More data is always a good thing. I mean, no one in their right mind would complain about getting more for the same amount of money, right? Well, yesterday we talked about TracFone increasing data for its customers and it looks like two other TracFone companies, Net10 and Straight Talk have followed suit with some data increases for select plans.
Straight Talk recently added a new phone to its lineup of prepaid LTE devices. The ZTE Lever LTE is available at Walmart right now and while it’s certainly no flagship, the device will still pack quite a bit of functionality in its frame. For customers looking for something affordable that is a bit of a step up from your standard entry-level device, then this phone is definitely a good option.
The ability to unlock a phone is absolutely essential for prepaid customers, as it allows for freedom of movement between carriers without having to constantly be forking out more money for a phone. Earlier this year, the unlocking agreements that the carriers all made wit the FCC went into effect, with one major exception: TracFone and its subsidiary companies.
Easily the largest of the prepaid carriers, TracFone’s laughable unlocking policy directly violated the terms of agreements with the FCC and after months of arguing that they were following the law, the FCC and TracFone have finally come to an agreement that, yes, TracFone should allow customers to unlock devices. Just don’t expect it anytime soon. In fact, the FCC has given TracFone until 2016 to completely implement these procedures. Here is the basic timeline outlined in the FCC document:
In January, the FTC ordered America Movil companies to pay consumers who purchased “unlimited” data plans from 2009 – 2013. Companies that were part of this complaint include Tracfone, StraightTalk, Simple Mobile, Net10 and Telcel America, which were ordered to pay a combined $40 million to effected customers. However, the deadline to file a claim is fast approaching, and I wanted drop a quick reminder.
StraightTalk’s website has a promotion running for customers looking to activate their own device on a monthly, three month or six month plan priced higher than $30. I’m not really sure exactly when this promotion started or when it will end, so if you’ve been considering trying out StraightTalk this might be a great opportunity.
When most people think about prepaid services, wireless mobile phones is probably what comes to mind. Or, maybe, even something like a wireless hotspot for streaming secure internet while on the road. But what about a plug-in-the-wall style landline? Well, turns out you can have that on a prepaid plan as well.
There are plenty of promotions for customers looking to port into a new carrier, but what if you’re looking to simply bring your own phone (BYOP)? Well, Straight Talk has debuted a new promotion this month granting customers an additional 2 GB of data when they activate their own device on a $45 plan, granting a full 5 GB of data before throttling for these customers instead of the usual 3 GB.
Yesterday, it took Straight Talk an hour to remember that they couldn’t unlock my phone. I can’t say that I was surprised that it took them so long—Straight Talk is an America Movil company after all, and that brand is notorious for slow, inefficient and sometimes rude customer service. What surprised me was that they actually had to look up whether or not the device could be unlocked. To me, Straight Talk’s unlocking policy sounds like they aren’t really able to unlock devices, so the response took me completely by surprise. Curiouser and curiouser.
If you live in the United States and you want to call Mexico, then there is no better time than right now. The recent trend in the wireless race has been to add unlimited calling to Mexico landlines and/or mobile numbers to prepaid plans and I’m pleased to announce that several Tracfone companies have finally come around.
The companies that recently got this international upgrade include:
Tracfone is probably the largest prepaid wireless provider in the US, especially when you count the customers of its other companies. But, when the CITA urged wireless carriers to voluntarily create consumer-friendly unlocking policies (which went into effect this week), TracFone kept quiet and said nothing.
Last week, TracFone finally added their own unlocking policies for smartphones purchased through TracFone, Simple Mobile, Straight Talk and Net10 Wireless. But, before you get all excited, the policy isn’t exactly up to par with the other companies. Here’s what the technical legal jargon on the sites says about unlocking:
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a complaint against Tracfone and its subsidiary brands, including Straight Talk, Net10, Simple Mobile and Telcel America. The complaint alleges that Tracfone failed to disclose throttling and suspension terms to customers of its prepaid unlimited plans from 2009 to at least September 2013 and that customers were frequently deceived about what they were purchasing.
If you’re a Verizon fan and you want a cheaper phone bill, then your options are extremely limited. Not only does Verizon have the fewest MVNOs out of all four of the Tier 1 carriers, but they also don’t really allow a majority of them to access their LTE network. Now, in addition to Page Plus, Straight Talk has been added to the lucky few who can use Verizon’s super fast LTE network.
Samsung Galaxy phones are among the most sought-after Android devices on the market. They are all-around nice phones with some pretty nifty features and great hardware. While last year’s flagship phone, the Samsung Galaxy S4 has been eclipsed by this year’s larger S5 model, the S4 still is an excellent phone that normally fetches a pretty decent price.
