Straight Talk and Net10 Sim-Card only plans now available

by pbushx2 on

The SIM-only, “bring your own phone” plans that I posted about last week are now live, for both Net10 and Straight Talk. As expected, these plans will let you use just about any phone you want on Straight Talk’s $45 unlimited monthly plan, or on Net10′s $50 unlimited option.

Straight Talk SIM-Only PlanA word of warning in advance: this is a rather long post! I find it very exciting, but it might not be for you. And if that’s the case, you might want to skip to the “how it works” section, or just skip reading this post altogether. Either way, though, maybe you’d like to consider sharing this with some friends who are overpaying for their cell service. I’m a firm believer that if more people jump on this plan, we all win since it will let the big phone companies know that we consumers want our freedom from contracts.

Specifics on the phones

These plans are limited to GSM phones. In case you’re not familiar with that terminology, let me break it down for you a little.
First, GSM refers to the type of network technology in the phones. In the U.S., AT&T and T-Mobile are the dominant GSM carriers, while Verizon, Sprint, and US Cellular use CDMA technology. Around the world, the vast majority of other countries operate on GSM networks.

Next, AT&T requires that the phone be “compatible.” This means that the phone must use the same frequencies as those offered by Straight Talk. Since Straight Talk “rents” coverage from AT&T or T-Mobile, if you want to use a phone that was previously active on one of those networks, you’ll be fine.

Another option is to shop for an “unlocked” phone – this means that the device is not locked to a certain network. Usually in the U.S., carriers sell phones that are locked to their service, so customers are obligated to keep paying them month after month. In other parts of the world, it is more common for handsets are sold “unlocked,” giving the consumer the choice of which carrier to use (like Straight Talk and Net10 are doing here).

Net10 Sim-Only PlanOne obvious question here is whether you can use an iPhone with this service, and the answer is definitely “yes!” The iPhone (starting with iPhone 4 and newer) requires a special SIM card, called “micro-SIM,” and this is addressed during the ordering process. As far as I know, this is the first “official” way to get a Prepaid iPhone.

On the other hand, you will not be able to use a BlackBerry with this service, since BlackBerries require a connection to special servers that support the different functions unique to BlackBerry. Also out are other Straight Talk, Net10, or TracFone devices since they are all locked to their respective providers.

Where to buy phones

There are several options to buy phones, and to me it seems a little bit overwhelming. I’m used to choosing from among the fairly limited selection of the three brands listed above, so it wasn’t hard to settle on a particular model when it was time to upgrade. Each of TracFone, Straight Talk, and Net10 offered at most a dozen different models, and each device had clearly defined features and price.

With this plan, it will be a little more complicated. There are literally hundreds of different models that could possibly work with these plans, and a handful of different places from which to obtain the phones.

I personally would go with either an iPhone or an Android device to take full advantage of the “unlimited” data of these plans. Another option might be Windows mobile, which I’ve never used but I understand might be a good bet especially for people who have never before used a smart phone. But their application marketplace is much more limited than the Android or iPhone app selection.

Once you’ve decided on which particular phone you want to purchase, it’s time to decide where to buy. I think the most likely options are eBay and Craigslist. Here the usual precautions apply – pay attention to eBay seller rating and the product description to make sure you know what you’re getting. And on Craigslist, be doubly cautious since there is often little or no recourse if the transaction goes awry. Be safe and think defensively, especially if you are spending a lot of money!

Some other options might be using your own phone that was previously on one of the big carriers (and in that case, congrats on escaping the shackles of your contract!). You could also ask around of friends or relatives. Inquire whether any of them have a phone they’d like to sell off; or maybe they’re looking to upgrade and could sell you their own phone to come up with the necessary cash for a brand new model.

One final option, which I have not tried personally but I’ve heard of other people doing, is to ask the workers at phone retailers. I’m talking about places like Best Buy, Radio Shack, mall kiosks, or maybe even AT&T or T-Mobile stores. These workers sometimes have access to a lot of phones, and maybe upgrade more frequently than the typical consumer. Therefore, they might have a barely-used phone that they want to get rid of. Again, I’ve never tried this personally, but it strikes me as an interesting possibility.

