Straight Talk is about to set a new data cap, according to a Clark Howard’s blog post. Reportedly, he got this information directly from the company. Without knowing when exactly, Straight Talk will provide its customers with 2.5 GB of high-speed data per month. After first 2.5 GB, data will be throttled to “slow dial-up” speeds and than shut off completely at 4 GB until the next billing period starts.
Assuming this information is eligible, Straight Talk customers will finally be clear with how much data they can spend without being concerned that their service would be terminated. Not so long ago, the carrier was terminating service to customers that they have found were excessive ones without a warning. Few months ago, Straight Talk has confirmed that they throttle data on case-by-case bases to those they find are excessive data users, so this change would be a welcome one, since everyone will know the limit.
Straight Talk uses Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile network to provide service so it’s unclear whether or not this new data allotment would apply to all customers regardless on which network they use service. Also, the carrier’s Terms of Service forbids streaming but now that they will set a high-speed data allotment, that might change.
The only data limit set for one of the TracFone’s subsidiaries was for NET10’s AT&T SIM cards. They were limited to 1.5 GB of data per month from March 1.
The 2.5GB of high-speed data per month is more than enough for average users. Those who need more can go for T-Mobile’s prepaid $70 plan with unthrottled unlimited data, T-Mobile’s prepaid brand GoSmart Mobile with first 5 GB of data at 3G speeds or its MVNO Solavei that offers first 4 GB of high speed data for $49 per month. Sprint prepaid brands, Boost and Virgin Mobile, offer 2.5GB of LTE speeds throttled to 256Kbps per month. AT&T has launched new prepaid brand Aio Wireless and allowed LTE access on it and its GoPhone brand while Verizon Wireless increased data on its prepaid plans.
Straight Talk was the only carrier that had no data cap or that forbids streaming. Hopefully, this will change soon.
Source: Prepaid Phone News