The first Saturday after Thanksgiving is, in my opinion, one of the better days to do holiday shopping. All of the Black Friday insanity is past, but there are still some lingering Black Friday deals, and upcoming Cyber Monday deals. It’s the twilight of holiday savings, when you can get some pretty sweet savings without as much trouble.
If you are a Straight Talk fan, then you are in luck because they have some pretty nice holiday deals going on right now for both Black Friday weekend shoppers as well as Cyber Monday online shoppers. Some of these phones are not discounted by very much, but a few, such as the LG Optimus Logic, are nearly half off.
Straight Talk uses the networks of all four of the major carriers, and is one of the most popular MVNO companies. However, that being said, one of the most common problems with Straight Talk (aside from their customer service) is getting APN settings right for BYOD phones. If you’re having trouble with getting your internet or SMS messages to work and recently switched to Straight Talk, then you probably need to change your APN settings.
According to a scoop by Prepaid Phone News, Straight Talk debuted two new prepaid mobile broadband devices last week, both of which are available at select Walmart stores. One of the devices uses Verizon’s network while the other uses AT&T. Both devices are around $100 and have similar specs.
Straight Talk Wireless, one of the larger MVNOs in the country, has released their first Verizon LTE phone, the ZTE Rapido, at select Walmart stores nationwide. The phone is on sale for around $180 and looks like it should be a pretty standard entry level phone, albeit one with LTE compatibility.
Straight Talk announced yesterday that they now offer the coveted iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for their no contract service. These phones are Apple’s current bestselling iPhone and features Apple 8.1 OS, an upgraded Siri and Apple Pay, along with several other services. The devices were first released a few weeks ago and can be purchased through Straight Talk, Walmart or directly from Apple for activation on Straight Talk’s network.
Alcatel Onetouch has announced the launch of three new smartphones which will be available exclusively through Tracfone and StraightTalk. The Alcatel Onetouch Pop Star LTE, Onetouch Pop Icon and the Onetouch Pop Mega LTE will be available sometime in the next couple of weeks.
Last week, I posted an article comparing all of the Verizon MVNO coverage maps. Several of them were a little surprising, so I thought that I would go through all of the other Tier 1 carriers and compare maps of their MVNOs to see how they stacked up. While most MVNOs share the prepaid network of their primary carrier, some of them skimp on coverage to cut costs, and very few of them offer roaming in areas with no Tier 1 carrier network coverage.
Today, we have a compilation of the AT&T MVNO maps. Most of them shared coverage with GoPhone, but did not offer roaming (represented by the lighter yellow areas). However, the maps were far more similar than the Verizon MVNO maps we saw last week.
So, without any more ado, here are the AT&T MVNO maps:
Yesterday, Apple finally pulled back the curtain to reveal the next generation of iPhone: the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus. These flashy new devices have caught the attention of both Apple lovers and phone enthusiasts across the internet, especially with their affordable on-contract price. For the prepaid market, the unlocked no-contract cost can be a little harder to swallow, but never fear–our trusty companies are sure to be offering deals in the coming months so you can get your hands on one of those fancy phones soon.
So, in preparation for the celebration of this exciting new phone, we’ve rounded up some of the best money-saving iPhone 6 prepaid plans for each main carrier network. You’ll want as much data as you can get for the lowest price, and of course, unlimited talk and text is a must so you can tell everyone all about your snazzy new phone.
Straight Talk Wireless is a small wireless provider that leases out service form the large companies, including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile, in order to provide less expensive mobile service for individuals who are looking for another mobile option.
It often seems like the smarter phones become, the smarter one has to be to use them. There’s a million different abbreviations, technical terms and various other complications involved with simply using a phone these days. One of the biggest disadvantages to this situation is that great deals often go unnoticed because of complicated descriptions. One of the best examples of this is Straight Talk prepaid plan APN settings for Android. It’s a complex name for something that’s both immensely beneficial and actually quite simple to use.
Straight Talk Wireless is becoming a more popular wireless network everyday, the company has already taken the title of America’s largest non-contract phone service provider. The company offers quite a few service plans to fit many needs, but what is making them so popular is the fact that Straight Talk offers great service plans at affordable prices, all without the hassle of a binding service contract.
When you decide to purchase a Verizon Straight Talk phone, you are no longer going to have to deal with length contracts that keep you roped in for a number of years with severe penalties for breaking the contract. Now you can pay as you go and use your phone just like you would any other mobile device. In addition to getting a much cheaper monthly plan, you get to share all the options that many contracted users enjoy. Here are just a few of the options you can enjoy with your Verizon Straight Talk phone.