How it works

This might be obvious, but in case you missed it, you will buy only the sim card from either Straight Talk or Net10. You’ll also have the option of adding an airtime card to your order. I recommend buying the bundle, since you’ll need the airtime to activate your SIM.

Start by visiting http://straighttalksim.com, or http://net10sim.com. Either page has a large button to “Buy SIMs Now.” Click there and follow the instructions.

Here’s where it’s helpful to know a little bit about which phone you want to use, before you get started with the process. You’ll be asked whether the phone you want to use is Unlocked, or AT&T or T-Mobile Compatible. Next you’ll need to know whether you want a micro-SIM card. The iPhone 4 and 4S models use the micro version. Most other phones, unless the phone specs list something to the contrary, use a “regular” SIM card.

You’ll then have to enter your ZIP code. Next you can choose whether you want just the SIM card, or the SIM card plus a one-month unlimited airtime card. Again, I suggest the latter since you’ll need airtime to get activated anyway. From there, it’s simply a matter of entering your payment and shipping details, and waiting for the SIM to arrive.

When you receive the SIM card, follow the instructions that come with it. This will include inserting the SIM into your phone, and following some steps online to get your account activated. You’ll also need to change some settings in your phone to make sure the data connections are working properly. I’ll cover this more in a future post.

I’ve personally ordered a Straight Talk SIM which I intend to use with an AT&T-based Android device I will buy on Craigslist. I’ll report next week on my early experiences with the activation process and the service.

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jay August 8, 2012 at 5:06 pm

For commets where people say they want to use TMobile instead of ATT towers, it depends on where u live. Where I live they say there’s no TMobile so they said they would definitely have to send me a BYOP SIM that was tied to ATT (and would be a C4 sim….I think TMobile is P4…)

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Missy August 13, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Does anyone know if I buy an ATT gophone (something like the Avail or Fusion) that I can get the Net10 sim and it will work? I hope somebody is reading this because I hope to get the phone this week. Any help and information will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

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pbushx2 August 25, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Hi Missy, sorry it’s late, but yes, your plan will work.

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SiennaRuby November 26, 2012 at 2:12 pm

AT&T OR T-MOBILE COMPATIBLE GSM PHONE, OR AN UNLOCKED GSM PHONE… what does all that mean? I have a phone from metro pcs but I want to purchase an iPhone from ebay/craigslist… what do I do next?

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pbushx2 November 27, 2012 at 5:26 pm

when you are searching Craigslist, make sure you look for a phone that was previously used on AT&T. also, be careful who you are buying from, as all the carriers are cracking down on stolen phones lately.

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mike December 2, 2012 at 7:53 pm

will this work on my droid RAZR maxx? is it a locked phone? can i get it unlocked if so or will it work anyway? my provider was verizon. Please help! Thanks!!!!

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pbushx2 December 20, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Hey Mike
Sorry this is so late – but no, your Verizon phone is a different technology and therefore will not accept a SIM card.

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Richard December 6, 2012 at 9:20 pm

I’m thinking about buying a Samsung Galaxy Sll and sign up for straight talk. I’d like to get rid of my comcast internet service and just use my phone as a hot spot to connect my 2 laptops and tablet. CanI use the internet this way on straight talk?

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pbushx2 December 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Richard – in theory it would work, but Straight Talk has something in their terms and conditions that either expressly or implicitly prohibit tethering. For occasional use you can probably not worry about it, but if you are relying on it as your only internet connection, Straight Talk is sure to notice the high amount of bandwidth being used. Commonly accepted wisdom among prepaid enthusiasts is that anything over 2GB per month is too much and liable to get your account shut down by Straight Talk.

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wanda December 12, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Can you use a straight talk prepaid card for a net10 phone?

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pbushx2 December 20, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Hi Wanda
unfortunately that won’t work. Net10 does, however, have a $50 a month plan that ends up being the same as STraight Talk’s $45 unlimited plan, if you sign up for automatic monthly billing. Net10 gives a $5 discount for autopay.

