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Will HTC survive, and why One X and One S failed.

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If you follow mobile phone news, it is probably no secret to you that HTC is in pretty dire situation right now, and continues to decline. Reasons for HTC’s decline are many, and I personally am very saddened by this situation, and really hope the company will turn around, and come out stronger and better. In this opus, I will try to present my thoughts on why the sales of HTC phones are falling and what they should do to reverse this trend.

I want to first mention that I really like HTC phones, the company, and I hope that my next device will be HTC. But, I’m not a blind fan-boy, and I will be choosing very carefully, when time comes.

I also want to say that I am currently rocking an HTC Amaze 4G, which I purchased in May 2012, AFTER One X and One S phones came out and were available for sale. This was a conscious decision on my part to skip One series, which I will explain below.

HTC’s current situation:

While HTC is in decline, it is not dead, and there are ways for company to come out of this crisis! Yes, sales and margins are falling. Yes, company’s stock lost 90% of its value of the last year and a half. However, Let’s face it – unlike Nokia and RIM (BlackBerry), HTC is still making money – this is huge!

The way I see it, we can logically separate HTC’s situation into two parts – before Q4 of 2011, when problems became apparent and official, and Q1 of 2012 onward, when HTC announced, and soon after, released its “One” series of phones (One X, One S, and One V).

Since the decline began a year ago, many, including HTC itself were saying that problem was due to “too many similar phones”, industrial-looking design, and high prices. That may be so, but at this point, I want to concentrate on why HTC One series, which was supposed to reverse companies misfortunes, failed. I think that pre ONE series issues and not that relevant any more.

Why HTC ONE X and ONE S failed:

HTC came up with ONE series to reduces number of devices and to create clear diversification between its models, aiming at Premium, Middle and Budget segments. Original idea was met with great enthusiasm, and when HTC finally announce ONE X and ONE S phones, everyone was very excited about them. At the same time I decided that I WILL NOT be getting either phone for myself, and I was not alone.

As sales numbers showed later, HTC failed to meet even their own sales projections. Here is why:

Note – i will not be mentioning One V phone, as it is more of a budget device, and does not contribute much to HTC’s bottom line. HTC as well as other manufacturers, makes most money on premium phones, and most of it’s competition is in premium market – iPhone, Galaxy S series, etc. Competing in budget sector is a sure suicide for HTC, as they will never be able to be better AND cheaper than Chinese manufacturers such as Huawei, ZTE, Xiaomi, and other smaller companies.

Horrible planning of ONE series:

At the time of the announcement, everyone knew that HTC’s main competitor in Android market – Samsung, was about to launch its own latest flagship phone – Galaxy S3. HTC was hoping that with early announcement of ONE series, WMC in Barcelona, in Feb. 2012, they would create enough buzz for their phones. And they did. Only people realize that the way HTC designed their phones, discouraged many loyal fans and potential buyers. Additionally, exact phone details allowed Samsung to put a slight delay on Galaxy S3 release, and to change their flagship so that it would “kill” the ONE X in nearly every category. As we now know – they more than succeeded in doing so.

Bad design of the ONE series:

Ok – maybe One X and One S are nat bad phones per-se. But in the eyes of general public, Galaxy S3 is just better. Also, even before Galaxy S3 was announced, most complains about ONE series was lack of removable storage and removable battery. Samsung quickly picked up on this trend, and made sure that S3 has both!

HTC decided to copy successful thing that main competition uses to their advantage – only they pick a “wrong” leader to follow (read Apple).

Why HTC designed ONE series the way they did:

In just a few words – One Series failed because of lack of removable storage (no Micro SD cards slots) and removable battery (unibody design).

In business, you want to take the best that competition has to offer, package it all into one product and sell it for slightly less. This will ensure a success. Right – only not always.

HTC picked a wrong “leader” to copy after. They decided to repeat the success of iPhone, and essentially created a model line that is a mirror image of the iPhone, from a “theoretical” point of view.

