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Straight Talk Prepaid Service Now Supports AT&T LTE

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Straight Talk, one of the most popular and affordable prepaid smartphone options, now appears to support AT&T’s 4G LTE. At $45 per month for unlimited talk, text, and data, this is now an incredibly interesting choice if carriers, subsidies, and contracts are not something you ever want to see again in your life. 

Just last week, we saw AT&T’s official prepaid plans through Aio Wireless go live nationwide, however, their plans start at $55 for any sort of meaningful data amount. Aio Wireless is also up front about their data throttling limits, and the speeds you will receive. For $55, you’ll receive access to AT&T’s LTE network with max speeds of 8Mbps up and down for the first 2GB of data you use each month. After that, you’ll be throttled to even slower speeds.

Straight Talk on the other hand has never been open to discussing their speeds or throttling limits. In fact, they have been sued at least once for throttling people at limits as low as 1.5GB of data. Their terms are pretty vague, but they essentially state that you will see varying speeds and that they reserve the right to throttle.

We’ve got one of the SIM cards on order, so once it arrives, we’ll activate it and perform some tests to give you guys an idea as to where they stand.

Via:  Straight Talk

Cheers Matt!

  • KD

    I have the HTC One X (AT&T) with an old ST AT&T sim and I am getting the 4G LTE symbol but still the same speeds as 4G.

  • JonniRage

    I am a Straight Talk customer and I have not been able to get LTE through my LTE enabled phone with a ST AT&T sim. And when I attempt to call or chat with Straight Talk, they play dumb and say they don’t support 4G LTE. This company is a bunch of fkn crooks. I have a screenshot of the chat rep denying they have LTE and then abruptly ending the chat with me before I can say anything else.

  • Peter Johnson

    I’ve been using Straight Talk (Nexus 4 ATT) for about 10 months, and I even pre-paid a year after a few months of trial. about 2 weeks ago, I lost data connectivity completely. After trying everything to “fix my phone”, I went online chat with ST customer service. They said reboot my phone, and see if it is fixed. it was. I asked them what happened, and they stated that there “was a glitch in the system”. I said thank you for fixing it, they said no problem. Then they added one more comment to the chat that said, in essence, “in the future, do not violate the terms of service”. This rep was gone, so I started another chat session, and they told me that I had violated 2 terms. I asked when/how. They could not tell me, but stated that i should have been warned. I told them I was not warned, and that I had not violated any terms of service, and that it was not acceptable in the future to just shut off my phone. They told me that, yes they can, and will, whenever they want to. I captured the chat logs and have not decided what to do with them yet, but I will do something that has impact to their business if it ever happens again.

  • Guest

    is straight talk going to be offering the iphone 5s?

  • Veronica Moreno

    I use straight talk service on a lumia 920 with the same old simcard that I had for the last 3years and indeed 4g showsup I love straight talk even more because of the savings a top notch phone on a top notch network paying less works for me all the way around

  • Spider210

    Lets see how quickly they throttle you now…

  • Prepaid Finder

    Straight Talk definitely do throttle. I have ordered an Aio SIM, and will evaluate it and post the results.

    I have collated all the prepaid providers for smartphone users and published them here: http://www.prepaidfinder.com. If you use prepaid and have any reports on throttling, then please let the community know!

  • Brian_2112

    Hmm…if I can get my hands on a solid 4G device (LTE or not), Straight Talk might be my next carrier. As a mobile journeyman, I wouldn’t mind sticking to something if it is reliable. Can’t wait for the DL verdict.

  • KMS_Alex

    Wow does noooo one use TING??

  • anezarati

    Anyone having trouble ordering one? I am getting an error with my city/state/zip code verification..

  • shooter50

    In Miami. Dropped Verizon due to expense. Using T-mobile with an HTC One and Xperia Z Ultra. Couldn’t be happier. Signal everywhere from Palm Beach to the upper keys. Screw verizon.

  • Charles Rogers

    I just got my art soon card from them last week. World fine. I bought a nexus 4 just to try it out.

  • Steve B

    And still, Solavie sounds like the best pre-paid option out there.

