Verizon? Hell no, not until LTE anyway. Sprint? If you want horrible data speed. AT&T? Too many dropped calls. Actually for me the problem was AT&T started throttling my data and I felt screwed. There is nothing I could do about it other than switch carriers so I did. Straight Talk is a Mobile Virtual Network Operator that offers a $45 unlimited everything plan. That’s right unlimited talk, 3G data and texts for only $45. That’s about half of what I was paying AT&T to get throttled. I was worried the coverage would be bad, but it’s been great. While not perfect the amount of savings should make this the iPhone carrier of choice for many. Watch the video to see how easy it was to switch from AT&T to Straight Talk and how I’ve found my new carrier to compare.

Four Key Points

1) This will not work on a Verizon iPhone as they do not have SIM cards. It will work for AT&T iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S.

2) You need to be jailbroken. Sure the calls will work fine, but unless you adjust your APN settings with a simple tweak from Cydia data won’t work.
3) You can port your existing AT&T iPhone number to Straight Talk. It should only take a few hours.
4) While your AT&T iPhone needs to be jailbroken it does not have to be unlocked! Baseband does not matter. Just jailbreak with Absinthe and you are ready.

How to Make the Switch to Straight Talk

1) Order a $15 SIM (or Micro SIM for iPhone 4) card from Straight Talk here. See Image 1
2) Either use 3G on your crappy carrier one last time or wifi to install Tetherme from Cydia. This will allow you to adjust your APN settings.
3) Once your SIM/Micro SIM card arrives go to the Straight Talk Website to activate it here. You will need the serial number on the white sticker on the red activation card that came with your SIM card (see Image 7) and a credit card to purchase the $45 monthly unlimited everything plan.
4) Enter the following into your iPhone. Settings > General > Network > Cellular Data Network (see Image 4)

Under Cellular Data
APN – att.mvno
Under Visual Voicemail
APN – att.mvno
Under MMS
APN – att.mvno
MMS Proxy – proxy.mvno.tracfone.com

4) Insert your Straight Talk SIM card into your iPhone and do a hard reboot. For me it was only a few seconds but I’d give it a minute and you should see your carrier name pop up as HOME. Enjoy never being throttled. It really was that simple for me.

Now this plan saves you some serious money. AT&T’s cheapest plan cost $39.99 (for 450 minutes as opposed to unlimited). You then have to add a 3GB data plan for another $30 (I’m ignoring the $15 250MB plan) and I think another $5 for 200 text messages. Want tethering? That’s another $15 please. So after taxes you would save over $40 per month with Straight Talk. That is a annual savings of $480. Let’s look at this another way. If you don’t own an iPhone or your AT&T contract is up the choice would be to pay $200 for a new iPhone (assuming 16GB) with a 2 year AT&T contract or pay $700 for a no contract iPhone. So thirteen months into the contract you would have recouped the $500 subsidy AT&T gave you with the purchase.

How has the iPhone performed. Well for the first four days I haven’t dropped a single call. The data speed tests have been almost identical. Look at the speed test results in Image 5 and Image 6. Can you tell which is ATT and which is Smart Talk? They are almost identical. I’ve gotten similar results dozens of times. This is likely because Straight Talk uses much of AT&T’s network (it also uses T-Mobile). So the good outweighs the bad. The voice coverage for me has been excellent. The data speeds are similar to AT&T and you don’t get throttled. Not having to sign a contract is another major plus. Oh, and have I mentioned how it’s like $40 cheaper per month? If you buy a used iPhone or have an expired contract I would seriously consider Straight Talk as you’ll save a lot money. If like me you are a “grandfathered” AT&T customer, I’d switch. It feels good not being screwed every month.

Lastly, if you disagree or have problems just leave. It’s month to month. Straight Talk doesn’t lock you into a contract with small print saying they can slow your data speeds down to next to nothing anytime they want to raise prices on you.

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Buy your Straight Talk SIM card (iPhone 3GS) or micro SIM card (iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S). Be sure to select AT&T compatible phone.
Straight Talk

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Activate your iPhone with either a new number or port your existing iPhone number over from AT&T. To port your current iPhone number you will need your AT&T account number, password and contact information.
Straight Talk

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Unlimited voice, data and texts for $50.46 including taxes.
Data Speeds

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To activate update your APN Settings with Tetherme, activate the SIM card, insert the SIM card into your iPhone and reboot.
iPhone Plan

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Smart Talk iPhone 4 (Image 6) vs ATT iPhone 4S (Image 5) Data Speed Test Results.
AT&T

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Smart Talk iPhone 4 (Image 6) vs ATT iPhone 4S (Image 5) Data Speed Test Results.
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The white sticker on the red card that comes with your SIM card contains the serial number you need for activation.
Straight Talk