Anyone try the straight talk iphone?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by hunterheath33, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. hunterheath33 macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2012
    I was in Walmart the other day and straight talk is selling iPhones unsubsidized for their no contract $45 a month service. Just curious anyone use one? If so, how has the service been overall? I think they run on Verizon's 3G network too
  2. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    I personally have heard very mixed reviews about straight talk. It seems like they were really good at first, but now that more people are using their network they are struggling (again all what I have heard, not experienced since I use att)
  3. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601


    Jun 21, 2010
  4. AppleRobert macrumors 603

    Nov 12, 2012
    The asking price for the iphone made me steer clear to begin. I am not sure I would go for it if the price was reduced to tell the truth. Just wait it out if interested instead of going with Straight Talk.
  5. hunterheath33 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2012
    Yeah. I was looking for people with experience since I'm curious why someone would pay that much for an iPhone to be used with that one prepaid carrier. Sadly, only verizon and us cellular get service in my area with the latter not carrying the iPhone. If I was going to go with straight talk I'd buy an iphone from CL and just use it on the BYOP program and just live without service at my home.
  6. mobilebuddha macrumors regular

    Jan 31, 2008
    StraightTalk BYOP is GSM only. Just FYI.

  7. hunterheath33 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2012
    No. I'm talking about if you walk into Walmart there are iPhones that you pay full price for and they run off of verizon CDMA.
  8. laj619 macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2013
    Don't buy it

    I bought one - big mistake. sold me a $700 iPhone 5 with a dirty MEID (serial number) that Straight Talk could not activate.

    I tried to activate with Straight Talk multiple times (in store, online at, and using the 1-800 number). Straight Talk could not find the serial number registered as being legitimately sold and the representative told me the phone appeared the same as a “stolen” phone in their system. After going back to the store four separate employees (including the manager) were unable to fix the problem. They recommended I call the site-to-store telephone representative as the phone was purchased at and delivered to my local store. That individual was similarly powerless to properly register the MEID as being legitimately sold.

    Long story short - Walmart is selling iPhones with dirty MEID’s that can’t be activated with Walmart’s own cell phone carrier.
  9. blairh macrumors 68040


    Dec 11, 2007
    The problem with ST is that it's so vague. Technically they don't cap at 2 GB but many ST users report that in fact they do. The problem is that ST does not offer a clear answer as to how and when they choose to throttle. But if you look online you'll see countless posts in a variety of forums that state that 2 GB is when throttling does indeed occur. Personally I'd want a clear answer as to when a service would in fact potentially throttle me. I've also seen mixed responses as to whether ST can allow for MMS with the iPhone 5. I know for iPhone 4/4S users it almost always required a bit of work. Lastly there was a well documented data issue last August with ST. Howardforums lit up with ST customers having serious data issues.

    My gut says that these prepaid services are simply a get what you paid for scenario. You won't get LTE. You won't get real customer service (I believe it's limited to their Facebook wall). There might be data issues. I think it could potentially be huge savings, especially if your state has notorious smartphone fees. Lastly I would keep in mind that T-Mobile will be providing their own MVNO service very soon and they'll be offering a $45 unlimited talk/text plan with 5 GB of data. It remains to be seen if that's 3G or 4G data though.
  10. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    ST uses ATT's network

    I have been using ST since July with my 4s and I have no complaints
  11. aziatiklover macrumors 68030


    Jul 12, 2011
    Location: and
    The question is if you are pretty much paying retail! Is the iphone factory unlocked?
  12. spinedoc77 macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2009
    Wow that's sweet, have any more info or links? I hope they allow tethering for a small fee, tethering is the only reason I stay with ATT over any of the pre paids.
  13. blairh macrumors 68040


    Dec 11, 2007
    Here is the source. The catch is that the speeds are limited to 3G and not 4G on T-Mobile. Still that's a pretty solid deal IMO for $45.
  14. bearda macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2005
    Germantown, MD
    I've been using Straight Talk's sim-card only program with an iPhone 4S since last summer with no problems. I just bought an unlocked iPhone from the Apple Store, then ordered the sim online. Support for the phone is entirely through Apple so I haven't needed to worry about the lack of retail presence. I haven't tried it under the new scheme marketed by Walmart, though. Honestly I can't see any reason too aside from the no interest financing, but you could always no interest finance an iPhone through Barclaycard at the Apple Store anyway.
  15. Alfuh macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2009
    I brought over mine and my wife's 4s phones 3 months ago and have had no complaints. I have since switched to a Galaxy S3 and all is well.

    Couple points: as others have pointed out Straight Talk uses AT&T network so this means 1) you can't use Verizon or Sprint and 2) the person who said their "network isn't good anymore because more people have signed up" is wrong because they have no network, they are simply reselling AT&T network.

    If you are a serious user who uses over 2GB of data per month I wouldn't go the Straight Talk route as they seem ready to drop people who go over that threshold regularly. On very busy months when I am off wifi a lot I might hit 1GB and I have never had any problems.
  16. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    The iPhone straight talk is selling is CDMA whole the byop program is GSM.

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