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SalamD December 22, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Pbushx2 — thanks a lot for your outstanding post and responses!
I’ve recently heard the commercial on my car Radio for the“NET10 — Unlimited Prepaid Plan”. And after researching online, I have become so excited now to cancel my T-Mobile contract and to switch to the NET10.
Also, I have called the Customer Service from the phone number that listed in the “Contact Us” option (On NET10 page), but there wasn’t an option for me to talk with a representative!
However, I got to clarify two things before the Sign-up for the “NET10”— so, I greatly appreciate your time if you could please let me know of: -
1- Since I have an iPhone 4s Factory Unlocked (Currently Using T-Mobile), and I am assuming that I can surely use the Micro SIM card for NET10 plan — to be sure, does the factory unlocked iPhone 4s work just fine with “NET10”?
2- I am willing to sign up for the “Unlimited International with the benefit of setting up Auto Refill” So; how do I know the country that I want to call to is within this plan? Please advise me!
And BTW: I did read the whole thing on your forum. Thank you, thank you very much!

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mike December 24, 2012 at 4:20 pm

hi pbushx2.
my phone does have a micro sim card!

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mike December 24, 2012 at 4:26 pm

hi pbushx2.
thanks for the reply but my phone does have a micro sim card! so will this work on my droid RAZR maxx? is it a locked phone? can i get it unlocked if so or will it work anyway? my provider was verizon. Please help! Thanks!!!!

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Marlene December 30, 2012 at 2:30 am

Can I use my phone as a hot spot using net10?

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nick December 31, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Is it possible change the plan you are using on net10? Say I activated my phone as a 30 day unlimited plan, but wanted to switch over to a pay as you go plan. Would I just need to redeem a paygo pin?

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mary January 15, 2013 at 4:02 am

Thank you. Your posting was most informative. I am a senior citizen & extremly lacking in phone savy. I have only had a tractphone for being away from home. I have been trying to find service for an I Phone 4 at an affordable price. This evening I spoke with net 10, they set me up with a Micro SIM card & unlimited service. I also had been looking at Straight Talk & right after purchasing from Net 10 I received word from Straight talk that they could serve me thru AT & T also. In you opinion which would you have gone with? I have read Net 10 has many service problems. From Billing & ON.
Would be grateful for your opinion. Thanks again. You are going on my favorite list.
Mary Gongre, East Texas

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mary January 15, 2013 at 4:21 am

I purchased Micro SIM card compatable with my I Phone 4 today for $9.99 & Unlimited Plan for $50.00. from Net 10 & received free shipping by UPStoday. Total was $59.99 plu $4.95 tax to + $64.94. I may shortly go with Straight Talk. Do you think I will have problems?

Thank you for the work you do.
Mary Gongre

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missy January 18, 2013 at 1:26 pm

will a unlocked MTK6235 Touch Phone work with net ten

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megan February 15, 2013 at 9:11 pm

hi, i am buying a used i phone 3G from ATT off of e bay. so just to make sure, i can use it with straight talk or net 10 right? i dont want to buy it for nothing..

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pbushx2 February 20, 2013 at 10:34 pm

Yes, you should be able to use it on Straight Talk as long as it isn’t a stolen phone. Buy from a reputable seller.

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Mr. T February 20, 2013 at 1:04 pm

I swapped over to Net10 Unlimited Package, From AT&T, I have a 3gs. Everythig worked, but my picture messaging. Can”t get it to work at all. What do I do.

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pbushx2 February 20, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Did you change the APN settings? I believe that will get things working for you, but I don’t remember for sure. If you need to change the APN, how exactly you accomplish that might vary depending on your OS version. Google “howardforums 3GS apn settings” or something like that. There should be several good guides on how to do this posted on the invaluable foums of howardforums.

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Terri February 21, 2013 at 10:41 pm

OK, I am excited. I am currently paying over $120 for 200 mb data and no text plan with 450 minites for 2 iphones. I am charged .30/text message and unfortunatly, my co-workerss, boss and friends text a lot! My question is, I currently have the Iphone 3 that has updated 6.0.1 IOS, but plan to buy a 4S when I find the right deal. Can I use the same sim card for the new phone when I buy it? Also, do I need to unlock my AT&t phone prior to using Net10.. It did not give the AT&T option when ordering the sim card like you said, only T-mobile, which I think is different. There is a software or firmware you can buy online that will supposedly unlock your iphone. Do you recommend doing this? I am full of questions. : )

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pbushx2 February 25, 2013 at 9:00 am

Unfortunately there seems to have been some change with straight talk in the last few days, and they don’t currently offer AT&T sims. I don’t know whether this is a temporary situation, but I suspect it is.

