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Old 04-11-12, 08:21 AM   #26
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Re: What are my options here.. (Cell phone related)..

Just canceled my order as someone just replied to my ad on craigslist and I just bought a Black 16GB AT&T iPhone 4 for $250..

He mentioned www.straighttalk.com. He said unlimited voice, data, and texting is $45.. Anyone ever hear if this is a reputable service etc?

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Old 04-11-12, 08:27 AM   #27
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Re: What are my options here.. (Cell phone related)..

You'll need to unlock your phone but yeah a lot of people use Straight Talk, it's Walmart's exclusive Wireless Carrier (sub-brand of TracFone).
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Old 04-11-12, 08:29 AM   #28
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Re: What are my options here.. (Cell phone related)..

Actually, I don't think you do need to unlock your phone.. If you go here on the SIM shopping page it asks you to select the type of phone you have: http://www.straighttalk.com/shopsims

AT&T Compatible is listed..
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Old 04-11-12, 08:35 AM   #29
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Re: What are my options here.. (Cell phone related)..

Yeah you're right, Straight Talk is straight up AT&T now. You'll have to Jailbreak to get MMS though.

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Old 04-11-12, 08:48 AM   #30
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Re: What are my options here.. (Cell phone related)..

Straight Talk is a att mvno so no need to unlock. Just remember though that customer service is through straight Talk, not att. Att won't help you with any problems on straight Talk. Also, the rules can be, different. For example, att allows for up to5gb data depending on phone assuming unlpbefore throttling, mvnos generally have less, or perhaps different rules. If you use a lot of data, if you are on Verizon unlimited, then 4glte is not throttled but 3g is.
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Old 04-11-12, 08:50 AM   #31
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Re: What are my options here.. (Cell phone related)..

Straight Talk apparently has "true" unlimited but some say it stops you after every 2 gigs to ask why you're using so much data. It throttles at around 1.5mbps - 3mbps which isn't bad.
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Old 04-11-12, 08:50 AM   #32
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Re: What are my options here.. (Cell phone related)..

I just signed up.. Free next day shipping so I should be able to try it out tomorrow..
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Old 04-11-12, 09:07 AM   #33
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Straight Talk apparently has "true" unlimited but some say it stops you after every 2 gigs to ask why you're using so much data. It throttles at around 1.5mbps - 3mbps which isn't bad.
Just depends on your usage. I have used 25-30gb a month on Verizon 4glte unlimited and unthrottled. For heavy data users, then straight Talk might not be a good plan as using that much may get you dropped from some mvnos.
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Old 04-11-12, 09:14 AM   #34
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I don't think any budget mvno is going to be the choice if you need truly unlimited, fast internet. From what I understand though, ST doesn't bitch about overuse, it just stops you every 2gb for a minute.
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Old 04-11-12, 09:46 AM   #35
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Re: What are my options here.. (Cell phone related)..

Straighttalk does not allow streaming video or audio. You also have to unlock the phone to get MMS, but not for plain text IIRC. You can order either a normal sim or the 4(s) micro sim online for $15 and then do the $45 plan. I am looking for a deal on a 3GS or 4 for my wife to switch over to straight talk. I wish the 5 would come out so I could just give her my 4.
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Old 04-18-12, 02:46 PM   #36
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So I got the cowboom phone today, and i have to say, it looks fan-friggin-tastic! I would have never guessed it was used, not a scratch on it. Charging it up now, hopefully there's no mechanical problems with it (battery or buttons, etc..)
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Old 04-18-12, 02:54 PM   #37
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So I got the cowboom phone today, and i have to say, it looks fan-friggin-tastic! I would have never guessed it was used, not a scratch on it. Charging it up now, hopefully there's no mechanical problems with it (battery or buttons, etc..)
That's good to hear.. The one I got off craigslist looked damn near perfect. I turned it on and did the basic functions (that you can do w/ no service) to make sure it worked and it did..

Ordered my straighttalk service and got it ported over.. Now the effin home button only works when it wants to. I don't know if it's hardware or software but it's very intermittent! I tried canned air, I tried pushing the charger up while it's plugged in (and it did work when I pushed up) but then didn't when I unplugged / didn't push up..

Argh
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Old 04-18-12, 08:44 PM   #38
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So I got the cowboom phone today, and i have to say, it looks fan-friggin-tastic! I would have never guessed it was used, not a scratch on it. Charging it up now, hopefully there's no mechanical problems with it (battery or buttons, etc..)
glad that it works well for you. cowboom is kinda a crap shoot. sometimes it's good other times, not so much. but you can always return with cowboom so it isn't really a big deal.
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Old 04-19-12, 03:34 PM   #39
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Re: What are my options here.. (Cell phone related)..

if it helps.. the latest rumors are projecting october at the earliest

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Old 04-19-12, 07:56 PM   #40
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glad that it works well for you. cowboom is kinda a crap shoot. sometimes it's good other times, not so much. but you can always return with cowboom so it isn't really a big deal.
Actually turned out to be a piece of crap. It wouldn't hold a charge, and constantly rebooted. Brought it into the apple store, and they looked at the support history on the thing, and the previous owner complained about the same thing. Of course cowboom doesn't actually refurbish the phones, they just sell em in whatever state they get em. Bleh...
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Actually turned out to be a piece of crap. It wouldn't hold a charge, and constantly rebooted. Brought it into the apple store, and they looked at the support history on the thing, and the previous owner complained about the same thing. Of course cowboom doesn't actually refurbish the phones, they just sell em in whatever state they get em. Bleh...
correct, cowboom typically sells pre-owned which is basically used. they should however state that it is pre-owned, refurbished, or new. as always with used, there is no warranty (or best to assume so), so always check it out very carefully within the return period.
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Old 05-21-12, 09:16 AM   #42
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Actually turned out to be a piece of crap. It wouldn't hold a charge, and constantly rebooted. Brought it into the apple store, and they looked at the support history on the thing, and the previous owner complained about the same thing. Of course cowboom doesn't actually refurbish the phones, they just sell em in whatever state they get em. Bleh...
Would the Apple store not swap it out? Was it out of warranty?
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Old 05-21-12, 09:27 AM   #43
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Actually turned out to be a piece of crap. It wouldn't hold a charge, and constantly rebooted. Brought it into the apple store, and they looked at the support history on the thing, and the previous owner complained about the same thing. Of course cowboom doesn't actually refurbish the phones, they just sell em in whatever state they get em. Bleh...
You were able to return it to them though, right? 30 day no questions asked?
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Old 05-21-12, 11:22 AM   #44
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You were able to return it to them though, right? 30 day no questions asked?
I could have, but didn't want to deal with it, and the possibliity of getting another crapper, so I just let apple swap it out for a real refurb for a not so modest fee.
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I could have, but didn't want to deal with it, and the possibliity of getting another crapper, so I just let apple swap it out for a real refurb for a not so modest fee.
What was the cost?
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Old 05-21-12, 04:13 PM   #46
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I'm excited about Virgin Mobile's 4G service with the HTC Evo V. It looks like a quality smartphone for $300 bucks. Half the cost of contract Verizon so the savings quickly cover up the extra cost for the phone.


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