Originally Posted by okra77
I just ended by 2nd month with Straight Talk, on their BYOP plan. My wife and I both brought Galaxy Nexus phones to Straight Talk. I chose the "AT&T" sim, instead of the "T-Mobile" sim.
Most people will not be in trouble. As you see below, last billing cycle I used 4.113 GB of data. But like most people, most of it was over wi-fi at home and work. I used less than 500MB over Straight Talk's network -- which is actually typical of a 95% of smartphone owners.
If you have an Android, you can get the excellent free My Data Manager to help you out, to let you know how much data you are using (over mobile and wi-fi) and what is using it. (2nd best is 3G Watchdog.) With My Data Manager you can set multiple alarms to let you know as you are approaching certain limits -- like 100MB per day or 2GB per month (which are the rumored limits). You can even set a self-governor that will cut off data to your phone, as you reach the limits you set, so you won't go over and risk the ire of Straight Talk. I don't use that feature, but that's one reason it's superior to 3G Watchdog. With 3G Watchdog, you need another app for that functionality. My Data Manager has it all.
What most ST users are concerned about right now are two things:
1) ST advertises "unlimited" data, but after a certain point they shut off that data. However, as some idiots on here like to point out, ST leaves a minuscule dribble of data active, so technically it's not completely shut off. And thus, the idiots say that ST is still giving you unlimited data. Right...
That would be like your boss, withholding your regular paycheck and tossing you some pennies and saying,
"Hey, what are you complaining about? I still gave you some money! I still PAID you."
We would like clear limits stated, as that would be more honest. Other carriers/MNVOs do it. For instance, MetroPCS says first 2.5GB is fast, the rest will be throttled. (By the way, their LTE is like 3 mbps-5 mbps -- comparable to ST's HSPA+ on AT&T.
Yes, MetroPCS still claims UNLIMITED data. However, customers know the cap is really 2.5GB -- because Metro told them so.
The new Solavei MNVO says you can have 4GB of HSPA+ data before they throttle you. And they also claim "unlimited" data. But at least they tell you when you are going to be degraded.
I don't mind that fiction as long as you clearly tell me the limits of the so-called unlimited data! That is ALL we are asking of Straight Talk. There IS a number, they just don't want to tell us. There's at least a "fail safe" number. Be upfront, so we can know. Again, the data issue probably will never affect me personally, but I feel sorry for those people who are getting slammed by Straight Talk's false advertising.
2) Starting in mid-August there were massive rolling data outages for people on ST's AT&T service. You would have to reboot your device 2 or 3 times to get a data connection. Whatever was causing the problems, by now -- almost mid-September -- it seems to have abated. Yet during that time, Straight Talk customer service would never admit there was any problem. Some people thought they were being throttled to the minuscule data stream (see Point #1), but really it was a separate issue only affecting the AT&T sim customers.
Other than that, Straight Talk seems to be an excellent budget cell phone service.
Last edited by ChazzMatt; 09-13-2012 at 02:34 PM.
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