check coverage on their web site using your zip code
answered 2 weeks, 2 days ago
Farmchick, this may be an unconventional way to determine what type of service you'll have in your area but is what I consider to be sound advice.
Since Straight Talk as an MVNO uses all four of the major networks in the U.S. (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile) and what network used will be determined by what phone, phone model, or SIM card being used, you first want to determine what network the specific phone you are using will use ...again, it will use one of the four.
Whichever one of the four it is, it will use that network no matter where you travel in the U.S. and as long as the phone is on Straight Talk service.
Once you determine what network the phone uses, go to that carrier's street-level coverage map, put in your address or addresses you plan to use the phone to see the service level. If your phone uses Verizon or Sprint, it will be "NATIVE" service only (only on the towers that Verizon owns ...or only on towers that Sprint owns with no roaming privileges). If your phone uses AT&T or T-Mobile, you may or may not have some roaming privileges in places with other GSM towers.
Therefore, if you know you have good Verizon coverage, for instance, choose a Straight Talk phone or phone model that uses the Verizon network. If you know you have good AT&T coverage, choose a phone (or SIM card with an unlocked GSM phone) that uses the AT&T network ...etc.
The street-level coverage maps are available on each carrier's website. Let me know if you'd like the links to each.
answered 2 weeks, 4 days ago