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2012-05-31 11:03:03 AM
Sure. Until they don't. I'm sure it's in the fine print.
 
2012-05-31 11:41:09 AM
If this is for real, next week's headline will be "AT&T buys out Cricket in order to expand their network coverage".
 
2012-05-31 12:14:17 PM

edmo: Sure. Until they don't. I'm sure it's in the fine print.


Not even very fine...

This includes talk, text, and data, but of course with a catch based on their fair use policy, which is 2.3GB of data.
 
2012-05-31 01:21:11 PM
Only in America can you call it unlimited data, yet simultaneously limit it to 2.3GB.
 
2012-05-31 01:33:11 PM
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/Rickety
//hot
 
2012-05-31 01:38:10 PM
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Not "unlimited"... "Uh, limited!"
 
2012-05-31 01:38:26 PM
The only thing that has kept me from getting a smart phone is the required data plan. I would love a fancy pants gadget that I could connect to a wireless network and load a bunch of toys on to. I used to have a Blackjack that I had a few emulators on. It wasn't the best machine for it, but I played the hell out of Dr. Mario.
 
2012-05-31 01:56:20 PM
What part of unlimited don't they understand?
 
2012-05-31 02:00:56 PM

Marcus Aurelius: If this is for real, next week's headline will be "AT&T buys out Cricket in order to expand their network coverage".


Except cricket uses Sprint's CDMA towers.

I am jumping on Straight Talk next month after my contract expires. It's an AT&T MVNO with $45/month bring your own phone "unlimited" everything.
 
2012-05-31 02:03:53 PM
If you want a prepaid iPhone you can buy an AT&T one and get a SIM card from Straight Talk. I think the SIM is $10 and the service is $45/month. No unlocking or jailbreaking required.
 
2012-05-31 02:14:41 PM

ChrisDe: What part of unlimited don't they understand?


They keep on using that word...
 
2012-05-31 02:16:13 PM
Meh, Virgin Mobile has been doing this for some time.
 
2012-05-31 02:17:12 PM

BillCo: Meh, Virgin Mobile has been doing this for some time.


but not with the iPhone.

/disclaimer
 
2012-05-31 02:18:27 PM

TheGreatGazoo: If you want a prepaid iPhone you can buy an AT&T one and get a SIM card from Straight Talk. I think the SIM is $10 and the service is $45/month. No unlocking or jailbreaking required.


Wow...that sounds pretty good. I'm looking at the website now. Anyone else know much about Straight Talk? I have a few months until my AT&T is up, but I'm looking at my options now.
 
2012-05-31 02:24:05 PM

MightyPez:
Except cricket uses Sprint's CDMA towers.


Depends on where you are. Cricket does have their own cell network's, its just not nearly as large as the big boys. Mostly just larger sized cities.
 
2012-05-31 02:28:43 PM

MoronLessOff: TheGreatGazoo: If you want a prepaid iPhone you can buy an AT&T one and get a SIM card from Straight Talk. I think the SIM is $10 and the service is $45/month. No unlocking or jailbreaking required.

Wow...that sounds pretty good. I'm looking at the website now. Anyone else know much about Straight Talk? I have a few months until my AT&T is up, but I'm looking at my options now.


There are a couple of caveats.

1. Unlike most prepaid, they a lot of the taxes and fees(like 911) after the price of the card(you can only buy them from Walmart or online from then, so they're tacked on at the register) so the price comes out closer to $50.

2. Like most companies that offer "unlimited data", theirs is quite limited. Reports put it at anywhere from 1-2GB a month or 100-300MB a day, which ever comes first(so streaming anything is out). To make it worse, their policy on data caps is erratic and operates on a two strike system. First time you go over they send you a warning and second time they permanently shutoff your account, not just your data service(so you can't port your number out because your account is closed).


A slightly saner company is Red Pocket. They have a 2GB cap, but at least it's advertised and you can used it for what ever the hell you want and if you go over their cap they only shut off the data for billing period and I think you can buy more data too. Their unlimited/2GB plan is $60, but you can also buy your cards from places like calling mart, so with no tax and coupons and deals that are always available, it comes out closer to $58 a month. Personally I think the extra $8 is worth it over Straight Talk.
 
