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  1. jrdatrackstar1223's Avatar
    This whole thing seems crazy to me. Assume that by being on ST for Verizon that firmware and platform updates will come straight from Microsoft with no man in the middle nonsense? Also assume that I can keep my number and that it still includes voicemail?
    Yea, you will get updates just like normal from Verizon. I ported my number from AT&T (was using a 920) over to my Icon on Verizon. It is literally however things would be if you were in a contract with Verizon, only you get a little more data (3GB LTE) and pay way less. Just think of it as being on Verizon for (over) half the price. You lose customer support and hardware replacement insurance and everything. You also do not have Visual Voicemail, but I'll happily lose that for LTE Verizon service at $45 a month to use the Icon at it's full potential, instead of having to work with it to be able to use it on GSM networks. You just pop in the nano LTE SIM, get things configured with Straight Talk customer service, and you're good to go...

    The kits are available at WalMart and they include every single SIM for all carriers (except Sprint), activation card, network access card, etc
    01-19-2015 10:39 AM
  2. jrdatrackstar1223's Avatar
    So if the vzw LTE phones come gsm unlocked out of the box, does that mean I can move it to Cricket Wireless if I wanted? Having no 4G isn't a problem for me since I am mostly on WIFI and when I browse the web on my phone on the go, 3G speeds will be fine.
    Yes you can, however, with the Icon you will lose MMS. Some have claimed to get it to work but I've never tried it...
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    01-19-2015 10:48 AM
  3. shann123's Avatar
    Yes you can, however, with the Icon you will lose MMS. Some have claimed to get it to work but I've never tried it...

    While I can't vouch for Cricket directly, I have tried it on Straight Talk with an ATT SIM and MMS worked no problem, you just have to set the APN settings properly using the access point app.
    01-19-2015 12:09 PM
  4. jrdatrackstar1223's Avatar
    While I can't vouch for Cricket directly, I have tried it on Straight Talk with an ATT SIM and MMS worked no problem, you just have to set the APN settings properly using the access point app.
    With an Icon? I have the latest Developer Preview and I don't have the option to set MMS, only APN...

    01-19-2015 12:12 PM
  5. shann123's Avatar
    With an Icon? I have the latest Developer Preview and I don't have the option to set MMS, only APN...

    Yeah, on the Icon. You have to download the Access Point app directly but you can't get to it through a store search, Here's the link. Under settings you'll get "Access Point" at the bottom of your settings list and that will have MMS and Internet. I created a new APN and activated it. Then I went into Cellular and SIM and selected the new APN there too. I can't help you with the APN setting for Cricket, I haven't ever used them. One note is that when I went to Page Plus (Verizon MVNO) after Straight Talk I had to manually set the Verizon APN.
    01-19-2015 12:24 PM
  6. jrdatrackstar1223's Avatar
    Yeah, on the Icon. You have to download the Access Point app directly but you can't get to it through a store search, Here's the link. Under settings you'll get "Access Point" at the bottom of your settings list and that will have MMS and Internet. I created a new APN and activated it. Then I went into Cellular and SIM and selected the new APN there too. I can't help you with the APN setting for Cricket, I haven't ever used them. One note is that when I went to Page Plus (Verizon MVNO) after Straight Talk I had to manually set the Verizon APN.
    Thanks for that tip, I'll keep that in mind in case I every want to go back to AT&T Straight Talk....
    01-19-2015 12:37 PM
  7. Padr1n0's Avatar
    I don't quite understand what you said here. But to clarify at least one thing, the carrier or phone service you're using makes absolutely no difference as far as updates. If you have a Verizon Icon, you will get updates whenever Verizon pushes updates to the Icon. It doesn't matter if it has a Verizon SIM, ST Verizon, ST AT&T, ST T-Mobile, AT&T, Vodafone, Y!Mobile, or any other carrier. It doesn't even have to have a SIM card; it can be inactive and on WiFi only. Location doesn't matter. As long as it's powered on and online somehow, it'll get the updates based on the OS version installed.

    As far as your question about phone number and VM, Straight Talk is an MVNO that uses Verizon service, among others. But you do have a different carrier. You would need to port your number from Verizon to Straight Talk. I'm not sure about voicemail, as I've never used ST's. But I'd assume it's quite normal.
    This is not true. Verizon is very notorious for not letting you upgrade without their SIM in their device. I have had a few galaxies that wouldnt update even on wifi without a Verizon Sim. Even my Icon gives me problems when updating Dev Preview builds.
    02-02-2015 10:35 AM
  8. Padr1n0's Avatar
    I'm using my Icon on Verizon Straight Talk with full LTE and everything. The activation kits now come with CDMA LTE Nano SIM cards for every carrier.
    How is the service so far? Have you tried installing the Dev Preview? I have finally gotten tired of using my Icon on Tmobile. Im going to pick up a ST sim today.
    02-02-2015 10:38 AM
  9. jrdatrackstar1223's Avatar
    How is the service so far? Have you tried installing the Dev Preview? I have finally gotten tired of using my Icon on Tmobile. Im going to pick up a ST sim today.
    Yup, works just fine. The only problem I have run into is problem from still being on Black (since we don't even have Cyan yet). Full LTE, MMS just fine, no need to put in APN settings on nothing.
    02-02-2015 11:36 AM
  10. PhreePhlyer's Avatar
    I assume you now have Denim. How is straight talk working out? I can't imagine any issues, but you never know with updates. Also, I assume that the SoftCard service doesn't work through Straight Talk, does it?
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    02-12-2015 08:06 AM
  11. jrdatrackstar1223's Avatar
    I assume you now have Denim. How is straight talk working out? I can't imagine any issues, but you never know with updates. Also, I assume that the SoftCard service doesn't work through Straight Talk, does it?
    Nope, Straight Talk doesn't work (never has on Straight Talk because they don't carry the secure SIM), but everything else works fine after the Denim update.
    02-12-2015 09:09 AM
  12. PhreePhlyer's Avatar
    Great to hear about the update going well. Sucks about SoftCard, but I figured it would be because of the unsecured SIM. Was hoping VZW had provided secure SIM to ST.

    Looked at the prices and I will save a load of cash going that route. My contract is up in May, so I might check this out.
    02-12-2015 09:29 AM
  13. PostItNote's Avatar
    Anyone still using an Icon on Straight Talk? I'm picking up an Icon now and am looking to go to Straight Talk.
    07-01-2015 06:48 PM
  14. RobsmyClone's Avatar
    I just went to Walmart and bought a BYOP activation kit. It took 2 minutes to setup, just don't use the MEID, use IMEI number and you are good to go. now I just need to figure out how to update my Lumia Icon on Straight talk.
    01-07-2016 02:40 PM
  15. js14873's Avatar
    I activated mine today and all is working now. A couple hiccups:

    1. The website to check my phone's compatibility gave me an error that the transaction didn't process, so I had to call them with my IMEI to confirm.
    2. During the activation process, I got another error at the final submit point where you both activate your phone and create your account in the same page. Somehow it created my account but did not activate, so I had to try to activate again and log in to my account instead of creating a new one.
    3. After activation, I had no LTE. I used ST's support chat and I don't know what they did, but they told me to restart my phone and after that I had LTE. I had restarted about 4 times before then so it had to be something they did on their end.
    03-28-2016 08:44 PM
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