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Old 11-12-2014, 07:06 AM   #15
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Great thred. Im taking notes because I am off contract with Verizon this month
I have done a bit of research and found the best deal out in the cyber world right now in the US of A is a hot spot device of different total wi-fi connections and data plans is Freedom Pop. I think it the smallest plan and pocket sized wi-fi device and 30 gig of data per month was $25.00 to $30.00. They had bigger devices and bigger plans for whole house coverage.If you have a wi-fi capable phone you can have free texting app called Hangout (Android) and free 10 calls a month (charged for additional calls) app. that upon sign up issues you a personal phone #.
I thought that was the best way to drop all the phone characters ...I mean carriers.
Thanks, keep the ideas flowing!
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Old 11-12-2014, 08:26 AM   #16
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Buyer be aware, prison pop. Might want to Read up on getting off auto-pay, device refunds, and how data minutes are tallied, etc.
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Old 11-13-2014, 05:35 AM   #17
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Lots of ways to "skin the cat" but it would appear nobody has tried this one???

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Old 11-13-2014, 08:46 AM   #18
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When we travel to the US we use Straight Talk from Walmart.. It appears to use the Verizon network but no contract.. They have bring your own device plans

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Old 11-13-2014, 09:01 AM   #19
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Verizon uses CDMA technology. Apparently the Straight Talk BYOT requires an unlocked GSM tablet . AT&T and T mobile are both GSM networks. So when you said Verizon network I assumed it was not the same plan?? Raz
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Verizon uses CDMA technology. Apparently the Straight Talk BYOT requires an unlocked GSM tablet . AT&T and T mobile are both GSM networks. So when you said Verizon network I assumed it was not the same plan?? Raz
I could be wrong, but I believe that Straight Talk uses different networks (and devices) in different locations. If you want to choose the network, you may have to shop around...
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I could be wrong, but I believe that Straight Talk uses different networks (and devices) in different locations. If you want to choose the network, you may have to shop around...
I think you are right. Our Tracfone is the same way. Here it uses AT&T. Straight talk is a joint venture between Walmart and Tracfone. That said, CDMA (Verizon, Sprint) devices are excluded from the data only plan. I suspect there is some lack of comparability between the network technology and the sim cards. On thing I did find out is that unlike Tracfone which has to stay continually activated, you get 145 days (odd number) to reactivate with this plan. That would mean buying a sim card in the spring would last the season. Raz
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Verizon uses CDMA technology. Apparently the Straight Talk BYOT requires an unlocked GSM tablet . AT&T and T mobile are both GSM networks. So when you said Verizon network I assumed it was not the same plan?? Raz
My Verizon phones use CDMA in the US and GSM where they have no CDMA infrastructure. I don't think I'd want to use Verizon as a carrier out of the US. I've read that the GSM side of the phone is unlocked but I haven't validated that. That is likely more complicated than I know about now.
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That is likely more complicated than I know about now.
Yea, a little like VHS vs. Beta
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My Verizon phones use CDMA in the US and GSM where they have no CDMA infrastructure. I don't think I'd want to use Verizon as a carrier out of the US. I've read that the GSM side of the phone is unlocked but I haven't validated that. That is likely more complicated than I know about now.
Canada's major cellular networks are GSM (at one point in years gone by they were CDMA) in order to match most of the rest of the world (with the exception of the US) which makes traveling and purchasing a prepaid SIM card (that supports GSM) in the country your travelling pretty simple.

PC Magazine explains the differences (pros and cons) of CDMA vs GSM.
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Yea, a little like VHS vs. Beta
Good analogy! But it would appear that VHS (GSM) has won the battle everywhere but the US.

Back in the old days (read the 90's) as I worked in the USA/Canada and in Europe I had to carry to different cellular phones..... thats not the case any more.
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I am from Canada and spend lots of time in US and need Internet all the time (work). I have bought a Karma wifi router and purchase non-time limited GB of data for cheap. I think this will be a pretty good system once my router arrives.

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I am from Canada and spend lots of time in US and need Internet all the time (work). I have bought a Karma wifi router and purchase non-time limited GB of data for cheap. I think this will be a pretty good system once my router arrives.

http://yourkarma.com
The coverage doesn't work for me but the idea is certainly a step in the right direction. Imagine buying gasoline they way they sell minutes and data.
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I bought the Straight Talk Hotspot at Walmart and buy the 4 or 5gb data only refills which are good for 60 days before they expire. Coverage almost everywhere we have travelled in the USA. we already have Skype to use for long distance calls anywhere in North America for $36.00 a year. Instead of an expensive cellphone I bought a no contract Moto G at Best Buy for 69.00and just didn't activate it and
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