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  1. ray | | Reply

    have a Verizon 4g 10″ tablet Samsung. I need internet service. straight talk or something? no Verizon service please.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Ray,
      You’d have to provide the exact model of the tablet so we could see what carriers it is compatible with…

  2. Margaret Sanders | | Reply

    Hi, Bob-
    Straight talk wireless is selling an iphone 8 for 699.00, a really good deal but when I ask if my sim card from my iphone 5 will work in the new iphone 8 they tell me this:

    Christine: It is a CDMA/GSM you must use it as is what you receive from the box if it has a SIM card or not.

    Any ideas or thoughts on this answer? I’m very confused.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Marget,
      I recognize your name, it’s been a while. From your comment back in 2015, I can see that your iPhone 5 was using the Straight Talk AT&T network. When Straight Talk sells you a phone they include a SIM. Usually its for either their ATT or Verizon network. Sometimes they decide which SIM to send you based on your zip code because they decide that network will work well for you. If you want to know which network their iPhone 8 will use, contact them in live chat and ask them which towers it will use in your Zip Code and they will tell you ATT or Verizon.

      In my experience, your AT&T Straight Talk SIM will work in the new iPhone 8 even if they send it with a Verizon SIM. If you had a ST Verizon SIM, you wouldn’t want to just move it. either way transferring the service to a new SIM isn’t hard. You just want to be careful about chaning networks and finding out your coverage isn’t as good.

      now, as for the iPhone 8. $699 is the full retail price. If I were you, I’d buy the iPhone 8 directly from Apple at that price, buy the SIM-free model and just move your SIM in the phone. The Straight Talk phone is probabally locked to straight talk, the Apple phone isn’t locked. see my video Apple Is Selling the SIM-Free and Unlocked iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus Now

      Let me know if you have more questions

      • Margaret Sanders | | Reply

        Hi, Bob-
        Excellent memory. Thank you for your insight and help. I didn’t realize Apple was selling the 8 for the same price. Any thoughts on why the iphone 7 remains so expensive with the introduction of the 8 and the X?

        • Bob Thompson | | Reply

          Apple sells iPhone 7 starting at $549 and iPhone 6s starting at $449. They still consider these phone to be excellent products and they never offer deep discounts on older models. Apple sells refurbished products at a lower price, but the model and inventory is always changing. Most people looking for a lower price on iPhones turn to used and reconditioned iPhones from third party sellers.

  3. CJ | | Reply

    Hi, I have an Iphone on Straight Talk. It’s an SE. I changed my phone number by calling Straight Talk Customer Service and following the keypad instructions. After I hung up, they gave me instructions to restart the phone, wait five minutes and try to make a phone call. It’s been three days and I still get the error message that I do not have service when I try to make a phone call. Any articles on your phone not working once you change your phone number? (It worked fine before this)

  4. A.L. Sexton | | Reply

    Does this SE phone use the verizon network and does it need a sim card or is it a CDMA Phone?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      My Straight Talk iPhone SE came with the ST Verizon SIM. The phone works with my current Straight Talk ATT SIM though. You can use the online chat feature to ask which SIM they will ship the phone with to you for your zipcode.

  5. Wally Bogush | | Reply

    I am looking for any info on Ting. they seem to have a good low usage plan and business model. Is anyone using them ? Opinions?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      I haven’t tried ting. They use either the Sprint or T-mobile networks. You’d need to decide if either of those networks work well in your area. Next you’d need to decide what your monthly usage would be. compare that to tracfone’s plans. Keep in mind with tracfone you’d have the option to use the ATT or Verizon network. Let me know what you think you’d use per month. I’m curious too.

  6. Junias Hango | | Reply

    Can I get son settings for tnmobile (Namibia). I have an iPhone 6 want to use LTE. LTE works well on my 4G dongle but doesn’t want to work on my phone.
    Thank you for your time and consideration.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Junias,
      I don’t know the TN Mobile APN settings and I don’t see them on http://www.telecom.na/. My suggestion is to either see if you can find the APN information in the settings on your PC/dongle or use the support link on http://www.telecom.na/ to send the carrier an email and ask for them.

  7. Philippe Maquinay | | Reply

    Hello,

    I live in South America and would like to get an iPhone X on release date and get it shipped to my country. Will it work if a buy the T-mobile version or are there any activation steps that need my presence in the USA.

    Thanks in advance

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      the phone should work. Read through the comments here and on the youtube video for more info about the issues ordering the phone online though.

