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Straight Talk bumps “unlimited” data plan to 5GB of LTE for BYOP customers

Pre-paid US wireless service provider Straight Talk offers cheap phone plans by piggybacking on AT&T and T-Mobile’s wireless networks. Unlimited talk, text and data plans are available for as little as $45 per month. When you buy a phone from Straight Talk, that “unlimited” plan offers 3GB of “high speed” 4G LTE data before your speeds […]

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FTC fines TracFone $40 million for throttling “unlimited” data

The Federal Trade Commission is ordering US wireless carrier TracFone to pay $40 million as a penalty for promising “unlimited” data to customers, but then throttling connection speeds or canceling service altogether after customers use more than a certain amount of data. The FTC isn’t saying that there’s anything wrong with throttling data or terminating […]

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Alcatel OneTouch launches $250 6 inch, LTE phone for Straight Talk

Alcatel Onetouch is launching two new smartphones in the US, where they’ll be available exclusively through Walmart and/or wireless carrier Straight Talk/Tracfone. The Alcatel Onetouch Pop Star LTE is a $150 phone with a 4 inch, WVGA display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, and a $150 price tag which is only really interesting because it’s […]

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Lilbits (5-14-2014): Mozilla adds DRM to Firefox, isn’t happy about it

Want to use your web browser to stream video from services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and BBC iPlayer? You’ll need to put up with the DRM (Digital Rights Management) features used by those services — content owners want to make sure you don’t save or redistribute videos, watch them in countries where they don’t have redistribution rights, […]

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Lilbits (3-14-2014): Samsung’s smartphone accessories for visually impaired users

The Samsung Galaxy Core is a rather basic smartphone with a 4.3 inch, 800 x 480 pixel display, a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. While it’s an entry-level Android phone, Samsung is launching a new line of accessories that could make the Galaxy Core a lot more attractive to […]

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Straight Talk, Net10 clarify “unlimited” plans: 2.5 GB of high-speed data

Straight Talk and Net10 are pre-paid wireless providers that offer relatively inexpensive talk, text, and data plans in the United States. Bring an AT&T or T-Mobile compatible phone to one of these carriers, and you can get service for as little as $45 per month (or even less if you pay for 3 months or […]

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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 […]

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Lilbits (8-08-2013): Straight Talk AT&T SIM cards are back

Straight Talk is MVNO, or mobile virtual network operator. That means the company acts like a phone company, but it actually sells you air time on someone else’s network — typically at a much lower price than you’d pay if you went straight through that larger network. Up until recently, Straight Talk allowed customers a […]