Report: Google is Becoming a Wireless Carrier This Year, Will Use T-Mobile and Sprint Networks

According to a report from Amir Efrati of The Information, Google is planning to launch its own wireless service this year, a service that will use T-Mobile and Sprint networks. The service would be similar to StraightTalk or any other MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) in that Google won’t actually own any of the network, they will simply be cutting deals with T-Mobile and Sprint to have access to networks, so that they can then sell you a service plan that works on those networks. Think of it like you do the prepaid cards you see slung about checkout lines at stores like Target. (more…)

Straight Talk Now Offers Nano SIM Cards, Days of Cutting Come to an End

Popular GSM-powered MVNO, Straight Talk, announced today that they now carry nano SIM cards for both T-Mobile and AT&T plans. While their plans aren’t changing, future customers won’t have to buy a micro SIM and cut it down to size to fit into new phones like the Moto X, “All New HTC One,” and iPhone 5s. You already know how to cut one down, thanks to our tutorial, but we’d rather you not have to spend the time.  (more…)

Straight Talk APN Settings for Android Phones [Beginners’ Guide]

Apologies on the two APN posts in one afternoon, but we wanted to get them out of the way and into the Beginners’ Guide.

If you aren’t on Aio Wireless and instead went with Straight Talk, we also have APN settings for you as well. Below, you’ll find the official settings pulled from Straight Talk’s site for both AT&T and T-Mobile service, though if you venture into a variety of forums across this wonderful internet, you are bound to find tweaked settings that one user or another claim bring even better performance.

I would suggest that you start with these, and should you run into issues, start tweaking or looking elsewhere. But again, these are the official settings.  (more…)

TracFone Comes Clean About Straight Talk Throttling, Admits Only 2.5GB High Speed Data Each Month


One of the more popular and well-known prepaid carriers, Straight Talk, has always seemed like a good option. Unlimited data, talk and text for only $45 each month is a very enticing deal, but it is also well-known that Straight Talk throttles that data after a certain point. Up until today they have been notoriously coy about what that cut off is, but now we finally have a definitive number.  (more…)

So You Want to Switch to Pre-Paid? My Experience in Dropping the Big Carriers


We always talk about it, the final straw that would break our back. There’s always something that the big wireless carriers could do to make us leave and take our business elsewhere. Threats however are only words until you actually decide to take the initiative and switch, but where do you go outside of Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint? Pre-paid carriers have always sounded exciting to the people locked into lengthy and expensive contracts, but they don’t usually have the best reputation: sketchy service, throttling data speeds, the list goes on. Luckily for you, I’ve decided to brave the unknown and dove headfirst into the world of pre-paid carriers. Let’s talk about how it went. (more…)