In the mean time, you could try amazon or eBay for “straight talk sim” instead. Just be sure to buy from a reputable seller if you go this route.

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cat March 10, 2013 at 3:13 pm

I recently switched two iphones and one sidekick lx 2009 (unlocked) from at&t to net10. We got the three sims and the phones work with texting and talking and such. We can also use the iphones on wi-fi. However, the wap/apn settings aren’t working for our phones and we can’t seem to figure it out. I’ve been searching around a lot and especially today, trying to get this all settled. Can anyone help? Please email me at buhbblegum@gmx.com or message me at noir-cat.tumbleh.com if you can. I really need to get this taken care of. Thank you. -Cat

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pbushx2 March 24, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Hey Cat,
Are you still dealing with this issue? There are some internal changes that need to be made in the settings of the iPhone, I think. When I set up my 3gs with Straight Talk, I had to download some kind of “config” file that made the updates for me, but I don’t remember the specifics of the problem, really. Howard forums would be a good place to look for an answer to this problem. That’s where I found out about the config file; I think it may have been called “ST-Config” or something along htose lines, but I don’t remember what the file extension was. I think I basically emailed to myself, then downloaded it over wifi to my phone, and from there I followed instructions on the phone.

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Carol Gay Fagerhaugh April 18, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Ya, I have a 4s iphone, so the micro sims is what I’ll need but on the other question you have to know? which one would I choose for use of the iphone 4s with Net10? * CDMG ? *Unlocked GMS? OR *T-Mobile compatible? Thanks !
I appreciate this blogg it helped me alot !
carolgay

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pbushx2 April 18, 2013 at 8:55 pm

First things first – what network was your 4S on previously? I assume it was AT&T. If it was Verizon, then I don’t believe you’ll be able to use it with this program. Anyway, if it was AT&T, then you can go with Unlocked GSM.

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vp123 April 24, 2013 at 11:55 am

Hello.
I have an iphone 4s that is currently on the Sprint network. But I have a friend who has unlocked my phone for me. I am a single mom of 2 and I’m trying to cut expenses, and my Sprint bill is killing me! I wanted to go to Best Buy and purchase a Net10 micro sim card and the airtime plan. Will this work?
Also about their limited data, you said they might cut you off after 2 GB of data. I am on facebook and the internet a LOT! If I try not to use my phone for tethering, is it possible for me to still go over 2GB of data each month?

Thanks!

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pbushx2 May 18, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Hi vp123, sorry to be so late with this response!
You won’t be able to use your 4S with a SIM, as far as I know, because I don’t think the sprint version has a SIM card slot. There are a couple of alternatives for Sprint phones though, including Ting Wireless and EcoMobile. In general, though, the Sprint contract price is tough to beat. Also, before you switch, make sure you are not still under contract with Sprint or you will have to pay an early termination fee (ETF). Finally, if you are worried about data, try using a data counter app for a few weeks to get an idea of how much data you are consuming. Then you’ll be better able to estimate your expenses under a prepaid program.

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Scott May 14, 2013 at 8:13 pm

So what I understand is once I purchase 1) ATT/TM Iphone 4G Unlocked, 2) Net10 Sim Card Micro Activation and 3) Net10 Unlimited Talk ($50 1 Month) then I should be up and running. Question: Will I then be able to switch to another Net10 calling plan (example 200 min for $20) after the first month of $50 service? Great info – Thanks!

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pbushx2 May 18, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Hi Scott
The SIM card program will ONLY work with the $50 per month plan. One bright spot, though, is that if you sign up for monthly autopay, you will get a $5 discount.

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volkl June 11, 2013 at 6:20 am

I have an iphone 4s on verizon and want to switch to the cheapest prepaid plan with decent data (over the 200mb I have now). Is net10 the best option? I’ve been told straight talk won’t work with verizon iphones. Can I buy a sim card at best buy? Thanks- great info.