Both iPhone and HTC One series have non-removable storage and battery, and HTC wrongfully though that if Apple can do it, than so can we. Wrong!

HTC forgot 2 major reasons (aspects) of why they cannot copy Apple’s success it such manner.

Reason 1) Apple iPhone was the first really usable smartphone on the market

Before first usable Android phones came out, iPhone 4 was almost ready to be released, and 3GS was ruling the smartphone market. When I bought my first and last iPhone (3GS), there were no other phones that could do what 3GS could. At that time, I loved the iPhone what what it could do, what I could do with it, and because no other phone could do the same!

HTC/T-Mobile G1 was a “joke” in my opinion, though it was a decent phone for its time. Nokia – I had one for 2 months preceding iPhone, and would never go back to it. Later, Nexus One came out, which in my opinion is the first real alternative to iPhone.

iPhone had no alternatives when it came out. So people bought it, regardless of its limitations in removable storage and battery. At the same time, a huge base of loyal iPhone / Apple fans was created. A great ecosystem was in place. People were heavily invested in apps, and would not switch to a competing platform (Android).

Apple conditioned their fans that removable storage and battery are not necessary, and now iPhone fans (majority of them) truly believe in it.

HTC on the hand, tried to force people into a wrong (in my opinion) premise that they do not need the option to add storage or change a battery. BIG FAIL!

Reason 2) HTC is making Android phones, which assumes OPEN platform, and availability of options

People who choose to buy iPhone will buy it regardless! A good friend of mine, was in love with iPhone 4 design, and bough it, without regard for hardware limitations and lack of options when it comes to iOS. And he was coming from Android phone. He is also a power used and a software engineer, writing apps for both iOS and Android. THat was a conscious decision to get iPhone – on of those “i want” ones. No amount of persuasion will change their minds.

On the other hand, people who go the Android route, do so mostly because they DO NOT want iPhone or Apple. I’m one of them. Once I realized how much more Android has to offer, I jumped iPhone ship and never looked back. I still very much hate iOS ecosystem, iTunes and most things Apple (except for Apple hardware – they build really nice devices – I must give them that).

Basically, HTC targeted ONE series to the wrong crowd, while completely ignoring their loyal fans (like myself) and potential buyers. They forgot that Android buyers want the OPPOSITE of iPhone – openness and options!

Why I skipped ONE X and Galaxy S3, and went for 1 year old HTC Amaze 4G:

Phones are personal! We all choose our phones based on what WE need. So this will be a personal overview of why I chose not to get either One X/S or S3.

While most people will have their own reason for not getting ONE X or ONE S, and most of them did go for S3, I chose an “outdated” Amaze 4G. I skipped HTC One series mainly because of lack of SD Card (I could live with non-removable battery).

I also skipped S3, because… I just do like HTC, and Amaze 4G seemed like a great phone, not much different from newer quad core models. I also knew that quad core (Tegra 3) has little to offer me in terms of performance boost, since I don’t play games, and that it’s buggy and can get very slow (based on my experience with ASUS Transformer Prime and Pad 300T – both Tegra 3 devices).

What I needed a sexy, smaller phone (I already had a Galaxy Note which was plenty fast), with FAST and GOOD camera, and a physical camera button. For me camera is VERY important – I need to be able to engage camera and take a shot in less than 3 seconds (preferably 1 second), and Amaze allows me to do so, while other phones (including S3 and One X) do not!

Amaze 4G was also discounted by T-Mobile, since One S came out, and I picked on up for $450 (plus tax), and with a $100 trade in – totaling $350.

In fact, ever since Amaze 4G came out in the summer of 2011, I wanted it. At that time i had HTC Inspire 4G (Desire HD on AT&T), and while it still is a great phone, camera on it is HORRIBLE!

Why not HTC One S?

