In this video I take a look at the Straight Talk Wireless Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP) Activation Kit. This kit contains all the materials you need to use your smartphone with Straight Talk Wireless. You can buy this kit at Walmart for about $60, or order just the items you need directly from straighttalk.com for about $46. If you’d like to learn how to order what you need directly from straighttalk.com, see Ordering a Straight Talk SIM Card Or Bring Your Own Phone Activation Kit
In 2020, you have a lot of choices for prepaid wireless service. You may be able to save $100s per year and get the features you want such as Wi-Fi calling, Mobile Hotspot, and Visual Voicemail. Sound good? to learn more see, Is Straight Talk Your Best Option in 2020?
This kit includes the standard, micro, and nano SIMs for both Straight Talk’s GSM LTE (AT&T and T-Mobile) and CDMA LTE (Verizon) networks so you’ll have the right SIM for your phone. It also includes a $45 No Contract Unlimited Talk, Text, and Data 30 Day plan. You’ll get your first 5GB of data at high speed and the remaining data at 2G speeds.
The kit contains an instruction card. It explains that you only need to use one SIM for the GSM networks and one SIM and the network access code for the CDMA LTE network, and the network access code for Sprint phone and Verizon CDMA only phones.
The $45 plan is a service pin printed on the back of a card. You’ll need to scratch off that silver stuff and enter the code into straighttalk.com when you sign up.
There are some other instructions and service guides in the kit you can look at if interested. There is also a terms of service guide, again pretty boring.
Inside the BYOP Activation Kit are two packets imaginatively labeled packet 1 and packet 2. Packet 1 contains the SIMs for your AT&T or T-Mobile smartphone. It has the GSM LTE compatible SIMS. There are four cards in the package. On the left side, the blue cards are AT&T compatible and on the right side the pink cards are T-mobile compatible.
The top SIM cards are Dual SIM cards. Use the Dual SIM card for phones that need either a standard or micro SIM card. To use this as a standard SIM simply remove it from the card. To use it as micro SIM card, first remove it from the plastic card, then punch out the micro SIM card from the standard SIM card.
The bottom SIM cards are nano SIM cards. To use them, just remove them from the plastic cards.
In Packet 2, you’ll find a Network Access Code and the CDMA LTE SIM cards for Verizon compatible phones. If you want to use your Verizon or Sprint phone, you’ll first need to check if your phone is eligible for use with Straight Talk. See Checking If You Can Use Your Verizon Smartphone with Straight Talk Wireless. For a Sprint phone, watch the Verizon video, but choose Sprint compatible phone instead.
If your phone is eligible, use the Network Access Code to register your phone on their network. If your phone is Verizon CDMA only, and not CDMA LTE you don’t need the SIM. if it’s Verizon CDMA LTE, you’ll need to use the SIM. If your phone is a Sprint CDMA LTE phone, you don’t use this SIM. You’ll need the SIM that sprint issued with the phone.
I have a 5s with Verizon. The contract is up on my number and I want to move to ST. Att and Ver both work great in my area and was curious if the at card will work in my phone and what is the best method for porting the numbers on my Acct to ST. My line is “upgradeable” but the remaining 3 are not yet. Is there a order in which I should move/port numbers since my line is main?
Your iPhone 5s will work with either network. For more details see Using Your Verizon iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, or iPhone 5 with Straight Talk Wireless.
I prefer the AT&T network. Many readers have told me the speed on Straight Talk’s Verizon network is limited to 5Mbps. I’ll be testing that myself soon so keep an eye on smartphonematters.com.
Call Verizon and tell them you want to make the last number that will be upgradable the main number. When you tell them you are going to change wireless companies they may offer you an incentive to stay.
As for signing up for Straight Talk, see How To Sign Up and Use Your iPhone 6 or 6s with Straight Talk Wireless
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