2012-05-31 02:39:43 PM

DrEnigma: Only in America can you call it unlimited data, yet simultaneously limit it to 2.3GB.


640k should be enough for anyone.
 
2012-05-31 02:49:54 PM

bsharitt: 2. Like most companies that offer "unlimited data", theirs is quite limited. Reports put it at anywhere from 1-2GB a month or 100-300MB a day, which ever comes first(so streaming anything is out). To make it worse, their policy on data caps is erratic and operates on a two strike system. First time you go over they send you a warning and second time they permanently shutoff your account, not just your data service(so you can't port your number out because your account is closed).


I've seen these horror stories too of overuse, but never first hand accounts. Just for funsies I'm going to test it by streaming a netflix movie on the month of service I purchased to see if Straight Talk is for me.
 
2012-05-31 02:59:58 PM

MightyPez: bsharitt: 2. Like most companies that offer "unlimited data", theirs is quite limited. Reports put it at anywhere from 1-2GB a month or 100-300MB a day, which ever comes first(so streaming anything is out). To make it worse, their policy on data caps is erratic and operates on a two strike system. First time you go over they send you a warning and second time they permanently shutoff your account, not just your data service(so you can't port your number out because your account is closed).

I've seen these horror stories too of overuse, but never first hand accounts. Just for funsies I'm going to test it by streaming a netflix movie on the month of service I purchased to see if Straight Talk is for me.


I'd still rather pay the extra $8 that go with a company whose "fair use" data policy is "because f*ck you, that's why". Caps are probably going to be here for a while, but at least let me know what that cap is. Banning streaming music and video on smart phone data plans in 2012 is just retarded.
 
2012-05-31 03:05:06 PM
If you don't NEED an IPhone, go Virgin. I have an Android and the only thing they limit is data after 2.5 GB. The throttling is nowhere as bad as AT&T. I can still stream Pandora and browsing the web is not at a crawl like AT&T or Verizon.
 
2012-05-31 03:07:11 PM
Doesn't seem so bad now, but having Redd Foxx as the voice in their version of Siri will get a little old.
 
2012-05-31 03:12:01 PM

chaos731: Doesn't seem so bad now, but having Redd Foxx as the voice in their version of Siri will get a little old.


I'll tell you what, phone companies. Give me a phone that speaks/sings to me in Melody Gardot's voice, and you can have all my money.
 
2012-05-31 03:14:49 PM
I'm on a waiting list for Republic Wireless. You buy your Android phone from them for a couple of hundred dollars and then connect to wifi whenever possible for all your voice, texting, and data. $20 a month sounds more than fair to me.
 
2012-05-31 03:14:50 PM
This is pretty good, and will *hopefully worry the big boys. Right now, with my wife's discount, I get two iPhones on AT&T each with 2GB and the lowest talk plan for about $110/month after taxes. It's better than any BYOD or pre-paid that I've found, when accounting for the phone cost. I'm looking for something better when our contract is up this year, though. Hoping to get something larger like the Galaxy Note, but right now it's AT&T only.

*it won't
 
2012-05-31 03:19:21 PM
Straight Talk is $45 per month period. I used them for about 18 months and was never charged more than $45. You can autopay every month via their website. You don't have to go to Walmart to buy those refill cards unless you really want to. I had one issue when I first started using ST and they promptly solved my problem over the phone and gave me about 1 week credit. Hands down the best phone company I've ever used. The problem (at least from my perspective) is they are about 2 generations behind current technology. No fancy iPhones or Android Nexus/Razrs. I switched because I wanted a shiny new fancy phone.

This $55 iPhone deal with Cricket could be a market changer. Anything that drives down the insane cost of cell phones is a good thing.
 
2012-05-31 03:23:15 PM

Fluxinator: Straight Talk is $45 per month period. I used them for about 18 months and was never charged more than $45. You can autopay every month via their website. You don't have to go to Walmart to buy those refill cards unless you really want to. I had one issue when I first started using ST and they promptly solved my problem over the phone and gave me about 1 week credit. Hands down the best phone company I've ever used. The problem (at least from my perspective) is they are about 2 generations behind current technology. No fancy iPhones or Android Nexus/Razrs. I switched because I wanted a shiny new fancy phone.