Ahhh, One S … a castrate of a phone. Ok, One S is a good phone. But in 2012, having less than 10 GB of usable storage is just painful! I now have a 64GB SD card 65% full of photos, videos and music. I would probably break One S out of anger, if I had one. In most other aspects it is a great device, and for someone not needing all that storage, it it big and compact at the same time, has great camera, very fast CPU, etc. But still, people need option to expand storage when needed, and One S does not have it!

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August 29th, 2012 at 1:17 pm

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Oracle sues Google over Java patents – the Beginning and the End

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Note to readers: I did not write this Oracle vs. Google article per-se. It was originally written by Eldar Murtazin of However, the original article is in Russian and was never translated in the English section of his site.

I find this to be one of the most interesting and deeply analytical articles on Oracle vs. Google case that I’ve read, and I wanted to share it with you. So I went ahead and translated it to the best of my ability, trying to convey Eldar’s ideas without changing the technicalities of the subject. I hope you like the article, and that I did not go off tangent, when translating it. Here is part one of this 3-part series. If / when Eldar writes next parts I will post them here for you.

However, since we all now know the outcome of the case, I think that parts 2 and 3 will never be published. I will include the details of the final verdict, below the article.

Nature of Oracle’s Java lawsuit agains Google:

Oracle is known to buy up companies and then “milking” their patent portfolios. This was one of the main ideas behind the Java lawsuit against Google. However, decision was not purely financial: Oracle’s CEO – Lawrence Ellison was also a close friend of Steve Jobs. Jobs promised a “thermo-nuclear war on Android”, which was one of his personal missions in life. Even before Jobs passed away, mr. Ellison promised to wage and win this “war on Android” as respect and commemoration of Steve Jobs. In Aug. 2010, Oracle officially filed their lawsuit against Google.

Enter Eldar: Oracle vs Google

We are witnessing this decade’s most epic law suite and its result may very well turn Android from a free operating system into a platform with sizable licensing fees payed out by Google or its partners. If Google looses this case, it will owe Oracle millions of dollars, which will undoubtedly have an impact on Google’s business. In a series of articles, we will analyze the basis for Oracle’s claims against Google, the reasons why they surfaced only in 2011, and the contending claims of each side.

As a result of Oracle’s active and even somewhat aggressive position, the public is now privy to Google’s internal documents related to the initial days of Android’s development. These unique documents allow a close look into the history of this project from the perspective of an insider, and the opportunity to learn about the factors that fueled the work done by Google’s engineers and developers. If you are expecting to see a descriptive analysis of the court proceedings, you will be disappointed, this article will focus on a number of different issues that relate to this case. Without delving into the details of technology, we will not be able to fairly assess the positions of opposing parties. I hope that this discussion will be as intriguing and exciting for you as it is for me.

What is Java and why are there feuds around it? Read the rest of this entry »

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June 7th, 2012 at 10:13 am

T-Mobile $49 plan vs Straight Talk $45 plan – Unlimited plans battle

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If you’ve read our other posts – I’ve talked about Straight Talk $45 unlimited minutes, text and web, and how you could take a sim out of your Nokia E71, and put it into an AT&T-compatible GSM Android phone of your choice, and get great service and your own phone (not being limited to ancient Nokia brick). This is referred to as “SIM swap”. Early this year, Straight Talk started offering you to buy a Straight Talk sim card for $15, and get $45 unlimited plan. This would not be limited to just AT&T phones any more – you can order a sim card that would work on either T-mobile or AT&T network (but not both at once).

The sim card offering makes “sim swap” obsolete for new Straight Talk customers. I will review this option soon, with details of how it works, data speeds, reception, and other nuances (like limits on “unlimited” data).

In this article, I want to discuss the alternative to a budget virtual carrier (MVNO) like Straight Talk / Metro PCS, etc. And this one is from a major carrier – T-mobile.

