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  1. zaphodbblx

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    well I've decided that virgin mobile is no longer the good service it was 2 years ago so ive decided to move on (anyhow my Triumph is starting to do funky things like stop charging at 100% then begin to run the battery down) and I cant send it back because I rooted and rom'ed it so i decided to drop off the grid for a bit and go this route.
    a unlocked current generation phone the galaxy nexus hspa+ from Google (about the same price as my shitty no gps Triumph)
    with a sim from Straight talk mobile :p http://straighttalksim.com/
    https://play.google.com/store/devices/details?id=galaxy_nexus_hspa
    thats a bit more expensive $45 per month as opposed to $35 but its Unlimited Data, Talk & Text (their "unlimited data is 5gb) also its bone stock ICS so and if I want to rom the bootloader is unlocked so no more trying to stay ahead of VM and having to use gingerbreak.
    I encourage everyone to vote with their bucks and tell Virgin to screw off
     

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    I reflashed the stock ROM from b_randon and sent it back. Some people didn't even bother doing THAT after their 3rd or 4th MT that they had to exchange and did it without any problems.
     
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    That does sound like a great deal when I try to buy a t mobile sim card it says they dont offer coverage in my location while the t mobile website say they do
     
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    I did the same thing and got a galaxy nexus with straight talk. I'm enjoying a better phone with faster speed and more coverage. Being GSM, I can move to another carrier if/when straight talk starts sucking.
     
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    The only thing that concerns me about Straight Talk is that they have hidden data caps. There have been cases of them Nanjing customers for going over 100/mb in a day.
     
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    I worry about Straight Talk because they're Tracfone and my short tenure as a Tracfone customer featured unreliable function and hideously bad customer service. Granted, this was in about 2004. so they might have improved since then, but I'm still feeling singed.
     
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    It's not much different. They literally have no customer service. I'm reading today now that they're making warning phone calls to customers that use 500mb of data in a month. It's still up for debate on whether or not this is just a scare tactic, but I definitely don't want a harrassing phone call from my phone carrier because I decide to browse Facebook during my lunch break every day.
     
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    And this is somehow better than VM's 2.5GB before throttling? I find myself wondering if everyone claiming StraightTalk is so vastly superior to VM even knows about this.

    If I were to switch carriers (not likely in the foreseeable future), I'd probably take a look at T-Mobile.
     
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    Yeah, I suggest that if you look to switch to Straight Talk, look through Howard Forums and there are many topics regarding the invisible cap issue. Some people reported getting multiple calls per day from Straight Talk warning them about their excessive data usage.

    While the GNEX looks quite awesome, it don't really think it's THAT much better than the Evo 3d (Evo V) and it's not worth switching to a carrier that does not post clear/accurate data usage policies and that harrasses their customers for breaking these invisible policies. Plus, they're telling people that they can't stream video on their data plan, so there goes YouTube or Netflix.
     
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    a n00b question: how do i check my data usage (I am on VMUSA)? Do I have to log on to my account on their website?
     
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    log into your account and click on view history for "Data & Web". It will state exactly how many MB you used this month
     
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    You can also monitor via app. There are several out there. I personally like Onavo.
     
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    Does this finally work? Last I saw it was totally blank.
     
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    It does work now, yes.
     
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    Works for me (well, as well as that site ever does for someone who refuses to use IE).
     
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    As Melim stated, yes it works. Wanted to add though that ICS has it's own built in data usage thingy (or at least Quattrimus does). It's pretty darn nifty, too. Gives you a breakdown of what you've used and whatnot.
     
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    Does this include 4G, if so wimax or lte? What networks does straight talk run on? I checked the website but it's pretty bare bones. Very interesting though either way.
     
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    It has 4G HSPA+. It's GSM and does not use Wimax or Lte.
     
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    Perhaps questions such as this would be better directed to Straight Talk - Android Forums
     

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