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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Boowho, Feb 15, 2022.

  1. Boowho

    Boowho Member
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    I have service thru straight talk off of ATT Towers. My phone is a US996 which is supposedly completely "carrier neutral".

    Just now got a text from Straight Talk that unless I got a new SIM( huh??) from them, my service will cease on Feb 22.

    The question is..... Is this true??

    I do have the option of switching to Verizon since the US996 has the bands to do either AT&T OR Verizon.

    BTW, the rom is stock..... version 10F. It's been BL unlocked, TWRP installed and rooted using SuperSU.

    Any help appreciated.

    Thanks

    Boowho??
     



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  2. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    yep 3g is going bye bye
    https://androidforums.com/threads/say-bye-bye-to-3g-in-the-us.1338440/

    you need a phone and service for 4g or volte.
     
  3. Boowho

    Boowho Member
    Thread Starter

    My Phone is certainly 4G compatible, I don't think VOLTE. Straight Talk is sending new SIM card which they say I'll need.

    I hope they know what they are doing.....
     
  4. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    If you get the SIM and it won't allow the device to work, then the device is not capable.

    Straight Talk might provide a free device that is capable.
     
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  5. kate

    kate Dreaming of Bugdroid.
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    All three US carriers (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile) require phones to support VoLTE now. That also means all the MVNO carriers also require Volte for any phone you want to activate. If your phone doesn't support VoLTE on any of the three main carriers you'll need a new one soon.

    Sounds like the SIM card they sent you is for Verizon? Check if your current phone is compatible with Verizon:
    https://www.verizon.com/bring-your-own-device/

    AT&T HD Voice unlocked phones for VoLTE:
    https://www.att.com/idpassets/image...Capabilities-Unlocked-Devices-ATT-Network.pdf

    AT&T phones that work with VoLTE:
    https://www.att.com/idpassets/images/support/wireless/Devices-Working-on-ATT-Network.pdf
     
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  6. Boowho

    Boowho Member
    Thread Starter

    Thanks Every body..
     
  7. Boowho

    Boowho Member
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    OK, got the new SIM card from Straight Talk yesterday. What it does is take me off of AT&T and puts me on Verizon.

    Now data 4G LTE works but voice does NOT. ST support (so far) is unable to fixit.

    I thought that with Verizon EITHER 4G LTE OR VoLTE would work. Maybe not?? US996 completely carrier neutral.

    Also the voice side is VERY intermittent. Some calls go thru, others do not.

    Help if you can!!!
     
    #7 Boowho, Feb 23, 2022
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2022
  8. kate

    kate Dreaming of Bugdroid.
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    Enter the phones IMEI number here and see if it is compatible:
    https://www.verizon.com/bring-your-own-device/

    That could just be a bad signal, hard to say.
     
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  9. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    Probably a bad signal.
    My service is absolutely terrible since the forced LTE changes, and even worse now with 5G BS.

    It won't be long and you will need to live in a large city in order to have a working cellular phone.
     
  10. Boowho

    Boowho Member
    Thread Starter

    I checked with verizon IMEI checker on line. Since it formerly worked just fine. They say NOW it won't work; pretty sure they black listed it since they know it's a US996 and root-able Patriot Mobile which "rides" on T-Mobile. Patriot Mobile checked the IMEI and said bring it over to us.

    F*** Verizon and AT&T; I'm off to Patriot Mobile.
     
  11. Boowho

    Boowho Member
    Thread Starter

    Tried Patriot Mobile but could not get my number ported over from straight talk. So I'm back to running on Verizon thru Straight Talk.

    But guess what?? Now the 4G LTE AND voice is working perfectly. I think it may have something to do with a problem that my Verizon acct was locked in such a way that only about 1% of Verizon accounts get this particular error. Patriot Mobile worked VERY hard on my behalf; even contacting Verizon directly. Something in that communication fixed the voice on ST/Verizon.

    So, I'm going to wait a month or so and then Patriot again. FWIW, (a lot to me) EVERY Patriot agent I spoke with had NO thick accent instead spoke perfect English. THAT means a LOT to me.
     

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