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Let's face it: I'm a network nerd. I need to replenish my stock of SIMs since both my T-Mobile and AT&T prepaid SIMs mysteriously disappeared from my wallet (thank goodness neither are on autopay) but there's one annoying omission: VZW.

 

Actually, I have VZW. But it's in a single-band (for LTE anyway) device: a third-gen iPad. And swapping the iPad's SIM into my Nexus 5, which supports everything Verizon has except Band 13, gives me no signal.

 

Given that situation, does anyone have any ideas about getting a device...and service on said device...that supports VZW on AWS, and actually works with it? I'd get the prepaid JetPack service, expensive as it is, but the device being offered with it doesn't have AWS compatibility yet.

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Let's face it: I'm a network nerd. I need to replenish my stock of SIMs since both my T-Mobile and AT&T prepaid SIMs mysteriously disappeared from my wallet (thank goodness neither are on autopay) but there's one annoying omission: VZW.

 

Actually, I have VZW. But it's in a single-band (for LTE anyway) device: a third-gen iPad. And swapping the iPad's SIM into my Nexus 5, which supports everything Verizon has except Band 13, gives me no signal.

 

Given that situation, does anyone have any ideas about getting a device...and service on said device...that supports VZW on AWS, and actually works with it? I'd get the prepaid JetPack service, expensive as it is, but the device being offered with it doesn't have AWS compatibility yet.

When you change Sims all the time that also changes your number right. Different Sim = different number with a different carrier? Sorry I couldn't help ya with VZW but I was just thinking about tmobile and ATT since I have an N5

 

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I think I saw this elsewhere, but if you just want to know if Verizon AWS is available, throw your nexus 5 into LTE only mode and scan for carriers. If you see Verizon, then they have AWS there.

 

Seems reasonable enough. I can see T-Mobile, MetroPCS (aka T-Mobile), Sprint and AT&T this way.

 

I need to head down the road a bit and see if my phone will pick up CricKet here. If it does, that's a better indication of whether it'll pick up anyone's LTE that's in Band 4.

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When you change Sims all the time that also changes your number right. Different Sim = different number with a different carrier? Sorry I couldn't help ya with VZW but I was just thinking about tmobile and ATT since I have an N5

 

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Yes, different numbers. I don't really care because I spend most of my time with the Sprint SIM in the phone anyway. And most of my communications aren't tied to my phone number.

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Yes, different numbers. I don't really care because I spend most of my time with the Sprint SIM in the phone anyway. And most of my communications aren't tied to my phone number.

That's what I thought and I want to try out T-Mobile and ATT but I use my number for almost everything

 

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That's what I thought and I want to try out T-Mobile and ATT but I use my number for almost everything

 

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Would google voice be an option for you?

 

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Would google voice be an option for you?

 

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I've never really looked into it, but by the sounds of it I might have to check it out. Is that what you use?

 

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I've never really looked into it, but by the sounds of it I might have to check it out. Is that what you use?

 

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Yes I have one number on google voice. It is free from google. It can automatically ring any (or all) of my phones when that number is called. When I call out from either of my android phones, it can show as coming from my same google voice number.

 

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I've never really looked into it, but by the sounds of it I might have to check it out. Is that what you use?

 

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I do not use sprints google voice integration, I use the google voice app for android.

 

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I do not use sprints google voice integration, I use the google voice app for android.

 

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Wait there are 2 different GV's? Sprints and the apps?

 

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I've never really looked into it, but by the sounds of it I might have to check it out. Is that what you use?

 

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One google voice but several ways to configure it. Go to the google voice website and create a gv account. Note, I do not configure it for Sprint integration. Download the google voice app from the play store to your nexus 5. Setup google voice from the website to call your phone(s) for incoming calls. Setup the app on the phone to us google voice for outgoing calls. Works for all carriers.

 

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One google voice but several ways to configure it. Go to the google voice website and create a gv account. Note, I do not configure it for Sprint integration. Download the google voice app from the play store to your nexus 5. Setup google voice from the website to call your phone(s) for incoming calls. Setup the app on the phone to us google voice for outgoing calls. Works for all carriers.

 

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Ahhh alright, so it just gives you a new # then whenever you get a new phone you just download GVoice so your phone calls come through your new phone?

 

Do you like it? I might try this but the app has pretty bad reviews

 

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Ahhh alright, so it just gives you a new # then whenever you get a new phone you just download GVoice so your phone calls come through your new phone?

 

Do you like it? I might try this but the app has pretty bad reviews

 

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I only use it occasionally. Set it up while porting a couple phones to ting. Seems to work good for calls in and out and for voicemail. Have not used it for texting yet.

 

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I only use it occasionally. Set it up while porting a couple phones to ting. Seems to work good for calls in and out and for voicemail. Have not used it for texting yet.

 

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Gotcha, I think I'm gonna stick with my N5 on sprint until spring then maybe ponder over to T-Mobile or Att. Unless sprint buys T-Mobile then who knows what will happen after that

 

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I think I saw this elsewhere, but if you just want to know if Verizon AWS is available, throw your nexus 5 into LTE only mode and scan for carriers. If you see Verizon, then they have AWS there.

How do you scan? I've searched everywhere but I can't find instructions for accessing the scanning screen.

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Let's face it: I'm a network nerd. I need to replenish my stock of SIMs since both my T-Mobile and AT&T prepaid SIMs mysteriously disappeared from my wallet (thank goodness neither are on autopay) but there's one annoying omission: VZW.

 

Actually, I have VZW. But it's in a single-band (for LTE anyway) device: a third-gen iPad. And swapping the iPad's SIM into my Nexus 5, which supports everything Verizon has except Band 13, gives me no signal.

 

Given that situation, does anyone have any ideas about getting a device...and service on said device...that supports VZW on AWS, and actually works with it? I'd get the prepaid JetPack service, expensive as it is, but the device being offered with it doesn't have AWS compatibility yet.

Get UML295 on eBay. You should be able to find it on the cheap side ~$50. Use your existing iPad SIM, you'll attach to both bands as long as AWS is available in your area. It's a Cat 3 USB modem Band 4/13 capable, also B7. That's as cheap as it gets.

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Get UML295 on eBay. You should be able to find it on the cheap side ~$50. Use your existing iPad SIM, you'll attach to both bands as long as AWS is available in your area. It's a Cat 3 USB modem Band 4/13 capable, also B7. That's as cheap as it gets.

 

Sounds reasonable.

 

What about the monthly service side of the equation? Anything available for less than the$50 VZW wants for Steal Ever...er...Share Everything?

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Sounds reasonable.

 

What about the monthly service side of the equation? Anything available for less than the$50 VZW wants for Steal Ever...er...Share Everything?

You can activate iPad plan of your choice on the iPad itself. It's prepaid, and you don't even have to go to the store. Once the SIM is active, you can use it in any Verizon certified LTE device.

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You can activate iPad plan of your choice on the iPad itself. It's prepaid, and you don't even have to go to the store. Once the SIM is active, you can use it in any Verizon certified LTE device.

 

Interesting. So in theory my current iPad plan should work just fine. But it's not working with my N5 because that device's MEID + IMEI aren't on VZW's whitelist.

 

Off to eBay I go...

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Interesting. So in theory my current iPad plan should work just fine. But it's not working with my N5 because that device's MEID + IMEI aren't on VZW's whitelist.

 

Off to eBay I go...

Exactly. 

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Gotcha, I think I'm gonna stick with my N5 on sprint until spring then maybe ponder over to T-Mobile or Att. Unless sprint buys T-Mobile then who knows what will happen after that

 

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That is one of the best things about the n5, you can take it to.most carriers.

 

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