  • TheRobotCow

    You get what you pay for.
    Yes Verizon is the most expensive, but they have always given me the best. When i had the iPhone 5 and went back to my Galaxy Nexus, it showed me how horrible the radios of the gnex really were. Even with these horrible radios i get signal, service, and reliability everywhere i go

  • p0k3y

    The list of alternatives to VZW keeps growing. Still got 70 days b4 I can quit VZW…

  • Dan

    Straight Talk are the slum lords of the carrier world. Yes, they are cheap, but they treat their customers as if they were all sub-human with horrible quality of service and customer support. I am all for inexpensive wireless service, but Straight Talk is not it.

    • moelsen8

      i’ve been with them the better part of the year, and never really had any problems. as long as you try to fly under the radar and don’t have any major problems requiring interaction with their customer service, it’s not bad.

  • Al-Burrit0

    I know there are a lot Verizon users here, but I think we are all rooting for T.Mobile secretly inside just waiting for their coverage to expand greatly enough to ditch the money craving carriers!

    • Guest

      And for the signal band to change, they are on the higher end of the spectrum hence why signal is horrible in any buildings.

    • d-rock

      I would love T-mobile to do this, but I don’t think they really care to. I don’t think it’s on their business strategy. I think they want to fall somewhere in between sprint and cricket in terms of coverage balanced with pricing.

      • Al-Burrit0

        True if they really wanted to do this T.Mobile would of started the 4G LTE coverage along time ago.

        • Pedro

          If I recall, they were kind of stuck where they were until AT&T came calling. Deutsche Telecom didn’t want to spend anything to remain the 4th carrier, and DT didn’t really want a US presence.
          When the deal fell through, TMO got $5B(?) and the spectrum to expand.

      • brkshr

        I think T-Mo is handicapped no matter what they do. They use the highest cellular frequencies and that immediately handicaps them. Their spectrum can’t go as far & won’t penetrate objects as easily, making their service horrible in all but the most dense of populations that are saturated with cell towers. They really need to get some of VZWs & AT&Ts lower frequency spectrum in order to ever truly compete. They already offer ridiculously low pricing and I don’t think there is much else they could do, besides putting up cell towers every 2 miles.

        • BobbieDooley

          More towers means more available bandwidth, and your right. The math is this– AT&T and Verizon can place one tower to cover 1,000 square miles.

          In that same 1,000 square miles, PCS like T-Mobile and Sprint will build 3 towers.

          So, if there are more AT&T customers in a 1,000 square mile area, than T-mobile’s in 333 square miles, AT&T has to charge more, and in a way, prevent people from using the service. What does this mean..? Well, back in the 1980s, AT&T sold long distance service, and didn’t have many cables across the nation, and was late with Fiber Optics. So, AT&T charged upwards $1.50 per minute of long distance service. Then, in 1984, AT&T broke up so it could compete. Also, MCI came along, and sold long distance for 5¢; Sprint had 10¢. And you know, this is just fine. some people like to pay more for service.

    • Sqube

      I’m not even secretly rooting for T-Mobile. I’m rooting for them vociferously, all the time. I’m just waiting to see what the Nexus 5 has to offer (and hope for a 32GB version).

      • Pengwn

        This. I’ve already talked my family into switching to T-Mobile once our contracts are up. I told them about all of the stupid things Verizon does to it’s customers and how for a lot less(we’re talking half of the bill) per month, they can use MORE data. We’ve been on Verizon for the past 15-16 years and the way they treat their long term and until recently, loyal customers disgusts me.

        • Neil Quan

          I hope your neighborhood and house get reception. I have been a tmobile subscriber for 10 years, but since I bought a new house (Midtown Houston Texas) i have been victim to poor reception and excessive dropped calls. Not a knock on their service over all, just reception in my area.

          • Pengwn

            Honestly, it can’t get much better than what I’m getting now. I’m in the same situation as you and just recently moved to a new house. For as much as I enjoy smartphone tech, I was blown away how I could forget to check my data signal while viewing the new place…

        • Droidzilla

          If you’re on an old unlimited plan with Verizon, be sure to sell that thing and not simply let it expire. They’re going right now for $200 a line, so do that and sell your Verizon phones and you’ll get new Nexus 5s for free.

        • Gigi Jacobs

          I have to agree for I’ve had t mobile for ever and it’s so much cheaper than any other and the service is very good overall. I guess the Neil has problems in Texas, but in Los Angeles area it’s as good as Sprint and Verizon (very close) and it’s so much cheaper. Actually I use Simple Mobile which uses the T-mobile towers and it’s even cheaper. I don’t pay more than $50 for unlimited all and no throttle down.

    • Dar Jonstone

      Tmo is for a Hmo. Crap.

