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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by ArmageddonX, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. ArmageddonX

    ArmageddonX Android Expert
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    I want to buy an unlocked Nexus 4. What is the best way to get 3G & 4G coverage for my device in Phoenix Arizona? Thank you.

    ~ ArmyX

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  2. sx4dude2013

    sx4dude2013 Android Expert

    I use straight talk via at&t sim. U can use T-Mobile, straight talk, at&t, etc.
  3. ArmageddonX

    ArmageddonX Android Expert
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    So where do I get these Sim cards? Do I buy them at AT&T stores? Do I buy them through T-Mobile?

    I am new to the Sim card world. Will the un-locked Nexus 4 get HSPA+?
    I have been using a CDMA carrier for a decade.

    Is there a reliable way to check the coverage in your area beforehand?

    Lastly, can I take my unlocked Nexus 4 directly to T-Mobile & sign up with them contract-free?

    Is this a truthful article about my options?
    Google's Nexus 4: Understanding your carrier options | Computerworld Blogs

    ~ ArmyX
  4. Skyroket

    Skyroket Android Enthusiast

  5. ArmageddonX

    ArmageddonX Android Expert
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    So I get a SIM card from T Mobile and then I contact T Mobile about getting on a prepaid plan? Is that all I have to do? Also, can I use mobile hotspoting on a prepaid SIM? Does the 4G work on a pre-paid SIM?

    Thank you.

    ~ ArmyX
  6. Prosophobia

    Prosophobia Member

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  7. ArmageddonX

    ArmageddonX Android Expert
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    HSPA+ is plenty fast enough for me :)

    So with this method I can buy an unlocked Nexus 4 directly from Google and take it to T-Mobile?

    Thank you!

    ~ ArmyX
  8. cwhite803

    cwhite803 Lurker

    the nexus 4 is my first GSM device as well. i ordered a t-mobile microsim card from the t-mo website for $0.99 (with free overnight delivery :)), activated and ported my old number and chose a plan right on the website. never went to the store. i have the $30 a month plan, and yes, hotspot works without root.

    edit: the other link above is for a regular sim card, this is the one you want
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  9. Banished Angel

    Banished Angel Android Enthusiast

    Both AT&T and T-Mobile have coverage maps on their websites. I'd look there and see how it is for your area. If you have good T-Mobile coverage where you live i'd go with them as they have much faster data speeds. If you don't have good T-Mobile coverage you can still go with AT&T.

    T-Mobile has a $30 a month pre-paid plan with unlimited data, unlimited texting, and 100 minutes. If you need unlimited minutes you can go through Straight Talk, which offers unlimited everything for $45 a month off contract. You can choose to run through either AT&T or T-Mobile with straight talk so you can still get T-Mobile's speeds with unlimited minutes.

    No matter what you choose you should order the Micro SIM (this is important, Micro SIM) card online.
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  10. ArmageddonX

    ArmageddonX Android Expert
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    Thank you all for your help. =)

    ~ ArmyX
  11. Citizen Coyote

    Citizen Coyote Android Enthusiast

    The sim world can be a bit confusing to old-timer CDMA folks like ourselves, but it's not hard to get the hang of it. I went with T-Mobile's prepaid, as I have good T-Mo coverage where I go and you can't beat the price. Note that the $30/month plan mentioned above is only available online or by calling T-Mobile to activate your sim. Activation is pretty painless, the website does a good job of walking you through no matter what plan you choose.

    Good luck and welcome to the awesome world of unlocked no-contract mobile!
  12. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum

    For the Nexus 4 you want the one in the middle.


    You can cut a full size sim down to fit and use adapters to make the smaller sims fit in phones that require larger ones, but it's best to get the right size.

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The Nexus 4 release date was November 2012. Features and Specs include a 4.7" inch screen, 8MP camera, 2GB RAM, Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, and 2100mAh battery.

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