Numerous no contract cellular phone plans have started to become more prevalent these days. Many of the big carriers are beginning to offer up their own versions of no contract plans. Straight Talk BYOP (Bring Your Own Phone) has been around for a couple of years now. Straight Talk started a plan in which customers could not only dump their big carriers, but they could take their phone and number with them.
When it comes to Straight Talk Phone plans, the ability to be free from a a long-term contract is especially appealing. But in doing so, one wants to make sure they are able to use their favorite phones, as well as get sufficient coverage with their Straight Talk plans.
With all of the reduced-rate smartphone plans now available on Straight Talk, it can be confusing how they work and what network’s coverage towers are being used. Ultimately, the network you are using depends on what smartphone you have, and where it is homed.
Walmart’s Smart Talk prepaid cell phone plans are a great solution for cell phone users with limited budgets and specific usage needs that don’t fit well with typical plans. These plans have long offered several options for different types of phones and different levels of usage. Straight Talk has now added some incredible prepaid options for international calling, ideal for those travelling for business or pleasure and for those with relatives or friends who live in another country. Straight Talk’s prepaid international options – like most of their plans – are available in both unlimited usage and specific level of usage options.
With the continuous need for technological innovations these days, everything seems to go wireless. This results to the efforts of manufacturers in the communications industry in developing services and platforms appealing to customers. Thus, the pay-as-you-go wireless communication service Straight Talk emerges to attract end-users with its exceptionally easy-to-manage features.
When it comes to saving money on your wireless device, chances are you have been looking for methods to trim away at your already large and unsightly phone bill, but when looking at the other major carriers, there simply is not another way to do this.
For anyone looking to cut down on their current mobile phone bill, it is important to search out for smaller service providers. Company like Straight Talk is a company that leases out carrier networks from the major companies, such as Verizon and AT&T.
Several individuals love the idea of being able to send picture messages to one another or connect onto their social media website from their cell phones. Many times, some phones will not be updated enough to log-on to the internet or to send multimedia messages. Straight Talk has come up with a solution to help those update their MMS setting to be able to use their phone to it’s fullest.
Walmart is one of the most recent retail stores to offer its own prepaid line. Known as Straight Talk, this service provider aims at providing affordable month to month plans without the frills or complications of other prepaid providers. Learn more about Straight Talk before choosing to switch carriers.
Straight Talk keeps things simple by offering only three different plans, as well as three bundled plans that can save you money. The least expensive option costs $30 for 1,000 minutes and texts, and provides 30 MB of data. The most popular plan costs $45 for unlimited texts, minutes, and data. The Unlimited International Plan is set at $60 a month,and offers unlimited texts, minutes and data as well.
The bundled plans cost $130 for 90 days of unlimited service, $255 for 180 days of unlimited service, and $495 for an entire year of unlimited service. These options are best suited for individuals who do not want to save some money by purchasing several months worth of service at once.
Straight Talk offers a convenient auto-refill service that will automatically deduct the cost of your service plan from your account. With this option, you will never need to worry about your service being shut off.
Straight Talk does have a few disadvantages to its service. For starters, unused minutes do not roll over. Similar service providers offer this feature. Another major downside is that the $30 a month plan is not available for smart phones. If you want to use iPhone or Android device, you will need to purchase a $45 plan.
Overall, Straight Talk is one of the least expensive prepaid service plan providers on the market. With reliable service from Verizon and a wide selection of compatible phones to choose from, it offers plenty of benefits to its customers.
Net 10 and Straight Talk are two of the leading prepaid cell phone providers. Both service providers offer distinct perks to customers. Learn about the main differences between the two before making a purchasing decision.
Straight Talk has more simple plans than Net 10, hands down. It offers only three different monthly plans, while Net 10 offers a total of eight. Straight Talk’s $30 a month plan is the most inexpensive. It offers 1,000 minutes, texts, and 30 MB of data. The $45 plan, also called the Unlimited Plan, offers unlimited minutes, texts, and data usage. For $60, customers can purchase the Unlimited International Plan, which provides unlimited international calls and texts, as well as unlimited data.
Net 10 on the other hand offers a plan for as low as $20 for 200 minutes and 400 texts, a $30 plan for 300 minutes and 600 texts, and a $45 plan for 600 minutes and 1,200 texts. It also offers 900 minutes and 1,800 texts for $60, and 1,500 minutes and 3,000 texts for $1,000. For these plans, unused minutes do roll over to the next month. Straight Talk does not allow roll-over minutes.