      • Brandon Jiang

        no need to get homosexuality involved here.
        “I may not be the same, but that’s not important. No freedom till we’re equal, damn right I support it”

    • BobbieDooley

      Well, AT&T and Verizon sold most of their towers.

      The towers are all owned by a few companies, like Crown Castle, and American Tower. The service between the companies is remarkably similar in the cities… But to get the range, and coverage, in rural areas, where AT&T and Verizon has fewer customers, T-Mobile would need 650/700MHz spectrum to be located on Crown Castle or American Tower properties.

      This leaves one company– DishNetwork. Dish needs to build a network using the spectrum they have. Otherwise, the FCC will likely take it and re-auction it or sell it to AT&T or Verizon.

      Either that, or AT&T or Verizon will buy DishNetwork. That would be a mess for customers though. AT&T and Verizon both run Amdocs for billing. DishNetwork has their own in-house system.

      • Droidzilla

        Wasn’t Dish rumoured to be in talks with Google about going to their own thing? That would be boss, if it works with my N4.

      • Rostyslav2011

        How i can unlock HTC Verizon? Month ago i bouth iPhone locked to ATT and unlock it here http://att-iphone-unlock.com but can any body suggest me another service target to unlock HTC?

    • fueledbygin

      If their nation-wide coverage didn’t suck so bad, they would be the undisputed king in terms of service plans (allowing conditional call forwarding, or providing visual voicemail would help as well; I honestly hate not being able to use Google Voice for voicemail, while hate using Google Voice/Groove/or any voip to make phone calls due to poor voice quality, so going all in isn’t much of an option for me either).

      Instead, I have to use Straight Talk or potentially Aio now that it’s been released nationwide (would have bought an Aio sim card the other day, but their checkout requires your billing and shipping address to be the same, and mine aren’t; guess I’ll have to wait ’till people start putting them on ebay/amazon). I suspect if you live in a city, Aio will end up being a better deal due to the severe throttling Straight Talk will likely bring you, while if you live in a less dense place, Straight Talk will be the better deal due to the far more liberal throttling there.

      • Al-Burrit0

        I know right. 4G is one thing, but back here in Yuma AZ we get 2G coverage only pretty lame to say the least.

    • Gigi Jacobs

      How can you root a Verizon phone for T mobile since Verizon is CDMA and T mobile is GMS?

    • Gigi Jacobs

      And if so, I would be seriously interested. I can’t stand ATT and I have no signal in my home office-not a bit from ATT. So, I’m okay with T mobile but every phone I buy if it is GSM, seems to be for ATT. I have bought cool phones from China even and they only work on ATT (they work on T-mobile for voice and only Edge-I don’t consider that a T mobile phone). I wish T-mobile would open up some bands compatible with so many more phones-that would allow a whole lot of ATT users to disband the crappy service. And I could buy my phone and have it on T mobil! : (

      • Al-Burrit0

        Oh no sorry man i meant “rooting” as in “cheering” for tmobile not sure if “rooting” was the correct term lol.

  • Matthew Wu

    They even lower the prices for these sims?
    Aren’t they selling it for 14.99 before?

    • moelsen8

      yes. get them while they’re low.

      • Tim242

        No streaming.

        • moelsen8

          no video streaming. not to mention some people don’t stream. i’ve never had the urge to fire up netflix while i’m out in public, it’s something i don’t get. pandora and music on the other hand? sure.

  • 3rob3

    I used Straight Talk when the Nexus 4 first came out and for ~8 months after. Also tried T-mobile $30 plan (service sucked in my area). Now I’m using AT&T Gophone and am really happy. Straight Talk’s random throttling and customer support SUCK. Now on Gophone $60 plan, with a clear 2Gb cap, and full sped LTE (have HTC One now btw). Buy refills on eBay and you can do less than $50 a month. This month I paid $46, which is actually cheaper than ST.

    • Joshua Patrick

      I also used Striaght talk for about 8 months. Got throttled so jumped to go phone for a month. Saw that AIO is now available everywhere jumped to them right away!! Could not be happier 55$ a month for 2gb of data LTE(8mb speed cap) unlimited data but slowed after the 2gb if you need more high speed add another 10$ per gig.

      Love their apps visual voicemail, and their app that allows you to pay and track your data usage!!!

      My area I have to use AT&T mvno’s no tmobile anywhere near my state.

