A reader, Ray, asks…
Does the iPhone 5s bought online from Straight Talk work on Verizon towers? if so, please explain exactly what I need to purchase and how. My zip code is 77058. I need ST $45 plan, Straight Talk’s Verizon towers, a phone under $200, Android 5.0 operating system or later if it’s not an iPhone. Thanks for your help.
When you buy a phone directly from Straight Talk they don’t you which network that phone will use. Usually it depends on your area and the model phone. You can ask Straight Talk using the online support from straighttalk.com. In your case, I checked with them and they said that their $149 16GB iPhone 5s will use the Verizon towers in Houston.
So if you want the iPhone 5s, Straight Talk says this iPhone 5s is the one for you. You can order the phone directly online from Straight Talk Wireless.
- From straightalk.com, Choose Shop > Phones
- Enter your Zip Code
- Click Continue
- Click Yes
- Scroll down the page and you’ll find the iPhone 5s.
- Click Select Phone
- Under iPhone 5s 16GB + $45 Monthly Plan Click Add To Cart
- Click Proceed To Checkout
- Enter your Shipping and Billing Information to complete your order.
Now, a couple of words about this iPhone. At $149, Straight Talk has discounted this phone. If you look at the description before you add this phone to the cart, it says “*This iPhone 5s is secured for activation on Straight Talk Wireless Only.“. This means you might not be able to use this phone on another network if you don’t like Straight Talk.
Your other option would be to find a used or reburbished iPhone 5s and use it with Straight Talk’s BYOP program. You’d have a few advantages there. First, you’d be able to use the phone with a different wireless company if you don’t like Straight Talk. Second, if you could find a phone with more than 16GB, you can look for one.
See this article to learn about the Straight Talk BYOP process for the Verizon network. How To Sign Up And Use Your iPhone SE With Straight Talk Wireless. Its about the iPhone SE, but all the steps are the same. You do need to make sure the used phone is eligible.
Let me know what you think about either of these two options.