I would either use the samsung infuse or the motorola atrix or atrix 2. Those are the ones I liked if your using the att sim.
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I'll put in another recommendation for the Pantech Burst with an AT&T sim.
I've been using mine for a day and it is excellent. Some observations:
1. I don't think there is a custom ROM for it yet (if ever) but since I will never root it I'm fine with that.
2. The Pantech skin is very light compared to the Samsung Touchwiz I was using before; this is good because I really wanted vanilla Android and I pretty much got it. Besides that Pantech has a some proprietary widgets that are actually pretty cool.
3. There are some AT&T apps that I wish I could delete but the phone has plenty of memory and RAM so it's not affected at all.
4. The hardware specs of the phone are comparable to what you get from higher priced phones but I only had to pay $160 for my Burst on ebay, brand new. This thing is fast; I do get AT&T's HSPA+ where I am.
5. As for software, the update to ICS has been confirmed for later this year.
6. Activating ST service online was easy. I bougth the SIM and time card first and had them ready to go. Porting my number was done in 4 hours or less....I don't know exactly how long it took because I wasn't checking.
Bottom line for me was money. At $160 for the phone, $15 for the SIM, and $45 per month with excellent AT&T coverage where I live.....I couldn't go wrong, esp. since I will be fine with 2GB of data. I got a lot of good info from the posters here so I just wanted to give back my 2 cents if it helps anybody else.
Alrighty. Thank you, after doing that research and seeing all the possible problems and stuff i would have to do I pretty much decided against a Droid 3. I've been considering the Galaxy Nexus, is that one of the ones that is easier to set up?
Ok. I have a question... I have a Samsung Stratosphere. As u can research the specs. It is a "CDMA". But it also runs "GSM" 800/1900. That lead me to believe it was possible to run with ST. Now, I did purchase, it came I activated. It has "bars" indicating it is working but a call is made with the "Mobile network not found" popin off. I have spoken with ST and they reassured me that it will work.(Atleast what their textbooks say). The phone is rooted with Heimdall and I flashed the Kernal. Now I am used to CM& where they would apply a "APN settings" in the ROM. In this case there is NO APN settings. Is there something I can do with QPST or other software. I am alloeing them the "24hrs" the tech gave me b4 he generates a ticket for refund. I did little research on this bc my daughter sprung it to me and I called ST and they said yes at first. I did my research and said. Hmmm. CDMA phone with a SIM card slot in the back. "Can I exploit it to use 2G?". I would like a fair answer or comment. I always lol at guys shootin people down but I am NOT a Noob just going to some resources with adequete knowledge and maybe some intelect feedback.
I just looked it up on phonescoop. That sim slot is for the 4g lte service and not gsm. There are however phones that are CDMA/gsm. You might be able to activate it on page plus on 3G. Which is CDMA vzw towers.
I have an lg fathom vzw that is page plus for CDMA and trusim for gsm as back up. With my trusim sim I will work some countries for cheap and others for a price.....
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The Galaxy Nexus on sold by Google for $399 is a great phone. However, any AT&T or T-Mo phone is going to be just as easy to set up for Straight Talk. I would not let that be the deciding factor.
I thought about the Nexus because you would get Android updates directly from Google. But once you add in shipping and taxes I would've paid $435 for the Nexus and I was able to get the Burst for $160. To me the Nexus is a 2-year commitment. With the Burst, a year from now if the technology has changed a lot I can buy another phone and I bet I still pay less for both.
But the Nexus is a gee-whiz phone if you're into that sort of thing. It's Google's flagship at this moment.
Does anyone with the Pantech Burst use it for tethering? I know tethering is against ST terms, but I occasionally need it in a very limited capacity (~100MB / month).
I think many phones running their stock builds don't allow you to setup a WiFi hotspot, so was looking at something that would be easy to setup this way. The Burst looks like a great value, but not sure if it can do this.
Currently I'm looking at getting a Motorola Atrix 4G, which seems to have an extensive developer community. But a used Atrix costs as much as a brand new Burst... :-(
Thanks in advance!
To both Wall Street and Double Click: I think you'd both be even more thrilled with the burst if it was rooted. The rooting is easy--takes five minutes. At that point you can set up tethering (there's a thread over at xda. just do a google search for "Pantech burst love XDA").
On the burst stock ROM i installed a purchased version of titanium backup pro and "froze" all the apps that I didn't want running (at&t bloatware). I'm usually running with about 630MB ram free and the phone feels great.
They don't have any third party roms yet but I think a kernel is in the near future, which will allow things like undervolting (for better battery) and overclocking (for better performance) as well as more sophisticated governors, etc. That alone usually makes a huge difference.
I also am cautiously optimistic, that, with time, once the right devs get their hands on this phone it will get on the CM7/9 track and get that someday, especially once stock ICS comes out for burst, but right now they haven't unlocked the bootloader. They do have CWM recovery and root though, so there's been progress, just not like what you'd see with HTC or samsung.
I had the Atrix and never liked it. Burst is, hands down, the way I would recommend you go. Better specs than Atrix but you're trading the development support (for now anyway)
Is there a similar list for Straight Talk phones that use Verizon towers? Their coverage is unbeatable in my area.
I keep reading differing reports in regards to which phones will work on ST using Verizon towers. Does the phone need to be unlocked or will any Verizon/android phone work?
Verizon does not work with BYOD on ST. All Verizon phones are proprietary to ST/Net10. FYI RE: Good phones; my G2X has worked out very well on the TMO sim for the last 3 months and is even better with the new 2.3.4 update (had to do it through LG's site, but no big deal).
What about an unlocked phone that was previously tied to Verizon? I am specifically interested in the HTC Incredible.
Bump because this thread should be stickied!
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