TracFone — and its sub brands Straight Talk and Net10 — have been known for being notoriously tight lipped about the amount of data they offer customers before being throttled. You couldn’t find even a smidgen of information on Straight Talk’s website, not even in the fine print.
Customers were forced to provide only their own personal experiences. Searching through various forums online, you’ll find all kinds of numbers being thrown around in regard to data usage and how much was consumed before being fed 2G speeds, or worse yet, kicked off the service entirely. Leave it to a class action lawsuit to finally break TracFone’s silence and today, the MVNO finally came clean about the “unlimited” data they offer via Straight Talk and Net10.
According to a TracFone spokesperson, customers will receive 2.5GB of high-speed data before being throttled down to 2G/Edge speeds. They also mentioned that abnormal usage (possibly high amounts of video streaming, or excessive data consumption in a short amount of time) is also cause enough to terminate one’s line of service. That should be a load off the minds of potential customers weighing their wireless options and while we suspected 2.5 geebees all along, it’s nice to finally have confirmation.
Earlier this month Straight Talk began offering 4G LTE via AT&T SIM cards they offer on their website. For only $45 a month, customers on Straight Talk could get unlimited talk, text, and 2.5GB high-speed data on either AT&T (with 4G LTE) or T-Mobile (no LTE) — contract free. It’s a great wireless option for the money, just don’t get expecting much in terms of customer service.