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    I'd like to gather information regarding buying a new/current smartphone, getting it unlocked (if necessary) and using it with Prepaid options, such as AT&T GoPhone or Straight Talk.

    Who has successfully done this? Can you buy a new phone, like an HTC 8X or Lumia 920, off contract, request to get it unlocked, and use it with a Prepaid plan?

    Does the phone still use 4G or will it be limited to 3G?
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    I use a Lumia 710 on T-Mobile's Monthly 4G plan. Works wonderfully. Are you only looking at AT&T? If you buy an AT&T Lumia 920, 820, or HTX 8X, you can use it on AT&T w/o needing to unlock it. Same goes for using it on Straight Talk.
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    You will be unable to use LTE with a MVNO provider that uses AT&T's network. Ability to use LTE requires one to have AT&T as his/her provider.
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    I have T-Mobile now, but the signal at my house is very poor, which is why I'm ready to try AT&T PrePaid ($65) or StraightTalk ($50).

    I just want to confirm that the Lumia 920 bought off-contract with will work, including the LTE, with one of these plans. It sounds like the PrePaid option should work. As long as AT&T gives me the option to return the phone, I could get that and start a PrePaid plan with them, and then confirm that LTE is working. Online, they do not let you purchase an off-contract Lumia 920 while signing up for a PrePaid plan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by neogodless View Post
    I have T-Mobile now, but the signal at my house is very poor, which is why I'm ready to try AT&T PrePaid ($65) or StraightTalk ($50).

    I just want to confirm that the Lumia 920 bought off-contract with will work, including the LTE, with one of these plans. It sounds like the PrePaid option should work. As long as AT&T gives me the option to return the phone, I could get that and start a PrePaid plan with them, and then confirm that LTE is working. Online, they do not let you purchase an off-contract Lumia 920 while signing up for a PrePaid plan.
    No LTE yet. It might change in the future, but for now, AT&T reserves it's LTE for it's postpaid customers only.
    Phone History (hopefully in order): Samsung SGH-D407 > AT&T (HTC) Tilt > Sony Ericsson W580 > Blackberry Curve 8900 > Sony Ericsson C901 > HTC Touch Pro 2 > Blackberry 9700 > iPhone 3GS > Motorola Defy > Blackberry 9650 > iPhone 4 > Nokia E71 > Dell Venue Pro > HTC Titan > HTC Titan II > Lumia 900 + Samsung Galaxy Exhibit > Nokia Lumia 920 + Nokia Lumia 521 + Motorola RAZR V3xx
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    I'm totally new to prepaid phone options but really want to go that route. My husband really wants the Lumia 920. If we purchase it off contract, is our only option the AT&T $65 plan or can it be used on Straight Talk? We are currently on Sprint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kmcochran View Post
    I'm totally new to prepaid phone options but really want to go that route. My husband really wants the Lumia 920. If we purchase it off contract, is our only option the AT&T $65 plan or can it be used on Straight Talk? We are currently on Sprint.
    It can be used on Straight Talk w/o having to unlock it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kmcochran View Post
    I'm totally new to prepaid phone options but really want to go that route. My husband really wants the Lumia 920. If we purchase it off contract, is our only option the AT&T $65 plan or can it be used on Straight Talk? We are currently on Sprint.
    It can be used with straight talk, possibly net10, and h20 wireless. The last one has a ridiculous data cap tho


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    Nokia Lumia 1020/Blu Studio 5.0 LTE owner here...

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    Thanks everyone. We purchased the phone and have it working on Straight Talk now.
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    I have another Straight Talk question. After you purchase the sim card, if you switch phones, can you just pop the existing sim card into the new phone (assuming they use the same size), or do you have to purchase a new sim from Straight Talk?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kmcochran View Post
    I have another Straight Talk question. After you purchase the sim card, if you switch phones, can you just pop the existing sim card into the new phone (assuming they use the same size), or do you have to purchase a new sim from Straight Talk?
    Yep. Simple as that. Useful for if you're not gonna be with electricity for a while and need to switch to a phone that'll last longer on battery.
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    yes, and no one will automatically charge you a $36 activation fee...amazing how that works huh?
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    Thanks. When we called them, the Rep said that the sim could *not* be used in another phone, which didn't really make sense to me and it didn't confirm what I had read elsewhere.

    Another question, if we don't renew it for a month, can we renew it at a later time and still use the same sim card? I'm asking because my husband decided to return his Lumia 920 (likes his Arrive with keyboard better) and I will probably get a new Android phone next month. I'd like to just use that sim in the new phone and not have to get another one.

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