In terms of price, Net 10 is slightly more expensive, if you want a month to month plan. Its monthly plans cost $25 for 750 texts or minutes, $50 for unlimited minutes and texts, and $65 for unlimited international minutes and texts. These plans cost more than Straight Talk.
Both Straight Talk and Net 10 offer quality service from Verizon and AT&T, respectively. Straight Talk refill cards are only available at Walmart, while Net 10 cards can be found virtually everywhere. Before selecting a service provider to pursue, carefully weight the pros and cons to avoid making the wrong decision.
Straight Talk is a cellular re-seller and as such, they don’t have their own network towers. Rather, they use Verizon and AT&T’s towers to provide service to their clients. Because Verizon uses CDMA technology and AT&T uses GSM, Straight Talk is able to provide services locally and internationally. Straight talk offers prepaid cellular service to their clients which they can by in Walmart stores or via the internet.
CDMA technology and GSM technology differs in certain technological aspects, but one major difference is in it’s availability. While GSM technology is typically found all over the world, CDMA is more limited internationally and isn’t always available in other countries. CDMA is found predominantly in the US and North America. The two technologies also differ in data speed, location and hardware.
Since Straight Talk offers both types of technologies with their phones, clients can choose the one that is right for them. If you need to have a phone that will work overseas, it is probably a good idea to choose a phone that uses the GSM technology. If coverage isn’t a big deal to you, then you can chose a CDMA phone.
So, it’s important to consider where you are going to mainly be using the phone before you decide which phone to purchase. Since Straight Talk has both types of phones, you can just choose the phone that utilizes the technology that is found in the coverage area that you will use the phone the most.
Technically speaking, Straight Talk doesn’t have their own network, but they can and do make use of the networks of two major phone companies, Verizon and AT&T. Straight Talk users can expect to have the same level of coverage that these large companies provide. But it is important to choose the technology that fits your needs.
Strange, I saw this on the Straight Talk website last week, but it didn’t really click that it was something new. Lo and behold, the Straight Talk blog announced on Friday that they were indeed selling the Samsung Galaxy SIII. We needn’t run down the specs for it at this point; nearly every carrier, prepaid and postpaid, carries it at this point. It’s actually a great time to get one, since it’s getting discounted with the Galaxy S4 about to hit markets nationwide. It will cost you $439.99, which isn’t half bad for a non-subsidized phone.
When Net10 instituted a 1.5GB data cap on AT&T SIM cards, it felt like the beginning of a wider-spreading policy. While Tracfone brands Net10 and Straight Talk advertise unlimited data, that isn’t actually the case. As we’ve learned, Straight Talk has no set data cap, but will absolutely throttle your data speeds if you exceed their acceptable usage trends. If this all sounds confusing, Straight Talk sympathizes. They recently wrote a blog post that clarifies their position on data usage.
It appears that Straight Talk is set to launch another big initiative. According to PhoneNews.com, the carrier tomorrow will launch a bring-your-own device program for Verizon-branded devices. This just adds to their BYOD program for AT&T and T-Mobile phones. There are certain limitations, which we’ll cover after the jump. But as PhoneNews.com notes, this puts Straight Talk in heated competition with Page Plus, which also offers a BYOD program for Verizon phones.
Straight Talk users looking for a bit more variety in smartphone selection have received just that. Earlier this week the carrier announced the availability of the BlackBerry Curve 9310. Chances are we’ll see a number of BlackBerry models in the 9xxx series hit prepaid carriers in the near future, as the contract carriers start to offer BlackBerry 10 phones. The Curve 9310 is nothing special, though it is a decent smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard and BlackBerry’s famous email system, plus BBM. You can get it now, paired with the $45 monthly plan, at Straight Talk’s website.
The Samsung website has revealed a new smartphone heading for Straight Talk and Net10. It’s teh Galaxy Discover, a 3.5-inch Android 4.0 device. With an 800MHz processor it is the very definition of low-end device. But with 4.0 it can compensate for some of those hardware limitations. It is limited to 7.2Mbps HSDPA speeds, but that is still better than EVDO, which many Straight Talk and Net10 smartphones connect to. There is no word on pricing or availability, but usually when phones show up on manufacturer websites it doesn’t take long getting them to carriers.
If you read the user reviews of Straight Talk wireless service, you’ll see plenty of conflicting information. Some users claim that there is a 2GB cap on their unlimited data plan. Some claim that it’s even less — that they’ve been throttled after just a few days. When Straight Talk started offering the iPhone at Walmart outlets, the topic of throttling was sure to come up again. After all, iPhone 5 users consume huge amounts of data, and iPhone users in general are known for their data-heavy ways. That raises the question of how Straight Talk will deal with such a load on its resources.
