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Saving Money on Cell Phone Services and Changing APN Settings

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Saving Money on Cell Phone Services and Changing APN Settings

By: Brandon Wheeler - Head Console Technician Straight talkRed Pocket   Are you like everyone else out there and wanting to save money? Well the one way I have tried to save money is by switching cell phone providers. There are lots of them out there so it not easy to know which one is the best. I can tell you that they are all the same, they provide you with the same service. How much do you want to pay is the question at hand. I am going to give you a few tips that I have come across from my years in the cell phone world. The first tip is, find out who had the best coverage for your area. Where you live or travel depends on which service is going to provide you with the most consistent service. If you are not getting any signal where you are, thats like paying for gas for a car who's engine doesn't run.  The three services are, GSM it means Global System for Mobile communication. It use a sim card, providers such as ATT, T-Mobile, Straight Talk, and many more that are in your area. CDMA is the other one, Code Division Multiple Access. These service does not require a sim card, unless you are using the LTE service. Verizon, Sprint, Cricket, U.S. Cellular and many more. Then the other one that a lot of people are not aware of is IDEN, Integrated Digital Enhanced Network or Integrated Dispatch Enhanced Network. Sprint uses, well in 2013 Sprint will not longer provide this service. Boost Mobile still uses this service. Determining which of these is the best for you all depends on where you are and where you go.

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Each service and provider has there own unique thing about them. Do they have a device you want and can afford? Do they offer the features you are looking for? Are you signing a contract, or month to month? All of the things come into play, just like if your picking out a new or used car. Does it have everything you want for the price you are willing or can pay? AT&T provides usually unlimited possibilities. From the phones they offer, to the plans you can choose. But how much does all that cost? I'm not by any means bashing them, just saying are they trying to offer everything can to everyone? Same thing with Verizon which is CDMA. One thing I have found that has been blowing up is Straight Talk. They offer GSM and CDMA. They offer $45 unlimited talk, text, and data. Too good to be true, I know I thought so. I have been using Straight talk for about 4 months now. I can say  I have been nothing but impressed. Straight Talk offers options, from the phone you want to a few choices on which plan you want to pay. And any one who has ever used AT&T and Verizon will be familiar with their coverage.  The one and huge thing I like about Straight Talk is the option to choose my phone. I am currently using their GSM sim card capability. I just went to their website and order what best works for you from the plan to the sim card. If you chose to go with the straight talk sim card, make sure you have a GSM device to put the sim card into. Any AT&T, T-Mobile, or GSM unlocked phone. I am currently using an AT&T iPhone 5. Now i had to cut down my sim card, which I don't suggest doing unless you know what you need on your sim card. They do offer a micro sim, but not the nano sim yet for the iPhone 5. Cell Phone Repair in Fort Smith Arkansas Now if your going to choose the AT&T compatible sim card through Straight Talk, there are a couple of additional things you will need to know and do. One is if you choose a Android phone, all you have to do is change the APN settings. I will tell you how to do that little later. Second is you are going to use an iPhone you might want to jailbreak it. This way you can use the iPhone's full functionality. When you jailbreak it you are allowing third party features that you will not get without jailbreaking. And that will allow you to change the APN settings. Changing APN settings is not hard, but it can be confusing. Android phones are the easiest to change and modify the APN settings. About 90% of Android phones you go into settings, Wireless and network, mobile networks, APN settings. Then you hit the menu button and select add new APN. Then it depends on which provider you are using, the best website I have found that covers every provider out there is You just select the provider and then insert the settings as they have it there. And if your using an iPhone, jailbreaking is the only way to change the APN settings. Make sure you are using wifi. After you have Cydia installed on your iPhone, you will need to install a repo. is one that I use. Then after that is installed, you will need to find tetherme. It installs you can find it in the iPhone settings towards the bottom. You can then change the APN setting there. After you have input those setting you will need to toggle your airplane mode. I would suggest doing this for your Android device also. Now after the APN settings are changed on your choice of device, your ready to use it. How to set up your iPhone for straight talk Now that your APN setting are changed you can surf the web, send and receive emails, post on Facebook and twitter, send and receive picture messaging, and much much more. And to think if your using Straight Talk you are only paying $45 a month. And almost any where you go you are still getting service because they use AT&T towers. Can't get any better than that. You have a great phone that you are happy with, along with the features you want and a bill you can be happy about. So what is your cell phone are you using? Is it the phone you wanted? What is the cell phone bill you are currently paying with the phone you don't want?

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