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.
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