T-Mobile $49.99 unlimited plan for “small businesses” – preamble:

After unsuccessful takeover by AT&T (which I personally think is the best thing that happened in US mobile market in many recent years, as this would essentially create a duopoly between AT&T and Verizon, and would REALLY suck for all the consumers), T-mobile found itself with $4 billion in contract cancelation fee and extra network spectrum from AT&T. At the same time, T-mobile lost almost a year, during which, they signed up very few customers, and did not get the iPhone (one of the biggest driver of new contracts – just look at Sprint).

Essentially T-Mobile is now the smallest major carrier in US, and needs to catch up to the big boys, and even Sprint. What’s good with T-mo – they did not give up on expanding and upgrading their “4G” HSPA+ network, and even installed several 1900MHz towers here and there. They now have huge bandwidth capabilities and not too many people using the network – so their speeds are great (when you have reception).

T-mobile's Carly Foulkes increases 4G speeds :)

Now, trying to revamp themselves, and get more customers, T-Mobile has offered a new plan that is in the same price range as the MVNO’s (budget carriers) – $49.99 / month, with unlimited minutes, text and web (up to 5GB full speed data, which then gets throttled to EDGE speeds – but you don’t pay for extra traffic). In the age of no unlimited data plans in US – this is great and inexpensive. For $39.99 / month, you can get same plan, but only a 1000 anytime minutes (which is NOT enough for many people – myself including).

There is a catch however – this is a plan for Small Business customer – though I think if you come in and tell them that you are a DBA (“doing business as” non-incorporated small business), they will still hook you up.

Second catch – this plan assumes that you use your own device. If you want a subsidized phone – you will be paying $20 more per month to a total of $69.99. Over 2 years duration of the contract you will pay $480 more, which will cover the phone subsidy.

I personally usually buy my phone outright, and this is great for me – I will be paying less every month, and if I already have my own phone that I want to keep using – I don’t have to pay extra every months. Really like this T-Mo!

Just compare this to AT&T – there to get unlimited minutes, texts and ONLY 3GB of data, you will have to pay $119 + taxes ($69 unlimited minutes, $20 for unlimited SMS, and $30 for 3 GB of data, with extra traffic costing you $10 / 1GB). AT&T does not offer any bundled plans – only “a la carte”.

Of course there is an argument that T-mo has spotty coverage – and they do. But if you live in a major metropolitan area – you are good on coverage and data speeds, and you can’t beat T-Mobile’s prices.

T-Mobile vs. Straight Talk

As I mentioned – Straight Talk is only $45 / month, and also unlimited. But there is a catch – unlimited is actually limited. If you start using too much data, you WILL be cut off, and will loose your prepaid time, and they will disable your sim card / phone from working on their virtual network. Read fine print to understand the details of unlimited “web browsing” (that is no tethering, no downloading, no youtube). In a nutshell – Straight Talk will cut off heavy data users after about 2-3 GB in one month, and if you are not cut off right away, there is always that chance. If you use mobile web moderately, you are safe. I will explain this in details, in my next article.

By contrast – T-Mo give you 5GB of full speed data (up-to 42Mbps, which is comparable with LTE speeds), and even if you go over 5GB, they will throttle your speed to 2G – not cut you off or charge you extra.

If you are a business user – consider Nokia Windows phone or their new HTC One S Android phone, or even other (older) Android devices that are still very much fast and powerful – eg. HTC Amaze 4G or Galaxy S2.

Walk the walk:

Well – i’m not just talking about this – I will be getting an Galaxy Note from AT&T and porting it to T-Mobile 4G network as soon as the bugs and data speeds are ironed out by XDA devs who hacked AT&T Galaxy Note modem to work on T-Mobile 4G 1700MHz HSPA+ network.

I will report my finding to you, as soon as I do it.

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April 20th, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Samsung Galaxy NOTE – ICS (Android 4.0) with Premium Suite, coming Q2 2012

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Samsung demoed Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for Galaxy Note. Included with the upcoming update, will be S-pen Premium Suite of many new applications designed to take full advantage of S-Pen,and intuitive features – Samsung’s patented stylus for Galaxy NOTE.

