TracFone, a parent company of Net10, has been sending emails to Net10 customers as well as to its dealers that the 1.5 GB data cap on the Net10 AT&T SIM cards for unlimited monthly plans has been removed and that unlimited data are available again.
NET10′s PR firm has confirmed this change, Phone News reports. The exact message sent to both Net10 users and dealers is:
“TracFone Wireless, Inc. is very pleased to announce the return of Unlimited Data* on GSM, no contract 30-day monthly plans. Effective immediately, the 1.5 GB data cap for AT&T SIM cards has been removed and replaced with Unlimited Data* for all new as well as existing customers already in their current billing cycle.
*Tethering is prohibited. Other limitations apply. See latest NET10 Terms and Conditions of Service at net10.com for full details.”
In January 2013, both TracFone brands, Straight Talk and Net10, have removed AT&T SIM cards and other AT&T related products from their websites without any explanation. Net10 has started offering AT&T SIMs again on March 1st but with a hard cap set at 1.5 GB on previously unlimited data.
It took a little longer for Straight Talk to follow as it’s been only few days since this MVNO has started offering AT&T SIM cards on its website again. However, instead of expecting Straight Talk to set data cap, we actually lived to see NET10 removing one.
Of course, data on Straight Talk and Net10 are not unlimited, according to users whose data were throttled or their services terminated without warning. Straight Talk has confirmed to Fierce Wireless in January that they throttle data on case-by-case bases but their Terms of Service are very restrictive so customers can very easily go over data allotment that they didn’t know about in the first place. Straight Talk has been even sued over the issue of advertising data as unlimited but there was also a rumor that the company might actually set a new data cap on 2.5 GB of high-speed data per month.
AT&T has been making positive changes lately regarding its prepaid brands GoPhone and Aio Wireless, which both gained access to AT&T’s 4G HSPA+ and LTE networks. Also, its MVNOs H2O Wireless, Airvoice Wireless and Red Pocket have lowered recently their pay as you go and overage data rates as well as increased data allotments on some of the available monthly plans.
Source: Phone News