rsmo2222 said: LetsGoMets1 said: So it's their fault you didn't read the terms. You have nobody to game but yourself. It's just like losing a gift card.
Your comment certainly fits your name, Cranky.
I copied and pasted the contract terms to MS Word. The contract is forty-two (42) pages of single-spaced text as a Word document. Why don't you go try and read it on their web site and see if you still feel the same? Do you read every word of every car rental agreement?
It is not like a gift card at all. I purchased twelve months of service. The phone is gone, not my remaining 11 months of service. I'm not asking them to replace the phone (and actually the theft of the phone will be covered by American Express). The minutes weren't stolen, just the phone. And in fact if you lose a gift card and have the proper information, the balance can be transferred to another gift card and the lost or stolen gift card can be deactivated.
I did briefly look at the contract, but the enormous single-spaced document wasn't worth two hours to read and study. It is an adhesion contract. It is non-negotiable if you want service. Terms of a contract that are unconscionable (like losing almost $500 worth of service that can easily be transferred to a new phone) will not be enforced by a court, particularly for adhesion contracts. I plan to report this to my state's attorney general's consumer protection division. I think they will be interested.
Since you appear to be a Mets fan, I can understand your crankiness. But a more appropriate comment would have been a simple "thank you" for my taking the time to warn others who may be considering purchasing a year of StraightTalk service. You're welcome.
Despite the obvious ATT coverage map, I found these terms...
No Refunds will be issued for this SIM Card or Service Card purchases. You will need a compatible GSM T-Mobile phone. You may also use an Unlocked GSM phone compatible with T-Mobile. This program/offering does not work with Straight Talk, TracFone, Net10, SafeLink, BlackBerry and/or CDMA phones. To Activate your service, you will need a Service Card. You may purchase a Service Card with a Debit card or Credit card. APN (Access Point Name) data settings must be updated on your phone. These settings can be found on our website at apn.straighttalksim.com. Updating your APN settings does not guarantee MMS (Multimedia/Picture Messaging) will work. MMS is dependent upon your phone modelís limitations.
Straight Talk begins offering BYOD with Verizon phones beginning today (03/26/13) you purchase an "activation PIN" and a service card; Verizon phones ONLY no other carriers and unfortunately 3G only phones, no LTE devices will be allowed. Still, a nice alternative, if you can live with the slower data on Verizon. Just FYI.
I doubt that the data speed will be slower for most subscribers the way StraightTalk throttled the data. VZW 3G data is a consistent 1 - 2 mbps with the right equipment. When I tried StraightTalk with AT&T I was only getting 200 - 300 kbps.
cpabster said: Straight Talk begins offering BYOD with Verizon phones beginning today (03/26/13) you purchase an "activation PIN" and a service card; Verizon phones ONLY no other carriers and unfortunately 3G only phones, no LTE devices will be allowed. Still, a nice alternative, if you can live with the slower data on Verizon. Just FYI.
dcg9381 said: yesidonoitall said: + $4.95 to mail the sim to you.... Rip off
Not nearly as big a rip off as a 2-year commitment. I've got this on a Nexus 4, 4G speeds, native tether... Sorry, but it's pretty hard to beat.
Just watch the data use. ST seems to be throttling much quicker and more predictably since the demise of AT&T SIMs (BYOD). Their sister Net10 is now a hard 1.5GB per cycle cap. ST hasn't announced the same but there are numerous reports of throttling with pretty low data use (in some cases under 1GB per cycle)
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