I don't have any official word on this yet but I've heard from several sources that Straight Talk will no longer have Verizon as its CDMA partner. First off, CDMA is a technology that Verizon and Sprint use. GSM is a technology that AT&T and Tmobile use. GSM phones will normally always have a Sim card in them and CDMA will not.
When Straight Talk first started out it carried three phones in the stores which were all Verizon CDMA phones. As time progressed Straight Talk started introducing GSM phones which used TMobile & AT&T. This confused customers because when they bought them they couldn't get any signal where they lived because they believed they were getting a Verizon CDMA phone. Now don't get me wrong but where I live Verizon does have the best coverage so I'm just going off local opinion. I'm sure in other towns and places AT&T and Tmobile may have great service. I personally use Sprint so I'm not complaining.
What to me is interesting is Straight Talk's first new CDMA phone in a good while is the Samsung Precedent that runs Android. I thought this was great for people around here because it would be an CDMA phone. Which I understood to be Verizon. But, it's going to be Sprint.
With Verizon Wireless announcing a $50 Unlimited Talk, Text and Web plan for their own prepaid service it sounds like they are competing with Straight Talk in a huge way. With some old Verizon Straight Talk phones on clearance at some local Walmarts it makes me think that more than ever that Verizon won't be partnering with Straight Talk anymore.
So what does this mean? Only time will tell but it looks like the new Verizon prepaid plan is doing very well at local stores. One point to note too is that Verizon phones are cheaper than Straight Talk in stores. The cheapest and hottest seller is the Verizon Samsung U360 $14.88 phone. So that goes a long way with customers as far as price is concerned.
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