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    Has Straight Talk locked/blocked anyones account.

    hello im just wondering if anyone has had there account locked or blocked for using to much data on there android phones.

    i just came across a video of someone with a atrix and i didnt know that st had att bands.

    so i figured i would ask before jumping because i use a good bit of data 1-3gb a

    month. thank you for your time

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    If you have a e71 or the other nokia phone and reguraly use that much data without being shut off your gonna be fine. I only use about 1-3 gbs a month too and I've been using it since January with no issues. Just don't abuse it and you'll be fine. If you gotta tether be smart and only use a couple MBs.

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    YES.

    There have been many past member of HoFo that have had their account locked and blocked by Straight Talk for heavy data use (2+ gb a month)! They did not heed to the warnings by the HoFo community and Straight Talk, arguing that "Unlimited means unlimited". They were WRONG. Straight Talk's definition of "Unlimited Data" is around 2gb a month!

    In the first offense Straight Talk will cut off your data, making you call their terrible CS and explain your heavy data usage (and remember you can't tell them the real reason, LoL). If they decide to give back your data then your data usage will be closely monitored. If they feel you're still a heavy user (130+mb a day) then they will TERMINATE the account!!

    Please keep in mind that since Straight Talk does not offer a large selection of smartphones so they don't expect users to be heavy data users!!

    What people are doing is buying Straight Talk's Nokia phones ($170+) because they have an "open" SIM card and SIM swapping them to a smartphone of their choice.

    If you decide to jump in then monitor your usage to around 2gb a month and everything should be fine :-) I joined Straight Talk in Jan and can't believe I get Unlimited Everything for $47.70 (including sales taxes). And btw, I typically use 600mb a month on my iPhone :-)

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    I agree with what the others have posted. If you want unlimited broadband on a mobile device, get a virgin mobile unlimited for $40 a month that's designed for mobile broadband tether.

    The Straight Talk plan gives you a ton of leeway to use other devices. Technically they could cut you off for using other devices, but I think if you use a reasonable amount of data they don't really care. Seems the "reasonable" data usage is about 2GB or less per month. That's a ton of data. I stream music, surf the web, tons of emails, watch videos, etc, and I can only think of one month I busted the 1GB barrier. I think people who use more than 2GB are tethering, plain and simple.

    If someone can justify using more than 2 GB, by all means, try and explain it, but I can't think of a way unless you're watching streaming video 24/7 on a source not optimized for a mobile phone.

    Just be careful and don't go crazy and you'll be ducky.

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    My neighbor's phone was shut off. Turns out the son was downloading movies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nessa55 View Post
    My neighbor's phone was shut off. Turns out the son was downloading movies.
    My neighbor's phone was shut off. Turns out the dad was filming kiddie porn movies.

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    What amount of data might a NetFlix movie require?

    Does ST monitor only the total per month…or week or day or hour?

    I mean…suppose someone was at 30 days and they had used only 500 Mb. Could they use up 1.5 Gb that final day and be okay?

    You see what I mean…more information would be needed.

    If someone gets yanked because they used 6 Gb, got a courtesy call and then next month they also used 6 Gb I figure they had it coming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjmarcy View Post
    What amount of data might a NetFlix movie require?

    Does ST monitor only the total per month…or week or day or hour?

    I mean…suppose someone was at 30 days and they had used only 500 Mb. Could they use up 1.5 Gb that final day and be okay?

    You see what I mean…more information would be needed.

    If someone gets yanked because they used 6 Gb, got a courtesy call and then next month they also used 6 Gb I figure they had it coming.
    I'm not sure this is information that anyone can tell you with any credibility. :-(

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    ST wouldn't be as forgiving. They don't allow tethering and the E71 isn't capable of doing quite as much as an Android. And it doesn't have netflix. So daily usage is important. I have gone as high 350mb in a day but I definitely wouldn't try 1.5GB. They never have given an amount, so its hard too say. It's possible that some of the people that have complained have exaggerated the situation by trying to make it sound like they used less data than they really did. They may just have been bitter when they got busted. Without more info from ST it is hard to know. They refuse to answer what the cutoff point is. Honestly I have never had a problem, but I don't use my phone to watch movies either.
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    You get shut off when you abuse it.

