- Apr 27, 2000
For anyone that went to Straight Talk as a shelter from Verizon and AT&T, this acquisition can't be a pleasant one. Granted they were using their towers anyway, but it's not quite the same thing. Plus with Verizon making a full acquisition, it calls into question how it will affect people with GSM-only devices. The only thing the FAQ has to say about it is:
Sounds like anyone with an unlocked GSM device is going to be forced to switch carriers if they want to keep using it, at least if they're a Tracfone customer. Not sure how that will affect Straight Talk or Walmart Family customers. I know a few people that put unlocked GSM devices on Straight Talk and were quite happy with the service. This can't be good news for them.Tracfone customers will be able to keep their current devices. If a customer’s Tracfone plan is served on a network other than Verizon's, Tracfone will have a carefully managed transition during which customers will be able to move to the Verizon network, including obtaining a device compatible with Verizon's network if necessary. We will communicate with such customers and you do not need to worry about being surprised.
Anyone here have any insights on what will happen to GSM phone owners that are currently customers of Tracfone/Straight Talk/etc.?