prefer 32GB just to be more comfortable, but I currently have 8 GB left (of the original 13 or so GB that is available.


  24. Sue Nuss

    Sue Nuss New Member

    I have a Straight Talk Samsung phone, my daughter has Virgin Mobile prepaid. She downloaded Quick Settings app and now has a hot spot. I have tried doing it on mine, but the hot spot won't work. Anyone else using this app on this phone?:confused:
  25. Sevreth

    Sevreth Well-Known Member

    Hi Sue,

    I have had no trouble with my Hotspot. I have stock android Jelly Bean on my Nexus, so it is an included feature (be aware that it is officially against the rules of straight talk :rolleyes:)

    Try the app FoxFi.

    This app is really nice and easy to use.


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