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Anj9 June 21, 2013 at 12:15 am

Hello,
Currently I am a customer of AT&T, with a IPhone 4S, with my husband, father in-law, and my mother in-law (who has a Galaxy Note). I have been reading up on Straight Talk and Net 10 and can’t really see the big difference. Other then Net 10 will give you a cheaper rate by $5 if you sign up for auto refill, which is a good deal. My main concern is that I NEED AT&T where I live, it’s best signal we can get at our house. I would I go about making sure when I transfer over to Net 10 I my phone will run off the AT&T towers?? Also would I need to unlock our phones?? Could I leave them the way they are??? Or is it better to get them unlock anyways, even though we are from AT&T????
Please help, I could use all the information I can before this Saturday. Thank you! :-)

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brittany July 11, 2013 at 9:10 am

What if you already have a net10 plan and a regular sim card?How would you go about getting the micro sim card?

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Kati Wright July 15, 2013 at 12:22 pm

I have a unlocked rooted T-Mobile HTC sensation. No mobile network. Can’t even search for mobile networks! So confused. Plz help

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Ronda Davis September 1, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Thank you for the info in your article. Very interesting:
Net10 where i live in East texas has 4 to 5 bar service even in the middle of a thunderstorm. I dont have it now, tho i plan to buy the micro sim for my iphone. I was wondering tho, how does one know if their phone is unlocked? And if its not, is it possible to unlock it ones self ?
thanks!
Ronda Davis

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Phylicia September 7, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Hi I used to have a net 10 phone and it ran off of verizon network I believe cause the people at best buy said thag the boxea with the blue state run on att and the red state run on verizon which only.works at my home. If I used the byop will it run on att or can it be on what I had before. Thanks

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SNIGGY October 5, 2013 at 4:01 pm

I canceled my contract with sprint, legally, as more than 75% of my calls dropped. I didn’t even have to pay cancellation fee be aide sprint agreed a 75% drop rate is unacceptable. It’s a new iPhone 5 with the biggest memory one can get. Do I understand correctly I’m SOL and cannot use this phone with Net10?
Please let me know!!!!
SNIGGY

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pbushx2 October 10, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Hi Sniggy
I don’t think you can use most Sprint phones on Net10, as far as I know, but I am also wondering about the iPhone 5 – does it have a SIM card slot? If so, you MIGHT be able to use it not on the Sprint network under NEt10, but instead with a Net10 SIM card. I would suggest looking on howardforums for an answer to this question. – http://www.howardforums.com/forumdisplay.php/330-Tracfone-Net10

Also, just out of curiosity – how much did the iPhone 5 cost you, all together?

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Brooke January 31, 2014 at 7:38 am

I want to know if my Samsung Note 2 and Samsung Galaxy 3 will transfer from U.S. Cellular to Straight talk plan? I looked it up by the MEID# and on one site it said compatible but the next site said it wouldn’t work does anyone know for sure. Once you buy the package from WalMart it can not be returned! I would like to know before I buy it. Thanks so much

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pbushx2 February 3, 2014 at 12:12 am

Hi Brooke – unfortunately I’m not too familiar with that plan – I’d suggest posting this question at the howardforums.com Straight Talk Forum – just put that into google and it should come up. It’s been a while since I looked into the possibility of bringing a US Cellular phone over to one of these prepaid plans, but I know it was formerly not possible.

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Melissa February 4, 2014 at 10:02 pm

Brooke,
I am posting this from my Note on Net10. We’ve had them for about 6 months using AT&T network. This is my second BYOB with them and we have 3 others in the house. The only issue I am having with the Note is I can’t use Hotspot. I used it with all the other phones. It says something about not having an account with AT&T…
Otherwise I have great 4G coverage and I live 55 miles from a metro area.

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Melissa February 4, 2014 at 10:03 pm

Also….we brought 4 phones to Net10 from USCellular….

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Sylvia February 5, 2014 at 7:24 pm

I have the samsung stellar through verizon. From what you’ve said verizon phones won’t work with Straight talk. Does this include if they’re unlocked? According to the straight talk website this one is compatible but then says choose the sim card that matches my provider, t-mobile or at&t. I’m considering buying an at&t Iphone 5 from a friend who says it can be unlocked but doesn’t know if it can be used with straight talk. If it’s at&t does it need to be unlocked? And if I ever decide to go back with a mainstream carrier like At&t will it still work or once I use this phone with straight talk it won’t go back?

