The rumors of Straight Talk cutting data off at 1.5GB have been clarified at the company’s blog yesterday. They have explained that they “are NOT cutting off data at 1.5GB on Straight Talk” and that the specified data limit applies only to NET10’s BYOD program for AT&T SIM cards only.
In February, NET10 has launched a new related-to-data website, on which they have informed users that starting March 1, NET10 AT&T SIMs will be capped at 1.5 GB of data per month on unlimited plan.
“Effective March 1, 2013 Unlimited data service is not available on the Unlimited plan for AT&T SIM cards. AT&T SIM cards on an Unlimited Plan will be capped at 1.5 GB of data per month. This will apply even if you buy and redeem an unlimited service card that does not contain this limitation on its face. This limitation does not apply to phones using our non-AT&T SIM cards.”
Regarding Straight Talk’s data limit, few months ago, the company has confirmed that specific data cap on which they throttle data does not exist. Instead, they evaluate each case individually. Those who are found to be excessive users, Straight Talk calls and warns of possible slowing their data speeds. Somewhere around 100MB per day or 2GB per month is what users report to be safe.
Also on the blog post, Straight Talk shares tips on how to save data. They recommend users to:
- “Connect to WiFi whenever possible to avoid using data entirely. WiFi Finder can help you discover open WiFi networks.
- Close applications that are not in use (this can save your battery, too!).
- Turn off auto-updates for apps or change the settings to update over WiFi only.
- Turn off automatic photo uploading or change the settings to upload over WiFi only.
- Turn off push “as items arrive” email. Instead, set your email account to sync every hour or longer.
- Browse mobile friendly websites instead of full webpages, which use more data to view.
- Use apps that help you manage data. In Android 4.0 or later, you can set limits and alerts on your usage. Otherwise, you can download 3rd party apps for Android and iOS such as: Onavo – iOS/Android or Data Usage – iOS”
Source: Fierce Wireless