    • Batman

      I payed 250 for 6 months up front from Walmart so it comes down to about $41, so not cheaper than ST. Throttling does suck I agree, but I haven’t really had any major complains with it, even though I do stream youtube and a lot of Pandora. I also have the HTC One, will be getting the Xperia Z1 soon though. I’m not too sure if the whole LTE thing is really all that great, I’m happy with my 4g speed. ST is actually unlimited data, except as you said it does get throttled at some point, still it’s unlimited.

      • 3rob3

        Sorry, I should have said that random throttling was annoying, and customer service sucked (wasn’t trying to imply ST sucked). Overall I was happy with ST except for the 2 times they throttled me and internet was unusable. One was my fault, the other was BS.

        Anyway, the main point was check eBay for refill minutes, you save even more and no additional tax fee.

  • Tim242

    CAUTION! StraightTalk forbids streaming of any kind. Go read their TOS!

    • Steve B

      Hey, do you know much about Solavie?

      • HM

        6. STRAIGHT TALK UNLIMITED TALK, TEXT AND MOBILE WEB ACCESS PLAN INTENDED USE: Straight Talk Unlimited Talk, Text and Mobile Web Access Plans may ONLY be used with a Straight Talk handset for the following purposes: (i) Person to Person Voice Calls (ii) Text and Picture Messaging (iii) Internet browsing through the Straight Talk Mobile Web Service and (iv) Authorized Content Downloads from the Straight Talk Mobile Web Store.

        The Straight Talk Unlimited Plans MAY NOT be used for any other purpose.Examples of prohibited uses include, without limitation, the following: (i) continuous mobile to mobile or mobile to landline voice calls; (ii) automated text or picture messaging to another mobile device or e-mail address; (iii) uploading, downloading or streaming of audio or video programming or games; (iv) server devices or host computer applications, including, but not limited to, Web camera posts or broadcasts, automatic data feeds, automated machine-to-machine connections or peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing; or (v) as a substitute or backup for private lines or dedicated data connections. This means, by way of example only, that checking email, surfing the Internet, downloading legally acquired songs, and/or visiting corporate intranets is permitted, but downloading movies using P2P file sharing services and/or redirecting television signals for viewing on laptops is prohibited. A person engaged in prohibited uses may have his/her service terminated without notice or a refund.

        • Steve B

          #1 You didn’t answer the question.

          #2 I was asking Tim because he actually has a clue what he’s talking about which I can’t say for the majority of people here.

    • jamz

      They sure do!! They turn my data off at 4.8 Gb and you can’t get it back on till you renew or( 30 days is up)

  • Walter Partlo

    The more I think about this, the more I like the idea of getting a motomaker Moto X right now.

  • Ryan Stewart

    Wait, what? LTE at a speed of UP TO 8MB/s?

    Im getting faster than that with Straight Talk on T-Mobiles 3.5G HSPA+ network. Like 2-3x faster.

    • Walter Partlo

      That was for AIO, no?

      • Ian

        Right, People’s skimming skills are getting the best of them today.

  • I’ll wait for you guys to do the testing on this. Might make the jump from Verizon eventually but idk where I’d like to go from here as every carrier or service has something about it that I don’t like.

  • Bill Anderson

    My wife uses a Straight Talk AT&T SIM in her Galaxy Nexus. If she got a new LTE-capable phone, would the current SIM give her LTE speeds, or would she need a new SIM?

    • Batman

      She would need the new sim as I’m not getting the LTE and I have HTC One LTE version with the old ATT sim.

  • Derek Duncan

    VERY interesting. Too bad I re-upped with AT&T in April. But if I have two people on a plan, paying $160/month. This would be $90. Nice savings per month really. Wonder if it’s worth it to eat the ETF. Probably not since the ETF is some ridiculous number as of now.

    • JoshGroff

      You’d save $700 over 10 months, even if you have to put out 350/line, it’d be worth it.

      • Derek Duncan

        Well yea but I’d still have to find over $500 for the ETF right now.

        • JoshGroff

          Yeah, always fun. >.>

  • Jim890

    Wow. My contract is up in November even though I am getting the note 3 once it hits the States and just cancel then. I just might get the note 3 through AT&T and go with this. Thanks DROID life for this!

  • schoat333

    If this is true, I will cancel VZW the day the new nexus lands.

    • Tim242

      Just know that StraightTalk forbids streaming of any kind.

