Straight Talk adds phablet ZTE Lever LTE, Huawei Pronto LTE, One Touch Pop Star 2 LTE and LG Destiny
TracFone-owned Straight Talk that operates on all four major networks has improved its prepaid phone lineup with another four smartphones. Unlike smartphones that carrier has added previously this month that were mostly 3G capable, this time Straight Talk adds phablet ZTE Lever, Huawei Pronto and Alcatel One Touch Pop Star 2 which are all LTE capable and the 4G-enabled LG Destiny. Read more
This week, starting May 17, 2015, Straight Talk phones on sale are available at Straight Talk’s website and Walmart. At Straight Talk’s website, free shipping on orders $29.99 or higher is provided while Walmart offers free ship to store. Read more
Straight Talk has added two new smartphones, ZTE Paragon and LG Power, to its prepaid lineup. The Paragon is a GSM version of the Verizon compatible ZTE Zephyr, also recently added. It uses AT&T network, it’s 3G-enabled and costs $69.99. The Power is also a 3G only smartphone that operates on Verizon’s network. It can be purchased for $79.99. Read more
Straight Talk and Net10 BYOP users get 5GB of high speed data instead of 3GB, Net10 adds more data to other plans
TracFone subsidiaries Straight Talk and Net10 are now offering more high speed data to their BYOP (Bring Your Own Phone) customers. Straight Talk gives 5GB of high speed data instead of regular 3GB to its BYOP customers on the $45 unlimited and the $60 unlimited international plan. Net10 BYOP users get 5GB data increase on plans that originally offer 3GB of high speed data. Those plans are the $50 Unlimited Plan, the $65 Unlimited International Plan, all unlimited Phone Upgrade Plans and the Family $90, $130 and $170 plans with 2, 3 and 4 lines, respectively. Read more
Along with the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime and the LG Sunrise that was available through Walmart first, Straight Talk today added the ZTE Zephyr and the LG Lucky, another two affordable smartphones to its prepaid lineup. The ZTE Zephyr is a 3G phone that operates on Verizon network and it’s available for $69.99. The LG Lucky is actually a CDMA version of the AT&T compatible LG Sunrise. It uses Verizon network and can be purchased for the same price tag as the Sunrise, $39.99. Read more
Two new smartphones have been spotted at Walmart stores, CDMA-based Samsung Galaxy Core Prime and GSM LG Sunrise, according to Turk Forums. Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy Core Prime that operates on Verizon 4G LTE network can be purchased for $129 while 3G-enabled LG Sunrise, AT&T compatible, is available for $39.82.
Update May 3, 2015: Both phones have been added to Straight Talk’s website as well, the Galaxy Core Prime for $129.99 and the LG Sunrise for $39.99. Straight Talk has also added the ZTE Zephyr for $69.99 and a CDMA version of the Sunrise, the LG Lucky that uses Verizon network and can be purchased for the same price tag as the Sunrise, $39.99.
Verizon Wireless has the largest and most reliable network of all major carriers in the U.S. Verizon uses CDMA technology, which means that a phone swapping is not as easy as with GSM-based phones if customers are not happy with service or the phone itself. Verizon’s service is primarily focused on postpaid customers but in recent months they made quite a few changes to its prepaid offerings which made them more appealing to existing and potential customers. Biggest change is that Verizon has allowed access to LTE to its prepaid customers on July 17, 2014.
TracFone’s subsidiary Straight Talk might add Samsung Galaxy Core Prime, a 4G LTE smartphone GSM-based to its prepaid lineup soon, according to Turk Forums. The Galaxy Core Prime is also launching for Verizon’s postpaid service today for $29.99 with a new two-year contract or for Verizon Edge customers for $8 a month so speculated prepaid cost for this mid-range smartphone would be around $200. Read more
The Federal Trade Commission has fined the TracFone, U.S. subsidiary of America Movil, for throttling or completely cutting off data to customers who have signed up for unlimited data. False advertizing of unlimited data from 2009 through 2014 will cost them $40 million. Customers who have been misled by TracFone subsidiaries as Straight Talk, NET10, Simple Mobile and Telcel America in any way, whose ‘unlimited data’ were throttled between 1 and 3 gigabytes without any explanation, whose data were cut off entirely after reaching 4 or 5 gigabytes or for even losing their service completely (talk, text, and data) in some cases, are eligible to getting their money back. Read more
TracFone’s subsidiary Straight Talk has started activating Verizon LTE phones, Howard Forums users report. According to some of them, Straight Talk customer service has confirmed this information while others have reached as far as ordering the SIM. Read more