Ugh. Another one of these threads.
All (except the first generation Straight Talk CDMA phones that are so rare they're impossible to find even on eBay) Verizon-powered CDMA Straight Talk phones have the TracFone-style "air tank" software. Its purpose is to enforce the limitations of the $30 "all you need" plan, but there's still some two-way communication between the "air tank" software on your phone and Straight Talk's servers that takes place (over text messaging) even with the $45 "unlimited" plan. Since your cloned phone has no "air tank" software, Straight Talk will know something is up. Did you see that Star Trek movie where that space probe wants to talk to extinct humpback whales and then proceeds to fry the planet because it doesn't get a reply? Yeah, that's the basic idea of what happens to your service.
Secondly (and without anymore geeky Star Trek references), none of the Verizon powered phones are real smartphones. Even the most expensive models Straight Talk has ever sold were glorified feature phones. I'm also pretty sure none of the Verizon Straight Talk phones support EVDO data speeds. Your cloned phone will use EVDO (3G) data at speeds no official Straight Talk phone should be capable of - it will stick out like a sore thumb.
In other words, while you can do this - they will know you're doing it and they will eventually cancel your service. While you may not care about a prepaid service being cancelled, America Movil does have a history of pursuing legal action against people they feel to be defrauding their service.
Hmm, never knew about the "air tank" software. I wonder if virgin mobile has that...?
Wireless Telephone Protection Act of 1998:
18 USC § 1029(a)
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Last edited by efparri; 01-18-2012 at 09:02 AM.
Earl F. Parrish
Based upon the reading of the Wireless Phone Protection Act of 1998, it appears to include ESNs, MEIDs and IMEIs in the identification numbers which cannot be cloned.
(c) DEFINITIONS.—Section 1029(e)(8) of title 18, United States
Code, is amended by inserting before the period ‘‘or to intercept
an electronic serial number, mobile identification number, or other
identifier of any telecommunications service, equipment, or
thanks for the guide, anyone knows how to get MMS?
What is Cdma flashing?
That is a very practical answer, but not an answer to what was asked. There are some carriers that will allow you to import your ESN and MEID into their systems, I think cricket and MetroPCS will. Flashing the software will put their companies software on your phone, and add the ESN/MEID to their system. But some people "flash" i.e. "clone" the information into a phone making the carrier believe it is the phone they activated, when it is a different phone. Taking a Nexus S4g and putting it on Boost requires cloneing. There are software packages that help with the cloning, but their use is frowned upon in these forums.