Upgrade to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) will provide great new features not available in Gingerbread (Android 2.3.6) and will also support Hardware Acceleration, resulting in great speed improvements of your Galaxy Note, and will make everything smoother.

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ICS allows you to:

– Easily multitask and and visually manage running apps with simple swipe gesture.

– Visualize Data usage and manage data consumption (set mobile internet limits / quotas)

– Enjoy multitude of Apps optimized or made specifically for ICS.

Integration of Google Voice into Galaxy Note dialer app will allow you to easily make G-Voice calls, check voice-mails, send text messages, etc.

Premium Suite includes:

1) S-NOTE – new notes taking app, helps expressively create a unique story on-the-go, will include 8 templates – Simple Notes, Meeting Notes, Sketch Book, Diary, Magazine, Travel, E-Card & Recipe.

2) SHAPE MATCH – Automatic Shape Correction.

3) FORMULA MATCH – Easily find answers for complicated formulas in Math, Physics, Chemistry, etc.

3) S-MEMO upgrade – major improvements over original S-Memo app (which was full of bugs, and was underdeveloped, lacking features such as advanced Notes export / backup and importing previously saved notes)

New S-MEMO app will allow you to instantly capture type of idea, directly from home screen.

Created notes can be uploaded to the “cloud” and later downloaded in its exact form (a truly functional Backup / Restore for S-Memo), as well as shared among multiple Galaxy Notes.

4) MY STORY app – write content-rich letters or e-cards to family and friends (or significant other), make multimedia albums to share, and easily send them by email.

image of Galaxy Note ICS with Premium Suite in Q2

We will post a full review of Galaxy Note ICS update as soon as first real beta leak becomes available (most likely before official launch), hopefully in early April. Check out full Galaxy Note review at My Phables – a PHABLET (phone/tablet) review site.

Also check out Galaxy Note car-mount from Samsung:

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March 26th, 2012 at 8:26 pm

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AT&T Samsung Galaxy NOTE now works on T-Mobile 4G (HSPA+)

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This is a great development for anyone who wanted to have an AWESOME Galaxy Note to work on T-Mobile 3G/4G network. As you may know, out of the box, AT&T branded phones do not work on T-Mo’s 1700 MHz network, and up until now you could only get EDGE / 2G speeds.

Yesterday, great folks over at XDA Developers have hacked AT&T’s Galaxy Note (SGH-i717) to take full advantage of T-Mobile’s 4G (HSPA+ 42 Mbps) network, by just flashing a new modem (radio) onto an unlocked / rooted Note.

This only works for AT&T Galaxy Note – international / European Note (N7000) owners are still out of luck on this – read below for explanation as to why.

So if you want to have a Galaxy Note on T-Mobile, what you will need to do, is head over to your local “friendly” AT&T store, and buy a new Note (for $650 + tax), and then root / unlock it, and flash the T-Mobile 3G/4G mod files.

XDA Developers user tomin.fhl has provided all necessary files and instructions in this AT&T Galaxy Note on T-mobile thread, and there is even a bounty of $690 (so far, with more folks committing money, for his great work).

Head over to XDA for instruction on how to do this, if you are interested in having your Note working on T-Mobile network. Keep in mind, that your Note must be unlocked and rooted first, before you can flash new 1700 MHz radio. Check out XDA’s AT&T Galaxy Note Android Development section for instructions and all necessary tools to root your Galaxy Note.

Also keep in mind, that roofing will void your warranty and you may also brick your phone if you do not follow the directions correctly.

Why European / International Galaxy Note (N7000) still does not work on T-Mobile 4G network?

The problem with N7000 Galaxy Note not working in T-Mobile 3G/4G vs AT&T Note (i717) is in the hardware. I717 has a Qualcomm’s 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and LTE modem, which was pretty much the only LTE modem available before nVidia released its new Icera soft-modem, paired with Tegra 3 quad-core chipset.