      • moelsen8

        i believe their newest TOS allow streaming, at least audio.

        • nina

          per their website 9/13/2013:
          “Examples of unauthorized uses include, without limitation, the following: (i) continuous uninterrupted mobile to mobile or mobile to landline voice calls; (ii) automated text or picture messaging to another mobile device or e-mail address; (iii) uploading, downloading or streaming of uninterrupted continuous video; ..”

        • Tim242

          Nope. See below.

          • moelsen8

            i think that’s old. they recently (like, in last half year i think) changed it.

        • nina

          ..(iii) uploading, downloading or streaming of audio or video programming or games;

          A person engaged in prohibited uses may have his/her service terminated without notice or a refund.

          ok, no thanks. i didn’t like the terminated without notice or refund part. yikes-

        • Tim242

          Here’s the correct one.

          • moelsen8

            doesn’t mention audio, so that’s changed at least.

      • PapiBone5

        I’m on straight talk and I stream videos & music all the time

        • Tim242

          You can be terminated at any time, without notice. See screen shot below.

          • PapiBone5

            I do all if the above stream download & upload been doing it for the pass 2 years without any problems. It’s all in how you going about using it or abusing it which I doesn’t abuse or do it everyday. As long as u stay under 250mb a day u will be fine …

          • Tim242

            You’ve been lucky. A lot of people haven’t been so lucky. It’s too much of a gamble. Too limited for unlimited.

          • PapiBone5

            Like said tho I don’t abuse the network. The ones that got kick off is abusing the network constantly streaming & downloading, on avg I’ll prolly stream a video or download one or twice a day while I’m away from wifi, I normally stay under 250mb a day which I was told if you do that you will not have any issues.. I do a lot of my stuff while I’m at home on wifi and when I’m away from wifi… It’s really all about how you use it…

          • Ben Jammin

            Yes it is about abusing the network. One thing that everyone has failed to mention is the fact that they tell you to app kill!!! Once again you need to app kill, especially before you go to sleep! Guess what, if you are lazy (98% on here are lazy/do not listen or follow directions), then yes u will be throttled down or your service will/should get disconnected! If you do not kill the app then is will cause an extremely high amount of data usage because that app(facebook, etc..) will continue to use data! I do outside sales and have had ST for 9 months with extremely high use(minutes, gps, pandora, etc…) no problems. But, I do app kill constantly to keep those Indians happy! lol 🙂

            My question is, can we use the Iphone 5s(CDMA version) so it works off of the Verizon towers with straight talk?

          • Batman

            Sucks for all the people then. This has nothing to do with luck though. I’ve been doing everything PapiBone5 has and still fine. From what I heard they no longer ban anyone, just throttle the speeds.

  • brkshr

    I need more than 2 GBs though

  • starnovsky

    Very interesting indeed. Let’s see how “unlimited” is this data.

  • StuckOnVerizonForever

    They don’t want to talk about throttling and speeds? Then F U AT&T. I’ll stay with Verizon.

    • Ian

      I don’t think AT&T is stopping them from disclosing their speeds.

      Misplaced your anger is. (yoda voice)

  • Walter Partlo

    Weren’t AT&T Straight talk sims hard to get for awhile? I might have to pick up a couple to have on hand for when I leave VZW.

    • moelsen8

      AT&T SIMs were unavailable from like January until August. Disappeared, and then reappeared without any word from ST.

  • Greg Morgan

    This could be great. I’m trying AT&T and TMobile right now. AT&T has the better network but I’ve been reluctant to switch because it’s not unlimited. If this get’s the same data speeds i would switch for the unlimited data.

    • brkshr

      See ProductFREDs comment above. It’s not truly unlimited. You get ~ 2GBs tops before they throttle you so bad, you won’t even want to use your phone for fear of wanting to throw it at the ground out of frustration.

    • Guest

      What/ how are you “trying AT&T and Tmo?

      • Greg Morgan

        I bought an Unlocked HTC One and got a prepaid plan on each. Just swap out the Sims. I have 3 numbers, but I’ll port over my main number when i decide which one to use.

        • JolleyMan

          Get a Google Voice number and have it ring all your phones.

  • turdbogls

    Oh my….this, plus the new Nexus. See-ya’ VZW.

