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    droid bionic

    i just got a droid bionic that was connected through verizon but want to use straight talk is it possible ?


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    First off, I'm deleting your double post. No need to post this under the "Tips, Tricks, and Hacks section. :-)

    Second, you will not be able to use the Droid Bionic with Straight Talk Verizon service. The difference with Verizon service is that they control which devices are allowed on their network. When you purchase Straight Talk, and you purchase a sim card, this is a GSM sim card. Completely different technology and will not work in a CDMA phone. Yes, the new Verizon phones do take sim cards, but that is for the data connection. Calls are still made over CDMA.

    When you visit Welcome | Straight Talkit says "Use virtually any compatible or unlocked GSM phone..." Now I know Straight Talk has been using Verizon coverage (I believe, someone correct me if I'm wrong) for the iPhone. But again, Verizon and Straight Talk can control this since it's not a GSM phone. They get to pick and choose which phones are allowed on the network.

    I found this old article that talks about unlocking a Verizon phone to bring to Straight Talk. However, it must be invalid now since Straight Talk is only selling T-Mobile GSM sim cards. Plus, like I mentioned before, a GSM sim card would not work in a Verizon phone even if you did unlock the Verizon phone. Completely different technology.

    If you really want to join Straight Talk, and T-Mobile has bad coverage in your area, but AT&T offers good coverage, then I would recommend buying a Straight Talk AT&T micro sim card off of eBay. You're going to spend upwards of $60+, but you'll get AT&T coverage, unlimited talk and text, and about 2GB - 3GB of data. The downfall, you'd have to sell your Droid Bionic and get get a compatible GSM phone. I just saw on TechBargains.com that the Galaxy S3 is going for $419 for the unlocked international version. If you can get by with 1.5GB of data each month, then go with Net10 service. They offer unlimited talk and text, but you'll just get a little bit less data each month. Personally, I think paying the extra money for the Straight Talk sim card is worth it to get an extra 500MB - 1.5GB of data each month. I've only used about 2.4GB of data once in the past, and Straight Talk did not call me. It's just nice to have this option there though when those 1-3 months out of the year I am going to use a little more than 1.5GB of data.

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