Using a Verizon Wireless Network Extender with Straight Talk Wireless

A reader, Thom asks…

Hi Bob-
I have a Verizon iphone 5. If I understand your article correctly, My phone will work with Straight Talk if I buy an AT&T sim card and use its serial number in place of the MEID when signing up online for service. I have two questions. 1) I live in an extremely remote area, and my phone get no signal alone. I therefore use the Verizion network extender that operates via WiFi. My wife has a Verizon iphone 4s that is on ST, and it still works fine with the network extender. My question is, once I have installed the AT&T sim, will my phone still be operating on CDMA and compatible with the network extender, or will it be a GSM phone, and an expensive paperweight? And second, I would like to keep my same number that I’ve had for over 10 years.Will that be an issue? Please help and Thank You in advance!


Hi Thom,
At the time I wrote this article you could only use a Verizon iPhone 5 with Straight Talk’s ATT network. Now you can use it with Straight Talk’s Verizon network, if the phone is eligible. See Straight Talk Wireless Now Supports Verizon’s 4G LTE Network!.

So if the Verizon network is the better choice for you, check to see if your phone is eligible and if it is sign up for the Straight Talk verizon network.

You are the first person to tell me that the Verizon network extender also works for Straight Talk phones using the Verizon network. If that is the case, it should work for your Verizon iPhone 5 on the Straight Talk’s verizon network. I don’t see how it would work for any phone using the ATT network.

Yes you can transfer your number from Verizon to Straight Talk. You’ll need to know your Verizon account number and PIN code. The PIN code is not the PIN on your phone, but a number you set up with Verizon to keep someone from transferring your number without authorization. I occasionally do hear horror stories about people losing there number in the process of transferring, but then most people don’t come to the site to let me know when things worked smoothly.

Oh, and when you call Verizon to ask them your PIN and mention you are leaving Verizon, they may offer you a healthy incentive to stay. If you have completed your Verizon contract and plan to keep using the iPhone 5 you can ask them is that the best rate you can give me given the fact that I am not taking a contract / getting new phone.

The deal might not be as good as Straight Talk’s 3GB of data for $45 a month but you can at least see what they offer.


  1. ghgirl | | Reply

    My parents have a TracFone. On the Straight Talk website, it says that Straight Talk is a registered trademark of TracFone. At my home, I do not have a cell phone signal at all. Because of this, I do use my Verizon Wireless extender so I can use a cell phone. When my parents were visiting, they were able to use their TracFone with my Verizon Wireless Extender. FYI

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Thank you for sharing this. Tracfone,straight talk and net10 are all owned by the same company.
      Your parents phones are using tracfones Verizon network. It seems that prepaid wireless service that uses the Verizon network does work with Verizon extenders

  2. Charity Weaver | | Reply

    So let me get this right, a straight talk phone can be used with a Verizon network extender? Even if it is one that runs on at&t tower service. We are in a valley in between mountains and have limited service only if you stand on your head while doing some salts and twirling,lol. Need less to say we bought new phones but I have minimal service and my husband’s has none. And how do you get the at&t one to run on the extender?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Some readers have commented that a phone using straight talk’s Verizon network will work with a Verizon network extender. Does any cell phone network have decent coverage where you live?

  3. jack | | Reply

    I have a samsung s5 with straighttalk verion and just got done chatting with straighttalk support. They said they do not support any extenders.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      I think I have had some readers that told me that Verizon do work, even though straight talk does not offer them or officially support them. Is the Verizon signal poor in your area? What about the att network? Your phone will work with att..

      • jack | | Reply

        I live in the boonies of central wisconsin, only carrier that works half-way decent is verizon but they are expensive so I switched to straightalk. I’ve always got 0-1 bars in the house & 1-3 bars outside which wasn’t a big deal, but I’ve started business now and don’t want to missed or drop any calls. That’s why I started looking into signal extenders.

        Regarding your other readers experiences, did anyone provide a model that they used which worked. Also how do they register them if straighttalk doesn’t support?

        • Bob Thompson | | Reply

          A reader told me he had a Verizon phone, his wife a straight talk Verizon, and they had a Verizon externser tha worked with both. I’d check to see if I could find some one with an extender in their home and see if it works with your phone.

          You’d the. Need to get a Verizon customer to buy one for you and put it in your house. You could switch to Verizon prepaid, and you’d be a Verizon customer and should be able to buy one yourself.

          Keep in mind these things use a broadband internet connection. If you don’t have internet at home, this isn’t a solution.

          You might be able find a 3rd party setup with and antenna and booster that gets you a signal. Would you be able to mount and external antenna?

        • Robert Babbitt | | Reply

          Verizon extenders do work with Straightalk but unless you have a Verizon account you cannot register it. Trust me I have tried I keep hoping Straightalk will come out with something.

          • Bob Thompson | |

            Thanks for confirming that. pretty much as I expected. Do you know if Verizon changes a monthly fee for this or just the price of the extender ?

  4. Adam | | Reply

    I just want to confirm something. Do most people say that the Verizon Network Extender will not work with Straighttalk?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Adam,
      I don’t have direct experience using network extenders with straight talk. That said, Thom, the reader who asked the question, said that he had used a Verizon network extender with his phone that was using Straight Talk’s Verizon network. So, one reader, Thom, has told me it worked. Maybe in the past someone did too, I can’t recall.

      His question was, if he uses a phone on Straight Talk’s ATT network, will the Verizon extender, work. My answer was no.

      • Robert babbitt | | Reply

        The only way to activate the extender is to have some kind of Verdon account. It can be cell or home phone. We tried the home phone but it really wasn’t dependable so we gave it up to get a land line. If I remember right the extender was around 200.00 about 5 years ago. It did work great when it was activated even when my kids were visiting and I think one of them had sprint at that time but I can’t swear to it. If you find out they will offer an extender account let me know but they wouldn’t last year.

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