    • ProductFRED

      Don’t be so quick to jump. I was with them for a year. Straight Talk would throttle me continuously for the last few months I was with them, for barely any data usage. I remember one month I was up to 300 MB and I was limited to 256 kbps. Afterwards they wouldn’t remove the throttle at all, even after I paid the month’s bill. I called them and the Indian reps (just stating facts) would read me a scripted response over and over and over again about how “the system determined I was using excessive amounts of data.” When I asked how much and on what, they said they couldn’t tell me because the system doesn’t tell them how much or on what.
      They’re shady. If you use them, port your number to Google Voice. Don’t assume they won’t terminate your account without telling you, because its happened to people.

      • Cody Revels

        They told me that “the top 5% of users on each tower get throttled regardless of actual usage.”

        • ProductFRED

          Yeah, it’s complete BS since they’re not publishing some list with phone numbers and data usage for everyone to see. It’s like how AT&T was doing that to people with unlimited data a while back. Right now I’m using T-Mobile’s $30 100 minute – Unlimited Text – 5GB 4G/LTE plan. I have coverage everywhere and great speeds. Wifi-calling fixes the issue of no signal in my house (it works for texts and MMS as well). But still, I acknowledge the fact that AT&T has better coverage overall. I’d switch back at least for the unlimited minutes if they would just give a clear answer on what the data limit is.

          • d-rock

            Use AIO Wireless. It’s an AT&T Subsidiary. You can bet it’s going to be legit terms (as they are stated). 8MB speeds are as good as one REALLY needs anyways. I know some people on unlimited like faster and use more data, but AIO is likely where I’m headed.

          • Gigi Jacobs

            Stay with T mobile. Better yet, Simple Mobile. Cheaper and better for no throttle on most plans.

      • teleclimber

        Definitely agree that you should port your number on GVoice if you plan on going the prepaid route.

        The beauty of prepaid is that you can jump ship whenever you want. But if that means a new phone number every time, you’ll quickly lose touch with friends who cant keep up with your moving-target #.

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      A completely open phone on a locked down network.

  • Dan

    I already use Straight Talk AT&T with my Nexus 4. Do I need a new SIM to use LTE?

    • Bryan Paul

      Well more importantly a LTE phone, but yes I believe you do.

      • silver_arrow

        More importantly a LTE phone that works on a carrier that is not T-Mobile

    • Jérôme Besnard

      I’m about to do the same than you. Any reservations?

    • Ryan Stewart

      It sounds like it doesnt matter if AT&T is only allowing 8MB/s on their LTE network.

      • Ian

        That’s only been specified/confirmed for AT&T’s AiO MVNO.

      • Raj Bhatt

        That’s for the Aio service, not Straight Talk. No one knows what the throttling is like on Straight Talk LTE yet.

        • Ryan Stewart

          I would be shocked if AT&T was going to give ST a superior QOS to their in-house option.

          • Ian

            OMG right? I mean like WTF. That would be some BS. 🙂

    • DoctorJB

      I have an AT&T LTE phone (pantech burst) on StraightTalk with AT&T sim. My data label is still the same 4G that it’s always been (with no LTE indicator).

  • SparkysShocker

    Do they offer a micro LTE sim card for this?

    • Yes, they sell micro SIM cards. If you need nano, you can always cut a micro down to size.

      • Justin W

        Will you do a new article or week you update this article? I’m very interested in the outcome because if it does support LTE now, my plan just got much better…

      • SparkysShocker

        Its like you knew what I really meant to ask. Yeah was looking at using this for my Droid Maxx, however I need to research Global pre paid plans. Really I dont need LTE it would just be nice to have a SIM for my current phone that I could use in Mexico the couple times a year I go down.

        • magellan

          I wonder if ST will start selling nano sims. Sry to intrude everyone. Im an Iphone user whose had to cut a micro to nano sim to use on iphone 5. Was brought here by the ST LTE news. I will say Ive been using ST for about 14 months using 4S then 5 with very minor problems. i.e.carrier setting change every couple of months so you need to stay on top of that. its jailbroken so my visual vm is with google voice and I tether sometimes when i need my laptop for something but I’m smart about it. A few days ive noticed it to be slower then the next day its back to normal. compared data to friends verizon and tmo and sometimes i beat them. Also there is another ST HQ located in FL which i call when something happens and its for the spanish speaking operators who happen to speak very good english. The Int calling plan works wonders to answer your question. Looking forward to the iphone 5S with the new LTE sim card which is 6.99 free overnight shipping…which used to be 14.99 when i bought the sim a 14 months ago. anyways keep up the good posts.