This is Part 4 of my journey, moving from a post-paid, two-year contract with Verizon Wireless to the contract-free mobile life of a prepaid carrier. In this case, Straight Talk. If you haven’t yet, I highly encourage you to read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 so that you can see the frustrations with Verizon that drove me from their service as well as my experience setting everything up. Part 4 deals is essentially an extended road test and serves as an update to part 3.
Nexus 4 on Straight Talk on a Really Looong Road Trip
I have now had the Nexus 4 on Straight Talk for more than half of the year. In that time I’ve seen rural—very rural— and urban parts of Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, and Utah. I have to say that I’ve been satisfied with coverage. Only once or twice did I ever lose my signal and that was only because I was literately in the middle of nowhere in Idaho in a deep narrow valley. To be fair my brother’s Droid Razr on Verizon LTE also had zero signal so I can’t fault my service for that.
There is not a whole lot new to report. Straight Talk service has been solid for me. If you are ok without LTE and are willing to pay the upfront cost of an unlocked smartphone, then you have no reason not to consider the prepaid route. You’ll end up saving money in the end after all. Also since the Nexus 4 has no LTE the issue is essentially moot.
Finally as for my Nexus 4 overall. She’s been a wonderful little phone. Luckily I haven’t ever dropped it without my Seidio Active case on. I only have a few very minor scratches on the back glass. The phone still excites me and I haven’t had any significant hiccups that are due to the phone hardware itself. I did get the ‘Package File Invalid’ error that everyone on Android Jellybean 4.3 was experiencing but that has since been fixed by Das Google.
Unless something significant happens to change my experience in either direction, this is likely the conclusion of my Nexus 4 on Straight Talk series. The phone works like a charm with zero lag, the service from Straight Talk is decent. I don’t miss LTE all that much because I’m on WiFi nearly all the time and when I am not, my speeds are reasonable.
The Nexus 4 and Straight Talk have really been a paradigm shift in mobile communications for me. I heartily recommend everyone looking into buying their phones off-contract and switching to a prepaid mobile carrier. I should also note that Straight Talk has started selling AT&T SIM cards once again. So save your pennies, buy a your next phone off contract and start saving money right away.
Nexus 4 on Straight Talk earns a solid 4 stars our of 5 stars in my book. The lost star is due to customer service and the lack of LTE.