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25139889

join:2011-10-25
Toledo, OH
reply to 88615298

Re: Greed!!!

ST has a sticker also on their packaging that states the network. It reads something like XXXX-A XXXX-V XXXX-S

That is how WM showed me how to read the packages.

25139889

join:2011-10-25
Toledo, OH
reply to AVD
It is open. You are free to call Sprint Wholesale and purchase access to their network as an MVNO and resell plans just like everyone else. PagePlus Cellular has been doing it for over 10years on CellCO's network.

25139889

join:2011-10-25
Toledo, OH
reply to Chubbysumo
Not always true. Sprint will NOT activate a used post paid phone on their network unless you find someone in sprint that can add the ESN to their data base. Especially if its a VZW phone. It's been discussed before about VM customers NOT being able to use Sprint branded phones on the VM side- as Sprint maintains 2+ data bases.

25139889

join:2011-10-25
Toledo, OH
reply to Simba7
It won't happen on the Sprint MVNO side.

25139889

join:2011-10-25
Toledo, OH
reply to PGHammer
That is hit or miss with Safelink. They have their SIMs locked to the phone it was issued to. I took my Gma's Safeline SIM and put it in another Safelink branded phone and it would NOT work. It said invalid ESN even though the replacement phone worked with its original sim. That was on the T network though.

And you do realize that TracFone, Net10, Straight Talk and Safelink are the same company right?


AVD
Respice, Adspice, Prospice
Premium
join:2003-02-06
Onion, NJ
kudos:1
reply to michieru
said by michieru:

Then what would you call what we have now? Also define open.

A duo-poly
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Cabal
Premium
join:2007-01-21
Reviews:
·Suddenlink
reply to 88615298
said by 88615298:

T-Mobile service does not exist in my area and at&t offers only EDGE.

It sounds like the cell carriers are not your problem.
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AnonFTW

@rr.com
reply to Simba7
said by Simba7:

How? I'd love to get my Droid 2 Global (or even a D4) onto StraightTalk and have both GSM and CDMA radios work.

Here you go, for your D4 anyway: »forum.xda-developers.com/showthr···=1619563


whycontract

@qwest.net
reply to Telco
I really don't see an advantage to being in a contract deal. From what I remember, companies used to give you a phone, in order to be sucked into 2 years of RMR for them.

With my prepaid, I bought a phone, just like most contract users do these days, but my monthly cost is much lower. I was paying 82/month for a blackberry from Tmobile - I now have a recent Android device for about 38 a month now.

After using a prepaid service for the last 90 days, and being a contract customer for about 10 years....I think Prepaid is better cause I can quit at any time if they get bought out or change their policy, it's cheaper overall, and I get the same level of service that I did as a contract member with one of the big 4 mobile providers.

Over the course of two years, I am going to save about 900 or so dollars in monthly fee's by being a prepaid customer -- I think that reason alone was enough for me to switch - Im a light user, about 100mb a month in data, 150SMS messages, and about 100-120 minutes of voice, so there is no reason for me to pay almost a hundred dollars a month for such a minimal amount of usage.

Chubbysumo

join:2009-12-01
Superior, WI
Reviews:
·Charter

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reply to Simba7
said by Simba7:

How? I'd love to get my Droid 2 Global (or even a D4) onto StraightTalk and have both GSM and CDMA radios work.

Assuming its a CDMA phone? If you look up on google and the XDA forums, there are a few ways to get CDMA phones to work on straighttalk, but its tricky. Depends on whether its worth your time or not. I am lucky, as I simply dumped a sim into my GSM Iphone, but I have to say, im a little depressed about their T&C. It implicitly states in the "prohibited uses" section, and I quote, "(iii) uploading, downloading or streaming of audio or video programming or games;". Then, it goes on to contradict itself, with this: "This means, by way of example only, that checking email, surfing the Internet, downloading legally acquired songs, and/or visiting corporate intranets is permitted, but downloading movies using P2P file sharing services and/or redirecting television signals for viewing on laptops is prohibited. A person engaged in prohibited uses may have his/her service terminated without notice or a refund."

tell me that makes no sense to you as well. First it says you cannot download or stream anything, then it says you can? what the hell have people been disconnected for.

Edit: after doing a little googling, it seems that straighttalk now throttles you instead of cutting you off(on GSM), but they are still shady about the "limit" of the Unlimited* plan.

elray

join:2000-12-16
Santa Monica, CA
Reviews:
·Time Warner Cable
·EarthLink
reply to ABC87243
When cellphone service first came available to replace the horrible IMTS system, the "mobile phone for the rest of us" cost $3K-$4K for the handset, $45-90/month plus $.45-.90/minute before long distance or roaming.

It was greed that built that system, and it was greed that inspired Sprint to enter the market as a 3rd player with "PCS", then MCI and Nextel, and prices came tumbling down.

Today, we have "greed" driving America Movil and Deutsche Telecom, along with Cricket/Leap and MetroPCS, among others, and the result is a cornucopia of choice, at lower and lower prices. The exception? A few didn't properly project the "greed" of a small group of wireless data customers, many of whom intentionally overuse or saturate the service and then complain about "unlimited" terms.

I'll take "corporate greed" over socialism any day of the week.

Another article today cites Smartphone users averaging 1.4Gb monthly, clearly validating the 2GB tiers. If you use more, why are you unwilling to pay for it?


michieru
Premium
join:2009-07-25
Miami, FL
reply to AVD
In terms of spectrum assets yes and you can thank the FCC for that but there are still other competitors out there, you can only have so many national carriers until you run out of space and to be more precise good spectrum.


88615298
Premium
join:2004-07-28
West Tenness
reply to Cabal
said by Cabal:

said by 88615298:

T-Mobile service does not exist in my area and at&t offers only EDGE.

It sounds like the cell carriers are not your problem.

Yeah right. Because vey shortly Verizon will be offering 4G in my area while the others lag WAY behind.


AVD
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join:2003-02-06
Onion, NJ
kudos:1
reply to michieru
said by michieru:

In terms of spectrum assets yes and you can thank the FCC for that but there are still other competitors out there, you can only have so many national carriers until you run out of space and to be more precise good spectrum.

I'm not saying that there is anything wrong with that, but competition is limited, so free market principals do not operate 100% with the absence of regulation in cell phone markets of the united states.
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sivran
Seamonkey's back
Premium
join:2003-09-15
Irving, TX
kudos:1
reply to ABC87243
You forgot one: people realizing they use very little of what their plan offers, thus finding prepaid vastly more economical.

My dad used to pay nearly $40/mo to Sprint for hundreds of minutes he never even used. I got him switched over to T-Mo Prepaid and he now pays roughly the equivalent of 8 bucks a month.
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