This $55 iPhone deal with Cricket could be a market changer. Anything that drives down the insane cost of cell phones is a good thing.


ST now lets you bring your own device. They sell normal SIM cards and micro SIMs that work on any AT&T cell phone.

bsharitt: I'd still rather pay the extra $8 that go with a company whose "fair use" data policy is "because f*ck you, that's why". Caps are probably going to be here for a while, but at least let me know what that cap is. Banning streaming music and video on smart phone data plans in 2012 is just retarded.


I'm not sure where that 8 comes from. The service is $45 flat out if you auto-renew.

Streaming an hour long episode on netflix right now for testing. Read other accounts that said people intentionally abused the data to see what got them the boot. One person said 6gb on an iPad finally got him kicked off. I'm not too worried about it.
 
2012-05-31 03:42:48 PM
Oh boy, someone else who doesn't know the meaning of unlimited.
 
2012-05-31 03:50:23 PM
I guess I am tied to AT&T until they force my grandfathered ass off the unlimited data plan. I get unlimited (I know it's capped, but hit 4 GB a month and no issues).

/Streaming 40 hours a week will eat your data.
//Waze is also a data eater
 
2012-05-31 03:53:12 PM
i can't even fathom going thru 2.3 GB of data a month, but then again, i'm on Sprint, so for all i know, maybe i'm doing it, and just don't know it.
 
2012-05-31 04:07:14 PM
This would've been good news a year ago. About now, I'm sick and tired of the iPhone and I'm in the market for an Android phone.

Cricket is great, though. They don't screw around with hidden fees like Verizon does, and my service has always worked as expected. Even had one of those USB broadband dongles a while back, which was awesome. Like I said, I'll want to upgrade my service to a smartphone plan, but lots of providers have been trying to lock down the tethering feature so they can charge extra for it.
 
2012-05-31 04:27:26 PM

MightyPez: Marcus Aurelius: If this is for real, next week's headline will be "AT&T buys out Cricket in order to expand their network coverage".

Except cricket uses Sprint's CDMA towers.

I am jumping on Straight Talk next month after my contract expires. It's an AT&T MVNO with $45/month bring your own phone "unlimited" everything.


That's a sweet plan. I had it for a couple years before I went with Virgin. Virgin has truly unlimited data, but only 300 minutes talk time, $35/month (plus taxes, tags, and BS charges...).
 
2012-05-31 04:29:44 PM
I have Virgin Mobile with an Android at $35/month. Their coverage and network speed is rather iffy, but it is good enough for what I need.

I haven't used Straight Talk. Some seem to like it, others seem to hate it. They seem to fall on their faces if something doesn't go right.
 
2012-05-31 04:41:13 PM

Marcus Aurelius: That's a sweet plan. I had it for a couple years before I went with Virgin. Virgin has truly unlimited data, but only 300 minutes talk time, $35/month (plus taxes, tags, and BS charges...).


Do they have a bring your own phone plan? I don't need many minutes as I use data and text more than anything.

But looking at their website they have the same "unlimited" definition as everyone else. It looks like 2.5gb and then you get throttled. Not that I would ever use that much, but it certainly isn't truly unlimited.
 
2012-05-31 04:43:55 PM

TheGreatGazoo: I have Virgin Mobile with an Android at $35/month. Their coverage and network speed is rather iffy, but it is good enough for what I need.

I haven't used Straight Talk. Some seem to like it, others seem to hate it. They seem to fall on their faces if something doesn't go right.


I'm still grandfathered in Virgin at $25/month, but if I ever get a new phone they will force me into the new pricing at $35/month.

/still a good deal.
 
2012-05-31 04:45:47 PM
I just checked the Virgin site. I won't mind buying a new phone with a $35 month plan. I don't have a smart phone now, so I would eat that cost. I've talked to a few folks in my area that are happy with Sprint's network, so this might be the way to go.
 
2012-05-31 05:00:09 PM

poughdrew: TheGreatGazoo: I have Virgin Mobile with an Android at $35/month. Their coverage and network speed is rather iffy, but it is good enough for what I need.

I haven't used Straight Talk. Some seem to like it, others seem to hate it. They seem to fall on their faces if something doesn't go right.

