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  1. #11

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    Re: AT&T Straight talk APN Settings getting only Edge Speeds

    Hey there, I saw you posted this on XDA and answered it there but not sure if you saw my response. You are correct in the fact that the Verizon Galaxy S3 supports HSPA however the Verizon model has an HSPA block which prevents it from working on either of the US GSM Carriers which are who Straight Talk use (T-Mobile and AT&T). Due to the terms of their LTE spectrum all Verizon LTE phones must be SIM unlocked however to prevent people from buying their phone and using it on other carriers Verizon will often place a block against 3G service for US GSM carriers which allows them to meet the requirement but still make the phone useless on other US Carriers. I can confirm that HSPA service does work on international carriers as I have myself used it in Europe but sadly you are out of luck in getting anything faster then EDGE in the US, I can even personally confirm this as having tried both AT&T and T-Mobile SIM cards in my phone neither of which will pull faster then EDGE.
    Don't really get why they blocked it out on the s3. I had a droid DNA and a Verizon note 2 both worked on 3g att. I guess it depends on the phone.



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    Re: AT&T Straight talk APN Settings getting only Edge Speeds

    this is why you have to be carefull when buyimg offshore phones.there is only a few ones that support 3g.the ones that does are just as exspensive as low end android.
    Yes you do have to be careful, you just have to READ the description and check out the specs and reviews before you buy.
    I have no problem with mine for $159.00 with no tax and free shipping (it took about 10 days from China).
    The phone came with an extra flip case, 2 3200 mah batteries, charger and data cable, earphones and it had a screen saver applied.

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    Re: AT&T Straight talk APN Settings getting only Edge Speeds

    Yes you do have to be careful, you just have to READ the description and check out the specs and reviews before you buy.
    I have no problem with mine for $159.00 with no tax and free shipping (it took about 10 days from China).
    The phone came with an extra flip case, 2 3200 mah batteries, charger and data cable, earphones and it had a screen saver applied.
    yep, dougeeebear, at least u can use voice/text/2g internet access/mp3 player n rock out, whereas someone bought a 200$ phone, got blacklisted after 3 months of use, expensive mp3 player

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    Re: AT&T Straight talk APN Settings getting only Edge Speeds

    Don't really get why they blocked it out on the s3. I had a droid DNA and a Verizon note 2 both worked on 3g att. I guess it depends on the phone.

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    It does very much depend on the phone. the S3 and Razr's have blocks but the iPhone 5 and Droid DNA do not. I couldn't even begin to explain why Verizon does this on some phones and not others. I am just giving you the reason why HSPA won't work on a Verizon S3.

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    Re: AT&T Straight talk APN Settings getting only Edge Speeds

    WRONG. It does. Read further. Please stop giving out misinformation.

    The January 2013 update for this Verizon phone made is world capable. Here's a screenshot.



    and here's info from Verizon and Samsung, all stating HSPA+ support. The only disagreement is which bands. To say HSPA+ is not supported at all is totally false information.

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    You aren't using a sim card? See the Straight Talk reps are clueless. Especially Sara. Of course you are using a sim card, even if it is a Verizon S3. Tell her to go do some research about Verizon's global phones.

    But Verizon's iPhone 5 has no such block. It has CDMA + LTE + unlocked GSM. It CAN be used with AT&T and its MVNOs and get HSPA+ speeds.
    Once again, GSM and UMTS are separate technologies. They are not mutually inclusive. South Korea and Japan have UMTS telephones which are not GSM capable because they have no GSM networks there. Some Canadian carriers have UMTS service with CDMA as the 2G service. In parts of the United States AT&T has UMTS service with no GSM service.

    This is what Verizon says on its website about that model:
    Network
    LTE, CDMA/PCS/1xEVDO Rev. A (800/1900 MHz)
    Global: GPRS/EDGE/GSM (850/900/1800/1900); HSPA/UMTS (2100)
    It only lists UMTS Band I (2100). One would need UMTS Bands II (1900) and V (850) for UMTS service on AT&T Mobility.

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    Re: AT&T Straight talk APN Settings getting only Edge Speeds

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