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    Tracfone`s company wide policy seems to be; if we don`t post the rules, then we can change the rules as often as current circumstances warrant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tracfancier View Post
    Tracfone`s company wide policy seems to be; if we don`t post the rules, then we can change the rules as often as current circumstances warrant.
    Yup....I'm not to fond of that policy.....lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renegade1994 View Post
    Yup....I'm not to fond of that policy.....lol.

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    Well you agree to it when you sign up. If you don't agree, go elsewhere. Find another carrier that'll let you do prepaid unlimited voice, "4G" data*, and text for $45 a month. Virgin Mobile would love to sell you one of their old phones and you can tether all you want and get a whopping 700kbps on their 3G EVDO.

    Not sure why people complain... it's unfortunate for the 99% that the 1% gets an inch and wants to take a mile. If you use the SIM (regardless of phone) responsibly, you'll never have an issue with ST. If you go crazy and attract attention to yourself, you'll have problems. Nothing wrong with that in my book.

    And regarding the change of terms, if you don't want a carrier to be able to change terms on you, sign a 2 year contract, see how that goes for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by getyup View Post
    Well you agree to it when you sign up. If you don't agree, go elsewhere. Find another carrier that'll let you do prepaid unlimited voice, "4G" data*, and text for $45 a month. Virgin Mobile would love to sell you one of their old phones and you can tether all you want and get a whopping 700kbps on their 3G EVDO.

    Not sure why people complain... it's unfortunate for the 99% that the 1% gets an inch and wants to take a mile. If you use the SIM (regardless of phone) responsibly, you'll never have an issue with ST. If you go crazy and attract attention to yourself, you'll have problems. Nothing wrong with that in my book.

    And regarding the change of terms, if you don't want a carrier to be able to change terms on you, sign a 2 year contract, see how that goes for you.
    I'm always responsible with my data. I don't really have a problem with ST. The service is pretty good. Customer service is crappy, but I only deal with them once a year. It would be nice, however, to know how much data we can actually use. You would think it would help them as much as it would us. If certain people are to be believed some have been cut off for just updating the OS on the Nokia with ST citing excessive usage. How accurate that is I don't know. If it's true then that I would have a problem, but there are people who get ticked off when they get busted doing something they aren't supposed to, then start making up stuff for whatever reason. I've never personally had a phone call nor have I been cut off. For now this is the best deal going, and I don't plan on switching any time soon but people definitely need to know the risks. I don't want someone coming back at me mad and saying "You didn't tell me that...."

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    Quote Originally Posted by getyup View Post
    Well you agree to it when you sign up. If you don't agree, go elsewhere. Find another carrier that'll let you do prepaid unlimited voice, "4G" data*, and text for $45 a month. Virgin Mobile would love to sell you one of their old phones and you can tether all you want and get a whopping 700kbps on their 3G EVDO.

    Not sure why people complain... it's unfortunate for the 99% that the 1% gets an inch and wants to take a mile. If you use the SIM (regardless of phone) responsibly, you'll never have an issue with ST. If you go crazy and attract attention to yourself, you'll have problems. Nothing wrong with that in my book.
    Hey hey, don't bad mouth Virgin, I get 1.6mb/s down.

    But it's true about their phones, they're nothing special. LG Optimus V is surprisingly capable and the best deal in terms of features for your dollar. If you want the freedom to use a SIM card GSM phone though, you can't beat ST.

    The thing that bothers me is, data usage doesn't have much to do with the phone itself. I use as much data as you guys do on my Optimus V. So why can't ST and other GSM prepaid carriers offer prices like Virgin? It's maddening! But you can't win them all.

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