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pbushx2 February 6, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Hi Sylvia,
Unfortunately there is not a way to use your current phone on Straight Talk, I think, because it is a 4g phone. Straight Talk added the ability to “bring your own phone” to their Verizon-based offerings, but that option excludes 4g phones.

If you bought that AT&T iPhone 5, you could use it with a Straight Talk SIM card even without unlocking. Then in the future, switching back would be as easy as putting in a different sim card.

To find the SIM Card, click here, then hover your mouse over “phones” in the upper left corner. Then click “SIM Cards.” From there it will walk you through picking out the right SIM card.

One other thing – whether you activate a compatible (non-4g) Verizon phone, or buy a SIM card to put in the AT&T phone of your choice, you will need to pay $7 (for AT&T) or $15 (verizon) to get started, and service will cost $45 a month. You’ll need a month of service purchased in advance to activate, so when you buy the SIM card you are better off just getting the combo package that includes one month of unlimited service too.

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wayne walker February 7, 2014 at 11:00 pm

I have a us cellular galaxy s4. I own it outright it has no contract. Can i use it on either straight talk or net10?

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pbushx2 February 11, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Hi Wayne,
I don’t have any personal experience with phones that advanced. Howard forums would probably be a good place to start. I *think* that your current phone has the necessary hardware inside to work on a AT&T’s LTE network, but I’m not sure. If it does, and IF you can get it unlocked (which may require you to root your device), as far as I know it COULD be used with Straight Talk or Net10′s BYOP plan using an AT&T SIM card. You would then use the “unlimited plan” for $45 a month. I don’t want to give you bad information though – I definitely suggest asking this on HowardForums’ Straight Talk and/or Net10 forum.

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Breanne February 10, 2014 at 5:51 pm

Hi, I have a Metro PCS Alcatel One Touch Fierce, I believe Metro “rents” from T-mobile as well, I have been trying to do so much research on this but keep coming to dead ends. Do you know if I buy the T-mobile compatible sim card from straight talk, will it work on my Metro phone I have now? My phone is not unlocked, and it’s near impossible to contact customer service for Metro PCS. Steer clear of that carrier! they are crap!

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pbushx2 February 11, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Unfortunately I can’t help you with that question, but the people at Howardforums probably can. I am pretty sure you cannot add a MetroPCS phone to Straight Talk, but I could be wrong.

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barbara February 13, 2014 at 7:51 pm

i have a windows T mobile phone will it work with the sims net10 card

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pbushx2 February 14, 2014 at 11:02 am

When you order the SIM card, their should be an option to choose T-Mobile. Then it should work, although I don’t have any experience altering the network settings in Windows phones. You may need to do some tweaking to get data and MMS running correctly. But I believe it has been done before.

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William February 16, 2014 at 12:35 pm

If I purchase and unlocked HTC One Max, will I be able to use this on Net10′s service?

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pbushx2 February 16, 2014 at 11:55 pm

Hi William, any of the phones you mentioned will work if you get the GSM version – preferably AT&T.

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William February 16, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Will an unlocked Galaxy Note 2 or 3 work on Net10 service?

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Cameogirl February 20, 2014 at 11:43 pm

I have an LG MyTouch Q and on the Straight talk byop site I entered my imei number to verify if my phone is compatible which it is. However after purchasing the activation kit nd installing SIM card, my phone says “network locked”. What do I do now?

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pbushx2 February 23, 2014 at 10:13 am

Hi Cameo Girl,
Do you know which type of SIM card you got? I believe that you had to choose, when ordering the SIM, whether to get a T-mo or ATT version. I believe the MyTouch Q is a T-Mobile phone, so you will need that type of SIM.
Beyond that, I can’t help you too much since I haven’t had much recent personal experience with the Bring Your Own Phone program. You would probably do better asking for advice on Howardforums’ Straight Talk user forum.

