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    Uncle Wulf
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    I'm considering Straight Talk as my next provider. Probably getting their Samsung R810C. I'm curious how stripped down / locked down the Straight Talk phones are. Am I going to have to give them more money everytime I want a different ringtone / wallpaper / whatever? Or can I just make my own? What about apps? Can I use apps from anywhere, or only what they provide/sell? Any help would be greatly appreciated. I anticipate making the switch in the next few days.


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    Re: I need straight talk about Straight Talk

    OK... After some research, I've answered most of my questions.

    www (dot) straighttalk (dot) com/controller.block?__blockname=straight.static.terms is their terms and conditions page, broken out of that silly DHTML popup window they use.

    From their T&C:

    Straight Talk Unlimited talk, text and data plan Features cannot be used: (1) for access to the Internet, intranets, or other data networks except as the device’s native applications and capabilities permit, or (2) for any applications that tether your device to laptops or personal computers other than for the use of Wireless Synch.

    OK. Looks like I can't use third-party apps. Bummer. I was figuring on a fuel/distance/economy tracking app for the bike, among other ideas.

    The Data Services you buy and download may only be used or viewed on the Straight Talk phone for which they were purchased and cannot be transferred to any other device, including a new or replacement Straight Talk phone. Data Services are non-refundable and non-transferable.

    I haven't found any info that specifically addresses my concerns about graphics/ringtones. But this sure looks like they intend to get me coming and going.

    International Roaming is strictly prohibited. Straight Talk does not offer international roaming or international long distance service. You will not be able to make or receive calls on your Straight Talk phone if you are traveling outside of the United States.

    That's the deal-breaker for me. One of the main reasons I want to upgrade to an Internet-enabled phone is to check weather forcasts and radar when I'm out on a motorcycle trip. If I can't use that functionality or make an emergency call because I happen to be in Canada at the time, then I don't need their service.

    Thanks for playing, Straight Talk. Better luck next time.
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    Re: I need straight talk about Straight Talk

    Like many pre-paid, its meant to just give people basic phone and text service. The web access is like a bonus, it is rather slow and not that useful. By not having international calling and roaming it keeps the price down for the 95% of us who dont need it.

    But for those who dont leave the country, its been a great deal for us. We had T-Mobile, for a few years. The verion network that straight talk uses is much better than Tmobiles' ever was. We have good service now where we had none before. Text messages send almost instantly, it use to take about 5 seconds, not that big a deal but make it feel much faster.



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    Re: I need straight talk about Straight Talk

    It is a "basic" service. The phone service in my area is good. But that is about it. Don't look for any "extra" features.



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    Re: I need straight talk about Straight Talk

    U can use your own mp3s wallpapers etc
    no apps on the r819c
    no java on that phone either



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    Re: I need straight talk about Straight Talk

    All over this forum it says that straight talk operates off verizon towers. This is not true it operates off t-mobile/att here in Washington state. This is what is posted at the walmart stores.



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    Re: I need straight talk about Straight Talk

    Quote Originally Posted by scottss View Post
    All over this forum it says that straight talk operates off verizon towers. This is not true it operates off t-mobile/att here in Washington state. This is what is posted at the walmart stores.
    Straight Talk added GSM coverage in the latter part of summer. Prior to that, they only offered cdma phones that operate on the Verizon network. So, depending on your location, you have a choice between CDMA or GSM.
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    About Straight Talk

    Before I purchase any item, I check blogs, comments, etc. I needed a Straight Talk cellphone and visited Wal-mart and ask questions that I already knew from reading different forums. I purchase a Samsung R355c and I never had any problems with it, plus am saving just by switching from my old cellphone company to ST. I had read that your old number could not be transferred or so I understood, but ST transferred the same number, with the difference that I am saving, not throwing my money away on hidden charges, like going over the minutes per month, that HELLO!! I think $300 is too much, but is their lost, I switch, saved, and for just $30 a month with 1000 min. of talk, text, free 411 calls and 30 mb is enough for me.
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    Re: I need straight talk about Straight Talk

    Yo he comentado en este sitio en ingles, pero quiero decirles que en cualquier idioma Straight Talk es el mejor celular, economico, y sin contratos que he tenido. Por solo $30 al mes tengo 1000 min. de hablar, textear, y 30mb de data y llamadas gratis al 411 si no sabe llegar o no sabe el numero. Estoy en los planes de cambiar el de mi casa a un ST celular que me lo llevo conmigo para cualquier problema como que suene la alarma por algo, ensequida puedo responderles pues tengo el telefono conmigo. Que mas puedes pedir!!! Yo me cambie a ST y estoy ahorrando bastante.



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    Re: I need straight talk about Straight Talk

    I have Straight Talk as my cellphone provider and now they came up with International Calling Plan. I am interested in finding out more about this service since I have family in international countries. If someone can post a reply on this comment I will appreciate it. I have post here before both in english and spanish. Thanks in advance for your response.



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