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Old Mar 28, 13, 12:37 pm   #1
 
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StraightTalk vending machines coming to airports

(and also malls as well) - looks nearly identical to the "BestBuy Express" kiosks that sell iPods and Bose QC15's and from the sounds of it you'll be able to buy SIM cards, top-up PIN's, and even a respectable range of ST branded smartphones.

I saw a similar concept (although it resembled a more conventional snack machine, took cash, and didn't sell devices) in the arrivals area at LHR a few weeks ago. Purchased a Vodafone SIM with 10 calling credit for 20, slipped it in my phone and I was making calls by the time I made it to the Heathrow Express platform.

Think visitors to the US will spring for this?

http://consumerist.com/2013/03/28/co...ding-machines/
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Old Mar 28, 13, 1:37 pm   #2
 
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Seems like a good idea. If I remember correctly, Straight Talk only has monthly plans. If they came out with a pay by the minute option, it'd be great for travelers who are only here for a week or two. But then again, $45 for unlimited everything is a pretty good deal already.
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Old Mar 28, 13, 1:41 pm   #3
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Old Mar 28, 13, 8:23 pm   #4
 
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DFW Terminal E, JFK Terminal 2, MSP, OAK (DL Gates) ... seem to be targeting Delta passengers with these machines.

Unfortunately it doesn't look like they're selling new AT&. compatible SIM cards anymore http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TracFon...#Straight_Talk
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Old Mar 30, 13, 3:25 pm   #5
 
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Just saw a Straight Talk vending machine in the food court of Colonie Center Mall in Albany, NY. Looked brand new and wasn't fully loaded yet. I think we're going to see a lot of these.
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Just saw a Straight Talk vending machine in the food court of Colonie Center Mall in Albany, NY. Looked brand new and wasn't fully loaded yet. I think we're going to see a lot of these.
Not at our mall yet.... but if you want to get rid of your cell phone, we do have an EcoATM
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Hallelujah! Will be visiting NY this summer so I'll try to look for a kiosk at JFK.
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Hallelujah! Will be visiting NY this summer so I'll try to look for a kiosk at JFK.
Only Terminal 2 (Delta) has one of the machines (actually if you look at my earlier post it seems that all the airport installations as of yet are exclusively targeting DL pax - I'm guessing that this will eventually expand if the machines are popular.)

Several shopping centers in the NY/NJ area are going to get the machines as well, so try the mall if there's no love at the airport.
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Ah I see, thanks for the heads up!

Semi-relevant question: is StraightTalk's unlimited plans truly unlimited? It just came to my attention that some unlimited plans in the US aren't really unlimited, as there are limits imposed, ie: your speed will be throttled after you hit a certain limit. I'm not from the US, so I'm unaware about these things.
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Ah I see, thanks for the heads up!

Semi-relevant question: is StraightTalk's unlimited plans truly unlimited? It just came to my attention that some unlimited plans in the US aren't really unlimited, as there are limits imposed, ie: your speed will be throttled after you hit a certain limit. I'm not from the US, so I'm unaware about these things.
Depends on which network (ST sells phones an SIM cards that operate on Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and until recently AT&T). T-Mobile and Sprint don't seem to care as long as you're not using your phone to download torrents, Verizon would start throttling around 2GB. Problem was with the AT&T based service, who would constantly call customers and threaten to shut them off for excessive use, and by their definition pretty much any use over a few MB per day was considered excessive... I think that's part of the reason ST doesn't resell AT&T service anymore.
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