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Arlea February 24, 2014 at 9:49 pm

I currently am using an unlocked Lumia 900 through straight. I have upgraded to a Galaxy S3. Can I use the same sim card or do I need to purchase a new one? Please let me know what I should do. Thank you

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pbushx2 February 26, 2014 at 11:30 pm

it depends on several factors, namely the network that each of the phones was made to run on. If they are the same, you should be able to swap the SIM as far as I know. The other factor is the SIM Card size. There are micro- and nano-SIMs, and I don’t know which size either phone uses. Either way, I believe that if you need a new sim for the new phone, a call to Straight Talk should get you a replacement, and I believe it will be at no cost to you, but I could be wrong on that.

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Shelby February 28, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Hey I was wondering…I purchased a ttmobile. Phone. And plan. Last week. But the service sucks and I wanna go back to net10 I ordered my T-Mobile micro sim card. I still currently have a plan with them. Question is. Does the T-Mobile phone have. To be unlocked for me to use it? I just wanna make sure I ain’t wasting my money I already have the $50 unlimited plan

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pbushx2 February 28, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Hi Shelby, I’m not sure I understand your question. With your new phone, are you actually signed up with T-Mobile? Or on a Net10 plan that uses T-mobile network?
If you are currently on t-mobile, and continue using hte same phone but use it on Net10′s plan, I don’t believe it will work any better than the coverage you are currently getting. If I am misunderstanding, please set me straight.

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maryann March 2, 2014 at 6:17 pm

I want to buy the Moto x no contract phone, would i be able to take to walmart and go with straight talk verizon tower 45 dollar unlimited plan. Thank you.

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pbushx2 March 3, 2014 at 11:45 pm

Unless things have changed, I don’t believe that Straight Talk accepts LTE phones, so the Moto X would not work. Which stinks, since that is a great phone. I would imagine that at some point in the future Straight Talk will have to allow LTE phones, but how distant that time might be remains to be seen.

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alexis March 7, 2014 at 11:33 pm

I need help! I’m so confused. We looked on the straight talk website and found that both our phones ( iPhone 4s and droid 4) were compatible with the straight talk…so we bout the activation packet. We got lost and called the customer service and they said that both of our phones were not compatible?! What do iI do? Please help

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pbushx2 March 8, 2014 at 11:31 am

Which carrier were the 4s and droid 4 used on previously? If it’s Sprint, that could be the problem Where did you buy the activation packet?

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Jennifer Piccone March 20, 2014 at 10:11 pm

Hi I have a Samsung galaxy S 3 and I have Verizon would this phone be compatible for either one net 10 or straight talk? I went to the straight talk website and it said my phone is compatible I just want to be for sure before I by the activation kit sense they are non returnable. Please help. Thanks!

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pbushx2 April 1, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Hi Jennifer,
I’m not sure about this, but I think it is possible. I would suggest checking on the Straight Talk facebook page, either just by posting to their main page or by submitting a support ticket. The people there are usually very happy to help, and also among the more knowledgeable employees.

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dels March 31, 2014 at 4:59 pm

I wanted to speak to a live person with Net 10.The first time i called i was routed outside of the United States and to Mexico. I asked to be transferred back to the US, so i could speak to someone whom i could understand. Not his fault, just a language barrier. I was told first that he could not transfer me, then that he could but my credit card would be billed 75.00 to do so. Then i was routed to Guam. Not good service!! For this, i give poor review.

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pbushx2 April 1, 2014 at 2:42 pm

$75 to speak to a person in the U.S.?!?! It sounds bogus to me and, if it’s not, it’s a sham. Unfortunately that is one of the major downfalls of saving money with TracFone/Net10/Straight Talk – the customer service is not the best. But I’ve also dealt with large companies in other industries and had the same problem.

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Muneeb April 9, 2014 at 1:51 pm

I have a question… If I buy an Iphone 4s, will it come unlocked? because the price you are asking is exactly the price of an Unlocked Iphone 4s? Well Obviously If I buy an Iphone 4s from Straighttalk, I’ll be using straight talk..I’m a student here In USA, so when I go back to my country on vacations, can I use the sim card of my country on my iphone or not?

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pbushx2 April 17, 2014 at 10:58 am

Hi Muneeb,
Sorry it has taken so long for me to get back to you. I don’t believe it will come unlocked if you buy from Straight Talk. What you might want to do instead is buy an unlocked 4s separately from eBay, and then use Straight Talk’s “Bring your own device” plan to get Straight Talk service on your 4s.

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