The biggest news in prepaid lately: Straight Talk will start selling the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 through Walmart. The phone itself will cost you plenty, $649.99 for a 16GB iPhone 5 and $449.99 for an 8GB iPhone 4. Still, the world’s most popular smartphone line gets paired with Straight Talk’s $45 monthly unlimited plan, so there will be plenty of folks interested in the offer. In a two-year span, the Straight Talk iPhone 5 will cost a customer $1730, while a 450-minute plan from AT&T will cost $2,360, or $3,080 with unlimited minutes. There are certain limitations with Straight Talk’s service, but for casual iPhone users this could get the job done. The iPhones 4 and 5 will go on sale at Walmart this Friday, January 11.
It appears that Straight Talk has started offering the Samsung Galaxy S Showcase in some Walmart retail stores. It might be a new name, but the Galaxy Showcase is actually the original Galaxy S, meaning it is a two-year-old handset. It has a 4-inch screen and a 1GHz processor, which is fine and good, but it runs Android 2.3, which certainly downgrades the experience. That wouldn’t be such a bad package if the price were right, but at $250 it seems quite a bit overpriced. Then again, Straight Talk doesn’t offer any Android 4.0 devices, and they sell the Galaxy S II for $100 more. Again, this doesn’t appear to be available on the website yet. It’s at some Walmart outlets. It runs on the Verizon network.
While this isn’t exactly prepaid cellular news, it does have to do with one of our more prominent carriers, Straight Talk. They’re apparently piggybacking Verizon’s Home Phone Connect service, which they launched a couple of years ago. It’s essentially a wireless base station and wireless phone that runs off of Verizon’s CDMA network. The base station itself will come out September 21st and will cost $99. The service will cost either $15 per month, for unlimited domestic long distance, or $30 to add international long distance to 1,000 worldwide locations. You can check out more details at the dedicated Straight Talk page.
It appears that Straight Talk has added another Android handset that runs on the Verizon network. A Howard Forums user posted photos he took of the LG Optimus Zip for sale at a Wal Mart in New Hampshire. PhoneNews.com points out that this is the the same handset as Verizon’s LG Enlighten; we heard last month that Straight Talk would get the LG Enlighten. The Zip matches the specs, and the looks, if the LG Optimus Q, which Straight Talk launched last year. The Optimus Q runs on the Sprint network, though, so there is a difference between that and the Zip. It appears that the Zip has not yet made its way to Straight Talk’s website, but it appears to be available at Wal Mart stores that are in the Verizon coverage area.
Just a quick note on a new handset from Straight Talk. The Samsung 390G is a pretty basic QWERTY handset, featuring a low-res screen, 2-megapixel camera, and microSD expansion up to 32GB. This actually pairs perfectly with Straight Talk’s All You Need plan, which provides 1,000 minutes, 1,000 messages, and 30MB of data for $30 per month. That’s plenty for a handset like this. You can get the Samsung 390G and a plan at Straight Talk’s website.
PhoneNews.com reports that Straight Talk will add another Verizon-powered Android handset to its lineup in a few weeks. As for the Enlighten itself, it’s the definition of an entry-level Android handset. It has a small 3.2-inch display at a mere 320×480 pixels. It does have a slide-out keyboard, though, which is preferable to some. Then again, it’s unfavorable to others, since it makes the phone more bulky. It will run Android 2.3, which is the bare minimum at this point. Again, we can expect the phone to drop sometime in the next few weeks. There is no word on pricing, but expect it to be considerably less than the $180 Samsung Galaxy Proclaim, Straight Talk’s other Verizon-powered Android.
It’s hard to believe that nearly a year ago Cricket launched the Huawei Ascend II. At the time it wasn’t that impressive a handset, clicking in at 600MHz with a 3.5-inch screen while running Android 2.3. According to a recent Howard Forums post, some Walmart stores have started selling the Ascend II for Straight Talk. It’s the same exact phone, of course, just with different branding and service plans. You currently cannot get it at Straight Talk’s website, unfortunately. As of this writing it’s just at Walmart stores. The price tag is said to be $179.99, though, which is $80 more than it sells for at Cricket — and Cricket’s version has Muve Music.
It’s really amazing how Straight Talk continues to expand. Last year they began offering smartphone service via Sprint’s CDMA network. They’ve unveiled a number of Android handsets to go along with that offering, including the LG Optimus Q, the Samsung Galaxy Precedent, and the LG Optimus Black. Now, not even a week after Verizon prepaid began offering an $80 smartphone plan, Straight Talk has picked up a Verizon phone, the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim, for its network. It certainly creates a new level of competition.