N7000 has Samsung’s own 1.4 GHz Exynos dual-core processor and 1900 MHz HSPA+ chipset (modem). In a nutshell, Samsung does not release the source code for it’s modem drivers, and this makes it very difficult to hack, compared to Qualcomm’s modem used in i717. Here is more info on hacking N7000 to work on T-mobile 4G network.

In the word of bedwa – a lead “hacker” behind making N7000 to work on T-Mobile 4G network:

I have mentioned from day one this was going to be harder. Despite having the same hardware as the G-Nex or other devices with the x-gold 6260 chip, unlike qualcomm’s chips, they are not coded similarly. Thus, I have to hack at a base hex level. Much harder stuff.

For more info on this development, head over to XDA’s Euro Note on T-Mobile US UMTS/3G thread.

When will Galaxy Note N7000 be hacked to work with T-Mobile?

Well – now one knows really. Hopefully very soon, and if or when that happens, I will definitely let you guys and gals know, as I myself am an N7000 owner, and would love to have an option of using T-Mobile. However, it is possible, that this may never happen, or will be too late, when Galaxy Note 2 comes out (most likely fall of 2012), and original Note will no longer be relevant. But let’s not lose hope!

In the mean time, you can get your Galaxy Note to work on Straight Talk $45 Unlimited plan, which essentially runs on AT&T HSPA+ network with “advanced backhaul” (non-LTE 4G) and still get great speed!

image of Straight Talk $45 unlimited plan Speed Test

And now you no longer need to buy the E71 and do SIM Card swap, as was described in our original article. You can now buy a Straight Talk SIM Card for $15 and put it into your unlocked Galaxy Note (or any other unlocked phone), and get same great deal, with fewer hassles and without the risk of being disconnected for not using “approved device”, which was always the part of sim-swap. We will have full coverage in this in just few days.

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March 13th, 2012 at 6:53 pm

LG Optimus Vu – this Phablet will be announce at WMC 2012 in Barcelona

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LG Optimus Vu is a new Phablet device to be announced at World Mobile Conference 2012 in Barcelona – the device features a 5″ screen with 4:3 aspect ratio (compared to 5.3″ screen with 16:9 aspect ratio on Galaxy Note – it’s closest competitor).

image of LG Optimus Vu phablet (tablet / phone) with 4:3 aspect ratio 5" screen)

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Other specs for LG Optimus Vu:

5″ IPS LCD display, with 1024 x 768 resolution and 4:3 aspect ratio
1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU
Android 2.3 Gingerbread (though, we suspect this may be running Android 4.0 soon after officially launching — LG promises within 3 months)
Stylus-input capable with stylus-friendly applications built in
8 megapixel rear-camera likely to come with 1080p HD video capture.
1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
650 nits brightness on the display, mirroring the super-bright display found in the ASUS Transformer Prime
32 GB built-in storage (no word on microSD slot)

LG Optimus Vu video teaser:

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February 24th, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Samsung Galaxy Note – Android 4.0 ICS leak – hands-on video

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First Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich leak for Samsung Galaxy Note (n7000 / i9220 – Chinese version of Galaxy Note, clocked at 1.2 GHz). This ROM is for International version only – non-US/Canada. This leak is from China, and hence does not have any Google Apps. However, those are not difficult to install.

Full review of ICS on Galaxy Note coming soon, including details on how to install this leaked rom on rooted devices. I already have this installed on my Note, and am testing it right now.

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February 16th, 2012 at 3:23 pm

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Get AT&T unlimited plan (3G / 4G, Calls and Texts) for $45 / month, with a high-end Android phone (hint: Straight Talk).

