(clarification to my previous post: My understanding is that Verizon Wireless Prepaid customers can have some roaming if paying an extra fee in advance. Straight Talk customers on Verizon have NO option at all to roam. Therefore, if you were to take a Verizon Wireless Prepaid phone to Alaska that operates on a Verizon Prepaid plan, you could pay extra to roam on some CDMA networks in Alaska. A Straight Talk phone using Verizon <this phone> will not work at all in Alaska. My understanding only.)
maddog10, I hope it wasn't me who gave you that impression.
The phone will work ANYWHERE in the U.S. where there is Verizon Wireless "native" coverage. It does not matter where you activate the phone, where you purchase the phone, nor where you live.
The phone will use Verizon for the life of the phone while it is on Straight Talk service no matter where you travel in the country (where there is Verizon coverage ...no Alaska service as there is no "native" Verizon coverage in AK).
"Native" is defined as coverage only where Verizon owns the towers so in other words, there is NO roaming on other networks. The phone will have the exact same coverage as a Verizon Wireless Prepaid phone as Verizon's own prepaid customers will not have roaming privileges either; only their contracted customers have roaming privileges.
So yes, there are "no roaming charges" because the phone will NOT roam ...therefore, no roaming charges.
Yes, you will have free unlimited long distance and texting to any state in the U.S. including Alaska and Hawaii. It's just that when you are in Alaska, there will not be coverage. Hawaii has good Verizon coverage, however.
I have no clue why they say that, I've had a straight talk phone for years...those they've told me won't work in my area.. I buy what I like and pay the same amount every month. I've never had additional charges and my phones have been to Florida, Oklahoma and Maryland .