Straight Talk Now Compatible with AT&T's LTE Network
Straight Talk, a prepaid carrier that offers unlimited service for $45 per month, now works on AT&T's LTE 4G network. Previously, it was limited to HSPA+ speeds for data. This means customers who supply their own LTE-capable phone will be able to access faster mobile broadband speeds. Customers will need to purchase an new SIM card, which costs $6.99, and sign up for Straight Talk's month-to-month service. Straight Talk is compatible with most unlocked GSM-based phones, including smartphones. The $45 plan includes unlimited voice minutes, messaging, and data, though some customers report being throttled after they exceed 2.5GB per month.
Verizon Debuts $80 Unlimited Plan for Prepaid Service
Verizon Wireless today added an unlimited data option to its series of prepaid plans. According to Verizon's web site, the new $80 plan includes unlimited high-speed service without a contract, though video is capped at 480p and prepaid customers may see slower speeds when the network is congested.
Cricket Adds More Data to Low-Cost Plans
Cricket Wireless today added more data to its bottom two prepaid service plans in a bid to keep up with similar offers from Boost Mobile and MetroPCS. With Cricket's auto-pay discount, the Basic plan costs $35 per month and now includes unlimited talk, text, and 2.5GB of high-speed data per month (up from 1GB).
T-Mobile Intros 'Simply Prepaid' Plans
T-Mobile today announced a new series of plans called Simply Prepaid. The trio of plans offer unlimited data, text, and talk with scalable access to LTE 4G (the "unlimited data" applies only to 2G access).
Verizon Changes Up Prepaid Plans
Verizon Wireless today announced changes to its prepaid service plans. The entry-level plan includes unlimited talk and text, but no data (WiFi only) for $30 per month.