Net10 and Straight Talk data cap has been finally set. Both TracFone brands have updated their websites with a new high-speed data cap set at 2.5GB per month, after which data are throttled to 2G speeds for the rest of the monthly cycle.
“30 day Unlimited Plans include 2.5 GB of high speed data per 30 day cycle. After 2.5 GB, your data speed will be reduced for the remainder of the 30 day cycle. High speed data is restored once a new 30 day service plan is added. Other limitations, terms and conditions of service apply.”
Now that a soft data cap is set (plans are not just falsely Unlimited) and Straight Talk and Net10 customers are finally clear on how much data they are allowed to use without being suddenly throttled or even cut off from the service, they should be able to decide how and when they want to use it. However, Straight Talk and Net10’s Terms & Conditions still insist on an “uploading, downloading or streaming of uninterrupted continuous video” restriction that allows these two carriers to have “service throttled and/or terminated” or “in some circumstances” to warn customers before they take action. So lack of transparency is still present.
But, this shouldn’t necessarily mean that regular customers that watch YouTube videos will be in trouble now that high-speed data cap is set since other prepaid providers, as Sprint’s Virgin Mobile for example, also have their restrictions regarding unlimited voice and data usage. Typically, they reserve their right to “deny, terminate, end, modify, disconnect or suspend your service” without notice or “after providing notice” to users who are involved in any prohibited uses.
Few months ago, Clark Howard, a popular consumer expert and host of the nationally syndicated Clark Howard Show, claimed that he heard from Straight Talk about their plans to set a high-speed data allotment on unlimited monthly plans. The cap supposedly would be set at 2.5 GB of high-speed data per month, after which data will be throttled to “slow dial-up” speeds and than shut off completely at 4 GB until the next billing cycle. Well, there are no indications on shutting data off completely at 4 GB for now.
Simply Mobile, also TracFone’s brand, has made their unlimited monthly plans transparent as well few months ago. They have set a high-speed data allotments in all three $40, $50 and $60 unlimited plans but besides fast 4G speeds, they have included a slower 3G and a very slow 2G speed limits.
Source: Prepaid Phone News