I'm still grandfathered in Virgin at $25/month, but if I ever get a new phone they will force me into the new pricing at $35/month.

/still a good deal.


This. I have a rumor, and want to go android, but I'm no data freak, so I'm not worried about the cap.

They just released an HTC EVO with Ice Cream Sandwich

I'm tempted to get that phone right now, but my 25 grandfathered turns to 35 a month...my wife will probably get pissed about that.
 
2012-05-31 05:01:41 PM
For the iPhone Straight Talkers: I have a hand-me down iPhone 3g, and with the straight talk plan, I cannot get a huge chunk of the apps, nor can I use MSM (?) messaging. Neither of these things bother me, but if they might bother you, you might need to reconsider or get technologically creative. Just a friendly FYI.
 
2012-05-31 05:07:33 PM

masterofchupi: For the iPhone Straight Talkers: I have a hand-me down iPhone 3g, and with the straight talk plan, I cannot get a huge chunk of the apps, nor can I use MSM (?) messaging. Neither of these things bother me, but if they might bother you, you might need to reconsider or get technologically creative. Just a friendly FYI.


An iPhone 3g can't use a lot of newer apps due to it being stuck on iOS 4.2.1. This has nothing to do with the carrier you are on.

MMS can be enabled, but you either need to jailbreak (not hard on 4.2.1) or manually edit a PLIST file from a phone backup.

Jailbroken TetherMe APN editing

PLIST editing for non-jailbroken devices
 
2012-05-31 05:37:11 PM

T.rex: i can't even fathom going thru 2.3 GB of data a month, but then again, i'm on Sprint, so for all i know, maybe i'm doing it, and just don't know it.


Currently hitting 30GB and only 20 days into my month. I Netflix, Google Music, etc.
 
2012-05-31 05:52:56 PM

TheGreatGazoo: If you want a prepaid iPhone you can buy an AT&T one and get a SIM card from Straight Talk. I think the SIM is $10 and the service is $45/month. No unlocking or jailbreaking required.


MightyPez: Fluxinator: Straight Talk is $45 per month period. I used them for about 18 months and was never charged more than $45. You can autopay every month via their website. You don't have to go to Walmart to buy those refill cards unless you really want to. I had one issue when I first started using ST and they promptly solved my problem over the phone and gave me about 1 week credit. Hands down the best phone company I've ever used. The problem (at least from my perspective) is they are about 2 generations behind current technology. No fancy iPhones or Android Nexus/Razrs. I switched because I wanted a shiny new fancy phone.

This $55 iPhone deal with Cricket could be a market changer. Anything that drives down the insane cost of cell phones is a good thing.

ST now lets you bring your own device. They sell normal SIM cards and micro SIMs that work on any AT&T cell phone.

bsharitt: I'd still rather pay the extra $8 that go with a company whose "fair use" data policy is "because f*ck you, that's why". Caps are probably going to be here for a while, but at least let me know what that cap is. Banning streaming music and video on smart phone data plans in 2012 is just retarded.

I'm not sure where that 8 comes from. The service is $45 flat out if you auto-renew.

Streaming an hour long episode on netflix right now for testing. Read other accounts that said people intentionally abused the data to see what got them the boot. One person said 6gb on an iPad finally got him kicked off. I'm not too worried about it.


I've got Straight Talk's $45 unlimited everything plan on my iPhone 4S. I bought the refurbed iPhone from Newegg, popped in the Straight Talk microSIM ($14.99) and just pay $45 for everything. I've had it for almost 3 months now and haven't found a place yet where I didn't have coverage. I get AT&T coverage, without AT&T's prices.

I was on Sprint, but their data speeds are so crappy that they don't need to throttle. Their overloaded towers throttle all by themselves.
 
2012-05-31 05:54:28 PM
Good luck getting service all the time with cricket.
/Boost also
 
2012-05-31 06:00:52 PM

drjekel_mrhyde: Good luck getting service all the time with cricket.
/Boost also


Boost is Sprint's network, for better or worse. Works fine up by me.

