straight talk does not roam - http://www.straighttalk.com/FAQ
I love the idea of SIM cards. But I"m concerned with how the coverage is in Nebraska (specifically Lincoln.) Does Straight Talk when using GSM run off of AT&T, and roam when there isn't AT&T coverage? (For example in Scottsbluff NE AT&T roams on Viaero.)
Straight Talk GSM roams but Straight Talk CDMA does not.
9. ROAMING: “Roaming” occurs when a subscriber of one wireless service provider uses the network facilities of another wireless service provider. Roaming usually occurs when a subscriber places or receives a call while outside of the network coverage area of their wireless service provider.
Service on the CDMA Network. If your Straight Talk Service is on the CDMA network, your Straight Talk phone will not roam when you are outside of the Straight Talk CDMA network coverage area.
Service on the GSM Network. If your Straight Talk Service is on the GSM network, your Straight Talk Wireless phone may roam when you are outside of the Straight Talk GSM network coverage area. When your Straight Talk GSM phone is roaming, Voice and SMS messaging will continue to be available to you at no additional charge. Mobile Web Services access will not be available while you are roaming outside of the Straight Talk GSM Network coverage area. When your GSM Straight Talk Phone is roaming, an indicator light on your handset may display the word "Roam" or "RM" on the screen while the phone is not in use.
Earl F. Parrish
I've been in Lincoln a few times with a AT&T SIMed Tracfone and a PPC phone on Verizon and a T-Mo2Go phone, all had strong signals there. My niece lives in Gretna, no problem with cell service of any kind at her house.
All had strong signals westward on I80 to the Wyoming line and beyond.
The last time I was in Scotts Bluff was before bag phones were introduced. The town is big enough that there should not be problems with service there either.
Awesome! I love the T-404G and am looking to switch from Cricket. Thanks guys!
Buy the phone from WalMart, local or on-line. Within the 14 day return period you have nothing to loose but the remainder of the 30 day airtime. Online orders can be returned to a local store.
You do not want to put yourself through a bought direct from ST return.
My wife is on the iPhone with the e71 sim no problems in any part of Nebraska but the key to remember is AT&T is ONLY native in Omaha and Lincoln proper. Hwy81 s of York is a complete dead zone
Yes it roams fine. Strange things at times like txt messages not coming in, the valley of death at 160th and Dodge and York, NE to the KS state line but otherwise in Viaero areas works great.
Straight Talk CDMA phones will NOT roam (Verizon only).
Tracfone/Net10 phones are different in that BOTH GSM and CDMA phones will roam.
So I should be fine almost anywhere in the state? I'm in the middle of nowhere right now, where my current Cricket phone is useless, (near Utica NE). I like ST's GSM phones better than their CDMA phones...
Contact TruPhone and ask if they roam on Viaero Wireless in ZIP code 69101. Tell them neither AT&T nor T-Mobile have a network in that area, and that both AT&T postpaid and T-Mobile prepaid & postpaid, roam in that area.
A Truphone SIM would be your least expensive option for Nebraska. They don't expire or require periodic re-upping. It's 9˘/minute for outgoing calls (free incoming so have people call you back), and 9˘/outgoing text (free incoming texts). Data is $90/GB billed in 9˘/MB increments, but I think I read that it's only EDGE data, not 3G or LTE. Obviously you're not going to want to use much data at that rate.
You can forward your Cricket number to the Truphone number, just be sure you do that before you leave an AT&T coverage area.
The other option is a Page Plus phone on CDMA at $30/year (actually a little less because you can get refills at 5-10% off). You have to re-up every 120 days which is a pain.
Unfortunately, T-Mobile discontinued their $10/year prepaid plan.
There are areas in many states where AT&T has no network and Cricket (and GoPhone) do not roam. If you go to those areas you'll want a backup plan. The money you save with Cricket service will pay for the backup plan many times over.
You responded to a three and one-half year old thread.