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If you go to a corporate AT&T store, this plan will not be available. In fact it does not exist on AT&T – but it does exist – on Straight Talk. Straight Talk is a smaller, budget wireless company that uses AT&T network for it’s phones, and its plans are MUCH more competitive. It is quiet simple actually to get fully-unlimited AT&T plan on Straight Talk, and the best thing – you will not need to sign a contract with AT&T. Here is how it works:

Basically Straight Talk offers a few somewhat decent smart-phones (two Android phones and a Nokia E5 which runs for only $149, which is a 2-3 years old 3G capable phone). If you want to do this “SIM swap”, DO NOT buy Straight Talk Android phones – most of them work on Sprint’s CDMA network and will not even have a SIM card. Get Nokia E5, and pull a SIM card out of it.

UPDATE: Originally we wrote about getting Nokia E71, refurbished for $49. However, it appears that they are no longer available on Straight Talk website. Instead you can get Nokia E5 – it’s a $100 more than E71, but still worth it, considering you will be saving almost $100 / month vs compatible AT&T plan. Not to mention that AT&T no longer has unlimited 3G/4G plans anyway.

However, if you want to use a high end device, they are not available on Straight Talk – as mentioned above, there are only two real smart-phones, and they are both mediocre at best – Samsung Precedent and LG Optimus Q – both 3.2″ phones with rather weak hardware – not to mention that they are not AT&T compatible. But, fear not!

In this guide I will show you how to set up any High-End AT&T Android smart-phone on straight talk and get the full potential of the AT&T 3G / 4G (HSPA+) for only $45 / month!

Choosing a high end Android phone for Straight Talk:

First things first – the phone must support AT&T 3G network to take advantage of this, but it does not have to be an AT&T phone – you can get an unlocked phone of your choice from New Egg or Techno Trading House (place where I got my Galaxy Note), or many other online phone shops.

If your phone is factory unlocked, all you will have to do is change APN (Access Point Names settings) to those used by Straight Talk – see instructions below.

If you get a locked phone from AT&T or bringing in your old AT&T device, you will need to root / unlock it manually – this can be tedious, especially with older HTC phones, but well worth it! Got to XDA Developers Forums, choose your device and go to Android Development section, to find a 1-click or Easy Roof instructions for your phone. However, most AT&T contracts are 2 years, and I doubt that you will want to use a two-years old phone (which will not have 4G radio in it). So most likely you will get a factory unlocked phone imported from Europe, which will probably cost you less that if you bought it off-contract in AT&T store, and usually not sales tax and free shipping included!

So here is how it works: 

You need to buy a Straight Talk phone that requires a $45 / month plan – see list of phones for Straight Talk $45 unlimited plan.

You cannot just get the SIM-card and will need the phone for any trouble-shooting in the future. I recommend getting a Nokia E5 for $149 – since you will not be using this phone, you want to spend as little as possible on it.

You basically activate your SIM card and then place it into the phone of your choice.

Getting your High End phone to work on Straight Talk:


You are doing any modifications at your own risk! If you do any modification to your phone, it may cause unpredictable outcomes in which your phone might not be usable any more.

I am not responsible for bricked devices, dead SD cards, thermonuclear war, or you getting fired because the alarm app failed, etc.

Please do some research if you have any concerns about using unsupported devices on Straight Talk!


The below APN settings are not finalized and can only be used for reference information. I will update this page as soon as possible. In the mean time I need to confirm all settings, to make sure they work!

Once you get the phone, activate it first, make sure it works (calls, 3G and texts). Then pull the SIM card out, and put it into your unlocked or rooted device. Then go to System Settings (usually you will need to press “menu” button, then choose setting).

Now choose Wireless and Networks >> Mobile Networks >> Access Point Names.

You will typically have one APN there – name won’t matter.

Click on it and change each line for the following (note – it is case sensitive):

Name: HOME

APN: att.mvno

Leave everything else alone EXCEPT the bottom selection that says:

APN type (here you must enter the following, with no spaces): default,supl


Then save, next choose to add another APN
make it look like this:



skip down to

MMS proxy

MMS port

skip to:
APN type (enter the following)

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December 28th, 2011 at 11:35 pm

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