You might be able to reduce your phone bill. By half, or more! This one’s for real.
As of today, Straight Talk Wireless has a new offering – SIM Cards. If you have any unlocked GSM phone that works on either the AT&T or T-Mobile networks, you can use that phone on Straight Talk by purchasing a $15 SIM Card and sighing up for their no-contract, no hidden fees or taxes, $45/month Unlimited everything plan (or less than $45 – check out my previous article on Straight Talk plans to save more).
Now you can use Straight Talk on hundreds, maybe even thousands of different devices – including the Apple iPhone, iPad and many other smartphones, including Android phones! Straight talk is providing both a standard size SIM card as well as the micro SIM card for compatibility with just about any GSM phone!
Here’s the message I received directly from Straight Talk:
Today, Straight Talk begins selling SIM cards!
This means that your customers can now use their own compatible GSM phones
(operating on 850 or 1900 MHz frequency bands), or an unlocked GSM phone.
We are also offering the micro SIM card so customers can now have Straight Talk service with an iPhone!
If you haven’t read about some of the benefits of Straight Talk wireless that have made it the fastest growing cellular company in America, be sure to check out my previous article on that topic. Continue reading for more information on Straight Talk SIM!
Coverage Area for Straight Talk SIM is Excellent
I don’t have official word from Straight Talk, but it does appear that unlike Straight Talk’s Android offerings, which use the Sprint network, devices that use a Straight Talk SIM card should run on the nationwide AT&T / T-Mobile network. If you want further information on this, please see our earlier article on coverage areas to get detailed information on where the AT&T / T-Mobile Straight Talk network reaches.
Speed is Good
Straight Talk is offering 3G data speeds on this plan. You won’t be able to take advantage of the newer 4G speeds available, so you’ll want to consider this when you switch. However, for most people 3G is more than enough for their data usage, as it allows for decently fast surfing, music streaming, watching YouTube videos, etc. One thing to keep in mind is that they do not permit you to use your device as a modem. For most people, considering this is $45/month, that won’t be an issue, but it is something to be aware of.
You can port your number
If you want, no one has to know that you’re saving big dollars every month on your cell bill, as you can port your number to a Straight Talk SIM and keep talking on your phone as before. This will work with existing and new phones alike.
Stop Getting Ripped Off on your Contract
If you are spending big money on your smartphone contract – perhaps $70, $80 or more per month for limited minutes, limited texting and limited data, you should drop everything and consider purchasing an unlocked phone and a Straight Talk SIM card. You could save $420 a year if you are paying $80 a month now for service.
If you even have a conventional talk contract with one of the big companies, chances are even you are paying $45+ a month already for a very limited amount of minutes / talk / text. Get the freedom of unlimited and keep your phone (if you want) and pay only $45/month. If $45/month is still too much for you, then consider Straight Talk’s “All you need” plan of 1000 minutes, 1000 texts and 30mb of data month for only $30/month.
Phones that work with the Straight Talk SIM service.
We have another article you may want to check out that contains a list of several popular phones that work with the Straight Talk SIM service as well as a more detailed guide to help you determine if your phone will work with Straight Talk SIM.
If you have an AT&T or T-Mobile Phone
If you already have an AT&T or T-Mobile phone, you can sign up today. Please note that as of summer 2013, AT&T SIM cards are currently not available from Straight Talk. However, you can still get an AT&T SIM card for Straight Talk on the open market.
If you have another GSM Phone
If you have another GSM phone, first make sure it operates on the Straight Talk compatible frequencies (850 and 1900 MHz). You must also get the phone unlocked. Sometimes, you can get the phone unlocked by calling the carrier (especially if your contract has expired). It never hurts to try this first, as the worst that they can say is no. It’s probably best that you don’t tell them you are unlocking the phone so that you can switch carriers; they don’t really need to know this. They will either be willing to give you the unlock procedure/codes, or they won’t. If they aren’t, then go to your favorite search engine and search for unlock codes for your phone. YouTube has a good number of videos that go through the unlock process for many phones. Be aware that many of the search results you receive will be filled with results of people trying to sell you unlock codes and/or actually perform the unlocking on your phone. These services can be helpful, but use them as a last resort, as most cases you should be able to get the code from the carrier (Free) or from searching around (Free).
If you don’t have an AT&T or T-Mobile Phone – Get one!
Unlocked phones or AT&T / T-Mobile phones without a contract, both new and used, are available many places, including amazon.com, eBay and many other sites. See our other post listing Straight Talk compatible phones as a starting point when considering what phone to purchase. Be sure if you purchase an unlocked phone that it is a GSM phone that works on either the AT&T or T-mobile frequency bands (the seller should state this in the listing, if not leave a comment below and I will try to help you determine if it will work). And be doubly sure that you are not committing to a contract when you buy the phone. You don’t want the contract!
Get your SIM card and Start Talking, Texting and Saving
Once you have an unlocked phone (or have one on the way), proceed to Straight Talk SIM to purchase your SIM card. Once it arrives, place it in your phone by removing the battery cover and inserting the SIM card (on most phones). Follow the instructions that Straight Talk provides to setup your phone, and you’re ready to talk, text and download all you want for a low, no-contract price of $45/month.
Be sure to check out our original article on Straight Talk to learn how you can save 10%+ on your Straight Talk purchase!