  8. Lori Use | | Reply

    trying to update data settings on my BYOP safelink phone i tried doing it on safelinks website but it doesnt recognize both my phone number or SIM number i activated the phone on October 6th 2017 and data worked up until yesterday morning then it stopped accessing the internet BTW since it was working . i thought they had updated automatically so i didnt bother to update anything but now that its no longer working i will need to update manually my phone is a samsung galaxy s7. can you tell me how to do this manually? went into my phone settings but i cant find where to change the APN settings thanks

  9. Ron Felton | | Reply

    Sorry. Forgot to answer the final questions. I was very happy with T-Mobile’s coverage both where we live in the US and in Mexico (which was included in our plan). This past billing period we only used 52 mb of data in the US but in some months we have used 2 – 2.5 GB. Depends on how long we stay here and WiFi availability.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Nice deal Ron. Simple mobile may be an option for you too. Uses the T-Mobile network and their SIM should also work in Mexico too. Meaning you could check your US number voicemail and return calls from your US number. Does that sound interesting?

  10. Ron Felton | | Reply

    Hi Bob.
    Just flew back to the US last night. Made arrangements in advance to get two new SIMs from Consumer Cellular. Decided to go with a plan that gives me monthly unlimited texts, unlimited minutes and 1GB data (total) for the TWO phones at a monthly rate of $42.75 (with my AARP discount). This is about $70 less than I was paying a month on T-Mobile (It was running about $115.) I am on the T-Mobile network with Consumer Cellular. Today was day one. I can see that when we stay in the U.S. more than a week in a given month we may have to add to the data plan. That won’t happen too often.
    Thanks
    Ron

  11. Mark | | Reply

    I have just switched to T-Mobile 2 weeks ago and not really happy with the coverage area. Is it possible to switch to a straight talk wireless plan that uses the Verizon cell towers? If so what do I need to do in order to do that? Keep in mind I would need two lines not just one
    Thanks

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Mark,
      I’d take a look at Total Wireless.It uses the Verizon network, and like Straight Talk, it is owned by Tracfone. Two Other Options: Verizon Wireless Prepaid and Total Wireless and . Also https://youtu.be/hcM80L1Dja4

      Compare the plans between the total wireless and Straight Talk and decide which better meets your needs. Also if you are planning to Bring Your Own phone to any wireless service that uses the Verizon network you’ll need to make sure your phones are eligible or need to buy new phones. Let me now if you have more questions after you check out the links and videos above.

  12. Ron | | Reply

    My wife and I split time between Mexico and the US. We are now spending the majority of our time south of the border. We have two monthly cell plans for our 2 iPhones – one Mexican and T-Mobile for the US. Since T-Mobile is costing close to $100 month for both of us, we want to switch to a pay-as-you-go plan for US and keep our Mexico monthly that includes unlimited US calls. We still want a US number for the approx. 8-10 weeks a year (split up across the year – about a week or 2 at a time) we are in US. We just swap SIMs when we get to the US. Does the Tracphone 12 month plan sound like the best bet? There can be 2-3 months or so between visits to US. Does that seem to be the best bet? Other ideas?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Ron,
      Did you switch yet? I wanted to do an article or video about your question. Tracfone could work for you. Do you have an idea how much talk, text, and data you need when you are in the US? Do you need unlimited calling? What about data? Would you want this US number to work in Mexico so you can check voice mail and return calls. Are you satifised with T-Mobile coverage in the US? would a service that uses the att, verizon, or sprint network also work for you.

      At close to $100 per month for T-Mobile for two lines, you really do need to find a less expensive option.

      Let me know. Sorry for the delayed reply.

      • Ron Felton | | Reply

        Bob.
        It took a while for me to respond because we were waiting to go to the US and change providers. The quick answer is that I went with Consumer Cellular back in October. That was a mistake. Good service and reasonable plans but not for our use case. After two short trips back to the US, we blew through their lower tier service (2 lines) and were about to blow that one over Thanksgiving (data was the issue). Their high tier is only 5G of data SHARED between the two lines. I cancelled and went with Tracfone. With our lifestyle (75% in Mexico and 25% in US) it makes no sense to be with any monthly provider. Tracfone works. Once I totally understood how it works it was a no brainer. What we don’t use carries over and we just need to maintain the line every 30, 60 or 90 days and just keep going. Much less costly for us.
        Ron

        • Bob Thompson | | Reply

          Ron
          Mke sure to look into the $50 one year of service days to keep your phone active with tracfone. It might be be more economical to keep your accounts active.

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