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[StraightTalk] T&C prohibit streaming, app shops [legal][TC] I'm trying to find a prepaid operator with Unlimited 3.75G internet access.
I've just looked at »StraightTalk.com, Terms and Conditions, Sections 6 and 7, as advised by a StraightTalk representative on Twitter, and it seems like they prohibit using StraightTalk service with non-StraightTalk handsets, and also prohibit ANY kind of audio or video streaming.
Here's the exact quote, with emphasis changed to point out to parts relevant to this discussion.
quote:What's the point of selling micro-SIM cards and a smartphone internet plan that you cannot use?
6. STRAIGHT TALK UNLIMITED TALK, TEXT AND MOBILE WEB ACCESS PLAN INTENDED USE: Straight Talk Unlimited Talk, Text and Mobile Web Access Plans may ONLY be used with a Straight Talk handset for the following purposes: (i) Person to Person Voice Calls (ii) Text and Picture Messaging (iii) Internet browsing through the Straight Talk Mobile Web Service and (iv) Authorized Content Downloads from the Straight Talk Mobile Web Store. The Straight Talk Unlimited Plans MAY NOT be used for any other purpose. Examples of prohibited uses include, without limitation, the following: (i) continuous mobile to mobile or mobile to landline voice calls; (ii) automated text or picture messaging to another mobile device or e-mail address; (iii) uploading, downloading or streaming of audio or video programming or games; (iv) server devices or host computer applications, including, but not limited to, Web camera posts or broadcasts, automatic data feeds, automated machine-to-machine connections or peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing; or (v) as a substitute or backup for private lines or dedicated data connections. 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.
It's obviously clear from these Terms and Conditions that after you purchase a SIM or a micro-SIM card on their web-site, it's illegal to use it in a Google Nexus phone, or an Apple iPhone.
I'm not familiar with StraightTalk phones, I only see they do have a couple of Android 2.3 and some 2.2 phones, but provided they do have Google Play and Netflix support, it's illegal to use both apps, too!
What gives? Anyone experienced service disconnections, at StraightTalk's sole discretion?
I've had the ST SIM (AT&T) unlimited plan for 4 months now using a Google Nexus phone without any problems. Haven't pushed the envelope on data usage since usually in WIFI range when not driving though. If you intend on streaming more than 100 MB/day the rumor is it would be a problem. I've tethered, streamed, VPNed without problem but with limited usage. I agree the TOS are ridiculous.
reply to ConstantineM
You know that StraightTalk is not unlimited. Not sure there are any prepaid plan from any vendor that is unlimited.
I use Google voice (gv) and prepaid plans. I can easily get a new SIM (already have spare SIMs) if I get kicked off for breaking some Terms of Service (TOS). Make it easy to find the limits that are enforced or switch provider.
E.g. I assume that I will be unhappy with my provider (or the reverse) and have a plan to deal with it. Even if TOS are great provider can and do modify the terms.
I am very happy StraightTalk sells SIM cards, not very worried about their terms.