Question Regarding "Unlocked" iPhone 4/4S

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  1. Saint Nick

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    Hi all. I want to switch to Cricket for my cell phone provider as they offer $55/month unlimited everything with the iPhone 4/4S. Is there a difference between "factory unlocked" and "user unlocked" iPhone 4/4S? If so, would it make any difference when trying to activate that phone on Cricket?
     
  2. jpeyton

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    Step 1: Cricket is CDMA, so you'll need a Verizon or Sprint iPhone to start.

    Step 2: Get your iPhone flashed over to Cricket's network. Find a reputable Cricket dealer in your area and they'll flash your phone for a fee.

    You don't need an unlocked GSM iPhone for Cricket because it isn't compatible with their network.

    Personally I would go with Straight Talk's pre-paid $45/month unlimited everything plan instead. $10 less, it runs on AT&T's nationwide post-paid network (which has better coverage and speed than Cricket), and you can use any AT&T locked or unlocked device on it (including iPhones).

    www.straighttalksim.com
    www.straighttalk.com
     
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    I agree with everything jpeyton wrote... including the last paragraph. :)

    Usually when people talk about unlocked iPhones, they mean GSM-network compatible unlocked iPhones. You don't want one of those, you want a Verizon/Sprint iPhone which has been flashed to Cricket's network.
     
  4. God Mode

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    What data speed does straight talk have? Is it edge or do they limit speed after 1gb etc? Their site sucks.
     
  5. Saint Nick

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    I'm confused now ... should I get a CDMA or a GSM phone for straight talk? Does it matter? Or do both CDMA and GSM have the $45/month deal? I guess I'll go poke around on the sites.
     
  6. Saint Nick

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    OK ... I think I get the gist of it. Echoing jpeyton...

    1) I buy an AT&T compatible (GSM) iPhone 4/4S
    2) Go to StraightTalk and port my number from VZW.
    3) Profit?

    At this point, does having it unlocked even matter?
     
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    Straight Talk is basically a 2gb cap. Only GSM smartphones will work.
     
  8. jpeyton

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    It's everything but LTE, so that includes HSDPA if your phone supports it. Everything is routed through Straight Talk's proxy, but speeds are typical 3G/pseudo-4G.
     
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    Nope, it doesn't matter. Just order the AT&T-compatible microSIM from straighttalksim.com and pop it into an AT&T branded phone.
     
  10. Saint Nick

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    Thanks for suggesting StraightTalk too, jpeyton... I never knew about it :)
     
  11. Saint Nick

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    Hey guys, I just bought a 4S from a good dude here on AT. I don't need to bring my phone to the store for them to "activate" it, right? I can just order the SIM online??
     
  12. SAWYER

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    order a sim and service card
     
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    Straight Talk doesn't have stores really. They sell their refill cards and phones at walmart, but they don't have real stores for support.
     
  14. Saint Nick

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    Right, that's what I meant (bring it to Wal-Mart). I can't buy the SIMs at Wal-Mart?

    Edit, no worries now. Just bought the micro SIM and service plan on the site.
     
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    FYI, you could have used the coupon simsave and got the SIM and a $45 refill for a total of $45. This makes the sim free and only pay $45 for the refill.

    Might be a little late now.
     
  16. Saint Nick

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    Actually I did use that coupon as I googled for a few before purchasing :) Cheers Donly
     
  17. Saint Nick

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    Sounds like I'm going to have to do some trickery to make it work great with Straight Talk. Apparently MMS doesn't work unless the phone is jail broken.
     
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