/grandfathered in on Android plan
//down to $45 a month, down to $35 in nine more
 
2012-05-31 06:44:45 PM

T.rex: i can't even fathom going thru 2.3 GB of data a month, but then again, i'm on Sprint, so for all i know, maybe i'm doing it, and just don't know it.


I stream Spotify 10 hours a day on my Android...(Verizon Grandfathered Unlimited Data). You'd be surprised how easy it is to rack up the data count. Hell, I could stream via the wifi at my work , but I like using everything I can...
 
2012-05-31 07:30:25 PM
I have an Android on Virgin Mobile now and one of the great features is being able to turn the phone into a wireless hotspot without paying any additional charges to the carrier. Can the iPhone, on any network, do that? I wouldn't mind getting one as long as I don't lose this feature I use heavily when traveling. The speed is fine and I haven't had problems with Youtube or Netflix. $15 a day for slower service at the Hilton Convention Center is something I just can't force myself to do even if I'm expensing.
 
2012-05-31 07:53:15 PM

masterofchupi: For the iPhone Straight Talkers: I have a hand-me down iPhone 3g, and with the straight talk plan, I cannot get a huge chunk of the apps, nor can I use MSM (?) messaging. Neither of these things bother me, but if they might bother you, you might need to reconsider or get technologically creative. Just a friendly FYI.


That's SMS.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Short_Message_Service
 
2012-05-31 08:57:58 PM

MightyPez: masterofchupi: For the iPhone Straight Talkers: I have a hand-me down iPhone 3g, and with the straight talk plan, I cannot get a huge chunk of the apps, nor can I use MSM (?) messaging. Neither of these things bother me, but if they might bother you, you might need to reconsider or get technologically creative. Just a friendly FYI.

An iPhone 3g can't use a lot of newer apps due to it being stuck on iOS 4.2.1. This has nothing to do with the carrier you are on.

MMS can be enabled, but you either need to jailbreak (not hard on 4.2.1) or manually edit a PLIST file from a phone backup.

Jailbroken TetherMe APN editing

PLIST editing for non-jailbroken devices


You do loose visual voicemail.
 
2012-05-31 09:05:46 PM

HempHead: You do loose visual voicemail.


How loose?

And yes, I know visual voicemail doesn't work, but that is a function of the carrier network. And that can be bypassed by using something like YouMail
 
2012-05-31 09:09:09 PM

poughdrew: TheGreatGazoo: I have Virgin Mobile with an Android at $35/month. Their coverage and network speed is rather iffy, but it is good enough for what I need.

I haven't used Straight Talk. Some seem to like it, others seem to hate it. They seem to fall on their faces if something doesn't go right.

I'm still grandfathered in Virgin at $25/month, but if I ever get a new phone they will force me into the new pricing at $35/month.

/still a good deal.


Yeah, me too, plus I tether it some times. Supposedly it will throttle after 2.5GB, but I've never come close.
 
2012-05-31 09:09:38 PM

crab66: masterofchupi: For the iPhone Straight Talkers: I have a hand-me down iPhone 3g, and with the straight talk plan, I cannot get a huge chunk of the apps, nor can I use MSM (?) messaging. Neither of these things bother me, but if they might bother you, you might need to reconsider or get technologically creative. Just a friendly FYI.

That's SMS.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Short_Message_Service


SMS works on Straight Talk iPhones, but MMS doesn't work unless you can edit the MMS settings.
 
2012-05-31 09:10:24 PM
masterofchupi: For the iPhone Straight Talkers: I have a hand-me down iPhone 3g, and with the straight talk plan, I cannot get a huge chunk of the apps, nor can I use MSM (?) messaging. Neither of these things bother me, but if they might bother you, you might need to reconsider or get technologically creative. Just a friendly FYI.

An iPhone 3g can't use a lot of newer apps due to it being stuck on iOS 4.2.1. This has nothing to do with the carrier you are on.

MMS can be enabled, but you either need to jailbreak (not hard on 4.2.1) or manually edit a PLIST file from a phone backup.

Jailbroken TetherMe APN editing

PLIST editing for non-jailbroken devices


Thanks for the MMS tip. I went to jailbreak my phone once, but something went awry during the part where I just had to do the hold-button-count-combo. It just took me a few minutes to turn the phone back on (another goofy button combo), but it made me jumpy.
 
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