Carrier SIMPLE Mobile vs. Straight Talk for Nexus 5 in South US

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by 0000757, Aug 8, 2014.

  1. 0000757 macrumors 68040

    Dec 16, 2011
    We're getting ripped off on Verizon and I think that's ridiculous.

    I've decided that this year, I'm getting off of Verizon and getting a prepaid SIM, since now they offer decent amounts of data. I've come down to deciding between Straight Talk and SIMPLE, because they both offer the stuff I'm wanting - Mediumly sized data plans with BYOD options.

    Now, in my area (Anderson/Knox, Tennessee, USA), CDMA rules the airwaves. Part of the reason I love Verizon so much is because of the GREAT LTE speeds and coverage available. I just can't put up with these prices anymore. $180 for 2 phones with Edge on 4GB of data is outrageous. My mom pays the phone bill and I don't want her paying that much for what really is so little, considering she uses her iPhone for nothing more than phone calls, some texting, and emails (She barely breaks 200mb/month...I use up all the data and I'm also the reason we get overage charges...oops). I basically have some questions for SIMPLE and ST users.

    First off, my area has good LTE from AT&T but almost none from Straight Talk. I kinda need LTE cause WiFi isn't available everywhere. I don't know if these guys ride on AT&T Towers, T-Mobile towers, or if they can jump between both. Whichever one runs off of AT&T will probably be priority.

    Also on Straight Talk's website, the $50 unlimited says 3GB of LTE and then unlimited EDGE, but the $60 plan just says unlimited. Does the $60 offer full unlimited LTE? I like how SIMPLE offers 5GB but I guess it'll really depend on coverage.

    I'd plan on purchasing a Nexus 5, so I'm sure the devices play nicely. I guess if anyone knows where you can find a Nexus 5 for cheaper than Google Play (I have no issue with paying the $349, but if there's a cheaper place that's not eBay/Craigs, then sign me up instantly).

    So ST and SIMPLE users, how would you rate the service and overall experience?

  2. j.dstasio macrumors 6502


    Jun 9, 2009
    South Jersey
    I've used Straight Talk for a year now & am very happy with it. When you order the SIM card, you can pick a T-Mobile or an AT&T version. I ordered the AT&T version since I had better AT&T coverage in my area (Philly area). My parents live in the Knox/ Jefferson county area & I haven't had an issues with straight talk when I've been there. None of the data is really unlimited. You get 3gb @ LTE and then you get throttled. The $60 plan is for international calling.

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