Which discount operator / MVNO for iPhone in the US

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by nofu, Jul 16, 2012.

  1. nofu macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone,

    I'm moving from Europe to the US (SF Bay Area) in 2 weeks and I'm wondering which operator I should choose. I already have an unlocked iPhone 4 (GSM), thus I don't need to get into one of these expensive AT&T/Sprint/T-Mobile, etc. contracts.

    I came across MVNOs like Straight Talk or Simple Mobile, who operate on the AT&T or T-Mobile network. They all offer similar packages: approx. $40 for unlimited talk/text/data. Are they any good? Service-wise, etc.? Are there any traps (e.g. speed reduction after x MB of data)? Who's got the best offering (I'm looking for min. of 200min and 1gb data)?

    Thanks!

    cheers,
    nofu
     
  2. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    i know a lot of people on these forums switched to straight talk, and they seem to really be enjoying them.
     
  3. vistadude macrumors 65816

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    Straight talk is a good deal but you're limited to ~ 2GB of data and apparently you can't use certain apps like video streaming or they get mad.

    AT&T is more pricey but you can do whatever you want with your data, and you get 3-5 GB depending on the plan. You can sign up without a contract, it's the same price.
     
  4. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    You should always choose based on coverage first. Try checking in with those in the Bay Area -- in specific areas that you will frequent (the Bay Area is a large region).
     
  5. kalex macrumors 65816

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    I use straight talk with ATT based sim card. Everything works fine as long as u don't abuse it. Straight talk has some sort of soft cap enabled and its most likely corresponds to ATT 3gb limit. If you reach it they might send u text message. If you get text message then u need to not push your luck or they will cut u off. I'm not a heavy data user as i have wifi coverage so for me its fine and can't beat $45 a month for everything
     
  6. sawah macrumors 6502a

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    Another option would be red pocket, my friend is using it with an iphone 3gs and it seems to work well.
     
  7. RNVarma macrumors regular

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    I had switched from tmobile to Straight Talk a month ago, and I've had zero problems. You can do video streaming; just take care to stay below 2GB / billing cycle.

    I wonder, too, if ST will implement the 3G FaceTime charge that AT&T is rumored to do when iOS 6 is released. My gut says “no”, since ST is a pre-paid service.
     

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