It’s February 7th and BYOD on Straight Talk and NET10 is available now. Everything is as expected. If users want this service, all they need to do is to bring their own GSM phone, AT&T or T-Mobile or unlocked GSM handset. Branded TracFone, SafeLink, NET10 or Straight Talk phones as well as BlackBerrys are not compatible with this service.
First, users will be asked to choose the type of the phone they have from the given list. The first option “Phone is a Blackberry, or branded TracFone, SafeLink, NET10 or Straight Talk” exclude you from BYOD service. The second one “Unlocked Phone (Phone must operate in 850 and 1900 MHz bands)” won’t give you an option to choose the carrier even though both carriers are available in the particular area. So the third “AT&T Compatible Phone” and fourth option “T-Mobile Compatible Phone” are probably the best since they make sure you get the network and coverage you want.
Which SIM card you will choose between the regular SIM card and Micro SIM card used by iPhone, depends on the phone you are about to activate. Each costs $14.99 and the shipping is free.
The important thing, common for all options, is that any phone you activate will be compatible with $45 unlimited plan that offers unlimited talk, text and data. Unfortunately, there are no precise information about how roaming will work, what is the data cap, daily or monthly (somewhere between 100-200MB per day and 1-2GB per month) but they did answer the tethering question, it’s not allowed.
Since BYOD on Straight Talk and NET10 became a reality, we’ll see what impact this will have on a prepaid competition and in a wireless phone’s industry, in general.