It’s no secret AT&T’s wireless plans aren’t exactly the most “affordable” out there. Even if you opt for their new Aio pre-paid service — the one that recently went live around the country a few days ago — you’re still looking at $55 for 2GB of data.
Straight Talk now has 4G LTE
If that was still a little too rich for your blood, Straight Talk may have just become your next best option. The pre-paid MVNO silently upgraded their wireless service that (finally) allows customers to access AT&T’s blazing fast 4G LTE network where previously only HSPA+ was available. Unfortunately, it looks like only regular and micro SIMs are available (no nano SIMs as found on the Moto X just yet).
For those of you already on Straight Talk, you wont need to order a new SIM card. According to Straight Talk’s tech support,
you’ll simply have to mess around with the APN settings on your 4G LTE enabled device to gain access to LTE. Apparently, not. According to some of our readers, you’ll more than likely need to spend several hours on the phone with tech support, being transferred until someone knows how to activate LTE on your specific account. Joy.
How does Straight Talk work?
For those unaware, Straight Talk sells pre-paid wireless service operating on a variety of networks. If you opt to bring your own device, you’ll get the option of choosing either an AT&T or T-Mobile SIM card (depending on your device, of course), for use on those networks. Traditionally, the downside to using Straight Talk was that it only had access to HSPA+ — not 4G LTE. Looks like that’s been thrown out the window.
For only $45 a month, you get unlimited talk, text, and data on either AT&T or T-Mobile’s network. Keep in mind Straight Talk has never revealed exactly how much data customers are allotted before being throttled (or worse, had their service cancelled) but overall, it’s not a bad deal for light Android use.
Is Straight Talk worth it?
Back when I had my Nexus 4, I was with Straight Talk for a good couple of months with no major complaints. Once I picked up the HTC One, I switched over to AT&T simply to gain access to LTE. Kinda regret making that decision now.
You can learn more about Straight Talk and order your own AT&T SIM (now with more LTEs!) via the link below.