Straight Talk is now offering 4G LTE for $45 per month (to AT&T compatible phones)

Straight Talk is a US wireless carrier that offers discounted service on AT&T and T-Mobile’s networks. For $45 per month you can get unlimited talk, text, and “unlimited” data, which is to say that your speeds will be throttled if you exceed an unspecified cap. But for relatively light mobile data users, Straight Talk is a great bargain.

And now it’s an even better bargain for folks who have unlocked, AT&T-compatible phones, because now Straight Talk is selling SIM cards that support AT&T’s 4G LTE network.

Straight Talk SIM cards

Up until recently you could use a Straight Talk SIM card to get HSPA+ speeds on AT&T or T-Mobile’s networks, but there was no 4G LTE option.

If you’re an existing Straight Talk customer with a 4G capable phone, you’ll need to buy a new SIM card for $6.99 and port your number to the new SIM. New customers can start from scratch much the same way.

Straight Talk is hardly the only MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) offering pre-paid plans that piggyback on the networks of bigger-name companies. But it was already one of the few that offered support for AT&T’s network (Sprint and T-Mobile MVNOs are more common), and now it’s one of the first to offer LTE service.

Of course, Straight Talk still doesn’t specify how much data you can burn through in a day, month, or other period before the company will throttle your speeds, so this update might just mean customers will be able to burn through their high-speed data more quickly.

I’ve been a straight talk customer for over a year, and I’ve been pretty satisfied with the service (and even more satisfied with the price). But I’m looking forward to seeing how my HTC One X performs at LTE speeds.

via Android Police

  • Cal Rankin

    I was considering switching to AT&T GoPhone for the Nexus 4 or 5 (since T-Mobile coverage is subpar in my area to say the least), but now that Straight Talk has LTE, this is a great deal. Granted, this won’t be full-speed like GoPhone, but having LTE is a good deal overall.

  • NathanExplosion

    People are reporting that Straight Talk is severely throttling users when they get to 1.5GB per month of usage.

  • Eric Y

    Look at Straight Talks website now…they have finally updated the ambiguous data cap…it states that you can get 4g lte with the new sim cards up to 2.5gb then once you’ve exceeded that will be throttled to 2g speeds…I have been a straight talk customer for a year and have been getting hspa+ 4g and am excited to see the 4g lte speeds!

    • Dutch29

      The article mentions that your phone needs to be unlocked. I beg to differ as my iPhone 4S is locked to AT&T, it works great! I regularly get 5mb+ speeds.
      I was wondering about streaming Pandora? I am pretty sure that it is allowed on Straight Talk now. Can I now do it now, without worry? I just don’t want to get throttled as I did several months ago for streaming video in which I was totally in the wrong for doing. I would love to be able to stream Pandora without worry. that’s about the only thing that was missing for me with Straight Talk before. I think it is the best deal going if you’re realistic on what you’re smart phone is to be used for. No one should expect to get over 2GB a month for $45 a month.

      • Guest

        “in which I was totally in the wrong for doing”
        Nah. I figure they say unlimited data, so there is nothing wrong with experimenting and finding the boundaries. In my experience you can stream Pandora for an hour or two per day without any trouble. I haven’t tried more than that.

    • James Stockman

      Eric do you get unlimited hspa+ ?