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 […]

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 […]

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 […]